Judge John Hodgman Episode 121: So Help You Pod, or Whatever


Judge John Hodgman returns to the courtroom to rule on an important spousal dispute: So Help You Pod, or Whatever! He's assisted this week by guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte of the terrific WRSI The River in Northampton, MA. Thanks again to Monte and WRSI for helping us produce this show!

Aaron wants to move his beloved refurbished egg pod chair into the home he shares with his wife, Kara. Kara objects to the outsized piece of furniture and says it needs to stay in storage until the time and place are right. Who's right? Who's wrong. Only one man can decide.

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

Ep. 22: Baby Showers

One Bad Mother
Andrea Rosen

Biz and Theresa try to decide whether baby showers are fun or stressful and attempt to come up with ways to feel better about the weirdness of opening presents for two hours in front of people. Bonus: Biz yells at you to ENJOY IT! Relaxing. Plus, we talk with comedian Andrea Rosen, star of Nick Mom's Take Me To Your Mother.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Beehive, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Anthem, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans (www.cornbreadted.com and available on iTunes

Bullseye With Jesse Thorn: Fred Willard & David Gordon Green

Fred Willard
David Gordon Green
Ian Cohen
Nate DiMeo

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Playing The Buffoon: Fred Willard On Improv, Christopher Guest, and Missed Opportunities

For over fifty years, Fred Willard has played ignorant, self-absorbed buffoons that are impossible not to laugh at. He's a master improviser and comedian who started with his comedy duo, Greco and Willard, and moved on to work with the Second City and improv groups The Committee and the Ace Trucking Company. Today, he's probably best known and loved as one of Christopher Guest's troupe in films like Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show. Willard can be seen in Jeff Garlin's new film Dealin' With Idiots.

Willard tells us about drag-performances in his military school, the real life inspiration for his improvised comedy, and being the exact opposite of the happy-go-lucky optimists he plays on screen.

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Catherine O'Hara
Christopher Guest
Jeff Garlin

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Heavy Rock with Ian Cohen: Forest Swords and Crash Of Rhinos

Ian Cohen, contributing editor at Pitchfork, stops by to recommend some new heavy rock releases, both out in the U.S. this month.

His first recommendation is Engravings, the new record from UK producer Matthew Barnes, aka Forest Swords. The album is out August 26.

Ian also recommends the UK emo/hardcore band Crash of Rhinos' new album Knots, out on August 27.

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The Memory Palace: Origin Stories

We share a segment from Nate DiMeo's more-than-just-a-history-podcast, The Memory Palace. Nate takes us on a tour of his own family's history, including his grandfather's nightclub act.

Nate DiMeo is a public radio producer and a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

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David Gordon Green, right, with actors Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd

David Gordon Green on Prince Avalanche, Camping Alone, and Clint Eastwood

It's not easy to sum up the booming career of writer and director David Gordon Green. While he's best known for his slacker-comedies such as Pineapple Express and the HBO series Eastbound and Down, he also makes films that are sentimental, cerebral, and poignant, like George Washington and All The Real Girls. His new film, Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, is somewhere in between.

David talks to Jesse about his love for camping alone in the woods, his affinity for characters like Kenny Powers (who are likeable in spite of everything they say and do), and how it felt to direct a cinema legend like Clint Eastwood.

Prince Avalanche is in select theaters and On Demand August 9th.

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Lily Tomlin

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The Outshot: Robin Thicke's A Beautiful World

Love it or hate it, Robin Thicke's number-1 with a bullet single "Blurred Lines," and its accompanying NSFW music video, have been impossible to avoid these past few months. But Jesse is here to tell you that there is more to Robin Thicke than cowbell laden beats and dancing half-nudes--and it starts way back in 2002 with his neo-soul debut album Cherry Blue Skies (re-released in 2003 as A Beautiful World).

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 280 - Erica Sigurdson

Erica Sigurdson

Erica Sigurdson returns to talk amateur midwifery, food carts, and a squirrel king.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 286: Monkey Feast with Scott Simpson

Scott Simpson

Scott Simpson joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of global warming, cracker jacks, playground ipod touches, Air BNB and celebrity appearances at Boatparty.biz. (This episode was taped before #1000 Cones started, so there's no ice cream talk this week.)

AND REMEMBER -- August is International JJGo Month! Enter the JJGo Video Contest!

Make a video of your favorite JJGo moments/quotes/etc etc! Do whatever you want! Make it awesome! Or, crappy! This is a QUALITY contest AND a POPULARITY contest! The best one and the one with the most views wins. Use the special keyword: VIDEJJGO.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 162: Mystery at the Petting Zoo


We're rarely correct about most things on this podcast, but we're not sure there's ever been a single episode packed with so many un-truths as the one you're about to listen to. We apologize to all Gluten-sensitive humans and leprosy-infused reindeer in advance.

Suggested talking points: The New Doctor, Cialis Sisters, Jamba Jovi, Catching Up, Holofoil Blues, High School 2, Dillon the Bathroom Monster

Stop Podcasting Yourself 279 - Ember Konopaki

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Ember Konopaki

Ember Konopaki joins us to talk numbers, movie theatres, and Girl Meets World.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 285: Big Tornado with Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Nick "Repeat" Adams joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's life on the road, Pacific Rim, the upcoming ice cream giveaway in Denver and a Driving Miss Daisy reboot.

And we did it! 1000 Cones is happening! Jordan and Jesse will be in Denver on August 3rd giving away 1000 free ice creams cones! Stop by Sweet Action Ice Cream ( 52 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203) in Saturday to pick one up!

My Brother, My Brother and Me 161: Bro's Better, Bro's Best: Ch. 1 - 13


Our erratic summer schedules made recording impossible this week, but don't fret: We've compiled our favorite bits from the earliest episodes into a one-hour nugget for you to listen to instead. Come, relive the origins of dad-lips-kissing. Take a trip back to the days of the ABBA intro. Remember the headset microphone recording quality, and then try to remember why you started listening to this show in the first place.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 120: Halal In The Family

Brother Ali

Stephanie brings the case against her boyfriend, Dan. Her religious beliefs bar her from eating pork or keeping it in their shared home; she'd like Dan to follow the same restriction. He says that when he's away from the home, he'd like to be able to eat what he wants. Who is right?

We are joined this week by expert witness Brother Ali. Judge Jesse Thorn fills in for Judge John Hodgman, and Jordan Morris steps up as guest bailiff.

Thank you to listener Kevin Brown for suggesting this week's episode name!

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