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 firstname.lastname@example.org. THAT IS ALL.
Was JURASSIC PARK really "65 million years in the making?" Keil says yes but his brother, Aaron, says no! They have a lot of money on the line!
The Veil of Honor
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!
Not Today, Satanbot
It's time to clear the docket! Stinky jeans, spaghetti sauce, meal beverages, metal inspired karaoke performances, and much more!
Fancy Ducks vs Fancy Geese
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!
Spooky Day, Spooky Night
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!
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?
I look forward to this podcast every week. A gem, created by gems.
My favorite podcast
A friend recommended starting with the episode about the weird dad who felt (feels?🤞) compelled to say “moo” whenever he sees a cow (and under many other conditions), and it worked! I’ve now listened to every episode!
Motion Filed: Clear the Docket - Permanently
TL;DR: The docket format is killing the show.
I have been a listener of the show since the very early days, and loved it. The insights, humor, banter, and warmth were both entertaining and enlightening. JJHo was a highlight in my podcast feed for years.
In the past couple of years, the show changed. John and Jesse now tend to fall into self-indulgent conversations that border on mental mastication, rife with name dropping and self-promotion. With the show being very “docket” heavy, this has become a dominant theme for the show, and actual case litigation a mere second-thought in many episodes.
Ultimately, I think the issue is this: the show has lost what made it charming, the actual litigants themselves. John’s conversations with real live people with interesting/weird/funny/real world problems is the heart of the show, and it’s what he does best. Jesse could sprinkle in his two-cents and the occasional jovial jab, and it worked great. The docket clearing episodes always felt like filler at the best of times, and now they are essentially the show. The show needs the foil of a live case.
For now, I’ve removed this mainstay from my feed, but will keep checking back to see if things turnaround. I’ve loved it for years, and I hope John and Jesse take constructive criticism like this to heart, because I miss hearing what made them great for so many years.