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Judge John Hodgman Episode 174: Unreasonable Scorch and Leisure

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Hear ye, hear ye! The court of the Honorable Judge John Hodgman will be on a short summer recess and return with new episodes starting Wednesday, September 10! In the meantime, check out Judge Hodgman's tourdates beginning September 5 and if you're in the New England area... Listen to this episode to learn how to meet Judge Hodgman, the Bananaman and Guest Bailiff Monte in the flesh!

Steffen brings the case against his dad, Brian. Steffen enjoys spending time with his family, but says too much of their "together" time is based around pool parties. Steffen doesn't care for swimming or laying out, and wants the family to do more indoor activities together. Brian says pool time is a great way for the family to bond.

Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Big thanks again to Joel Mann and community radio station WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine for hosting the Judge this summer!

Thanks to Michael Davidson Jr. for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 173: Gross Misconduct

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Is it ever OK to clip your fingernails in public? Molly brings the case against her mom Susan. Molly says that Susan has a habit of clipping her fingernails at inappropriate times. Susan says she follows proper etiquette and tries to be discreet. Who's right? Who's wrong?

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Joel Mann and community radio station WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine for their help this summer. And you can do as the Judge does and Donate to WERU's Summer Fun-a-Thon pledge drive, happening now!

Thanks to Brian Koppe for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Accompanying Judge John Hodgman Episode 170: Monte Belmonte Python

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Listener Pavek U. wrote in after listening to Episode 170, Monte Belmonte Python, in reference to our docket item at 60:11.

"Thank you, and your staff, for the hours of enjoyment your podcast provides. I took the snakes going out to dinner statement you made and fleshed it out during my workday, and came up with a small progression drawing to thank you guys."

Below is Pavek's lovely drawing, inspired by "Aubrey and Ginger Go Out to Dinner". Thanks, Pavek!


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Judge John Hodgman Episode 172: Daily Security Beefing

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Monte Belmonte

Jake and Janey's urban neighborhood has been plagued by break-ins. They want to protect their house, but disagree on the best way to deter burglars.

We are joined again this week by guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Thanks to Matt Cadrette for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 171: The Leisure Suit

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Monte Belmonte

Stacey brings the case against her boyfriend Greg. When they go on trips together, Greg likes to dawdle and take his time getting on the road. Stacey has grown impatient with this, and wants to get out bright and early. Who's right, and who's wrong?

We are joined again this week by guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, Massachusetts.

We're also assisted this week by Joel Mann at 89.9FM WERU in Blue Hill, Maine.

Thanks to Ryan Stauffer for naming this week's episode! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 170: Monte Belmonte Python

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Monte Belmonte

Beth loves animals and wants to acquire a python as a pet. Her partner Ross says they have enough pets already and thinks snakes are disgusting and frightening. He thinks they should be satisfied with the pets they have now. Who's right and who's wrong?

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Thanks to Patricia Caffrey for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 169: Hunter-Gaveler

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Jonathan Miles

Claire brings the case against her husband Brian. They've just bought a new house in the country, and look forward to rest and relaxation there. Brian wants to do a little hunting on the property, Claire wants to keep it a place of peace. Who's right and who's wrong?

Special thanks this week to novelist and journalist Jonathan Miles for serving as our expert witness! He's the author of Want Not, out now in paperback, and Dear American Airlines.

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Thanks to Samuel Ross for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 168: Queasy Rider

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Mark Gagliardi

Katie brings the case against her boyfriend, Dallas. They enjoy visiting Disneyland together, but Dallas refuses to go on Katie's favorite ride. Katie says he's got nothing to lose by giving it a try, and everything to gain. Dallas says already knows he won't like it, and he's OK with missing out. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Special thanks this week to our wonderful expert witness Mark Gagliardi (who you may know from Drunk History or The Thrilling Adventure Hour). Follow him on Twitter!

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Thanks to Kristopher Nordstrom for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 167: Brocavore

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Brothers Edmund and Garth plan to grow and raise all of their food for an entire year. Garth thinks they should have occasional exceptions for things like chocolate and coffee. Edmund says they need to go whole hog. Who's right?

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If you're curious about Edmund and Garth's Cairncrest farm, you can learn more here or here.

Thanks to Jon Jiras for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 166: My Legal Pony

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Nancy brings the case against her friend Becky. They are both veterinarians. Nancy lives out in the country, and owns a herd of Shetland ponies. She says the ponies act as ponies do, and are perfectly fine just as they are. Becky says Nancy's ponies are ill-mannered. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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Thanks to Alex Maeder for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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