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No Bad Ideas

50 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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A Superhero of Terribleness

February 25th, 2021

34:28

Today on No Bad Ideas... Rings! Thieves! Railroads! Mind Control! Clowns! Ecology Professors!

In our first story, Gabriel brings us the latest …

Traditional... But Underwater

February 18th, 2021

29:59

Today on No Bad Ideas, feline lawyers and extreme nuptials!

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the story of a lawyer who's video chat turns against them, and makes them look like a cat. The gang does their best to …

Stuck In The System

February 11th, 2021

32:34

We’re back with two more bad ideas from The Future… and the future is now.

Zach starts us off with an entrepreneurial idea that will surely have no unintended consequences and we turn it into a thriller that starts with …

Gotta Improvise, Baby

February 4th, 2021

30:40

We’re wasting no time and jumping from zero to sixty with the bad ideas this week. Gabriel starts us off with a car thief who found way more than …

Stylish But Illegal

January 28th, 2021

34:03

We’re back for another round of Bad Ideas Mayhem! And oh, oh the places that this week's bad ideas will go. 

This time Zach starts us off with a very unconventional trip to Ikea, which we then turn into the charming (?) …

Granny's Gonna Granny

January 21st, 2021

31:12

And we're back! For our first full show of 2021, the Bad Ideas crew wastes no time, hitting the ground running with stories about Satanism, arson, …

Bad Ideas Classic: Experience of a Lifetime (With Emma Sherr-Ziarko)

January 14th, 2021

1:14:32

Good news, everyone! The No Bad Ideas hiatus is almost over! We've rested, we've recuperated, and we are rearing to get back to recording new episodes of the show. So look for new installments of No Bad Ideas starting …

Bad Ideas Classic: An Army Of Tom Hardys (With Eugenio Vargas)

December 24th, 2020

38:10

No Bad Ideas is going to be on a bit of a hiatus for a little while, as Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel focus on wrapping up the first season of Unseen. Never fear: while we're gone, we're going to be sharing some of our …

Bad Ideas Classic: The Mouse Always Wins (With Noah Masur)

December 17th, 2020

1:17:17

No Bad Ideas is going to be on a bit of a hiatus for a little while, as Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel focus on wrapping up the first season of Unseen. Never fear: while we're gone, we're going to be sharing some of our …

Bad Ideas Classic: Drone Season Is Open

December 10th, 2020

28:26

No Bad Ideas is going to be on a bit of a hiatus for a little while, as Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel focus on wrapping up the first season of Unseen. Never fear: while we're gone, we're going to be sharing some of our …

Bad Ideas Classic: Sharknappers!!

December 3rd, 2020

1:23:12

No Bad Ideas is going to be on a bit of a hiatus for a little while, as Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel focus on wrapping up the first season of Unseen. Never fear: while we're gone, we're going to be sharing some of our …

A Different Face to the World

November 26th, 2020

14:37

This week on No Bad Ideas: what is in a face? A rose by another face...

Sarah brings the gang a story about a man who is making masks that don't look like masks - they look like real faces. Together, they spin a story …

The Mecha Wolf Empire

November 19th, 2020

18:06

Today on No Bad Ideas... Wolves! Robots! Monsters! Bears! Second grade teachers!

For the third time in the history of the show, two of our hosts …

Jailed Again?!

November 12th, 2020

17:02

This week on No Bad Ideas: Cosplay! Cats! Real Estate! Crime! Cats!

Gabriel brings the squad the story of a woman who does it all. She's a model! She's a real estate agent! She dressed up as Catwoman on Instagram! And …

The Seventeenth Flight to Nowhere

November 5th, 2020

21:41

The Bad Ideas Squad is going on a wonderful scenic tour to... nowhere! What? How does that work? Tune in to find out!

Sarah brings the team a story …

Unseen: A New Series from the Bad Ideas Squad

November 2nd, 2020

42:52

Hello Friends! 

We're slipping into your podcasting feeds with a very special, very exciting, very announcement! One that - for once! - has nothing to do with bad ideas! Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel have just released a …

Existing In The Same Three Rooms

October 29th, 2020

20:02

On this week’s No Bad Ideas, Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach check in for the first time in a few months about how their 2020s are going. Or, at least what they're working on and how they’re still coping, seven months into the …

Don't Forget Your Conmen!

October 22nd, 2020

23:59

The Bad Idea Team returns with a story of bizarre science - as well as some quick announcements about No Bad Ideas for the rest of 2020!


Zach hits Sarah and Gabriel with a sampling of bad ideas that have been honored by …

Emotional Support Tarantula (With Beth Eyre)

October 15th, 2020

32:09

We’re delighted to be joined once again by the illustrious Beth Eyre, podcast actor extraordinaire.

Gabriel starts us out strong with the tale of an …

The One Step Program (With Beth Eyre)

October 12th, 2020

39:04

The Bad Ideas Squad is joined by Wooden Overcoats's Beth Eyre, voice performer extraordinaire, for two terrible story ideas!

In today's first bad idea, Zach brings the team a terrifying profile of a museum exhibit that …

A Portal Into Happiness (With Em Mantoani)

October 8th, 2020

33:48

We’re delighted to welcome the wonderful Em Mantoani back to the NBI digital hot seat for more bad ideas mayhem!

First, Sarah brings a story about …

Starting Over Really Intensely (With Em Mantoani)

October 5th, 2020

37:31

The Bad Ideas Team is joined by Em Mantoani, the creator of the Van Podcast, for two stories of food, identity, and poor impulse control!

In our …

Blindsided By The Lion (With Tom Crowley)

October 1st, 2020

43:13

More mayhem, more ideas, more Crowley!  We’re delighted to have the inimitable Tom Crowley back for one more ride in the Bad Ideas-mobile.

And the idea is Mr. Crowley’s! Tom lets us in on a secret source of revenue that …

Too Many Hats (With Tom Crowley)

September 29th, 2020

44:02

Writer, performer, and (comedy) sketch artist extraordinaire Tom Crowley joins the Bad Ideas Squad for two tales from beyond the grave!

For our first bad idea, Sarah brings us a witchy obituary like nothing we've ever …

Monsters Anonymous (With Josh Perault)

September 25th, 2020

36:47

Note: the recording for today's episode features a bit of static interference, especially during the second idea. We sincerely apologize about this - …

Mars' Best Brisket: An Audio Comedy Charity Event

September 22nd, 2020

3:24

No Bad Ideas is proud to present a short trailer for Mars' Best Brisket, an audio comedy charity event happening this week! Help our friends raise …

Tree Detective (With Josh Perault)

September 21st, 2020

41:29

We are down one NBI host today, but never fear! We recruited one of our most favorite people in podcasting to step into the breach: a veteran of both …

Creative Corner Chat with Briggon Snow

September 17th, 2020

23:08

We are delighted to have Mr. Briggon Snow, the literal best, back in the No Bad Ideas virtual studio to chat about his journey from acting to writing, learning how to sit down and get out of your own head to doing the …

Too Many Jet Packs! (With Briggon Snow)

September 15th, 2020

45:44

Today on No Bad Ideas: flying high in the sky... the world of organized middle school crime... and one of our favorite actors and creators in …

When Ideas Slap Too Hard (With Danielle Shemaiah)

September 3rd, 2020

36:46

The Bad Ideas Team is once again joined by Danielle Shemaiah for two more bad ideas of misguided pranks and socially-distanced scares!

In our first bad idea, Gabriel brings us a tale of a man who tries to win his …

Evil Dr. Doofensmurch (With Danielle Shemaiah)

September 1st, 2020

39:36

We are honored and delighted to have a professional podcasting badass on the show this week, director of The Far Meridian, the voice actor who goes …

Party No. 1 (With Lisette Alvarez)

August 27th, 2020

39:06

The Bad Ideas Squad is once again joined by Lisette Alvarez, creator of Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services, who shocks the hosts with a bad idea of her own!

In our first story, Lisette brings us the tale of a …

Kronk’s Time To Shine (With Lisette Alvarez)

August 25th, 2020

40:27

We are thrilled this week to be joined by one of our favorite audio drama creators, the wonderfully generous and incredibly talented Lisette Alvarez! 

New Lease on Death (With Jackson Bird)

August 20th, 2020

40:38

The Bad Ideas Squad is joined once again by Jackson Bird, Youtube creator, writer, speaker, and Millennial Swiss army knife human being! Together, we tackle another bad idea and have a quick Creative Corner Chat. 

Get Sarah Koenig (With Jackson Bird)

August 17th, 2020

38:44

We’re delighted to be joined this week by an absolutely magical author, Youtuber, and haver-of-all-the-Millennial-jobs, the great Jackson Bird!

We …

Special Episode: The Story of Unseen

August 15th, 2020

19:00

To continue the celebration of the unexpected smash success of the Unseen Kickstarter, we are back with another Special Episode! In this Creative Corner Chat, we talk a little bit about origin story of Unseen. How did …

Special Episode: Kickstarter Bad Ideas!

August 14th, 2020

37:20

To celebrate Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel's own Kickstarter adventures to produce their new show, Unseen, we are making a special bonus episode, covering our favorite Kickstarter-themed bad ideas!

First, Gabriel brings in a …

Creative Corner Chat with Sean Howard

August 13th, 2020

41:13

The Bad Ideas Squad is once again joined by Sean Howard, founder of the Fable and Folly network and producer of Alba Salix, Royal Physician. Join us …

Coming Soon: Unseen

August 11th, 2020

4:09

Hello Friends! 

Quick special announcement! Gabriel, Sarah, and Zach are making a new audio fiction show! It's called Unseen, and it's going to be an urban fantasy series! 

They're fundraising for the show on Kickstarter

Local Idiocy (With Sean Howard)

August 11th, 2020

38:17

Today (and all this week, lucky us!) we’re joined by a fantastic podcast producer, writer, and improviser: the mighty Sean Howard!

We enlist Sean’s help first for a whale of a tale (or at least a Bass Pro Shop of a …

Creative Corner Chat with Adrián Burke

August 6th, 2020

28:38

The fabulous Adrián Burke, host of La Mezcla, returns to No Bad Ideas for a conversation about the doing of things and the making of things! Tune in …

Land Sharks (With Adrián Burke)

August 3rd, 2020

34:20

We’re delighted to be joined this week by the host of the La Mezcla podcast and comedian extraordinaire, the Right Honorable Adrián Burke!

We rely on …

Creative Corner Chat With Marissa Tandon

July 30th, 2020

27:06

Special guest star Marissa Tandon - creator of Super Ordinary - returns to the Bad Ideas HQ for a discussion on writing, creating stories for audio, …

Florida Man Delivers (With Marissa Tandon)

July 27th, 2020

37:51

We’re overjoyed this week to be joined by the phenomenal writer, producer, and renowned podcast creator, Marissa Tandon!

We start with a first: Zach brings us an entirely sensible idea we all agree with. It just also …

That Sinking Feeling (With David K. Barnes)

July 16th, 2020

47:18

The mastermind behind Wooden Overcoats, David K. Barnes, joins the bad ideas squad once again - first to bring a bad idea of his own to the table and then to discuss our creative processes!

First, David brings us a …

Crime+ (With David K. Barnes)

July 13th, 2020

36:03

Oh, what a day! We’re joined this week by one of our absolute favorites (but we’ll never tell you favorite what), the head writer of Wooden …

Give Us a Sign (With Elena Fernández Collins)

July 10th, 2020

36:03

Today on no bad ideas: special guest star Elena Fernández Collins, host of Radio Drama Revival and critic extraordinaire, returns for a double …

We Are Not A Con (With Elena Fernández Collins)

July 6th, 2020

33:13

We are overjoyed this week to be joined by the host of Radio Drama Revival, critic extraordinaire, and one of the flat-out smartest folks we know, …

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