In which John shares 18 of his favorite books that aren't wildly popular bestsellers. CLICK SHOW MORE TO GET THE BOOKS:

1. This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own by Jonathan Rendall:

2. One of Us by Alice Dreger:

3. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks:

4. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff:

5. Thirsty by MT Anderson:

6. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci:

7. Fly on the Wall by E Lockhart:

8. The Untelling by Tayari Jones:

9. The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper:

10. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson:

11. The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings:

12. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag:

13. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather:

14. This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun:

15. Kendra by Coe Booth:

16. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty:

17. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family and their Legacy in American Music:

18. The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout:



Happy Third Chocolate Day!

by on February 14, 2014

In which Hank discusses the Valentine's day, one of the three candy-based holidays in America. Why do we have candy-based holidays in America? I don't know, probably because we get to choose the gods we worship and the god we've chosen is chocolate. We could do worse.

Also, he discusses the Olympics and how weird they are and why we value these weird things and how it doesn't really matter why because caring is valuable for it's own sake.

The Art Assignment Trailer!

Emma Approved is Back:

Am I 1% Nacho?



A Middle Aged Man

by on February 11, 2014

The Hank video in question:

In which John discusses the revelation that he is a middle aged man, our gleeful fascination with celebrity downfalls, Justin Bieber, and what to pay attention to.

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Kill All The Humans

by on February 7, 2014

In which Hank tries to figure out whether humans are worth all of the environmental destruction they wreak about the earth.

Things Going On:
Crash Course Psychology:
HankGames (with Hank):


Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?

by on February 4, 2014

In which John discusses the minimum wage, and whether raising the minimum wage would negatively affect employment in the United States.

Thanks to Rosianna for graphics and research help:

About Card and Kreuger's famous study of New Jersey and Pennsylvania:
Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect on Employment?
Do higher minimum wages reduce poverty?
A Washington Post overview of the minimum wage debate:


On February 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM, the Earl family will be celebrating the release of Esther's book with an awesome, multi-media event featuring presentations by family and friends, as well as performances by Wizard Rock bands. Come join the Earls and Esther's friends as they pay tribute to Esther's life and work!

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In which Hank meets (and falls in love with a tree) and then dives deep into the TFiOS trailer..searching for hidden meaning.

Check Out WorldBuilders for your chance to win awesome prizes by donating to Heifer International:

Hanklerfish Plushie's available now!

Watch the TFiOS Trailer (like you haven't already)

Music from the Trailer:
Sun - Sleeping at Last
We're On Our Way - Radical Face -
What You Wanted - One Republic -


In which John shares a sneak peek of the movie adaptation of his novel The Fault in Our Stars, shanks Hank for giving him a cold, and attempts a backflip.

Order This Star Won't Go Out:

Follow The Fault in Our Stars movie!


In which Hank and John go to the beach and have a chat.

The Art Assignment:


Are Poor Countries Doomed?

by on January 21, 2014

The Gates Foundation Letter:

In which John discusses the three myths at the center of Bill and Melinda Gates's 2013 annual letter: 1. Poor countries are NOT doomed to remain poor. 2. Foreign aid is NOT a waste of money. (In fact, health aid at least is an astonishingly good investment.) 3. Saving children's lives does NOT lead to overpopulation. (In fact, decreasing infant mortality has consistently slowed population growth all over the world.)

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