Judge John Hodgman

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!

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!

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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Hodgmaniacs, we're into the final week of the annual MAX FUN DRIVE, and the time to donate is now. It's your donations that make the show possible, so if you love this show, please take a moment to support it. We can't make the magic happen without your help, and there's a level of support to fit any budget. Thank you.

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!

Aching for an update on the Bat Brothers? Listen to our follow-up interview, conducted in December 2013.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 53: Cannery Row

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Guests: 
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.

STAY TUNED next week when our pledge drive begins on March 26th - we'll have a special guest, awesome donor gifts, and more! It'll all be happening here.

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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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