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Judge John Hodgman Episode 317: Deep in the Misanthropy Hole


Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn return to chambers this week to clear the docket. They discuss eggshell disposal, baseball team allegiance, white lies and more! Plus some follow up letters about cats!

Judge Hodgman's newest book Vacationland is available for pre-order at If you're in Western Massachusetts, there are still day tickets available for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, where Judge Hodgman is hosting the Comedy Stage on Saturday, June 24.

If you're in the Portland, ME area this July, make sure to check out Jean & John, Judge Hodgman's live show with friend of the show Jean Grae. They will be bringing the show to the Port City Music Hall on July 9! Tickets are available here.

If you're near London, England, make sure to find us dispensing Live Justice at the London Podcast Festival at King's Place in September! Tickets are available now for our shows on September 14 and September 16. We are taking cases for both shows at

Tickets are still available for MaxFunCon East, taking place Labor Day weekend in the Poconos. Visit for tickets and more information!



Pop Rocket: Episode 128 The Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Karen Tongson
Margaret Wappler


This week on Pop Rocket, the gang talks about the lazy hazy days of summer. The amount of content that is released during the spring months slows down as summer moves on. But what shows did we miss when we were devouring the big springtime hits like The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Master of None? Guy talks about the Oprah network soap opera Greenleaf, and his obsession with past seasons of Survivor. Margaret is diving into the true crime genre and watching The Keepers, a 7 part docuseries on Netflix. Karen's love of everything 80's comes through in her recommendation of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. At the top of the show, Margaret brings up the latest Bill Maher controversy, and the panel have a conversation about gender, race, and the inability for some comedians to create respectful content in 2017. Plus, we get some solid jam recommendations from the gang, just in time for summer.

Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler


Margaret Wappler - Inara George - Genius
Karen Tongson - Erasure - Chains of Love
Guy Branum - Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Symone Sanders and Ice Cube on Real Time with Bill Maher

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Lady to Lady EP. 230 "DILF Time" ft. Sam Varela

Lady to Lady
Sam Varela

Sam Varela (@SamMMGOODVarela) joins the ladies to discuss Whole Foods, teeth talk, Smash Mouth, 90s stuff, missed connections, beards, myspace and more! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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The Greatest Generation Ep 145: You’ll Know We’ve Reached the Bottom (S6E20)


When Picard’s archaeology mentor comes aboard bearing gifts, it gives him a bad case of career FOMO. And when the professor wraps his Previa around a tree, the captain feels compelled to use it as an excuse to avoid a potentially perilous conference. Is TNG the secret source of contemporary baby names? Did that Cardassian bridge go up someone’s nose? Why didn’t they ever explain why that ship asplode? Can we get through a plot about the theory of panspermia without making puerile jokes? It’s the episode where Adam really commits to his tentacle fetish.

CIPYD 97: Miniature Schnauzers and An All-Dog Game Show


Hello! We have lots to tell you this week! Renee and Alexis tell Allegra about an all-dog game show taping, and Allegra tells them about an inspiring dog named Moose. Allegra gives us a Mutt Minute on the Miniature Schnauzer, and both Renee and Allegra have important life updates to fill you in on - including a brand new pet podcast.

Grab the smallest Schnauzer you can find and tune in!

Still Buffering: How to Amusement Parks

Still Buffering

In another episode to celebrate the start of summer, the sisters are talking about one of everyone's favorite types of places to go in the summertime, amusement parks! Or are they theme parks? Or are all theme parks amusement parks but not all amusement parks are theme parks? Whatever the case, let's talk about painful rainy rollercoasters and Mickey Mouse wake up calls!

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

#120 - Best Color of the Rainbow


Since it's Pride Month, Mark and Hal are tackling the rainbow - not the flag, but the refraction of light through a prism! Which color of the rainbow will reign supreme? Listen and find out!

Come see Mark and Hal in Philadelphia LIVE at Ruba Club on July 21st with special guest Maureen Johnson. Get tickets here before they sell out

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Big Boi and Catherine O'Hara

Bio Boi
Catherine O'Hara

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Hip Hop Icon Big Boi: Getting Familiar with Uncharted Territory

The rapper and producer Big Boi has sold over 50 million records as a solo artist and as half of the platinum-selling hip hop duo OutKast. The innovative Atlanta-based group broke out in the mid-1990s with "Rosa Parks" and "Elevators", then followed up with crossover pop hits like "The Way You Move" and "Bombs Over Baghdad".

OutKast found huge commercial success with an experimental brand of hip hop, eschewing old-school samples in favor of new sounds. Big Boi has been the more musically prolific member of the group. He's gone on to produce several solo albums and collaborate with artists across the music spectrum, from fellow ATL-based rapper Ludacris to funk-master George Clinton to the indie rock band Wavves.

Big Boi joins us to talk about the early days recording in a clay-walled basement, coming to terms with fame, and where to go musically when you've hit monumental commercial success.

Big Boi's new album Boomiverse is out on June 16th.

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Catherine O'Hara on Being Slightly, Perfectly Odd

Catherine O'Hara's work embodies a particularly special brand of comic absurdity. She helped launch SCTV alongside other burgeoning comedy greats like John Candy and Eugene Levy, quit the show, but still moved on to star in blockbuster comedies. She became spiritually possessed in Beetlejuice, played a memorable, anxiety-ridden mother to Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone, and became a critical part of Christopher Guest's ensemble mockumentaries, like Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.

More recently, she's been in HBO's critically-acclaimed biopic Temple Grandin and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, and CBC's Schitts Creek.

O'Hara talks to us about the difficulties of being a woman in the SCTV writers' room, creating memorable characters with her longtime friend and collaborator Eugene Levy, and her own secret comedic formula.

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The Outshot: Fast, Cheap, and Out Of Control

At first, Errol Morris's documentary Fast, Cheap & Out of Control looks like it's about four men and their professional occupations: a lion tamer, a topiarist, a roboticist, a scientist who studies naked mole rats. But the movie is about much more than just weird jobs.

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Alison Leiby / Kristen Studard

Baby Geniuses
Alison Leiby
Kristen Studard

Hello babies!

On today’s episode, Emily and Lisa answer YOUR questions! That is, if you are one of the people who asked us a question via Twitter the day we recorded this episode. If you aren’t, maybe you can pretend that one of the questions they answer is your own. Use your imagination! On Chunch Chat, there is no new Chunch news. Don’t worry, it’s always darkest before the dawn. On Wiki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for “Fartons,” confectionery sweets typical of the Valencian town of Alboraya, Spain. If anyone knows where to get some fartons in the LA area, let us know. They look incredible. We welcome Alison Leiby, who knows a bunch about crows. They are super smart, and super scary. She also talks about an experimental surgery that saved her life. On Expert Hour, we are joined by hyperprolific songwriter Barbara Dingman.

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Alison Leiby
Kristen Studard

Stop Podcasting Yourself 482 - Matt Gourley

Matt Gourley

Comedian and podcaster Matt Gourley joins us to talk Billy Joel, car hacking, and fidget spinners.

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