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Judge John Hodgman Episode 220: Good Time Summertime Docket Clearin'


Judge Hodgman is assisted by Summertime Bailiff Monte Belmonte, taking on questions of broccoli-chomping, accidental raccoonslaughter, game night disputes, and the best construction of jokes.

You can find some of the suggestions mentioned for Great Balls of Ire here.

You can follow our fantastic Summer Bailiff Monte Belmonte and listen to him on WRSI 93.9 The River!


Text of Lisa's email and response from Hasbro is below.

Subject: Determination needed on Taboo rule re: 'form or part of a word'

Hi Customer Service Team!

During a recent game of Taboo, the game dissolved into chaos due to different interpretations of this rule:

"No form or part of ANY word printed on the card may be given as a clue. Examples: If the Guess Word is PAYMENT, "pay" cannot be given as a clue. If DRINK is a TABOO word, "drunk" cannot be give as a clue. If SPACESHIP is the Guess Word, you can't use "space" or "ship" as a clue."

The quarrel is over what counts as a 'form' or 'part' of a word. In this specific instance, the Guess Word on the card drawn was PEN. The Clue-giver used the word PENCIL, which was not one of the TABOO words on the card.

The opposing team immediately declared it a taboo, arguing that the word 'PEN' is part of the word 'PENCIL'.

The other team argued that the word PEN does not appear in PENCIL, but that the letter sequence P-E-N happens to repeat. The words 'pen' and 'pencil' are not etymologically related, since they derive from two different Latin root words. The opposing team was asked if they would have called taboo if the word OPEN was used by the clue giver, which also contains the letter sequence P-E-N. This team argued that it would not be a taboo if the Clue-Giver said the word AND in a case where the Guess Word was CANDLE or ANDROID.

The opposing team came back and said that PEN and PENCIL are associationally related, so the examples given above don't count.

Who is correct?

I look forward to your response.

Response By Email (Mike) (05/18/2015 02:42 PM)

Hi Lisa,

Thank you for contacting Hasbro regarding Taboo.

I'm pleased to reply. The second team, who were relying on the etymological reasoning, is correct.

Again, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to reach out to us.

I hope you have a fun day!

Kind regards,

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 106 - Terminator Genisys

Baby Geniuses

Happy birthday, Arnold Schwarzenegger! In honor of the birth of the original Terminator himself, we dug into the newest entry in the franchise: Terminator Genisys. Love you, Arnold! Plus, Rhea and Ricky are joined by a very special guest -- Rhea's mom! Tha' Mom shares the movie that made her, and Ricky drops some hot summer trailers on us. BAM!

We'll be back next week with a review of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which is in theaters now!

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Ep. 20. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Three


In this installment, the question isn't 'Will our heroes survive,' it's, 'What's going to kill them first?' Our money's on either the elevator shaft full of sentient vines, or the godlike criminal waiting for them at the top of said shaft. Magnus has an embarrassing pants accident. Taako runs out of juice. Merle goes walking in Memphis.

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TS196:Palm Springs,Enough is Enough,AutoZone, w/ Guest Ross Mathews

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Throwing Shade

Bryan went all the way to Palm Springs and all he saw was walking bioidentical hormone herself, Suzanne Somers! Erin enjoyed her namastaycation and they came together this week to bring you the worst news on the anti-gay marriage front and AutoZone's treatment of their female employees. Plus, Hello Ross himself, Ross Mathews stops by to talk about Palm Springs, his dogs and new show on FOX, Knock Knock Live! 

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EP. 135 "To Ru" ft. Betsy Sodaro

Lady to Lady
Betsy Sodaro

Betsy Sodaro (@birdysoderdy) joins the ladies to talk summer jams, fake IDs, pandas, NPR, Minions, Dentyne Ice, the apocalypse and more! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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Sawbones: Fainting and Corsets


This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee stop making corsets and build two battleships as they explore the history of fainting.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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John Hodgman with Jordan Klepper

11/07/2015 - 20:00
Athens, OH
Venue Name: 
Ohio University, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Nov 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Ohio University
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

Comedians from the Daily Show Live
featuring Jordan Klepper & John Hodgman

Tickets available here!

Jordan Klepper:
Jordan Klepper joined The Daily Show as a correspondent after three years as a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City - tackling topics such as College Football Unions, Obamacare, Crimean invasions, and being naked with personal information written across his chest...all for the sake of comedy/news. He has starred in several long-running shows at UCB and in sketches for the UCB Comedy Channel. He co-created and co-starred in the UCB Comedy-produced pilot presentation "Engaged," which was featured at the New York Television Festival. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Klepper studied improv at Improv Olympic and Second City in Chicago. During his time at iO, he co-created and co-starred in the long running hit sketch show "Steve and Jordan, Respectively." He has also worked as a writer and contributor to the Big Ten Network show "Friday Night Tailgate." Together with his collaborator and wife, Laura Grey, "Klepper & Grey" created the short film "TMI" (2012), which was a featured short at Slamdance. Their latest short film, "Peepers," premieres this month at SXSW.

John Hodgman:
As a contributor since 2006, John Hodgman has served as The Daily Show's Resident Expert. He is currently The Daily Show's Resident Deranged Millionaire. Since then, he has unexpectedly become a comedian and famous minor television personality, appearing as the “PC” in a series of television ads for Apple brand computers, and guest roles as “the person wearing glasses” in a variety of films and TV shows, including “Coraline,” “Community,” “Battlestar Galactica” (a show he once wrote about as a journalist). Additionally, he appeared as Jason Schwartzman’s nemesis, Louis Greene on all three seasons of HBO’s “Bored to Death.” John Hodgman is a widely published author. Hodgman has also worked as a cheesemonger, traffic counter, advice columnist, journalist and personal computer.
NOTE: This performance may contain content that is offensive and may be inappropriate for younger audience members.

Ep. 1: Tindog and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Welcome to the first episode! We jam-packed this one full of goodies just for you. Hear all about Renee's lovely encounter with a failed therapy dog. We'll tell you all about the newest dating app FOR DOGS! Our producer and resident dog training expert Travis McElroy chimes in with some training tips! We're very excited to have Lin-Manuel Miranda on the show! Lin is a Tony award winner, the writer of the smash hit musical "Hamilton" and (more importantly) owner of the adorable Tobi the dog! Don't forget to send us pictures of YOUR dogs to our Twitter and Instagram: @CIPYDPodcast!

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#22 - Shower or Bath?


In their first episode on Maximum Fun, Mark and Hal throw their hits in the ring around the tub and decide once and for all which is Baron of the Bathroom - Showers or Baths?

Topics include:

- Henry & Ribsy

- Battleship

- Refreshment

- Body Spray

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John Hodgman Live in Durham

10/24/2015 - 20:00
Durham, NC
Venue Name: 
The Carolina Theatre of Durham

John Hodgman will perform his new show, VACATIONLAND, live in Durham!

On Sale: Friday, August 7 | 10AM

Saturday, October 24, 2015


The Carolina Theatre at Durham
309 West Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701

Tickets and more information available here! Tickets are on sale Friday August 7.

In his latest one-human show, VACATIONLAND, John Hodgman will discuss these topics:

-his home commonwealth of MASSACHUSETTS, the birthplace of rage

-his exile to the state of MAINE, home to the world’s most painful beaches

-the laws regarding the dumping of household garbage in various rural towns

-how the people of various rural towns are probably planning to sacrifice you to their god

-the evolutionary purpose of the weird dad mustache

-how to decide which small animals you should love as members of your family and which you should kill with traps and poison

-other things he might think about that very morning--who knows?

-and how to tolerate the other great ambiguities of life, such as your death, garbage dumping (see above), and city busses, which, let’s face it, can pretty much end up going ANYWHERE if the driver goes crazy or just has a soul full of mischief. It's terrifying.

John Hodgman is the longtime Resident Expert on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman Podcast. He has also appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show, @midnight, and This American Life. The Village Voice named his show RAGNAROK one of the top ten stand up specials of 2013. He has performed comedy for the President of the United States and George RR Martin, discussed love and alien abduction at the TED conference, and now he wants to talk to you.

John Hodgman will meet audience members and sign things after each performance.

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