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Judge John Hodgman

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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 ...Show More
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Aiding and A-petting

50:43 | Jul 24th

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 ...Show More
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017

1:12:19 | Oct 11th, 2017

"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 Jo...Show More
Live in Chicago at Very Very Fun Day 2017

1:05:21 | Jul 12th, 2017

"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...Show More
Amicus Grief

1:05:32 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Will brings the case against his friend Moby. Moby has constructed a "friendship and acquaintance theory" that helps her navigate the relationships in her life. She's entirely upfront about which people in her life are acquaintances, and which are fr...Show More
Side Effects May Include Justice

1:01:06 | Aug 14th

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! Than...Show More
Coda Conduct

52:51 | Aug 7th

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? ...Show More
Blob Justice

57:16 | Aug 1st

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,...Show More
Barbecuties

44:38 | Jul 17th

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!
Niles and Dobbs

47:48 | Jul 10th

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.
Law Cucaracha

56:56 | Jul 3rd

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 ...Show More
Spirit World of the Law

57:04 | Jun 26th

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 Funti...Show More
Misappropriation of Funs

57:25 | Jun 19th

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 sh...Show More
Live From Los Angeles at the Regent Theater 2019

1:11:31 | Jun 12th

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 du...Show More
Bitter Bean Juice

56:55 | Jun 5th

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...Show More
Moms Are Gonna Mom

46:46 | May 29th

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!
Open House Arrest

53:23 | May 22nd

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?...Show More
Gesundfight

54:11 | May 15th

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?...Show More
Making Stock, Taking Stock

55:34 | May 8th

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...Show More
Live From Los Angeles 2019

1:15:29 | May 1st

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, ...Show More
And Baby Makes Plea

57:05 | Apr 24th

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...Show More
Yankee Boot Swap

43:44 | Apr 17th

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 ...Show More
Life Hacks With Judge John Hodgman

37:56 | Apr 10th

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 respo...Show More
Live From San Francisco Sketchfest 2019

1:25:02 | Apr 3rd

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 b...Show More
Forced Arbor-tration

57:42 | Mar 27th

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, ...Show More
280 Character Witness

1:01:01 | Mar 21st

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 Witne...Show More
Tic or Tac

47:35 | Mar 13th

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 neighbo...Show More
Inbox, Outbox, Catbox, Birdbox

57:55 | Mar 6th

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 fr...Show More
Live From Portland, Oregon 2019

1:29:04 | Feb 27th

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 ...Show More
Live From Seattle 2019

1:17:29 | Feb 20th

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...Show More
Double Histameanor

52:32 | Feb 13th

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 wron...Show More
Throwin' Bows

46:54 | Feb 6th

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!
Live From Vancouver 2019

1:15:36 | Jan 31st

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...Show More
Contempt of Carport

57:18 | Jan 23rd

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 futur...Show More
Spider Buddies

42:20 | Jan 16th

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 ...Show More
Quid Pro Ho Ho Ho

58:20 | Jan 10th

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...Show More
Small Names Court

52:36 | Jan 2nd

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?...Show More
Wreathing Havoc

1:01:07 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Juris-diction

57:27 | Dec 12th, 2018

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...Show More
What An Age We Live In

44:20 | Dec 5th, 2018

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 follo...Show More
Torch Reform

55:53 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 J...Show More
Pizza is a Gift

52:18 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 arrangem...Show More
Me-maw & Order

55:48 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Verdict Through the Grapevine

51:16 | Nov 7th, 2018

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...Show More
Cos-plagiarism

51:48 | Oct 31st, 2018

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 cha...Show More
Slunch Buggy No Punch Backs

50:25 | Oct 24th, 2018

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,...Show More
R and Arbitration

55:46 | Oct 18th, 2018

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 ca...Show More
The JJHo Old Timey Newsreel

44:12 | Oct 10th, 2018

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...Show More
Remodel Behavior

56:07 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 h...Show More
Requesting an Immediate Ingestion

50:38 | Sep 26th, 2018

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 child...Show More
Classic Friendaround

52:34 | Sep 19th, 2018

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!
Jerky Duty

57:11 | Sep 12th, 2018

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 c...Show More
Don't Call the Next Witness

52:07 | Sep 6th, 2018

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 Ma...Show More
Race Closed

55:32 | Aug 30th, 2018

Keri brings the case against her 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. She would like to be able t...Show More
Jerseyprudence

51:45 | Aug 22nd, 2018

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 s...Show More
Waffle House Arrest

1:03:39 | Aug 16th, 2018

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 part...Show More
Nein Tense of the Law

55:08 | Aug 8th, 2018

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 terrib...Show More
Swipe Right to Remain Silent

54:29 | Aug 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More
Statute of Celebrations

51:15 | Jul 25th, 2018

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-celebrat...Show More
Much Ado About Clothing

53:52 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Edible Arraignments

54:21 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Into the Teal

47:21 | Jul 4th, 2018

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.
Live From Chicago 2018, Part 2

1:17:10 | Jun 27th, 2018

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! ...Show More
The Booth, the Whole Booth, and Nothing But the Booth

53:33 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The Whistle Throne

53:29 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 restauran...Show More
Live From Chicago, 2018

1:09:16 | Jun 6th, 2018

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...Show More
Dance Like No One is Showering

44:16 | May 30th, 2018

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.
Across State Felines

55:52 | May 23rd, 2018

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 bu...Show More
Wedding Clashers

56:44 | May 16th, 2018

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 sugg...Show More
Eminent Bromain

49:49 | May 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The Most Beautiful Man in Jurisprudence

59:03 | May 2nd, 2018

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 an...Show More
Tambourine With the Evidence

49:20 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 instr...Show More
Yappy Trails

51:58 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Beyond a Reasonable Bout

1:07:16 | Apr 11th, 2018

MaxFunDrive is still happening! Become a member today and support the production of Judge John Hodgman every week. This show could not exist without your support! Visit maximumfun.org/donate to contribute and to check out what kind of sweet thank you...Show More
Chips Annoy!

54:12 | Apr 4th, 2018

It's MaxFunDrive time! Become a member today and support the production of Judge John Hodgman every week. This show could not exist without your support! Visit maximumfun.org/donate to contribute and to check out what kind of sweet thank you gifts yo...Show More
Legal Jar Gone

50:57 | Mar 28th, 2018

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 Jam...Show More
Refrigerator Firefighter

48:46 | Mar 21st, 2018

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 t...Show More
Judge's Court, Judge's Rules

51:36 | Mar 14th, 2018

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!
Undisclosed Financial Settlement of Catan

55:57 | Mar 7th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Shut Your Spy Hole!

56:03 | Feb 28th, 2018

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...Show More
The Battlestar Galactist Generation

48:49 | Feb 21st, 2018

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 p...Show More
Tux Evasion

1:01:01 | Feb 15th, 2018

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 Alliso...Show More
Duplo Jeopardy

57:25 | Feb 8th, 2018

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 s...Show More
Transcendental Irritation

55:09 | Jan 31st, 2018

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...Show More
Moral High Ground vs. Moral Pit

40:05 | Jan 24th, 2018

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!
Live From San Francisco Sketchfest, 2018

1:01:55 | Jan 18th, 2018

"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...Show More
Check Pleas

53:12 | Jan 10th, 2018

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...Show More
Chandler Braggin' on Beeps

56:05 | Jan 3rd, 2018

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!
Coq Au Ban

54:55 | Dec 27th, 2017

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 t...Show More
Lodging: A Complaint

58:51 | Dec 21st, 2017

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 s...Show More
Seating Arraignments

57:55 | Dec 14th, 2017

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 en...Show More
Ayn Rand Out!

44:41 | Dec 6th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Grouse Negligence

56:14 | Nov 29th, 2017

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 yo...Show More
Marco? Justice!

54:24 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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'...Show More
Phantom Stereo Repair Shop

49:22 | Nov 15th, 2017

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...Show More
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017, Part 2

1:16:28 | Nov 8th, 2017

"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 Hodgma...Show More
Bonus Episode: Jesse Thorn Interviews John Hodgman for Bullseye

59:58 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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 ou...Show More
Turing Testimony

1:00:05 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 Wate...Show More
Public Befriender

1:00:53 | Oct 25th, 2017

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...Show More
Pro Patink All the Way

48:43 | Oct 18th, 2017

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!
A Podcast for the Problemless

50:34 | Oct 4th, 2017

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 announc...Show More
Live From Brooklyn , NY 2017

1:17:45 | Sep 27th, 2017

"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 Grzybi...Show More
Planted Evidence

47:47 | Sep 20th, 2017

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! ...Show More
He Bed, She Bed

46:06 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 fo...Show More
Fudgie the Bail

55:10 | Aug 30th, 2017

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? W...Show More
Little Weirdsies

51:38 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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!
Sport Reform

59:35 | Aug 16th, 2017

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?
Nap Judgment

57:20 | Aug 9th, 2017

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? W...Show More
Burden of Pooch

53:17 | Aug 3rd, 2017

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 wro...Show More
Buffalo Wild Writs

57:03 | Jul 26th, 2017

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 sug...Show More
Muzzbarketing and Morning Beverages

48:44 | Jul 19th, 2017

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!
Might as Well Judge

55:30 | Jul 6th, 2017

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 w...Show More
Common Law Carriage

54:06 | Jun 28th, 2017

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 titl...Show More
Innjustice

55:45 | Jun 21st, 2017

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 t...Show More
Deep in the Misanthropy Hole

49:56 | Jun 14th, 2017

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!
Live From SF Sketchfest 2017

1:14:35 | Jun 7th, 2017

"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....Show More
Scaritime Law

59:57 | May 31st, 2017

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 Wi...Show More
Vehicular Man-Squatter

58:08 | May 24th, 2017

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 Gut...Show More
Sisterhood of the Gaveling Pants

53:23 | May 17th, 2017

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 t...Show More
New Schemes to Violate the Social Contract

47:41 | May 10th, 2017

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 R...Show More
Live From the London Podcast Festival

40:18 | May 3rd, 2017

"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 fa...Show More
In Flagrante Delicto

47:27 | Apr 26th, 2017

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 sugge...Show More
Justice Extruded is Justice Denied

53:38 | Apr 19th, 2017

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...Show More
Live From Washington, DC

1:12:04 | Apr 12th, 2017

"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 suggestin...Show More
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Borth

41:40 | Apr 5th, 2017

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 ever...Show More
DNA NDA

1:02:22 | Mar 29th, 2017

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 #MaxFunDri...Show More
In-lawful Gathering

1:13:15 | Mar 23rd, 2017

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 ou...Show More
The Emoluments Pause

58:57 | Mar 15th, 2017

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 sugge...Show More
Oculus Miffed

48:02 | Mar 9th, 2017

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...Show More
Live From Philadelphia, PA 2016

1:31:27 | Mar 1st, 2017

"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 o...Show More
Married to the Ghost of George Washington

38:35 | Feb 22nd, 2017

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 Ep...Show More
Robe Hate Court

57:02 | Feb 16th, 2017

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 t...Show More
When I Say Justice, You Say Served

56:15 | Feb 8th, 2017

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....Show More
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016 Part 2

1:32:27 | Feb 2nd, 2017

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 ...Show More
First Come, First Seat, Third Served

46:21 | Jan 25th, 2017

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! Plu...Show More
Witnessing the Badger

53:25 | Jan 19th, 2017

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. W...Show More
The Hallowed Y'alls of Justice

52:46 | Jan 11th, 2017

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 wron...Show More
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016

1:24:09 | Jan 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Woodsy Bob Newhart

56:17 | Dec 29th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Conifer Emptor

55:55 | Dec 21st, 2016

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 i...Show More
First Whirlpool Problems

54:13 | Dec 15th, 2016

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, wh...Show More
A Jury of Your Tears

57:56 | Dec 7th, 2016

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 co...Show More
Live From Boston, MA 2016

1:40:37 | Dec 1st, 2016

"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! Than...Show More
Are We Fair Yet?

50:51 | Nov 23rd, 2016

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 splittin...Show More
A Betrayal of Crust

51:43 | Nov 17th, 2016

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. ...Show More
Grass Action Lawsuit

51:28 | Nov 9th, 2016

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 wildflo...Show More
Hostile Fitness

49:35 | Nov 2nd, 2016

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 t...Show More
Live From Turners Falls, MA 2016

1:33:55 | Oct 28th, 2016

"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...Show More
Pile of Pits

52:11 | Oct 19th, 2016

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 an...Show More
Live from Portland, Maine 2016

1:34:29 | Oct 12th, 2016

"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 sugg...Show More
Separation of Church and Date

53:46 | Oct 5th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Improvable Cause

50:13 | Sep 29th, 2016

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 i...Show More
Blind Justice

40:39 | Sep 21st, 2016

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 Cincinnat...Show More
Feast and Desist

54:50 | Sep 14th, 2016

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 h...Show More
Mommy Nearest

48:44 | Sep 8th, 2016

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 Rap...Show More
Hallmark of Justice

47:34 | Aug 31st, 2016

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 woul...Show More
Motion to Strike a Pose

55:08 | Aug 24th, 2016

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 G...Show More
This is the Sound of a Raffle

46:27 | Aug 17th, 2016

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...Show More
Big Chomp

57:26 | Aug 10th, 2016

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!
On Advice of Console

59:02 | Aug 3rd, 2016

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 Summert...Show More
Divan Judgment

57:55 | Jul 27th, 2016

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!  Tick...Show More
The Night to Remain Silent

58:36 | Jul 14th, 2016

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 ha...Show More
Object the Halls With Boughs of Justice

1:02:46 | Jul 6th, 2016

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. Whi...Show More
Assault and Hey Batter Battery

1:01:46 | Jun 29th, 2016

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?  Tickets for the Judge John Hodgm...Show More
Deadly Poke Bush

47:06 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Exit, Stage Fright

52:09 | Jun 16th, 2016

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...Show More
Dad Nauseum

1:01:01 | Jun 8th, 2016

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? ...Show More
Paw and Order

1:08:58 | Jun 2nd, 2016

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...Show More
In Combat Chambers

44:08 | May 25th, 2016

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...Show More
Capital T and That Rhymes With P and That Stands for Justice

44:55 | May 18th, 2016

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. Tickets are on sale now for Judge John Hodgman's East Coast...Show More
Grand Theft Risotto

58:01 | May 11th, 2016

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.
All Laws Are Off

45:23 | May 5th, 2016

Judge John Hodgman rules on overfilling ice cube trays, the best spelling of Elliot for a baby, dog park etiquette, podcast recommendations and more.
Livin' That CALI415 Life

40:26 | Apr 29th, 2016

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 whe...Show More
No Acquitting for Taste

53:13 | Apr 27th, 2016

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.
In Moto Parentis

58:11 | Apr 20th, 2016

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.
Jesse Finds a Crux

47:34 | Apr 13th, 2016

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.
Baggage Claims

47:12 | Apr 6th, 2016

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...Show More
Anecdontal Evidence

50:28 | Mar 31st, 2016

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...Show More
Greasy Rider

1:17:17 | Mar 23rd, 2016

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; ...Show More
Decease and Desist

1:23:38 | Mar 16th, 2016

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...Show More
The Cradle of Pizza Civilization

41:30 | Mar 9th, 2016

Judge Hodgman fills us in on the birthplace of Italian-American pizza, garbage and breezeways, the adventures of Alex Vennenzula, and more.
Wrecks Libris

1:01:32 | Mar 2nd, 2016

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.
Phone of Contention

52:49 | Feb 25th, 2016

Must a stay-at-home dad be obliged to answer calls and texts?
A Toast to Serra Angels

48:34 | Feb 17th, 2016

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.
The Glass-Action Lawsuit

57:04 | Feb 10th, 2016

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'...Show More
Bros Before Globes

58:23 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Should a globe-trotting pal be forced to come home every once in a while?
Miami Memories

51:54 | Jan 29th, 2016

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.
Live from SF Sketchfest 2016

1:33:21 | Jan 21st, 2016

"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...Show More
Commedia della Morte

56:57 | Jan 13th, 2016

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.
The Nog Tank

50:52 | Jan 7th, 2016

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.
The Long-Sleeved Arm of the Law

51:43 | Dec 30th, 2015

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.
Guilty as Charred

55:32 | Dec 24th, 2015

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 sa...Show More
Hockey Dockey Christmas

39:20 | Dec 17th, 2015

Dramatic sneezing, toothpaste storage in the shower, ugly Christmas plates, and British vs. American PCs. Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket.
Textual Harassment

54:05 | Dec 10th, 2015

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 disput...Show More
Pedantry of My Own

45:13 | Dec 2nd, 2015

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.
Trial By Kombat

53:48 | Nov 25th, 2015

Laura has refused to play Mortal Kombat with her boyfriend Austin since he began doing extensive research and practice outside of their video game sessions. Should Austin come back down to her level so they can play a beloved game together? CAN he ev...Show More
A Little Dockey

42:40 | Nov 18th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket, taking on the right way to share a suitcase, how to order at restaurants without infuriating your server, and "The Game".
Grime and Punishment

56:18 | Nov 11th, 2015

Guest Bailiff David Rees joins us to talk about whether or not a married couple should hire a housecleaner. GOING DEEP with David Rees returns for its second season tonight on the Esquire Network!
Shut Your Pious Hole

53:02 | Nov 6th, 2015

Libby brings the case against her husband Aaron. Aaron is a minister by occupation, and thinks he should always be upfront about his job when meeting new people. Libby says he should play it cool till he gets to know them a bit better. Who's right? W...Show More
The Slight Freaks

1:05:16 | Oct 30th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Elliott Kalan of the Flop House clear out the docket, ruling on how to talk to a robot, the rights and privileges of toys, the appropriate way to introduce your kids to team sports, and more.
Oh, Goodie

46:37 | Oct 21st, 2015

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear out the docket, addressing issues of late-night hot tubbing, cuddling in theaters, rug placement and taking photos with Wayne Gretzky.
The Hard of Hearing

57:39 | Oct 14th, 2015

Reed's dad Bruce has suffered some hearing loss - must he try hearing aids? How about an ear trumpet? Find out when Judge John Hodgman rules!
It May or May Not Take a Village

52:22 | Oct 7th, 2015

Switcheroo week! One Bad Mother hosts Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn are guest hosting Judge John Hodgman this week. You'll find John Hodgman over at the RISK! podcast. Judge Biz and Bailiff Theresa decide: should a couple with a baby seek out other you...Show More
Rewind is a Sometimes Command

49:49 | Sep 30th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins clear out the docket!
Feliz Gravitas

58:33 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Featuring Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins! Siblings Rolland and Nyssa want to reboot the family Christmas. How should they go about it?
No-show Contendere

1:01:54 | Sep 17th, 2015

Ted brings the case against his good friend Chris. They will make plans, but Chris will suddenly become unreachable when it comes time to meet up. Ted's calls and texts go unanswered. Ted says Chris needs to step up and let him know when his plans ha...Show More
A Nothingburger Sort of Thing to Do

45:33 | Sep 10th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Jean Grae take on the proper way to do the YMCA dance, marriage proposals, and more.
Go Set a Tip Jar

51:26 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Two friends co-host a literary reading series as a labor of love. Should they begin to seek donations?
Justice De-furred

46:41 | Aug 29th, 2015

Is fresh best? How often should pet-soiled sheets be washed?
Waiting for the Drop

45:44 | Aug 20th, 2015

Listen in as Judge John rules on metal meat utensils, 40 year olds listening to EDM, Vlad the Impaler-based religions, and the proper order to listen to podcasts. This week with Bailiff Jesse Thorn!
Eminent Toe-main

47:02 | Aug 12th, 2015

What's "public" and what's "private" space? A woman agrees to refrain from wearing a certain pair of shoes in public, but finds the terms unclear.
I Want My nth TV

51:17 | Aug 5th, 2015

Caroline brings the case against her husband Steve. They cannot agree -- how many TVs is TOO many? Caroline thinks it's best to minimize TV watching, and that a single TV is most appropriate. Steve says it can't hurt to have a few extra screens as lo...Show More
Good Time Summertime Docket Clearin'

34:53 | Jul 30th, 2015

Judge Hodgman is assisted by Summertime Bailiff Monte Belmonte, taking on questions of broccoli-chomping, accidental raccoonslaughter, game night disputes, and the best construction of jokes.
Axed and Answered

50:52 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Should Adrian be allowed to purchase an artisanal axe, flouting house rules about weapons?
Troll-o Contendere

1:01:42 | Jul 15th, 2015

When someone posts something offensive or wrong on social media, should you call them out?
Battle of the Podcast Stars

47:22 | Jul 2nd, 2015

That's my verdict, that's my ruling! Judge John Hodgman rules on dressing cats in shirts, obnoxious behavior at Mexican restaurants, and more.
An Alchemic Clark Bar of Delight

40:27 | Jun 24th, 2015

Judge Hodgman tells us what's wrong and what's right! Is ice cream actually "candy"? Should you go to your mom's 60th birthday party? Is it ok to leave used snot rags lying around?
Great Balls of Ire

49:04 | Jun 18th, 2015

Aron and Molly's yard is littered with balls kicked over from the park next door. They can't agree on how best to return the balls and appease the kids.
The Santa Suit

49:20 | Jun 11th, 2015

Parents listening with children, know that this case involves Santa Claus! Catch our drift? Andy brings the case against his wife Virginia. Andy wants to share the spirit of Christmas and Santa all year long. Virginia wants to restrict it to the holi...Show More
Just the Two of Us

41:36 | Jun 4th, 2015

Judge Hodgman rules on indiscriminate hot-saucing, Vegas buffet etiquette, civic responsibility and more. Plus an update on the Brocavores from Episode 167!
Reduce, Reuse, Accuse

59:05 | May 28th, 2015

How should a couple catch a recycling bin thief?
The Downer Party

59:57 | May 20th, 2015

Is it possible to live a birthday-free life? Is it possible to acknowledge being another year older without all the birthday trappings? A couple brings their case before the judge.
Judgin' Like It's 1992

37:59 | May 13th, 2015

Bailiff Jesse returns to the courtroom! Judge Hodgman rules on the Oxford comma, Hawaiian short pants, and tries not to hurt anyone's "Disney feelings".
Kung Fu Fighting with Jean Grae

59:56 | May 6th, 2015

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns to help Judge Hodgman clear out the docket, ruling on teenage liars, snuggling with teddy bears, sopping up messes with toilet paper, and more.
Sunrise Upset

1:11:54 | Apr 29th, 2015

Colin enjoys rising with the sun each day, but is it an impractical habit? Guest starring Jean Grae as the Bailiff!
The Defense Rests

1:03:28 | Apr 22nd, 2015

When is it OK to leave your own party early and retire to bed?
Moon and Stars

45:41 | Apr 16th, 2015

Judge Hodgman rules on busted doors, schoolbus naming, and whether or not cereal is a soup. Plus a Hodgman Dubbel update!
Schnapp Judgment

1:00:23 | Apr 9th, 2015

Is Jonas a snob for preferring more expensive liquor?
The Puck Stops Here

1:02:47 | Apr 1st, 2015

Should Scott get back out on the ice and play beer league hockey with his friend, or is he TOO OLD?
Habeas Spiritus

1:17:25 | Mar 26th, 2015

Should Anton give psychics a chance? This week, with expert witness Carrie Poppy of Oh No! Ross and Carrie!