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Hosts John and Hank Green (authors and YouTubers) offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions. They bring their personal passions to each episode by sharing the week’s news from Mars (the planet) and AFC Wimbledon (the third-tier English football club). WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

Dear Hank & John Hank Green and John Green

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 528 Ratings

Hosts John and Hank Green (authors and YouTubers) offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions. They bring their personal passions to each episode by sharing the week’s news from Mars (the planet) and AFC Wimbledon (the third-tier English football club). WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
528 Ratings
528 Ratings
Preston241 ,

Great Podcast

I look forward to this podcast every week. I base all my life decisions on the answers given in this podcast.

I have one complaint though. Does the WNYC intro have to be so scary? Like holy taquitos!

Kaitlyn A. Scott ,

Dear Hank & John Review

This was my first time listening to Dear Hank & John, a comedy podcast by brothers Hank and John Green. This podcast has been airing since November 2015. The brothers are well-known for their creative work in a variety of fields; Hank Green runs a popular YouTube channel, and John Green is the bestselling author of teen fiction novels, including Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars. Their podcast, which depends solely upon bizarre hypothetical situations and the chemistry shared between the brothers, follows a similar structure week after week. In the two most recent episodes that I listened to, the structure was almost exactly the same.

The brothers began and finished their podcast with the same jingle – a juvenile song played on a recorder that added to the hilarity of the show. The majority of the podcasts centred around Hank and John answering questions from listeners, usually providing less than stellar advice. The questions varied from “How would our world change if humans had tails?” to “Beans are basically small potatoes, right?”. There did not seem to be a recurring theme in the type of questions asked – Hank and John jumped from one bizarre topic to the next, debating about whether it is possible to smuggle a swan into England, and what the proper etiquette is when you accidentally sneeze on someone’s head. The brothers always concluded their podcast with a brief update on the progress of AFC Wimbledon, an English football team, and a segment that explained all recent news surrounding Mars. They signed off using the same message – “Don’t forget to be awesome.”

The hosts are wildly entertaining. Once listeners have a chance to get accustomed to the whirlwind of conversation and long tangents about topics pulled from thin air, this podcast is truly funny and original. Hank and John have incredible on-air chemistry that makes them interesting and holds the listener’s attention. Both have likeable personalities and come across as down-to-Earth. Although they answer a number of questions throughout the podcast, the true content depends on their ability to talk to one another. There were no interviews or external advertisements in the two episodes that I listened to; it was 40-45 minutes of Hank and John having conversations, and this is not something that would work without likeable hosts with a strong connection to one another.

There were no obvious advertisements in these episodes. The closest that Hank and John came to advertising anything was at the end of one episode, when they announced that the episode was produced by Nicholas Jenkins and Rosianna Halse Rojas. Throughout the episodes themselves, there were no commercial breaks or product promotions. The brothers made jokes related to the content itself, such as “This podcast is brought to you by hot sauce and middle age,” and “This podcast is also brought to you by going through the drive-through on a Roomba.” At no point did it feel as though they were advertising. One episode, however, spoke a lot about Olive Garden, and used the restaurant as the centre of conversation and the backdrop of many jokes. It would be interesting to know if this is something that just happened by chance, or if Olive Garden requested to be worked into the episode’s copy. If so, this kind of advertising blends perfectly with the content, and doesn’t feel like an interruption.

Overall, I give Dear Hank & John a final rating of four out of five stars. It’s entertaining, thought-provoking, and the hosts are extremely likeable and easy to listen to. The conversation itself jumps from one topic to the next. Although this is part of what gives the podcast its quirkiness, it can occasionally become difficult to follow what the brothers are talking about, resulting in slight frustration for the listener. It sometimes feels like particularly interesting topics are not given enough time and attention. This is a small complaint when talking about a podcast that is otherwise a well-planned, true comedic masterpiece.

theleahday ,

I also love the Queen of England!

This is a hilarious and wonderful podcast! I love another way to consume Green brother content! John, I can’t tweet at you. But I also love the Queen of England! DFTBA!

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