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Judge John Hodgman
80 minutes | 2 days ago
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.We are nearing the end the MaxFunDrive! The best time of year to show your support for what we do. Join us at MaximumFun.org/join!
72 minutes | 8 days ago
Shootin' the Bries - Episode 2
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!
75 minutes | 10 days ago
May it Please Descartes
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.
71 minutes | 16 days ago
Peter Piper's Prerogative
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:Visit bit.ly/gonegygaxgone for "Gygax Departed" by Mersona Non Grata
61 minutes | 23 days ago
This Illustrated Man
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:"Danse Russe" by William Carlos WilliamsIt Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn
80 minutes | a month ago
A Donut of One's Own
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!
75 minutes | a month ago
What Half Man Wrought
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 email@example.com or call (323) 601-8719!
74 minutes | a month ago
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket. They discuss the rules of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Appalachian turns of phrase, and cooking. Plus, we seek a ruling from the Court's Official Automobile Expert Rhea Butcher. And a new segment: Juvenile Court!Links discussed in this episode:The instagram account for Chanell Crichlow (PitchBlak Brass Band), a Friend of the Court and amazing tuba playerThe live episode of JJHo featuring musical guest Jean Grae singing "Minnie the Moocher," with PitchBlack Brass Band backing her. (Make sure to listen all the way to the end for the impromptu Night Court theme performance!)Rhea Butcher's new album "Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootleg" on A Special Thing recordsListener Dani's twitter account "Trash treasures for community"
69 minutes | 2 months ago
My Own Avocado Creation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 601-8719!Links discussed in this episode:"Mr. Rogers Talks About Competition," featuring a visit to the crayon factoryDonwill's instagramtanyamorgan.bandcamp.comBrooklyn-based and Black-owned plant shop Natty GardenKen Plume's podcast A Bit of a Chatfrogsandturtles.comKasper Hauser's Khraigslist
67 minutes | 2 months ago
Send Podcasts, Lobster Roll
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 email@example.com or call (323) 601-8719!Links discussed in this episode:Gear Patrol: "11 Weird-Looking Cars That Are Definitely Making Faces at You"
69 minutes | 2 months ago
Logging a Case in A-pellet Court
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:Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars MyttingThe YouTube video from Embers Fireplaces & Outdoor Living about Wood Stoves vs Pellet StovesFREE SPIRITS, the documentary about the about the Turner's Falls, MA commune The Brotherhood of the SpiritThank 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.
68 minutes | 2 months ago
The Crumble One
It's our final wintertime rollicking docket clearing episode! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse bid a farewell for now to Joel Mann the Mole Man, and his studio at WERU in Orland, Maine. They talk about ghosts, pineapple on pizza, valuable trading cards, Phish, and much more! Plus a 90 second episode of JJHo written by a neural network!LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:George Saunders' new book A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and LifeSarah Vowell talking to Jesse about her book Unfamiliar Fishes on The Sound of Young AmericaNathan Rabin's book You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures with Two of Music's Most Maligned TribesAndrew's favorite Phish "song" (his favorite part is the bit from 11 min to 15 min or so. "The climb around 13:30-14:30 is just pure bliss")bit.ly/BATBBOSOOSSRSSJRObit.ly/BATBROSkoRKS
70 minutes | 3 months ago
The J Squad and Lil Monte
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:Spicy Pony Head by Kasper HauserDogsledder Blair Braverman's Twitter thread about suiting up for Winter weatherDana Hersey of Channel 38's The Movie LoftKOFY TV 20 San Francisco (stereo!)Monte's Bed-In for Cancer Connection: bit.ly/inbedwithmonteListen to Monte's podcast A Week of Mornings!
60 minutes | 3 months ago
There's No Southwest in Space
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!
61 minutes | 3 months ago
The Maine of Breakfast Cereals
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??":
67 minutes | 3 months ago
My Wife Likes it With Peaches
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.
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Forensic Mom and Unnamed Creepout Boy
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!
69 minutes | 4 months ago
Willy and Nilly
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!
88 minutes | 4 months ago
You Can't Stop Justice
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:Buy Justin and Sydnee McElroy's book, The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine at bit.ly/SAWBONESEverybody Has a Podcast (Except You) by Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy! Available for pre-order now!The Coalition for Good Governance, the organization where Taran from WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO BRO worksThe mashup track, "Nub Court," by Soundcloud user Artephius
67 minutes | 4 months ago
Maine's Holiday Boy
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!
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