Judge John Hodgman

This week's episode was recorded live in Toronto, Canada at the Danforth Music Hall! The first case is "Larpe Diem" Then, the judge and bailiff rule on cases having to do with a cat litter box, a photo of college friend, and a shared YouTube account during Swift Justice.

Thank you to Robbie Newell for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Emily files suit against her friend Aaron. Emily and Aaron are regulars at a bar which they affectionately refer to as their "Cheers." Recently they tried to decide which Cheers characters they are. Emily wants to be Martin Crane. Aaron believes that Emily cannot be Martin Crane because he is strictly a Frasier character. Emily disagrees and asks the court to rule that Martin Crane exists in the world of Cheers.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

 

Thank you to Yipee Kiyay for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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This week: Right to Redress. Morgan files suit against her sister Sarah. Sarah is getting married in November and asked Morgan to be her maid of honor. According to Sarah, Morgan has an "alternative" style. Sarah would like Morgan to alter certain aspects of her appearance for the wedding. Morgan doesn’t think she needs to change.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

Thank you to Michael Lande for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

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This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket. They talk about pedestrian right-of-way, traffic stoppers, mail sorters, portable hot sauce, defunct hockey sports memorabilia, social media identity theft, mise en place etiquette, and more!

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This week: You've Got Bail! Lillie files suit against her husband, Thaddeus. Thaddeus has had the same email address – Apemanson@ – for 18 years. He uses it for everything, including as his contact information for their kids’ schools. Lillie finds Thaddeus’ email address embarrassing and offensive and would like him to change it. Thaddeus would like to keep using his email address.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Nathan Detweiler for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket with special guest Paula Poundstone! You've heard Paula as a frequent guest on NPR’s weekly comedy news quiz, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me. She also hosts the Maximum Fun podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone with co-host Adam Felber. Paula P. joins us to promote her debut rap single: Not My Butterfinger. We talk candy bars, bathroom trash cans, etiquette for packing bags for airport flights, cell phone plans, and more!

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Kris files suit against his fiancee, Bonnie. Bonnie loves to decorate the home for the Fall season. Kris thinks she starts decorating too early in the year. But, Bonnie says she wants to enjoy her favorite time of year as much as possible. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Susan Crum for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Rachel files suit against her husband, Doug. Early in their marriage, she brought cookies to his family's Christmas Eve celebration. Doug and his brothers realized the cookies were similar to a beloved family recipe that had been lost to time. 20 years later, Doug and his brothers still refer to these cookies as their "Great Grandma Hebig's cookies." But, Rachel thinks she deserves the credit for cookies. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Jeremy Frank for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket! They talk about making the bed, using and washing towels, and more! Plus friends of the Court Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn of One Bad Mother help with a dispute regarding childcare! 

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Luke files suit against Stephanie. Stephanie refuses to say "bless you" whenever anyone sneezes. Luke thinks it's a pleasant practice she should engage in, but she says it's annoying. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Steve Runyon for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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This week on Judge John Hodgman, it's time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are in chambers to discuss new neighbor etiquette, peanut butter storage, phone battery monitoring and more! Plus, the Judge catches up with a high school friend and helps him with a dispute!

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Maria brings the case against her sister, Lesley. Lesley has been making bets with a friend about Maria's life events. Maria would like her to stop, but Lesley says it's all in good fun. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Huge thanks to Joel Mann at WERU for providing the Judge's summertime chambers once again! We look forward to your summertime cheer next year. WERU is community supported, and is always accepting donations at WERU.ORG. And if you find yourself in Castine, Maine over the summer, don't miss Joel performing with the Night and Day Jazz Trio on the porch of the Pentagoet Inn!

Thank you to Jeff Wallen for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Content warning: This episode is almost entirely about cooking meat. If you find that subject to be unpleasant, you may want to hold out for next week's episode!

Emily brings the case against her husband Eric. Eric enjoys smoking meats and brisket in particular. Emily complains that smokes brisket too often and that he doesn't manage his time properly during the smoking process. Eric says the brisket is done when it’s done. With Expert Witness Aaron Franklin of Austin's beloved Franklin Barbecue!

Huge thanks to Aaron Franklin for joining us this week! His newest book is Franklin Steak. You can also read about his brisket technique in Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto.

Thank you to Will Beecher, Daniel Gilbert, & Emily JoAnn Holasek for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

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It's time to clear the docket! This week, LeVar Burton joins the Court to dispense some justice! They all discuss Star Trek: The Next
Generation, dressing your baby in controversial onesies, naming dogs, a letter from a listener about talking to home robots, and an appeal to a previous decision regarding remotely controlling the thermostat.

Huge thanks to LeVar Burton for joining us this week! His podcast LeVar Burton Reads has just begun its 5th season. Check it out wherever you download podcasts or at levarburtonpodcast.com!

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Yael brings the case against her boyfriend, Jeff. Is it ok to keep expired medication? Jeff says it’s fine, but Yael disagrees! Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte and Expert Witness Dr. Sydnee McElroy!

Thank you to Brian Colavito for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Jeanne files suit against her sister, Liz. Jeanne says that when Liz plays music on the piano, she doesn’t play a song all the way through. Liz doesn’t think it matters, but Jeanne wants her to complete the songs she plays. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Jeremy Frank for naming this week's case! 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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David files suit against his wife, Kayleigh. David would like to keep a jellyfish tank in their home, but Kayleigh is opposed! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Andrew Lerchen for naming this week's case! 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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Eric brings the case against his wife, Karla. Karla thinks that Eric should show more affection to their dog. But Eric says he does most of the dog care in the home. The dog petting can be left to another family member to fulfill. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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

Direct download: jjho_425.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm PST

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear that docket. They talk about barbecue, migraine triggers, controlling the thermostat remotely, sharing deodorant, cell phone silencing, watching tv from the other room, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm PST

It's time again to clear the docket! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn talk about Frasier, pill cases, being mean to robots, bike helmets, meal time phone rules, listening to #JJHo whilst in labor, and carbon steel pans.

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Renee brings the case against her boyfriend Patrick. She thinks Patrick is too intense about insect prevention in their house. But Patrick thinks Renee doesn't take it seriously enough. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Matthew Tolzmann for naming this week's case! 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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Jason brings the case against his wife, Annie. Annie's mom introduced their two kids to Annie's old Ouija Board. Annie thinks it's a silly game, but Jason is uncomfortable with his kids playing with it. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Brent Harrison, Claudine Guild, Alex Butschli, Shawn Bussler, and Matt Dent for naming this week's case! 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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Kenneth brings the case against his sister, Stephanie. Their parents give them money for their birthdays every year. Kenneth complains that Stephanie spends her birthday money on boring household items she'll be purchasing anyway. He says that she should use the money for something fun. She thinks there is nothing wrong with how she spends her money. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Ken Small & Jon Barr for naming this week's case! 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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This week's episode was recorded LIVE in Los Angeles, CA at the Regent Theater! The first case is "Driving Miss Justice." Then, the judge and bailiff rule on cases having to do with eating before workouts, half birthdays, and robot vacuum cleaners during Swift Justice. Plus music from Pete Fields of Slow Motion Cowboys!

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

Content Warning: This episode contains a brief mention of mental illness and eating disorders. 

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The docket is full! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear it. They talk about dog waste, day-old coffee, fancy chocolate bars, Alexander the Great, and wearing military patches. Plus a letter from a listener in Hong Kong!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am PST

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers to clear the docket. They talk about gifts for in-laws, red baseball caps, group photos, puzzles, and ghosts. Plus a listener letter about Korean Fan Death!

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Eric files suit against his fiancee, Elena. Elena has banned him from sharing online real estate listings with her. Eric would like the ban to be lifted, so they can be prepared to buy a house when the right one comes along. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Mark W. Gray for naming this week's case! 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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Becca brings the case against their wife Bridgett. Becca says that Bridgett has terrible sneezes, and would like her to tone it down. Bridgett says this is just how she sneezes, and that Becca should let her sneeze in peace. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Michael Haas for naming this week's case! 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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm PST

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn have some more cases on the docket to clear! This week they talk about feeding kitchen scraps to chickens, recording elderly relatives' stories, diluting homemade food with store bought food, using the stove top fan, putting cold hands on your partner, and follow up on tipping!

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This week's episode was recorded live in Los Angeles, with musical guest Aimee Mann! The first case is "Family Freud." Then Aimee joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse on stage for Swift Justice. She helps them rule on cases regarding getting a pet, a massive CD collection, and bread baking in hot weather.

Thank you to Anni Goryl & Andrew Brooks for naming this week's case! 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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Allison brings the case against her husband, Jeremy. They are trying to make room in their home to accommodate the baby they have on the way. But, they can't figure out a way to accomplish this while maintaining Jeremy’s workroom. With Expert Witness Nick Offerman!

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

Direct download: jjho_412.mp3
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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about living with one's mother after getting married, cheating coffee shops out of a few extra ounces of coffee, photos of friends and family as home decor, and twin birth orders. Plus follow up letters about Italian surname pronunciation and Avogadro's number!

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about theater worthy movies, snow plowing, traveling while sick, wearing high school letter jackets as an adult, and bed times! Plus a letter in response to a previous docket case on sock folding.

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This week's episode was recorded live at San Francisco Sketchfest! The first case is "Bleach of Contract." Then, Nnekay FitzClarke of MINORITY KORNER joins the stage for Swift Justice! She helps the judge rule on cases about home clutter, fancy dog breeds, and song key changes. Plus music from Martin Luther McCoy!

Thank you to Sarah McCulley for naming this week's case! 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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Richard brings the case against his husband, Chris. They have a Japanese Maple tree in their yard and Richard loves it. But, Chris thinks it’s an eyesore!

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

It's the second week of the MaxFunDrive! Your monthly contributions make it possible for us to keeping making this show. Visit MaximumFun.org/donate to become a member or to upgrade your current membership! Thank you to all of our new and continuing members for your contributions. We cannot provide Internet Justice without you!

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Troy files suit against his friend, Sarah. Troy discovered that Sarah is not following him back on Twitter. He's especially offended that she is following John Mayer but not him. Troy believes he deserves a follow but she disagrees. With Expert Witness Naomi Fry!

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

It's our favorite time of the year! It's the MaxFunDrive! The only time of the year when we ask you for your support. Your monthly contributions make it possible for us to keeping making this show. Visit maximumfun.org/donate to become a member or to upgrade your current membership! Thank you to all of our new and continuing members for your contributions. We cannot provide Internet Justice without you!

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket, with special guest Aimee Mann! They talk about dating after a divorce, splitting a container of Tic Tacs, long computer passwords, sharing internet with neighbors, and foot peels. Plus, we have an update from Tom of Episode 329: He Bed, She Bed!

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It's time again for Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn to clear the docket! This week, Emily Heller joins them! They discuss cases about paper bills, ballpoint pens, younger siblings copying usernames, living #ZeroWaste, and drinking water from public bathroom taps. Plus we hear from Laura from Episode 161: Cold Case. She weighs in on the bathroom knock vs jiggle debate and also sends photos from the German water park inside the former zeppelin factory!

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This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN PORTLAND, OREGON! The first case is "Brown vs. Hoard of Vegetation." Then, Carrie Poppy and Ross Blocher of OH NO, ROSS AND CARRIE join the stage for
Swift Justice! They help the judge rule on cases regarding card game rules, taking photos of a sleeping friend, and being called by the wrong name. Plus music from Máscaras!

Thank you to Matt Kerbel for naming this week's case! 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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This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN SEATTLE! There's the case, "May It Placebo the Court," and Swift Justice cases about making new friends, having tiles shipped to a friend's house, and smart lights. Plus music from Shabazz Palaces!

Please note, the music segment of the show contains some strong language.

Thank you to Sasha Zucker for naming this week's case! 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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Britton files suit against her boyfriend, Jackson. Britton is allergic to cats and avocados, but she won’t cut them out of her life! Jackson is worried about her health and would like her to stay out of contact with allergens. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Matt Crocker for naming this week's case! 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 and Bailiff Jesse Thorn stay in chambers this week because the docket needs clearing. They talk about the NYT Crossword, pasta, bathroom related chores, curling, coffee shop tipping and more!

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This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN VANCOUVER! We hear the dispute LOVE DRACTUALLY and Swift Justice, with guests Louise Burns and Dave Shumka!

Thank you to Andreas Meyer for naming this week's case! 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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Gilly brings the case against her husband Steve. Gilly believes that the neighborhood they live in is in the suburbs, but Steve disagrees! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jane Hartung for naming this week's case! 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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am PST

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about spiders, fortune cookies stashes, naming children, coffee intake, toothbrushes and more! Plus we hear from Kevin of Episode 376: Nein Tense of the Law!

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Ash-Lei files suit against her brother Josh. Their family does a gift exchange for their Ukrainian Christmas celebration every January. Josh has already opted out of participating in Western Christmas gift giving. He would also like to opt out of the Ukrainian Christmas gift
exchange. But Ash-Lei says he should participate. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Travis Pelham Boozer for naming this week's case! 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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Mara brings the case against her brother Adam. They disagree on the proper way to pronounce their Italian surname. Mara uses a pronunciation that the rest of their family uses. But Adam uses the proper Italian pronunciation. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Mary Fahsbender Gottschalk for naming this week's case! 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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