Judge John Hodgman

A man suggested that his friend read a very long series of fantasy novels, but isn't satisfied with the pace of her reading.

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A man seeks to enforce a contract regarding pizza toppings.

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We address winter holiday disputes in this all-docket episode (with a special surprise appearance from a past guest).

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Should a couple install a sports team's flag outside their home?

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Should Alex relinquish his beloved "grandpa shoes", purchased secondhand?

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Two families live together in a communal household, but they have trouble explaining it outsiders. Should they pretend to be related, or be honest and embrace the weirdness?

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Dale wants to build a camping trailer, but her husband Shawn objects.

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Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear the docket (be forewarned: there's nightmare gerbil talk).

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Should an ailing dog be given free reign when riding in the car?

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Bailiff Jesse and Judge John Hodgman return to chambers to clear out the docket.


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Will brings the case against his friend Moby. Moby has constructed a "friendship and acquaintance theory" that helps her navigate the relationships in her life. She's entirely upfront about which people in her life are acquaintances, and which are friends. She says it helps her maintain better relationships. Will thinks Moby has gone overboard with the theory, and it's alienating her from other people. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Judge John Hodgman clears the docket with some special guests from Song Exploder, The Memory Palace and My Brother, My Brother and Me in celebration of MaxFunWeek.

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Is a man entitled to a beard?

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Judge Hodgman & Bailiff Jesse clear the docket, read pedantic letters, and talk about starting a horror movie club.

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Home renovation gone wrong (or has it?)!

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Michelle's fiance is a prankster and has taken things too far! Will the judge crack down on the goofs?

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An American graduate student wants her dad to visit her in Norway, the land of trolls.

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Steffen protests: too many pool parties!

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A woman takes her mother to court over fingernail clipping in public.

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Jake and Janey have taken safety measures to protect their home since a spate of break-ins have happened in their neighborhood. But they disagree about which measures are most effective. 

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Stacey brings the case against her boyfriend Greg. When they go on trips together, Greg likes to dawdle and take his time getting on the road. Stacey wants to get out bright and early.

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Beth loves animals and wants to get a pet snake, but her husband is opposed to slithery things.

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A couple plans to move out to the country, and can't agree on whether or not they should allow hunting on the new property. 

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BUZZ MARKETING BAN LIFTED: Katie wants her boyfriend Dallas to go on her favorite ride at Disneyland. With Special Expert Witness Mark Gagliardi!

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Two brothers have decided to live off the land for a year, but they can't agree on some of the tiny details of their plan.

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Becky says her friend Nancy's Shetland ponies are ill-mannered. Nancy disagrees and says they're perfect just as they are. Who's right?

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Declan wants his older brother Taran to stop using him as his personal alarm clock.

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Stephanie brings the case against her brother Mitch. They live at home with their parents and can't agree - who should get the coveted driveway spot and who should trudge through the mud to get to their car?

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Zaki always controls the stereo on long car rides, and Michelle wants to get in on the action. Who gets to choose the audio playlist on a road trip, the driver or the passenger?

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Leala's husband acts as her in-house hairdresser and helps her dye her hair each month. Now he wants to retire the gloves and send her to the salon. 

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Should a couple in Berlin install an air conditioner in their new apartment? Dominik enjoys the heat, while Laura prefers a cooler climate. 

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Two Quebecers quarrel: should they speak English or French when they're out and about in their hometown of Montreal? With expert witness Jonathan Goldstein, host of CBC's WireTap!

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Mollie says that her husband Geoff spends way too much time on his turns during board games, plotting the perfect move to crush his opponents. Should Geoff hurry up?

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Marika says her husband Joe's habit of tipping housekeeping and service workers with coins is rude and contrary to the spirit of the gesture. Joe says, as long as he's tipping, what's the problem?

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Lani says her husband Alistair insists on doing most of the household chores, and she appreciates his generous spirit. However, she says she's tired of having to ask him to take out the garbage when she could very well do it herself! Is Alistair TOO chivalrous?

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Judged by Guest Judge Jesse Thorn, and bailiffed by Jordan Morris! Margaret files suit against her male housemate and best friend, who's lied to his family about living with a woman. She wants him to come clean!

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Lisa says her boyfriend Mitch's jaywalking is irritating and downright dangerous. Mitch says it's a useful skill, to be honed and used when appropriate. Who's right?

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A man insists that his best friend abandon his daily routine and small-town life and visit him in the city once in awhile.

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Callum is a teenager obsessed with British culture, and wants to go to university abroad. His older brother wants him to reconsider.

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A couple clash over getting a pet. She wants a dog, he wants a cat. Who RULES and who DROOLS?

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Will wants his brother Andrew to stop making scenes and acting like a reality TV star in public. NOTE: Some occasional bad language in this episode.

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Chas wants to put in a pool at the family homestead, Corbin says it's a dangerous idea. Who's right?

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Wes claims his friend Adam is honk-happy.

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Should our defendant give sci-fi a try? This week, with expert witness Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galatica, Torchwood, Once Upon a Time)!

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Philadelphia and Raleigh face off! Cousins Lara and Christine each claim her city is best. Who is RIGHT? We're joined by expert witness JON WURSTER of Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and the late, great, BEST SHOW ON WFMU.

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Has Quin gone overboard when it comes to playing video games?

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Should Amanda live out her Roman Holiday dreams and buy a scooter?

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Sisters file suit against their meat-loving dad.

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Josh brings the case against his wife Jackie. They each kept their respective surnames when they married, and now can't decide on a last name for their future children. Should the kids take their mom or dad's last name, combine them, or take on a brand new appellation? Only one man can decide.

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Tom brings the case against his wife Kira. He says Kira is obsessed with proper grammar, and she comes across as a know-it-all when she corrects his speech. Kira says she prides herself on correct language usage, and that Tom should do the same. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Rodrigo brings the case against his friend and jiu jitsu classmate Matthew. Rodrigo claims Matthew has avoided taking the "No-Gi" classes at their Jiu Jitsu studio and needs to start challenging himself in his practice. Matthew says he's tried the classes but can't spend all his free time practicing. Is Matthew wimping out? Only one man can decide.

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