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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
    • 4.7 • 2.6K 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!

    Brain Buckets, Doppelgänger DNA, & Lucy Laughter

    Brain Buckets, Doppelgänger DNA, & Lucy Laughter

    Susie watched the Barney (as in the purple dinosaur) documentary and it was a shockingly sad story. We discuss the backlash towards the wholesome content and the effect it all had on its creator and her family. We discuss the science behind when you officially become an adult and the reasons why it's not simply biology, but rather a combination of life experiences and brain development. Hear why music gives us the chills. Susie offers some "old gossip" about Lucy and Desi and their hit show, I Love Lucy, and the reason why Lucy might get too much credit. We learn about a collection of 10,000 human brains and the ethical questions about what we can do with them. Plus, we hear why everybody has a doppelganger, and you might want to find yours. 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 started at Get 20% off your first order at Go to and use code: braincandy70 for 70% off plus free shipping! Get your first month of ANY crate line FREE at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chicken Binge, Miracle Mermaids, & Persuasion

    Chicken Binge, Miracle Mermaids, & Persuasion

    Hear why Susie's "powder room" is very funny and Sarah's is NSFW. We discuss the implosion of Twitter and the weird devotion of Elon Musk's "musketeers." We need a new assessment of Nick Cannon because that man is not ok. Sarah offers some exciting news about young inventors and shares the amazing things young girls are developing in STEM. Sarah is very annoyed about a man who ate a rotisserie chicken every day for 40 days, and her reasoning is that it's not that hard to eat that much chicken. We learn about "persuasion fatique," which we as a society are all dealing with as politics become more polarized. And we hear about a group of mermaids (!!!) that saved a drowning man, and this is not just Sarah's usual fan fiction! 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. Save 10% off your first month at Go to or find Julie at your nearest Walmart today! Go to and enter promo code: BRAINCANDY to save $15 off your first month’s subscription! Use code: CANDY for $75 off the purchase of any Troomi device at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Satanic Panic, Falwell's Fall, & Stuttering

    Satanic Panic, Falwell's Fall, & Stuttering

    Today is finally our demonic episode featuring the number of the beast 666! We are so excited to discuss the evils of the Satanic Panic. We learn where the panic started, why Sarah's parents were into all the devilishness, and why Susie now can't listen to Pink Floyd as a result. We hear about Anton LaVey, who started the Church of Satan and the allegations lodged at innocent people about rituals and occult affiliation. We also learn how the panic never really ended, but just morphed into Pizzagate and other conspiracy theories still around today. Susie explains why Jerry Falwell Sr. was in on it, and now his heir is in hot water over a poolboy, threesomes, and a whole lot of hypocrisy. We find out why people have different manners today and we are disclosing a lot of private info about ourselves, and we hear why that has good and bad effects on culture. Plus, we hear about a video on stuttering that made Susie realize how we all need to learn how to be better listeners. 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 20% off an at-home lab test at Get 15% off your first purchase at  Use code: CANDY for $75 off the purchase of any Troomi device at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Childlore, Toilet Destruction, & Penis Preoccupation

    Childlore, Toilet Destruction, & Penis Preoccupation

    We're fresh off our reunion in Chicago, so we discuss our trip, the fun we had with our Brainiacs, and the comedy show in which Susie performed. Sarah is getting us all nostalgic about our childhood by discussing the games kids play, their enduring appeal generation after generation, and what makes them so fun. We learn how the games kids play and things that interest them are consistent, catchy, and kid-created. We learn why men are constantly touching their junk, and we debate whether it's instinctual or cultural. We hear why nose-picking might be way worse for you than we thought. Sarah explains how Japan's oldest toilet endured a fate far worse than just a bad poo situation when the man charged with guarding it ended up causing its demise.  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 your first month of ANY crate line FREE at Get $20 off your first purchase at Use code: CANDY for $75 off the purchase of any Troomi device at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Trapper Keeper, Reality Show Hell, & Candy Cigarettes

    Trapper Keeper, Reality Show Hell, & Candy Cigarettes

    Susie has a new enemy and we're all very excited about it. We are less excited about her husband's recent health scare, and Susie has some tips for you if you're in a similar situation. We discuss the Tree of Life documentary about the Jewish synagogue shooting, and why it was a tribute instead of a "true crime" trope. We hear about the man who invented the Trapper Keeper and why it became a cultural touchstone. Susie discusses a Japanese reality tv show that made us thankful we were on the Challenge instead. We reminisce about candy cigarettes and hear about the shocking statistic about kids who ate (smoked?) them. Plus, Sarah reveals a scandalous detail about her parents that blows Susie's mind. 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 their Cyber Season Event and score up to 20% off your next purchase of non-toxic kitchenware! Get 15% off plus free shipping on your first order at Get 15% off your first order at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Shrinking, Slapping, and Swearing

    Shrinking, Slapping, and Swearing

    We begin with a warning to candy manufacturers--we're on to you and your smaller fun size candy bars and treats. Who do you think you're fooling? This isn't our first rodeo. We learn about a bird who flew so long that we are starting to think birds are superheroes. Sarah teaches us about humming, which aside from being annoying, it turns out can improve your health in a million ways. We discuss a new sport called slap fighting that is ridiculous and Susie thinks Sarah would be good at it. And we find out why swearing is actually amazing, and provides a lot of benefits to us. So f**k you, Linda.  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 show is sponsored by Betterhelp. Learn more and save 10% off your first month at Get 20% off your first order when you go to Get 20% off when you shop better hydration at and use code: CANDY at checkout! Get 10% off during your first 3 months at More podcasts at WAVE:

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Gracilyn21 ,

This is my jam!

This has been my go to podcast for years! They have such amazing positivity, humor, and intellect! They have been my saving grace getting through some difficult times in my life! When I need a mental break from all the madness, listening to them calms my anxiety and always brings a smile to my face. I can’t thank them enough. Sarah and Susie, you are my therapy, thank you! ❤️

RustiAnn ,

Love this podcast!

I’ve been spending the last year and a half getting through this podcast newest to oldest. And I’ve loved it so much! They have gotten me through some really hard times and help me get going in the morning. I can’t say enough good things about them! Love them so much! They make you feel like you’re in their friend group and it’s just nice to have that inclusivity.

EJP05 ,

The best ever

That’s it’s, you’re done. You can stop looking for a podcast. Because this is the one. The best ever. You can’t achieve greatness better than this, so why keep looking? Susie and Sarah discuss the perfect blend of fun and wacky stories, and science and research. And who doesn’t love a good poop story?

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