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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), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, 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), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

    Remembering Kobe Bryant

    Remembering Kobe Bryant

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Kobe Bryant’s on-court and off-court legacies with NPR’s Gene Demby and Lindsay Gibbs of the Power Plays! newsletter and the Burn It All Down podcast.
     
    Kobe’s shocking death (00:50): What we felt when we heard about the helicopter crash, and why his peers thought Kobe was Michael Jordan’s heir.
     
    Kobe on the court (14:09): Why so many fans loved his game and so many didn’t.
     
    The sexual assault allegations and Kobe’s support for women’s basketball (35:48): How the case against him is and isn’t remembered, and how to reconcile it with Kobe’s post-retirement life.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ken Jennings Is the Jeopardy! GOAT

    Ken Jennings Is the Jeopardy! GOAT

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about how the Chiefs and 49ers made the Super Bowl. They also discuss the new Netflix documentary Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. Finally, Fatsis and Mike Pesca interview the greatest Jeopardy! player of all time, Ken Jennings.
    Chiefs and 49ers (02:49): On Patrick Mahomes, the 49ers’ running game, Andy Reid, and Kyle Shanahan.
    Aaron Hernandez (20:50): Does the new Netflix doc have any reason to exist?
    Ken Jennings (36:20): The greatest Jeopardy! player of all time tells all.
    Afterballs (01:03:02): Joel on Marshawn Lynch and Stefan on the Memphis Kings.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    LSU is the Geauxt

    LSU is the Geauxt

    Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and new Hang Up and Listen co-host Joel Anderson revel in LSU’s win over Clemson in college football’s title game. ESPN’s Jeff Passan talks about MLB’s punishment of the Houston Astros. Finally, Daniel Engber discusses his story on a rape accusation against three New York Mets, and how those players were never charged.
    LSU-Clemson (04:21): How the Tigers from Baton Rouge won it all.
    Astros (20:34): What signal was commissioner Rob Manfred trying to send with the penalties he imposed against Houston for sign-stealing?
    Mets (40:52): A woman accused three New York Mets of raping her in 1991. Those players weren't charged. She was forgotten.
    Afterballs (1:10:05): Stefan on the NBA trillion (or is it a quintillion?) and Josh on a Sporcle quiz that made him sad.
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Commissioner Is Making Funny Faces

    The Commissioner Is Making Funny Faces

    Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Slate’s Seth Stevenson to discuss the Patriots’ playoff loss and the post-NFL life of Rob Gronkowski. ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan also joins to talk about the legacy of NBA commissioner David Stern. Finally, they interview Theo Anthony about his documentary Subject to Review.
     
    Patriots and Gronk (01:39): Why couldn’t Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pull it together this year? And should we pity Rob Gronkowski or feel happy that he got out of the NFL at 29?
     
    David Stern (17:41): How we should think about the legendary commissioner, who had a reputation for meanness but made the NBA a corporate giant.
     
    Subject to Review (42:31): A heady, trippy documentary about replay in tennis.
     
    Afterballs (57:48): Stefan on the origins of “trash panda” and Josh on decibel readings at football games.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Giving It Everything on the Klaebo-Bakken

    Giving It Everything on the Klaebo-Bakken

    Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about the College Football Playoff. They also interview Matthew Goodman about his book on the CCNY point-shaving scandal, The City Game. Finally, they review the greatest sports moments of the decade.
     
    College Football Playoff (01:45): How LSU destroyed Oklahoma and Clemson squeaked out a win over Ohio State.
     
    The City Game (23:36): A new book about the point-shaving scandal that rocked college basketball 70 seasons ago--and remains relevant today.
     
    Sports moments of the decade (53:42): LeBron, Serena, the USWNT, the Kick Six, and a lot more.
     
    Afterballs (01:18:41): Stefan and Josh on their personal sports moments of the decade.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Barking Dog Tells All

    Barking Dog Tells All

    Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis to discuss the Dallas Cowboys’ demise. Power Plays’ Lindsay Gibbs also joins to talk about WNBA owner and incoming GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Finally, “barking dog” Jason Holt on his moment of basketball glory.
     
    Cowboys (01:24): Why has owner Jerry Jones accepted mediocrity for so long? And what’s next for one of the NFL’s showcase franchises?
     
    Kelly Loeffler (20:17): How will the league and its players handle having a Trump-supporting U.S. senator as an owner?
     
    Barking dog (36:01): Breaking down an iconic moment in sports history and everything that came after.
     
    Afterball (56:41): Josh on Egypt’s squash dominance.
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

Weeeezie ,

Quality audio

Finally a live podcast without horrible audience noise. Good job. Go tigers

PC Thugs ,

Super grateful for this super good podcast

Usually when I write a review I like to quibble a bit about the content after glowing about the podcast in general. Not here. discussions of big sport stories-done. stories about individual athletes-yep. Want to hear discussions of women’s sports-they do that. Cutting edge trends-of course. Intersection between sports and society-you know they do. Get interesting guests with diverse points of view-“boom goes the dynamite”. And as an added bonus: they bring smarts and they bring healing helpings of the funny.

I ran my first marathon this year. So, with all this to recommend it, it is probably no surprised is that hang up and listen played a prominent role on my training. I will be grateful for the funny and thought provoking discussions that got me through some of those tough miles the summer. Thanks for being their.

Oblio88 ,

Fast-forward is your friend here

I enjoy Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca, and the discussions are smart and funny, but...this is a Slate production. So, occasionally, you’re going to have to fast-forward through the pointless snark of Nick Greene.

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