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Hang Up and Listen
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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1
The NBA Jam Is Real Life Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to discuss Duke freshman Zion Williamson and the video game–like NBA and NFL.
72 min
2
The Worst Quarterback Ever Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Washington Post’s Rick Maese to talk about the state of the Maryland football program after DJ Durkin’s firing.
69 min
3
The How Not to Get Fired Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Sam Miller to discuss Boston’s fourth World Series title in 15 years.
69 min
4
The Crotch-Chopping, Bat-Flipping Edition
Stefan Fatsis is joined by Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer and Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated to discuss the baseball playoffs.
75 min
5
The Middle Relievers All the Way Down Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan to discuss Red Sox pitcher David Price’s October awfulness.
72 min
6
The Name-of-Coach Experiment Is Over Edition
60 min
7
The Satan’s Armpit Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Deadspin’s Laura Wagner are joined by Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer to discuss the baseball playoffs, and by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post to discuss New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
58 min
8
The Tiger! Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to talk about Tiger Woods’ first win in five years.
77 min
9
The Let’s Retire at Halftime Edition
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...
70 min
10
The Let’s Talk About Serena Edition
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.
76 min
11
The Jerry Jones Did What With Shoes? Edition
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss Colin Kaepernick and Nike, Mark Leibovich's Big Game, and a baseball player who came agonizingly close to making the majors.
63 min
12
The Speeding the Cube Edition
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Jessica Luther to discuss Ohio State’s decision not to fire its football coach Urban Meyer.
63 min
13
The Last Bruh You Hear Before You Get Hit In th...
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.
77 min
14
The Nudity as a Social Construct Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to discuss Tiger Woods’ near-win at the PGA Championship and SB Nation’s Spencer Hall talks about toxic college football cultures.
71 min
15
The Love Me Some Me Edition
Josh Levin is joined by Deadspin’s Laura Wagner and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham to talk about Urban Meyer’s possible ouster at Ohio State, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Terrell Owens and Ray Lewis, and the NFL’s new helmet rule.
66 min
16
BONUS: Upon Further Review - What if Tom Brady ...
In this alternate reality, the Pats are the Patsies and no one knows Brady’s name.
28 min
17
The Cloud of Salbutamol Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Dallas Wings star Liz Cambage to discuss the state of the WNBA. VeloNews’ Frederick Dreier talks about the Tour de France. Finally, Keith Barnes of the Mamie Johnson Little League talks his history-making team.
63 min
18
The Fighting Cancer Beats Godspeed Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Howard Bryant to discuss the militarization of sports, Slate’s Christina Cauterucci talks about Jaelene Hinkle, and Deadspin’s Dom Cosentino assesses the future of flag football.
70 min
19
The Allez Les Bleus Edition
Henry Grabar and Josh Levin the World Cup, Wimbledon, and the terrible Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.
68 min
20
The Strangely Likable England Edition
Nick Greene and Josh Levin are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl to discuss the World Cup. The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham also joins to discuss Stephen A. Smith.
69 min
21
The LeBron to the Golden State Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley to discuss LeBron to the Lakers, Sports Illustrated’s Luis Miguel Echegaray talks about the World Cup.
84 min
22
The Crying Neymar Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the World Cup with Ken Early of the Irish Times, the fate of the DH and Major League Baseball expansion with Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer, and killing the NBA draft with Jay Caspian Kang of Vice News.
73 min
23
The 54 O’s Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the World Cup with Slate’s Nick Greene and Slate’s Jim Newell joins to talk about golf’s U.S. Open. Plus, an interview with BuzzFeed’s Ken Bensinger about his book on corruption in soccer, Red Card.
74 min
24
The Monday Morning Center Back Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin to talk about LeBron James' next stop; by Bruce Arena to discuss why the U.S. missed the World Cup; and by Slate's Jayson De Leon for a conversation about who to root for in Russia.
69 min
25
The As Excited As Pat Sajak Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the NBA finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors and the crazy story of anonymous Twitter accounts linked to Philadelphia 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo.
73 min
26
The Bricks, Bricks, and Additional Bricks Edition
atsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, NPR's Gene Demby and Deadspin's Laura Wagner.
71 min
27
The My Favorite House Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson to discuss the Warriors and Steph Curry. Bloomberg’s Ira Boudway also joins to talk about legalized sports betting.
83 min
28
The Seven Dwarves Versus Four Giants Edition
Stefan Fatsis and guest host Mike Pesca discuss the start of the NBA conference finals and the debate over the debate over who’s the greatest, Michael Jordan or LeBron James.
71 min
29
The Little Tikes Hoop With a Saggy Pamper Edition
Stefan Fatsis is joined by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin to break down the epic buzzer-beater by LeBron James in Game 3 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs and by hockey writer Sean McIndoe to discuss the Stanley Cup playoffs.
72 min
30
The No Texts or Nothin’ Edition
71 min
31
The Bill Belichick’s Best Friend Edition
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.
65 min
32
The Not Michael Jordan Edition
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.
70 min
33
The Everybody Hates Patrick Edition
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss Patrick Reed’s Masters win with Slate’s Jim Newell. The Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur also joins to talk about the Humboldt bus crash, and the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh helps assess Shohei Ohtahi’s amazing week.
64 min
34
The Goalie Is an Accountant Edition
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the women’s NCAA tournament with Jere Longman and Kara Lawson. Patrick Fort also joins to talk about emergency hockey goalies, and they interview Jack Alexander and Bill Bunten about sports before Brown v. Board.
71 min
35
The Everyone Is Going Through Something Edition
Josh Levin, ESPN’s Joel Anderson, and NPR’s Gene Demby discuss March Madness. They also talk about the sports world’s response to the police killing of Stephon Clark and how Kevin Love and DeMar Derozan started a conversation about mental health.
70 min
36
The Humble Swagger Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New York Times’ Marc Tracy to discuss UMBC. Deadspin’s Dom Cosentino comes on to talk about Kirk Cousins’ new contract. Plus: Dave Kindred on covering girls’ high school basketball.
74 min
37
The Passing Is an Expression of Failure Edition
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk with Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley about the NCAA Tournament, Slate’s Jim Newell joins to talk about Tiger Woods’ comeback, and ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz assesses the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets.
67 min
38
The Golden Age of Tanking Edition
Guest hosts Daniel Engber and David Epstein talk with Carl Bialik about robot line judges in tennis, Mike Pesca joins for a review of NBA tanking, and Florentina Hettinga discusses the science of the Paralympics.
57 min
39
The "Here Comes Diggins!” Edition
Stefan Fatsis welcomes Slate’s Justin Peters and NBC Nordic skiing commentator Chad Salmela to recap the Winter Olympics. And journalist Ben Strauss and sports economist Andy Schwarz examine the government probe of NCAA basketball recruitment.
63 min
40
The Trickless Hungarian Edition
Josh Levin is joined by Slate’s Justin Peters and the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to talk about Elizabeth Swaney, Ester Ledecka, Nathan Chen, and more from the Olympics. PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck joins to discuss what’s wrong with Markelle Fultz.
62 min
41
The Yoo-Hoo, We Did It Edition
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk with Slate’s Justin Peters about the top stories from the Olympics, Jack Hamilton joins to look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster shake-up, and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl discusses what’s next for U.S. Soccer.
64 min
42
The Nick Foles Is a Super Bowl MVP Edition
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.
66 min
43
The “What Did Izzo and Dantonio Know?” Edition
Josh Levin talks with Paula Lavigne of ESPN and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley about the Michigan State sexual abuse scandal. ESPN’s Howard Bryant also joins to discuss the Australian Open, and the Root’s Damon Young assesses the NBA’s all-star draft.
66 min
44
The One-Armed Bandit Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about the Patriots’ and Eagles’ wins in the NFL’s title games; the New York Times’ Juliet Macur discusses the sex abuse scandal in U.S. gymnastics; and Deadspin’s Dave McKenna helps remember D.C. sports legend Gary Mays.
72 min
45
The “They Shoot Utility Infielders, Don’t They?...
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the Vikings’ last-second win over the Saints and other NFL playoff doings; the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen joins to talk about Trae Young; and Sam Miller comes on for a conversation about a 50-inning baseball game.
70 min
46
The Citronauts Are National Champions Edition
Stefan Fatsis, former NFL player Nate Jackson, and football writer Melissa Jacobs discuss the NFL playoffs. Then Stefan talks to Spencer Hall of SB Nation about the University of Central Florida’s claim on college football’s national championship.
50 min
47
The 200 Seventh-Graders vs. LeBron Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Gist’s Mike Pesca to discuss a whole bunch of sports conundrums.
47 min
48
The Remember Connie Hawkins Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Ben Strauss to discuss why academically rigorous universities like Wesleyan are betting big on football. They also speak with Rick Telander about the life and legacy of hoops legend Connie Hawkins.
53 min
49
The Badly Photoshopped Flag-Burning Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Andrew Brandt to discuss the allegations against Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson; by Chris Nowinski to talk about the NFL concussion protocol; and by Deadspin to assess the rise of fake sports news.
74 min
50
The Bronx Bombers’ Big Boppers Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Warren Cromartie and the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton; David Epstein joins to assess Russia’s Olympics ban; and Daniel Libit talks about his muckraking site NM Fishbowl.
83 min
51
The Most Valuable Vegan Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Jeremy Stahl of Slate, and Howard Bryant of ESPN discuss the rift among NFL players over the league’s plan to donate money to social causes.
54 min
52
The Shania Twain and Sled Dogs Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about Alabama’s loss to Auburn and Tennessee’s Greg Schiano fiasco; by Vann Newkirk to discuss Alabama’s 3-on-5 basketball near-miracle; and by Bruce Arthur to assess the Grey Cup.
62 min
53
The So Many Interceptions Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Kevin Clark to talk about NFL quarterback play and the Root’s Damon Young discusses Donald Trump’s feud with Lavar Ball. Plus: Slate’s June Thomas joins for an interview with swimmer Diana Nyad.
64 min
54
The Cavalcade of Whimsy Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl to talk about the race for the U.S. Soccer presidency, and Mike Pesca comes on to talk about NFL celebrations, the Miami turnover chain, and inspirational locker room speeches.
57 min
55
The No Berries for Brady Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Chuck Culpepper to discuss a crazy weekend in college football, by Charles P. Pierce to talk about Tom Brady’s weird diet and workout regimen, and by Greg Wyshynski to assess the Vegas Golden Knights.
57 min
56
The Juiced, Slick, and Out of the Park Edition
Josh Levin is joined by Ben Lindbergh to discuss the World Series; by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jeremy Stahl to talk about behind-the-scenes machinations in the NFL; and by Alexandra Starr and Christina Cauterucci to examine sexual abuse in sports.
69 min
57
The Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the World Series and Dusty Baker with ESPN’s Howard Bryant. Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN also joins to talk about the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Alan Siegel helps assess the legacy of the Simpsons’ “Homer at the Bat.”
58 min
58
The How Many Altuves Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance. They’re also joined by Evan Drellich to talk about Houston Astros star Jose Altuve, and by Caitlin Murray for a conversation about the Portland Thorns women’s soccer team.
69 min
59
Hang Up Extra: The World Cup Catastrophe Edition
Hang Up Extra: The World Cup Catastrophe Edition
29 min
60
The Duglegur Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Jemele Hill, Jerry Jones, and Donald Trump with the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan also joins to discuss the baseball playoffs, and Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers talks about Iceland’s World Cup dreams.
61 min
61
The Watch Out for the Pious Ones Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the shifting politics of the NFL protests with Jamil Smith. Bloomberg View’s Joe Nocera also joins to discuss the FBI investigation of NCAA basketball, the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh previews the baseball playoffs.
71 min
62
The U Bum Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic discuss the wave of protests against Donald Trump’s remarks about the NFL.
65 min
63
The Ninja Doppelgänger Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss Jemele Hill and ESPN’s conservative trolls, by HBO’s Eric Raskin to talk about Golovkin-Alvarez, and by Ninja Warrior’s Josh Levin for a conversation about obstacle course stardom.
76 min
64
The Shack Atop a Telegraph Pole Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New York Times’ Mark Leibovich to discuss the NFL’s opening weekend, by Racquet’s Caitlin Thompson to assess Sloane Stephens’ U.S. Open win, and by Mike Pesca for a debate about the Red Sox’s sign-stealing.
62 min
65
The Quarterback Named Buckshot Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Spencer Hall to discuss college football. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders also joins to talk about NFL tanking, and Ed Cunningham explains his move to quit his job as a football announcer for ESPN.
72 min
66
The Rats Fighting in a Sewer Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay to discuss Floyd Mayweather’s win over Conor McGregor, by Ken Rosenthal to talk about the Athletic, and by Robert Lipsyte to assess Clay Travis and ESPN’s supposed liberalism.
62 min
67
Hang-Up: The Blackin’ Out the NFL and the Sun E...
Stefan Fatsis is joined by former NFL player Hamza Abdullah and ESPN’s Howard Bryant to analyze race and sports.
62 min
68
The Moneyball for Rich People Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Johnette Howard to discuss Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg comes on to talk about Sascha Zverev, and Mike Schur analyzes the Los Angeles Dodgers’ excellence.
62 min
69
The Pray for the Ravens Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Usain Bolt’s loss to Justin Gatlin. The Irish Times’ Ken Early also talks about Neymar’s record-setting transfer, and Josh and Stefan analyze Colin Kaepernick’s NFL exile.
61 min
70
The Greyhens Not Grayhens Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by sportswriter Jessica Luther to discuss girls in baseball. Dan Nosowitz also talks about trends in basketball sneakers, and Scrabble champion Will Anderson comes on the show to recount his victory.
61 min
71
The Kyrie Irving and the Chamber of Secrets Edi...
Josh Levin and ESPN’s Mina Kimes are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to discuss Jordan Spieth’s British Open win. Josh and Mina also dissect Kyrie Irving’s trade drama, and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley analyzes Hugh Freeze’s ousting as Ole Miss football coach.
55 min
72
The Man Hit Ball Far Edition
Josh Levin and Jody Avirgan of ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcasts are joined by ESPN’s Howard Bryant to discuss Wimbledon. Sam Miller of ESPN also talks about Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, and producer Rose Eveleth joins for a conversation about 30 for 30.
57 min
73
The Best Bad Guy You Can Be Edition
Josh Levin and Ben Mathis-Lilley are joined by Daniel “Progressive Liberal” Harnsberger to chat about his wrestling persona. The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis also discusses Jamie Horowitz and Fox Sports, and Nick Greene analyzes NBA free agency.
66 min
74
The Kaepernick of the Hardwood Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, and Slate’s Henry Grabar explains what makes Miami’s new stadium deal so great.
73 min
75
The Warriors Derangement Syndrome Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Joel Anderson of BuzzFeed to discuss the NBA draft. Graphic designer Todd Radom also joins to debate the merits of updating the NBA logo. Finally, they chat about the perils of playing sports while old.
60 min
76
The When an Apple Fights an Orange Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Kevin Draper to discuss the upcoming Mayweather-McGregor mega-fight. Ben Lindbergh also joins to discuss whether major-league baseballs are juiced. Finally, David Gessner talks about his memoir Ultimate Glory.
57 min
77
UPDATED: The Superest of Superteams Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Mike Pesca to discuss the Warriors' NBA Finals win. George Dohrmann also joins to talk about U.S. soccer phenom Christian Pulisic. Plus, an interview with Ice Cube about the documentary Celtics/Lakers
66 min
78
The Mr. Met Has No Middle Finger Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Marcus Thompson to discuss the NBA Finals. Bruce Arthur also joins for a conversation about the Stanley Cup Final, and Sadie Stein comes on the show to talk about Mr. Met.
58 min
79
The Not a Victory Cigar Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Ethan Sherwood Strauss to preview the NBA Finals. They also talk with Charles P. Pierce about the legacy of writer Frank Deford, and Daniel Engber joins for a conversation about our favorite non-famous athletes.
64 min
80
The His Airness Plays Ping-Pong Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin and guest Jane Coaston talk about the NBA playoffs. Sean Singer also joins to discuss Enes Kanter and Turkish politics, and economist
69 min
81
The More Reckless Than Malicious Edition
Bryan Curtis and Stefan Fatsis talk with Michael Lee about John Wall and the NBA playoffs.
55 min
82
The Big Baller Dad Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk with ESPN’s Howard Bryant about racism in Boston sports. Damon Young also joins to discuss LaVar Ball and the “black basketball dad,”
62 min
83
The Sun Also Rises on Waiters Island Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and guest Wosny Lambre talk about the layoffs at ESPN. They also discuss how NFL teams evaluate draftees with "red flags" and review Dion Waiters’ genius essay for the Players’ Tribune.
58 min
84
The Take That for Data Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Greg Howard talk with Kevin Arnovitz about the NBA playoffs.
56 min
85
The Optimal Draymond Edition
Stefan Fatsis is joined by Shea Serrano and Marcus Thompson to talk about the NBA playoffs.
80 min
86
Hang Up Extra: I Have to Ask with Isaac Chotiner
Isaac speaks with ESPN writer Ethan Strauss
35 min
87
The No Rest for the Winners Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk to Jim Newell about the Masters; Tom Haberstroh about Russell Westbrook and resting NBA players; Meg Rowley about baseball’s return; and Jonathan Hock about One and Not Done, his ESPN documentary on John Calipari.
66 min
88
The 111-1 Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Joel Anderson are joined by the Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins to talk about UConn’s loss in the women’s NCAA tournament. They also discuss the men’s Final Four, the Las Vegas Raiders, and NBA hook-up culture.
58 min
89
The Fox Sports 1 Isn’t Fox News Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and guest panelist Jane Coaston discuss the weekend's NCAA tournament storylines and the U.S. women’s hockey team’s boycott. Ben Mathis-Lilley also joins to talk about his Slate article on Jamie Horowitz and Fox Sports 1.
64 min
90
The We Love Mike Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NCAA tournament and the World Baseball Classic. Mike also announces his departure from the show, and Josh and Stefan send him off with Pesca Jeopardy!
68 min
91
The Unlimited Salad Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss March Madness, the Brock Osweiler trade, and the Washington NFL team’s decision to fire Scot McCloughan. They also talk about the annual video ranking the best hair in Minnesota high school hockey.
56 min
92
The Whore of Carnegie Mellon Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Duke’s Grayson Allen and other NCAA hoops matters. Scott Raab also talks about his book You’re Welcome, Cleveland, and Oliver Roeder of 538 explains how a computer program beat four pro poker players.
66 min
93
The Stick to the Oscars Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss sports parallels for Sunday’s big Oscars mishap. They also talk JaVale McGee’s feud with Shaquille O’Neal, and Ken Early of the Irish Times joins to discuss the decline of Leicester City.
58 min
94
The Balls Can Ball Edition
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the DeMarcus Cousins trade and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, the football team whose fans call the plays. LaVar Ball also joins to talk about parenting and how his three sons will change basketball.
53 min
95
The Cupcakes Aren’t Soft Edition
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Dan Steinberg discuss Patriots players spurning the White House. They also analyze Kevin Durant’s return to OKC and Dolan v. Oakley, and high school coach Kyle Allen joins to explain his effort to revolutionize basketball.
59 min
96
The Super Bowl of Super Bowls Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Patriots’ epic Super Bowl comeback and the Falcons’ amazing collapse. Charles P. Pierce joins to discuss Tom Brady, and SB Nation’s Spencer Hall explains why the game was quintessentially Atlanta.
53 min
97
The He Still Hate Me Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Josh Levin break down the Australian Open. Tim Layden also joins to discuss the sports ramifications of Trump’s refugee ban, and Rod Smart and Charlie Ebersol talk about the 30 for 30 documentary This Was the XFL.
67 min
98
The Lot of Ways to Lose Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Jack Hamilton talk about the Falcons’ and Patriots’ conference title game wins. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard also joins to discuss the streaking 76ers, and they assess the Baseball Hall of Fame’s new inductees.
65 min
99
The Real Locker Room Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Nate Jackson talk about the NFL playoffs. They’re also joined by Don Yee to discuss his proposed pro football minor league and ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss to assess the 35-6 Golden State Warriors.
72 min
100
The Gitanic Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the New York Giants’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers and Odell Beckham’s pre-game boat trip. They also discuss the legacy of ESPN’s Chris Berman and the 2017 World Darts Championship.
66 min
101
The Triple-Double Entendre Edition
Josh Levin and Mike Pesca are joined by the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis to discuss the college football playoffs and the quarterback crisis in the NFL playoffs. They’re also joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton to examine the NBA’s sudden surge in triple-doubles.
66 min
102
The Legends of HUAL Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk with their favorite guests of 2016: Leicester City beat writer Rob Tanner; Mina Kimes of ESPN the Magazine, author of a profile of Martellus and Michael Bennett; and Ann Beaty, the widow of Zelmo Beaty.
51 min
103
The Most Cleveland Thing Ever Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca discuss the Minnesota football sexual assault invesigation with journalist Jessica Luther. They also talk about Ronda Rousey's UFC return with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, and the year in Cleveland sports with writer Scott Raab.
68 min
104
The Dark Scorigami Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca are joined by ProPublica's David Epstein to discuss the Russian doping scandal. They also examine MLB offseason moves with ESPN's Sam Miller and discuss rare NFL final scores with Jon Bois of SB Nation.
73 min
105
The Japan's Babe Ruth Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan to discuss baseball’s new labor deal and Japanese star Shohei Otani. They also assess the Cavs’ J.R. Smith and George Dohrmann joins to talk about the NFL’s marketing to children.
66 min
106
The Call on the Field Does Not Stand Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Ohio State's double overtime victory over Michigan with Slate writer Ben Mathis-Lilley; US Soccer's firing of Jurgen Klinsmann; and the World Chess Championship with FiveThirtyEight's Oliver Roeder.
66 min
107
The It's Like a Whole Other Quarterback Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the success of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, talk with FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine about Randall Cunningham's legacy, and speak with Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski about teenage NHL stars.
69 min
108
The Popovich for President Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss post-election critiques from NBA coaches and Ernie Johnson's call for unity on Inside the NBA.
62 min
109
The Stick to Everything Edition
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and The Ringer's Bryan Curtis discuss the intersection of sports and politics, Alabama's college football dominance, and Harvard's cancellation of its men's soccer team’s season due to lewd “scouting reports” of women players.
62 min
110
The Cubs Win?!? Edition
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca record a special emergency episode to discuss the Chicago Cubs’ Game 7 win over the Cleveland Indians.
27 min
111
The Kevin Hustle Plays Kabaddi Edition
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the first five games of the World Series. They also interview Shaun Assael about The Murder of Sonny Liston and talk about the Kabaddi World Cup with writer Jemayel Khawaja and Team USA’s Kevin Hustle.
79 min
112
The Joy Is Retroactively Applied Edition
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and ESPN’s Pablo S. Torre discuss the Cubs-Indians World Series match-up and interpersonal drama in the NBA. Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz also joins to talk about Josh Brown, Derrick Rose, and sports leagues and criminal justice.
73 min
113
The She's Big League Edition
Stars of the baseball playoffs, theories on the decline of the NFL’s television ratings, and the Fox show Pitch with former minor league baseball pitcher Ila Borders.
76 min
114
The Locker Room Talk Edition
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca talk about the MLB playoffs and Donald Trump’s concept of “locker room talk.” They also interview Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price about his book Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town.
70 min
115
The Humid Urgency of the South Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca talk about the Ryder Cup, MLB playoffs, and the wild weekend in college football.
63 min
116
The Short, Joyous Life of Jose Fernandez Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca talk about Jose Fernandez, the politics of Cubs' ownership, and Nate Jackson's new book on fantasy football.
62 min
117
The Fear of Flying Edition
Slate’s sports podcast on the whiteness of baseball and football players celebrating too early. Plus, an interview with Steph Davis about deaths in BASE-jumping.
65 min
118
The Zelmo the Hall of Famer Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss whether the NFL’s on-field product is getting worse. They also speak with Paralympic goalball player John Kusku and interview Annie Beaty about her husband Zelmo’s induction in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
67 min
119
The Be Careful Who You Meme Edition
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.
71 min
120
The O’er the Land of the Free Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and ESPN’s Mina Kimes discuss Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem. They also assess Joey Bosa’s contract dispute with the Chargers, and Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller joins to evaluate hot-hitting Gary Sanchez.
71 min
121
The Interview with a Gold Medalist Edition
In this re-broadcast of an interview from June 27, Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis interview boxer Claressa Shields and film producer Sue Jaye Johnson about Shields’ preparations for the Olympics and the documentary about her life, T-Rex.
30 min
122
The Let The Games Be Gone Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca evaluate NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price also joins to talk about how the Olympics played in Brazil, and Luke O’Brien discusses Conor McGregor and the state of UFC.
73 min
123
Olympics Extra: The Stars of Field Edition
Josh Levin speaks with long-time TV commentator and high-jump champion Dwight Stones about what’s wrong with NBC’s track-and-field coverage.
35 min
124
Olympics Extra: The What Did Lochte Do? Edition
Josh Levin speaks with ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes about Ryan Lochte’s claim that he was robbed at gunpoint and why he might have lied about it. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica explains how Jamaica is able to development so many great sprinters.
33 min
125
Olympics Extra: The Not-Quite Olympian Edition
Lauren Fleshman: "Racing Clean is a Sign of Privilege"
36 min
126
Olympics Extra: The Disappointed Gymnast Edition
Slate’s sports podcast talks to Megan Abbott about her new book "You Will Know Me," set in the high-stakes world of elite gymnastics.
32 min
127
The Believably Unbelievable Edition
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.
74 min
128
Olympics Extra: The Field Hockey Heroes Edition
Josh Levin interviews 2016 U.S. Olympic field hockey star Michelle Vittese and 1984 U.S. field hockey Olympian Karen Shelton.
25 min
129
Olympics Extra: The Don’t Swim Like a Terrestri...
Josh Levin speaks with swim coach Terry Laughlin about what makes Katie Ledecky so fast in the water.
24 min
130
Olympics Extra: The Final Five Edition
Josh Levin with Dvora Meyers on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team’s dominant win in the team all-around.
24 min
131
Olympics Extra: The Brazil After the Games Edition
Slate’s sports podcast talks to Franklin Foer about what will happen in Rio when the Olympics are gone.
21 min
132
The Kids Don’t Tip Edition
Slate’s sports podcast on NBC’s Olympics coverage and American jingoism. Plus, a Wrigley Field beer vendor tells all.
63 min
133
The Semenya Dilemma Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Caster Semenya. Eugene Monroe also joins to talk about his retirement from the NFL and medical marijuana advocacy. Finally, they assess Ichiro Suzuki.
68 min
134
The Granny Shot Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the IOC’s decision not to make a decision about Russian Olympians; interview Tanisha Wright of the New York Liberty about WNBA players’ support of Black Lives Matter; and examine free throw psychology.
69 min
135
The Boiling Point Edition
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca are joined by the Cleveland Browns’ Andrew Hawkins to discuss athlete activism. Jason Gay also joins to assess the Tour de France, and they discuss the paltry pay for minor league baseball players.
68 min
136
The Fleek Five Edition
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and June Thomas discuss Serena Williams’ Wimbledon win. They’re also joined by the Irish Times’ Ken Early to talk about Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory, and Meghan O’Rourke joins for a conversation about the evolution of gymnastics.
64 min
137
The Kevin Durant Just Broke the NBA Edition
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.
74 min
138
The Cry for Argentina Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca are joined by Sam Borden to discuss Messi’s retirement announcement and the Euros. They talk to NBA agent Doug Neustadt about the international players. Finally, Josh Levin and Stefan interview Olympic boxer Claressa Shields.
79 min
139
The Struggle Makes It Worth It Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Cavs’ Game 7 win over the Warriors. Scott Raab also joins to describe the joy of the Cleveland sports fan, and Sports Illustrated’s Michael Bamberger explains the golf rules kerfuffle at the U.S. Open.
67 min
140
Hang Up Extra: The NBA Finals Have Gone Totally...
Hang Up Extra: The NBA Finals Have Gone Totally Mad Edition
34 min
141
The Balls Don’t Lie Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Draymond Green’s suspension and the United States’ first-place group stage finish in Copa America. They're also joined by the Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur for a conversation about Gordie Howe.
65 min
142
The Great, Greater, Greatest Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca evaluate LeBron James’ playoff record, talk to The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis about how Muhammad Ali changed sports writing, and discuss Novak Djokovic’s growing popularity with the New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg.
64 min
143
Hang Up Extra: The Understanding Ali Edition
with Robert Lipsyte
26 min
144
The Three Is Worth More Than Two Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Warriors' Game 7 win over the Thunder and the firing of Baylor football coach Art Briles. They’re also joined by Ken Early of the Irish Times to evaluate Cristiano Ronaldo’s skill and his ego.
73 min
145
The Stud Muffins and Rumble Ponies Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss to discuss the Golden State Warriors; by Brandiose’s Jason Klein to talk minor-league team names; and by the New York Times’ Greg Howard to assess The Undefeated.
86 min
146
The Corny Sneakers Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NBA playoffs. Slate’s John Swansburg also joins to talk about why Stephen Curry’s shoes don’t have cultural cachet. Finally, they assess whether the Olympics should be cancelled due to the Zika virus.
65 min
147
The Bartolo and Pancho Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mina Kimes discuss Bartolo Colon’s first career home run; the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle joins to discuss the NHL playoffs; and they discuss the marketing of WNBA stars Skylar Diggins, Diana Taurasi, and Brittney Griner.
61 min
148
The Perverse Ingenuity Edition
Laremy Tunsil, Leicester City, and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work
70 min
149
The Live From a Major Media Market Edition
In a special live show, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss whether Bryce Harper can make baseball fun and Curt Schilling's firing by ESPN. Ali Krieger also joins to discuss the U.S. women's national soccer team's push for equal pay.
82 min
150
The San Antonio Big Macs Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Kobe Bryant's last game and whether refs are biased against Jeremy Lin; the Rams' trade for the top pick in the NFL draft; and the NBA's move to put ads on the front of jerseys.
61 min
151
The Putting on Buttered Crusts Edition
The Hang Up team talks about Jordan Spieth's historic collapse on the back nine of the 2016 Masters, the Golden State Warriors' pursuit of the record for most wins in an NBA season, and Jeff Passan's new book, "The Arm."
71 min
152
The Absolute Travesty Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the U.S. women's soccer team's push for equal pay with Briana Scurry; Bruce Schoenfeld joins to assess the Golden State Warriors' owners; and they examine baseball's mysterious surge in home runs.
73 min
153
The Feller vs. Motorcycle Edition
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Jonathan Hock talk about the NCAA Tournament and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's handshake line hijinks. Ken Early also joins to discuss the death of Johan Cruyff. Finally, they review Hock's latest documentary, Fastball.
71 min
154
The Always Reppin' Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the slew of upsets in the NCAA tournament, Sue Bird joins to discuss UConn and analytics in women's sports, and Allison Benedikt of Mom and Dad Are Fighting comes on to discuss kids in baseball clubhouses.
60 min
155
Hang Up and Listen Extra: The Greatest Taunt in...
In this Hang Up and Listen Extra, Josh Levin delves into the history of the greatest taunt in sports: the “air ball” chant.
15 min
156
The We're All Doomed Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the leaked March Madness bracket and NCAA tourney snubs; review Fantastic Lies, ESPN's documentary on the Duke lacrosse case; and speak with Ben Rothenberg about Maria Sharapova's positive drug test.
74 min
157
The Other Bridgegate Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss LSU's freshman basketball phenom Ben Simmons. Luke O'Brien also joins to discuss the upsets at UFC 196, and the New Yorker's David Owen explains the recent cheating scandal in professional bridge.
70 min
158
The I Was Just Massaging My Hands Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Stephen Curry's amazing weekend and the Warriors' haters. They're also joined by ESPN's Bob Ley to talk about new FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Finally, they examine the size of NFL quarterbacks' hands.
72 min
159
The Feting, Fetid, Fecundity Edition
The Hang Up team discusses SB Nation's piece on rapist and ex-football player Daniel Holtzclaw. They also delve into the science of fatigue, and ESPN's Bonnie D. Ford joins to discuss Rio's polluted waters in advance of the 2016 Olympics.
67 min
160
The Putting Peyton on a Pedestal Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the sexual allegations against Peyton Manning. Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss also join to discuss their book Indentured, and they interview director Greg Kohs about his Iditarod documentary The Great Alone.
73 min
161
The Winning Very Ugly Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Broncos’ Super Bowl win with Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz.
67 min
162
The Climbing Trees and Wrestling Dogs Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting tactics.
70 min
163
The Fixing the Fixers Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss how Denver and Carolina made it to Super Bowl 50. ESPN's Dave McMenamin joins to discuss the firing of Cavaliers coach David Blatt, and Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim explains pro tennis' match-fixing scandal.
63 min
164
The Rad Sporstplayers Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NFL playoffs. Greg Wyshynski joins to discuss his campaign to make enforcer John Scott an NHL All Star, and they interview Matt Hill about his NBA cartoon Spurs Special Forces.
74 min
165
The Clemson Gets Kicked Edition
In a Hang Up extra, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Bryan Curtis to talk about Alabama's 45-40 win over Clemson in college football's national championship game.
25 min
166
The Flaming Pile of Garbage Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Steelers-Bengals pro football catastrophe. Neil deMause of the website Field of Schemes joins to discuss the NFL’s Los Angeles schemes. Finally, they assess the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame voting.
62 min
167
The Eating Ribs in Hell Edition
The Hang Up and Listen team is joined by Spencer Hall to talk about the college football playoff's not-so-smashing New Year's Eve debut. They also discuss Chip Kelly's firing and allegations that Peyton Manning used human growth hormone.
70 min
168
The History of the Sports World Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk sports history. They take a look back at Super Bowl I; speak with professor Michael Zogry and Sports Illustrated's Alexander Wolff about James Naismith; and discuss Ali-Marciano, boxing's fake title fight.
66 min
169
The Horse Awakens Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk with Slate's Dan Engber about the movie Concussion. They also discuss NFL refereeing, and Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden discusses Serena Williams over American Pharoah as SI's Sportsperson of the Year.
72 min
170
The Universe Really Is Just a Circle Edition
The Hang Up team talk about the Philadelphia 76ers, baseball's newly minted juggernaut, the Chicago Cubs, and self-appointed college football holder of the year Peter Mortell.
71 min
171
The Worst Best Great Mediocre Team Ever Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by guest Bryan Curtis to talk college football and Stephanie Cox to discuss the U.S. women's soccer team canceling a game due to poor field conditions. Finally, they discuss the 12-0 Carolina Panthers.
64 min
172
The Barking Where There Are No Dogs Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the final years of Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant. They also talk about LSU's decision to keep Les Miles and Georgia's to fire Mark Richt. Finally, they interview Ian Eagle about how he calls a game.
75 min
173
The Runaway Potting Shed Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Golden State Warriors' amazing start. They also talk about the state of daily fantasy sports, and film director Taika Waititi joins to assess New Zealand rugby star Jonah Lomu, who died at age 40.
70 min
174
The Russians Are Doping Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are live from Town Hall in New York City. In this segment from Slate's Superfest, they discuss the Russian track and field doping scandal. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes
16 min
175
The Bonus Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca collect the show's best Slate Plus bonus segments. Topics: how to write a sports column (w/Dan Steinberg), taking your kids to games (w/Allison Benedikt), women in sports media (w/Emma Span), and East Coast bias.
39 min
176
The Serious Times Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Dallas Cowboys' Greg Hardy. Slate's Jamelle Bouie also joins to talk about the Missouri football players' boycott, and they interview Jonathan Hock about his documentary The Gospel According to Mac. H
78 min
177
The Balls and Strikes Bonus Segment
Every fall for eight years, contributing writer Seth Stevenson has been pitching a story where he goes to umpire camp and reports back, and every fall Slate’s editor-in-chief has been rejecting the proposal as too expensive. Now Slate Plus has agreed to
11 min
178
The All Hail the Royals Edition
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.
82 min
179
The Hockey on Cocaine Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the World Series with baseball writer Rany Jazayerli. They also talk about the NFL's foray into Internet-only broadcasting, and Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski joins to assess the NHL's 3-on-3 overtime format.
68 min
180
The Steely Dan and the Wolverine Edition
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 experienc
79 min
181
The Coriolis Force-Assisted Field-Goal Edition
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
55 min
182
The You Don't Know What Fluffer Means Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the collapse of the Washington Nationals and the start of the MLB playoffs. Ken Early joins to assess the chaos at English soccer club Chelsea. Finally, they talk about LSU running back Leonard Fournette.
75 min
183
The Nobody Goes There Anymore It's Too Crowded ...
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and guest panelist Scott Raab are joined by Max Linsky to talk about the Cleveland Browns podcast Brownscast. They also discuss ESPN's embrace of gambling and mark the passing of baseball and linguistic legend Yogi Berra. Hang Up
66 min
184
The Total Victory Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal to discuss baseball's great rookie class. They also discuss the rise of IMG Academy's high school football program and assess the popularity of American Ninja Warrior. Hang
67 min
185
The Sad Serena, Resplendent Roberta Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Serena Williams' shocking U.S. Open defeat. They also discuss whether the NFL has a quarterback crisis, and how European soccer clubs have responded to an influx of Syrian refugees. Hang Up and Listen
63 min
186
The Roger Goodell Is Bad at His Job Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg discuss the latest Deflategate news. They also talk about the Washington NFL team's publicity nightmares, and Yahoo's Jeff Passan joins to assess Mets pitcher Matt Harvey's arm. Hang Up a
63 min
187
The You Get a Trophy Just for Listening Bonus S...
In their Aug. 17 members-only Slate Plus bonus segment, Hang Up and Listen’s Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca debunked the supposed scourge of participation trophies.
12 min
188
The Grab the Stick and Run Like Hell Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the latest innovation in NCAA evildoing: football programs fining players. They also interview 81-year-old track star Irene Obera and review HBO’s Hard Knocks, starring the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt.
58 min
189
The Drop Kick Me Jesus Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Usain Bolt’s win over Justin Gatlin at the track and field world championships. They also discuss Baylor’s handling of football player Sam Ukwuachu’s sexual assault and the place of religion in sp
59 min
190
The She's a Married Baseball Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Jason Day and Jordan Spieth with Grantland’s Bryan Curtis. They also talk about the Jets’ locker-room fight, and Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden explains Nick Symmonds’ brouhaha with USA Track and
61 min
191
The How Does He Even Have a Computer? Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and ESPN the Magazine’s Mina Kimes discuss record-breaking swimmer Katie Ledecky with the New York Times’ Karen Crouse. They also talk about Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, and they interview WNBA star Elena Delle Donn
63 min
192
Hang Up: The Fiddlin’ with Equipment Edition
Josh Levin, Stephen Metcalf, and Mike Pesca discuss Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension and the New York Mets’ surprising surge. June Thomas also joins for an interview with Greg Louganis about his new HBO documenta
63 min
193
The NBA Meets American Ninja Warrior Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Basketball Tournament, a winners-take-all hoops competition. Nancy Lieberman joins to talk about women coaching men, and they interview Brad Balukjian about his book project Wax Pack.
75 min
194
The How Tiger Lost His Stripes Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pescsa discuss whether Tiger Woods will ever be great again. Writer James Andrew Miller also joins to talk about recent departures from ESPN, and author Molly Knight explains the Los Angeles Dodgers’...
58 min
195
The How to Make Sports Funny Bonus Segment
In their July 13 Slate Plus bonus segment, Hang Up and Listen hosts Josh Levin and Mike Pesca spoke to special guest Mike Schur, the co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, about the intersection of sports and comedy.
11 min
196
The All We Are is Cyber Dust in the Wind Edition
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Mike Schur talk about the DeAndre Jordan emoji saga and his decision to re-join the Clippers. Tennis writer Courtney Nguyen joins to discuss Serena Williams, and they evaluate the latest advances in...
62 min
197
The Carli Lloyd Is a Golden God Edition
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Bryan Curtis are joined by Stefan Fatsis, who watched the U.S. beat Japan to win the Women’s World Cup. They also talk about the strange economics of NBA free agency and consider the pros and cons of ESPN’s “K Zone” gra
60 min
198
The Other People's Podcasts Edition
In a special edition of Slate's Hang Up and Listen, we feature segments from three fellow sports podcasts, including Howler's DUMMY, a show about soccer, Effectively Wild from Baseball Prospectus, and 538's Hot Takedown.
60 min
199
The Zack the Ball-Catching Maniac Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Shane Ryan to talk about Jordan Spieth’s U.S. Open win. They also discuss the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup and they interview Zack Hample, the man who caught Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th
72 min
200
Slate Plus Preview: "United Passions" Commentar...
Enjoy an excerpt of Hang Up and Listen's commentary track for a terrible piece of FIFA propaganda.
10 min
201
The Plus Plus Plus to Plus Plus Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NBA Finals. Grantland’s Katie Baker also joins to discuss the Stanley Cup Finals, and they interview ProPublica’s David Epstein about his investigation of running coach Alberto...
62 min
202
The Save It for Judge Judy Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mary Pilon talk about the NBA Finals, including LeBron James’ inefficient dominance. Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden also joins to discuss American Pharoah’s Triple Crown. Finally, they preview the Women’s World Cup.
62 min
203
Hang Up Extra: Sepp Blatter To Resign
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who announced today that he will step down amid a corruption scandal at soccer's international governing body.  Show notes at slate.com/hangup
12 min
204
The Good Nat, Bad Nat Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss whether there’s any hope that FIFA will reform itself. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski also joins to talk about the Stanley Cup Finals. Finally, they assess Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
65 min
205
The Screwing the Kicker Again Edition
Hang Up and Listen on Stephen Curry’s head and the NFL’s feet.
56 min
206
The 0-162 or Bust Edition
In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca take listeners’ questions in a special spring call-in show. Topics include how the worst baseball players in history would do against a te
51 min
207
The Hours of Something Approaching Pleasure Edi...
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Seth Stevenson talk about the Wells report on the Patriots’ underinflated balls and how the NFL should punish Tom Brady. They also discuss Bill Simmons’ imminent departure from ESPN and the rise of daily fantasy sports.
63 min
208
The Snooze of the Century Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Manny Pacquiao. They also discuss the Los Angeles Clippers’ Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs and how the NFL handled “character issues” in the 2015 draft
63 min
209
The Cracking on Hacks and Hack-a-Shaq Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about whether intentional fouls have a place in the NBA. They also discuss Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence and assess Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price’s profanity-filled tirade.
67 min
210
The Our Dump Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about whether the Warriors and Hawks will dominate the NBA playoffs. Andrew Zimbalist also joins to talk about Boston’s Olympic bid, and they discuss the New York Islanders’ last season in Nassau Coliseum
63 min
211
The Lord Stanley's Coffee Urn Edition
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.
61 min
212
The Earworm Madness Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Wisconsin’s upset victory over Kentucky and the start of the 2015 baseball season. They also interview composer Bob Christianson, who has written more than two dozen sports television theme tunes.
65 min
213
The UConn Territory Edition
Special guest Kate Fagan of ESPN joins hosts Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin.
66 min
214
The Stuffed Sparrow on a Cricket Ball Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament and the early retirement of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. They’re also joined by writer Andrew Miller to discuss the Cricket World Cup.
63 min
215
The Hate, Hope, and Hockey Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NCAA tournament and ESPN’s I Hate Christian Laettner. They also discuss all the player movement during NFL free agency, and Bruce Arthur joins to assess the imploding Toronto Maple Leafs.
67 min
216
The College Hoops in Crisis Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about college hoops’ slow pace with Ken Pomeroy. They also discuss the decline of the NFL running back and interview Errol Morris about his new series of short sports documentaries for ESPN.
63 min
217
The Good News for People Who Love Stat News Edi...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton to talk about the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. They also discuss Larry Sanders’ decision to leave the NBA and Ben Rothenberg joins to examine match-fixing in tennis.
61 min
218
The Two Guys Punching Each Other in the Face Ed...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Grantland’s Eric Raskin to discuss Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. They also compare Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant, and they look at new rules designed to make baseball speedier.
63 min
219
The Twerking Unicorns Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Kevin Durant’s anti-media rant. They also discuss Jackie Robinson West Little League losing its U.S. title and Slate’s Daniel Engber joins to explore the art and science of free-throw distraction.
66 min
220
The Not-So-Menacing Red Menace Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Sports Illustrated‘s Alexander Wolff to talk about Dean Smith, by Nathaniel Vinton to discuss U.S. ski racers, and by Jonathan Hock for a chat about his Soviet hockey documentary Of Miracles and Me
68 min
221
The One Yard From Stardom Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl win. Grantland’s Bryan Curtis joins to discuss the game’s surprising stars and NBC’s lead producer Fred Gaudelli gives a behind-the-scenes look at the TV broadcast
74 min
222
The Good Sport, Bad Sport Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Deflategate. They also interview John Biever, who’s photographed every Super Bowl, and tennis player Tim Smyczek, who’s been lauded for his sportsmanship after losing a tight match to Rafael Nadal.
76 min
223
The Deflated Balls Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Seahawks’ comeback win and the Patriots’ allegedly deflated balls; interview NBC producer Fred Gaudelli about televising the Super Bowl; and talk to Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski about the NHL.
83 min
224
The Football Move Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NFL playoffs and Dez Bryant’s disputed catch. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh joins to assess the NBA’s Hawks and Pistons and Andrew Bisharat talks about the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wal
71 min
225
The Great Scott Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs and the inaugural college football playoffs, wherein the SEC went down to a crushing defeat. ESPN’s Jay Harris also joins to discuss the death of Stuart Scott.
59 min
226
The Troubleshooter, the Faluter, and the Kid Ed...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca take listeners’ questions in a special year-end call-in show. Topics range from their greatest sports moments to what to watch on TV when you can’t sleep to gender bias in the sports media.
58 min
227
The Inside the NBA Insider Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Kentucky's surplus of basketball talent. They also talk with Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim about the future of sports TV and assess Yahoo NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski.
55 min
228
The I Love It When a Plan Comes Together Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Kobe Bryant’s legacy and the NBA’s conference imbalance. They also talk to Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller about MLB’s winter meetings and interview attorney Sharon Vinick about NFL cheerleader law
67 min
229
The Transactions vs. Transgressions Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the pairings for the inaugural College Football Playoff and look at UAB’s decision to drop its football program. They also interview legendary journalist Robert Lipsyte about his tenure as ESPN ombudsman
80 min
230
Hang Up Extra: Brooklyn's Baseball Graves
Slate's sports podcast pays a visit to the final resting places of Henry Chadwick, Charles Ebbets, and others
15 min
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The Rice Reinstated Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the decision to overturn Ray Rice’s suspension and the injury-riddled careers of Robert Griffin III and Derrick Rose. Gideon Haigh also joins to talk about the on-field death of cricketer Phillip Hughes.
68 min
232
Hang Up and Listen: The Beckham Doesn’t Need St...
Slate’s sports podcast on Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch, painkiller usage in the NFL, and Adrian Peterson’s extended suspension.
61 min
233
The Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition
Hang Up and Listen joins the Political and Culture Gabfests, onstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with emcee Dan Kois, for a blockbuster show in front of a live audience.
75 min
234
The Whore No More Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to Whore of Akron author Scott Raab about LeBron James’s return to Ohio. They also examine the NFL’s obsession with London and review ESPN’s documentary about Livan and Orlando Hernandez, Brothers in Ex
72 min
235
The SEC Ganks Noobs Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin ask Paul Finebaum about ESPN’s alleged pro-SEC bias. They also talk to Amanda Hess about Lauren Hill and inspirational sports moments and quiz Seth Stevenson about the video game League of Legends and the rise of e-sports.
61 min
236
The Greatest Bull in History Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Madison Bumgarner’s World Series dominance and the latest claim that baseball is dying. They also talk to UNC whistleblower Mary Willingham and assess the bull Bushwacker with PBR statistician Slade Long
63 min
237
The Whimsy Watch Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to Grantland’s Jonah Keri about the Royals-Giants World Series. They also discuss the ethics of NBA teams tracking their players’ biometric data, and Bob Ryan joins to talk about his new book Scribe.
63 min
238
The Flaccid Hagiographic Concatenation Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Fox Sports 1’s sabermetric-friendly NLCS broadcast and debate Georgia football player Todd Gurley’s suspension. They also talk to Dvora Meyers about superstar gymnast Simone Biles.
60 min
239
The Live at Galapagos Edition
In a special live show in Brooklyn, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the baseball playoffs and the NBA’s TV deal. Roy Blount Jr. joins to discuss his classic book About Three Bricks Shy of a Load, and the hosts do a listener Q-and-A.
79 min
240
The These Are My Bosses Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss ESPN’s decision to suspend Bill Simmons, talk about the Kansas City Royals with Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli, and look at the turmoil surrounding the Michigan football program with Slate’s Ben Mathis-L
68 min
241
The What Are We Going to Do With These People? ...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to ESPN’s Jane McManus about the NFL and domestic violence. They also discuss Jameis Winston, Hope Solo, and what their teams should do about them. Finally, Grantland’s Ben Lindbergh joins to talk basebal
66 min
242
The Will Goodell Go? Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NFL’s continued failures and whether Roger Goodell will go. They also examine the U.S. team’s dominant win at the FIBA World Cup and interview SB Nation’s Jon Bois about his Breaking Madden serie
67 min
243
The Ravens Cut Rice Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Ravens’ decision to cut Ray Rice. Slate’s Jamelle Bouie also joins to discuss the Atlanta Hawks owner’s racist email. Finally, Josh interviews Josh Keefe, the worst high school quarterback ever.
46 min
244
The Jerry Loves Johnny Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss college football’s opening weekend bonanza of games at NFL stadiums. They also interview ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. about his profile of Jerry Jones and talk to SI.com’s Courtney Nguyen about the U.S.
62 min
245
The All’s Fair in Love and WAR Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the pros and cons of NFL preseason. They also talk about MVP candidate Alex Gordon and baseball’s search for an all-in-one stat, and speak with ESPN’s Kevin Pelton about Cleveland acquiring Kevin Love.
68 min
246
The "Are the Kids Alright?" Edition
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca discuss the election of Rob Manfred as the new MLB head. They also speak with author Mark Hyman about Little League baseball and talk to ESPN's Bonnie Ford about Canada’s bid to host the Women’s World Cup on turf fields.
67 min
247
Hang Up and Listen: The Tragedy at Canandaigua ...
Josh Levin and Mike Pesca interview Motorsport.com’s Steven Cole Smith about the death of Kevin Ward Jr.; talk to Grantland’s Shane Ryan about Rory McIlroy’s PGA win; and chat with the New York Times’ Marc Tracy about big changes in college sports
60 min
248
Hang Up and Listen: The Breaking News Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Paul George’s leg injury and its implications. They also talk with Slate’s Emily Bazelon about college sports and sexual assault, and interview Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller about MLB’s trade dea
66 min
249
Hang Up and Listen: The Suspension and Disbelie...
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Jason Gay discuss the NFL’s suspension of Ray Rice. They also break down the Astros’ failure to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, and Kathryn Bertine joins to discuss her push to get women in the Tour de Fran
66 min
250
Hang Up and Listen: The Losingest Winner Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Mike Trout’s fame or lack thereof, interview the Iroquois Nationals’ Ansley Jemison about the World Lacrosse Championship, and talk to NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski about Washington Generals coach Red Kl
61 min
251
Hang Up and Listen: The Ohio Player Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Germany’s World Cup win, Lionel Messi’s loss, and what the heck happened to Brazil. They also talk about LeBron James’s return to Cleveland, and his decision to make the announcement in Sports Illust
61 min
252
HUAL World Cup Extra: The Myth of Jogo Bonito E...
In this episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi sift through the aftermath of the semifinals. They also talk with reporter Matt Negrin about his experience covering the only indigenous professional team in Brazil.
40 min
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HUAL World Cup Extra: The Dutch, Masters of Gam...
On today’s episode of Howler Magazine's Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi discuss Dutch diving, conflicts faced by African teams, whether crowds are representative of Brazil's typical soccer-watching demographics, and more.
46 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Going Mouth to Mouth Ed...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Neymar, Messi, penalties, and other World Cup matters. The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg also joins to talk Wimbledon, and Major League Eating CEO George Shea chews over the state of competitive eating.
72 min
255
HUAL World Cup Extra: The Tim Howard Is Everywh...
In today’s episode of Howler Magazine’s Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk about the U.S. loss to Belgium. They’re also joined by Dr. Emilio Bruna to discuss the Brazilian government’s failed...
34 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Soft Rock and Salary Ca...
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.
64 min
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HUAL World Cup Extra: The Undead in the Group o...
In today’s episode of Howler Magazine’s Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk about the USA advancing in the World Cup, the Luis Suarez incident, the best and worst of the group stage, and what’s ahead...
35 min
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HUAL World Cup Extra: The Miguel Herrera is Ple...
Hang Up and Listen presents Howler’s World Cup podcast DUMMY. Today, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down the USA-Portugal draw and the scenarios for the U.S. to advance. Plus, NBA MVP and soccer fan Steve Nash.
36 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The White Elephant in Manau...
Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Grantland’s Bryan Curtis discuss American soccer’s emotional rollercoaster in Brazil and talk to Slate contributor Luke O’Brien about the scene at the U.S.-Portugal game. Finally, they ponder the legacy of Tony Gwynn.
52 min
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World Cup Dummy: The Now We Believe! Edition
Hang Up and Listen presents a special World Cup extra from our friends at Howler Magazine. Topics discussed in this episode of Dummy include the U.S. victory over Ghana, Costa Rican wunderkind Joel Campbell, and the health of Luis Suarez.
42 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The San Antonio is Beautifu...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Spurs’ beautiful domination of the Heat in the NBA Finals. They also look back at a goal-filled first weekend of the World Cup and talk with USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz about O’Bannon v. NCAA.
59 min
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World Cup DUMMY: No Doves Were Killed in the Ma...
Hang Up and Listen presents a special World Cup extra from our friends at Howler Magazine. Topics discussed in this episode of DUMMY include the Brazil-Croatia opener, the FIFA Congress, and what it’s like to get tear-gassed at a protest.
32 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss LeBron James’ cramps and other NBA Finals matters. They also look at California Chrome’s failed Triple Crown bid and interview David Haglund about his Slate profile of Delonte West.
64 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Elephants in the Garden...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Heat-Spurs NBA Finals rematch. They also interview hockey historian Stan Fischler and talk to former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley about his tenure in Egypt and the documentary American Pharaoh.
64 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Ninety Percent of the G...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the latest NBA playoffs news. They also talk to Jonathan Hock about his ESPN series on the U.S. World Cup soccer team and Landon Donovan’s roster omission. Finally, they discuss the mystery of “the yip
59 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Way Too Many Animals Ed...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca interview ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap about the horror show in Qatar in advance of the 2022 World Cup. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski also joins to talk hockey, and they discuss California Chrome’s...
68 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Michael Sam and the NFL draft. They also talk about NBA comebacks, the Thunder’s coaching, and Kevin Durant’s MVP speech. Finally, they’re joined by Slate’s John Swansburg to assess minimalist r
59 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Red Flags with Characte...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the thrilling first round of the NBA playoffs. They also talk about the NFL draft and how teams assess prospects’ “red flags.” Finally, they consider the career of Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smit
61 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Sterling's Reputation E...
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca explore what the NBA should do about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. They also talk about baseball’s strange relationship with pine tar, and Deadspin’s Tim Marchman joins to discuss UFC star Jon Jo
69 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Remember the 96 Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the home-court negating first weekend of the NBA playoffs. They’re also joined by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski to discuss all things playoff hockey, and they review the new ESPN documentary Hillsborough
68 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Farewell to Throwing Ar...
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Johnette Howard discuss Bubba Watson’s Masters win. They also talk about baseball’s alarming rate of Tommy John surgeries, and are joined by the New Republic’s Christopher Beam to explore football in China.
56 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Mr. Monopoly Was a Hips...
Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Mary Pilon preview the NCAA basketball finals and discuss with Andy Glockner what it's like to root for a Premier League team facing relegation. Finally, they talk about Monopoly's upcoming inclusion of "house rules."
55 min
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Hang Up and Listen: The Kain Mutiny Edition
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NCAA tournament’s surprising Final Four. They also talk about Northwestern football players getting the go-ahead to unionize, and they evaluate Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout’s huge contract extensi
62 min