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Judge John Hodgman Episode 79: Irre-console-able Differences

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THIS WEEK'S CASE

Jessica gave away most of her possessions when she left for the Peace Corps -- including a video game console that went to her sister Eden. The system broke while under Eden's care, but she says she's not obligated to return a working system to Jessica. Is restitution due?

Plus, listen for a creative challenge issued to you, the listener, by the Judge for a chance to win a download of his new audiobook, THAT IS ALL.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 78: The Mother Tongue

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Matthew and his wife Y want to raise their children to be bilingual in English and in Y's native language, Vietnamese. Matthew's Vietnamese is pretty rusty, so he thinks Y should teach him and their children at the same time. Y thinks that Matthew needs to study on his own until he can keep up. Who is right?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 74: The Split Screen Decision

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte
Guests: 
John Darnielle

This week, Raj brings a case against his girlfriend Surita. He alleges Surita, a filmmaker and film aficionado, constantly recommends classic and arthouse titles he, a movie layperson, finds horrible. Despite his lack of enjoyment, Surita persists in her artsy suggestions, and Raj is beginning to lose patience – he wants to watch movies and TV shows that entertain, and he claims Surita enjoys and is even inspired by many of his lowbrow suggestions. Is Surita right in her efforts to up Raj’s cultural ante, or should she lose the privilege of calling the shots? Only one man can decide.

Guest bailiff Monte Belmonte from WRSI The River joins us again this week, and special guest John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats sticks around to facilitate the distribution of JUSTICE.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 70: The Golden State Debate

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Harry and Dan are best friends who grew up together in New York state. After college Harry took a chance and moved to LA – a move he thinks Dan should make now. Their mutual friend Sammy insists there are plenty of reasons for Harry to stay put, and Dan sees wisdom in both positions. Is the west coast the best coast for Dan, or would he do better sticking to New York? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 69: Night Food Court

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Casey and Matt are a young married couple. Matt loves to go out for midnight fast food runs with his best friend, who is a fellow night-owl and grad student. He says it's a chance to eat and have quality time with friends. His wife Casey objects to the practice, saying it strains their budget and the time Matt has to get things done around the house. Who is right?

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 68: The Cluck Stops Here

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Lauren brings the case against her husband Jon. The couple just moved to the surburbs, and Lauren envisions the perfect addition to their new big backyard: chickens! She says she'll take care of them and they both will benefit from the fresh eggs and bug control. Jon worries that they'll become too much work. Is Lauren playing chicken? Only one man can decide.

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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 66: Antisocial Networking

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Show: 
Bullseye

This week’s case pits friends Lauren and Mike against each other in a battle over social graces. Lauren brings the case against Mike – she claims Mike texts, emails, and updates his social networks when he should be devoting his attention to their conversation. Mike believes performing these tasks while socializing with others is completely appropriate, especially if the offending phone use is for professional purposes. Is it time for Mike to hang up the phone, or is Lauren wrong in prioritizing face time over screen time? Only one man can decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 65: Crumb-er vs. Crammer

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Scott and Jennifer are a married couple who bring this tidiness dispute before the judge. Jennifer has a passion for organizing, and she believes her filing and sorting make her a neater person than her husband. Scott admits his organizational skills could use some improvement, but he claims his habits of vacuuming and counter wiping are more critical to cleanliness. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman will decide.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 64: A Quashed Plot Never Spoils

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Note: Are you spoiler sensitive? Judge Hodgman discusses key plot points for several shows and movies, including season one of Game of Thrones. Be warned, and be ready to turn down your volume.

Adam brings this case against his friend and roommate Andrew. Andrew finally convinced Adam to start watching a favorite show – Breaking Bad. However, Adam feels an off-handed comment made by Andrew spoiled part of his viewing experience. How soon is too soon for spoilers? And what detail is significant enough to be considered a spoiler? Only one man can decide. SPOILER ALERT – it’s Judge John Hodgman.

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