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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 62: My Dinner with Ennui

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Holly brings this case against her writing partner Todd. They live in Los Angeles, and meet at restaurants to work together on projects at least once a week. Todd prefers to eat at a few agreed-upon, time-tested restaurants to eat one of his dishes of choice. He says that eating the same meals helps keep his mind free to focus on work. Holly feels her creative spirit is stifled by eating at the same places, week in and week out. Should Todd’s habits or Holly’s spontaneity rule?

ALSO, RIP to Awesome Cone, from The Cone-Tractual Dispute.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 61: Sibling Drivalry

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Luis brings this case against his older sister Alejandra. They currently live with their parents and share a car to get to school and work. Luis claims that his sister prioritizes giving rides to her boyfriend over rides to her brother, leaving Luis lugging around art supplies on the city bus. Alejandra says Luis refuses rides and then pouts over it. Who is right? Only one man can decide!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 60: Chevy Case

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Patrick and his girlfriend Hannah made a cross-country move to Portland, Oregon last year in Patrick's Camaro. Once they were established, Hannah needed a car for her commute and bought Patrick's car.

Her feelings on the care and ownership of the car differ from her boyfriend's -- namely, she sees the car as a utilitarian possession and Patrick thinks she should have some care for its appearance. Who is right?

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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 58: Rashomom

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Rebekah, her mother Denise and grandmother Gloria bring to the court a generational clash of memory -- specifically, whose memory is more reliable, an adult's or a child's? Denise is positive she lived next door to a grey house as a child, while Gloria insists the house exists only as a figment of her daughter's imagination. Rebekah has played referee many times in the dispute of the Grey House Universe, but she has several issues of her own with her mother's allegedly faulty memory. Each testimony accepted, each dispute resigned; it's maternal sunshine of the spotless mind. In this match of memories, we turn to the man who never forgets: Judge John Hodgman!

Judge John Hodgman Episode 54: Die Flederhaus

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Hodgmaniacs, we're into the final week of the annual MAX FUN DRIVE, and the time to donate is now. It's your donations that make the show possible, so if you love this show, please take a moment to support it. We can't make the magic happen without your help, and there's a level of support to fit any budget. Thank you.

Brothers Adam and Noah share a home bought out of foreclosure. They are slowly fixing up the house together and the rent is cheap, but it comes at a cost: bats! The webbed-winged creatures seem to be entering the house through the cracks in the unfinished roof of the bathroom. Animal-lover Noah is spooked by their presence, but would rather keep the bats confined to the bathroom than see them come to harm. His brother Adam meanwhile has a lust for blood matched only by vampire bats, and would like his brother to join him in beating them to death.

Should the brothers run in fear, or face their phobias head-on? And just what is the solution to this flying mammal mess? In this battle of the bats, only one man has the answers: Judge John Hodgman!

Aching for an update on the Bat Brothers? Listen to our follow-up interview, conducted in December 2013.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 53: Cannery Row

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Guests: 
Alton Brown

Hodgmaniacs, the annual MAX FUN DRIVE is happening right now. It's your donations that make the show possible, so if you love this show, please take a moment to support it. There's a support level to fit any budget, and any and all donations are hugely appreciated. Thank you.

Ara and her mom Julia enjoy spending quality mother-daughter bonding time together while canning all sorts of foods, from apple sauce to jams and chutneys. Ara has brought the case against her mother that their health protocols are not up to snuff, insisting they should follow USDA safety manuals, books, and internet advice to make sure their canned goods are 100% safe. Julia says Ara's detailed demands are driving her nuts, and they should continue to rely on the tried-and-true methods that have always done them well.

This culinary clash falls outside the realm of Judge John Hodgman's area of expertise, and the good judge defers to the encyclopedic knowledge of Food Network personality Alton Brown! You probably know Alton from his show Good Eats, and he also serves as the host of Iron Chef America.

Will Ara's meticulous methods rule the day, or does mother truly know best? In this food fight pitting mother against daughter, only Judge John Hodgman can settle the score!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 52: The Stick Shift Rift

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Is not knowing how to drive a manual transmission in this day and age A CRIME? That's the question for Cosmo and Jen, a married couple who own a manual and an automatic car, respectively.

Jen's car is less than reliable and Cosmo has suggested that when her car is out of service, she can drive his instead (and he'll tool around on his motorcycle). The problem is that Jen refuses to learn how to drive a stick shift car, citing her unsure driving nature and the safety of their baby boy. Why not replace her car with a more reliable form of transport?

Only one man can decide this case - and that's Judge John Hodgman.

STAY TUNED next week when our pledge drive begins on March 26th - we'll have a special guest, awesome donor gifts, and more! It'll all be happening here.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 51: The Wedding Clashers

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Lindsay and John are a married couple locked in a bridal brouhaha, having been invited to a pair of weddings that fall on the same day. John wants to go to his childhood friend's wedding by himself, leaving Lindsay free to attend her cousin's ceremony. But Lindsay believes they need to pick one and show up together.

Will the Judge find in favor of family or friendship? And will these lovebirds stick together, or fly solo? Find out the answers to all this and more on an all-new Judge John Hodgman.

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