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No Bad Ideas

40 EpisodesProduced by Long Story Short ProductionsWebsite

The No Bad Ideas Podcast is the creation of Gabriel Urbina, Sarah Shachat, and Zach Valenti, three writer and artist-types who, in order to stay fresh creatively, have an excuse to hang out with each other once a week, and check in on what they're working on, take a terrible idea they found on the I… read more

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Episode 81: So Sorry, Canada

March 30th, 2020


Welcome to NBI: Social Distancing Edition - the first in our ongoing series of indefinite length where we record the show from each of our respective …

Episode 80: Chicken à la Proust (With Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs)

March 26th, 2020


The brilliant Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs returns to the Bad Ideas HQ for two more chilling tales of human absurdity and preposterousness!

In the first story, an article of a woman's sidewalk going missing leads the gang to …

Episode 79: Back To Bacchus (With Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs)

March 23rd, 2020


We recorded this a couple weeks ago, so we cannot honestly take credit for the timing, however we can’t think of anyone we’d rather have on the show …

Episode 78: Creative Corner Chat with Bob Raymonda

March 19th, 2020


Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Bob Raymonda, co-creator of Windfall! Tune in for a conversation about the creative genesis of projects, the perils of trying to figure out story structure, and the …

Episode 77: Twice In A Lifetime (With Bob Raymonda)

March 16th, 2020


Another week, another brilliant guest joins us to come help untangle some terrible ideas! We’re delighted to be joined this week by the co-creator of …

Episode 76: Creative Corner Chat with Eugenio Vargas

March 12th, 2020


Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach are once again joined by Eugenio Vargas, DM of the Last Refuge podcast! Join us for a conversation on collaborative …

Episode 75: An Army of Tom Hardys (With Eugenio Vargas)

March 9th, 2020


We rolled a natural 20 on guests this week, as we’re joined by the DM of The Last Refuge podcast, Eugenio Vargas!

And we certainly could use …

Episode 74: Creative Corner Chat with Emily VanDerWerff

March 5th, 2020


Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach are once again joined by Emily VanDerWerff, the co-creator of Arden and critic at large for Vox! Join us for a deep dive into the making-of process behind Arden, the creative balance of making a …

Episode 73: Old Man Hacker (With Emily VanDerWerff)

March 2nd, 2020


We’re kicking off March with an historic first: our very first returning guest! Like Taylor Swift pulling in The Dixie Chicks for backing vocals, …

Episode 72: Creative Corner Chat with Alyssa from GoodMorhen

February 27th, 2020


Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Alyssa from GoodMorhen, producer and host of Breakfast In Beauclair, a global Witcher podcast! Join us for an in-depth conversation about how to keep creative plates …

Episode 71: A Sheep Named Revenge (With Alyssa from GoodMorhen)

February 24th, 2020


We're delighted to be joined this week by Alyssa from GoodMorhen, producer and host of Breakfast In Beauclair, a global Witcher podcast! 

We could …

Episode 70: Creative Corner Chat (With Jared J. Smith)

February 20th, 2020


Gabriel, Zach, and Sarah sit down once more with Jared J. Smith, writer, director, and producer of The Phenomenon podcast! Join us for a fascinating conversation about building a global podcast in New York City, …

Episode 69: The Harbinger (With Jared J. Smith)

February 17th, 2020


Today on No Bad Ideas: dinosaurs, black market dealings, and special guest star Jared J. Smith, writer, director, and producer of The Phenomenon

In our first bad idea du jour, Gabriel takes the team to a prehistoric …

Episode 68: Creative Corner Chat (With Cara Ehlenfeldt)

February 13th, 2020


Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Cara Ehlenfeldt, the creator and producer of the Godshead Incidental podcast! Tune in for a sacrilicious conversation about writing, audio fiction, and puns about …

Episode 67: Bad Mr. Bean (With Cara Ehlenfeldt)

February 10th, 2020


We have a treat for you of epic proportions, because we’re joined this week by the co-creator of The Godshead Incidental and audio producer extraordinaire, Cara Ehlenfeldt!

Before we can gush about Cara’s work, we …

Episode 66: No Man's Land (With Julian Mundy)

February 6th, 2020


Today on No Bad Ideas: Sharks... that can walk?!?!?!

The Bad Ideas squad is once again joined by Julian Mundy, creator of StarTripper!!, for a …

Episode 65: Rocka V. Rocka (With Julian Mundy)

February 3rd, 2020


We’re in for a real treat this week. Joining us in the NBI hot seat, we have the mastermind of a show that's nearly as zany as the bad ideas we’re …

Episode 64: Creative Corner Chat (With Mark Pagán)

January 30th, 2020


Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Mark Pagán, producer and host of the Other Men Need Help podcast! Tune in for a conversation about storytelling, men, experimentation with audio, and movies from the …

Episode 63: The C-SPAN of Knives (With Mark Pagán)

January 27th, 2020


This week we’re lucky to be joined by Mr. Mark Pagán, producer of the podcast Other Men Need Help

We certainly could use a hand, as Gabriel issues …

Episode 62: No, No... I AM Santa

January 23rd, 2020


Today on No Bad Ideas: demonic possession, bank robberies, money, and Father Christmas! 

In our first bad idea, Gabriel brings us the tale of a nefarious psychic and their plot to swindle a family out of thousands. The …

Episode 61: Drone Season Is Open

January 20th, 2020


In this week's first episode, we see some awful ideas take flight in multiple senses of that word. First, Sarah brings us to one of our favorite …

Episode 60: Money Isn't Real Anymore

January 16th, 2020


Welcome to the very first Thursday episode of No Bad Ideas, featuring crime dramas, religious upbringings, and cereal!

On today's episode, Gabriel starts us off with a pun-filled tale about two women who got into some …

Episode 59: Because Squirrel

January 13th, 2020


This week, 2 Ideas, 2 Furious (at idiots who don’t think things through) and some news!

We’re changing up the format of the show so that you get two episodes of NBI every week, on Mondays and on Thursdays; and each …

Episode 58: Swipe Right To Hell

January 6th, 2020


Welcome to 2020! We start the new year with some BIG decisions. First, Gabriel sends us to customer support hell with the story of a woman’s inspired prank to shrug off unwanted texts. Then, Zach takes us down to Texas, …

Episode 57: The Mouse Always Wins (With Noah Masur)

December 16th, 2019


This is our last show of the year - and indeed the decade - so we've pulled out all the stops. We recruited one of the most brilliant voice actors …

Episode 56: Thou Shalt Not Want

December 9th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas: beer, pizza, and divine sausage! 

On our first story, Gabriel brings us the story of a woman who has taken drastic measures to keep her husband from sneaking off to the pub, which leads to a …

Episode 55: Why You Gotta Make It Weird?

December 2nd, 2019


This week, coming just after Thanksgiving in the US, we’re grateful we get to play with, but not actually been involved in, any of the following …

Episode 54: Your Tax Dollars At Work

November 25th, 2019


Avast! This week on No Bad Ideas, giant clocks, South American dictators, and pirates!

First, Gabriel takes us to the British town of Penzance, where …

Episode 53: Hungry, Hungry Death Sentence

November 18th, 2019


This week, the NBI crew talks through three very different walks on the wild side. First, Sarah takes us into Northern Colombia, where a new invasive …

Episode 52: There's Nothing I Can Do

November 11th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas: photo manipulation, funerary pranks, and utter inability to stop loved ones from making questionable choices.

On the first …

Episode 51: Interdimensional Profit

November 4th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas: snakes, mysterious objects from space, and the world's creepiest dolls!

On our first idea this week, Zach brings us the …

Episode 50: America Is Missing

October 28th, 2019


We’re back this week to our regularly scheduled, awful no-good terrible ideas! First, courtesy of Sarah, we plumb the depths to which some thieves …

Zero Hours: A New Show From The NBI Crew

October 21st, 2019


Greetings, friends! There is no new episode of No Bad Ideas this week. In its place, we're sharing the first episode from the new fiction anthology …

Episode 49: Experience of a Lifetime (With Emma Sherr-Ziarko)

October 14th, 2019


This week, we’re lucky to be joined by the luminous Emma Sherr-Ziarko - voice actor, writer, podcast creator, wine expert, and cat mom extraordinaire. There’s nothing Emma can’t do, so naturally we decided to throw some …

Episode 48: No Joke

October 7th, 2019


Another week, another test of the limits of three humans’ endurance to spin stories from bad ideas they saw on the Internet! 

This week, things get weird. First, Gabriel brings us a story of emotional support taken to …

Episode 47: You Can Fill It Up (With Erin Jones)

September 30th, 2019


We’re so delighted to be joined this week by Erin Jones, author of the fabulous YA novel Tinfoil Crowns, and now author of a couple adaptations of

Episode 46: Small Town Embarrassment (With Rebecca Seidel)

September 23rd, 2019


This week on no bad ideas: cops, donuts, IKEA, hide-and-seek, and special guest star Rebecca Seidel! 

While Zach's away, Gabriel and Sarah get to play with Rebecca, audio producer extraordinaire at Marvel. Together, they …

Episode 45: Recalculating

September 16th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas: breakups, questionable GPS routes, and all kinds of dough!

First off, Gabriel's story about a museum for all those objects that remind you of failed relationships (but which you can't quite …

Episode 44: Intense Mom Warfare

September 10th, 2019


This week, a series of extreme challenges for the No Bad Ideas crew! First, Sarah lets us know about a government initiative to find a new giant secret lair - for completely legitimate research purposes, of course. Then …

Episode 43: Fly Me To The Moon

September 3rd, 2019


This week on no bad ideas: postal office shenanigans, reptilian interlopers, and Space Crimes! 

First off, Gabriel brings us the story of a man’s surprisingly simple, yet devastatingly effective defrauding of UPS. Then, …

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