Judge John Hodgman

Judge John Hodgman Episode 322: Muzzbarketing and Morning Beverages

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket on this week's episode. They discuss cases regarding old t-shirts, twins sharing a room, morning coffee and more! Plus, follow up letters about Thurl Ravenscroft!

If you're in the Portland, Maine area, make sure to catch occasional Guest Bailiff Jean Grae and Judge John Hodgman's live variety show "Jean and John" at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine on August 10! Tickets are available at bit.ly/jeanjohnMAINE2!

If you're near Los Angeles, you won't want to miss the MaxFun Beer Blast on August 12! Join Jordan Jesse Go! with other MaxFun friends like Mike Eagle, Danielle Radford, Riley Silverman and more, live on stage at Angel City Brewery! For ticket info, check out the right side of this page or click HERE!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 321: Live in Chicago at Very Very Fun Day 2017

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Guests: 
Jean Grae
Guests: 
Saba

"Seeking Redress" and Swift Justice recorded live from Maximum Fun's first ever Very Very Fun Day in Chicago. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae and musical guest Saba!

Erik Westra took some wonderful photos at Very Very Fun Day. To see his photos of Judge John Hodgman live (Becky's gloves and mask from "Seeking Redress" included), as well as the rest of the day, click HERE!

Saba's album Bucket List Project is available anywhere you stream music. He's also going to be headlining a European tour in October and November. For tour dates and more information visit SabaPivot.com. And keep track of Saba on social media @SabaPIVOT!

HUGE thanks to Jean Grae for filling for Bailiff Jesse Thorn! She’s on Twitter @JeanGreasy and on Bandcamp at JeanGrae.bandcamp.com.

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae and Judge John Hodgman are performing their new show, "Jean and John" at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine on August 10 and at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York on September 27.

Thank you to Jon Barr for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 320: Might as Well Judge

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Guests: 
John Darnielle

Jackson brings the case against his friend, Jesse. They are at odds about the merits of Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Jesse insists Michael Anthony is an unsung genius. Jackson disagrees and wants to put this debate to rest. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Expert Witness John Darnielle!

Click HERE to read Jesse Raub's 3,333 word essay about Michael Anthony!

Big thanks to John Darnielle for his expertise on this week's episode! Make sure to read his newest book, Universal Harvester, wherever you buy books and The Mountain Goats' latest album, Goths, wherever you buy music!

Tickets are on sale now for Judge John Hodgman Live at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! Click HERE for tickets or check the right side of this page for more details!

If you're near London, England, make sure to find us at the London Podcast Festival at King's Place in September! Tickets are available now for our shows on September 14 and September 16.

Thank you to Adam Capybara, Mike Kennedy, and Chris Rini for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 319: Common Law Carriage

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Blythe brings the case against her boyfriend Mac. Mac thinks he should have free rein to borrow Blythe’s car. But Blythe wants him to ask for her permission each time. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Tickets are on sale now for Judge John Hodgman Live at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! Click HERE for tickets or check the right side of this page for more details!

If you're near London, England, make sure to find us at the London Podcast Festival at King's Place in September! Tickets are available now for our shows on September 14 and September 16.

Thank you to Jake Forbes for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 303: Oculus Miffed

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Matt brings the case against his girlfriend, Amber. Matt wants to convert their master bedroom into a virtual reality room. But Amber would rather keep the bedroom the way it is.

EVIDENCE

Thank you to Craig Eliason 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 301: Married to the Ghost of George Washington

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers and clearing the docket this week. They rule on properly making the bed, whether or not a 12 year old should be able to get her ears pierced and more! Plus listener letters in response to Episode 292: Conifer Emptor.

Here's a photo of Eva's tree, decorated with lit candles:

Thank you, Eva!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 299: When I Say Justice, You Say Served

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Chelsey brings the case against her partner, Kevin. Kevin refuses to join in during audience participation portions of live shows. Chelsey thinks it’s part of the deal they make as audience members. But, Kevin doesn’t enjoy becoming part of the show. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Eli Dennewitz 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 297: First Come, First Seat, Third Served

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We are in chambers this week while Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket! They settle disputes regarding second screening while watching TV with your partner, the past tense of "text," seating in casual restaurants and more! Plus listener letters about the U.S. Postal Service!

For information about the National Postal Museum, click here! And here's a photo of Owney, the dog and mascot of the Railway Service!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 296: Witnessing the Badger

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Tobyas brings the case against his wife Rachel. Rachel catches and rescues animals in distress and Tobyas would like her to stop. She thinks it’s important to be compassionate. But, he is concerned with the risks involved now that they have a baby. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Click here to see the badger photo Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn discussed on this episode.

EVIDENCE

SUBMITTED BY TOBYAS:

Evidence item 1
Tobyas says:
"The CDC states that in order to quickly test for rabies, the suspected animal must be euthanized so it's brain tissue can be used in the testing process. The best way to prolong the life of a wild animal is to leave it alone."

Evidence item 2
Tobyas says:
"This widely shared blogpost features the story of some concerned tourists whose well intentioned actions lead to the euthanization of a baby bison. Their advice for helping a wild animal is to 'Leave it alone.'"

SUBMITTED BY RACHEL:

Thank you to Jessica White 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 295: The Hallowed Y'alls of Justice

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Alexandra brings the case against her mother, Dale. Whenever Dale travels, she likes to adopt the local accent in conversation with those around her. Alexandra is embarrassed every time she does this and wishes she would stop. Who's right? Who's wrong?

If you want to listen to the Dick Van Dyke interview on Bullseye that was referenced in this episode, you can find it here.

EVIDENCE

Here's a comprehensive list of Alexandra's Googlings:

A) “I urge you all never to mimic another person’s accent without permission, and here is why […] I understand that for many people I’ve met, mimicking my accent is not something that is done out of spite. Most would assure me the reason they do it is because they like it, and I too am guilty of copying an accent out of admiration. However, when someone tries to impersonate me, two things happen: They do an awful job at it, and I instantly feel like a joke.”
-Excerpt from the article “Don’t Do A British Accent” by Gena-Mour Barrett

B) "My favourite (sarcasm) are the people who think because I am white and British it is acceptable to imitate my accent when having a conversation. Now if I were Indian would they do the same? I think not. Just like the author said. We are not here to amuse and entertain you."
-From this webpage (comments section)

C) "What is cultural appropriation? Cultural appropriation is the adoption or theft of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, and behavior from one culture or subculture by another. It generally is applied when the subject culture is a minority culture or somehow subordinate in social, political, economic, or military status to the appropriating culture."
-From this webpage

D) "Just because it doesn’t affect you personally doesn’t mean it’s not oppressive."
-From this webpage

E) “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.”
―Fred Rogers

Submitted by Dale:

Statement #1, from Dale’s friend Sarah (interview between Dale and Sarah).

Statement #2, from Dale’s younger daughter, Olivia.

Statement #3, from Dale’s friend, Marie, a Franco-American.

Thank you to David Dwyer 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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