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Laugh & Learn with the award winning Brain Candy Podcast, hosted by Susie Meister PhD, & Sarah Rice MFT from MTV's The Challenge. These ladies discuss interesting topics, articles and pop culture news on every subject imaginable. Science, psychology, books, trivia, & documentaries. Over 600 hours of educational hilarity!

The Brain Candy Podcast Brain Candy Laugh & Learn

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 301 Ratings

Laugh & Learn with the award winning Brain Candy Podcast, hosted by Susie Meister PhD, & Sarah Rice MFT from MTV's The Challenge. These ladies discuss interesting topics, articles and pop culture news on every subject imaginable. Science, psychology, books, trivia, & documentaries. Over 600 hours of educational hilarity!

    Mutant Plants, Metal Coke, & Manly Cars

    Mutant Plants, Metal Coke, & Manly Cars

    Today we find out about a type of plant that knows how to count (???), but its plant cousin is a dummy that doesn't know how (so Susie thinks it's going to be a goner). Hear about a documentary that Sarah participated in, but she ended up on the cutting room floor. We discuss ways that humans recover from shame, embarrassment, and, well, being human. Sarah explains why McDonald's Coca-Cola tastes better than other Coke. We learn about a study that determined whether men with smaller penises really do prefer flashy sports cars. We discuss a study that found that people who have trouble sleeping are far more likely to believe in the paranormal (e.g. aliens, ghosts, demons), and the theories for why that might be. Plus, we talk about "fubbing," which is snubbing someone by looking at your phone, and why it's having a huge impact on relationships. Join our book club, shop our merch, sign-up for our free newsletter, & more by visiting The Brain Candy Podcast website: Connect with us on social media: BCP Instagram: Susie's Instagram: Sarah's Instagram: BCP Twitter: Susie's Twitter: Sarah's Twitter: Get an extended 30 day free trial at Get 20% off when you go to and use code CANDY at checkout! See for yourself why Chime is so loved at Get $20 off the test at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 58 min
    Cougars, Conmen, & the Curse of Chippendales

    Cougars, Conmen, & the Curse of Chippendales

    Susie can't quit thinking about the Bernie Madoff docuseries and his $65 BILLION (with a B!) scam that he ran for 40 years. She thinks we can learn a lot about non-violent sociopaths from his example. She also can't quit thinking about Chippendales (not to be confused with Chip and Dale. And Chip and Dale are not to be confused with Alvin and the Chipmunks) exotic male dancers. She watched the Curse of Chippendales, and apparently those guys have really been through the wringer. You'd never know it from Susie's focus, which is their feet of all things. Sarah is really into this story as her transition to cougar is almost complete. Susie is mad that Instagram even makes users censor breasts in works of art regardless of how "realistic" the body parts are. Is there no limit to the fear of the boob? And we discuss whether you can separate the art from the artist when they've done something despicable like Bill Cosby. Susie attempted to do that by watching an old clip of his stand-up, and she was distrurbed by her reaction. Finally, we learn about a romance novelist who faked her own death and then came back to life and wanted everyone to be fine with it. Join our book club, shop our merch, sign-up for our free newsletter, & more by visiting The Brain Candy Podcast website: Connect with us on social media: BCP Instagram: Susie's Instagram: Sarah's Instagram: BCP Twitter: Susie's Twitter: Sarah's Twitter: Go to and enter the promo code: BRAINCANDY to save $15 off your first month’s subscription! Save 20% off at with the code: BRAINCANDY More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Whale Poop, Superhero Accessories, & Gendered Living

    Whale Poop, Superhero Accessories, & Gendered Living

    Sarah brought a whole lot of poo content, and we are learning so much! We hear why whale poo is basically saving the world, and whales aren't getting enough credit. We loved Free Willy before, but now we love it even more (especially the soundtrack, come on!). We hear why dragonfly ladies have created the perfect way to avoid the annoying male dragonflies that won't take a hint. It's very relatable. Dude dragonflies, she's just not that into you! Hear why Tasmanian Devil moms are savage, lobsters aren't so elegant after all, and the Cats musical had a big problem related to cat bums. Sarah wants to know what kind of superhero accessories we would carry (or sit on, in Susie's case). We learn about a reality show "experiment" that placed boys in one house and girls in the other to observe how they behaved without adults for a week. It did not go well.  Join our book club, shop our merch, sign-up for our free newsletter, & more by visiting The Brain Candy Podcast website: Connect with us on social media: BCP Instagram: Susie's Instagram: Sarah's Instagram: BCP Twitter: Susie's Twitter: Sarah's Twitter: Get $30 off the first box - PLUS free Croissants in every box - when you go to to start your subscription! Go to for 15% off your first purchase! If you have an iPhone, head to and put in promo code: CANDY for 20% off! More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Muslim Art, Ric Flair's Wild Life, & People Are Not OK

    Muslim Art, Ric Flair's Wild Life, & People Are Not OK

    We have to make a correction about the poop lottery story, and, boy, are we disappointed. We report the results of our poop survey (what's worse: the smell or the sound). We were both sort of shocked by the outcome. We discuss farts for far too long, and we are deeply sorry for so much flatulence content lately. Susie talks about a documentary about Ric Flair, legendary wrestler, and how, even though she doesn't like wrestling, this film is a must-see. That guy lives a wild life and has survived an inordinate amount of insanity. Susie is being a boomer again (kind of) about a lecturer at a university who was fired for showing ancient Muslim artwork because it was seen as Islamophobic. We also discuss a documentary about the 1/6 insurrection, and how it demonstrates the ways people on all sides of the political and cultural spectrum are not ok post-pandemic etc... But we try to think of it from a human psychology point of view rather than one of judgment and the ways fear, vulnerabilities, etc.. can inform our behavior. Join our book club, shop our merch, sign-up for our free newsletter, & more by visiting The Brain Candy Podcast website: Connect with us on social media: BCP Instagram: Susie's Instagram: Sarah's Instagram: BCP Twitter: Susie's Twitter: Sarah's Twitter: This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit today to get 10% off your first month! Get 20% off your first order at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 59 min
    Robot Lawyers, Sneaky Sneakers, & Safe Danger

    Robot Lawyers, Sneaky Sneakers, & Safe Danger

    Hear why Sarah has betrayed the Curly Girl community and she has "hair dysmorphia." We learn about the Don't Pick Up the Phone documentary where a man would pose as a cop on the phone and trick fast food managers into doing strip searches and more to their innocent employees. The "hoax" (nightmare! crime!) went on for years and no one has really paid the price for it besides the victims. We discuss the use of artificial intelligence to make robot attorneys and we are optimistic (uh oh!) about their benefits. We decide robot judges would be a different story though. Sarah explains why high-tops have been getting too much credit regarding their advantages in basketball. We find out the trick to overcoming a fear of heights, and it sounds easier than it really is.  Join our book club, shop our merch, sign-up for our free newsletter, & more by visiting The Brain Candy Podcast website: Connect with us on social media: BCP Instagram: Susie's Instagram: Sarah's Instagram: BCP Twitter: Susie's Twitter: Sarah's Twitter: Visit to take advantage of this limited-time offer for 10% off your next purchase! Go to and use the code: BRAINCANDY to get 15% off! Cancel unwanted subscriptions – and manage your expenses theeasy way – by going to More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Death, Fever Dreams, & Craziness

    Death, Fever Dreams, & Craziness

    It starts out doom and gloomy as we discuss injuries of football players and other public figures. We suggest football should become gentler and involve far fewer items of clothing...you know, for safety. Susie's mom is having health challenges, but that doesn't mean she won't make fun of her, so that's fun. But these conversations were a perfect appeteaser to our larger discussion on aging, happiness, and health. Since it's January and that's what's on everybody's mind, we discuss how to give yourself the best chance of happiness in old age. We find out the seven traits that are the best predictors of a long, healthy, happy life and they are...exactly what every other article has said for the last seven years. We learn how a "death positive" woman who encouraged people to face death with joy reacted to her own mortality. We hear how she threw herself a funeral while she was still living, and brought in documentary crews to document her journey to the other side. But we ended up thinking she wasn't death positive, but just self-absorbed and attention-seeking. It took a real crazy turn! Speaking of crazy, we debate whether you should be "allowed" to use that word of if it's equivalent to the stigmatizing language we've moved away from for people with intellectual disabilities. Plus, Sarah hallucinated that her arms were sticks and Susie can't quit laughing. Join our book club, shop our merch, sign-up for our free newsletter, & more by visiting The Brain Candy Podcast website: Connect with us on social media: BCP Instagram: Susie's Instagram: Sarah's Instagram: BCP Twitter: Susie's Twitter: Sarah's Twitter: Protect your family today with Fabric by Gerber Life. Apply today in just 10 minutes at Sign up for your trial today at Go to and enter promo code: BRAINCANDY to save $15 off your first month’s subscription! More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 58 min

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I’d to think I’m one of the OG Brainiacs, but I know I am not alone. Over the years, I’ve come to truly love Susie and Sarah and feel like we’re friends IRL. Maybe I’m delusional, but I don’t care. This podcast and community has gotten me through breakups, cross-country moves, a pandemic and major loss. It’s just the right amount of laughs and learning, my two favourite things. Keep ‘em coming ladies!

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