Judge John Hodgman Episode 81: Live Freon or Die

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Guests: 
Elizabeth Gilbert

This week, daughter squares off against father in a temperature tiff! Olivia brings the case against her father Mike. Mike lives in Arizona where temperatures often soar, and he drives a car without air conditioning. Olivia believes this is a health hazard and disapproves of her father's homemade solutions to cool his vehicle, citing specific times when his efforts have embarrassed him. Mike contends plenty of people have survived without air conditioning in the past and claims he enjoys employing his improvised fixes. Who is right in this coolness quarrel? Judge John Hodgman will decide.

Guest bailiff Elizabeth Gilbert returns this week! You can find information on Elizabeth's most recently released project, At Home on the Range at www.elizabethgilbert.com. Her newest novel, The Signature of All Things, comes out next fall.

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EVIDENCE

From Olivia
Exhibit A:
Photos of Mike setting up the "heat shields" on his car.

Exhibit B:
The average temperatures for Safford, Arizona, the town where Mike lives.

The average temperatures for Tucson, Arizona, the town where Olivia lives and Mike frequently visits.

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Alternate Ruling from the Gallery

I was a bit worried when the father -- who clearly must love measuring things -- wasn't able to say what the temperature was in the car.

I'd have sentenced him to purchase a thermometer!

iTunes hiccup for this episode?

Was I the only one who had trouble downloading this through iTunes?