43 episodes

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 Internet each week and turn it into a compelling narrative. Or as close as they can get in 30 minutes.

If you're someone trying to be creative yourself or even if you just appreciate a good story, you'll enjoy listening to Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel figure out how to make sense of the best (or worst?) absurdities the internet has to offer. We guarantee there have definitely been worse ideas.

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    • 4.9 • 104 Ratings

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 Internet each week and turn it into a compelling narrative. Or as close as they can get in 30 minutes.

If you're someone trying to be creative yourself or even if you just appreciate a good story, you'll enjoy listening to Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel figure out how to make sense of the best (or worst?) absurdities the internet has to offer. We guarantee there have definitely been worse ideas.

    A Matryoshka Doll Of Bad Ideas

    A Matryoshka Doll Of Bad Ideas

    We’re delighted to have not one guest this week, but two! Phillip Thorn and Øystein Brager, masterminds behind The Amelia Project, have come to NBI HQ put their considerable talents (and cocoa) to much sillier use. 

    We start with an idea from Gabriel about the way a couple can exert the ultimate pressure on their child to have grandkids, and turn it into a stealth Failure To Launch reboot that none of us wanted or needed. Then, Phillip and Øystein bring a bad idea of their own! We take the antiquing score of a lifetime and turn it into a sculpture with an ancient curse that reverberates across many lifetimes and an opportunity for Adam Driver to return to his sleezebag roots. 

    Finally we talk to Phillip and Øystein about their podcasting journey: what they’ve taken from their theater background, how they come up with characters, and even get an exciting announcement from them about future seasons of The Amelia Project! 

    Plus: Bizarro courtroom dramas, hidden deadlines, 16th century tails, a suitcase full of seashells, and a polycule with Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, and Dame Maggie Smith 

    Today’s Bad Ideas™: 
    Idea 1

    Idea 2

    To check out the show, visit their site, and for more of Øystein and Phillip, find them on Twitter! 

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

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    • 58 min
    Bad Ideas Classic: Crime+ (With David K. Barnes)

    Bad Ideas Classic: Crime+ (With David K. Barnes)

    The Bad Ideas team is hard at work on some new episodes, including our very silly 200th episode extravaganza. (Coming soon!) But in the mean time, we wanted to re-share this classic episode from our archives.

    We’re joined this week by one of our absolute favorite podcast creators, the head writer of Wooden Overcoats, David K. Barnes! We completely squander David’s talents, first, in turning the tale of one of the most incompetent thieves we’ve ever seen into one of the strangest heist plans we’ve ever concocted. Then we start a war… kind of, and turn a European military mishap into a game of spin doctors that, of course, spins wildly out of control.

    Plus: The Lost Boys gritty reboot, clumsy escape attempts, Hitchcockian suspense, Czech Jean Dujardin, and the strangest variation on the prisoner’s dilemma we’ve ever heard.

    Today’s Bad Ideas:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2

    If you’d like to follow David’s work, and why wouldn’t you?, check out Wooden Overcoats, visit his website and follow him on Twitter.

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

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    • 36 min
    Train Overboard!

    Train Overboard!

    It’s back to basics this week as just Gabriel, Sarah, and Zach are at NBI HQ today, but we’ve brought some truly terrible ideas with which to torment each other!

    First, Gabriel finds a sweaty Reddit post about unreasonable expectations for normal water temperature and personal space, and we turn it into a horror meet-cute where the audience is going to end up rooting for a literal hell demon. Then Zach brings us tale of unintended environmental consequences and we turn it into a political farce that hopefully would lure Simon Pegg back into acting.

    Plus: giant eagles, surveillance-oriented boyfriends, two tanks just lying around, Jerry from down the pub, and lost episodes of Seinfeld.

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2




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    • 29 min
    Then the Bears Woke Up (With Marissa Tandon)

    Then the Bears Woke Up (With Marissa Tandon)

    Today on No Bad Ideas: Bears! Legal advice! Revolution! Fandom! And special guest star, Marissa Tandon, creator of new audio fiction series, That Vampire Show!

    In our first idea, the gang has to confront the Bear League! When a family discovers that the strange noises coming from the crawlspace under their house are a family of five bears, how will they evict these unwanted woodland tenants? Then, a bakery's new fire policy defies all common sense and good practices. In our imagination, it sparks a revolution of the working class, who seize the means of hot dog production by force! 

    All of that, plus: NFTs of buns, this is fine dogging, digitally aged-up Kristen Stewart, environmental ramifications, and things that make you realize you need to eat the rich at a certain point. 

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1

    Idea #2

    For more of Marissa's work, check out Tandon Production's website and her Twitter. And tune into That Vampire Show wherever quality podcasts are sold! 

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    We’re All Digging Our Tunnel (With Ellen Winter)

    We’re All Digging Our Tunnel (With Ellen Winter)

    We’re delighted to be joined this week by the incredibly talented Ellen Winter, musician, writer, and teaching artist extraordinaire! 

    First, Zach brings us a Reddit query which we immediately decide is a horror movie, and what follows is a quest to decide just how weird a horror movie we’re making. Then Gabriel puts us all on blast with the story of a specialized cafe for writers in Japan, and we turn it into a story that is absolutely not about writers but is about creativity on a deadline and a young producer who must contend with the most dysfunctional band of all time. 

    Then Ellen comes back to us with an idea of her own: a short but evocative missed connection from Craigslist, which we turn into a twisted reckoning between Nick Cage and Cate Blanchett which is also obviously a meet cute; then we talk to Ellen about the importance of play and jam sessions to the creative process, how to get started and think about the component parts of a piece, and how to plug into what you’re most excited about. 

    Plus: a pre-wrapped A24 movie, an impressive amount of surveillance, a Miyazaki liminal multiverse, some perpetually too hot tea, and Adam Drivers all the way down.  

    If you want to check out Ellen’s work, go listen to Every Feeling I’ve Ever Felt, 36 Questions, and follow her on Twitter. 

    Today’s Bad Ideas™:

    Idea #1 

    Idea #2 

    Idea #3

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

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    • 55 min
    This Makes Some Compelling Points (With Ponders)

    This Makes Some Compelling Points (With Ponders)

    Today on No Bad Ideas... long-winded essays! Lost ideas! And special guest star, podcast producer Ponders!

    On our first bad idea... well, we run into some technical problems and lose the audio for the first chunk of the episode. Oh no! But never fear, we come back with a vengeance for our second bad idea, a tale of woe featuring a friend breakup and the longform essay that accompanied it. The gang and Ponders turn it into the quirky, Spike Jonze romcom we didn't know we needed. Then, Sarah and Gabriel have a fascinating conversation with their guest about empathy in podcasts and how it impacts the writing of audio fiction. 

    All of that, plus piña colada song situations, underpaid writers, Editing Gabriel, Arcade Fire soundtracks, and email notifications that know you far too well. 

    Today’s Bad Idea™

    For more of Ponders's work, check out their Twitter as well as their shows Accession and The Wanderer. 

    Support the show: http://patreon.com/NoBadIdeas

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Kp221212 ,

So much fun

This is such a fun podcast. I love listening to it as they come out

Rinasaurus Rex ,

Always a delight

I love getting to start my week with No Bad Ideas. The hosts are fantastic, the guests are amazing, and the ideas are always truly, astonishingly bad.

Thank you for 100 wonderful episodes, looking forward to many more <3

Lizard.hazen ,

Nothing I love more than a podcast with a totally random concept

There are many types of podcasts. They tell you about a topic. Rewatch podcasts. Audio fiction. And then there’s my favorite type, the “hey lets do this thing and also tape it.” No bad ideas is a beautiful example.

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