The moment has finally come, Bryan is having a baby and he looks just like George Washington! This week the Stonewall Inn is becoming the first LGBT national monument! Hey North Carolina, take note. And something stinks in the new Secret deodorant commercial, Erin shows us how it may not be as feminist as we think. Also actor and friend of the show Timothy Simons is here! Oh and did we mention he's on our favorite show Veep? Until next week honeybuns!
KLAXON KLAXON Judge John Hodgman is going on tour to dispense live justice with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! Mark your calendars and get your tickets! Check out the right hand side of this page or visit www.johnhodgman.com/tour! That is all.
Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribeth knowingly took her daughter-in-law's recipes for a family cookbook and passed them off as her own. Maribeth says that the attribution was implied and there was no wrongdoing.
Thanks to Jonathan Reiter 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.
Submitted by Mike
Margaret Cho has always found a way to make her life inform her art. With her work as a stand-up comedian, an actor and a singer-songwriter, she has used the events of her life, both good and bad, to inspire her. Whether it’s growing up as a Korean-American girl in San Francisco or breaking through the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy in the early nineties, Cho has always found a way use all of life’s experiences to create entertainment.
Cho famously co-created and starred in the first sitcom that focused on an Asian American family. All-American Girl was cancelled in its first season, but it became a part of American television history and helped lay the groundwork for sitcoms like Fresh Off the Boat. Since then, Cho has continued her standup career, and appeared in numerous film and television shows including Dr. Ken, Family Guy, Sex in the City and on 30 Rock, where in separate episodes, she played North Korean dictators: Kim Jong Il and later his son Kim Jong-un.
Margaret Cho sat down with Jesse to talk about beginning her career during the 90s comedy boom in San Francisco, growing up in a Korean immigrant family, and how the community around her family’s gay bookstore continues to touch and inspire her life.
Margaret Cho’s new album American Myth is now available on iTunes and on her website, MargaretCho.com. She's also out on tour this May and June.
Whit Stillman is a writer-director who makes comedies of manners. With his films Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco, the director often explores the world of young upper-class adults who are struggling to find their way in the world both at home and abroad. The films were each made on modest budgets and received praise from critics; his very first film, Metropolitan, garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.
His latest film Love and Friendship is adapted from Lady Susan, an unfinished novella by Jane Austen. The movie explores the familiar comedic tropes of Austen’s work including class, sexuality, deceit and manipulation.
Whit Stillman joined Jesse to talk about his love for Jane Austen, the importance of language in his films and how the comedy of Will Ferrell infiltrated his new period piece.
Whit Stillman’s new film Love and Friendship is in theaters this week.
Jesse sings the praises of a basketball scrapper who may not get all the fame, but is no less deserving of the glory.
Comedian Gabe Liedman joins us to talk sexy hippies, Entourage, and skipping school.
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This may be a difficult transition for y'all, but we need you to scoop up all your old DVDs of Kung Fu Panda 3, and throw them right into the incinerator. We're on to Captain America: Civil War-Watch, y'all.
Suggested talking points: Civil War Watch, Elegant Kooky, MMA Safety, Dick's Last Cafe, Bruce Willis' Yahoo Answers Account, Slime Time: I Done Goofed Up Derek
Writer and former rapper Jensen Karp joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's nighttime cat issues, the internet subculture of ruining shoes, and Jensen's friendship with Kanye West before he was famous. Jensen's new book Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big is out next month and available for preorder now.
Biz and Theresa jump on Trolley and head into Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and wonder if all that singing is just a way to keep Mom Tiger from having a psychotic break? Plus, Biz needs a break herself and Theresa does The Hustle. We also talk with the wise and wonderful Maureen Campion of MarriageGeek.com and the new book Heal Your Birth Story about helping our relationships survive the early years with young kids and helping ourselves to heal from unresolved baggage about our birth experiences. Happy Mother's Day! You are doing a GREAT JOB.
Heal Your Birth Story: ...Releasing the Unexpected, by Maureen Campion
MarriageGeek.com: Creating Amazing Families and Powerful Marriages
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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
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Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans
After a climactic victory, our heroes have a few loose ends to tie up before moving on to their next adventure. Will Lucas and Maureen get Regulated? Will Kravitz claim his undead bounty? More importantly, how are they going to get that big, magic rock out of Magnus' tummy? Merle does prank medicine. Magnus tells a fib. Taako just twerks it out.
Remember when reality TV was so budge? RIP ANTM. Well this week Erin and Bryan when fist to cuffs over this ssue: in Shasta County two ladies were voted prom king and queen and not so shockingly some people were pissed. And the GOP fever dream continued in Alabama where they're now trying to restrict transgender people from using the "wrong" fitting room in Target. Also guest and journalist Joel Stein is here with some stories about Martha Stewart!
Judge John Hodgman rules on overfilling ice cube trays, the best spelling of Elliot for a baby, dog park etiquette, podcast recommendations and more.
If you're curious to know about Magic the Gathering methods suggested by listeners, you can find them below!
Hannah suggested that the friends play:
"Constructed, in which players make their decks ahead of time with whatever cards they can get their hands on. This format is the problem the plaintiff is complaining about.
Or drafting, where they each open a pack of cards and take turns picking cards from those packs until each has built a suitable deck for play. At which point, the two play with these new decks that did not exist prior to the game at hand."
Mark suggested another mode of play:
"I've used this one in friendly, non-tournament play and it helps even the playing field. Everyone brings their favorite decks, and each player randomly selects one of the decks that was brought." Essentially, each player has an equal chance of using an "overpowered" deck during a given match.
and Gabe thought of these:
Reject rare draft
(in which each player donates 45 cards and then drafts cards. The rares are "donated", as everyone takes home the deck they draft and no attempt is made to return the rares to the original owners.)
(In Peasant a deck may contain up to 5 uncommon cards and the rest must be common. Peasant Magic was created by Rob Baranowski who felt that players with limited access to cards should still have an opportunity for competitive play.)
(where each player tries to build the worst deck possible, because each player gives another player that deck to play in the tournament.)