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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.

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    Should the NBA Ban Robert Sarver?

    Should the NBA Ban Robert Sarver?

    Josh Levin, Joel Anderson, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham discuss the NBA’s suspension of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver and Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett’s bizarre decisions. Finally, Josh and Stefan Fatsis speak with Olympic champion Mark Spitz about the new documentary series 72—A Gathering of Champions.

    Robert Sarver (4:07): Should Adam Silver have done more?

    Nathaniel Hackett (25:55): What is this coach thinking?

    Mark Spitz (45:57): One of the greatest Olympians ever remembers the dizzying highs and brutal lows of the 1972 Summer Games.

    Afterball (1:10:40): Vinson on the greatness of Manu Ginobili.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Our New Tennis Overlord

    Our New Tennis Overlord

    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham discuss the opening weekend of the NFL season and the rise of tennis phenoms Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek. They’re also joined by Josh Levin (same name, different guy) to discuss how he made the final stage of American Ninja Warrior.
     
    NFL (3:10): The cognitive dissonance of a new season.
     
    Tennis (23:27): Why 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz looks like a legend in the making.
     
    Josh the Ninja (47:20): How he conquered his Ninja Warrior demons.
     
    Afterball (1:11:07): Josh on notable moments in Knicks message board history.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Serena’s Coach Tells All

    Serena’s Coach Tells All

    Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis speak with Rennae Stubbs of ESPN and Racquet about coaching Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. Alex Kirshner of Slate and Split Zone Duo joins to discuss the start of college football season and the new 12-team playoff. Finally, the New York Times’ Juliet Macur talks about her story on how the Afghan women’s soccer team escaped the Taliban.
     
    Rennae Stubbs (3:24): What she told Serena before and during her grand send-off in New York.
     
    College football (24:22): How the game is changing, and how it’s staying the same.
     
    Afghan women’s soccer team (49:23): The harrowing story of their escape from Kabul.
     
    Afterball (1:11:42): Stefan on American soccer players on rival Scottish teams having the gall to eat dinner together.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Coco Gauff Hype Train

    The Coco Gauff Hype Train

    Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Vinson Cunningham are joined by Ben Mathis-Lilley to discuss his new book on college football, The Hot Seat. They also discuss the hype around American tennis star Coco Gauff and review the soccer documentary Welcome to Wrexham.
     
    The Hot Seat (2:14): Why does college football make so many of us insane?
     
    Coco Gauff (24:54): Is the publicity warranted, or is too much for an 18-year-old to handle?
     
    Welcome to Wrexham (47:60): Does the story of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney buying a soccer team make for good TV?
     
    Afterball (1:06:51): Josh on drinking beer through a hot dog straw.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    I Guarded LeBron

    I Guarded LeBron

    Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Vinson Cunningham are joined by Defector’s Maitreyi Anantharaman to discuss the WNBA playoffs. Dion Wright also joins to explain what it was like to guard LeBron James. Finally, they talk about Isiah Thomas’ “No Crime Day,” the subject of the first episode of Slate’s One Year: 1986 podcast.
     
    WNBA (2:48): Can Sue Bird lead the Seattle Storm to a fifth title?
     
    Dion Wright (23:39): How it felt to go viral for going up against one of the greatest of all time.
     
    No Crime Day (42:20): A conversation about basketball and athlete activism in the 1980s.
     
    Afterball (1:05:56): Stefan on the agony and ecstasy of watching Pete Carril’s Princeton teams.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Psychedelics and Sports

    Psychedelics and Sports

    Vinson Cunningham and Stefan Fatsis are joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to discuss the latest on Deshaun Watson’s sexual abuse case and Serena Williams’ impending retirement. Also, Sports Illustrated’s Julie Kliegman joins to talk about athletes and psychedelics.
     
    Deshaun Watson (5:00): The new Browns quarterback debuted with the team to boos and jeers.
     
    Serena Williams (21:52): The superstar announced in Vogue that she is “evolving away from tennis.”
     
    Psychedelics (35:20): Should more athletes be using them to treat mental health and injury?
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    • 55 min

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