Judge John Hodgman Episode 189: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chambers

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It's that time again! Judge Hodgman weighs in on some winter holiday disputes, and sees the return of a former litigant.

San Francisco Bay area! See Judge John Hodgman Live! Judge Hodgman will return to mete out justice as part of SF Sketchfest on Friday, February 6th at Marines Memorial Theater.

Tickets available here

More information about the show and Sketchfest available here.

We need YOU to submit cases to be heard that evening! If you and another party
- reside in the SF Bay area, or will be able to attend the show on February 6
- have a legitimate beef, large or small

... write us with the details! Send it directly to hodgman@maximumfun.org or submit via our webform here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 188: I Pledge a Grievance

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Christian brings the case against his wife, Corrin. They're both big fans of a university sports team, and aren't afraid to show their spirit. Christian wants to fly their team's flag outside their house on game days, but Corrin says that's one step too far. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Lisa Minogue-White for this week's case name! And thanks to Julian Burrell for engineering this week.

You can see John Hodgman live at his remaining 2014 tourdates in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15 & 16. You can also visit www.bit.ly/notacult for a Secret Society event that will be open to the public.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 187: Cease and De-Thrift

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Alex brings the case against his wife, Mandy. Alex prefers to buy clothes secondhand, and will buy any item that fits his needs. He recently bought a pair of secondhand sneakers and wears them as his "strolling shoes". Mandy thinks they are "grandpa shoes" and says Alex needs to think more about his personal image when purchasing clothing. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to David Hobson for suggesting this week's amazing case name! And thanks to Julian Burrell for engineering this week's episode.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

I've got more than one answer for you. You can go see his remaining 2014 tourdates in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15 & 16. You can also buy your tickets for next year's MaxFunCon, a weekend of creativity and comedy in the woods of Lake Arrowhead, California. At the time of this writing, we're more than 80% sold out -- so if you want to come, now's the time to buy your ticket.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 186: The Commune-ish Manifesto

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Jenny brings the case against her best friend Erin. Their families live together in a kind of modern commune, and they have trouble explaining it to outsiders. Erin says they should just pretend to be related. Jenny says they should be upfront and let people think what they will. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Pat Healy for suggesting this week's amazing case name!

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

I've got more than one answer for you. You can go see his remaining 2014 tourdates in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15 & 16. You can also buy your tickets for next year's MaxFunCon, a weekend of creativity and comedy in the woods of Lake Arrowhead, California. Tickets go on sale the day after Thanksgiving, and they always go fast. Be sure to get yours early!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 185: Campering with the Evidence

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Dale brings the case against her husband, Shawn. Dale bought a small trailer, intending to convert it to a food truck for her business. She's figured out it isn't suitable as a food truck, and now she has plans to make it into a small camper. Shawn says the trailer won't work as a camper, either, and that it's time to sell it. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Joe Pritchard for suggesting this week's case name!

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

Great question! Judge Hodgman is out on the road this month, finishing up his 2014 tour dates in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Virginia! Go go go! Find a tourdate in your area here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 184: Return to Chambers

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Bailiff Jesse and Judge Hodgman return to chambers to clear out the docket.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

Great question! Judge Hodgman is out on the road this month, finishing up his 2014 tour dates in the Northeast United States! Go go go! Find a tourdate in your area here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 183: Vehicular Hound Inside

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Alexa brings the case against her mom, Leslie. Leslie loves her dog Boo and takes her everywhere. Alexa says her mom allows Boo to do whatever she wants, like riding in the front seat of the car and often in her mom's lap. She believes this behavior is unsafe, both for her mom and the dog. Leslie claims she has Boo's well being in mind, and that her behavior is perfectly fine. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Kathleen Keating for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

Great question! He's finishing up 2014 tourdates in the Northeastern US. Find a tourdate in your area here!

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Submitted by Alexa

Exhibit A: Photo of Boo

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 182: Clearing the Docket

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Bailiff Jesse and Judge Hodgman return to chambers to clear out the docket.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

Great question! Judge Hodgman is out on the road right now, touring the Midwest and Northeast United States! Chicago! Milwaukee! Akron! Hartford! and more. Find a tourdate in your area here!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 181: Amicus Grief

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Will brings the case against his friend Moby. Moby has constructed a "friendship and acquaintance theory" that helps her navigate the relationships in her life. She's entirely upfront about which people in her life are acquaintances, and which are friends. She says it helps her maintain better relationships. Will thinks Moby has gone overboard with the theory, and it's alienating her from other people. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Christian Philippe Roulleau for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

Great question! Judge Hodgman is out on the road right now, touring the Midwest and Northeast United States! Chicago! Milwaukee! Akron! Hartford! and more. Find a tourdate in your area here!

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Submitted by Moby

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 180: MaxFunWeek!

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Guests: 
Hrishi Hirway
Guests: 
Nate DiMeo
Guests: 
Griffin McElroy

Judge John Hodgman clears the docket with some very special guests to celebrate MaxFunWeek! MaxFunWeek celebrates you, dear listener! The fun kicks off today, Wednesday October 15 and runs through Tuesday, October 21. Check out all of the MaxFunWeek happenings (including prizes and social meetups) here.

Today's episode features expert wisdom from

Hrishikesh Hirway, host of Song Exploder
Nate DiMeo, host of The Memory Palace
Griffin McElroy, co-host of My Brother, My Brother and Me

Now's a great time to explore the other shows on Maximum Fun and share your favorites with a friend!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 179: Hear She, Shear He

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Kelly brings the case against her boyfriend Ryan. Ryan wants to grow a beard, but Kelly thinks it's unsightly and uncomfortable for her. Should Ryan be allowed to grow his beard?

Thanks to Helen Mansfield for knocking it out of the park with this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN AND BAILIFF JESSE IN REAL LIFE?

Great question! Judge Hodgman will be out on the road this fall, touring the Midwest and Northeast United States! Philadelphia! Chicago! Milwaukee! Akron! and more. Find a tourdate in your area here!

Or if you live in Los Angeles, come out for some fun at a Live Bullseye with Jesse Thorn show in a real, honest-to-God Masonic Temple at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15th. Conversation, music and comedy with newly announced special guests Rob Corddry, Dan Harmon, Sara Watkins, Steve Agee and Andy Kindler! Find tickets here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 178: In Chambers

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Judge Hodgman & Bailiff Jesse clear the docket and read pedantic letters in our first chambers-only episode! Have you got suggestions for the scary movie club? Tell us your thoughts on Twitter @Hodgman, @JesseThorn, or join the conversation on the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page.

Plus if you wanna see Judge Hodgman or Bailiff Jesse live and in person, here's how to do it:

Check out the John Hodgman tour page for dates all across the Northeast and Midwest this October and November!

Or find Jesse hosting his NPR show Bullseye in LA on Wednesday, October 15th at a legit Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with guests Dan Harmon, Steve Agee, Andy Kindler and Sara Watkins.

See you next time on the Judge John Hodgman podcast!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 177: D-I-Why?!

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Chuck brings the case against his wife Emilie. Chuck performed a little surprise home renovation while Emilie was away. But Emilie isn't a fan of the finished look. Should Chuck fix it, or stand by while a contractor takes over?

You can find Chuck's podcast online at Stuff You Should Know.

Thanks to Rick Amick for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN AND BAILIFF JESSE IN REAL LIFE?

Great question! Judge Hodgman will be out on the road this fall, touring the Midwest and Northeast United States! Philadelphia! Chicago! Milwaukee! Akron! and more. Find a tourdate in your area here!

Or if you live in Los Angeles, come out for some fun at a Live Bullseye with Jesse Thorn show in a real, honest-to-God Masonic Temple at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15th. Conversation, music and comedy with newly announced special guests Rob Corddry, Dan Harmon, Sara Watkins, Steve Agee and Andy Kindler! Find tickets here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 176: The Burden of Goof

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Michelle's fiance Josh is a prankster and has taken things too far! Will the judge crack down on the goofs?

THANK YOU to Kate Luckey for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

NOTE: The Judge is touring the continental United States in October and November! Check out his dates here!
And Bailiff Jesse's NPR show is coming to you live in Los Angeles on October 15 at an honest-to-God Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. What are you waiting for?!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 175: Failure to Appear

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Stand brings the case against her Dad, David. She's living in Norway for two years for graduate school, and wants David to pay a visit to see her and the sights. David says travel is a hassle and Stand should just come home every once in awhile. Who's right?

THANK YOU to Erik Brewster for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 174: Unreasonable Scorch and Leisure

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Hear ye, hear ye! The court of the Honorable Judge John Hodgman will be on a short summer recess and return with new episodes starting Wednesday, September 10! In the meantime, check out Judge Hodgman's tourdates beginning September 5 and if you're in the New England area... Listen to this episode to learn how to meet Judge Hodgman, the Bananaman and Guest Bailiff Monte in the flesh!

Steffen brings the case against his dad, Brian. Steffen enjoys spending time with his family, but says too much of their "together" time is based around pool parties. Steffen doesn't care for swimming or laying out, and wants the family to do more indoor activities together. Brian says pool time is a great way for the family to bond.

Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Big thanks again to Joel Mann and community radio station WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine for hosting the Judge this summer!

Thanks to Michael Davidson Jr. for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 173: Gross Misconduct

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Is it ever OK to clip your fingernails in public? Molly brings the case against her mom Susan. Molly says that Susan has a habit of clipping her fingernails at inappropriate times. Susan says she follows proper etiquette and tries to be discreet. Who's right? Who's wrong?

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Joel Mann and community radio station WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine for their help this summer. And you can do as the Judge does and Donate to WERU's Summer Fun-a-Thon pledge drive, happening now!

Thanks to Brian Koppe for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 172: Daily Security Beefing

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Jake and Janey's urban neighborhood has been plagued by break-ins. They want to protect their house, but disagree on the best way to deter burglars.

We are joined again this week by guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Thanks to Matt Cadrette for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 171: The Leisure Suit

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Stacey brings the case against her boyfriend Greg. When they go on trips together, Greg likes to dawdle and take his time getting on the road. Stacey has grown impatient with this, and wants to get out bright and early. Who's right, and who's wrong?

We are joined again this week by guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, Massachusetts.

We're also assisted this week by Joel Mann at 89.9FM WERU in Blue Hill, Maine.

Thanks to Ryan Stauffer for naming this week's episode! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 170: Monte Belmonte Python

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Beth loves animals and wants to acquire a python as a pet. Her partner Ross says they have enough pets already and thinks snakes are disgusting and frightening. He thinks they should be satisfied with the pets they have now. Who's right and who's wrong?

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Thanks to Patricia Caffrey for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 169: Hunter-Gaveler

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Guests: 
Jonathan Miles

Claire brings the case against her husband Brian. They've just bought a new house in the country, and look forward to rest and relaxation there. Brian wants to do a little hunting on the property, Claire wants to keep it a place of peace. Who's right and who's wrong?

Special thanks this week to novelist and journalist Jonathan Miles for serving as our expert witness! He's the author of Want Not, out now in paperback, and Dear American Airlines.

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Thanks to Samuel Ross for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 168: Queasy Rider

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Guests: 
Mark Gagliardi

Katie brings the case against her boyfriend, Dallas. They enjoy visiting Disneyland together, but Dallas refuses to go on Katie's favorite ride. Katie says he's got nothing to lose by giving it a try, and everything to gain. Dallas says already knows he won't like it, and he's OK with missing out. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Special thanks this week to our wonderful expert witness Mark Gagliardi (who you may know from Drunk History or The Thrilling Adventure Hour). Follow him on Twitter!

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Thanks to Kristopher Nordstrom for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 167: Brocavore

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Brothers Edmund and Garth plan to grow and raise all of their food for an entire year. Garth thinks they should have occasional exceptions for things like chocolate and coffee. Edmund says they need to go whole hog. Who's right?

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If you're curious about Edmund and Garth's Cairncrest farm, you can learn more here or here.

Thanks to Jon Jiras for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 166: My Legal Pony

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Nancy brings the case against her friend Becky. They are both veterinarians. Nancy lives out in the country, and owns a herd of Shetland ponies. She says the ponies act as ponies do, and are perfectly fine just as they are. Becky says Nancy's ponies are ill-mannered. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Thanks to Alex Maeder for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 165: Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro

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Declan brings the case against his older brother Taran. Taran is a heavy sleeper and often relies on Declan to wake him up in the mornings. Declan thinks he should get used to a real alarm clock, since they won't be living together forever. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Thanks to William Wotawa for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 164: O Brother, Where Parked Thou?

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Stephanie brings the case against her brother Mitch. They live at home with their parents and can't agree - who should get the coveted driveway spot and who should trudge through the mud to get to their car?

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Thanks to Mike Kennedy for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 163: Backseat Jiver

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Zaki always controls the stereo on long car rides, and Michelle wants to get in on the action. Who gets to choose the audio playlist on a road trip, the driver or the passenger?

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Thanks to Sarah Bourassa for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 162: Laissez Hair

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Leala's husband Beau acts as her in-house hairdresser and helps her dye her hair each month. Now he wants to retire the gloves, and send her to the salon.

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Thanks to Chris Pesch for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 161: Cold Case

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Should a couple in Berlin install an air conditioner in their new apartment? Dominik enjoys the heat, while Laura prefers a cooler climate.

For more on LUFTZUG and a "Zuglufttier in Form einer Katze", click here.

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Thanks to Jason Puckett for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 160: The French Correction

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Guests: 
Jonathan Goldstein

Two Quebecers quarrel: should they speak English or French when they're out and about in their hometown of Montreal?

We're joined this week by expert witness Jonathan Goldstein, host of CBC's WireTap and author of I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow (along with several other excellent books).

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Thanks to Thomas McCambley for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 159: The Waiting Game

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Mollie files suit against her husband Geoff. She says Geoff can be overly competitive when playing board games, and takes his sweet time plotting the perfect move to crush his opponents. She wants Geoff to get a move on! Geoff says playing the game means taking the time to do it right. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Thanks to Lauren Cummings for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 158: Tipping the Scales of Justice

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Joe and his wife Marika bring today's case. Marika says Joe's habit of tipping housekeeping and service workers with coins is rude and contrary to the spirit of the gesture. Joe says, as long as he's tipping, what's the problem? Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Thanks to Jared Henderson for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 157: Honey Don't

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Guests: 
Jordan Morris
Guests: 
Mary Roach

Lani says her husband Alistair insists on doing most of the chores at home. She says she's tired of having to ask him to take out the garbage when she could very well do it herself! Is Alistair TOO chivalrous?

With a special guest appearance from MaxFun pal, Mary Roach (author of the terrific book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal). Thanks, Mary!

Judge Jesse Thorn takes over for Hodgman this week, and the bailiff's spot is filled by Jordan Morris. Judge Hodgman will return to the courtroom next week!

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Thanks to Mike Frost and Jess Krywosa for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 156: Two's Company

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Guests: 
Jordan Morris

Judge Jesse Thorn takes over for Hodgman this week, and the bailiff's spot is filled by Jordan Morris!

Margaret files suit against her male housemate and best friend, who's lied to his family about living with a woman. She wants him to come clean! He says it would only complicate things. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Thanks to Marc Naimark for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 155: The Perp Walk

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Guests: 
John Roderick

Lisa says her boyfriend Mitch's jaywalking is annoying and downright dangerous. Mitch says jaywalking can be done safely, and that he's got it down to a science. Who's right?

We're joined this week by Guest Bailiff John Roderick of The Long Winters and the podcast Roderick on the Line, with Merlin Mann. Thanks John!

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Thanks to Peter Rawlings for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 154: Visitation Rights

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Guests: 
John Roderick

Kevin insists that his best friend Ross abandon his daily routine and small-town life and visit him in the city once in awhile.

We're joined this week and next by Guest Bailiff John Roderick of The Long Winters and the podcast Roderick on the Line, with Merlin Mann. Thanks John!

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Thanks to Ellen Houlihan for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 153: God Save the Teen

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Should a teenage Anglophile go to college (sorry, university) in the UK? His older brother says he'd be happier attending school in the States.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 152: Arraigning Cats and Dogs

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Eileen brings the case against her boyfriend Tyler. They recently moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, and Eileen thinks it's the right time to get a dog -- specifically, a corgi. Tyler is a cat person and says a cat would be the better pet. Who RULES and who DROOLS?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 151: Sic Semper Dramatis

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Will wants his brother Andrew to stop making scenes and acting like a reality TV star in public. NOTE: Some occasional bad language in this episode.

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We're joined again by Western Massachusetts radio personality Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI!

Thanks to Jason Yucis for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 150: J'Accuzzi!

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Corbin brings the case against his brother Chas. Chas is trying to persuade their parents to build a pool on the family farmstead. Corbin opposes the notion stating it is too dangerous for their 18 grandchildren during family functions. Who will have the last splash?

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We're joined again by Western Massachusetts radio personality Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI!

Thanks to Chris Fazio for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 149: Honk If You Love Justice

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Wes brings the case against his friend Adam. He says Adam is too eager to lay on the horn when he sees bad driving. Adam says he's just practicing defensive driving. Who's right?

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Thanks to Jason Puckett & Dan Friedman for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

EDITED TO ADD: Geekosystem answers Judge Hodgman's question about General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 148: Science Friction

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Guests: 
Jane Espenson

A sci-fi fan brings the case against her sister. Christine says her sister Carrie shuns science fiction, and she's missing out big-time as a result. Should Carrie give sci-fi a chance?

This week, we're joined by a special expert witness, the esteemed television writer and producer, Jane Espenson!

You can watch Husbands, the show Jane co-created with Brad Bell online -- anytime! The new season of Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday, March 9th on ABC.

Jane will be joining us at our creative conference, Make Your Thing, this October - but we need your participation to make it happen. If you're an independent creator (or just want to support them), help Kickstart Make Your Thing now - our campaign ends Wednesday, February 26th!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 147: A Trial of Two Cities

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Christine brings the case against her cousin Lara. Christine lives in Philadelphia, Lara lives in Raleigh. Christine says the two cities aren't comparable, and Philadelphia is clearly the superior city. Lara disagrees. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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SPECIAL THANKS go to our special guest and expert witness, Jon Wurster! Follow him on Twitter, or check out his work with Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Bob Mould or the late, great, Best Show on WFMU.

Thanks to Keith VanderWal for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 146: Command Quit

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John files suit against his son Quin, a video game enthusiast.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 145: Moped Operandi

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Amanda brings the case against her husband Pat. They recently moved to a new neighborhood, and Amanda wants to buy a motor scooter to commute to work and get about town. Pat says it's a dangerous idea, especially for his accident-prone wife.

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BELOW, please find the evidence for this case.
CLICK HERE for Chris Molanphy's article on defining one-hit wonders.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 144: Father Gnaws Beast

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Sisters Kim and Jen bring the case against their dad, Rick. They're at odds when it comes to ordering food for the whole family, since Kim is a vegetarian and Rick loves meat. Can Judge Hodgman cater to all tastes?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 143: Namer vs. Namer

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Guests: 
Kurt Braunohler

Josh brings the case against his wife Jackie. They each kept their respective surnames when they married, and now can't decide on a last name for their future children. Should the kids take their mom or dad's last name, combine them, or take on a brand new appellation? Only one man can decide.

PLUS, our friend comedian Kurt Braunohler joins us for the docket. If you have not already, please check out his stand up special HOW DO I LAND?, the K Ohle podcast, or see him in person at one of his tourdates.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 142: The Department of Corrections

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Tom brings the case against his wife Kira. He says Kira is obsessed with proper grammar, and she comes across as a know-it-all when she corrects his speech. Kira says she prides herself on correct language usage, and that Tom should do the same. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

We're joined this week by special guest and lexicographer Emily Brewster, Associate Editor for Merriam-Webster. Thank you, Emily!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 141: Martial Law

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Rodrigo brings the case against his friend and jiu jitsu classmate Matthew. Rodrigo claims Matthew has avoided taking the "No-Gi" classes at their Jiu Jitsu studio and needs to start challenging himself in his practice. Matthew says he's tried the classes but can't spend all his free time practicing. Is Matthew wimping out? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 140: Kitchen Loco Parentis

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Pablo brings the case against his wife, Diana. They allow their two-year-old daughter Mati to help out in the kitchen by mixing, pouring and preparing food -- but they can't agree on how much responsibility is TOO much.

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Judge Hodgman Episode 139: The Judge John Hodgman Holiday Special

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"I will honor the court of Judge John Hodgman in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!"

This week: Judge Hodgman is visited by the spirits of litigants past. This is one for the Judge John Hodgman superfans!

As referenced in the episode, please see Jason Sims's amazing SAdvent Calendar.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 138: Badgering the Waitress

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Max says if he needs something at a bar or restaurant, he's within his rights to flag someone down or call out to get their attention - but his friend Andy says he's going about it all wrong.

Stay tuned for next week's episode - we'll be revisiting some of the litigants from our all-time favorite episodes!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 137: Six Feet Plunder

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Friends Brittany and Reg bring their case before the court. On an amble through a cemetery after Christmas, Brittany found hundreds of potted Christmas trees left graveside. She saw that they weren't being cared for, and hoping to save them from the trash, took the trees and replanted them elsewhere. Her friend Reg says this is tantamount to grave-robbing since it was done without permission. He insists that Brittany was wrong to take the trees, no matter her intention. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Also, thanks to Paul Ruh for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 136: Case Your State

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Sam brings the case against his longtime friend John. They both hail from cities in Massachusetts, but John says that Sam isn't "really" from Massachusetts -- he doesn't have the attitude and spirit. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

NOTE: Bad language and Massholism appear in this episode. You are warned.

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Thanks to comedy venue and restaurant The Creek and Cave in Long Island City, Cave Comedy Radio and Marcus Parks for engineering this week's episode! Please check out Cave Comedy Radio's podcast offerings. They are awesome.

Also, thanks to Jon Ahjudah Barr for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 135: Resisting a Rest

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Juliet brings the case against her fiance, Tom. Tom is a "disc ultimate" enthusiast. He's sustained several injuries over the past few years playing the sport. Juliet says he should take a season to recover and prepare to play again. Tom says he's running out of time and needs to get back in the game.

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Thanks to Mary-Shannon Collins for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 134: The Right to Remain Silent

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Guests: 
Eugene Mirman

Chris wants his daughter, Sophie, to get over her shyness and show more confidence in uncomfortable social situations. Sophie believes she is making progress in her own way and doesn't need any pushing from her Dad. Who's right and who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

This week we're joined by surprise guest Eugene Mirman to help weigh in on the dispute.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 133: Exit Partay

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Jason and Amber are a married couple. Jason is a pediatrician. He interacts with the public all day, but considers himself to be an introvert. His wife Amber is at home all day. She thirsts for social interaction. Their dispute: when they're out together at a party, who decides when to leave? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 132: Criminal In Tent

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April and her boyfriend Walter share a grand, romantic plan for the future: to buy a piece of land and build their own home. However, they disagree on which type of structure they should build. April thinks a small, wooden house would be best, but Walter believe he's better suited to a yurt-dwelling lifestyle. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman decides.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 131: May it Breeze the Court

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Our litigant Adrienne has always used fan noise to fall asleep. Her husband says the noise drives him crazy, and that it masks night sounds too well - he worries that they won't hear a burglar alarm or their daughter crying in the middle of the night. Should Adrienne keep her sleep aid, or is Patrick entitled to peace and quiet?

Thanks to Bob Canty for suggesting a variation of this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 130: Strictly Courtroom

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Ricardo brings the case against his girlfriend Paola. They both love to salsa dance, but Ricardo needs some work on technique. He'd like to perfect his skills out at the salsa clubs, but Paola says she'd rather teach him at home, where they can take it at their own pace. Where should they make their moves? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Rob Coggeshall and Alan Con B for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

Please also note our thanks to Matt Reid and Stephan MacLeod, who created this amazing version of Podcast On, Judge Hodgman's version of the Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers "Roadrunner" from Episode 128, Horseless Miscarriage of Justice.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 129: Lingua Fracas

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Doug brings the case against his best friend Ty. Ty insists on pronouncing foreign words with the proper accent when speaking in English. Doug says this is pretentious, and that Ty should just accept the common pronunciation of words when he's Stateside.

Thanks to Michael Davidson Jr for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 128: Horseless Miscarriage of Justice

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Abraham, a self-described gearhead, brings the case against his sister Sonja: why won't she take his advice when buying a car?

Thanks to Paul Ruh for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 127: 12 Angry Birds

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Anna brings the case against her boyfriend, David. David says Anna is addicted to playing electronic games, to her own detriment . Anna says the games are simply recreational and relaxing, and that she can quit any time she wants. Is Anna a gaming addict? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Kate Powers for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 126: There's No Crime Like the Present

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Emily and Otto have a dispute about gift-giving - when is it required? Otto works long shifts in a remote location and says it's difficult to find time to buy traditional presents. Emily still wants him to recognize holidays and birthdays. Can the Judge resolve their problem at present?

This week is our farewell show to guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, Massachussetts. Till next time...

And thanks to Avidan Ackerson for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 125: Weight, Weight, Don't Judge Me

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Chad and Elizabeth like to challenge each other to the occasional friendly weight loss competition. But they differ on how to measure the losing winner. Can Judge Hodgman weigh the options?

Please note: Judge John Hodgman is in no way a medical or legal authority.

We're joined again by Western Massachusetts radio personality and man about town Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI!

And thanks to Mitchel Ahern for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 124: Coast Mortem

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Dan and Jen have a bicoastal dispute. They currently live in San Francisco, California but are ready for a move. Dan wants to return to their home state of Massachusetts to experience the seasons, but Jen says she's too used to California weather and thinks LA is the better option for them both. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

We're joined again by Western Massachusetts radio personality and man about town Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI!

And thanks to Holly Ashworth for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 123: Emergency Podcast System

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Kristin and Justin are a married couple. Kristin says her husband isn't reacting with the proper amount of alarm to tornado warnings in their town. Justin says he's weighed the risks and has his own game plan for tornadoes. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

We're joined again by the spitfire guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI!

And thanks to Tim Fargus for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 122: Reckless Endungeonment

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Ryan and Dan are longtime friends who have played hundreds of role-playing games together over the years. Dan's become bored with what he sees as "safe" gameplay recently and decided to shake it up, taking more risks with his character. Ryan says this type of play doesn't fit with their style and is ruining everyone's fun. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Judge John Hodgman is ably assisted yet again by guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte of the terrific WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI for helping us produce this show!

And thanks to Tavie P. for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 121: So Help You Pod, or Whatever

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Judge John Hodgman returns to the courtroom to rule on an important spousal dispute: So Help You Pod, or Whatever! He's assisted this week by guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte of the terrific WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI for helping us produce this show!

Aaron wants to move his beloved refurbished egg pod chair into the home he shares with his wife, Kara. Kara objects to the outsized piece of furniture and says it needs to stay in storage until the time and place are right. Who's right? Who's wrong. Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Rick Amick for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.
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Judge John Hodgman Episode 120: Halal In The Family

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Brother Ali

Stephanie brings the case against her boyfriend, Dan. Her religious beliefs bar her from eating pork or keeping it in their shared home; she'd like Dan to follow the same restriction. He says that when he's away from the home, he'd like to be able to eat what he wants. Who is right?

We are joined this week by expert witness Brother Ali. Judge Jesse Thorn fills in for Judge John Hodgman, and Jordan Morris steps up as guest bailiff.

Thank you to listener Kevin Brown for suggesting this week's episode name!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 119: Odor In The Court

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Judge Jesse Thorn fills in for Judge Hodgman this week. Jordan Morris steps in as bailiff.

This week's case is international! Christopher is English. His girlfriend, Andrea, is Spanish. And they live together in Holland.

Christopher brings the case against his girlfriend Andrea. Andrea says that Christopher re-wears his clothing too often and doesn't care for the clothes correctly. Christopher says he doesn't smell and he's happy with the way the clothes look -- so what's the problem? Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 118: Taxi Evasion

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Marcelo brings the case against his girlfriend, Sam. When Sam takes off early from a night out, Marcelo would like her to take a cab home. Sam thinks he's not respecting her ability to walk home smartly and safely. Who's right? Who's wrong?

THANKS THIS WEEK TO:

Lewis Michael Powell for suggesting this week's case name!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 117: Lawn and Order

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Scott Adsit

Jumi brings the case against her husband, Josh. Josh thinks they need a riding mower to tame their front and backyards. Jumi says the idea is absurd and impractical. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

THANKS THIS WEEK TO:

- Guest bailiff Scott Adsit! You can find him performing regularly at the UCB Theater in NYC or on your televisions or internet streaming services on 30 Rock.

- Aaron Fichtelberg for suggesting this week's case name!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 116: Shut Your Pie-Troll 2

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Erin brings the case against her friend Ezra. Ezra hosts a "Bad Movie Night" at his house for their friends to watch movies, eat, and hang out. It's a popular event, but Erin says that Ezra could make the night way more fun if he just took a few of her suggestions. Who is right?

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PLUS, please do not forget to watch Judge Hodgman's JOHN HODGMAN: RAGNAROK comedy special, available to stream as a Netflix Original now. This show was filmed before a live audience at the Bell House in NYC just before the proclaimed coming of Ragnarok. What happened? WATCH AND FIND OUT. A note from John Hodgman to you, here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 115: Permanent Record

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Josh Clark

John brings the case against his girlfriend, Emily. She has a number of tattoos and wants her next tattooed piece to be on her wrist. John wants Emily to reconsider the tattoo's placement. Can the Judge resolve an issue that's needled them both?

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PLUS, please do not forget to watch Judge Hodgman's JOHN HODGMAN: RAGNAROK comedy special is available to stream as a Netflix Original tomorrow, June 20. This show was filmed before a live audience at the Bell House in NYC just before the proclaimed coming of Ragnarok. What happened? WATCH AND FIND OUT. A note from John Hodgman to you, here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 114: Fitness for the Prosecution

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Melissa brings the case against her boyfriend, Henry. She's been looking for a way for Henry and her friends to bond, and thinks she's found the solution -- teaming up for a charity mud race. But Henry wants to opt out of the race, citing a forced atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. Must he join Melissa and her friends? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 113: Uniform Code of Podcast Justice

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Sports! Paul brings the case against his friend Jeremy. Paul loves to wear his favorite baseball team's gear to games, even when that team isn't playing the game. Jeremy says that this practice is in bad taste. Who's right?

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Judge John Hodgman 112: Court-o-Potty

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Meg and her boyfriend Tony share a one-bathroom house in Portland. Meg suggests using a chamber pot when the bathroom is occupied, but Tony is appalled by the idea. Should Meg be allowed a "Plan B"? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman 111: A Danderous Precedent

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Mike brings the case against his wife, Christine. Mike is very allergic to cats and dogs, but Christine hopes to own a furry pet one day. She's asked Mike to undergo allergy shots. Should Mike take one for the team, or should the family give up the dream of cute fuzzy wuzzies? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman 110: Veranda Rights

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Ryan brings the case against his friend and neighbor, Allie. Ryan recently moved and has decorated an outside porch area with indoor furniture. Allie thinks the furniture isn't appropriate for outside use. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman 109: Seating Arraignment

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Chris brings the case against his sister-in-law, Jenna. For many years, their extended family has had kids and adults tables at holiday gatherings. Chris thinks that since the kids are all grown up, they should abandon the kids table. Jenna thinks the table should retain its sovereignty. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman 108: A Room With a Feud

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Tom Scharpling

Amanda brings the case against her husband, Mike. Amanda wants to rearrange their apartment to better suit their live/work needs. Mike wants to keep things as they are. Who is right? Who is wrong? Only one man can decide.

Filling in for Jesse this week is Guest Baliff Tom Scharpling. Tom hosts The Best Show on WFMU every Tuesday from 9 PM to midnight EST. There are all sorts of different ways to listen to the show: those in the New York or New Jersey area can listen by tuning their radios to 91.1 FM or 90.1 FM respectively. Those not in the New York or New Jersey area (or those who cannot afford radios) can listen in live on WFMU.org. And for those who don't believe in live-streaming, The Best Show podcast (and its bite-sized companion, Best Show Gems), can be downloaded on iTunes.

Special thanks to Marcus Parks, who provided engineering assistance with this episode. It was recorded at The Creek and The Cave in Long Island City, home of the Cave Comedy Podcast Network.

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Judge John Hodgman 107: Dischord is Now in Session

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Andrea brings the case against her husband, Scott. Andrea loves to sing along with her favorite songs but doesn't think it's important to be especially careful about the notes or the key. Her husband Scott says if she's going to sing, she needs to sing it the right way! Who is right? Who is wrong? Only one man can decide.

We're joined this week by TWO expert witnesses:
Jonathan Coulton, Musician
David Rees, Artisanal Pencil Sharpener and Karaoke Enthusiast

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 106: Trivial Peer Suit

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Steve brings the case to court. He says he's served as the de-facto leader of a trivia team for years now, and wants to make it official. His teammate Claire says that the team thrives under unofficial leadership. Who is right? Who is wrong? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 105: To the Victor Goes the Spoiled

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Alton Brown

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Natalie brings the case against her husband Hugo. She wants to throw food away when she decides it's spoiled or too old. Hugo hates waste, and is aghast that Natalie throws away moldy but "perfectly usable" items. Who is right? Who is wrong? Only one man can decide.

This week, the Judge is joined by television host, chef, and expert witness Alton Brown. Alton continues to host a number of shows for the Food Network, including Good Eats and Next Iron Chef. He's currently working on a podcast of his own, called The Browncast.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 104: The Birthday Suit

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Aldo brings the case against his partner Sean. They decided to plan trips for each other's birthdays, but make each destination a surprise. But the secrecy is making Aldo anxious, and now he wants to know where they're going! Should Sean reveal their itinerary, or must Aldo wait for his birthday surprise? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 103: Gas, Grass, or Justice

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Paul F. Tompkins

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Ruthie brings the case against her partner Chris. She says he pledged to get a driver's license years ago, but hasn't yet fulfilled his promise. Chris says he's on track to get the license, but he's been slowed down by difficulties with driving practice. Should Chris be held to a strict timeline to acquire the license? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

This week, we're joined by actor, comedian, and expert witness Paul F. Tompkins. He'll be performing in the UK from April 2 to April 13 with a new hour of standup comedy. If you want more Paul, check out his weekly podcast, The Pod F. Tompkast.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 102: Justice Abhors a Vacuum

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Jonathan Coulton

Matt brings the case against his good friend Jeremy. Matt borrowed a shop vac from Jeremy to do some grease trap cleaning at work, but he accidentally ruined it in the process. The friends finally settled on a replacement appliance, but Matt thinks he got a raw deal, since it was more expensive than the original. How should he have reimbursed his friend? Are they even now? Only one man can decide: JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN.

Joining us in the courtroom this week as an expert witness is internet music legend Jonathan Coulton! His newest album, Artificial Heart, is the first album he has recorded with a full band. You can catch Jonathan as the house musician on NPR's Ask Me Another.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 101: Courtlandia

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Drew brings the case against his girlfriend Lyndy. Lyndy says that Drew's tastes and attitudes make him a hipster and that he shouldn't resist the label. Drew says it's a derogatory term and that he's NOT a hipster, anyway! Who's right? Who's wrong? Only JUDGE JOHN HODGMAN can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 100: The Book Case

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Julie brings the case against her husband Jason. Julie says Jason is a book hoarder, letting old novels and textbooks rot away in their garage. He says he's acquired a great collection of books and is working his way through the stacks. Who is right? Who is wrong? ONLY ONE MAN CAN DECIDE.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 99: Judge and Jewry

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Beca brings the case against her sister Jessica. They're both proud of their Jewish heritage, but Jessica objects to Beca's claim that they are both "part-Jewish" due to their ancestry. Jessica says that since she and her sister were raised in the Catholic faith, they can't in good conscience call themselves “part-Jewish”. Who is right? Only one man can decide.

Thanks this week to Rabbi Mike, former litigant from the episode "Parents Just Don't Understand", who joined us to share his expertise.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 98: All Dogs Go To Trial - Live at SF Sketchfest!

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John Darnielle

This week, our episode is live at Marines Memorial Theater from SF Sketchfest!

Brianne, a dog trainer, owns a small poodle named Shilo. She likes to take Shilo everywhere – the bus, classes at SF State, even restaurants. But this annoys her boyfriend, Zach, who thinks that Shilo's constant company is annoying, saying that it's representative of Brianne's attitude that the rules don't apply to her. Does Shilo need a shorter leash? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

We're also joined by past expert witness JOHN DARNIELLE of The Mountain Goats for a truly special musical set.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 97: Possessions in Nine-Tenths of a Car

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Andrea brings the case against her friend Joe. Joe has adopted a minimalist lifestyle, and has vowed not to own more than a single car-load's worth of belongings. Andrea thinks he's shunned material possessions to an extreme degree and should acquire some creature comforts. Who is right, and who is wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 96: Bench Warrant

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Dimitri brings this week's case against his boyfriend, Landon. Whenever the two of them go out to eat at their neighborhood diner, Dimitri wants Landon to sit next to him, leaving the other side of the booth empty. Landon isn't terribly enthusiastic about this, telling Dimitri that it's a little too lovey-dovey for his liking. Will Landon have to take Dimitri's side? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 95: Polly Wanna Justice?

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Kim brings a case against her husband, Chris. Kim has owned a parrot, Kobe, for a little over twenty years. The problem: Chris works at home and Kobe's constant squawking is driving him crazy. Kobe isn't too keen about Chris, either; Kim says that the parrot hates both her husband and their 12-year-old son. Are Kim and her family going too far to accommodate Kobe, or is it time for Kobe to (metaphorically) spread his wings and fly? Judge John Hodgman decides.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 94: Bleached and Mounted Bones of Contention

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John Roderick

This week, Nick has a bone to pick with his wife, Sara. Nick admits he has an interest in the macabre, which has led him to consider collecting taxidermied animals, their skeletons, and (possibly) a human skull. Though Sara is willing to let one or two preserved animals lie around the house, she's horrified by the prospect of Nick collecting any more, nor is she terribly enthused about the prospect of sharing their home with what was once a human head. Will Nick's new hobby flourish, or will Sara have it laid to rest? Judge John Hodgman decides.

John Roderick from The Long Winters lends the court his expert testimony. John's most recent album is One Christmas At a Time, a holiday collaboration with Jonathan Coulton. For more signature John Roderick insight, you can tune in to his weekly podcast with Merlin Mann, Roderick on the Line.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 93: Rhapsody in Blue

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John Roderick

Elizabeth brings this week's case against her husband Eric. Elizabeth and Eric make a living performing together; Elizabeth is a visual artist who paints on stage while Eric, a singer-songwriter, performs original songs. At the core of their dispute is a question of propriety -- Elizabeth objects to the use of swear words in Eric's songs as children occasionally attend their performances. Also, Elizabeth is intrigued and inspired by artists who see avoiding profanity in their work as a challenge. Eric, on the other hand, believes there is a place in art for profanity if its use helps the artist get a point across. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman decides.

John Roderick from The Long Winters lends the court his songwriting experience this week as an expert witness. John's most recent album is One Christmas At a Time, a holiday collaboration with Jonathan Coulton. For more signature John Roderick insight, you can tune in to his weekly podcast with Merlin Mann, Roderick on the Line.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 92: Grow v. Blade

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Brad brings this week's case against his wife Kyra. Brad and Kyra's 20-month-old son Winslow's hair has never been cut, and Kyra believes it's time to take the plunge. She claims his long hair gets in his face and the practical response is to trim it. Brad thinks his son's long hair sets him apart from other boys his age and would like to keep it untrimmed until Winslow turns 3. Brad also has a sentimental reason for keeping Winslow's hair long: he'd like to recreate a long lost photo taken of himself as a youngster with long hair. Do the ends justify the means, or should this toddler get a trim? Judge John Hodgman decides.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 91: Coming Out of the Supply Closet

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Scott Adsit

Ben brings this week's case against his girlfriend Sara. Ben and Sara work at the same firm, and they have been dating for three months. Both agree the relationship is going well, but one small detail stands in the way of total domestic bliss -- their relationship remains a secret among their work friends. Ben wants to share the news with their co-workers, claiming he is proud of their relationship and doesn't want to hide it anymore. Sara believes their professionalism may be called into question. She further claims the secretive nature of their romance adds elements of fun and excitement. Should Ben and Sara keep their romance under wraps? Or is it time to lay it all out on the table? Judge John Hodgman decides.

Special thanks to guest bailiff Scott Adsit for keeping order in the court this week. He can be seen on NBC's 30 Rock on Thursday nights or on stage with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz in the UCB New York show John and Scott. Scott also has an Off-Broadway improv show in the works called Stolen House.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 90: The Chastity Bet

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Jason and Kenan are longtime friends who made a gentlemen's agreement when they were but teenagers. The person who could resist certain romantic entanglements for the longest time would win a sum of money for each successful (dis)engagement. Now Jason accuses Kenan of bending the rules to stay in the game. Who is right, and who is wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 89: Away With the Manger

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Marisa brings this week's case against her husband Jay. Marisa and Jay have a young daughter, and they've blended their differing religious beliefs and upbringings (Marisa is a "spiritual" person who was raised Catholic, and Jay is an atheist who is culturally Jewish) into a new tradition that they are both happy to share with her. The two disagree about one thing, however: whether or not to display a manger in their home around Christmas time. Marisa is in favor of the display -- she claims that because they celebrate Christmas, it is important for them to display a representation of the holiday's religious roots. Jay, on the other hand, objects to the display for religious and aesthetic reasons. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman decides.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 88: Probable Claus

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Andrew brings this week's case against his wife Alex. The birth of their first child last year made real a long-running dispute which had been hypothetical up until that point: should parents foster a belief in Santa Claus? Andrew says no -- he believes perpetuating the Santa myth damages parents' credibility, and he doesn't appreciate a fictional character getting the glory for bringing the best gifts. Alex says yes -- she claims Andrew is unable to appreciate the joy Santa brings to children because he grew up without the belief himself. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman decides.

Thanks again to The Cave in Long Island City, New York for generously allowing us to use their recording facilities this week and to engineer Marcus Parks. The Cave hosts several comedy podcasts, and you can find them at CaveComedyRadio.com.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 87: Thanks, But No Pranks

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Patrick brings this week’s dispute against his housemate Wyatt. Patrick and Wyatt were engaged in a spirited neighborhood prank war with other houses on their street. It was all fun and games until Wyatt felt a prank levied against their house went TOO FAR, and he took to social media to bring the conflict to an end. Patrick believes Wyatt overreacted, and he feels the outburst alienated them from their neighbors. Who is right? And should the prank war continue? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to The Cave in Long Island City, New York for generously allowing us to use their recording facilities this week and to engineer Marcus Parks. The Cave hosts several comedy podcasts, and you can find them at CaveComedyRadio.com.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 86: The Statute of Physical Limitations

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Shumanay brings this week's case against her husband Jon. A chronic illness has long prevented Shumanay from engaging in strenuous physical activity, but recent improvements in her condition have allowed her to take up running. She would like to take advantage of her new abilities by participating in a long-distance endurance run with obstacles, but Jon objects to the plan, citing possible threats to Shumanay's health and a belief that Shumanay's chosen race is silly and embarrassing. Who is in the right? Judge John Hodgman decides.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 85: Ipso Lacto

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For Thanksgiving week, this episode is all about the ENJOYMENT of FOOD.

Angela brings the case against her good friend Justin. Justin actively avoids dairy, claiming to HATE cheese, butter, and cream. Angela is irritated by the avoidance, alleges that Justin has consumed and enjoyed dairy in the past, and thinks he should own up. Who is right in this food fight? Only one man can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 84: Dog Duty

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Scott Adsit

Zoe brings this week's case against her mother Rochelle. Zoe and Rochelle adopted a puppy last summer, and Zoe did much of the heavy lifting when it came to caring for and training the dog. In the fall, however, school started up, and Zoe moved thousands of miles away. Now Zoe wants to have a long-distance say in how her mother cares for the dog -- Rochelle balks at the idea. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman will decide.

Guest bailiff Scott Adsit joins us in the courtroom this week! You can catch him on 30 Rock, which airs Thursday nights on NBC; if you prefer to see him live, he performs with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz in the improv show John and Scott at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Scott will also be part of a larger improv show called Stolen House, which will appear Off-Broadway in January.

If that's not enough excitement for one episode, Judge Hodgman also announces the winner of the WarioWare: Smooth Moves contest issued in Judge John Hodgman Episode 79: Irre-console-able Differences! Congratulations to the lucky (and talented) winner!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 83: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Slob and B.F.F.-R.I.P.

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Jean Grae
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MeLa Machinko
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Mr. Len

Our second edition of LIVE Judge John Hodgman, recorded in New York City at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on October 22, 2012.

This week:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Slob
Katharine and Amy have been friends since college. They meet up at a local cafe to write together several times a week. Amy recently showed up for a writing session wearing an outfit that Katharine found unprofessional and unbecoming of Amy's image as a “writer.” Does Amy need to improve her image to be taken seriously?

B.F.F.-R.I.P.
Chad and Angela have been friends for years. Angela insists that with her level of access to Chad and knowledge of his habits, she could kill him and get away with it. Chad says she MIGHT be able to commit homicide, but she'd never get off scot-free. Who is right?

Plus: a session of "If It Pleases the Court" with musical performances from special guests JEAN GRAE with MELA MACHINKO and DJ MR. LEN. Jean Grae's forthcoming album is Gotham Down.

MANY, MANY THANKS again to
The team at the Greene Space for their help in making our live shows possible!
Jean Grae, MeLa Machinko, and Mr. Len!
And our live litigants, for bringing their problems before strangers!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 82: Sort Reform and The Right Not to Bare Arms

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Jonathan Coulton

TO OUR FRIENDS AND LISTENERS affected by hurricane Sandy: our thoughts and best wishes go out to you.

Judge Hodgman suggests that if you would like to assist with the relief effort for those affected by the storm, to consider a donation to the Red Cross.

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A very special edition of Judge John Hodgman, recorded in front of a live audience in New York City at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on October 21, 2012.

This week:
Sort Reform
David brings the case against his wife Natily. The issue? LAUNDRY. When it's clean, how should it be folded and prepared to put away? David sorts it into two big piles: his and hers. Natily prefers to have her clothing sorted by article. Judge Hodgman puts them both through the wringer!

The Right Not to Bare Arms
Peter and Barbara bring their case involving parenting and medicine to the court. Barbara recently struck a bargain with their daughter at the doctor's office: if she would take her flu shot without crying, Mom and Dad would each get a flu shot, too. Peter wasn't there to weigh in on the deal and refuses to honor it. Did Barbara have the right to make this bargain, and should Peter comply?

Plus: a session of "If It Pleases the Court" with musical performances from special guest Jonathan Coulton. Check out his album Artificial Heart now, and look for his Christmas album with John Roderick this winter.

MANY, MANY THANKS again to
The team at the Greene Space for their help in making our live shows possible!
Dr. Elizabeth Gifford for medical expertise!
Jonathan Coulton for music based on domestic disputes!
And our live litigants, for bringing their problems before strangers!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 81: Live Freon or Die

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Elizabeth Gilbert

This week, daughter squares off against father in a temperature tiff! Olivia brings the case against her father Mike. Mike lives in Arizona where temperatures often soar, and he drives a car without air conditioning. Olivia believes this is a health hazard and disapproves of her father's homemade solutions to cool his vehicle, citing specific times when his efforts have embarrassed him. Mike contends plenty of people have survived without air conditioning in the past and claims he enjoys employing his improvised fixes. Who is right in this coolness quarrel? Judge John Hodgman will decide.

Guest bailiff Elizabeth Gilbert returns this week! You can find information on Elizabeth's most recently released project, At Home on the Range at www.elizabethgilbert.com. Her newest novel, The Signature of All Things, comes out next fall.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 80: The Obligatory Name Drop

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Guests: 
Elizabeth Gilbert

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Evelyn brings this case against her sister Fran. Since childhood, Evelyn has been known by the moniker "Evie" -- a nickname she doesn't care for. Evelyn believes she's outgrown the name and wants her family to stop referring to her as "Evie," whether she's present or not. Fran, on the other hand, believes one cannot mandate one's own nickname and claims she and the rest of Evelyn's family are entitled to call her whatever they like. What's in a name? Judge John Hodgman will decide.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, joins Judge Hodgman this week as guest bailiff. Elizabeth released her great-grandmother's cookbook earlier this year under the title At Home on the Range, and her latest novel, The Signature of All Things will be published next fall. You can find Elizabeth online at www.elizabethgilbert.com.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 79: Irre-console-able Differences

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Friends! MaxFunDay is rapidly approaching. Mark your calendars for this Monday, October 15th and join us for Google Hangouts, trivia contests, and to help us reach our goal of 1000 new donors of Maximum Fun and 20,000 meals to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. And THANK YOU, as always, for your support!

THIS WEEK'S CASE

Jessica gave away most of her possessions when she left for the Peace Corps -- including a video game console that went to her sister Eden. The system broke while under Eden's care, but she says she's not obligated to return a working system to Jessica. Is restitution due?

Plus, listen for a creative challenge issued to you, the listener, by the Judge for a chance to win a download of his new audiobook, THAT IS ALL.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 78: The Mother Tongue

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Matthew and his wife Y want to raise their children to be bilingual in English and in Y's native language, Vietnamese. Matthew's Vietnamese is pretty rusty, so he thinks Y should teach him and their children at the same time. Y thinks that Matthew needs to study on his own until he can keep up. Who is right?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 77: Passing the Bar

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Erin brings the case against her friend and co-worker Abby. They work in an office that regularly schedules happy hours at a nearby bar. Erin accuses Abby of ducking out of happy hour, even when it's planned around Abby's own schedule. She wants Abby to stand by her word when she says she'll attend. Abby says the gang is getting together whether she comes or not, and it's OK to decide that she'd rather spend the evening doing something else. Who's in the right? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 76: Snooze Control

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Ben brings the case against his wife Jenna. They wed and moved in together a few years ago, and have yet to come to an agreement on their morning routine. Jenna isn't really an early-riser, and prefers to get as much sleep as she can before getting out of bed. Ben believes in a schedule that allows them plenty of time to wake up and prepare for the day. How should they model their mornings? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 75: Cigarettiquette

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YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE: This episode includes references to and discussion of smoking and drug use, which you may not find suitable for children.

This week: a case of Cigarettiquette.

Robert brings the case against his good friend Bradley. Bradley, in an attempt to quit smoking, has substituted electronic cigarettes for the use of real, tobacco-filled cigarettes. He'll "smoke" the e-cigarettes wherever they're technically allowed. Robert worries about the appearance of the "smoke" and thinks Bradley should show more discretion when e-smoking in public places, whether they're hanging out at a sporting event or a concert. Who is right, and who is wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 74: The Split Screen Decision

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte
Guests: 
John Darnielle

This week, Raj brings a case against his girlfriend Surita. He alleges Surita, a filmmaker and film aficionado, constantly recommends classic and arthouse titles he, a movie layperson, finds horrible. Despite his lack of enjoyment, Surita persists in her artsy suggestions, and Raj is beginning to lose patience – he wants to watch movies and TV shows that entertain, and he claims Surita enjoys and is even inspired by many of his lowbrow suggestions. Is Surita right in her efforts to up Raj’s cultural ante, or should she lose the privilege of calling the shots? Only one man can decide.

Guest bailiff Monte Belmonte from WRSI The River joins us again this week, and special guest John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats sticks around to facilitate the distribution of JUSTICE.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 73: Gavelbangers Ball

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte
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Special Guest

Complainant Caroline and her boyfriend Will share many interests, but there's one thing they just can't agree on. Will says that metal is an important genre to him, musically and personally, and that Caroline hasn't given it a fair shake. Caroline finds the music jarring and distasteful and says she's heard enough to say so. Who is right, and who is wrong?

Guest bailiff Monte Bailiff Belmonte of WRSI offers his assistance this week, and we are joined by a SECRET EXPERT WITNESS.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 72: The Nominative Case

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Jordan, a lifelong comic book fan, and his friend Charles were discussing the DC comics villain Mr. Mxyzptlk and made a wager: if Jordan's friends could trick him into saying his own name backwards, he'd owe them five dollars. Charles says the group succeeded using Jordan's middle name -- but Jordan refuses to pay up, saying the middle name doesn't count. Who is right, and what's in a name, anyway?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 71: Probable Cos-Play

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Donald, his wife Jessie, and their son plan to attend a Star Wars fan convention that will comprise their family vacation this year. Donald and their son have been planning and executing costumes to wear for the event. Jessie says she shouldn't have to wear a costume, since she's not a big fan herself and she agreed to let the convention double as their family vacation in the first place. Will Jessie have more fun in costume? Or should she be allowed to opt out?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 70: The Golden State Debate

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Harry and Dan are best friends who grew up together in New York state. After college Harry took a chance and moved to LA – a move he thinks Dan should make now. Their mutual friend Sammy insists there are plenty of reasons for Harry to stay put, and Dan sees wisdom in both positions. Is the west coast the best coast for Dan, or would he do better sticking to New York? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 69: Night Food Court

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Casey and Matt are a young married couple. Matt loves to go out for midnight fast food runs with his best friend, who is a fellow night-owl and grad student. He says it's a chance to eat and have quality time with friends. His wife Casey objects to the practice, saying it strains their budget and the time Matt has to get things done around the house. Who is right?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 68: The Cluck Stops Here

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Lauren brings the case against her husband Jon. The couple just moved to the surburbs, and Lauren envisions the perfect addition to their new big backyard: chickens! She says she'll take care of them and they both will benefit from the fresh eggs and bug control. Jon worries that they'll become too much work. Is Lauren playing chicken? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 67: Call in the Family

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Katy's big brother Steve gets on her nerves, as all good brothers do -- and he's had one unbreakable and annoying habit for over a decade. He refuses to leave a voicemail to say "call me back!" and instead relies on a missed call list as an indicator that he's trying to get in touch. Katy says, the rest of the world believes in leaving messages, and he should too! Who is right?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 66: Antisocial Networking

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Bullseye

This week’s case pits friends Lauren and Mike against each other in a battle over social graces. Lauren brings the case against Mike – she claims Mike texts, emails, and updates his social networks when he should be devoting his attention to their conversation. Mike believes performing these tasks while socializing with others is completely appropriate, especially if the offending phone use is for professional purposes. Is it time for Mike to hang up the phone, or is Lauren wrong in prioritizing face time over screen time? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 65: Crumb-er vs. Crammer

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Scott and Jennifer are a married couple who bring this tidiness dispute before the judge. Jennifer has a passion for organizing, and she believes her filing and sorting make her a neater person than her husband. Scott admits his organizational skills could use some improvement, but he claims his habits of vacuuming and counter wiping are more critical to cleanliness. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman will decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 64: A Quashed Plot Never Spoils

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Note: Are you spoiler sensitive? Judge Hodgman discusses key plot points for several shows and movies, including season one of Game of Thrones. Be warned, and be ready to turn down your volume.

Adam brings this case against his friend and roommate Andrew. Andrew finally convinced Adam to start watching a favorite show – Breaking Bad. However, Adam feels an off-handed comment made by Andrew spoiled part of his viewing experience. How soon is too soon for spoilers? And what detail is significant enough to be considered a spoiler? Only one man can decide. SPOILER ALERT – it’s Judge John Hodgman.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 63: Nature vs. Nerd-ture

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Alex and Kristina are a married couple, and are academics who both have pursued admittedly nerdy careers. They're happy with their lot in life, but disagree on handling potential nerdiness in their future children. Should they be allowed to geek out at academic summer camps, or be forced to socialize at camps that focus on the traditional stuff, like canoeing or Capture the Flag?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 62: My Dinner with Ennui

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Holly brings this case against her writing partner Todd. They live in Los Angeles, and meet at restaurants to work together on projects at least once a week. Todd prefers to eat at a few agreed-upon, time-tested restaurants to eat one of his dishes of choice. He says that eating the same meals helps keep his mind free to focus on work. Holly feels her creative spirit is stifled by eating at the same places, week in and week out. Should Todd’s habits or Holly’s spontaneity rule?

ALSO, RIP to Awesome Cone, from The Cone-Tractual Dispute.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 61: Sibling Drivalry

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Luis brings this case against his older sister Alejandra. They currently live with their parents and share a car to get to school and work. Luis claims that his sister prioritizes giving rides to her boyfriend over rides to her brother, leaving Luis lugging around art supplies on the city bus. Alejandra says Luis refuses rides and then pouts over it. Who is right? Only one man can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 60: Chevy Case

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Patrick and his girlfriend Hannah made a cross-country move to Portland, Oregon last year in Patrick's Camaro. Once they were established, Hannah needed a car for her commute and bought Patrick's car.

Her feelings on the care and ownership of the car differ from her boyfriend's -- namely, she sees the car as a utilitarian possession and Patrick thinks she should have some care for its appearance. Who is right?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 59: Spare the Hodg, Spoil the Child

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Gail brings this case against her sister Aimee. Gail believes she and her nephew Ray are similarly sensitive kindred spirits. As a loving aunt, she thinks she should be able to comfort Ray when he's upset, even over rule-breaking, and help him handle his feelings. Her sister Aimee believes Gail is unnecessarily coddling Ray and encouraging him to become an overly emotional child. Who is right? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 58: Rashomom

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Rebekah, her mother Denise and grandmother Gloria bring to the court a generational clash of memory -- specifically, whose memory is more reliable, an adult's or a child's? Denise is positive she lived next door to a grey house as a child, while Gloria insists the house exists only as a figment of her daughter's imagination. Rebekah has played referee many times in the dispute of the Grey House Universe, but she has several issues of her own with her mother's allegedly faulty memory. Each testimony accepted, each dispute resigned; it's maternal sunshine of the spotless mind. In this match of memories, we turn to the man who never forgets: Judge John Hodgman!

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 57: A Wing and A Player

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Michael and Patrick have been best friends since high school. Michael likes to think of himself as Patrick's wingman, helping alert him to interested ladies when they're out together. But, Patrick doesn’t see this service the same way. He thinks his friend lacks the subtlety to be a wingman, believing that Michael will overexaggerate a girl's interest in Patrick to get him to ask for her number. Michael contends that Patrick is merely too modest causing him to mistake genuine flirting for politeness.

Is Michael helping his friend find love and happiness, or is he steering him towards disappointment? Only the Judge can determine if the ladies are batting eyes or making benign banter in this week’s Judge John Hodgman!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 56: Early Man

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Troy and Carmen are a married couple caught in a clash of the clock. Troy is a stickler for punctuality, going out of his way to never be late for appointments, parties, movies or concerts. But his quest to avoid tardiness has gone too far in the other direction, arriving extra early everywhere he goes. Carmen says her husband's early bird ways are making her squirm, arguing that it's just as rude to be so early as it is to be late. Troy makes the case that there are perks to being first in line -- and besides, it's family tradition!

Is it too late to change Troy's habits, or should the couple loosen up and live a little less by the clock? In this time tiff, only one man can decide. Judge John Hodgman!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 55: Battle Royale

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Rachel and Leeman are American citizens who moved to Canada for school and work. Having lived in Toronto for some time now, the couple have planted their roots in Canadian soil and plan to make the city their home for the foreseeable future. They've already become permanent Canadian residents, and enjoy the primary benefits of being Canadian (universal health care, foremost). Rachel believes they should go all the way and become citizens so that they may vote, run for office, and fully commit to life in the Great White North. Leeman takes issue with the Canadian Oath of Citizenship, however, particularly the idea of pledging allegiance to the British monarchy.

Should they stand on guard for thee united as a family, or is Leeman correct in rebelling against the crown? In this royal rumble, only one man can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 54: Die Flederhaus

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Brothers Adam and Noah share a home bought out of foreclosure. They are slowly fixing up the house together and the rent is cheap, but it comes at a cost: bats! The webbed-winged creatures seem to be entering the house through the cracks in the unfinished roof of the bathroom. Animal-lover Noah is spooked by their presence, but would rather keep the bats confined to the bathroom than see them come to harm. His brother Adam meanwhile has a lust for blood matched only by vampire bats, and would like his brother to join him in beating them to death.

Should the brothers run in fear, or face their phobias head-on? And just what is the solution to this flying mammal mess? In this battle of the bats, only one man has the answers: Judge John Hodgman!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 53: Cannery Row

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Alton Brown

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Ara and her mom Julia enjoy spending quality mother-daughter bonding time together while canning all sorts of foods, from apple sauce to jams and chutneys. Ara has brought the case against her mother that their health protocols are not up to snuff, insisting they should follow USDA safety manuals, books, and internet advice to make sure their canned goods are 100% safe. Julia says Ara's detailed demands are driving her nuts, and they should continue to rely on the tried-and-true methods that have always done them well.

This culinary clash falls outside the realm of Judge John Hodgman's area of expertise, and the good judge defers to the encyclopedic knowledge of Food Network personality Alton Brown! You probably know Alton from his show Good Eats, and he also serves as the host of Iron Chef America.

Will Ara's meticulous methods rule the day, or does mother truly know best? In this food fight pitting mother against daughter, only Judge John Hodgman can settle the score!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 52: The Stick Shift Rift

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Is not knowing how to drive a manual transmission in this day and age A CRIME? That's the question for Cosmo and Jen, a married couple who own a manual and an automatic car, respectively.

Jen's car is less than reliable and Cosmo has suggested that when her car is out of service, she can drive his instead (and he'll tool around on his motorcycle). The problem is that Jen refuses to learn how to drive a stick shift car, citing her unsure driving nature and the safety of their baby boy. Why not replace her car with a more reliable form of transport?

Only one man can decide this case - and that's Judge John Hodgman.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 51: The Wedding Clashers

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Lindsay and John are a married couple locked in a bridal brouhaha, having been invited to a pair of weddings that fall on the same day. John wants to go to his childhood friend's wedding by himself, leaving Lindsay free to attend her cousin's ceremony. But Lindsay believes they need to pick one and show up together.

Will the Judge find in favor of family or friendship? And will these lovebirds stick together, or fly solo? Find out the answers to all this and more on an all-new Judge John Hodgman.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 50: Double Dog Dare

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Marybeth and Paul are a couple of busy animal loving attorneys who already own a dog and a cat. Marybeth would like to add another dog to their family to help their current toy schnauzer, Olive, relax. Paul argues that with their busy schedule, and the already antsy Olive, another dog would only exacerbate the situation.

Will the Judge mandate they double down on their puppy love, or will he send this idea to the dog pound? Find out on this week’s Judge John Hodgman.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 49: The Master's Disaster

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Jessie and Jason are a happily married couple with a time-sensitive issue. Jason has been enrolled in a Master's Degree program that offers its courses in two different semester lengths. He can choose to split up the semester in an 8 week on and 8 week off frame, or compact the course work into an extensive 16 week semester with a 16 week break. Jason has already slogged through the lengthier version once, to Jessie's dismay.

The issue is that when Jason is in classes (and attending to his full-time job), he has no time for anything but the bare necessities -- and that does not involve what Jessie considers "husbandly duties," including cooking, household chores, noticing of fancy attire and well-appointed hairdos or handyman-related issues.

Can the Judge keep this marriage from falling apart at the seams? FIND OUT THIS WEEK!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 48: The Wonderful, Terrible, Terrible Towel Trouble

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Bobby and Katie are dating and like many young couples are at odds over towels. But unlike most domesticated disputes of the household variety, these towels serve a higher, almost divine purpose. To their fans, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a place amongst the heavens - the most memorable play in Steelers history is called the Immaculate Reception! Just as the many religions of the world have their own iconography, so too does Steeler Nation in the form of the “Terrible Towel.”

Bobby has become a Steelers fan within the past year and a half he’s been dating Katie. Bobby purchased a towel (the proceeds go towards an autism charity) and feels that once it’s yours and the money has gone on the charity, you are free to do what you want with it. He also asserts that his love for the Pittsburgh Steelers is no less than those ordained from birth.

Katie, being born into the Steeler family, has the utmost respect and pride for the Towel. She offers that the towel is more than a foam finger or a pom-pom, and that the towel and the history of the franchise are one in the same. Its disrespect in any way is an affront to the team and the charity it supports.

So, should the towel be treated as a weaving of fabrics meant to absorb liquids or as a sacred object of one of football’s most historic franchises? Only one man has the secular fortitude to decide on the next Judge John Hodgman!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 47: The Carry On Carryings-On

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Keep Calm and Carry on.

Blair and her sister Lisa both travel frequently for business and pleasure (occasionally together). Blair always brings a carry-on instead of checking a bag, since her trips are usually of a shorter duration, perhaps two to three days. She is 5'1" and sometimes needs assistance getting her bag into the overhead bin. A helpful person usually offers their services; if not, Blair is not opposed to asking for help from a fellow passenger.

Lisa feels that if a person does not have the ability to handle their own carry-on bag and get into the compartment without assistance, they have the option of, and should choose to, check their baggage.

So, who is free to carry on and who won't help you move along? Only one man can decide, but be careful!- contents in the overhead bin may have shifted during the flight- on the next Judge John Hodgman!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 46: The Clap Trap

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Dueling banjos! Or at least, a banjo and bandleader. Greg and Eric bring a question of performance before the Judge. Eric is in favor of suggesting that the audience clap along to their music, to enhance the experience and the music itself. Greg claims it's uncool and uncalled for as an imposition to the listeners. Who is right, and who is wrong? Listen in and feel free to clap along!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 45: Apocalypse Row

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Pop Quiz: The super-pocalypse is imminent --the zombies have already crawled out of their graves and infiltrated the capitol. Volcanic earthquakes have devoured the coastal cities in flames and you realize you’re no longer safe in your home. Where do you go?

Carrie and her husband Phillip are at odds like billionaires and the 99%. The dispute of whether or not to Occupy Wal-Mart is at such a fever-pitch the four horseman are breaking a sweat. Phillip has a military background and believes that the most logical plan is to take control of a nearby Wal-Mart which is fully stocked with food, ammunition and has cold storage. It’s also easily defensible.

Carrie, on the other hand, feels that a more holistic approach to fleeing the locust swarm is the answer. She posits that Wal-Mart on Black Friday is already like the rapture and that the best medicine is to stay away. With abundant farmland and plenty of Natural Resources nearby, a return to nature will provide a safe haven.

Should they batten down the hatches and roll back the prices or live off the valley in the shadow of death? Only one brave man (who’s actually written a book about just this sort of thing) can decide! Judge-ment-Day John Hodgman

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 44: The Bedding Crasher

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Chris and Emily bring a case against their friend, Pat. Pat has asked to stay at one of their small apartments while visiting their area. He says he's willing to sleep on the couch. They say that he has a good-paying job, they have a small apartment, and he shouldn't have put them in the awkward position of turning him down.

Is it appropriate to ask to crash on the couch when you could reasonably afford a hotel?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 43: Triple Word Scorn

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Jesse and Jessica are used to squaring off against one another when they play online word games on their smartphones. In this episode of Judge John Hodgman their rivalry spills into the courtroom as they litigate their literary license. Please use JUSTICE in a sentence!

A few months ago, Jessica made a last ditch effort to play her turn and plugged in a few letters. Surprisingly, the game accepted and points were awarded.

Jesse felt that without full knowledge of the word's spelling or its meaning, simply plugging in letters at random is "spamming" and therefore cheating.

Jessica ascertains that any word accepted by the game and not ill-gotten through outside help is perfectly legal and that "letter crunching" is just a way to play in the brave new world of on-line gaming.

Who's playing fair game, who's making it up and where CAN I play this Q? Only one man can decide, Justice of the Game-Piece, Judge John Hodgman.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 42: Driving Miss Drowsy

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Austin brings the case against his good friend Ethan. A year ago, they drove cross-country from Santa Cruz, California to Brooklyn, New York. Austin says that during the trip, he experienced "car lag," a variant form of jetlag. Ethan says the very idea is absurd. The argument has driven a wedge into their friendship.

Is car lag real? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 41: Out of REC-order

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DVR WARS! Anthony brings this case against his good friend Joseph. Their issue arose when Anthony asked Joseph to record a reality TV cooking program for him. Joseph has an extensive cable TV package with digital video recording service, while Anthony has a much more basic set of channels and no DVR. Anthony has asked his friend to record multiple shows for him, but never consistently comes over to watch them. The shows sit on the DVR, taking up space and annoying Joseph.

Is Anthony obligated to watch the shows after he's requested them?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 40: The Abuse of Flower Power

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Julienne and Emily are neighbors, co-workers and romantically involved. They both have a live/work spaces set in urban surroundings that needed a little touch of flora.

Julienne wants to add the Mexican Daisy which she prefers because of its scent and simple beauty. Emily, not fond of the daisy or its odor at all, has refused to come over to Julienne's if the daisy is planted.

Will Julienne need to create a daisy-free habitat? Will Emily have to wake up and smell the flowers? It's the war of the roses that only one man can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 39: Slash-Friction

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While Bryan was compiling a comprehensive list of the top 100 horror movies the issue arose of what shared characteristics all the movies in the genre must have.

Bryan says that the content is king and what matters most is what takes place with the characters themselves. His friend Jay, whose help was enlisted for the compilation, maintains that it’s the director’s intent for audience reaction that holds sway.

Who will be tricked and who gets treated on this thriller of a case for Judge John Hodgman!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 38: Pepperoni Pauper

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Flynn and Helen are frequent guests of a particular pizzeria in Canada that offers free prize tickets on their pizza boxes. Flynn, Helen's boyfriend, goes to great lengths to find as many of these tickets as he can -- even rummaging through the trash to find discarded and unpeeled tickets. Helen finds this extremely embarrassing and feels that no slice of pie is worth the disgraceful effort of dumpster diving. Is Flynn's treasure hunt for free prizes an admirable quest? Is Helen's embarrassment of her boyfriend's trash digging ways justifiable? Only one man can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 37: Panta-lunacy

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 37: Panta-lunacy

In today’s case, the court will decide the statute of limitations and proper etiquette of the lost-and-found box. Seth and Stephen are both friends and colleagues currently performing together in a play on Broadway. During their rehearsal time, Seth noticed a pair of linen trousers retired to the lost-and-found box for four months. When he finally decides the fate of the pants should be covering Seth’s legs and not the wasting away in the lost-and-found, Stephen raised a claim the pants were in fact his and should be returned to the rightful owner.
Is there a set precedence for the lost-and-found box? Finders Keepers? Losers Weepers? We’ll find out!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 36: Beard Science

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We are joined again by guest bailiff Jake Tapper, Senior White House Correspondent for ABC News (who last was on duty for the case of De Plane). We are delighted he could join us and lend us an air of legitimacy.

Today, a case of Beard Science. A few years ago, college pals Bilder, McElroy and Pattley agreed to a game of beard chicken. The game is traditionally is played when two or more men face-off against each other by not shaving; the man who goes the longest without a shave wins the game. Bilder claims that he participated only because they settled on a modified version of the game, which would allow him to shave partway through.

In the course of the game, Bilder accumulated the most days unshaven, but McElroy claims he is the winner, with the most consecutive bearded days.

Was their original agreement valid? Did the modified terms fundamentally alter the essence of the game? And who is the real winner of beard chicken?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 35: Unbanded Brothers

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We are assisted by the guest bailiff stylings, chosen especially for this case, of Monte Belmonte. Monte hosts a very popular morning radio show at 93.9 The River in Northampton, Massachusetts. We very much appreciate his musical expertise and fine baliffing.

Jack brings this case against his brother and bandmate Jeff. They play together on albums and on tour as The Jeffrey Lewis Band. Jack had requested several days off on their upcoming European tour to attend a friend's wedding, which seemed unprofessional to his older brother Jeff.

Who is "the boss" of the band? Was Jack right to ask to schedule the band's tourdates around his own schedule? These questions, and more, answered by the Honorable Judge John Hodgman.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 34: De Plane

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For this case, we are joined by guest bailiff Jake Tapper, who you may know from his day job as ABC News Senior White House Correspondent and occasional hosting of ABC's This Week. Thanks again to Jake, who took time away from covering important political events to join us.

Elisabeth and Melissa are good friends and enthusiastic travelers, who often journey together on planes and in cars across the country. While their traveling styles mesh for the most part, they are divided on a hot-button issue: the correct way to de-plane once you've arrived at your destination.

Elisabeth, who prefers to take the aisle seat, believes that the aisle-sitter bears some burden of judgment, and may choose to wait a reasonable amount of time before stepping into the aisle, without asking permission of his or her seatmates.

Melissa, on the other hand, is frequently a window-seater, and believes that people should abide by the "row by row" rule as a general rule. Melissa thinks that Elisabeth (or whoever is aisle-sitting) should ASK before letting others off the plane before them.

WHO IS RIGHT, and WHO IS WRONG? Only Judge Hodgman can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 33: Hors d'oeuvres in the Court

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Mike's three children were enticed to try a foreign food -- bacon-wrapped scallops -- by an offer from their father of $5 for each boy. However, Mike now claims that since the boys enjoyed the food, he no longer owes them compensation. Mike's wife Ellen represents the boys in court.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 32: The Cow Beef

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Ted brings this case against his father Paul, who has become obsessed with cows. Ted argues that his father's cow collection and his inclination to randomly say the word cow, among other issues, indicate the need to tamp down the cow-talk. Paul argues that his obsession is merited, because "cows are our most important animal friends."

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 30: Ob-Law-Di, Ob-Law-Da

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Pat and Joe come before the court with a case about that famous rock band, The Beatles. Pat claims that The White Album is one of The Beatles' worst albums and has a scattered approach. Joe argues that the album benefits from its variance and is one of their best works. Who is correct?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 29: Justice is Out There

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Randi and Chris were gifted Mulder and Scully action figures for Christmas, but differ on their purpose in their household. Should they be kept in their original packaging, to retain value (and for laughs)? Or should they be freed, to re-enact X-Files episodes and general playtime?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 28: The Battle of the Baton

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When Jake listens to his favorite classical music, he finds himself conducting furiously and with abandon. His wife Erica, an accomplished concert musician, says his flamboyant conducting makes a mockery of her life's work, and insists that he correct his style or stop entirely. Must Jake cease his carefree conducting style?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 27: The Friendship Inquest

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Friends Adam and Will have a dispute about social networking. Is it Adam's responsibility as a young adult to get with the program and join the online social networking world, or is Will pushing his own life choices on his friend?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 26: The Toot Dispute

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Jason's mom, Faith, argues that whenever he passes gas, he should proffer an "excuse me" to whomever is present (according to general social etiquette). Jason says he's an adult and as such, is allowed to do as he pleases. Should Faith butt out, or should Jason be held to her standards?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 25: The Girlfriend and the Grasshopper

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Jeff says his live-in girlfriend Courtney habitually hides food from him. Courtney admits that she's hidden food in the past, but only to save Jeff from his own ravenous tendencies, and that she has since stopped the practice. Is Courtney a FOOD-HOARDER, or is Jeff a FOOD-STEALER?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 24: The Bedroom Three-way

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College pals Corey, Tyler and Caitlyn are moving into a new apartment in the coming school year at Ball State University. The apartment has three bedrooms: two small, one gloriously spacious. Who deserves the biggest room? Corey, the eldest; Tyler, the musician; or Caitlyn, one of the current occupants?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 23: Arby's-tration

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Is it appropriate to ask a cab driver to take you through a drive-thru after a long night of drinking? Nick brings this case against his friend Brandon, whom he considers a repeat offender in a breach of taxicab etiquette.

Take a ride in the Justice Cab to find out who's in the right!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 22: Tips and Tricks and Justice

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In this episode, we are joined by SPECIAL GUEST and EXPERT WITNESS Morgan Webb, of G4 TV's X-Play. John argues that using a strategy guide when playing a video game is cheating, pure and simple. His friend Josef argues that while it provides an advantage, it's not out of line to use a guide and constitutes no cheating.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 21: You Say Tomato, I Say Justice

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We have a pronunciation problem. Matt brings the case against his friend Josh, who he argues pronounces a number of words incorrectly. Affectations, shibboleths, and regionalisms: we've got it all.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 20: An Appeel-ate Decision Case

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Friends (and Canadian barristers) Nick and Phil bring this fruit-based case: which gentleman's technique for peeling a banana is correct?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 19: The Ironman Trial-Athlon

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Should an endurance event enthusiast (and former couch potato) be allowed to participate in an Ironman Triathlon against the wishes of his wife?

Tom turned his life around several years ago, losing 80 pounds through running and other exercise. He's since participated in a marathon and a half-Ironman triathlon, but dreams of seeing his addiction to extreme physical fitness through to a capstone event, the full Ironman triathlon.

His wife Veronique is supportive of his exercise regime as it stands and approves of Tom participating in less strenuous events. However, she feels the Ironman is just too risky for him to attempt.

Our first ever sports-and-exercise-related case: how will Judge Hodgman rule?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 18: The Colbert Rapport

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Andrew and his girlfriend Britt attended a Hollywood party, at which they spotted television's Stephen Colbert. Britt requested assistance in taking a photo with Colbert, but Andrew refused to comply. He argues that when it comes to photographs with celebrities, discretion is key; Britt claims that accepting adoration by fans is part of a celebrity's job.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 17: Parents Just Don't Understand

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Should a father be able to compell his teenage daughter to watch classic films? Or does a 16-year-old deserve autonomy in her entertainment choices?

Plaintiff Avigayil brings this case against her father, Michael. You can find the evidence submitted by both parties after the jump.

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 16: The Potluck Problem

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Two best friends disagree on the morality of the potluck. One says it's a great opportunity for everyone to pitch in. One says it's a sign of a host who's abdicated responsibility for the party. Only one man can decide who's right.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 15: Sesame Street Justice

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A group of high school kids kidnapped their youth group leader Chris' life-size Ernie figure as a prank, but he was stolen from them before his safe return. Student Ben serves as the legal representative of the offending group. Should the students be held responsible for Ernie's disappearance if they intended to return him?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 14: Snob V. Slob

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A fiancee demands that her sweetheart shape up and dress for a promotion, plus other clothing-related disputes.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 13: The Tahitian Takeout

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A friends' night out at a Polynesian restaurant, several Scorpion Bowls and an abandoned bag of takeout are all involved in this accusation of impropriety and substandard hygiene. Longtime pals Evan and Ryan bring this case of the Tahitian takeout before the judge.

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Also, you may view the evidence AND a recipe for a potent Scorpion Bowl behind the jump.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 12: You Say Martucci, I Say Martucci

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Sisters Carol and Michelle have a disagreement over the pronunciation of their last name, Martucci. Carol believes in the traditional Italian "Mar-too-CHEE" and Michelle thinks it honors their grandfather to pronounce the name in his preferred fashion, "Mar-too-SEE". To restore a unified family front, they seek a ruling from the Judge John Hodgman.

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Carol's evidence for the case can be found after the jump.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 11: The Case of the Youthful Indiscretions

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Brothers Evan and Michael battle it out: as a toddler, Michael stole Evan's things, and gave them away at pre-school. Does Evan deserve an apology?

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 10: The Cone-Tractual Dispute

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The manufacture of a food truck awning leads to a Portland-infused nightmare. Judge John Hodgman decides what the best compensation is for 40 hours of sewing, and teaches us what's really important: friendship.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 9: The Parenthetical Petition

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Judge John Hodgman decides the case of a couple who disagree: do parentheses have a place in fiction?

Recorded live at The Talent Show in Brooklyn with guest bailiff Elna Baker.

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