Judge John Hodgman

Judge John Hodgman Ep. 10: The Cone-Tractual Dispute

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The manufacture of a food truck awning leads to a Portland-infused nightmare. Judge John Hodgman decides what the best compensation is for 40 hours of sewing, and teaches us what's really important: friendship.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 9: The Parenthetical Petition

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Judge John Hodgman decides the case of a couple who disagree: do parentheses have a place in fiction?

Recorded live at The Talent Show in Brooklyn with guest bailiff Elna Baker.

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 8: To Tree or Not to Tree

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This week's case, To Tree or Not to Tree.

Jason and Brandi disagree: Jason believes that Christmas decorations should not be put up before Christmas Eve, keeping the spirit of Advent. Brandi argues that they should go up in the first week of December, so that the decorations may be enjoyed longer. Only one man can settle the dispute.

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 6: The Lovely Couple

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This week, the case of The Lovely Couple.

A dispute between newlyweds: husband Thomas argues that physical attractiveness is an essential component of romance. Wife Kiersten argues that it is irrelevant. Only one man can decide who's right.

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 5: The Long-Necked Custody Battle

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This week, the case of the Long-Necked Custody Battle.

Best Friends Katie and Meghan went halfsies on a robotic giraffe while vacationing abroad. For years, it entertained friends in their shared college apartment. Now Meghan is headed for a PhD at Stanford, and Katie is staying home and pursuing an advanced degree in illustration. Each wants the other to have the giraffe, as comfort in challenging times. Is Jeffrey the Giraffe staying in Atlanta, or is he headed to Palo Alto. Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 4: Tear Down That Wall

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This week on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, a dispute between friends. Foy argues that breaking the fourth wall ruins film and theater. His friend Matt disagrees. Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman on Boing Boing

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While we're mentioning mentions on great blogs... our friend Mark Frauenfelder was kind enough to give a mention to Judge John Hodgman on Boing Boing the other day. Reactions are generally excellent, except for one guy, named "Weatherman," who writes: I'm a big fan of Hodgeman, but any show ranked with Sound of Young America immediately shoots to the bottom of my list. That has to be one of the worst shows on NPR, and I'm including Prairie Home Companion. Thanks, fella!

Judge John Hodgman Ep. 3: Are Machine Guns Robots?

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This week on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, a dispute between friends. One insists that machine guns are a type of robot - they perform a difficult and onerous task, are programmable and he wouldn't want to fight them. The other demurs, and has asked Judge Hodgman for a final ruling.

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Judge John Hodgman Ep. 2: Dish Soap or Hand Soap?

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In episode two of the Judge John Hodgman podcast, Judge Hodgman settles a dispute between a married couple. The wife says their kitchen sink's built-in dispenser should house dish soap. The husband argues that it should hold hand soap. Only one is correct.

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(Thanks for our graphic to Steve Wolfhard.)

Judge John Hodgman: The Podcast

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We're proud to announce the addition of a new podcast to our ranks: Judge John Hodgman.

As on the popular Jordan, Jesse, Go! segment, Judge John Hodgman will be settling disputes, big and small. Each week, two disputants will go before Judge Hodgman (and beloved bailiff Jesse Thorn) to have their disagreement settled in a binding and permanent fashion.

If you subscribe to John's "Today in the Past" podcast, you'll get Judge John Hodgman automatically. If not, you can follow this link into your iTunes. (The information in the iTunes directory should update within a day or two.) Our transitional episode is already up, and features a classic dispute from Jordan, Jesse, Go!. You can download that show directly using this link. If you use a non-iTunes podcatcher, you can subscribe to the URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/todayinthepast.

We'll have a formal launch in a week or so, and we'll get a special page up on the site soon. In the meantime, enjoy the show!

If you have a dispute you'd like to have settled by Judge Hodgman, email it to hodgman@maximumfun.org. We're looking for genuine disputes, big or small. No jokes.

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