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Hang Up and Listen

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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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Mike is a national treasure!!

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Mike’s takes are a breath of fresh air — even when they are wrong! (Not often :-)

A better sports show

By Asmallcat - Jul 08 2018
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Great non-hot-takey smart sports show!

iTunes Ratings

779 Ratings
Average Ratings
660
46
19
10
44

Mike is a national treasure!!

By HangzhouHarry - Jul 25 2018
Read more
Mike’s takes are a breath of fresh air — even when they are wrong! (Not often :-)

A better sports show

By Asmallcat - Jul 08 2018
Read more
Great non-hot-takey smart sports show!
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Hang Up and Listen

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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

Rank #1: The Melosanity Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about Alejandro Bedoya speaking out against gun violence during an MLS game. The New York Daily News’ Kyle Wagner joins to discuss Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony, and the Omaha World-Herald’s Henry Cordes explains how school’s evade the requirements of Title IX. Bedoya (01:22): On the soccer player’s in-game call-out and how the sports media will cover it. Lin and Anthony (14:15): The former Knicks teammates are both feeling rejected by the NBA. Title IX (38:20): Women’s rowing rosters are growing to an absurd degree, and not because schools love rowing. Afterballs (57:10): Stefan on sports and military-style drills and Josh on Nick Kyrgios.
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Aug 05 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #2: The Let’s Talk About Serena Edition

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Josh Levin and guest host Vann Newkirk of the Atlantic are joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to discuss Serena Williams and the 2018 U.S. Open final. They’re also joined by Slate’s Derreck Johnson to assess LeBron James’ HBO series The Shop.

Serena Williams (1:02): What happened in the 2018 U.S. Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, and how we should think about the confrontation between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

The Shop (44:50): LeBron’s new show debuted with an episode featuring Snoop Dogg, Draymond Green, and Jon Stewart. Is it any good?

Afterballs(1:04:05): Vann on men’s doubles and Josh on eight-peats.
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Sep 10 2018
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #3: The Lord Stanley's Coffee Urn Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Jordan Spieth’s runaway Masters win. They also interview Sonny Vaccaro about the new documentary Sole Man. Finally, they ogle the Stanley Cup and speak to the trophy’s keeper Philip Pritchard. More at slate.com/hangup Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/hangupplus

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Apr 13 2015
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #4: The I’m Kevin Durant Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss NBA playoff beefs with Slate’s Nick Greene. ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski joins to talk about the NHL playoffs. Finally, Sports Illustrated’s Jack Dickey assesses Jeopardy! genius James Holzhauer.

NBA beefs (4:07): Durant vs. Beverley.Dudley vs. Simmons. Westbrook vs. Lillard. What’s the best NBA beef, and which postseason beef needs more seasoning?

NHL playoffs (24:12): How did the Tampa Bay Lightning get bounced after putting together one of the best regular seasons ever?

James Holzhauer (40:52): The secrets of the quiz-show savant who’s destroying the Jeopardy! record books.

Afterballs (57:09): Stefan on Kate Smith and the Flyers and Josh on the first player to palm a basketball.

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Apr 22 2019
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #5: The Sleeping Pods in a Space Station Edition

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about ESPN’s stance on mixing sports and politics and LSU’s fancy new football facility. Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri then joins to discuss the Atlantic League’s role as a laboratory for new baseball rules. Sports and politics (01:19 ): Is it possible to construct a corporate policy on mixing sports and politics or is the problem the existence of a policy in the first place? LSU locker room (19:17): What a $28 million privately funded athletic facility says about the state of college sports. New baseball rules (37:47): Robotic umps! Stealing first base! What can we learn from these independent league experiments? Afterballs (53:30): Stefan on NFL training camp entrances and Josh on a very Louisiana legal case.

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Jul 29 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #6: The No Texts or Nothin’ Edition

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Josh Levin, Wosny Lambre, and Ethan Sherwood Strauss discuss the NBA playoffs. They also talk about Meek Mill’s release from prison and his relationship with the 76ers, and they ponder quarterback Josh Allen’s old, racial-slur-laden tweets.

NBA playoffs (2:20): Josh, Wos, and Ethan assess the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA’s most polarizing player, Russell Westbrook. They also examine LeBron James’ latest triumph and check in on the state of the Golden State Warriors.

Meek Mill (22:35): Upon his release from prison, the Philadelphia rapper headed straight to the Sixers’ game against the Miami Heat. How did Mill forge such a tight connection with the team, and how did he become a cause célèbre for criminal justice reformers?

Josh Allen (37:23): The Wyoming quarterback’s tweets were publicized the night before the NFL draft. Should we care about Allen’s social media misadventures, and how should we think about athletes’ old tweets more broadly?

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Apr 30 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #7: The Steely Dan and the Wolverine Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by SB Nation's Spencer Hall to discuss Michigan State's bizarre win over Michigan. They also talk about the MLB playoffs and assess basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom's near-death experience.   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by SAP HANA. SAP HANA helps the world's best companies get the answers they need to become more agile, develop new streams of revenue, and predict the future. Run SAP. And Run Simple. Visit sap.com/reimagine to learn more.   And by SeatGeek. SeatGeek pulls in ticket options from hundreds of online ticket sellers to create a one-stop shop for tickets for sporting events, music concerts, and more. Use the promo code HANGUP​ in the SeatGeek app and get a $20 rebate off your first purchase, or shop online at SeatGeek.com.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup

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Oct 19 2015
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #8: How To! With Charles Duhigg

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Jul 31 2019
30 mins
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Rank #9: The Three-Body Problem Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to discuss the Warriors and Zion Williamson. NFL retiree and mathematician John Urschel also joins to talk about his book Mind and Matter. Finally, Louisa Thomas assesses tennis player Nick Kyrgios.

NBA (4:21): Are the Warriors better without Kevin Durant? Should Zion Williamson spurn the Pelicans?

John Urschel (29:14): Why he decided to leave pro football to focus on his math career.

Nick Kyrgios (52:10): The tennis star is enigmatic and temperamental. Should he quit the sport?

Afterballs (1:10:04): Josh on old people who make lots of free throws and Stefan on the dean of old-man-softball players.

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May 20 2019
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #10: The Bill Belichick’s Best Friend Edition

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Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the NBA playoffs with Slate’s Nick Greene. The Irish Times’ Ken Early joins to talk about Arsene Wenger’s departure as Arsenal’s manager, and the MMQB’s Tim Rohan explores the history of the mock draft.

NBA playoffs (2:00): The hosts are joined by Nick Greene to assess the first round, which has featured standout play from the Philadelphia 76ers, a shocking sweep by the New Orleans Pelicans, and LeBron James’ efforts to drag a subpar supporting cast past the Indiana Pacers.

Arsene Wenger (21:25): Ken Early explains why the legendary Arsenal manager’s tenure went south and what his legacy will be in the Premier League.

Mock drafts (40:30): Where did mock drafts come from and how have they eaten the world? Tim Rohan, who did an oral history of the mock draft for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, comes on the show to explain.

Afterballs (53:25): 

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Apr 23 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #11: The Let’s Retire at Halftime Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Vontae Davis’ mid-game retirement and Le’Veon Bell’s holdout, Outside Magazine’s Alex Hutchinson talks about Eliud Kipchoge’s new marathon world record, and Aaron Gordon assesses The Athletic as a business and editorial venture.

Vontae Davis and Le’Veon Bell (1:25): Davis’ sudden exit from the league and Bell’s refusal to suit up without getting a long-term contract show the limits of player solidarity in the NFL.

Eliud Kipchoge (21:27): The 33-year-old Kenyan has won 10 of the 11 marathons he’s entered. Alex Hutchinson explains what makes him so great and how he destroyed the world record.

The Athletic (39:31): Will the new media outlet save sports journalism or destroy it? Aaron Gordon’s non-hot take: The answer is somewhere in between.

Afterballs(59:47): Stefan on live retweets of high school football carnage and Josh on the pleasures of airplane mode.

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Sep 17 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #12: The Believably Unbelievable Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Usain Bolt, U.S. swimming, and the limits of human performance. Slate’s Jessica Winter also joins to discuss allegations of abuse against the Karolyis.

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Aug 15 2016
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #13: The Last Bruh You Hear Before You Get Hit In the Face Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Root’s Damon Young to discuss Jalen Ramsey, Jarvis Landry, and the state of NFL trash talk. They also talk about major rule changes in college basketball, and the Athletic’s Dana O’Neil joins to assess the future of UMBC basketball.

NFL trash talk (1:52): Jalen Ramsey gave his honest opinion about a handful of NFL quarterbacks. Should more players adopt his approach? And is Jarvis Landry’s rant what the Cleveland Browns needed?

College basketball (24:04): Are the NCAA’s moves to allow players to sign with agents and to test the waters of the NBA draft a step in the right direction?

UMBC (38:08): The No. 16 seed made history by beating No. 1 Virginia in the NCAA tournamentT Where can the Retrievers go from here?

Afterballs (56:25): Stefan on plaques in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Josh on Marge Schott, and Damon on Zion Williamson.
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Aug 20 2018
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #14: The Kevin Durant Just Broke the NBA Edition

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Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Shira Springer discuss Kevin Durant’s move to the Warriors. Then they’re joined by Sky Sports’ Bryn Law to talk Wales’ unlikely run in the Euros. Finally, they speak with Sally Jenkins about the life and legacy of Pat Summitt.
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Jul 05 2016
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #15: The Not Michael Jordan Edition

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Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the musical Small Ball with Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins to talk about why the NFL is bad at scouting quarterbacks, and The Good Place’s Mike Schur explains his love for Dan Le Batard.

Small Ball (1:55): The day after the Rockets’ win in Game 1 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, general manager Daryl Morey talks about his passion for musical theater, which led him to commission a basketball-themed musical.

Quarterbacks (18:00): Why can’t the NFL separate the Akili Smiths from the Carson Wentzes? Bill Barnwell crunched the numbers for ESPN and joins the show to theorize about why the league can’t figure out which signal-callers to draft.

Dan Le Batard (37:39): Mike Schur, the creator of Parks and Recreation and The Good Place, discusses why he’s obsessed with the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and what makes it such a special radio show.

Afterballs(57:17): 

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Apr 16 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #16: The Coriolis Force-Assisted Field-Goal Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Emma Span discuss the MLB playoffs, Robert Andrew Powell joins to scrutinize the U.S. men's national soccer team, and lastly they talk about the annual rash of deaths in high-school football.   This week's episode is brought to you by SeatGeek. SeatGeek pulls in ticket options from hundreds of online ticket sellers to create a one-stop shop for tickets for sporting events, music concerts, and more. Use the promo code HANGUP​ in the SeatGeek app and get a $20 rebate off your first purchase, or shop online at SeatGeek.com.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup

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Oct 13 2015
58 mins
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Rank #17: The All Hail the Royals Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Royals' World Series victory over the Mets. They also talk about ESPN's decision to shut down Grantland, and they interview National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts.   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup

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Nov 02 2015
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #18: The Be Careful Who You Meme Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about college football’s opening weekend; interview NFL long snapper and Green Beret Nate Boyer about his conversations with Colin Kaepernick; and celebrate Vin Scully.

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Sep 06 2016
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #19: The Nick Foles Is a Super Bowl MVP Edition

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Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk with the Gist’s Mike Pesca about the Eagles’ win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. They’re also joined by Jeff Passan of Yahoo to discuss what can be done to fix Major League Baseball’s broken economic system.

Super Bowl LII (1:15): The original Hang Up crew discusses all aspects of the Eagles’ thrilling 41-33 victory over the Patriots, including Nick Foles’ excellent play, Doug Pederson’s gutsy coaching, Bill Belichick’s benching of Malcolm Butler, and what’s next for Rob Gronkowski.

MLB economics (35:40): Yahoo’s Jeff Passan assesses the different factors leading to baseball’s stalled free agent market, and how players and owners might resolve the stalemate.

Afterballs (53:37):

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Feb 05 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #20: Hang Up and Listen: The Soft Rock and Salary Caps Edition

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Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the end of the group stage and the beginning of the knockout round at the World Cup. They also talk about team-building in the NBA and MLB and debate the strategies of the 76ers, Astros, and A’s. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.

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Jun 30 2014
1 hour 7 mins
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