familial disputes

Judge John Hodgman Episode 67: Call in the Family

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Katy's big brother Steve gets on her nerves, as all good brothers do -- and he's had one unbreakable and annoying habit for over a decade. He refuses to leave a voicemail to say "call me back!" and instead relies on a missed call list as an indicator that he's trying to get in touch. Katy says, the rest of the world believes in leaving messages, and he should too! Who is right?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 63: Nature vs. Nerd-ture

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Alex and Kristina are a married couple, and are academics who both have pursued admittedly nerdy careers. They're happy with their lot in life, but disagree on handling potential nerdiness in their future children. Should they be allowed to geek out at academic summer camps, or be forced to socialize at camps that focus on the traditional stuff, like canoeing or Capture the Flag?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 59: Spare the Hodg, Spoil the Child

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Gail brings this case against her sister Aimee. Gail believes she and her nephew Ray are similarly sensitive kindred spirits. As a loving aunt, she thinks she should be able to comfort Ray when he's upset, even over rule-breaking, and help him handle his feelings. Her sister Aimee believes Gail is unnecessarily coddling Ray and encouraging him to become an overly emotional child. Who is right? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 33: Hors d'oeuvres in the Court

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Mike's three children were enticed to try a foreign food -- bacon-wrapped scallops -- by an offer from their father of $5 for each boy. However, Mike now claims that since the boys enjoyed the food, he no longer owes them compensation. Mike's wife Ellen represents the boys in court.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 32: The Cow Beef

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Ted brings this case against his father Paul, who has become obsessed with cows. Ted argues that his father's cow collection and his inclination to randomly say the word cow, among other issues, indicate the need to tamp down the cow-talk. Paul argues that his obsession is merited, because "cows are our most important animal friends."

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