Judge John Hodgman

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 Aug 3, 2021

Great show!
 Jan 2, 2021
Its satire comedy.

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 Jul 9, 2020
Episode 474 only one you need to listen to to understand this dunce. You heat a spoon or scoop with warm or hot water. How much more credibility do I have? I worked at your favorite ice cream parlor! Derps may be sexist. "Da heel! I smart!"

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John Hodgman's Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you'd like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to hodgman@maximumfun.org. THAT IS ALL.

Episode Date
Hearspray
01:03:51

Kate and Richard bought their house a few years ago and have been spending a lot of time fixing it up. Kate believes that a paint sprayer will solve a lot of her problems. But Richard is concerned about adding that tool to their collection. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae!

Thank you to Twitter User @nyc_marmar for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Jun 29, 2022
All Weirdsies With Linda Holmes
00:59:29

Linda Holmes (NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour), The Court's expert on Little Weirdsies, returns to help clear the weirdsiest docket we could pull together! Pajama pants, athletic shirts, feeling "sloshy" and having "minty eye," brushing teeth before coffee, and superstitions. Plus Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn talk to Linda about her new book Flying Solo, available wherever books are sold!

Jun 22, 2022
Numerical Order in the Court
00:54:57

Sabine thinks she can count to one million. Her husband, Cameron, says there's no way she can do it! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @lexfri for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames

Jun 15, 2022
Snap Judgment
01:04:27

Eman brings the case against his wife, Cassie. When Cassie turned 38, Eman helped her with a photoshoot. She asked him to edit the photos in photoshop for her. But when he finished the task, she decided to post the unedited version on her social media. Eman says that Cassie took advantage of his free labor! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @robt77 for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Jun 08, 2022
Into The Ralphaverse
00:59:23

As the school year comes to an end all around the USA, so does Prom Season. We bring in Prom and school dance expert Jordan Morris (BUBBLE, Jordan, Jesse, Go!) help us clear the docket! We talk all about prom: corsages, scorned dates, promposals, and prom conventions that are worthy of a little side-eye.

Jun 01, 2022
My Legal Pony (RERUN)
01:06:20

This week we are revisiting an episode deep in the archives, fan favorite MY LEGAL PONY! Nancy brings the case against her friend Becky. They are both veterinarians. Nancy lives out in the country, and owns a herd of Shetland ponies. She says the ponies act as ponies do, and are perfectly fine just as they are. Becky says Nancy’s ponies are ill-mannered. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? 

Make sure to stay tuned after the verdict for some updates on these ponies and their behavior. Click HERE to check out the evidence from this episode. Thanks to Alex Maeder for naming this week’s case! 

May 25, 2022
Skip The Almonds, Flush The Toilet
00:59:38

It's time to clear the docket! Does one eat or drink soup? Should someone tell their student they look like Judge Hodgman? We rule on these disputes and also cases about toilet etiquette, Facetiming with one's partner over a meal, and hair styles!

May 18, 2022
Huzzah the Ringer!
01:11:42

Huzzah! Our docket is full of Dungeons & Dragons disputes so we called upon D&D Expert Griffin McElroy (The Adventure Zone) to help us clear it!

May 11, 2022
Pleat Bargain
01:06:54

Ann-Elizabeth files suit against her wife, Tiffany. Ann-Elizabeth says that she doesn’t cook because she finds it too overwhelming. Tiffany says that because Ann-Elizabeth is such a talented seamstress, it’s surprising that she would have trouble with cooking. To Tiffany, the skills should be transferable. But Ann-Elizabeth says that’s not how it works! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Make sure to check out Ann-Elizabeth and Tiffany's web show PHOOLE AND THE GANG for more from this delightful couple! 

May 04, 2022
Sue Chef
01:00:09

Nathalie brings the case against her sister, Juliana. When they lived together last winter, they came up with a leftovers cooking challenge in order to limit their trips to the grocery store. Juliana thinks that Nathalie is too stingy with what they call “creativity points.” But Nathalie says that the challenge is more fun when it’s harder to get points. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Apr 27, 2022
Mulch and Bison
00:59:54

It's time to clear the docket! As we venture out into the world a bit more, how should we be dressing? What makes a men's sandal a "dad sandal?" If one puts sunglasses on the brim of their hat, are they still "wearing" them? Does black go with everything? Should a college graduate's partner wear a tie to the graduation? Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn talk all about these fashion and style cases, and more!

Apr 20, 2022
The Duality of Jean
01:01:56

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns to The Court to clear the docket! Spring is here. We've got (spring) cleaning disputes, cases about flowers, and seasonal allergy related sneezing! 

Apr 13, 2022
Class Bee Spellony
01:06:03

Kendall brings the case against her husband, Dave. They share a New York Times Games account and cannot figure out how to play the Spelling Bee game together. Kendall wants the game to herself but Dave wants the option to play it too! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @rmvance for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Apr 06, 2022
Hot Bread
01:07:52

It's time to clear the docket! This week, Friend of the Court J. Kenji López-Alt joins us to talk about his new book, The Wok, and to help with cooking and food disputes! Citrus squeezers, grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, soup cooling, bread baking, and much more. Plus, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn finally try listener Dave's recommended Grape Nuts and poached egg (aka Gregg Nuts). 

Kenji's book, The Wok, is out NOW wherever books are sold. His article on expiration dates can be found here, and his article on no knead bread baking can be found here

Mar 30, 2022
The Thank You Light
00:51:11

It's time to clear the docket! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn discuss Sequim, WA, Grape Nuts and eggs, car communication features, dollops of mayo, Lord of the Rings trivia, and much more! 

Mar 23, 2022
Request For Ex-Tradition
01:05:59

Kyle files suit against his friend Brian. Sometime in college, Brian began a yearly tradition called “I Blame Kyle Day.” Now, 12 years later, Kyle and Brian’s friend group are keeping the day going. Kyle is tired of being blamed for his friends’ problems and would like Brian to put an end to it once and for all. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @KidsDrDave for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Mar 16, 2022
Pup-Lick Defender
00:52:57

Annie files suit against her husband, Jeremy. When Jeremy does the dishes, he allows the family dog to lick plates and pots before continuing the cleaning. But, Annie thinks this practice is disgusting and would like him to stop. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @bill_massey for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Mar 09, 2022
David Rees is Like the Wind
01:05:55

Friend of the Court David Rees (Election Profit Makers, Going Deep With David Rees) joins Judge Hodgman this week to clear the docket. They talk about memory, head rubs, noisy arcade machines, and wedding gift bag contents. Plus they talk about the new season of their show DICKTOWN, premiering tomorrow Thursday 3/3 on FXX!

Mar 02, 2022
Suing For Soul Custody
01:04:27

Elena brings the case against her husband, Jason. Jason would like to sell his soul on a blockchain. But Elena thinks that this is a terrible idea! Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Thank you to Twitter Users @AmeliaEHelmfor & @PaulSieger4 for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Feb 23, 2022
Potable Cause
01:06:08

Sarah brings the case against her sister, Amy. Amy says that she can taste the difference between water that has come from the bathroom tap and water that has come from the kitchen tap. Sarah doesn’t believe there is any way this can be true. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Expert Witness Lindsay Barr, a sensory scientist and co-founder of Draught Lab!

Thank you to Twitter User @MeaghanLamothe for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Feb 16, 2022
Juvenile Court Returns Again!
00:51:27

It's a special day in the Court of Judge John Hodgman! Guest Judge Oscar Thorn (age 8) joins us as we return to Juvenile Court! We clear the docket of cases involving kids and long underwear, tag, level up rules, trombone practicing, staring contest rules, paper shredding jobs, and YouTube channels. 

 

Feb 09, 2022
Hampering With the Evidence
00:57:09

Katherine would like to pack for short trips in a laundry basket. But her husband, Andy, says it’s not practical! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Feb 02, 2022
Dr. Goofus and Mr. Gallant
01:02:58

It's time to clear the docket! Eye-open kissing, the John-Claude Van Damme movie HARD TARGET, tacos, walking your mom to her car at night, 20 questions, and the return of the segment JUSTICE DELAYED! Plus we say goodbye for now to the Great Lakes Beach Report!

Jan 26, 2022
Inside the Green Monster
00:58:43

It's time to clear the docket! Cases about lock picking, drought resistant beans, memes, toe tapping, and cut plants. 

Jan 19, 2022
A Chime For All Seasons
00:53:41

It's time to clear the docket! Foot powders, shower plungers, winter windchimes, Blink 182, TMI at restaurants, and an update from Rudy on Big Toad Road!

Jan 12, 2022
Rashomom (RERUN)
00:43:04

This week, we are revising RASHOMOM! A Judge John Hodgman Classic that originally ran nearly ten years ago! 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!

As the Judge mentioned, check out David Rees' book HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS. And make sure to listen to the 12/28/21 episode of ELECTION PROFIT MAKERS, "Episode 126: Florida Pizza Restaurant Infomercial," for something unexpectedly meaningful and heartfelt.

Jan 05, 2022
The Egg, The Nog, and The Holy Sprite
01:22:54

Content Warning: This episode is entirely about eating and drinking various foods. There is live consumption of an alcoholic cocktail, and accompanying discussion, from 06:00-11:04. There is also a brief description of cooking live lobsters between 01:12:25-01:12:46.

It's the last episode of 2021 and we are celebrating with a Judge John Hodgman Office Party! Inspired by a case regarding mixing eggnog and Sprite, the Judge sent a call for our audience's favorite holiday foods and drinks. Bailiff Jesse had to miss the party unfortunately, but Producer Jennifer Marmor and WERU Program Director Joel Mann join Judge Hodgman to ring in the New Year! Plus we hear some holiday greetings from Friends of the Court!

Music used in this episode:

Poppers and Prosecco Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Crinoline Dreams Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Barbara by U.S. Army Blues is licensed under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.

Auld Lang Syne by United States Marine Band is licensed under a Public Domain Mark 1.0 License.

Dec 29, 2021
Eating In A-Bed-Ing
01:02:18

Content Warning: This week's episode is about the relationship between food and feelings. While the episode is fun and friendly, this could be a subject that is sensitive to some. 

Sarah files suit against her husband, David. Sarah loves to eat in bed but has stopped doing it because David finds it disgusting. Sarah, however, misses her old source of comfort and would like to eat in bed every once in a while. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Follow Sarah and see her beautiful cakes on Instagram @crumbbumcupcakes! And check out Bailiff Jesse's friend Jasmine Rae's cakes on Instagram @jasmineraecakes! Thank you to Twitter User @since_you_asked & @EldoradoOmega for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Dec 22, 2021
Gruel and Unusual Punishment
01:05:01

Aubrey files suit against her husband, Chris. Aubrey wants to continue a family Christmas Morning tradition involving Cream of Wheat, an almond, and luck. But, Chris, is opposed! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @bradywiggins for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Dec 15, 2021
Cuddle Formation
00:54:25

It's time to clear the docket! Gen X vs Zoomer text etiquette, cat names, backpack strap location, Jimmy Fallon, and jacket trades gone wrong. Plus we hear back with answers from our questions in Episode 543: The Veil of Honor!

Get your tickets now for LIVE JUSTICE at SF Sketchfest! We'll be appearing on 1/22/22 at the Sydney Goldstein Theater, ready to bring back JUSTICE to the San Francisco Bay Area! You won't want to miss it. And if you have a case for the live show, please let us know! Submit your cases, big and small, to maximumfun.org/jjho or email hodgman@maximumfun.org.

Dec 08, 2021
Judge, Jury, And Extra-Cushions-For-Her
01:00:24

Myles files suit against his wife, Isabel. Myles says that Isabel’s graduate school work takes up too much space in the living room. But, Isabel says that her setup is the most comfortable way to do her work. The living room is her space too! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @BenjaminWalkup for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Get your tickets for our return to San Francisco Sketchfest! We'll be bringing LIVE JUSTICE to the Bay Area on 1/22/22 at 7:30pm, at the Sydney Goldstein Theater! Tickets are available here!

Dec 01, 2021
Trialceratops
00:49:53

Keil files suit against his brother, Aaron, over a bet they made during their childhood. The Jurassic Park tagline is, “An Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making.” Keil contends that the film took 65 million years to make, but Aaron disagrees. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Twitter User @kswizzle13 for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames.

Nov 24, 2021
The Veil of Honor
00:49:29

It's time to clear the docket! When should one change the lint filter (aka lint screen)? Are raisins good? Should we be compelled to apologize for every fart, even if we are in a separate room from anyone who can hear it? Plus the return of THE GREAT LAKES BEACH REPORT! And much more!

Nov 17, 2021
Not Today, Satanbot
00:54:08

It's time to clear the docket! Stinky jeans, spaghetti sauce, meal beverages, metal inspired karaoke performances, and much more!

Nov 10, 2021
Fancy Ducks vs Fancy Geese
00:56:18

It's time to clear the docket! Bed time, snacking cheese cutting, fancy ducks and geese, dolphin butts, cats sleeping in closets, and much more! Plus an update on Episode 487: Brush with the Law!

Nov 03, 2021
Spooky Day, Spooky Night
01:22:06

It's time to clear the docket! Wearing sleep shorts out of the house, Christmas cookie types, bringing outside produce into restaurants, loud typing, and much more! Plus more letters from Emily and her sister Louisa from Juvenile Court, and an interview with Aidan, the co-owner of the Spirit Halloween Wiki! A perfect way to close our 2021 Spooky Season!

Oct 27, 2021
Fright Court
00:47:36

Jessie files suit against her husband Carter. Carter says he grew up in a haunted house. But Jessie doesn’t believe him! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Steve Ciabattoni for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter hashtag #JJHoCaseNames

Oct 20, 2021
Auntie Anne-icus Brief
00:57:55

Mark and Hal host the Maximum Fun show WE GOT THIS, wherein they settle small debates. In 2018, they attempted to decide the Best Pretzel Shape but came to an impasse. Hal thinks that Mark was too unwilling to properly entertain a debate. Mark says that Hal betrayed the show’s core by removing the default pretzel shape from contention. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Dan Gualtieri for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

Oct 13, 2021
Preliminary Herring
00:58:05

Kareena brings the case against her husband, Ian. The two of them would like to get a fish tank for their home. When they agreed on this, Kareena had a small tank in mind, with one or two fish. But, Ian says he will only accept a 35 gallon tank -- nothing less!

Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Nicole DuBow for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

Oct 06, 2021
Double In-Dented-Ty
00:49:03

This week, we hear a dispute between two comedy writers: Andy Wood (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Probably Science podcast) and Chip Pope (LOPEZ, It Happened in Hollywood podcast)!

Andy brings the case against his friend, Chip. Andy accidentally backed into Chip's car, causing damage to the door. Andy agreed to fully cover the cost of the repair. But before Chip could get the door fixed, Chip was in another car accident that caused larger damage to the door. Andy says that because of the second accident Chip should now split the insurance deductible with him. Chip disagrees.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Daniel Cordero & Cody McBurnett for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

Sep 29, 2021
Live Dangerously, Look Terribly
00:56:23

It's time to clear the docket! Beard stubble, shower hair, Friendsgiving, sleeping while listening to podcasts, the difference between SUVs and trucks, and much much more! 

Check out Ryan McDonough's (aka "Cuervo Man") film LAST NIGHT IN ROZZIE at lastnightinrozzie.com! And check out Election Profit Makers, available where you get your podcasts! For more David Rees, take a look at Get Your War On

Sep 22, 2021
Live Upside Down or Die
00:55:36

Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte joins Judge John Hodgman in saying goodbye to his New England Summer. It's the Judge's last day in his Summertime chambers with Joel Mann the Mole Mann at WERU Community Radio in Orland, Maine. The J Squad and Lil Monte clear the docket of the New England located disputes waiting for justice. Table manners, how to eat a burger, Massachusetts pronunciations, Vermont and New Hampshire orientation, New England borders, and Cape Cod geography!

Thank you so much to Joel Mann and WERU for hosting our summertime chambers again this year. WERU is a community supported freeform radio, and is available to stream at weru.org. Monte Belmonte can be heard on WRSI Radio at wrsi.com. His podcast, A Week of Mornings, is available wherever you get podcasts.

Sep 15, 2021
Mr. G & Professor K
00:53:08

It's time to clear the docket! Mom jokes, room names, grungy jackets, family group texts, garden tending, and much more!

Sep 08, 2021
The Return of Juvenile Court
00:57:15

It's time to clear the docket and this week we are bringing back JUVENILE COURT! Disputes (mostly) from kids! Book care, door locks, pet hedgehogs, pet dogs, disc golf and more!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW for our Judge John Hodgman Live Streaming Event with the London Podcast Festival! It’s happening on Thursday 09/09/2021 at 12:30pm PT / 3:30pm ET / 8:30pm BST. For more info and tickets, visit bit.ly/JJHOUDGMAN or click here!

Sep 01, 2021
The Motion is Cary Granted
01:02:46

Film Fanatic Rick files suit against his wife, Nikki. Rick saves his Golden Age film viewing for his own time because Nikki is usually not interested. Together, the two of them tend to watch TV shows. But, Rick was shocked one day to find Nikki watching the 1963 film CHARADE without him, and asked that she save that movie for him. She doesn't think she should have had to stop watching it! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to David Hoffman for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

Aug 25, 2021
Maine Hospitality
00:55:05

We are clearing the docket this week! Forest walking, Christmas related small talk, egg placement, condiments, and more!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW for our Judge John Hodgman Live Streaming Event with the London Podcast Festival! It’s happening on Thursday 09/09/2021 at 12:30pm PT / 3:30pm ET / 8:30pm BST. For more info and tickets, click here!

Aug 18, 2021
Sweet Corn Season
00:46:18

We are clearing the docket this week! Corn buttering, spider removal, microwave etiquette, beer gardens, and much more!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW for our Judge John Hodgman Live Streaming Event with the London Podcast Festival! It’s happening on Thursday 09/09/2021 at 12:30pm PT / 3:30pm ET / 8:30pm BST. For more info and tickets, click here!

Aug 11, 2021
Hubble Jeopardy
00:55:36

Kathryn files suit against her friend, Jerome. Jerome commissioned Kathryn to paint large scale panels inspired by the Hubble telescope photos. She did, and he's thrilled with them except for one thing: She didn't sign her work! She says that's not her thing. But, even still, Jerome thinks she should sign the panels.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Elyse O'Neill for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

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Aug 04, 2021
The Full Micky
00:46:10

Time to clear the docket! Disputes about accepting rent from your parents, chocolate covered pretzels, classic movies, morning text message etiquette, sausages, and much more! Plus Joel Mann's entire Micky Dolenz story!

Jul 28, 2021
What Else Is There to Do?
00:56:53

Time to clear that docket! Eyedrops in public, watching the Tour de France, mystery dog poop bags, gift card use, communal bookshelves, and much more! Plus an update from our favorite cryptocurrency miners, the C-Team!

Jul 21, 2021
Right to a Fair Earring
00:53:24

Ben files suit against his friend and writing partner, Graham. The two of them agreed that if they were not hired on a writing staff by the end of 2020, they would get matching ear piercings. They did end up getting hired on a show, but their start date was at the very beginning of 2021. Graham believes that since they were offered the jobs in 2020, the spirit of the pact has been fulfilled. But Ben disagrees and believes that they need to follow through with the ear piercings!

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Reid Hopkins for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

Jul 15, 2021
Might As Well Judge (Rerun)
00:53:12

Big thanks to John Darnielle for his expertise on this week’s episode! The Mountain Goats' latest album "Dark in Here" is OUT NOW on Merge Records

Click HERE to read Jesse Raub’s 3,333 word essay about Michael Anthony!

Thank you to Adam Capybara, Mike Kennedy, and Chris Rini for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 07, 2021
Citation For Glittering
01:01:15

Rudy, of RUDY'S PLACE, returns to Judge John Hodgman's court and brings his wife, Mary, with him! Rudy can’t stand glitter. He says that Mary keeps bringing it into the house and would like her to stop. Mary says that Rudy needs to find a better way to cope. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae!

The Rudy's Place theme song: Lyrics written by Judge Hodgman, performed by Jonathan Coulton.

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Jun 30, 2021
Docket Deep Cuts
00:48:43

We are going back to the beginning of the JJHo inbox to find some DOCKET DEEP CUTS! Cases from 2010! The best fast food burgers, cats looking for milk, free-will arguments, ramen, and much more! Plus the FIRST EVER Judge Wrong Hodgman letter (™ Lela)!

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Jun 23, 2021
Hot Drink Legend
00:56:01

Clearing the docket! Ordering tea at a beer garden, sending your published book to a literary idol, nicknames, artificial plants, and the return of our new segment RUDY'S PLACE!

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: 

Jun 16, 2021
The Mighty Eagle of Mid-Tier Comedy Performers
00:56:25

Time to clear the docket! Answering your door to unexpected visitors, lotion hands attacks, naming a camper, fresh air, pronouncing the word "album" differently, and more!

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

Jun 09, 2021
The Party Kitchen
00:43:06

It's time to clear the docket! How does a pile of lettuce become a salad? Plus, kitchen congregating, tapping dirty spoons on another person's face, covering your partner's eyes during gross movie scenes, and a new JJHo segment: RUDY'S PLACE!

Jun 02, 2021
Coke or Grain
00:55:00

It's time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about wedding gifts, computer voices, splitting burritos, the Godfather theme, plus an audio letter from a kid! And much more!

If you want to remix litigant Jim's robot voice with a track from "Sports" by Huey Lewis and the News, here's the clip

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May 26, 2021
There's an APPellate Court For That
00:59:11

Patrick brings the case against his dad, Rudy. Rudy says he has a billion dollar idea for an app. Patrick says this app will never work! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Jen Cunningham for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

May 19, 2021
Amicus Beef
00:53:39

Casey files suit against his friend, Sean. They go to baseball games together a lot. Casey says that Sean’s antics at the games cause great stress. One of the more appalling antics, says Casey, is the time Sean brought his own hot dogs into the stadium. Sean says that he is well within his rights to do this. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Marley Jay for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

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May 12, 2021
Shootin' the Bries - Episode 2
01:12:18

We're right in the middle of the Max Fun Drive!  Right now is the best time to support all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one!

We've bleeped the expletives in this episode, but some material might not be suitable for children.

We've got something special interrupting your feed today… in 2018, Jordan Morris and John Hodgman recorded an episode of a one-off podcast called Shootin' the Bries for the Max Fun Drive. 

The former cheesemongers are reunited for another special episode! They chat with Joe Berkowitz, the author of American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World. Jordan and John also talk about cheese flavored products, and how their relationship with cheese has changed since the last time they recorded the podcast. 

Thanks to all our members for making fun stuff like this possible. If you'd like to become a member of our network visit https://maximumfun.org/join/ to learn more! 

 

May 07, 2021
May it Please Descartes
00:51:19

KLAXON! It's the MaxFunDrive! The best time of year to show your support for what we do. Join us at MaximumFun.org/join

Drea brings the case against her husband, Morgan. Morgan believes that we are all living in a simulation. And he loves to talk about it. Drea disagrees and does not want to talk about this any longer. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Sean Flaherty for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

May 05, 2021
Peter Piper's Prerogative
00:58:48

It’s time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about post-pandemic hugging, child-free adults dining at kids' pizza restaurants, central vacuum systems, artificial islands, Philadelphia accents, and much more! Plus the premiere of the song, "Gygax Departed," inspired by recent episode with guest Josh Gondelman, A Donut of One's Own.

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

Apr 28, 2021
This Illustrated Man
00:48:00

It's time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about tattoos, chalkboards, dinner time, bad neighbors, jungle cats, and more! Plus a letter from a veterinarian about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches! 

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

Apr 21, 2021
A Donut of One's Own
01:11:54

Bailiff Jesse Thorn is out this week so Guest Bailiff (or new judge?) Josh Gondelman fills in! He and Judge Hodgman talk about shortcuts, donuts, fantasy realms, mad scientists, ice cream, and much more!

Huge thanks to Josh for joining us! Make sure to check out his podcast Make My Day wherever you get podcasts. His delightful book of essays Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results wherever books are sold!

Apr 14, 2021
What Half Man Wrought
01:04:11

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket! They talk about Jeopardy, a joke from the movie Trading Places, stops on road trips, and a new segment "FRANKENSTEIN OR NO?" Plus Friend of the Court Elliott Kalan (The Flop House) calls in to help judge a case!

MaxFunDrive is coming! Do you have a story about what JJHO means to you? We may feature your story in an upcoming episode. If you want to share, email memberstories@maximumfun.org or call (323) 601-8719!

Apr 07, 2021
Litter Crime
01:02:53
Mar 31, 2021
My Own Avocado Creation
01:09:09

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are clearing the docket! They talk about how to pronounce the word "crayon," smart home assistants, naming a child after the month in which they are born, sleeping in outside clothes, and a letter from a child about making their own avocado toast! Plus a quick round of DRACULA OR NO? and much more!

MaxFunDrive is coming! Do you have a story about what JJHO means to you? We may feature your story in an upcoming episode. If you want to share, email memberstories@maximumfun.org or call (323) 601-8719!

Links discussed in this episode:

Mar 24, 2021
Send Podcasts, Lobster Roll
00:55:02

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear that docket! Does a 90s Subaru Impreza look like Christian Slater? Can an adult compel their parent to try guacamole? Plus saying good night, sleeping in separate rooms, a verdict from a beloved podcaster/bassoonist and more!

MaxFunDrive is coming! Do you have a story about what JJHO means to you? We may feature your story in an upcoming episode. If you want to share, email memberstories@maximumfun.org or call (323) 601-8719!

Links discussed in this episode:

Mar 17, 2021
Logging a Case in A-pellet Court
00:57:22

Luke files suit against his wife, Alaina. They live in an old, converted schoolhouse in Vermont and heat their home using a wood stove. Luke loves the wood stove, but Alaina would like to replace it with a stove that burns pellets instead. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Links discussed in this episode:

Thank you to Jonathan Arbogast & Karen Kostan for the inspiration behind this week’s episode case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 10, 2021
The Crumble One
01:00:24
Mar 03, 2021
The J Squad and Lil Monte
00:59:09

It's Extra Bailiff Day with Summertime Fun Time Bailiff Monte Belmonte! In the winter! Monte joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse in chambers to discuss mini golf, joke origins, winter layering, local TV stations, child names, and the return of the hit segment DRACULA OR NO!

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

Feb 24, 2021
There's No Southwest in Space
00:47:13

The docket is full of cases and there is only one justice team to clear it! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse discuss what counts as dating, duets, grand strategy space simulators, and much more! 

Feb 17, 2021
The Maine of Breakfast Cereals
00:55:57

We are continuing to clear the docket! Disputes about how to pronounce "vegan" and "drawer," when to clear the snow from the sidewalk, scheduling a Roomba, Cheez-Its vs Cheese Nips, and much more! Plus a new Dracula-related segment!

As mentioned on the show, here's that video by Carlos Medina, "Are you a Drakula or no??": 

 

Feb 10, 2021
My Wife Likes it With Peaches
00:53:37

Judge Hodgman's chambers have been too rollicking! This episode, we are committed to less rollicking and more justice! We discuss kids' poop talk, abandoned laundry, half finished fruit, wedge salads, dead ends, and a ruling from Merriam-Webster on how many holes there are in a straw.

Feb 03, 2021
Forensic Mom and Unnamed Creepout Boy
00:52:43

The rollicking times continue in the Court's Chambers as we clear the docket! The number of holes in a straw, homemade washcloths, Philadelphia sports fandom, Bioshock, and much more! Plus the possible conclusion of the segment CREEPY COOL BABIES and a brand new old timey ragtime tune!

If you want to check out our pal Aidan's video response to JJHo Harvester of Souls chat, visit bit.ly/soulharvesternumberone. And make sure to listen to Friend of the Court Mark McConville's podcast MASCOTS!

Jan 27, 2021
Willy and Nilly
00:58:14

We are clearing the docket this week with Friend of the Court Josh Gondelman! Scraping food scraps, kingmaking, office supply stealing, and much more! Plus more of the segment CREEPY COOL BABIES!

Huge thanks to Josh for joining us this week! He's on Twitter @JoshGondelman. His podcast Make My Day is available wherever you listen to podcasts, and make sure to read his book of essays Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results!  

Jan 20, 2021
You Can't Stop Justice
01:14:35

It's our 500th episode! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse discuss skipping TV intros, accidentally finding jewelry, an appeal about distaste for fruit, buy nothing groups on Facebook, and the premiere of a new mashup track called "Nub Court!" Plus we hear from the litigants from our first ever case on Jordan, Jesse, Go! "Is Chili a Soup?" and the brothers from Episode 165: Wake Me Up Before You Go Bro!

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THE EPISODE:

Jan 13, 2021
Maine's Holiday Boy
00:53:40

Happy New Year! The rollicking times continue as we kick off the year with a docket clearing. Scattergories, dishwashing drain gunk, listening to podcasts during dinner, our proprietary segment Cool Babies, and more!

Jan 06, 2021
A Rollicking Docket
00:53:11

It's the end of the year and we are clearing the docket! Fruit, fake accents, popcorn popping techniques, eating soup from the can, a clicky keyboard rave track, and a rollicking, good time!

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THE EPISODE:

Dec 30, 2020
Taking This Week Off!
00:00:32
Dec 23, 2020
Grocery Store Quilts
00:52:18

There's more on the docket that needs to be cleared! Tucking in blankets whilst bedmaking, ice cream sandwich bread, Game of Thrones series finale thoughts, bagel consumption, and more! Plus toddler questions in a new segment and a farewell to Leafy, the leaf blower outside Jesse's house.

Links discussed in the episode: 

Dec 16, 2020
A Gallon of Scallops
00:46:42

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear the docket! Pet parents, "cheersing," tonic water, and the answer to the age old question, "Is butt leg?" Plus an off season appearance by Joel Mann, Program and Operations Manager at WERU Community Radio in Orland Maine, and some new drama with our old pandemic pal Leafie!

Links discussed in the episode: 

Dec 09, 2020
Jean's Heat Lamp Terrarium
01:00:13

The winter solstice is approaching and it's getting cold! We have a docket full of holiday and wintery disputes to clear. Luckily, we have guest Jean Grae in chambers with us to clear that docket. Nativity scene setups, colorful fiber optic Christmas trees, home heating, lottery scratch offs, and more!

Here are the links discussed in the episode:

Dec 02, 2020
Cat-or-Dogical Imperative
00:49:29

Alan files suit against his wife, Elaine. Alan thinks their cat, Muffin, needs a companion. He’d like to get another cat. Elaine, however, would prefer adding a dog to their family. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Links discussed in this episode:

Thank you to Andrew Eppler Zindell for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 25, 2020
Mr. Clicky Keys
00:46:09

This week, we're clearing the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse discuss eating leftovers for lunch, picking up baby items with one's toes, cast iron pan hoards, and eating at morally questionable restaurants.

LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

Nov 18, 2020
The Gentleman Leaf Thief
01:04:28

This week we have Friends of the Court Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark in chambers to help clear the docket! They talk about distances, leaf collecting, consuming blood, and snacking on leftovers. Plus a letter from a Gen Z listener about books!

Josh and Chuck are the hosts of the smash hit podcast STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW! They are also the writers of the forthcoming book STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things. It will be released on November 24 but it's available for preorder now! Visit stuffyoushouldreadbooks.com for more.

Don't miss their virtual event with Judge Hodgman to celebrate the release of the book on November 24, with Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA! Visit bit.ly/JJSYSKO for ticket info.

Make sure you also check out Josh Clark's podcast The End of the World With Josh Clark as well as Chuck Bryant's Movie Crush podcast.

Nov 11, 2020
Die Flederhaus
00:38:43

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains an extremely brief mention of SARS and respiratory disease from 17:40-18:32.

This week we are revisiting a courtroom classic with a rerun of the beloved BAT BROTHERS episode! 

Brothers Adam and Noah share a home bought out of foreclosure. They are slowly fixing up the house together and the monthly payment 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? ONLY ONE CAN DECIDE!

For an update on the Bat Brothers, listen to our follow-up interview, conducted in December 2013. And make sure to follow Bat Brother Noah on Instagram!

Nov 04, 2020
An Ampersand-Lopez Goof Party
00:58:26

It's time to clear the docket! Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (FROZEN, COCO)  help with an important FROZEN 2 related dispute! They also weigh in on cases about continuity errors and group text chat participation. And much, much more!

Here are some links to topics and references from the episode:

Oct 28, 2020
Mr. Commode's Wild Ride
00:54:22

Lauren files suit against her mother, Cheri. When Cheri dies, she says she would like her ashes flushed down a toilet at Disney World, so her remains are recycled with the water used for the flowers in the parks. Lauren is opposed! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Chris Nuber for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 21, 2020
The Doctorow Doctrine
01:00:49

Cory Doctorow joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse as they clear the docket! They discuss splitting the internet bill, operating system updates, pajamas on planes, playing acapella gospel music, GPS navigation, and spoilers!

Cory's new book Attack Surface is OUT NOW! It's available wherever you get your books! Check out Cory's website craphound.com for info on where to download the audio book, which is narrated by Amber Benson! To check out Cory's virtual book tour, visit tinyurl.com/gogetemcory.

Oct 14, 2020
Brush with the Law
00:52:56

Sheila files suit against her sister, Elyse. Sheila would like to paint the shed at their parents house. But Elyse doesn’t like the color scheme that Sheila picked out! Sheila says that since it was her idea to paint in the first place, she should get to pick the colors. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Luke Seemann for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 07, 2020
Tippecanoe and Zelda Too
00:53:09

Time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse discuss buttered popcorn Jelly Bellys, kayaking with dogs, Bob Marley lyrics, Zelda, leaving drinking glasses around the house, mask sharing, and the differences between sports and games.

Sep 30, 2020
Corn Husk Dolls and Pumpkinheads
00:44:19

Time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse discuss card game etiquette, tea bags in the garbage disposal, taco night, hat problems, waking up one's significant other, and jorts.

Sep 23, 2020
Fun With Words and Lexicographer Emily Brewster
00:55:34

Lexicographer Emily Brewster is back to settle some word related disputes! Word origins, uses, pronunciations, and much more!

Emily's the host of Merriam-Webster's new podcast Word Matters. She and other Merriam-Webster editors challenge supposed grammar rules, uncover surprising word origins, and peek behind the curtain at the hidden weirdness of the English language. It's is available wherever you get podcasts.

Here are the links Judge Hodgman mentioned this week:

  • bit.ly/gogetemmeg
  • bit.ly/gogetemzach
  • bit.ly/gogetemzachspal 

 

Sep 16, 2020
Here's the Story
00:49:03

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about pizza slices, coffee shop etiquette, asking about obvious injuries, bedroom furniture, and drinkware!

Here are the links that Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse discussed:

Sep 09, 2020
Cobb Salad With Alan Ruck
00:54:24

It's time to clear the docket! This week, Helen Zaltzman (The Allusionist, Veronica Mars Investigations) joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse to discuss Alan Ruck, angry customer service letters, audiobooks, soap conservation, cemetery walks, anonymous letters, and more!

Sep 02, 2020
Contempt of Torte
00:55:21

Matt files suit against his wife, Bryn. Bryn loves to bake cakes and Matt can't stop eating them. He would like her to bake fewer cakes or get them out of the house. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Huge thanks to Joel Mann at WERU for providing the Judge's summertime chambers again this year! You can find WERU on the airwaves at 89.9 FM in Midcoast, Downeast & Central Maine and on the web at WERU.org. They are currently running their Solar Powered Membership Drive to "Celebrate WERU’s fine programming and our solar-powered studio project at the same time!" If you have some cash to spare, visit WERU.org to give online!

Thank you to Llama Mattingley for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 26, 2020
Neverlandmark Case
00:53:57

Jessie files suit against her husband, Ryan. During a past relationship, Ryan’s ex-girlfriend made him a Peter Pan themed painting and he still has it. Jessie wants to get rid of the painting, but Ryan can’t bring himself to do it. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Alex Butschli for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 19, 2020
The Shears Club
00:50:37

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket! They talk about electric vehicle obsession, using scissors to cut food, roads without sidewalks, betting against your preferred candidates, and grocery lists. Plus an update from Britton and Jackson from Episode 402: Double Histameanor!

Aug 12, 2020
Animal Crossing Examination
01:01:28

Kelly brings the case against her wife, Maureen. They both play the video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Kelly says that Maureen is adept at earning bells, which is the game’s currency. Kelly would like Maureen to share her profits, but Maureen is opposed. Who's right? Who's wrong?

It's the final week of MaxFunDrive! Thank you so much to everyone who has become a member, boosted or upgraded their membership, remained a member, and spread the word! Every little bit helps and we are so appreciative of all of you. If you want to join the fun, visit maximumfun.org/join!

Thank you to Briana O'Sullivan & Emily JoAnn Holasek for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 05, 2020
Birthday Parties to the Dispute
00:59:15

Ann brings the case against her husband, Kevin. Ann says that Kevin is too judgmental about how she celebrates her birthday. He says that he doesn’t have a problem with birthday celebrations. He just thinks that her side of the family makes too big a deal out of them! Who's right? Who's wrong?

MaxFunDrive is still plugging along! Thank you to ALL of our members for making this show possible. If you want to join them, visit maximumfun.org/join!

Thank you to Rebe Staines for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 29, 2020
Vampirical Evidence
01:04:16

Heather refuses to watch the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Bethany says that since they love the show, they should watch the final season to fully appreciate it. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Expert Witness Jane Espenson!

It's the second week of the MaxFunDrive! Thank you to all of our members for making this show possible. If you want to join them, visit maximumfun.org/join!

Thank you to Kathleen O'Donnell for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 22, 2020
You Can't Acquit With Us
01:01:53

Stephanie files suit against her younger sister Ashley. As kids, they both created clubs with their friends and excluded each other. Stephanie believes that Ashley started her club first, excluding Stephanie and sparking this years' long dispute. Ashley disagrees. Stephanie would now like to be retroactively inducted into Ashley's childhood club. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

It's MaxFunDrive! Thank you to all of our members for continuing to keep the show going. If you'd like to become a member, or if you want to update your membership level, visit maximumfun.org/join!

Thank you to Ryan Stratton for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 15, 2020
Office Supply Caper
00:59:23

It's time to clear the docket! Guest Host David Rees and Judge John Hodgman discuss chocolate choices, book burning, ice cream scooping, bread heels, and pencils.

Make sure you check out David and Judge Hodgman's new animated show DICKTOWN, which is part of FXX's CAKE, a short-form comedy block. It premieres Thursday July 9, 2020 and will be available the next day on FXX on Hulu. David has another show premiering on CAKE, and it's called MY NEW FIGHTING TECHNIQUE IS UNSTOPPABLE. And don't forget to listen to his podcast with Starlee Kine and Jon Kimball, Election Profit Makers

Jul 08, 2020
Trash Can Detective
00:51:30

It's time to clear the docket! Guest Bailiff Tre'vell Anderson from FANTI joins the judge to discuss tickling, flatulence, dog walk conversation, stolen trash cans, loud neighbors, and strange apartment floor plans. Plus a letter from a listener about pies!

Make sure to catch Tre'vell and their co-host Jarrett Hill every week on the podcast FANTI! Here is their Esquire piece on Pride, "Pride Has Always Been a Protest Against An Unjust System," that was discussed in the episode.

Jul 01, 2020
Dance Dance Resolution
00:51:30

C.W. brings the case against his husband, Jeff. C.W. loves to dance and wishes that Jeff would dance with him once in a while. But Jeff doesn’t like dancing at all and refuses to join C.W., even when they are alone at home! Who's right? Who's wrong? With Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Jill Graves for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 24, 2020
The Best of Weird Dads
01:17:15

This week on the podcast, we are taking a trip down memory lane. That’s right, it’s a clip show! We thought it would be a great time to revisit some of our favorite Weird Dads. You won’t want to miss this charming episode full of corny jokes, specific systems, and odd habits. If you want to listen to full length versions of these Weird Dad episodes here they are:

Episode 32: The Cow Beef

Episode 244: Commedia della Morte

Episode 265: Dad Nauseum

Episode 144: Father Gnaws Beast

Episode 394: Juris-diction

“Portrait of the Artist as a Weird Dad" from Episode 245: Live at SF Sketchfest 2016

Jun 17, 2020
Judge of Sandwich, Massachusetts
00:58:34

It's time for Summertime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte! Monte joins Judge Hodgman to clear the docket. They talk about mayo and lettuce on hot sandwiches, stealing church wifi, loud laughing in public, 20 Questions, and a letter about books as devices.

Here are some of the links and books mentioned in the episode:

bit.ly/GETYOURFRIENDS

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

bit.ly/JJHOTDOG

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell

Jun 10, 2020
The Sponge Leaver's Wife
00:52:51

It's time again to clear the docket! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn talk about pens, wearing shorts in the winter, leaving the sponge in the sink, and group texts. Plus another dispute from Melissa of Episode 394: Juris-diction against her dad, Mark, aka The Zero Coke Guy. Also a note from Rob Riggle about putting on his pants AFTER his shoes and socks!

If you want to know more about Zombo.com, as mentioned in the episode, check out Bailiff Jesse's audio essay about it from his show Bullseye With Jesse Thorn.

Jun 03, 2020
Live From SF Sketchfest 2020
01:24:22

This week's episode was recorded LIVE in San Francisco! First up is "Night Night Court." Noah is an early-to-bed, early-to-rise guy. His husband Kayden is a night owl. Kayden often stays up until 3 or 4 in the morning playing video games and sleeps in late. Noah wants him to wake up earlier. Then there's SWIFT JUSTICE: Airport pickup methods, an accidentally matching couple, and then a litigant brings a plagiarism dispute against HIMSELF!

BIG thanks to the SF audience for your contributions to the Homeless Youth Alliance. For more information on the fund in memory of Jesse's childhood friend, Evan Larsen, visit maximumfun.org/evan.

Thank you to Mary Fahsbender Gottschalk for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 27, 2020
Trash Action Lawsuit
00:53:18

Kelly brings the case against her husband, Andrew. Their next door neighbors tend to leave their garbage cans at the curb for a long time after the trash collectors come through. Andrew wants to bring the neighbor's cans back to the house for them, but Kelly thinks it's too passive-aggressive for him to do so. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae!

Thank you to Logan Green for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 20, 2020
Right of Shirts Refusal
00:52:44

Lana brings the case against her husband, Daniel. On their next family vacation, Lana wants her family of four to wear matching t-shirts. Daniel and the kids are opposed! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Megan Hodgkiss for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 13, 2020
Licorice Adjacent Flavor
00:55:13

KLAXON! The Judge John Hodgman podcast has been nominated for a Webby and we need your help to win! You can vote at bit.ly/JJHOWEBBY!VOTING ENDS TOMORROW MAY 7 AT 11:59PM PT!

Judge John Hodgman is in chambers this week with Bailiff Jesse Thorn to clear the docket! It's a docket full of culinary disputes, with guest expert J. Kenji López-Alt (Serious Eats, New York Times)! They talk about the opposite of savory, coffee diluting, root vegetables, recipe modifications, Polish street pizza, potatoes, cookies and more! PLUS we have a dispute from a listener against Kenji himself!

Kenji's Bay Area restaurant WURSTHALL is currently preparing and delivering free meals to hospitals and community centers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you would like to donate towards these meals, visit toasttab.com/wursthall. Kenji also has a children's book coming out September 1. EVERY NIGHT IS PIZZA NIGHT is available for pre-order now!

May 06, 2020
Garbagemas Eve
00:41:49

KLAXON! The Judge John Hodgman podcast has been nominated for a Webby and we need your help to win! You can vote at bit.ly/JJHOWEBBY!

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They discuss grocery delivery, keeping the shower curtain closed, garbage day, video games, and apologies to pets. Plus an update from Allison and Jeremy of Episode 412: AND BABY MAKES PLEA.

As mentioned in this episode, to learn more about organizations helping to feed people during these hard times check out:

Also, make sure to check out Allison's comics at instagram.com/kickfeetcomics!

If you want to take ten minutes to help us learn about who you are, visit maximumfun.org/adsurvey. This anonymous survey will help us keep the few ads we do run relevant to you, and will help some shows earn a little more money during this weird time.

Apr 29, 2020
Live From the Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn, NY
01:30:22

This week's episode was recorded LIVE in Brooklyn! First up is "Fragrant Abuse of the Law." Denise says that her husband, Jeremy, is a super-smeller. She complains that his super-smelling is too disruptive! Up next is Swift Justice, with cases about anniversaries, pies, and playlists.

Thank you to Verity Jorgensen-Lane for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 22, 2020
Live From Boston, MA at the Wilbur Theatre
01:28:00

This week's episode was recorded LIVE at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA! First case up is "Knit or Get Off the Pod." Kristen and Jess are two friends with a podcast, WWKD (Wine, Whine and Knit Day), in which they knit and chat about their lives. Jess has begun crocheting, however, and Kristen wants her to get back to knitting. Later up is Swift Justice with guest organist Josh Kantor. Swift judgments are issued on driving, grocery carts, and cell phones. Plus an update from Evan and Anne of Episode 448: Edict of Worms!

Thank you to Tom McCaffrey for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 15, 2020
The Ballad of Silvia, Fernando, and the Cat
00:41:46

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket. They talk about putting on one's socks and shoes, speaking with family members in another room, cupcakes, the phrase "bull in a china shop," cat napping, and doctoral tams.

Apr 08, 2020
The Hammer of Distraction
00:48:48

It's time again to clear the docket! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to discuss cases about wearing headphones to sleep, John Wick spoilers, peanut shell disposal, eating burgers with a knife and fork, and beverages in the bathroom. Plus a letter from a listener about asking "What did you do today?" instead of "How are you?"

Apr 01, 2020
Good Old Onion Shop
00:41:55

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket! They talk about pizza as a snack, parents talking on the phone with their adult kids, using the rimshot sound after telling a joke, gelato tasting, and office potlucks!

Here is Jesse's guide to LA, as mentioned on the show.

Mar 25, 2020
Live From Portland Maine at the State Theatre
01:04:29

This week's episode was recorded LIVE at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. The first case up is "The Sole Truth and Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Clog or Whatever." Lauren wears her slippers around the house. James complains that she wears them on the sofa. Who's right? Who's wrong? Later up is Swift Justice, with cases about watching TV with a partner, car seat warmers, and the pronunciation of "pecan pie." PLUS Summertime Producer Joel Mann and his Night and Day Jazz Trio!

Thank you to Jonathan Schlieman for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 18, 2020
Objection! Sustainable
00:53:22

Hallie brings the case against her fiancé, Ramsey. Hallie is serious about conservation and living her life in an eco-friendly way. Ramsey admires what she does but he doesn't think he can live up to her high sustainability standards. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Derek Warnken for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 11, 2020
A Zither Jam
00:56:39

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week with a special guest, Tre'vell Anderson of the smash hit Maximum Fun podcast FANTI! They are clearing the docket and talk about picking restaurants, playing music at work, using recyclables as dishware, and responses from listeners about the judge's recent ruling on Santa presents!

Mar 04, 2020
The Magic of Leap Year
00:46:49

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket! They talk about XO signoffs, movie arrival times, grocery store shopping cart return systems, cozy loungewear, birthday cake freshness, and more!

Feb 26, 2020
Live in Washington DC at the Lincoln Theatre
01:16:52

This week’s episode was recorded LIVE in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln Theatre.

First up, “Emergency You In Court.” Sarah files suit against her mother Susan. Susan is a volunteer EMT in a rural community. Sarah would like her mother to refrain from responding to emergency calls when Sarah is in town visiting. Susan feels a responsibility to respond to the calls whenever they come through.

Then, the judge and bailiff are joined by special guest Linda Holmes, of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, and author of Evvie Drake Starts Over. Together they’ll dispense Swift Justice on cases having to do with ordering a latte, scrambled pancakes, and confronting your neighbors. Plus music from Brian Farrow and a cameo by Washington DC's own Jade Jones!

Feb 19, 2020
Holiday Leftovers
00:50:41

We're in the depths of winter and need some cheer to get us through the post-holiday season. So this week, we're going to clear the docket, which is currently full of holiday disputes! Holiday leftovers include cases about dessert breads, pre-meal prayer circles, cooking holiday meals on your parents' stove, gift wrapping, and airport pickups. Plus a letter from Friend of the Court Afton Cyrus (JJHo Episode 282) from America's Test Kitchen about the case "Snickerdoodiligence!"

Feb 12, 2020
Tattoos of Limitations
00:51:08

Misty files suit against her husband, Scott. Scott started getting tattoos in his mid-30s and now has tattoos covering his upper arms. Scott has intentionally not told his parents about his tattoos. Misty thinks he should come clean but Scott wants to keep them a secret. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Doug Wykstra for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 05, 2020
SerenDIPity
00:40:56

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket! They talk about heated cat beds, setting the table, morning noise, ranch dressing, singing in the grocery store, and more!

Make sure to check out the Judge John Hodgman Instagram for Jackie Brown's Horseradish Carrots!

Jan 29, 2020
Live From Atlanta 2019
01:09:22

This week's episode was recorded LIVE in Atlanta Georgia at the Variety Playhouse in 2019.

First up, "Clothing Arguments." Brian files suit against his wife Kelly. When Brian is folding laundry, he places the folded clothes in piles around the house. Kelly likes to knock the piles of laundry over onto the floor. Brian would like this to stop, but Kelly insists that it’s all in good fun.

Then, the judge and bailiff are joined by special guest Amber Nash, voice of Pam on the hit FX show Archer! Together they'll dispense justice on cases having to do with chocolates in trail mix, favorite colors, and more during Swift Justice.

Thank you to Jon Combs for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 22, 2020
German Engine Hearing
00:50:42

Bethany files suit against her husband Jeff. They have an old minivan that will need to be replaced soon. Bethany wants to buy her dream car-- a vintage VW Bus. Jeff believes these vehicles are unsafe and would like to purchase a more practical vehicle. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? 

Thank you to Justin Gibson for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 15, 2020
Edict of Worms
00:50:25

This week, Edict of Worms. Evan files suit against his wife Anne. Anne wants to get a vermicompost bin for their apartment. Evan claims the apartment is too small and the compost bin is too messy. He seeks an injunction prohibiting worm bins in the apartment.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

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Jan 08, 2020
There is No Diner Jail
00:45:51

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket. We talk about winter holidays, slack emojis, Trichotillomania, sharing bottomless cups of coffee, cooking with garlic, and more!

Special thanks to Andrew Ti of Yo, Is This Racist? for sending us some words of wisdom regarding the case about slack emojis.

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Jan 01, 2020
Live in Durham at the Carolina Theatre 2019
01:02:46

This week's episode was recorded LIVE in Durham, North Carolina at the Carolina Theatre in November of 2019. The first case is "Son of a Preacher Ban." Then, the judge and bailiff rule on cases having to do with excessive planking routines, singing in goofy manners, and birthday cakes during Swift Justice.

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Dec 18, 2019
Reheat Offender
00:38:13

This week, Reheat Offender. Brandy files suit against her husband Shaun. Brandy believes leftovers should be consumed in a particular order. Shaun doesn’t always want to eat the leftovers according to Brandy’s schedule.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

Thank you to Jon Porobil for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Dec 11, 2019
Tried Green Tomatoes
00:45:43

This week, Tried Green Tomatoes. Michael files suit against his friend and neighbor Sam. Michael is growing tomatoes on their shared rooftop and wants Sam to go onto the roof to admire his plants. Sam thinks he should never have to set foot on the roof.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

Thank you to Daniel Herrera for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Dec 04, 2019
Daylight Savings Crime
00:50:02

This week, Daylight Savings Crime. Kari files suit against her husband Joshua. Kari and Joshua had solar panels installed on their house in July of 2019. Since then, Joshua has been monitoring their solar production and is actively trying to make the household more energy efficient. Kari believes that Joshua’s interest in energy efficiency has gotten out of hand. Joshua would like the whole family to get on board with his energy saving goals. Guest bailiff Ify Nwadiwe from Who Shot Ya? at Maximumfun.org and Nerdificent Podcast fills in for Jesse Thorn. You can follow him on twitter @IfyNwadiwe, and send him DIY film fest recommendations.

Thank you to Neil Pogorelsky for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Nov 27, 2019
Live from Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall 2019
00:59:10

This week's episode was recorded live in Toronto, Canada at the Danforth Music Hall! The first case is "Larpe Diem" Then, the judge and bailiff rule on cases having to do with a cat litter box, a photo of college friend, and a shared YouTube account during Swift Justice.

Thank you to Robbie Newell for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Nov 20, 2019
Occam's Frasier
00:55:58

Emily files suit against her friend Aaron. Emily and Aaron are regulars at a bar which they affectionately refer to as their "Cheers." Recently they tried to decide which Cheers characters they are. Emily wants to be Martin Crane. Aaron believes that Emily cannot be Martin Crane because he is strictly a Frasier character. Emily disagrees and asks the court to rule that Martin Crane exists in the world of Cheers.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

 

Thank you to Yipee Kiyay for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 14, 2019
Right to Redress
00:49:54

This week: Right to Redress. Morgan files suit against her sister Sarah. Sarah is getting married in November and asked Morgan to be her maid of honor. According to Sarah, Morgan has an "alternative" style. Sarah would like Morgan to alter certain aspects of her appearance for the wedding. Morgan doesn’t think she needs to change.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one can decide!

Thank you to Michael Lande for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

Nov 06, 2019
Traffic Stopper
00:40:49

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket. They talk about pedestrian right-of-way, traffic stoppers, mail sorters, portable hot sauce, defunct hockey sports memorabilia, social media identity theft, mise en place etiquette, and more!

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Oct 30, 2019
You've Got Bail!
00:48:53

This week: You've Got Bail! Lillie files suit against her husband, Thaddeus. Thaddeus has had the same email address – Apemanson@ – for 18 years. He uses it for everything, including as his contact information for their kids’ schools. Lillie finds Thaddeus’ email address embarrassing and offensive and would like him to change it. Thaddeus would like to keep using his email address.

Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Nathan Detweiler for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 23, 2019
Stick and Move and No New Butterfinger
00:39:39

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket with special guest Paula Poundstone! You've heard Paula as a frequent guest on NPR’s weekly comedy news quiz, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me. She also hosts the Maximum Fun podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone with co-host Adam Felber. Paula P. joins us to promote her debut rap single: Not My Butterfinger. We talk candy bars, bathroom trash cans, etiquette for packing bags for airport flights, cell phone plans, and more!

Oct 16, 2019
The Skeleton Brief
00:44:28

Kris files suit against his fiancee, Bonnie. Bonnie loves to decorate the home for the Fall season. Kris thinks she starts decorating too early in the year. But, Bonnie says she wants to enjoy her favorite time of year as much as possible. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Susan Crum for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 09, 2019
Snickerdoodiligence
00:53:10

Rachel files suit against her husband, Doug. Early in their marriage, she brought cookies to his family's Christmas Eve celebration. Doug and his brothers realized the cookies were similar to a beloved family recipe that had been lost to time. 20 years later, Doug and his brothers still refer to these cookies as their "Great Grandma Hebig's cookies." But, Rachel thinks she deserves the credit for cookies. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Jeremy Frank for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 02, 2019
Sluice Juice
00:36:08

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket! They talk about making the bed, using and washing towels, and more! Plus friends of the Court Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn of One Bad Mother help with a dispute regarding childcare! 

Sep 25, 2019
Achoodication
00:47:21

Luke files suit against Stephanie. Stephanie refuses to say "bless you" whenever anyone sneezes. Luke thinks it's a pleasant practice she should engage in, but she says it's annoying. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Steve Runyon for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 18, 2019
Dowager Mayor
00:40:07

This week on Judge John Hodgman, it's time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are in chambers to discuss new neighbor etiquette, peanut butter storage, phone battery monitoring and more! Plus, the Judge catches up with a high school friend and helps him with a dispute!

Sep 11, 2019
This is the Sound of a Gamble
00:45:33

Maria brings the case against her sister, Lesley. Lesley has been making bets with a friend about Maria's life events. Maria would like her to stop, but Lesley says it's all in good fun. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Huge thanks to Joel Mann at WERU for providing the Judge's summertime chambers once again! We look forward to your summertime cheer next year. WERU is community supported, and is always accepting donations at WERU.ORG. And if you find yourself in Castine, Maine over the summer, don't miss Joel performing with the Night and Day Jazz Trio on the porch of the Pentagoet Inn!

Thank you to Jeff Wallen for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 04, 2019
The Smoking Pun
00:53:00

Content warning: This episode is almost entirely about cooking meat. If you find that subject to be unpleasant, you may want to hold out for next week's episode!

Emily brings the case against her husband Eric. Eric enjoys smoking meats and brisket in particular. Emily complains that smokes brisket too often and that he doesn't manage his time properly during the smoking process. Eric says the brisket is done when it’s done. With Expert Witness Aaron Franklin of Austin's beloved Franklin Barbecue!

Huge thanks to Aaron Franklin for joining us this week! His newest book is Franklin Steak. You can also read about his brisket technique in Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto.

Thank you to Will Beecher, Daniel Gilbert, & Emily JoAnn Holasek for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

Aug 28, 2019
Tough Talk With LeVar Burton
00:41:58

It's time to clear the docket! This week, LeVar Burton joins the Court to dispense some justice! They all discuss Star Trek: The Next Generation, dressing your baby in controversial onesies, naming dogs, a letter from a listener about talking to home robots, and an appeal to a previous decision regarding remotely controlling the thermostat.

Huge thanks to LeVar Burton for joining us this week! His podcast LeVar Burton Reads has just begun its 5th season. Check it out wherever you download podcasts or at levarburtonpodcast.com!

Aug 21, 2019
Side Effects May Include Justice
00:55:41

Yael brings the case against her boyfriend, Jeff. Is it ok to keep expired medication? Jeff says it’s fine, but Yael disagrees! Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte and Expert Witness Dr. Sydnee McElroy!

Thank you to Brian Colavito for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 14, 2019
Coda Conduct
00:44:42

Jeanne files suit against her sister, Liz. Jeanne says that when Liz plays music on the piano, she doesn’t play a song all the way through. Liz doesn’t think it matters, but Jeanne wants her to complete the songs she plays. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Jeremy Frank for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 07, 2019
Blob Justice
00:51:47

David files suit against his wife, Kayleigh. David would like to keep a jellyfish tank in their home, but Kayleigh is opposed! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Andrew Lerchen for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 01, 2019
Aiding and A-petting
00:47:04

Eric brings the case against his wife, Karla. Karla thinks that Eric should show more affection to their dog. But Eric says he does most of the dog care in the home. The dog petting can be left to another family member to fulfill. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Peggy Beardmore for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 24, 2019
Barbecuties
00:40:50

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear that docket. They talk about barbecue, migraine triggers, controlling the thermostat remotely, sharing deodorant, cell phone silencing, watching tv from the other room, and more!

Jul 17, 2019
Niles and Dobbs
00:46:31

It's time again to clear the docket! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn talk about Frasier, pill cases, being mean to robots, bike helmets, meal time phone rules, listening to #JJHo whilst in labor, and carbon steel pans.

Jul 10, 2019
Law Cucaracha
00:55:28

Renee brings the case against her boyfriend Patrick. She thinks Patrick is too intense about insect prevention in their house. But Patrick thinks Renee doesn't take it seriously enough. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Matthew Tolzmann for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 03, 2019
Spirit World of the Law
00:53:31

Jason brings the case against his wife, Annie. Annie's mom introduced their two kids to Annie's old Ouija Board. Annie thinks it's a silly game, but Jason is uncomfortable with his kids playing with it. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Brent Harrison, Claudine Guild, Alex Butschli, Shawn Bussler, and Matt Dent for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 26, 2019
Misappropriation of Funs
00:54:06

Kenneth brings the case against his sister, Stephanie. Their parents give them money for their birthdays every year. Kenneth complains that Stephanie spends her birthday money on boring household items she'll be purchasing anyway. He says that she should use the money for something fun. She thinks there is nothing wrong with how she spends her money. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Ken Small & Jon Barr for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 19, 2019
Live From Los Angeles at the Regent Theater 2019
01:09:55

This week's episode was recorded LIVE in Los Angeles, CA at the Regent Theater! The first case is "Driving Miss Justice." Then, the judge and bailiff rule on cases having to do with eating before workouts, half birthdays, and robot vacuum cleaners during Swift Justice. Plus music from Pete Fields of Slow Motion Cowboys!

Thank you to Robert MacGregor for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions

Content Warning: This episode contains a brief mention of mental illness and eating disorders. 

Jun 12, 2019
Bitter Bean Juice
00:47:00

The docket is full! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear it. They talk about dog waste, day-old coffee, fancy chocolate bars, Alexander the Great, and wearing military patches. Plus a letter from a listener in Hong Kong!

Jun 05, 2019
Moms Are Gonna Mom
00:40:53

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers to clear the docket. They talk about gifts for in-laws, red baseball caps, group photos, puzzles, and ghosts. Plus a listener letter about Korean Fan Death!

May 29, 2019
Open House Arrest
00:49:17

Eric files suit against his fiancee, Elena. Elena has banned him from sharing online real estate listings with her. Eric would like the ban to be lifted, so they can be prepared to buy a house when the right one comes along. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Mark W. Gray for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 22, 2019
Gesundfight
00:49:03

Becca brings the case against their wife Bridgett. Becca says that Bridgett has terrible sneezes, and would like her to tone it down. Bridgett says this is just how she sneezes, and that Becca should let her sneeze in peace. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Michael Haas for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 15, 2019
Making Stock, Taking Stock
00:47:07

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn have some more cases on the docket to clear! This week they talk about feeding kitchen scraps to chickens, recording elderly relatives' stories, diluting homemade food with store bought food, using the stove top fan, putting cold hands on your partner, and follow up on tipping!

May 08, 2019
Live From Los Angeles 2019
01:13:44

This week's episode was recorded live in Los Angeles, with musical guest Aimee Mann! The first case is "Family Freud." Then Aimee joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse on stage for Swift Justice. She helps them rule on cases regarding getting a pet, a massive CD collection, and bread baking in hot weather.

Thank you to Anni Goryl & Andrew Brooks for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 01, 2019
And Baby Makes Plea
00:52:05

Allison brings the case against her husband, Jeremy. They are trying to make room in their home to accommodate the baby they have on the way. But, they can't figure out a way to accomplish this while maintaining Jeremy’s workroom. With Expert Witness Nick Offerman!

Thank you to Brock Maust for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 24, 2019
Yankee Boot Swap
00:35:46

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about living with one's mother after getting married, cheating coffee shops out of a few extra ounces of coffee, photos of friends and family as home decor, and twin birth orders. Plus follow up letters about Italian surname pronunciation and Avogadro's number!

Apr 17, 2019
Life Hacks With Judge John Hodgman
00:36:24

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about theater worthy movies, snow plowing, traveling while sick, wearing high school letter jackets as an adult, and bed times! Plus a letter in response to a previous docket case on sock folding.

Apr 10, 2019
Live From San Francisco Sketchfest 2019
01:20:25

This week's episode was recorded live at San Francisco Sketchfest! The first case is "Bleach of Contract." Then, Nnekay FitzClarke of MINORITY KORNER joins the stage for Swift Justice! She helps the judge rule on cases about home clutter, fancy dog breeds, and song key changes. Plus music from Martin Luther McCoy!

Thank you to Sarah McCulley for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 03, 2019
Forced Arbor-tration
00:44:02

Richard brings the case against his husband, Chris. They have a Japanese Maple tree in their yard and Richard loves it. But, Chris thinks it’s an eyesore!

Thank you to Anna Oakley for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Mar 27, 2019
280 Character Witness
00:46:46

Troy files suit against his friend, Sarah. Troy discovered that Sarah is not following him back on Twitter. He's especially offended that she is following John Mayer but not him. Troy believes he deserves a follow but she disagrees. With Expert Witness Naomi Fry!

Thank you to Ian MacKechnie for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Mar 21, 2019
Tic or Tac
00:41:12

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket, with special guest Aimee Mann! They talk about dating after a divorce, splitting a container of Tic Tacs, long computer passwords, sharing internet with neighbors, and foot peels. Plus, we have an update from Tom of Episode 329: He Bed, She Bed!

Mar 13, 2019
Inbox, Outbox, Catbox, Birdbox
00:50:01

It's time again for Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn to clear the docket! This week, Emily Heller joins them! They discuss cases about paper bills, ballpoint pens, younger siblings copying usernames, living #ZeroWaste, and drinking water from public bathroom taps. Plus we hear from Laura from Episode 161: Cold Case. She weighs in on the bathroom knock vs jiggle debate and also sends photos from the German water park inside the former zeppelin factory!

Mar 06, 2019
Live From Portland, Oregon 2019
01:25:10

This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN PORTLAND, OREGON! The first case is "Brown vs. Hoard of Vegetation." Then, Carrie Poppy and Ross Blocher of OH NO, ROSS AND CARRIE join the stage for Swift Justice! They help the judge rule on cases regarding card game rules, taking photos of a sleeping friend, and being called by the wrong name. Plus music from Máscaras!

Thank you to Matt Kerbel for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 27, 2019
Live From Seattle 2019
01:11:58

This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN SEATTLE! There's the case, "May It Placebo the Court," and Swift Justice cases about making new friends, having tiles shipped to a friend's house, and smart lights. Plus music from Shabazz Palaces!

Please note, the music segment of the show contains some strong language.

Thank you to Sasha Zucker for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 20, 2019
Double Histameanor
00:47:55

Britton files suit against her boyfriend, Jackson. Britton is allergic to cats and avocados, but she won’t cut them out of her life! Jackson is worried about her health and would like her to stay out of contact with allergens. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Matt Crocker for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 13, 2019
Throwin' Bows
00:40:39

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn stay in chambers this week because the docket needs clearing. They talk about the NYT Crossword, pasta, bathroom related chores, curling, coffee shop tipping and more!

Feb 06, 2019
Live From Vancouver 2019
01:14:21

This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN VANCOUVER! We hear the dispute LOVE DRACTUALLY and Swift Justice, with guests Louise Burns and Dave Shumka!

Thank you to Andreas Meyer for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 31, 2019
Contempt of Carport
00:47:13

Gilly brings the case against her husband Steve. Gilly believes that the neighborhood they live in is in the suburbs, but Steve disagrees! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jane Hartung for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 23, 2019
Spider Buddies
00:37:36

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about spiders, fortune cookies stashes, naming children, coffee intake, toothbrushes and more! Plus we hear from Kevin of Episode 376: Nein Tense of the Law!

Jan 16, 2019
Quid Pro Ho Ho Ho
00:50:12

Ash-Lei files suit against her brother Josh. Their family does a gift exchange for their Ukrainian Christmas celebration every January. Josh has already opted out of participating in Western Christmas gift giving. He would also like to opt out of the Ukrainian Christmas gift exchange. But Ash-Lei says he should participate. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Travis Pelham Boozer for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 10, 2019
Small Names Court
00:53:52

Mara brings the case against her brother Adam. They disagree on the proper way to pronounce their Italian surname. Mara uses a pronunciation that the rest of their family uses. But Adam uses the proper Italian pronunciation. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Mary Fahsbender Gottschalk for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 02, 2019
Wreathing Havoc
00:55:24

It’s our last episode of 2018! We’ll be off next week for the holidays. Paul files suit against his wife, Lizzie. Paul loves to decorate for Christmas but Lizzie doesn't. He wants to add more to their home in order to create some Christmas magic for their kid. But Lizzie thinks their tree is enough. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Travis Marttila for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 20, 2018
Juris-diction
00:52:21

Melissa brings the case against her father, Mark. She complains that in classic weird-dad fashion, Mark intentionally mispronounces words and brand names. Mark says his pronunciations aew how he's always said them! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Justin Dewey for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 12, 2018
What An Age We Live In
00:37:21

This week, Judge John Hodgman clears the docket in his chambers with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! They talk about the "good spot" on the couch, the phrase "cash money," cleaning cast iron pans, responsible air conditioning usage, art repurposing, and a follow up letter about kilts!

Dec 05, 2018
Torch Reform
00:53:52

Spike brings the case against his wife, Ellie. Spike would like a kitchen blow torch but Ellie thinks it’s too dangerous! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Mike McDavid for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.  

Nov 28, 2018
Pizza is a Gift
00:46:28

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket! They talk about door knocking vs handle jiggling, food storage, family dinner time, eating on public transit, sock folding, and ideal sleeping arrangements!

Nov 21, 2018
Me-maw & Order
00:48:08

Julia brings the case against her mother, Donna. Growing up, Julia and her sister called their grandmother, "Mucca." But Donna believes it was originally "Monka" and will still refer to her that way. Julia wants Donna to stop saying Monka, but Donna doesn't think she is wrong to say it. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Raven Peters for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 14, 2018
Verdict Through the Grapevine
00:45:17

Stephanie brings the case against her husband, Ross. There is a grapevine growing on the house and around their balcony. Stephanie believes it’s hazardous and wants to get rid of it. But Ross says that it’s a cool feature and he wants it to stay. Who's right? Who's wrong?

You can still buy an "I'm With Claudius" t-shirt, as mentioned in  last week's episode! You only have until November 13! Visit the MaxFunStore to get it while you can at MaxFunStore.com!

Thank you to Ryan Dailey for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 07, 2018
Cos-plagiarism
00:43:24

Samantha brings the case against her sister Vanessa. They regularly do cosplay and attend steampunk conventions together. Several cons ago, Vanessa came up with the idea to use one of Samantha's dresses for a steampunk version of the Stephen King character Carrie. But, she never made the costume. For this year's Steampunk Halloween convention, Samantha wants to use the dress and go as Steampunk Carrie. But Vanessa says that since it's her idea, she should be able to do it.

Thank you to Caroline Barba for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

If you want to buy an "I'm With Claudius" t-shirt, as mentioned in the episode, you only have until November 13! Visit MaxFunStore.com to get it while you can!

Oct 31, 2018
Slunch Buggy No Punch Backs
00:42:59

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week because the docket needs to be cleared! They discuss punching your fellow car passengers, laundry room etiquette, computer mice vs tablets, recycling, coffee house mugs, pebble ice, and much, much more!

Oct 24, 2018
R and Arbitration
00:48:26

Jeff brings the case against his girlfriend, Diana. He prefers to travel without a plan, leaving plenty of room for spontaneous adventures. Diana prefers to plan, leaving room for both adventure and relaxation. They're planning their next trip and can't figure out what to do. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Alanna Talty for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 18, 2018
The JJHo Old Timey Newsreel
00:38:41

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They rule on disputes having to do with podcast listening speeds, the definition of "barbeque," whether or not "pretty good" is a compliment, wearing headphones while doing chores, moustaches and more!

Oct 10, 2018
Remodel Behavior
00:50:38

Crystal brings the case against her husband Todd. She likes to do projects around their house. But she complains that when she's about halfway through a project, Todd tends to voice strong opinions that start to change the direction. She would like him to let her carry out her original vision, but Todd thinks that this is part of the process. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Megan Hodgkiss for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 03, 2018
Requesting an Immediate Ingestion
00:47:31

Matthew brings the case against his wife, Angie. In their family, it's the rule that they all remain at the dinner table until everyone is done eating. But, Angie is a notorious slow eater. Matthew says he is constantly entertaining their small children for too long, while she finishes her meal. But, Angie thinks he is exaggerating how bad it is. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae!

Thank you to Carol Sanchez for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 26, 2018
Classic Friendaround
00:48:08

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns to the court to help Judge John Hodgman clear the docket! They talk about party hosting responsibilities, dad jokes, pet names, keeping the bathroom door open and Hogwarts house sorting. Plus much, much more!

Sep 19, 2018
Jerky Duty
00:55:45

Adara brings the case against her friend, Bobby. They host a radio show together and Bobby likes to do fake celebrity phone calls on air. Adara thinks that while it’s sometimes funny, it’s not always successful. She would like him to limit his fake calls. Who's right? Who's wrong?

PLEASE NOTE: This episode makes a brief, glancing reference to the Predator movies. It was recorded weeks before recent news emerged about the problematic personnel decisions that took place in the production of newest Predator sequel.

Thank you to Adam Labonte for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 12, 2018
Don't Call the Next Witness
00:46:01

Kirya brings the case against her mother, Tanja. Tanja hates talking on the phone. She doesn’t even have a phone anymore. But, Kirya is worried about Tanja’s safety and also wants to be able to call her. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jack Mathews for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 06, 2018
Race Closed
00:50:59

Keri brings the case against their boyfriend, Jim. Jim plays and streams car racing simulators. He’s developed an audience and has a bit of a following. But, Keri thinks all of this racing is cutting into their quality time. Keri would like to be able to plan more activities for the two of them to do together, without worrying about his racing schedule.  

Thank you to Ian MacKechnie for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 30, 2018
Jerseyprudence
00:47:21

Andrew brings the case against his dad, George. Andrew would like for George to come see him in Queens more often. But George says it’s too much of a trek from where he lives in New Jersey.

Thank you to Andrew Scales for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

Aug 22, 2018
Waffle House Arrest
00:58:40

Shenlyn brings the case against her husband, Martin. Shenlyn loves to go out for breakfast with family and friends, but Martin prefers breakfast at home. He thinks that he can cook breakfast at home better and for less money. She wishes he would participate in her breakfast outings. With Guest Bailiff Maeve Higgins!

Thank you to Gavin Pouliot for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 16, 2018
Nein Tense of the Law
00:49:33

Colleen brings the case against her husband, Kevin. They send their kids to a German language immersion school. Kevin has begun taking German language classes and wants to practice speaking it with the kids at home. But Colleen thinks that his terrible pronunciation will have adverse effects on the kids' learning. With Guest Bailiff Maeve Higgins!

Thank you to Rob Waters for suggesting this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 08, 2018
Swipe Right to Remain Silent
00:48:25

Phillip brings the case against his girlfriend, Rachel. The two of them met on a dating app. Rachel wants to tell people they met another way, but Phillip thinks they should just be honest. With Guest Judge Cristela Alonzo!

Thank you to Anne Mandola Jones for suggesting this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions there.

Aug 01, 2018
Statute of Celebrations
00:49:00

Rick brings the case against his wife, Sarah. When Sarah’s birthday month rolls around, she likes to plan different celebrations with various groups of people in her life. Rick thinks it’s too many birthday events and would like to set a two-celebration limit. With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Jordan Welch & Jennifer Milner for suggesting this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 25, 2018
Much Ado About Clothing
00:52:17

Jason brings the case against his friend, Francisco. They run a community Shakespeare theatre group together. Jason would like to try doing more contemporary and experimental Shakespeare adaptations, but Francisco is opposed. With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Chris Ubben for suggesting this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 18, 2018
Edible Arraignments
00:47:45

Judge John Hodgman is away from the court on this week's episode. Bailiff Jesse Thorn is taking over judging duties, with friend of the court Jordan Morris serving as bailiff!

Jennie brings the case against her husband, John. John has received a lot of gag gifts over the years that happen to be food items. He is currently storing all of them in the fridge. Jennie wants him to get rid of the gifted food but John is too sentimental!

Thank you to Jason Jackman for suggesting this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 11, 2018
Into the Teal
00:44:46

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about bedroom wall colors, loud clappers, meat cooking utensils, holiday cards, locking doors, and millenials.

Jul 04, 2018
Live From Chicago 2018, Part 2
01:13:22

Judge John Hodgman is live in Chicago again, at Thalia Hall for the Onion Comedy and Arts Festival! "Amendment to the Constellation" plus Swift Justice disputes about dogs, farts and a special pair of newly married litigants! Plus, music from OHMME!

Thank you to Colan Kennelly for suggesting this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 27, 2018
The Booth, the Whole Booth, and Nothing But the Booth
00:45:57

Sophie is filing suit against her parents, Toby and Thor. If they are out to eat and seated at a table they don't like, Toby and Thor will ask to sit elsewhere. Sophie thinks that her parents should just deal with the table they've been given. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Ian Brodie for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 20, 2018
The Whistle Throne
00:47:55

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket with special guest, Alison Becker! They talk about whistling, serving pizza at your wedding, the beginning of Spring, ordering food to go at a sit-down restaurant, and eating bacon with a fork!

Alison Becker is one of the stars of Maximum Fun's brand new scripted serial podcast, BUBBLE! Make sure to check it out now, wherever you listen to podcasts.

Jun 13, 2018
Live From Chicago, 2018
01:04:31

This week's episode was recorded live in Chicago at Thalia Hall, as part of The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival! Tune in for "Tilty or Not Tilty" plus Swift Justice disputes about bedtimes, an online boat game and watching crime dramas. Plus, music from Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart of OHMME!

Thank you to Logan Green for suggesting the title "Tilty or Not Tilty"! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

Jun 06, 2018
Dance Like No One is Showering
00:39:17

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week, clearing that docket! They talk about disputes having to do with speakerphone, water conservation, soda fountains, Leap Day birthdays, mud rooms and hosting out of town guests.

May 30, 2018
Across State Felines
00:52:13

Adrienne brings the case against her boyfriend, David. They are going to be attending graduate school in different states and cannot agree on how to handle custody of their two cats. Adrienne says it's more practical for David to take care of them but David thinks Adrienne will miss them too much. Who's right, who's wrong?

Thank you to Charles Louis Richter for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 23, 2018
Wedding Clashers
00:53:04

Laura brings the case against her fiance, Zach. Laura would like to elope but Zach thinks that they should have a bigger, more traditional wedding. Who's right, who's wrong?

Thank you to Nora McCaffrey Glaser for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Music in this week's episode: Faceoff Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

May 16, 2018
Eminent Bromain
00:44:21

Theresa brings the case against her brother, Paul. Paul insists on referring to her childhood bedroom as the "Guest Room." But Theresa thinks it should still be called "Theresa's Room." Who's right, who's wrong?

Thank you to Tom Early for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 10, 2018
The Most Beautiful Man in Jurisprudence
00:53:12

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket! Friend (enemy?) of the court, Elliott Kalan, joins them as they discuss tracking spouses on mobile apps, passing gas, setting clocks ahead, bedtimes and using kitchen appliances in the bedroom.

May 02, 2018
Tambourine With the Evidence
00:47:32

This week on Judge John Hodgman, Anne brings the case against her husband, Mike. Mike travels internationally a lot for work. He likes to bring home a musical instrument from each trip as a souvenir. But, Anne thinks he doesn’t need to bring an instrument home from each country he visits. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Rick Fravel for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 25, 2018
Yappy Trails
00:48:51

Thank you everyone who became a new or upgrading member during the 2018 MaxFunDrive! You helped us not only hit our goal of 25,000 new or upgrading members, but we also hit our stretch goal of 28,000 new or upgrading members! We are thrilled to have all of you who contributed as members and we are thankful to you for keeping the show going.

This week on Judge John Hodgman, Chase brings the case against his father, Chris. When they go hiking, Chris likes to use that time to chat with his kid. But, Chase likes to quietly enjoy his surroundings. He would like his dad to give him the serenity he desires. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Matthew Batters for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 18, 2018
Beyond a Reasonable Bout
00:52:50

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This week on Judge John Hodgman, Brandon files suit against his wife, Marie. A few months ago, Brandon won his first and only amateur boxing match. He’s starting to get the itch to compete again but Marie is opposed! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Ryan Stratton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 11, 2018
Chips Annoy!
00:46:53

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This week on Judge John Hodgman, Jeremy files suit against his partner, Christine. He says that when Christine bakes chocolate chip cookies, she bakes them for too long. Christine says that her cookies are always perfectly done! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Expert Witness, Alton Brown!

Plus, Alton sticks around after the case to help us clear a miniature docket with food related disputes.

Apr 04, 2018
Legal Jar Gone
00:44:53

Kit brings the case against his roommate Olivia. Olivia likes to keep and repurpose jars. Kit says Olivia’s collection has grown too large. But Olivia can’t part with them! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Eli Dennewitz, Steve Tedder & Alex James for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 28, 2018
Refrigerator Firefighter
00:44:30

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about leaving hair dryers plugged in, splitting movie theater popcorn, auto insurance, when to wake up in the morning, and flamethrowers. Plus a dispute against the city of Seattle with special, expert testimony from friend of the court John Roderick!

Mar 21, 2018
Judge's Court, Judge's Rules
00:46:07

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about how to deal with merchandise one receives by mistake, whistling, naming babies, going out post-cardio exercise, and much more!

Mar 14, 2018
Undisclosed Financial Settlement of Catan
00:51:13

Randi brings the case against their girlfriend Lizzy. Lizzy has a growing board game collection and Randi would like her to pare it down. Lizzy says her collection is not disrupting anything. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Adam Capybara, Tom Brinton, and Brad Daniels for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 07, 2018
Shut Your Spy Hole!
00:50:30

TJ brings the case against his wife Rachel. TJ has set up a few security cameras in their home. He likes being able to see the kids without bothering Rachel. But she doesn’t like feeling watched. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Joel Martin for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 28, 2018
The Battlestar Galactist Generation
00:44:20

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket. They talk about strangers on the subway reading Vacationland whilst behaving badly, cheating in school, and public shaming. Plus! What is the minimum percentage that is an acceptable restaurant tip? What is ok to eat in the car? Should a couple of new parents hire a professional photographer to take photos of their baby?

Feb 21, 2018
Tux Evasion
00:55:41

Rebecca brings the case against her teenage son, Parrish. Parrish is a senior in high school and he refuses to go to his senior prom. Rebecca doesn't want him to miss out on this once in a lifetime event. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Allison Peltzman for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 15, 2018
Duplo Jeopardy
00:53:45

Caleb brings the case against his friend, Ryan. Caleb is ready to get rid of his Lego collection, but Ryan thinks he should keep it in storage. Ryan says that even though Caleb thinks he’s ready to let it go, he will later regret parting with these sets. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Expert Witness Seth Mnookin!

Thank you to Jonathan Reiter for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 08, 2018
Transcendental Irritation
00:50:19

Liz brings the case against her coworker, John. John likes to meditate in their department’s workspace. But Liz thinks he needs to find a new place! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Regan Blanchard for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 31, 2018
Moral High Ground vs. Moral Pit
00:34:37

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week! They talk about diet sodas, fruity teas, shower maintenance while staying with in-laws, and bedsheet changing. Plus a listener letter about ATMs!

 

Jan 24, 2018
Live From San Francisco Sketchfest, 2018
01:00:32

"Statute Arf Limitations" and Swift Justice, recorded live at San Francisco Sketchfest! With special guests Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of Tune-Yards, with a dispute of their own!

Thank you to Eric Ray for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 18, 2018
Check Pleas
00:51:36

Samantha files suit against her mother, Tina. When they go out together, Tina always insists on paying. Samantha says that she is an adult who works full-time, and she’s happy to pitch in. But Tina just wants to take care of her daughter! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Andrew McNair & Craig Eliason for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 10, 2018
Chandler Braggin' on Beeps
00:51:42

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn kick off 2018 in chambers and ready to clear the docket! They talk about listening to songs on repeat, work attire, suitcase storage, a New England donut and coffee chain, and more!

Jan 03, 2018
Coq Au Ban
00:48:36

Gideon brings the case against his wife, Cynthia. He wants their family's chickens to be free range, but Cynthia says they have destroyed her garden. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jesse Madsen for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 27, 2017
Lodging: A Complaint
00:53:09

Katie brings the case against her husband, Briton. Briton doesn’t like spending the night at Katie’s parents’ house when they visit. But she likes staying there, especially over Christmas. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Chris Hemedinger for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 21, 2017
Seating Arraignments
00:50:41

Elizabeth files suit against her friend, Zach. They spend a lot of time together watching TV at Zach’s apartment. But Elizabeth is unhappy with his living room seating arrangement. She would like him to add a chair, but he says the couch he has is enough!

Thank you to Graham Stanton & Felipe Sobreiro for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 14, 2017
Ayn Rand Out!
00:37:23

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket. They rule on cases regarding sides of the bed, TSA Precheck, Star Wars viewing habits and more! Plus a visit from the ghost of a certain Objectivist author and a follow up letter from Philippa of the case "Turing Testimony" about Tinothy!

Tickets are still on sale for Judge John Hodgman at San Francisco Sketchfest! LIVE Bay Area justice will be dispensed on Thursday January 11, 2018 at the Castro Theatre. More info can be found at SFsketchfest.com!

If you have a dispute for the live show, we want to hear it! Submit it at MaximumFun.org/JJHo!

Dec 06, 2017
Grouse Negligence
00:49:23

Kasey brings the case against her husband, Josh. Josh is an avid hunter and would like to go as much as he can during the season. But Kasey wants him to be more available during this time to help with her business. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Ryan Stratton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 29, 2017
Marco? Justice!
00:48:08

Nate brings the case against his wife, Pam. They have just bought their first house and Pam wants to have a swimming pool installed. Nate says pools are too expensive and time consuming to maintain.

Thank you to Sandra Macke for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 22, 2017
Phantom Stereo Repair Shop
00:47:42

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers this week to clear the docket. They talk about vacuum repairs, scrambled eggs, going away parties and more! Plus a spoooooky listener letter about the devil.

Music in this episode: "This House" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Nov 15, 2017
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017, Part 2
01:11:48

"Scarflaw" and Swift Justice, live from the London Podcast Festival! Plus, music from Barbarossa!

Thank you to Mike Brady, Aaron Campbell & Hilary Lozar for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 08, 2017
Bonus Episode: Jesse Thorn Interviews John Hodgman for Bullseye
00:59:57

Judge John Hodgman sat down with Bailiff Jesse Thorn for NPR's Bullseye to discuss his newest book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. The interview won't air for another few days but we are delighted to share an extended version with our JJHo listeners now. We hope you enjoy it!

You can catch Bullseye With Jesse Thorn every week on MaximumFun.org, or wherever you download podcasts. Vacationland is available in stores now. Visit bit.ly/painfulbeaches for more information.

Nov 03, 2017
Turing Testimony
00:53:26

Sharmain brings the case against her friend Philippa. She says that Philippa has been spending too much time texting on an app with an Artificial Intelligent friend. But, Philippa doesn’t think it’s such a big deal.

Thank you to HW Peterson, Rob Waters & Patrick Reilly for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 01, 2017
Public Befriender
00:53:39

Heather brings the case against her husband, Larry. Heather says that when they are out running errands, Larry spends too much time chatting with whomever he makes eye contact. Larry wants Heather to embrace people in her community more freely.

Thank you to Tim Mallos for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 25, 2017
Pro Patink All the Way
00:44:43

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers to clear the docket! They discuss cases about word pronunciation, sharing the road, style choices and more! Plus letters about pets and world capitals!

Oct 18, 2017
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017
01:03:42

"Crypto Facto" and Swift Justice, live at King's Place in London during the 2017 London Podcast Festival! With music from Serafina Steer!

Thank you to Chad Coker for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 11, 2017
A Podcast for the Problemless
00:48:20

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week! They clear the docket with Deputy Judge Jonathan Coulton. The team rules on disputes regarding flip flops, hotel toiletries, whistling and more. Plus, the judge makes a big announcement about future disputes, we hear a correction to the record from past guest John Darnielle, and we say a fond farewell to our summertime engineer, Joel Mann at WERU Community Radio.

Oct 04, 2017
Live From Brooklyn , NY 2017
01:15:38

"Statute of Imitations" and Swift Justice live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! Plus, music from Carsie Blanton!

Carsie's raising money on Kickstarter to fund her game, The F'ing Truth! Visit TheFingTruth.com for more info.

Thank you to Amy Grzybinski for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 27, 2017
Planted Evidence
00:45:40

Max files suit against his mother, Mercedes. When Mercedes sees a plant she likes out in the world, she takes a clipping home to plant in her garden. Max says this is stealing but Mercedes disagrees. She thinks plants in public spaces are fair game! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Alex Callard & Megan Hodgkiss for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 20, 2017
He Bed, She Bed
00:45:09

Tom brings the case against his wife, Myranda. Myranda complains that Tom’s snoring and other nighttime habits keep her awake. She wants to start sleeping in a separate bedroom, but Tom is opposed. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Tim Mallos for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 06, 2017
Fudgie the Bail
00:51:46

Kate brings the case against her husband, Aaron. Aaron insists on baking cakes for every birthday party or special event. Kate would rather he focus his energy on helping her with their two young kids instead of baking elaborate cakes. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jesse Madsen for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 30, 2017
Little Weirdsies
00:46:35

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket, with the help of Guest Deputy Judge Linda Holmes (NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour)! The tribunal rules on disputes regarding drinking old water, potlucks, flaky friends and more!

Aug 23, 2017
Sport Reform
00:52:33

Karen brings the case against her husband, Tom. Tom has been teaching their 8 year old son about faking injuries on the soccer field. Karen doesn't think this is okay but Tom says this is an accepted part of the game! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Aug 16, 2017
Nap Judgment
00:54:12

Ann files suit against her husband, Stephen. When they travel, Ann wants to keep a regular sleeping schedule to avoid grogginess. But, Stephen thinks the point of vacation is to relax! He wants the flexibility to sleep in. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

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

Aug 09, 2017
Burden of Pooch
00:49:16

Kate brings the case against her husband, Rob. Rob had a childhood dream of getting an Old English Sheepdog. Now they have one, and Kate says she is doing the majority of the dog care. She wants Rob to become dog's best friend. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With the return of Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Follow us on Instagram @judgejohnhodgman for photos from this episode!

Thank you to Felipe Sobreiro for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like

Aug 03, 2017
Buffalo Wild Writs
00:51:41

Rowena brings the case against her boss, Glen. When they travel for work, Glen likes to eat at the same chain restaurants. But, Rowena wants to branch out! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Matthew Melton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 26, 2017
Muzzbarketing and Morning Beverages
00:44:14

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket on this week's episode. They discuss cases regarding old t-shirts, twins sharing a room, morning coffee and more! Plus, follow up letters about Thurl Ravenscroft!

Jul 19, 2017
Live in Chicago at Very Very Fun Day 2017
01:03:28

"Seeking Redress" and Swift Justice recorded live from Maximum Fun's first ever Very Very Fun Day in Chicago. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae and musical guest Saba!

Thank you to Jon Barr for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 12, 2017
Might as Well Judge
00:53:24

Jackson brings the case against his friend, Jesse. They are at odds about the merits of Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Jesse insists Michael Anthony is an unsung genius. Jackson disagrees and wants to put this debate to rest. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Expert Witness John Darnielle!

Thank you to Adam Capybara, Mike Kennedy, and Chris Rini for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

Jul 06, 2017
Common Law Carriage
00:51:58

Blythe brings the case against her boyfriend Mac. Mac thinks he should have free rein to borrow Blythe’s car. But Blythe wants him to ask for her permission each time. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Jake Forbes for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 28, 2017
Innjustice
00:50:59

Luke brings the case against his fiancee, Quay. They are planning their destination wedding and have a limited number of on-site cabins available. Luke would like to split the cabins 50-50. But, Quay says they should be allocated proportionally, so the two of them have an equal percentage of guests in off-site hotels. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Travis Marttila for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 21, 2017
Deep in the Misanthropy Hole
00:43:53

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn return to chambers this week to clear the docket. They discuss eggshell disposal, baseball team allegiance, white lies and more! Plus some follow up letters about cats!

Jun 14, 2017
Live From SF Sketchfest 2017
01:12:02

"Hieronymous Quash" and "Property Bothers" recorded in front of a live audience at San Francisco Sketchfest 2017! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from special guest Sara Watkins!

Sara's on tour this summer! Check out her dates and music at SaraWatkins.com!

Thank you to Julia Skochko and Jenn MacGillivray for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 07, 2017
Scaritime Law
00:54:46

Ethan brings the case against his girlfriend Jayna. Ethan would like to spend one night on the Queen Mary ocean liner. But, reports of ghosts aboard the ship have made Jayna apprehensive about being there at night. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Expert Witness Carrie Poppy (Oh No, Ross and Carrie) helps the judge decide!

Thank you to Maggie Colvett for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 31, 2017
Vehicular Man-Squatter
00:53:29

Ri brings the case against his brother Jan. Jan has been living in his car for the last several months. Ri thinks Jan needs to find an apartment of his own. But, Jan is happy with his current situation. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Rick Gutierrez for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 24, 2017
Sisterhood of the Gaveling Pants
00:50:01

Zoe brings the case against her sister, Mara. Zoe has accused Mara of stealing her clothes and she would like them back. Mara thinks Zoe should be more willing to share. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Mike Frost & Steve Watts for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 17, 2017
New Schemes to Violate the Social Contract
00:42:23

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They discuss disputes about children in bars, wearing sweatpants to work, movie theater garbage and more! Plus a listener letter about virtual reality and the Renaissance Faire! 

May 10, 2017
Live From the London Podcast Festival
00:37:35

"Pleading the Fifth" and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival at King's Place. We also hear from Dan Schreiber and Anna Ptaszynski, from QI and the No Such Thing as a Fish podcast, with a dispute regarding fact-finding for their own show. Plus, music from Emmy the Great!

Thank you to Megan Hodgkiss for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 03, 2017
In Flagrante Delicto
00:44:45

Sarah brings the case against her husband, Eric. Eric likes wearing pants that are decorated to look like the American flag. But, Sarah thinks he wears the pants at inappropriate times.

Thank you to Dan Kane for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 26, 2017
Justice Extruded is Justice Denied
00:45:24

Micah brings the case against his girlfriend Jenny. Micah would like to buy a 3D printer for their home. Jenny thinks their apartment is too small. She thinks he should wait until they move into a bigger place.

Thank you to Tom Brinton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 19, 2017
Live From Washington, DC
01:10:36

"Rabius Corpus" and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on September 21, 2016. Plus, Ray Suarez with an expert testimony and music from the Dom Flemons Trio!

Thank you to Rachel Kartch for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 12, 2017
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Borth
00:38:53

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers this week to clear the docket! Guest Kurt Braunohler joins them to discuss cases regarding tacos, culture recommendations, a dispute against the Judge himself and more!

Thank you to everyone who donated during the MaxFunDrive!

Apr 05, 2017
DNA NDA
00:46:16

Xander brings the case against his twin brother, Brendan. They don’t know for certain if they are fraternal or identical twins. Xander wants to take a zygosity test to find the answer. But, Brendan is opposed! Who's right? Who's wrong?

The #MaxFunDrive is still going! Judge John Hodgman is made possible in huge part thanks to your donations. You can become a member of Maximum Fun at MaximumFun.org/donate! And make sure to check out our end-of-drive live stream on FRIDAY 3/31 at 7pm PT/ 1-pm ET! Visit MaximumFun.org to check it out.

Thank you to Brianne Sherman for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 29, 2017
In-lawful Gathering
00:56:18

Reuben brings the case against his wife, Megan. They live in a small neighborhood near several family members. They have dinner with the extended family five nights a week, with family members rotating cooking responsibilities. Reuben wants to opt out of the family dinner co-op but Megan likes the arrangement.

It's the first week of the #MaxFunDrive 2017! Judge John Hodgman is supported in huge part by your donations. You can become a Maximum Fun member at MaximumFun.org/donate.

Thank you to Rich Davis for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We are regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 23, 2017
The Emoluments Pause
00:55:52

Tamara brings the case against her husband, Aaron. Tamara says their kids have too many toys with nowhere to store them. She wants to put a moratorium on incoming gifts for one year. Aaron thinks this is too extreme.

Thank you to Mike Bruni for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Mar 15, 2017
Oculus Miffed
00:46:30

Matt brings the case against his girlfriend, Amber. Matt wants to convert their master bedroom into a virtual reality room. But Amber would rather keep the bedroom the way it is.

Thank you to Craig Eliason for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Mar 09, 2017
Live From Philadelphia, PA 2016
01:28:46

"Un Chien En Deluge" and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA on September 20, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn catch up with Robert Hicks of the Mütter Museum and Nick and Sara from Episode 94: Bleached and Mounted Bones of Contention. And songs from Cynthia Hopkins!

Thank you to Nick Marritz for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Mar 01, 2017
Married to the Ghost of George Washington
00:37:18

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers and clearing the docket this week. They rule on properly making the bed, whether or not a 12 year old should be able to get her ears pierced and more! Plus listener letters in response to Episode 292: Conifer Emptor.

Feb 22, 2017
Robe Hate Court
00:54:10

Snowflake brings the case against her husband, Oge. Oge has worn the same bathrobe for the last 25 years and Snowflake would like him to get rid of it. Oge says it’s a perfectly good robe and he wants to keep it. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Andrew McNair & Brick Sprickly for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Feb 16, 2017
When I Say Justice, You Say Served
00:53:52

Chelsey brings the case against her partner, Kevin. Kevin refuses to join in during audience participation portions of live shows. Chelsey thinks it’s part of the deal they make as audience members. But, Kevin doesn’t enjoy becoming part of the show. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Eli Dennewitz for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Feb 08, 2017
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016 Part 2
01:30:17

Caution: There are unbleeped swear words that happen during the musical portions of this episode. If you are listening with kids, keep that in mind.

"Good Coif, Bad Coif" and "Silence of the Jams," taped in front of a live audience at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn also catch up with Dave King, a friend of the show and listener who lived in Antarctica. Plus, beloved Guest Bailiff Jean Grae joins the show as musical guest AND Expert Witness. And the return of PitchBlak Brass Band!

Feb 02, 2017
First Come, First Seat, Third Served
00:44:39

We are in chambers this week while Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket! They settle disputes regarding second screening while watching TV with your partner, the past tense of "text," seating in casual restaurants and more! Plus listener letters about the U.S. Postal Service!

Jan 25, 2017
Witnessing the Badger
00:51:01

Tobyas brings the case against his wife Rachel. Rachel catches and rescues animals in distress and Tobyas would like her to stop. She thinks it’s important to be compassionate. But, he is concerned with the risks involved now that they have a baby. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jessica White for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Jan 19, 2017
The Hallowed Y'alls of Justice
00:51:52

Alexandra brings the case against her mother, Dale. Whenever Dale travels, she likes to adopt the local accent in conversation with those around her. Alexandra is embarrassed every time she does this and wishes she would stop. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to David Dwyer for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Jan 11, 2017
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016
01:22:22

Caution: There are unbleeped swear words that happen during the musical portions of this episode. If you are listening with kids, keep that in mind.

"Shut Your Drawer Hole" and "The Most Important Trial of the Day," taped in front of a live audience at one of two live shows in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn catch up with Jenny and Erin from Episode 186: The Commune-ish Manifesto and songs from PitchBlak Brass Band!

Thank you to Sarahjane Dube and Teddy Hose 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.

Jan 05, 2017
Woodsy Bob Newhart
00:55:19

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket with the help of Deputy Judge Nick Offerman! The Judge, Bailiff and Deputy Judge rule on cocktail drinking etiquette, mail protocol and more! Plus some listener letters regarding previous episodes.

Dec 29, 2016
Conifer Emptor
00:54:44

Michael brings the case against his husband, Matthew. For the last several years, the two of them have used an artificial Christmas tree during the holiday season. Matthew prefers live trees and would like to introduce one to their home but Michael is strongly against the idea. Who’s right, who’s wrong?

We need cases for JJHo at SF Sketchfest and at Very Very Fun Day in Chicago! To submit a case for either live show, visit maximumfun.org/jjho!

Thank you to Rob Calabrese for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Dec 21, 2016
First Whirlpool Problems
00:52:34

Courtney brings the case against her husband, Josh. They want to get a hot tub for their home but cannot agree on which type to buy. Josh wants a charming, wood fired cedar tub. Courtney wants a more practical standard fiberglass tub. Who’s right, who’s wrong?

Tickets for Judge John Hodgman at San Francisco Sketchfest can be found at bit.ly/JUDGMENTBYTHEBAY! Click here for tickets to Maximum Fun's Very Very Fun Day!

We need cases for JJHo at SF Sketchfest and at Very Very Fun Day in Chicago! To submit a case for either live show, visit MaximumFun.org/jjho!

Thank you to Anne Mandola Jones for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Dec 15, 2016
A Jury of Your Tears
00:56:29

Donny brings the case against his roommate, Glenn. Glenn tends to cook quesadillas in their shared New York City apartment several times a week. Donny finds that the smell of peppers and onions is too powerful to handle and wants Glenn to vary his cooking routine. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae! 

Judge John Hodgman is coming to San Francisco Sketchfest in January and Very Very Fun Day in Chicago in February! For ticket information, visit maximumfun.org and check out the right  sidebar or visit johnhodgman.com/tour. To submit a case for either show, visit maximumfun.org/jjho!

Thank you to Paul Ruh & Tom Brinton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Dec 07, 2016
Live From Boston, MA 2016
01:39:50

"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!

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.

Dec 01, 2016
Are We Fair Yet?
00:48:14

Jeff brings the case against his girlfriend, Megan. When they go on road trips, Megan thinks they need to equally split driving responsibilities, even though she doesn’t enjoy driving. Jeff is happy to drive long distances, and doesn’t think splitting is necessary. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae!

Thank you to Ryan Byers for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 23, 2016
A Betrayal of Crust
00:50:44

Sam brings the case against his wife, Valerie. They gave Sam’s mother a Pie-of-the-Month subscription for her birthday last year, but were secretly baking the pies themselves. Sam’s mom still doesn’t know they are the bakers behind her beloved pies. Valerie wants to tell her the truth, but Sam thinks they should keep it a secret. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Craig Price for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 17, 2016
Grass Action Lawsuit
00:49:33

Daniel brings the case against his fiancee, Bernadette. They cannot decide what type of yard they will have in their future home. Daniel would like a large, green lawn but Bern thinks that's too suburban and boring. She prefers a yard full of wildflowers and vegetables.

Thank you to Jennifer Small for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 09, 2016
Hostile Fitness
00:48:23

Heather brings the case against her husband, Joe. Joe is too competitive with Heather’s mother when she initiates challenges with him through a fitness tracking app they both use. Because of this, he has chosen to opt out of her challenges. Heather thinks these fitness challenges are a good way for them to be in touch and wants him to play along.

Thank you to Jon Barr for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 02, 2016
Live From Turners Falls, MA 2016
01:32:46

"May It Please The Shorts" and "Amphibious Corpus," taped in front of a live audience at Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA during the 2016 Tour of Live Justice! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn also catch up with friends of the court, Monte Belmonte and Emily Brewster! Plus, the return of Swift Justice and songs from Zara Bode of The Sweetback Sisters!

Oct 28, 2016
Pile of Pits
00:50:22

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back from their tour and clearing the docket. They will rule on litterbugs, reimbursing family members and more. Plus, another edition of “Status Conference!” The Judge and Bailiff catch up with Becky and Nancy from Episode 166: My Legal Pony.

Oct 19, 2016
Live from Portland, Maine 2016
01:32:03

"Text of Kin" and "Triple Word Scorn," taped in front of a live audience in Portland, ME during the 2016 Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from Joel Mann and David Raitt!

Thank you to Thomas Nohalty and Alison Kothe Nihlean for suggesting this week's titles!

Oct 12, 2016
Separation of Church and Date
00:51:36

Chris brings his girlfriend, Sandra, to court over their disagreement about what counts as going to church. He has agreed to attend church services with her a few times a year but thinks that going to weddings with specific religious elements should count. Sandra disagrees. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

Thank you to Alex Pang for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Oct 05, 2016
Improvable Cause
00:49:01

Madeline files suit against her friend, Jason. They formed an improv group together and Madeline would love to perform a type of improv that is a little out of the box and not normally done in their hometown of Chicago. Jason insists that this form is silly and he is strongly opposed.

Sep 29, 2016
Blind Justice
00:38:26

Judge John Hodgman is in chambers this week with his Summertime Funtime Tribunal! Monte Belmonte and Joel Mann help the judge rule on gum etiquette, condiment sharing, hot chocolate labeling and more! Plus a listener-provided explanation of Cincinnati style chili.

Sep 21, 2016
Feast and Desist
00:52:43

Kandace brings the case against her fiance, Weston. For the last few years, the two of them have hosted their friends for an annual Thanksgiving-themed dinner party. This year, Weston would like for someone else to take charge. But Kandace loves to host and doesn’t want to give up control of the event. With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte! 

Thanks Kimberly Mayhall for naming this week's episode!

If you are in or near London, make sure to check out Judge John Hodgman, as well as other Maximum Fun shows Bullseye, International Waters and Beef & Dairy Network at the LONDON PODCAST FESTIVAL September 22-26!

 

Sep 14, 2016
Mommy Nearest
00:47:06

Julie is filing suit against her mother, Amy. Amy has begun attending the same gym and workout class as Julie. Julie, however, wishes for her exercise time to remain her own, free from her mother. With Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thanks to Eric Rapp for naming this week's episode!

Sep 08, 2016
Hallmark of Justice
00:45:46

Judy files suit against her husband, Jayson, because he has stopped giving her Mother's Day cards. Jayson argues that she’s not his mother, so he shouldn’t be held responsible. Judy believes he should be setting a good example for their kids and would like to feel appreciated. Who's right? Who's wrong?

With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte! 

Aug 31, 2016
Motion to Strike a Pose
00:52:42

Justin files suit against his fiancee, Sarah. They are recently engaged and Sarah would like to take professionally shot engagement photos. Justin thinks engagement photos are silly and he is opposed to the idea.

With Guest Bailiffs Dave Shumka and Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself!

Do you live in Portland (Maine), Boston, Turners Falls, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington DC or London? Do you have a dispute you'd like to try before Judge John Hodgman LIVE? Submit your case at maximumfun.org/jjho! No case too big or too small! If the show in your city is sold out and you don't have a ticket, don't worry. We will make sure you can get in and see the show! 

Aug 24, 2016
This is the Sound of a Raffle
00:45:16

Stephanie files suit against her friend Sewit. They are both members of a Las Vegas community service group that often uses raffles for fundraising. Stephanie thinks members of their group should be prohibited from entering the raffles, but Sewit has no problem with it.

With Guest Bailiffs Dave Shumka and Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself!

Do you live in Portland (Maine), Boston, Turners Falls, Brooklyn, Philadelphia or London? Do you have a dispute you'd like to try before Judge John Hodgman LIVE? Submit your case at maximumfun.org/jjho! No case too big or too small!

Aug 17, 2016
Big Chomp
00:53:53

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket on this week's episode. They rule on dish washing, unusual names, roommate parking disputes and more! 

 

Aug 10, 2016
On Advice of Console
00:57:22

On Judge John Hodgman this week, Tarah brings her husband, Jason, to court over their disagreement about video game consoles. Tarah would like to buy a console for their two kids, but Jason is strongly opposed. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Tickets are still available for the Judge John Hodgman Live Justice tour of the East Coast and London in September! For ticket links and more info, visit MaximumFun.org and check the right side of the page, or JohnHodgman.com/Tour

To submit a case for either the live shows or the podcast visit MaximumFun.org/JJHo!

Aug 03, 2016
Divan Judgment
00:56:07

Glenys files suit against her husband, Jim. Glenys would like to buy a couch for their living room but Jim thinks couches are too uncomfortable. He thinks a daybed is a better solution for living room seating.

With Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte! 

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Jul 27, 2016
The Night to Remain Silent
00:57:42

Ian files suit against his girlfriend, N’Jameh, over her habit of memorizing her lines at bedtime. N'Jameh has found in her acting experience, memorizing her lines as she falls asleep is the best way for her to remember. Ian, however, finds it too hard to sleep when she does this and wishes for the bedroom to be a work-free zone. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

 

Jul 14, 2016
Object the Halls With Boughs of Justice
01:02:01

It's Christmas in July!

Mark and Hal of Maximum Fun's own We Got This released an episode naming a popular Christmas movie as the definitive best Christmas movie. Mark regrets the choice and has tried several times to convince Hal to re-evaluate. While Mark seeks to get the decision reversed, Hal would like to prohibit Mark from bringing it up again. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

If you want to listen to the We Got This episodes referenced, they are Episode #43 "Best Christmas Movie," and Episode #52 "The One Year Anniversary Spectacular."

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Jul 06, 2016
Assault and Hey Batter Battery
01:00:39

Naomi brings the case against her husband, Spencer. She’s embarrassed by his loud and incessant heckling at baseball games. It’s fun for him and he thinks major league players are fair game. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

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Jun 29, 2016
Deadly Poke Bush
00:43:41

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week as they clear the docket! They discuss how to handle dropped silverware in restaurants, whether or not you should bring an open bottle of wine to a gathering, a contentious game of Trivial Pursuit, and more!

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Jun 22, 2016
Exit, Stage Fright
00:50:36

Tom brings the case against his friend Trinity. Trinity longs to be discovered and believes she was “born for the theater.” Despite her enthusiasm for theater and performing, she refuses to try out community theater. He thinks she should get over her fear and go for it. Who's right? Who's wrong?

With expert witness Andrew from Judge John Hodgman Episode 151: Sic Semper Dramatis

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Jun 16, 2016
Dad Nauseum
00:58:09

Daniel brings the case against his dad, Kevin. He says Kevin overuses the same joke with service industry workers, which the rest of the family finds embarrassing. Kevin thinks it's a funny joke that brightens people's day. Who's right, who's wrong? 

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Jun 08, 2016
Paw and Order
01:08:05

Martha brings the case against her boyfriend, Chase. She says Chase is set on taking their cats outside on leashes, but she thinks they should stay indoors. Chase says the cats have expressed interest in the outdoors and would benefit from a safe and supervised adventure.

Plus the debut of our segment, "Jesse and Me Talk Good," with Merriam-Webster's Emily Brewster. Emily talks to Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse about Merriam-Webster's announcement that a hot dog IS a sandwich!

Tickets for the Judge John Hodgman: Live Justice tour of the Northeast and London are on sale now! Check out the right hand side of MaximumFun.org for details.

Jun 02, 2016
In Combat Chambers
00:40:27

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week, discussing listening to Hamilton before seeing the show, the famous noise from Law and Order, the sporty merits of cheer leading and more! Plus, some letters in response to Episode 258, In Moto Parentis.

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May 25, 2016
Capital T and That Rhymes With P and That Stands for Justice
00:39:10

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket and rule on pizza ordering, when to watch the next season of Game of Thrones, cereal dust, learning to drive as an adult and more.

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May 18, 2016
Grand Theft Risotto
00:57:02

Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribeth knowingly took her daughter-in-law's recipes for a family cookbook and passed them off as her own. Maribeth says that the attribution was implied and there was no wrongdoing.

May 11, 2016
All Laws Are Off
00:44:50

Judge John Hodgman rules on overfilling ice cube trays, the best spelling of Elliot for a baby, dog park etiquette, podcast recommendations and more.

May 05, 2016
Livin' That CALI415 Life
00:39:49

SPONSORED BONUS EPISODE: Judge John Hodgman, Bailiff Jesse Thorn and Expert Witness and Automotive Enthusiast Rhea Butcher clear an all-automobile-related docket in a bonus episode of Judge John Hodgman sponsored by Chevrolet. They'll weigh in on whether you can avoid being a jerk with a vanity plate, how to decide whose car to drive to the malt shop, new-car advice, and more.

Apr 29, 2016
No Acquitting for Taste
00:50:07

Abtin brings the case against his girlfriend Kelsey over the decor in their new apartment. Abtin wants to go modern and classy. Kelsey says that would be boring and wants furnishings that are more quirky and unique.

Apr 27, 2016
In Moto Parentis
00:57:36

Leigh files suit against her son Duncan. Duncan is ready to take to the open road on a motorcycle. His parents aren't fans of the idea, and want him to wait until he's older and can shoulder the cost and risk on his own.

Apr 20, 2016
Jesse Finds a Crux
00:46:50

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear out the docket on free refills, open mics (or is it open MIKES?), canoe weekends and what to do if your friend recommends a book he hasn't actually read.

Apr 13, 2016
Baggage Claims
00:45:58

Ty files suit against her partner Zach. Zach is obsessed with earning and using airline points and miles. Ty also likes to travel, but she wants to give up the crazy schemes and choose their vacation destinations and itineraries the "normal" way. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Apr 06, 2016
Anecdontal Evidence
00:49:00

With expert witness Teresa McElroy of Shmanners! Bob brings the case against his fiancee Alessandra. They have a "no boring stories" policy when they are at home together. Now Alessandra wants an exception for stories about the workplace. Should they change the rules? Only one man can decide.

Mar 31, 2016
Greasy Rider
01:16:57

With Special Expert Witness Alton Brown! Stephanie brings the case against her partner Jeff, who works as a chef. Jeff will often leave his smoky and bacon-y aprons and detritus in his car. Stephanie thinks that the car should remain neat and clean; Jeff says the mess is manageable, and comes with the job. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Mar 23, 2016
Decease and Desist
01:07:24

We premiere a new segment this week, Status Conference, plus a dad goes on trial. Marc brings the case against his wife Polly. They had a beloved dog who passed away several years ago. Marc would like to assemble and prepare a display of the skeleton in memory of their pet. Polly thinks this is weird and gross. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Mar 16, 2016
The Cradle of Pizza Civilization
00:41:01

Judge Hodgman fills us in on the birthplace of Italian-American pizza, garbage and breezeways, the adventures of Alex Vennenzula, and more.

Mar 09, 2016
Wrecks Libris
01:00:47

Jeanna files suit against her husband Craig. She insists that Craig mishandles books, by dogearing the pages and using them as doorstops around the house. 

Mar 02, 2016
Phone of Contention
00:51:26

Must a stay-at-home dad be obliged to answer calls and texts?

Feb 25, 2016
A Toast to Serra Angels
00:47:41

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse rule on toaster ovens, purchasing "singles" in card games and whether a couple should go for the animal trifecta - two puppies and a kitten.

Feb 17, 2016
The Glass-Action Lawsuit
00:55:55

Dan files suit against his girlfriend Jessica. Jessica has a pair of low-grade prescription glasses. She prefers not to wear them, claiming they are not attractive. Dan says she's missing out on life by refusing to wear the glasses. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Feb 10, 2016
Bros Before Globes
00:57:04

Should a globe-trotting pal be forced to come home every once in a while?

Feb 03, 2016
Miami Memories
00:51:19

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse address airplane etiquette, the importance of Hamilton, swear words and more! There's no explicit content in this one, but you may not want kids listening to it all the same.

Jan 29, 2016
Live from SF Sketchfest 2016
01:33:05

"Beyond a Reasonable Drought" and "A Portrait of the Artist as a Weird Dad", taped in front of a live audience at SF Sketchfest 2016! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from special guest Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

Look out for Thao's new record and tourdates at the band's site. A MAN ALIVE is out March 4th!

Please note that this week's episode includes bleeped swearing.

Jan 21, 2016
Commedia della Morte
00:55:58

Jesse brings the case against his dad, Joseph. Joseph insists that his children hire a mime for his funeral (when the time comes). Jesse insists that a funeral is a time for grieving, not miming. 

Jan 13, 2016
The Nog Tank
00:50:26

Judge Hodgman and Jesse clear the docket on shouting at drive thrus, ski trips, subway turtles and more, and also set the record straight on Sha-Na-Na.

Jan 07, 2016
The Long-Sleeved Arm of the Law
00:49:46

Blair brings the case against her husband Jon. In hot weather, Jon would like to wear one of his few treasured tank tops to cool off and feel the breeze. Blair thinks that tank tops on men look terrible and expose their sweaty arms to the masses. 

Dec 30, 2015
Guilty as Charred
00:53:16

Simone brings the case against her husband, Julian. They're currently living abroad in Portugal, on the island of Madeira. They've enjoyed adapting to the customs of their new home, but Julian can't get used to their special built-in grill. Simone says they should do as the Portuguese do and figure out how to take advantage of this beautiful piece of equipment. Julian thinks they should just buy a hibachi. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Dec 24, 2015
Hockey Dockey Christmas
00:37:52

Dramatic sneezing, toothpaste storage in the shower, ugly Christmas plates, and British vs. American PCs. Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket.

Dec 17, 2015
Textual Harassment
00:51:36

When Hector wants to get a hold of his friend Molly, he'll send her repeated texts or emails, with just the word "hi" or an emoji. Molly says his digital poking has become a stressor in her life. Can Judge Hodgman help these pals resolve their dispute?

Dec 10, 2015
Pedantry of My Own
00:44:25

Judge Hodgman's coda to the "A Hot Dog is Not a Sandwich" debate, plus rulings on wedding photography, urinating in public showers, pillow borrowing, and how to credit others' work on the internet.

Dec 02, 2015
Trial By Kombat
00:52:16