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Judge John Hodgman Episode 53: Cannery Row

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Alton Brown

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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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Hodgman on Ferguson


Deranged millionaire John Hodgman recently stopped by Craig Ferguson's The Late, Late Show to discuss mustaches, Dr. Who and The Church of Satan.

John Hodgman: On Tour


Here's a little taste of the Hodg on tour, courtesy of our friend Adam Pranica.

Finally: Someone is Taking On the 99%

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Finally, someone is brave enough to take on the 99%, and it is our own Deranged Millionaire, Mr. John Hodgman.



This important video was directed by Tom Scharpling on behalf of our friend, Mr. John Hodgman. It concerns the lifestyle of a DERANGED MILLIONAIRE. Featured in this video are Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Brooke Shields, ?uestlove and OTHER MAJOR CELEBRITIES.

It is your duty to WATCH the video, and to VOTE FUNNY the video. It is an easy duty to fulfill, as the video is TREMENDOUS. Then, simply order Hodgman's final book in his trilogy of all world knowledge, THAT IS ALL.

Also: Dick Cavett behaves boorishly.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 38: Pepperoni Pauper


Flynn and Helen are frequent guests of a particular pizzeria in Canada that offers free prize tickets on their pizza boxes. Flynn, Helen's boyfriend, goes to great lengths to find as many of these tickets as he can -- even rummaging through the trash to find discarded and unpeeled tickets. Helen finds this extremely embarrassing and feels that no slice of pie is worth the disgraceful effort of dumpster diving. Is Flynn's treasure hunt for free prizes an admirable quest? Is Helen's embarrassment of her boyfriend's trash digging ways justifiable? Only one man can decide!


John Hodgman's new book of fake trivia and world knowledge, THAT IS ALL, can now be pre-ordered for its release on 11/1/11. To find out when he may be visiting a city near you, see Areas of My Expertise.

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Host of NOVA scienceNOW: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

This week, our guest host is John Hodgman. John is a Famous Minor Television Personality and best-selling author, whom you likely know from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, his podcast Judge John Hodgman, and his many literary works -- including his upcoming book, to be released November 1st, called That Is All.

John talks of other universes with astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, but the layperson likely knows him as the host of StarTalk Radio and the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW.

His upcoming projects include a new version of the TV series Cosmos -- originally hosted by Carl Sagan -- and a new book titled Space Chronicles.

He talks to us about how money for space exploration stacks up to other spending, his personal space travel dreams, the Cosmos series reboot, and more.

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George R. R. Martin, Author of "A Song of Ice and Fire" Series: Interview on The Sound of Young America

George R. R. Martin

This week, our guest host is John Hodgman. John is a Famous Minor Television Personality and best-selling author, whom you likely know from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, his podcast Judge John Hodgman, and his many literary works -- including his upcoming book, to be released November 1st, called THAT IS ALL.

He speaks with George R. R. Martin author of the very popular series of fantasy books called, collectively, A Song of Ice and Fire. The most recent installment is A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five. The series was recently adapted for the acclaimed HBO show A Game of Thrones. Martin joins us to talk about creating a fantasy universe, (very) involved fans, and more.


JOHN HODGMAN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm John Hodgman in for Jesse Thorn. My guest is George R.R. Martin; he is the author of an extremely popular series of fantasy novels collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire. There will eventually be seven of them, the most recent, the fifth is called A Dance with Dragons. It was published in July after a several year wait. Martin has received numerous awards for his writing and was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of 2011, named by me, by the way. I wrote the piece.

A Song of Ice and Fire was recently adapted into the HBO series A Game of Thrones. He's also written some of the scripts for the television version, including its pilot. Here's a clip from that episode. In it, King Robert, played by Mark Addy, has just brought on Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean, to be his second in command, The King's Hand.

First of all, George R.R. Martin, congratulations on all of the recent success of the TV show and the new book, A Dance with Dragons, and getting that done and out there and the number one best selling success of it all.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: Thank you very much. It has been a pretty exciting year.

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Mark Your Calendar for John Hodgman's The End is Nigh Tour


John Hodgman's eagerly-awaited Final Book of Complete World Knowledge, "That is All", will be released on 11/1/11. According to the author's website, it will contain a "dark, apocalyptic vision" and "the very last information you need to know before the coming global superpocalypse called RAGNAROK, plus some information on WINE and SPORTS."

So if you are interested in surviving RAGNAROK with wit, intelligence and style, I would strongly suggest that you pre-order this intriguing compendium.

And if, after reading this treatise, you have further questions, you may direct them to the author at the times and venues set forth below during what Mr. Hodgman is ominously referring to as "THE END IS NIGH TOUR".

Mark your calendars now. And don't say we didn't warn you.

  • Brooklyn: Tuesday, November 1st at The Bell House
  • Chicago, IL: Wednesday, November 2nd at Second City
  • St. Louis, MO: Tuesday, November 3rd at Mad Art Gallery, Subterranean Books
  • Los Angeles, CA: Friday, November 4th at Largo, Book Soup
  • Portland, OR: Sunday, November 6th at Bagdad Theater, Powell's
  • Seattle, WA: Monday November 7th at Town Hall, Elliott Bay
  • Austin, TX: Tuesday, November 8th at Book People
  • Durham, NC: Wednesday, November 9th at Durham Armory, Regulator Bookshop
  • Asheville, NC: Friday, November 11th at Venue TK, Malaprop's
  • New York, NY: Monday, November 14th at Barnes & Noble, Union Square
  • Boston, MA: Tuesday, November 15th at Coolidge Theater, Brookline Booksmith
(Please note: Due to the sensitive nature of these events, tickets are not yet available for sale at many venues. I will post links to appropriate ticket vendors as soon as they have adequately prepared themselves).
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