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Ross and Carrie and Jennings Visit Healing Rooms Ministries: Boston Live Show Sexpert Edition

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Ross and Carrie visit the Healing Rooms Ministries of Boston on a quest to heal eczema, migraines, allergies, and myopia, and then share the tale with a live Boston public radio audience... and also all the people walking by who overhear their buttfisting references. The great Jennings Brown (Gizmodo, The Gateway) also shares his recent exposé of a fake sex expert, and comes along to the healing rooms to cure his thanatophobist malady. Plus, Carrie tests her new allergy cure in front of a horrified crowd, and Ross shares his dad photos (mostly graves). It's the greatest MaxFunDrive episode of the century! Buttfisting.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 289: Live From Boston, MA 2016

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Guests: 
Juliana Hatfield
Guests: 
Ken Reid

"Sole Custody" and "Law and Gag Order," taped in front of a live audience in Boston, MA on September 18, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Swift Justice, Expert Witness Ken Reid of TV Guidance Counselor and songs from Juliana Hatfield!

EVIDENCE

Click here to check out Heena's Powerpoint presentation from "Law and Gag Order!"

Here are some photos taken by Zac Wolf and follow up photos from the Swift Justice case between running siblings Lisa and Andy:

Thank you to Stephen Coughlin and Michael Toscano for suggesting this week's titles! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Boston MaxFun Meetup

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Honeysuckle Duvet, the burlesque dancer we named on Jordan Jesse Go, is organizing a MaxFun Meetup in Boston for December 4th. More information on the forum. Looks like Natalie, who brought Jordan and I up to UMass Amherst a couple years ago will also be attendance. I can vouch for these two nice ladies, so it should be a good time.

Click & Clack Host "A Thousand Clowns"

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Regular readers probably already know that my favorite movie which does not feature a Great Adventure is 1965's "A Thousand Clowns." It's the heartbreaking and hilarious story of Murray Burns, as played brilliantly by the great Jason Robards. Murray's an unemployed comedy writer, struggling to come to terms with his responsibilities as an adult, not least of which is the nephew his sister abandoned in his apartment as a baby, and child services' imminent repossession of said nephew. Anyone who's ever wondered how to hold onto wonder and irreverence without letting go of adulthood will be profoundly moved by the film.

Unfortunately, it's never been released on DVD, and has been out of print on VHS for many years. For a while, it was available for streaming on Netflix, but it looks like it isn't anymore. I'm told it pops up regularly on the classic movie channels, so if you've got a Tivo, tell it to watch out.

If you live somewhere near Brookline, Mass, though, you've got a special chance to see it Monday night as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Coolidge Corner Theater. Even better is that the screening will be hosted by two men almost as charming and irreverent as Murray himself -- Tom & Ray Magliozzi, aka Click & Clack the Tappet brothers, the host of NPR's Car Talk. Apparently it's their favorite movie too. You can find more information here.

"The Takeaway" debuts Monday on WNYC and elsewhere!

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I'm looking forward to the launch of a brand-new public radio morning show tommorow, "The Takeaway," with John Hockenberry and Adoara Udoji.

"The Takeaway" is a co-production of PRI (my distributor), the BBC, WNYC in New York, the New York Times and WGBH in Boston. The goal is, at it's essence, to provide an alternative to Morning Edition, which is something that I think is desperately needed in public radio. (And to be clear: I like Morning Edition).

When I attended my first public radio conference six months or so ago in Minneapolis, I was really wowed by Hockenberry's brief talk about how he imagined the show. Expect a program that at least aspires to be truly multi-platform, and focused on the in-depth and analysis, which is exactly what I think public radio does better than any other broadcast outlet.

You can hear the show on WNYC (both AM and FM at different times), on WEAA in Baltimore, and on WGBH in Boston. You can also hear it online at thetakeaway.org. There's already a sample up at PRI's site.

Now, just to make this a bit more Maximum Fun-like, I will say that while I was at the conference, I saw Udoji at Saks Off 5th in downtown Minneapolis. I was looking at shirts, and she asked me what shirt size I wore. I told her (16.5x35, if you're wondering), then told her how much I enjoyed their presentation earlier that day.

"How did you..." she started, confusedly. "OH! You don't work here!"

Yes, PRI's new flagship star thought I worked at Saks' discount store.

More Mike Daisey follow-up...

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Student protest has ART upset

Celebrated storyteller Mike Daisey had barely begun his 90-minute monologue at the American Repertory Theatre when much of the audience stood up and walked out. One of the put-upon patrons even picked up a glass of water used as an on stage prop and poured it over Daisey's papers. The problem? The posse, 87 students and staff visiting Thursday from Norco High School in Southern California, objected to Daisey's dirty language. (They left during a particularly profane riff about Paris Hilton.) Daisey, who's posted the episode on YouTube, invited the aggrieved audience members to talk to him, but they bolted. "None of you have the guts to stay here and talk to me," said Daisey. "Saying [expletive] is the least racy thing I do, so I'm a little flabbergasted." Daisey's handwritten outline -- he doesn't work from a script -- was soaked, but salvageable. "If a patron in an art museum objected to a painting and slashed it, we'd be clear that that's a criminal act," the ART's artistic director, Gideon Lester, fumed yesterday. Seems the school group did inquire about the content of the show, called "Invincible Summer," and was told it includes profanity and adult subject matter. They decided to buy tickets anyway. Daisey has since talked to Cindy Lee, Norco's activities director, and received a halfhearted apology. "They keep saying it was a 'security issue' . . . They had to get their children out because of these words," he said. "It's ludicrous." The show runs through Sunday.

Here's some original reporting from the Boston Globe on the incident. Like my pal Hodgman, I apologize for spreading the rumor that it was a Christian school group. Turns out it was a *public* school group, which is even worse.

Mike Daisey Follow-Up...

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I just got an email from our friend Mike Daisey. Turns out, by coincidence, that they were taping the show the night of the walk-out. Above, you can see what happened -- apparently they were objecting to the word "fuck" being said in front of high-school students? Hard to tell, because none of them will talk to Mike as they file out of the theater.

In the video above, you can see not only the walk-out, but Mike's perplexity, then anger, then regrouping. As a special bonus, you can see a bit of Mike's great show.

Note to protesters: this was a shitty protest.

(Post-action report on our blog here, Mike's description here).

Mike Daisey show interrupted by anti-art terrorists...

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You may remember monologuist Mike Daisey from our live show in New York City late last year, when he told an amazing story about his childhood in Maine. Mike is an extremely nice guy, a gifted performer, and a thoughtful man. Last night, his show was interrupted by a choreographed mass walkout.

I'm still dealing with all the ramifications, but here's what it felt like from my end: I am performing the show to a packed house, when suddenly the lights start coming up in the house as a flood of people start walking down the aisles--they looked like a flock of birds who'd been startled, the way they all moved so quickly, and at the same moment...it was shocking, to see them surging down the aisles. The show halted as they fled, and at this moment a member of their group strode up to the table, stood looking down on me and poured water all over the outline, drenching everything in a kind of anti-baptism.

Here's his full description of the events.

If you live in the Boston area, I think the best way to respond to this kind of madness is to go to his show. If you're on the fence, try reading this rapturous review in the Boston Globe. Mike will be at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge through May 8th. It's worth your time.

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