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Judge John Hodgman Episode 392: Torch Reform

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Spike brings the case against his wife, Ellie. Spike would like a kitchen blow torch but Ellie thinks it’s too dangerous! Who's right? Who's wrong?

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EVIDENCE

Click here to watch the video of Spike and Ellie's dog, The Loch Ness Monster.

SUBMITTED BY ELLIE:

News stories on blowtorch injuries:

Crème brûlée torch explodes in Swiss restaurant, injuring 15 | Fox News

Chef sent to burns unit after 'gas explosion' at London restaurant | Metro UK

Woman Sues Disneyland After Chef Mistakenly Brûlées Her Face | Grub Street

Cooking torch explosion 'literally the blew doors and roof tiles' off family home | Get Surrey

Mary Berry says you CAN'T use a blowtorch to get that crunchy top | Daily Mail

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#196 - Best Hogwarts House

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Mark and Hal turn Pottermore's Sorting Hat ceremony into a clean slate and come away with the definitive best House in Hogwarts.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 559: Avatarred and Feathered with Helen Zaltzman

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Guests: 
Helen Zaltzman

Helen Zaltzman (Answer Me This!, The Allusionist) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the overpriced poo museum (poo-seum) that Helen visited in New Zealand that didn't live up to it's theme, the Sega Genesis games that Jesse has trouble resisting at thrift stores, the lack of bedside manner in Helen's British healthcare providers, and Jordan's karaoke strategy for someone who is bad at karaoke.

The Greatest Discovery Ep 32: Big Doggin' the Bar

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When there's still a month to go before another Short Trek, Adam and Ben look for solace in the warm pages of the 2018 Star Trek Discovery Annual. But when our hosts realize this comic reveals secrets more voluminous than Klingon hair— it's time to read, record, and navigate the mycelial network. Was Stamets always grumpy? Will Culber continue to hum? Can you really define a Rapp jaw line?

It's the episode that sets Stamets up for success, but only he may deliver the goods.

CIPYD 168: Renee & Alexis Cut Loose

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Happy Late Thanksgiving! We hope you had a lovely time.

This week Allegra is gone so Alexis and Renee are forced to fend for themselves!
First, Renee met Mayor Max, the Dog-Mayor of Idyll Wild! That's right, we've talked about him before but at long last Renee has met this political pup. Plus, sneaky Allegra once again proves she is the best friend in the world. We also have a silly game about your dogs "True Name." Then, Alexis has a bone to pick with the new dogs at the National Dog Show.

All that and more! Don't wait around! Snuggle up and in!

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Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 165: 'Tis the Fifteenth Season w/ Michael Price

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Guests: 
Michael Price

The holidays are right around the corner! This week, we get in the spirit of the holidays and chat with longtime Simpsons writer Michael Price about a Christmas episode he wrote for the Simpsons back in 2003. He'll discuss his love/hate relationship Christmas specials, and give us a behind the scenes look at Simpsons writers room. He'll also explain why this episode was a breakthrough moment for him as a simpsons writer. Michael is also the creator of "F is for Family" – you can check out the new season on Netflix starting Nov. 30th.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Billy Eichner and Ali Wong

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Billy Eichner
Guests: 
Ali Wong

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.

Billy Eichner and the Pop Culture Maniac That is Billy on the Street

[R] This week, we'll revisit our conversation with comedian Billy Eichner. He's probably best known for roaming the streets of New York with a camera crew, roping unsuspecting pedestrians into playing his game show, "Billy on the Street." While Cash Cab paved the way for street-ambush game shows, Eichner's approach has a unique twist.

The correct answers are often subjective (as in the game "Dead or Boring") and his game show persona is hyper-energetic and over-the-top. He's ready to swoon with a contestant who shares his love of Meryl Streep, or yell and stalk angrily away from a contestant who doesn't.

Eichner tells us about his screaming encounters with Madonna, the influence of Pee-wee Herman on his on-screen persona, and the role that game show laws played in the development of his show. (It turns out that "game show compliance lawyer" is a real job.)

New episodes of "Billy on the Street" are available online on Funny or Die. You can also see him on "American Horror Story," "Difficult People," and so much more.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Ali Wong talks marriage and money and what it’s like performing through her pregnancy

There are many comedians who use their family life as inspiration for their comedy, but Ali Wong took it a step further when she recorded the 2016 comedy special "Baby Cobra" while seven and a half months pregnant.

Wong’s comedy is rooted in her willingness to be incredibly frank and honest about her personal life including her relationships, her Asian heritage and the challenges of pregnancy while working as a writer on the hit television show, "Fresh Off the Boat."

When Ali Wong joined Jesse a couple years ago she talked about being a breadwinner, performing while pregnant and how it feels to talk about painful and personal things like miscarriage in front of a comedy audience.

Ali Wong has another new comedy special: "Hard Knock Wife." She did the entire special pregnant, again. It's available to stream now on Netflix.

The Outshot: João Gilberto

On the Outshot, Jesse features João Gilberto, a musician who stripped away the heat and intensity of samba to create a cool, minimalist genre: bossa nova.

Story Break #84: I, Chocula

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Show: 
Story Break

General Mills put out the call, and we answer with a movie about everyone's favorite breakfast vampire!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 558 - Erin Gibson

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Guests: 
Erin Gibson

Author and Throwing Shade host Erin Gibson joins us to talk Erin’s new book, Dave’s new shelf, and Justin Timberlake’s new album.

Download episode 558 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 435: The Pasta Poem

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Hey, y'all on the lookout for great, online deals from trusted sources? Here's a great deal for you: An almost hour-long audio file with a bunch of jokes on it! And how much will it cost you? Like forty dollars!

Suggested talking points: Beezbos' Hunger, Secret Benefits, Dream Poetry, That's A Christmas To Me: Round One, The Basement Toilet, Dougway

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