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No Bad Ideas

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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 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, …

Episode 42: When In Doubt, Bible It Up

August 26th, 2019


Don’t worry. We’re not here to share the greatest story ever told, just to turn some bad ideas into better stories!

First, Zach has us Hoots-ing and …

Episode 41: There's No Place Like House Emoji

August 19th, 2019


Today on No Bad Ideas, the team goes to prison, gets mixed up in a housing dispute, and explores the untapped potential of using avocados as thermal detonators.

First, a Brazilian drug lord's unusual attempt to escape …

Episode 40: In Pursuit of Lizardness

August 12th, 2019


This week, the team brings you some bad ideas of monumental proportions, a culinary tale like none you've dug up before, and definitive proof that …

Episode 39: Beezlebros (With Zach Libresco)

August 5th, 2019


We're honored to be joined this week by our friend, actor extraordinaire and the official Bad Ideas Bat, Mr. Zach Libresco! Zach brings his …

Episode 38: Leave Santa Alone (With Josh Perault)

July 29th, 2019


Content Warning: The first story this week involves Nazi paraphernalia and war, and the second story centers on sterilization and eugenics. Check out …

Episode 37: Re-Occurring Night Terrors

July 22nd, 2019


For appetizers, Gabriel brings us Fear and Loathing in Logan, Colorado, where we discover an amazing cocktail of whiskey, a rattle snake, and …

Episode 36: Written In Stone

July 15th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas: badass nurses, killer laptops, a really big sign, and more!

First up, a terrifying kill-or-be-killed tale leads to buddy cop movie with a very unusual protagonist. After that, drastic measures …

Episode 35: Not Everyone Is Wall-Of-Death Material (With Lindsay Amer)

July 8th, 2019


This week, we’re joined in the studio by Lindsay Amer of Queer Kids Stuff for two bad ideas and a roundtable discussion.

First, we bring a Scooby-Doo-style ghost hunting gang into the YouTube Era and they form an …

Episode 34: Tooth Club

July 1st, 2019


This week, Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach prove once again the mind-meld is real as we find ourselves with a full set of body-horror bad ideas.

First, we …

Episode 33: Robot Doctor Mulan

June 24th, 2019


This week, Sarah and Zach are joined once again by Gabriel, returned from vacation.

First, we explore all our A.I. feels and once again crib from one of our eternal faves, Gattaca, with a robot that must pretend to be …

Episode 32: All Human is Probably Free Range (With Julia Schifini)

June 18th, 2019


This week, Sarah and Zach are joined by the multi-faceted podcaster, historian, writer, and budding wrestler Julia Schifini, of Multitude and The …

Episode 31: Rainbow Force Five (With Kristen DiMercurio)

June 10th, 2019


This week, Gabriel is away but Sarah and Zach are joined by none other than voiceover actor and writer Kristen DiMercurio, of Ars Paradoxica and Archive 81 fame. Kristen helps us tackle a pair of true-life tales. First, …

Episode 30: The Ministry of Dragons And Psychics

June 3rd, 2019


Welcome to Episode 30! The gang celebrates this completely arbitrary milestone by picking three awful ideas to throw at each other for ten minutes …

Episode 29: The Army of the Twelve Space Monkeys

May 27th, 2019


This week, the squad brings you two bad ideas for the price of one. First, an intricate game of cat and mouse that goes bam, zoom, straight to the moon! And then, a case of cops working undercover… way, way too much …

Episode 28: The Full Metamorphosis

May 20th, 2019


Our May experiments continue with two of the grossest, most horrifying, and most hilarious ideas the gang has tackled yet. With only fifteen minutes on the clock, first Sarah and Gabriel have to grapple with an unusual, …

Episode 27: It's Not All Boats and International Waters

May 13th, 2019


Avast! On today's No Bad Ideas, Gabriel brings Zach and Sarah a tale of love gone wrong and not-so-smooth sailing on the high seas. Will the three of them be able to take the strange tale of a woman's very unique …

Episode 26: John Wick - Traffic Stop Edition

May 6th, 2019


In this episode of No Bad Ideas, an experiment! In an effort to shake things up, the gang has brought not one, not two, but three bad ideas to the table and will try to turn each of them into stories in just ten …

Episode 25: Veggie Ville (With Brandon Grugle)

April 29th, 2019


In today's episode, the Bad Ideas Squad is joined by the great Brandon Grugle, audio producer extraordinaire at Multitude and Marvel. Together with …

Episode 24: Get Pope-ed

April 23rd, 2019


This week, Zach brings us a violent chapter of Chinese history that Gabriel and Sarah spin into conspiracy and intrigue in the Catholic Church. …

Episode 23: Hell Hotline (With Eli Barraza)

April 15th, 2019


On today's episode... Sarah is away, but Gabriel and Zach are joined by Eli Barraza, creator of The Far Meridian! The three of them go on an odyssey …

And Now Something From the Blooper Reel...

April 8th, 2019


No new episode today, but we'll be back next week! In the meantime, here's a little something from the archives we think you might enjoy...

Support the show.

Episode 22 - Redacted At Sea (With Eric Silver)

April 1st, 2019


This week, Eric Silver - co-host of Horse, Dungeon Master for Join the Party, and all-around great Multi-Dude - joins the Bad Ideas team for a …

Episode 21: Not a History Podcast

March 25th, 2019

Before you listen to this episode, make sure you read the terms and conditions. Go and read them, right now.    ...   Did you do it? Great! That makes you smarter than the people in today's bad idea anecdote, who all …

Episode 20: End With Everyone On Fire

March 18th, 2019


This week, Sarah brings us a tale from the exotic world of art thievery, where everyone is super cool and sophisticated… everyone, that is, except …

Episode 19: Netflix For Journalism (with Amanda McLoughlin)

March 11th, 2019


This week we take a trip back to a faraway time when news could be faked and editorial controls were suspect at best. We, of course, are talking …

Episode 18: The Tale of Jeremy

March 4th, 2019

This week on No Bad Ideas: a first for the show! In today's fan-sponsored episode, Gabriel, Sarah, and Zach have to go head-to-head with a bad idea chosen by our listeners! So strap in, grab your broadswords, and get …

Episode 17: You've Been Stepford'd (with Todd VanDerWerff)

February 25th, 2019


Another week, another amazing guest to help us tackle a truly terribly idea! This time, Todd VanDerWerff, critic-at-large at and co-creator …

Episode 16: A Boy and His Rock 'n' Roll Cricket (With Christian T. Kelley-Madera)

February 18th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas... bugs, bugs, bugs! But before that, the Bad Ideas Band is joined by their dear friend Christian T. Kelley-Madera, co-creator and director of The Once and Future Nerd. But soon, it's all …

Episode 15: Enhance, Enhance, Enhance (with Mike Schubert)

February 11th, 2019


A wild Mike Schubert has appeared! And he's here to help Gabriel and Sarah wind their way through a twisty courtroom mystery, courtesy of Zach Valenti. Just who was it that really killed the defense's surprise witness? …

Episode 14: The Crimeys (with Mur Lafferty)

February 4th, 2019

This week on No Bad Ideas, Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are joined by author and podcasting pioneer Mur Lafferty! Together, they dive into the story of …

Episode 13: The Lopular Front

January 28th, 2019

My fellow podcasters! We here at No Bad Ideas promise that we will find an idea on the Internet, bring it to our group of NY-based writer ne'er do wells, and give them 30 minutes to turn it into a good story - and this …

Episode 12: The Clumsy Pilot

January 21st, 2019

Another week, another terrible idea that someone in the world once had, and which we must now somehow turn into a compelling story. On today's episode, Zach brings Sarah and Gabriel the story of a man who was running …

Episode 11: Sharknappers!!

January 14th, 2019

Welcome back to No Bad Ideas, the show where we take bad ideas from the real world and try to turn them into good stories (and the points don't matter). This week, Gabriel takes Zach and Sarah on a wild journey to the …

Episode 10: Poor Billy Bob Tough Guy

January 7th, 2019

Welcome back, everyone! New year, same old set up: we find some bad ideas, and then bang our heads together until we've figured out how to turn them …

Episode 9: Cyrano™ (with Michelle Agresti)

December 28th, 2018

Happy Holidays, everyone! As an end-of-year present to ourselves, we brought our first guest on the show: actress and performer extraordinaire, …

Episode 8: All Flash, All Bang

December 20th, 2018


Our first really Not Safe For Work episode, so beware of listening out loud at work.

Zach takes Gabriel and Sarah to the world of theater with 100% the poetic irony and pretentiousness you expect, and at least 50% more …

Episode 7: Shadow Kung Fu Wresting... with Bulls

December 13th, 2018


No, you read that right. This week on No Bad Ideas, we tackle a new twist on an old sport that is so, so unnecessarily dangerous, that... we just had …

Episode 6: Yabba-Dabba-Don't

December 5th, 2018


This week on No Bad Ideas: a year of living cartoonish-ly, car chases against traffic, and a really jaded Mario.


Today's Bad Idea™:

Episode 5: We Know How Cults Work

November 28th, 2018


Zach is back with a decidedly deep cut from the deep web for Sarah and Gabriel. Ready or not: the world's weirdest brochures, gas-lighting roommates, and secret codes abound!


Today's Bad Idea™:

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