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The award winning Brain Candy Podcast is Candy for Your Left Brain and Your Right Brain. Hosts Sarah Rice and Susie Meister from MTV's The Challenge discuss what gets their wheels turning in the worlds of pop culture, literature, science, and psychology. They will share their favorite insights on everything from reality TV to quantum physics. So enjoy some candy for your noggin with the Brain Candy Podcast.
 
Enjoy sessions from past events like Code Media and the renowned Code Conference, along with other interviews hosted by Recode journalists. Featured episodes include candid conversations with comedian Chelsea Handler, entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
 
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Today we find out why Sarah is worried about her new home thanks to a documentary about a nuclear disaster. Susie reveals why you might be doing more harm than good when you try to "save the bees." We find out why one Japanese biker catfished the world with his instagram account. Sarah is wound up about an animation she saw featuring women of color…
 
Today we find out about a documentary on the cruise that set sail without realizing there was Covid onboard. We hear why it was so haunting to watch. We also learn why Sarah LOVE cruises (and Susie is not happy about it). Hear why two women in India are trying to change curse words to be less offensive. Susie is furious about a Super Mario Bros vid…
 
Sarah watched a documentary about skateboarding, and now she is WORKED UP. She learned about gender inequalities in the sport, and is hoping this documentary helps change it. We discuss "Smurfette syndrome" and pay inequities for female athletes. We find out why Khloe Kardashian is mad about an "unauthorized" picture, and we're having none of it. W…
 
Today we hear about why Sarah had a serious AWH (accident waiting to happen), and Susie can't quit laughing about it (but that might be because she is high on vicodin at the moment). They talk about the man who accidentally had 15,000 bees in his car. Hear why Sarah might have single-handedly put Blockbuster out of business. We discuss the musical …
 
Today we found out about a "scary" tunnel near Sarah's home, and cracked the case on why she's afraid of it (and it's hilarious). Sarah describes a study done on conversations that determined that everyone is unhappy with each other. She raves about a new movie that changed how she sees the world and brought her to a place of gratitude. We find out…
 
Today we hear about Sarah's disastrous moving experience, but celebrate her new home. We find out if she still believes mermaids exist. We discuss a woman who has found love...with a roller coaster, and even *had kids with it*, and we wonder whether it's love or lust. We find out why a French town is furious about meatless lunches. Susie explains w…
 
Today we find out about a documentary that makes you nostalgic for the 90s, but realize how things have improved for mental health concerns. We talk about the Allen v. Farrow documentary, & why our society ignored Woody's creepy behavior. We find out how scientists are trying to make your phone have the ability to smell. Susie describes a creepy cl…
 
Today we discuss Sarah's vulnerability, and why she thinks she's able to open up like she does. We hear why Susie grew up in a sharing culture too, but somehow didn't learn how to be vulnerable. Sarah describes her next move, and the reasons she knows she's on the right path. We hear the history of the heart shape, and why it might've helped people…
 
Today we find out how Larry David prevented a man from being wrongfully convicted of murder. Susie describes how women used to be the beer brewers until they were accused of being witches. We learn why cute animal pics might be more disturbing than you think. We find out what people dream about when they're dying, and why it brings comfort. Susie r…
 
Today Sarah shares the story of her breakup, and explains why she wouldn't change the past year regardless. We find out the advice she's been getting from well-meaning people, and laugh about how Susie just joins Sarah in the misery instead. We hear how Costa Rican Fabio offered some interesting insight. Sarah ends up giving herself therapy in real…
 
Today's the day! Our 500th episode is here, and we are SOOO thankful! What a special achievement, and we couldn't have done it without you! To celebrate, Sarah made a Best of the Worst Tournament of Champions March Madness Bracket, and it is H I L A R I O U S! Who will be the winner (?) of the thing we hate the most??? Will it be the patriarchy? Jo…
 
Today we find out why mother nature is a sneaky bitch, and you should be careful about your resolutions. Sarah reveals why she is "grounding" herself. Susie describes an incident on Road Rules that was unsafe, but she didn't realize it at the time. We learn about the Paranormal Challenge, and why no one has claimed the $250K prize. Susie discusses …
 
Today we find out why Sarah is living the Pura Vida, but getting there wasn't easy. We hear how lucid dreamers are able to do math problems in their sleep. We learn about an experiment that turned a living cat into an ACTUAL telephone, and while it sounds gruesome, it actually helped a lot of people with disabilities. Sarah is wound up about compan…
 
Today we hear why Sarah has always been teacher's pet, and Susie has, of course, not ever been a teacher's pet. We find out why there is a mystery inscription on Edvard Munch's Scream, and we learn who put it there. Plus, Susie convinces Sarah to like the "Mona Lisa of modern art." We discuss the story of the Lady and the Dale, and how a trans woma…
 
Today we find out about the mysterious disappearance of a sex doll. We debate what could've happened to the pretend girlfriend. Sarah reveals who made the original butt plug, and how it was marketed. Apparently, people thought butt plugs were miraculous in the early days. We find out what weird stuff people can do with their bodies, and why Sarah t…
 
Today we revisit the Framing Britney documentary and the reason society loathes beautiful women. We discuss the doxxing of a paramedic who had an OnlyFans account. Susie describes the strangest TEDTalk she's ever seen that wants to change the alphabet song. We learn about a relative of former President Warren G. Harding who wants to exhume his body…
 
Today we find out about Sarah's secret art collection. Susie discusses life at the Playboy Mansion, and why it's not all it's cracked up to be. We discuss the complexities of paparazzi, fame, and mental health. We talk about the documentary Fake Famous, which unpacks & exposes influencer culture. We learn why spinach reveals how much we don't know …
 
Today we find out why one thing is still coming between Susie & Sarah. Hear about the woman who mistook Gorilla Glue for hair gel, & it did not end well. Sarah reveals how dentists know you are sexually active, and now we're convinced we're doing *it* wrong. We hear why your income can change the hormones you secrete when you're pregnant, & we're f…
 
Today we find out why Sarah wants to get to know Rhen better, and she thinks everyone should "interview" their partners. We find out why you should trust your gut when it comes to creeps and predators. Hear the CrAzY details about a new sex doll for women that has Susie feeling a little judge-y and confused. Learn what women prefer in their sex dol…
 
Today we discuss the passing of Dustin Diamond aka Screech from Saved By the Bell, and how his career had difficulties and trauma. Susie tells us amazing facts about the ways humans smell, how we're far better at it than we realized, and it's traumatic when we lose our sense of smell. We discuss a recent retraction by Food & Wine magazine, and deba…
 
Today we find out why the Pixar documentary did not sit right with Susie, but a new one helped her see the light at the end of the patriarchal tunnel. We talk about why comedy is so male-dominated, and it's more obvious than ever. Susie describes a new show on Hulu that blew her mind. We learn the history of bubble wrap. We discuss the complexities…
 
Today we get an update on the ghost in Susie's house, and Sarah gives advice on how to make friends with her? We hear about signs from the dead, and how to watch for them. We discuss the surprising stats on fertility during COVID, and why they're calling it a "baby bust." Sarah talks about her latest Netflix obsession, and why she "loves love." Hea…
 
Today we hear why Susie's mom is fine with the Biden situation--for now. We debate whether it's strange for kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart to be on Masked Singer. Susie talks about a cool study on aging goths, and the ways that their sullen expressions of emotion make them healthier. We learn the history of peanut butter, and it's weirder than…
 
Today we hear why Susie & Sarah get embarrassed by music. Sarah gets emotional about the movie Promising Young Woman, and learn why the movie gets it right about sexual assault. We find out the history of swear words, and Sarah shares why she has a new perspective on the word "bitch." Plus, we talk to Chris Hansen of To Catch a Predator about his w…
 
Today Sarah blows Susie's mind when she reveals that scientists have discovered identical snowflakes. Susie discusses the History Channel survival-based show, Alone, and how it reveals the foibles and victories of the human spirit. We hear why there is a sperm donor shortage, and Susie hilariously forgets that cis men typically don't have wombs. We…
 
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