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On December 25th, 2007, movie star and heiress Julie Capsom crashed her car into a tree in Northern California, walked into a nearby clearing, and vanished, leaving behind a male torso in her trunk. 10 years later, reporter Bea Casely and private detective Brenda Bentley are going to reopen the case. Each has a personal tie to the story. Each thinks they know what happened. And each knows the other is going to screw this whole thing up. Join Bea, Brenda, and the rest of the Good People at Wh ...
 
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, ...
 
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Zach is out for the week but we’ve convinced Lillian Holman, a very talented audio creator and one of our dear friends, to pitch hit in the NBI Hot Seat and help us mix some metaphors! First, Gabriel brings us a battle over exactly what’s in a name, and we turn it into a marriage plot based on the most convoluted inheritance scheme of all time. The…
 
We’re back for yet another round of untangling the sad, the stupid, and the gross. First, Zach brings us a horrible, heartbreaking story of abandonment at sea and we feel the best thing we can do with the idea is launch it at Mars. Then Gabriel delivers a story of botched revenge and we turn it into a tale of spies who really wish their neighbors w…
 
Today on No Bad Ideas: 90's fads! Grief counseling! Erotica! Devious librarians! And special guest star, Sarah Rhea Werner! First, Zach brings us the story of a 90's fad that, when it died, had its very own wake, funeral, and memorial service. The team turns it into a heartwarming period dramedy about families, grieving, and confronting our own mor…
 
Today on No Bad Ideas: girlfriends! Birthdays! Scams! Tokens! Art! On our first bad idea, Gabriel brings the team a report of a man who was dating a lot of women so that he could have birthdays all year round. We try our best to turn it into the story of a spy who is very desperately trying to get caught. Then, Sarah presents an article about an NF…
 
Today on No Bad Ideas: it's special guest star Christopher Dole, co-creator of Arden! Also bear fighting, incompetent criminals, and a conversation about creating content while the world is upside down! In our first story, the gang takes Sarah's story about a man who (unsuccessfully) tries to fight a bear and turns it into a film about a has-been w…
 
Hello dear listeners! We're focused this week on getting Unseen’s April Fool’s Day Special - starring Lisette Alvarez and written by Jordan Cobb - ready for publication next week, April 20th. We’ll be back with a new No Bad Ideas episode next Thursday. In the meantime, please subscribe to and review Unseen if you haven’t yet (www.unseen.show)! And …
 
Today on No Bad Ideas: the triumphant return of guest star Mike Schubert to the Bad Ideas Thunderdome! Plus two stories of theft, technology, art, and daring getaways! In our first bad idea, a man's crypto misfortune is turned into a violent rampage of revenge... and its sequel... and then the sequel to the sequel. Then, Mike brings us the tale of …
 
Content Warning: this episode's second idea contains mention of suicide. If you would like to avoid this content, please stop listening at the 19:00 mark. Today on No Bad Ideas: high-speed business opportunities and medical chatbots giving people dangerous advice! In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the opportunity of a fast and furious lifetime…
 
Today on No Bad Ideas... Rings! Thieves! Railroads! Mind Control! Clowns! Ecology Professors! In our first story, Gabriel brings us the latest exploits of No Bad Ideas's favorite superhero: Florida Man! What's he been up to? Proposing to his girlfriend... with his secret lover's rings. The gang turns it into a Western about a group of badass wronge…
 
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 turn it into a high stakes, high pressure, public relations-based thriller. Then, Gabriel presents the tale of a couple who got marr…
 
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 the Stasi and ends among the stars. Then Sarah has a dilemma from the world of online education, which we turn into a con that bri…
 
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 they bargained for in a stolen vehicle. A deeply strange riff on the buddy comedy ensues. Then Sara raises, if not the dead, then a standoff between man and ghost. We turn it into a story full of supernat…
 
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 (?) story of a burgeoning young artist who just so happens to be a monkey on the run from Animal Control Officer Dwayne “The Rock” John…
 
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 next Thursday. But first, one last classic episode - one of our favorites, and starring one of our favorite guests we've ever had on…
 
The Innocence Project The Okra Project The Marshall Project Color Of Change Additional Resources No Bad Ideas is going to be on a bit of a hiatus until January 21st. Never fear: while we're gone, we're going to be sharing some of our favorite old school Bad Ideas episodes! Avast! On today's No Bad Ideas, Gabriel brings Zach and Sarah a tale of love…
 
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