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Judge John Hodgman Episode 325: Nap Judgment

Monte Belmonte

Ann files suit against her husband, Stephen. When they travel, Ann wants to keep a regular sleeping schedule to avoid grogginess. But, Stephen thinks the point of vacation is to relax! He wants the flexibility to sleep in. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!



"Here's an abbreviated list of sleep hygiene recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation"
- Limit daytime naps to 30 minutes.
- Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine close to bedtime.
- Exercising to promote good quality sleep.
- Steering clear of food that can be disruptive right before sleep.
- Ensuring adequate exposure to natural light.
- Establishing a regular relaxing bedtime routine.
- Making sure that the sleep environment is pleasant. "Bright light from lamps, cell phone and TV screens can make it difficult to fall asleep, so turn those light off or adjust them when possible."

Huge thanks to Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte for joining us this week! Catch Monte's radio show at WRSI The River here! And if you are in the Turners Falls, MA area, make sure to visit the Shea Theater. If you're there on September 30, you won't want to miss Monte and his psychic friend at the Shea Theater, bringing the return of The Psychic and the Skeptic!

Judge Hodgman's newest book Vacationland is available for pre-order at You can also read more of the Judge's thoughts regularly in his Judge John Hodgman column in the New York Times Magazine.

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



Ep. 82: The Final Rose

Rose Buddies

Rachel's season of The Bachelorette came to a close earlier this week in an infuriating three-hour finale. Join us as we discuss the heartbreak and frustration of that conclusion, and hear ALL ABOUT the exciting new programs debuting THIS FALL on ABC!!!!!!!!!

Lady to Lady EP. 238 "Live from Warped Tour!" ft. The Lead Singers from Sonic Boom Six, Doll Skin and War on Women

Lady to Lady
Sonic Boom Six
Doll Skin
War on Women
Laila Lazer K
Shawna Potter
Sydney Dolezal

Brandie and Barbara are live from Warped Tour! Listen in on interviews with Sonic Boom Six, Doll Skin and War on Women! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

Laila Lazer K from Sonic Boom Six

Sydney from Doll Skin Doll Skin (@DollSkinBand) · Twitter

Shawna from War on Women

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Inside Pop Ep. 86 - Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War, Queen Sugar Mid-Season 2 Finale, Detroit Reactions, The Suffers

Inside Pop

This week, we have a spoiler FILLED discussion about the latest episode of Game of Thrones (You've been warned!) Reunions, Deaths (?) and Dragons- oh my!

Plus, we discuss the mid-season finale of one of our favorite shows- Queen Sugar and talk about how the series is taking it up a notch in its 2nd Season.

And we read some listener feedback to our discussion last week about the portrayal of South Asian relationships in Film and TV.

Then, we talk about the lackluster box office for the film Detroit and our thoughts on why audiences may not have embraced the film as expected.

And of course, we have another brand new Big Sell! Sean gives his thoughts on last week's suggestion- the band, The Suffers, and sells Amita on a playlist that features artists from the upcoming AfroPunk music festival.

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The Greatest Generation Ep 161: The Symphony of My Life is Flatulence (S7E10)


When a federation planet is a bit backed up, the Entrepreneur crew pull on their rubber gloves and get to work. But when one of the scientists starts insisting she’s Data’s mother, the mystery goes more than medium-deep. What’s the perfect can? Is this canonical phaser? Will we ever record sober again? It’s the episode where Data’s similarities to Ronald Reagan really start to trickle down.

We Got This #128 - Ice Cream - Cup or Cone


As Summer begins to wind down, Mark and Hal take a look at a subject that's been heating up among the People of the World: Should ice cream be served in a cup or in a cone? Hal will let you in on some world class gorging info while Mark walks with mutz, and the definitive answer is reached!
See Mark and Hal LIVE in NYC on Sunday, October 8th at 6pm as part of NYCC Presents! Get tickets here.

Still Buffering: How to Ask a Teen 2

Still Buffering

In a second special question and answer edition, the sisters have answered all of the most heartfelt and ridiculous questions from all of you! From keeping in touch with far away sisters to describing a meme for 5 minutes (yes, this is an actual thing that happened and we apologize and regret it very much) the sisters have covered it all! (We're sorry again about the meme thing, to be fair it's mostly Rileigh's fault.)

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ani DiFranco and Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen

Ani DiFranco
Aidan Gillen

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Ani DiFranco on her new album Binary, meeting Prince, and more

This week Jesse hosts singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco. Ani moved out of her mom's house at 15 years old, just after she started writing her first songs. At the start of her career as a solo artist, she played house shows, dingy venues, and slept on couches. She eventually started a record label, Righteous Babe, which she releases her music through as well as artists like Andrew Bird, Arto Lindsay and Sara Lee.

Ani has a huge following of incredibly passionate fans. She's sold millions of records and has won awards and acclaim from critics. Perhaps more than any other singer, Ani DiFranco is defined by her independence.

On her latest record, Binary, she kind of sets that label aside. The record features collaborations with people like Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, Maceo Parker, Gail Ann Dorsey, and much more. At its heart, it's an album about relationships, and she says it's changed her approach to writing.

Click Here to listen to Jesse's interview with Ani DiFranco!

Photo: HBO

Aidan Gillen on playing Littlefinger in Game of Thrones

Also on the show this week is actor Aidan Gillen. You might have seen him on HBO's The Wire as Mayor Tommy Carcetti. He also starred on the original British version of Queer as Folk.

If you're one of the millions of people watching Game of Thrones right now, you'll know him as Lord Petyr Baelish, or Littlefinger. Even on a show like Game of Thrones, with its dozens of complex, messy and fascinating characters, Littlefinger stands out. Since the show's debut, Gillen's character has allied himself with maybe half the cast, only to betray almost all of them. And after seven seasons on TV's most violent show, nobody's killed him yet. When Aidan plays Littlefinger, it's really fun to watch. He's cunning, opaque and devious, but he's sincere when it counts.

Aidan talks to Jesse about his various roles, and what it was like to work with the playwright David Mamet.

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Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Image

The Outshot: Randy Newman's "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear"

Jesse tells us about an old song of Randy Newman's that reveals a jaundiced view of fame and popularity.

Click here to watch Randy Newman's performance of the song.

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CIPYD 105: Mel Stephens and Shih Tzus

Mel Stephens

HELLO! EVERYONE! RENEE GOT A DOG! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! Be sure to head over to the facebook group and help her name him!

While you're looking at photos of Renee's new dog, tune in! We've got Mel Stephens, host of Fear Based Life , to chat all about her dog and her past fear of dogs. We (finally) have a Mutt Minute on the Shih Tzu! Plus, some thrilling dog news about a missing woman!

Grab a dog with cute ear tufts and listen!

The Turnaround: Werner Herzog

The Turnaround
Werner Herzog

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This week Jesse is in conversation with German filmmaker Werner Herzog, the man responsible for films like Grizzly Man, Tale of Forgotten Dreams and Lo and Behold. If you have not seen one of Werner's films, they might be described as intense, extreme, maybe even dark. But they are also very insightful, and this depth can be credited to the way that he interacts with the people he is interviewing. He chooses his subjects carefully, often times based on whether or not he thinks that they can handle his line of inquiry.

Photo: Jesse Thorn

Werner's career spans more than 50 years, and he has released work almost every year since he began. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2009 documentary Encounters at the End of the World, and has been nominated for and won many other awards during his long career. He is one of the most celebrated figures in documentary film making, for both the final product and the processes by which he makes them.

Jesse and Werner talk about how he gets people to talk to him, and why he asks questions that he knows he won't get the answer to. They talk about his 1996 film, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, and why he thinks his dramatizations of his subject's lived experience aren't manipulation, but actually the way to get to the truth of the matter. They also talk about the interviews that take place on, and off camera, and why the latter often involves deeper and more meaningful conversation.

You can watch Werner's Emmy nominated film Into the Inferno on Netflix now.

Jesse will be hosting an AMA on Reddit this Friday August 11th at 12 noon PST to talk about what he's learned from this project. Go to to join in the conversation and ask Jesse anything you'd like.

The Turnaround is a production of Maximum Fun in partnership with the Columbia Journalism Review. Visit their website to learn more about their "mission to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society," and to read edited transcripts of our other Turnaround episodes.

Hosted and created by Jesse Thorn
Produced by Kara Hart and Nick Liao
Senior Producer: Laura Swisher
Managing Director: Bikram Chatterji

Music for The Turnaround provided by Mobius Van ChocStraw.

Special thanks to Kyle Pope and his team at CJR, Darrel Frost, and Emilie Erskine.

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