Dear Hank & John

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'Dear Hank & John'
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Presentation
Hosted by Hank Green & John Green
Genre
  • Comedy
Language English
Updates Weekly
Production
Production Nicholas Jenkins
Theme music composed by Gunnarolla
Audio format Podcast (via streaming or downloadable MP3)
No. of episodes 125
Publication
Original release June 7, 2015 – present
Website 'Dear Hank & John'

Dear Hank & John is a podcast hosted by the Green brothers: musician and YouTube entrepreneur Hank Green and young-adult novelist and film producer, John Green. The podcast is produced and edited by Nicholas Jenkins with additional help from Rosianna Halse Rojas. First released in June 2015, Hank and John Green answer questions e-mailed by listeners, give "dubious" advice and talk about the weekly news for the planet Mars and the 3rd tier English football club AFC Wimbledon. Episodes are typically around 45 minutes in length.[1][2] Upon the podcast's debut, it reached the number 4 position on the US iTunes performance chart and hit a peak position of number 2 two days later. Dear Hank & John has also been charted on iTunes in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Spain, Australia and Brazil.[3] The podcast is primarily funded through the crowdfunding website Patreon.[4]

The podcast follows a general format which starts with John reading a short poem. The main portion of the show then has the brothers offering comedic advice to questions received from listeners. Usually, at some point in the question segment, the brothers 'plug' various 'sponsors' of the show in a humorous manner that references topics from that week. The show then moves to the news segment, with Hank delivering the news about Mars and John the news about the AFC Wimbledon football club. Finally, the brothers discuss 'what they learned today', before reading the credits at the show's close.[5] The brothers' schedule has sometimes led them to miss several episodes (notably for John during the summer of 2015 due to the Paper Towns publicity tour, and for Hank in late 2016 for his paternity leave); various friends of the brothers have filled in for each missing host on those occasions.

In March 2017, a 'bonus' supplemental podcast, titled This Week in Ryans, started to become available for those who support the podcast on Patreon at the $5/month level or higher. In each episode, a person or thing named Ryan is selected to be discussed and analyzed by the hosts in a short segment.

An exclusive Dear Hank & John episode has been made as a perk for the annual Project for Awesome fundraising campaign[6][7] each year since 2015.

Dear Hank and John introduced a "phrase of the week" to the podcast with their 108th episode. This consists of a game played by the Green brothers in which both parties have a phrase only known to themselves, chosen before the podcast, that they must slip in during the duration of the recording without the other brother noticing. At the end of the podcast each brother gets one guess at the other brother's "phrase of the week"; if guessed right, that brother becomes the winner for that episode.[1]

Live Performances[edit | edit source]

On John's book tour for Turtles All the Way Down (October 10 - November 2, 2017) the Green brothers put on about a two hour long performance filled with monologues, silly songs, and a live version of Dear Hank & John.[8] This live production of their podcast included taking real questions from real Nerdfighters who were in attendance in the audience at that particular stop of the tour. Segments that were recorded across the tour were later edited into a single podcast, and released as its 114th episode.

Platforms[edit | edit source]

Dear Hank and John is available to listeners on a multitude of platforms. Most commonly streamed on iTunes[1] the podcast also has thousands of "views" on the Dear Hank and John YouTube page[9] where they upload episodes several days after the initial release on iTunes. The podcast has also been released on the audio websites like SoundCloud, PodBay.fm, and many other podcast related websites.

List of Episodes[1][edit | edit source]

Episode No. Original Release Date Episode Title Notes
1 7 Jun 2015 The Debut: Do You Pee on Your Own Head?
2 16 Jun 2015 It's a Humour Podcast!
3 23 Jun 2015 Pain Demands to be Felt.
4 30 Jun 2015 What's in a Name?
5 7 Jul 2015 Should I Lie to Get a Job?* Guest: Maureen Johnson
6 15 Jul 2015 Would You Eat a Moon Sandwich?* Guest: Emma Blackery
7 22 Jul 2015 What to do about Stomach Farts?* Guests: Charlie McDonnell and Jimmy Hill
8 29 Jul 2015 Dear Hank and Grace!* Guest: Grace Helbig
9 5 Aug 2015 Dear Hank and Felicia* Guest: Felicia Day
10 12 Aug 2015 When Your Friend Likes Ayn Rand...
11 18 Aug 2015 How do you "Make Something of Yourself"?
12 25 Aug 2015 Tree Climbing Strategies
13 1 Sep 2015 John and Hank and Wheezy Waiter! Guest: Craig Benzine
14 9 Sep 2015 Jurassic Mars
15 15 Sep 2015 Get That in Your Mouth!
16 22 Sep 2015 Handling Awful Roomates(sic)
17 29 Sep 2015 Meeting Taylor Swift('s parents)
18 7 Oct 2015 Coming to Terms with your Nerdiness
19 12 Oct 2015 Should I Abandon My Stuffed Animal?
20 20 Oct 2015 This Episode Contains Puke
21 27 Oct 2015 Who Am I?
22 2 Nov 2015 Post-Menopausal Cousin Marriage
23 10 Nov 2015 OH MY GOD IT'S BURNING
24 18 Nov 2015 The Great Finger Licking Debate
25 24 Nov 2015 LIVE IN NEW YORK it's NARS MEWS
26 2 Dec 2015 Should I Make Out With My Roommate?
27 8 Dec 2015 Giving Gifts Without Breaking the Bank
28 15 Dec 2015 John's Top Ten Probable Apocalypse List
29 22 Dec 2015 Barbershop Genghis
30 12 Jan 2016 Ending the Hiaaeetus!
31 19 Jan 2016 Breakin' the Law (and Being Good.)
32 27 Jan 2016 Broccoli Flavoured Chocolate
33 4 Feb 2016 Putting Water in Cereal!?!
34 9 Feb 2016 YouTube Freaky Friday
35 17 Feb 2016 Should I Get Baptized if I Don't Believe?
36 23 Feb 2016 Grief is Super Weird
37 2 Mar 2016 The Floridiest Place
38 8 Mar 2016 The Smelling in Your Dwelling
39 16 Mar 2016 Feelings are Alright* Guest: Katherine Green
40 22 Mar 2016 Almost Distressingly Good Advice
41 29 Mar 2016 In the Absence of Toes
42 6 Apr 2016 Mayonnaise Malaise
43 12 Apr 2016 Gotta Be Kitten
44 20 Apr 2016 A Life Sandwich
45 25 Apr 2016 Not Knowing
46 2 May 2016 Brotherhood 3.0
47 17 May 2016 You're Gonna Be Okay
48 24 May 2016 Pizza John Priorities
49 31 May 2016 Not Not An Adult† Guest: Sydney Green
50 8 Jun 2016 Things Are Like Other Things
51 14 Jun 2016 Weird/Bad Dancefighting
52 20 Jun 2016 We are in this together.
53 29 Jun 2016 The Worst Episode Ever
54 6 Jul 2016 Nerd Punk
55 26 Jul 2016 A Proper Dumpster Fire
56 1 Aug 2016 Is It Going to Throw Up?
57 8 Aug 2016 Og Nomekop
58 16 Aug 2016 That's the Science (w/ Flula!)* Guest: Flula Borg
59 22 Aug 2016 Hank's Disaster Preparedness Plan
60 29 Aug 2016 There is Almost Always a Future
61 6 Sep 2016 Tiny Acts of Kindness
62 13 Sep 2016 Pumpkins and Penguins (and Fiddles)
63 20 Sep 2016 World Queen
64 26 Sep 2016 Really Terrible Scandinavian Geography Lessons
65 3 Oct 2016 But... You're a Horse
66 17 Oct 2016 A Great Bit of Oratory
67 24 Oct 2016 Feeling Home
68 1 Nov 2016 Gaga in Space (w/ Tyler Oakley!)† Guest: Tyler Oakley
69 7 Nov 2016 Live from NerdCon: Stories (w/ Karen Hallion!)† Guest: Karen Hallion
70 23 Nov 2016 The Rhythmic Thud of the Space Bar (w/ Ashley Ford!)† Guest: Ashley Ford
71 5 Dec 2016 Only Pause for Applause (w/ Hannah Hart!)† Guest: Hannah Hart
72 12 Dec 2016 Planet Dirt (Hank Returns!)
73 19 Dec 2016 Planes, Trains, and Automosqueals
74 28 Dec 2016 The Kindness Muscle
75 3 Jan 2017 The Nutrient Coconut Milk of Sin (w/ Katherine Green!)* Guest: Katherine Green
76 9 Jan 2017 Best of Dear Hank & John
77 16 Jan 2017 Save Us, Giant Octopus
78 23 Jan 2017 Being Sure
79 30 Jan 2017 Tiny Useless Pelvises (That Are Still There)
80 8 Feb 2017 Life is Hard and Also Has Good Things
81 13 Feb 2017 Always Making Progress Forever
82 20 Feb 2017 Where There Was Previously Nothing
83 6 Mar 2017 There's No Rock and Roll on Mars
84 13 Mar 2017 Live from NerdCon: Nerdfighteria!
85 20 Mar 2017 Stay Gold, Potaterson
86 27 Mar 2017 This Week in Ryans
87 3 Apr 2017 The Future is Gonna Rule
88 10 Apr 2017 Hank's Profound Graduation Speech
89 24 Apr 2017 A Rich Guy with an Affinity for Bats
90 2 May 2017 Glitter Soul
91 8 May 2017 Everything is Everything (w/ Mayim Bialik!)* Guest: Mayim Bialik
92 15 May 2017 Cewebrity
93 22 May 2017 Nothing Fits on a Bumper Sticker
94 29 May 2017 Pocket Conspiracy Theories (w/ Matthew Gaydos!)* Guest: Matthew Gaydos
Special 3 June 2017 Special Shorty with Travis McElroy* Guest: Travis McElroy
95 5 June 2017 Lawn Care Vigilantism
96 12 June 2017 Next Level Laziness
97 19 June 2017 Lemon Salty Whales
98 26 June 2017 An Army of Burrito Children (w/ Dodie Clark!)* Guest: Dodie Clark
99 3 July 2017 A Fusing of the Hair
100 24 July 2017 100th Episode Extravaganza Spectacular!!!
101 31 July 2017 Knit like a Mofo
102 7 Aug 2017 The Friend Bucket
103 14 Aug 2017 There Are No Boxes (w/ Gaby Dunn!)* Guest: Gaby Dunn
104 21 Aug 2017 Dove Quivering
105 28 Aug 2017 Fancy Diving
106 5 Sept 2017 Cannibal Mermaids
107 11 Sept 2017 skREvEL!
108 18 Sept 2017 We Would All Be Flounders
109 25 Sept 2017 The Catastrophizing Kindergarten Teacher
110 2 Oct 2017 One and Less Extra Bone
111 9 Oct 2017 Omagles All the Way Down
112 24 Oct 2017 Toaster Is a Wolf to Dog
113 30 Oct 2017 Aardvarks with Guns
114 6 Nov 2017 Confused About Batman
115 13 Nov 2017 Semi-Immortal 35-Year-Olds on Mars
116 20 Nov 2017 Do Not Enter the Craft Fort! (w/ Caitlin Hofmeister!)* Guest: Caitlin Hofmeister
117 27 Nov 2017 Lightsaber Your Tiny House* Guest: Katherine Green
118 4 Dec 2017 Heavy Baby Bib! (w/ Alex Goldman!)* Guest: Alex Goldman
119 12 Dec 2017 Water Is Dry (w/ Greg Miller!)* Guest: Greg Miller
Special 16 Dec 2017 Special Shorty: It's Project for Awesome Time
120 18 Dec 2017 Snake Cuddle Time
121 25 Dec 2017 Every Plum Has Its Thorn
122 8 Jan 2018 The Last Brand Deal
123 15 Jan 2018 The Incredible Glamorous Hulk
124 23 Jan 2018 Liars and Litterers and Thieves
125 29 Jan 2018 Book Hangovers (w/ Sarah Urist Green!)† Guest: Sarah Urist Green

*indicates John Green is absent for the episode; †indicates Hank Green is absent for the episode

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Dear Hank & John by Hank Green and John Green on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  2. "Vlogbrothers launch their own podcast". Boing Boing. 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  3. "iTunesCharts.net: 'Dear Hank & John' by Dear Hank & John (American Podcasts iTunes Chart)". www.itunescharts.net. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  4. "Dear Hank and John is creating Dubious Advice | Patreon". Patreon. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  5. Dear Hank and John (2016-01-20), Dear Hank and John 001 - The Debut: Do You Pee on Your Own Head?, retrieved 2016-04-22 
  6. "The Project for Awesome 2015 kicks off today". Hypable. 2015-12-11. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  7. "Annual 'Awesome' fundraiser on deck for John Green". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  8. "Turtles All The Way Down Tour". www.turtlesallthewaydownbook.com. 
  9. "Dear Hank and John Youtube Channel". www.YouTube.com.