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The week in sports, from the online magazine Slate.


Popping Greenies Edition
Jul 15 • 72 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk about how Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep won at Wimbledon. Sam Anderson also joins to discuss Russell Westbrook and the end of an era in Oklahoma City, and John Thorn helps assess Jim Bouton and Bouton’s classic book…
All They Do Is Win Edition
Jul 8 • 75 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk about the U.S. national team’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup; Ethan Strauss joins to discuss Kawhi Leonard’s move to the Los Angeles Clippers; and Louisa Thomas assesses the rise of 15-year-old tennis sensation Coco…
Our Hero Rapinoe Edition
Jul 1 • 80 min
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Caitlin Murray discuss the U.S. women’s big win over France at the World Cup. Josh, Ben Mathis-Lilley, and Vinson Cunningham break down the big moves in NBA free agency. Finally, Josh and Ben are joined by the Guardian’s…
Buffalo Mexico City Bills Edition
Jun 24 • 66 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the U.S. national team’s win over Spain at the Women’s World Cup. Josh and Joel Anderson are then joined by David West to talk about the NBA draft and the Historical Basketball League. Finally, Josh and Joel assess the…
Finals Destination Edition
Jun 17 • 79 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Canadian soccer player Diana Matheson to discuss the Women’s World Cup; Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price talks about agent Rich Paul and Paul’s client Anthony Davis; and the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss ruminates on…
Golden State Calf Edition
Jun 10 • 66 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson to discuss the Raptors’ rise and the possible end of the Warriors’ dynasty. Louisa Thomas of the New Yorker also joins to talk about the French Open. Finally, Thompson returns for a…
Andre the Provocateur Edition
Jun 3 • 80 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz to discuss the NBA Finals. ESPN’s Julie Foudy also joins to talk about the Women’s World Cup, and Ben Lindbergh comes on the show for a conversation about his book The MVP Machine. NBA…
If The Raptors Don’t Get Stage Fright Edition
May 28 • 69 min
Stefan Fatsis, and substitute co-host by Gene Demby, are joined by Bruce Arthur to talk about the Raptors, Lindsay Gibbs to talk WNBA and Howard Bryant to talk about black players in the MLB. NBA (2:42): Are the Warriors worried about the Raptors? Should…
Three-Body Problem Edition
May 20 • 85 min
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…
Introducing The Queen
May 18 • 25 min
Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America’s original “welfare queen,” the villain Ronald Reagan needed to create a vision of a country being taken advantage of by its poorest citizens. In this new mini-series,…
Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Win Edition
May 13 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer-beater with ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz. Slate’s Joel Anderson also talks about Warriors-Rockets and Blazers-Nuggets, and the New York Times’ Rory Smith analyzes the state of English soccer.…
Kawhi Gets the Last Laugh Edition
May 6 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the Kentucky Derby with Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden; author David Epstein talks about the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling on Caster Semenya; and Slate’s Nick Greene discusses Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic.…
Introducing Man Up
May 4 • 28 min
Josh Levin talks with Aymann Ismail, the host of Man Up, the new Slate podcast about masculinity in the modern world. The two discuss Ep. 1 of Man Up, which features Eric Kelly. Kelly was so successful at fighting off bullies as a kid in Brooklyn, that he…
Mouth Full of Bread Edition
Apr 29 • 71 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Warriors-Rockets and Kevin Durant with the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson; the NFL draft with ESPN’s Mina Kimes; and ESPN’s new 30 for 30 documentary The Dominican Dream with director Jonathan Hock. Warriors-Rockets…
I’m Kevin Durant Edition
Apr 22 • 75 min
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.…
Tiger! Edition
Apr 15 • 78 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Tiger Woods’ Masters win with Slate’s Jim Newell. The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham joins to talk about Kyle Korver’s essay on white privilege. Finally, ESPN’s Jeff Passan explains the logic behind Ozzie Albies’ awful…
Make America Cheat Again Edition
Apr 8 • 77 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the women’s NCAA tournament with Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard also joins to talk about Giannis Antetokounmpo. Finally, Slate’s Jim Newell assesses Donald Trump’s cheating on the…
Farewell to Zion Edition
Apr 1 • 66 min
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca break down the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and are joined by Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress to discuss the women’s tournament. Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer talks about the new Major League Baseball season. And author Wayne…
March Equals Madness Edition
Mar 25 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Duke’s crazy NCAA Tournament win over UCF. They also talk about Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s sideline behavior, and Ian Eagle joins the show to explain how play-by-play announcers call buzzer-beaters. Duke-UCF…
Poorly Photoshopped Water Polo Action Shot Edition
Mar 18 • 72 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Ben Mathis-Lilley talk about the field for this year’s NCAA tournament and Zion Williamson’s return to the court. They also discuss the college admissions scandal and the Giants’ move to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the…
Sorting Out the Winners From the Losers Edition
Mar 11 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about the basketball recruiting scandal at LSU. The New York Times’ Joe Drape also joins to discuss the deaths of 21 horses at Santa Anita Park. Finally, the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis assesses the sportswriter Dan Jenkins,…
Rabbit Out of His Head Edition
Mar 4 • 63 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Jemele Hill of the Atlantic to discuss what’s gone wrong with LeBron James and the Lakers. They also talk about Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal with the Phillies and Jason Witten’s return to football after a…
Breaks of the Game Edition
Feb 25 • 72 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Damon Young to discuss Zion Williamson and the NCAA. ESPN’s Scott Eden also joins to talk about disgraced NBA ref Tim Donaghy and Deadspin’s Dvora Meyers assesses whether breaking should be an Olympic sport. Zion…
Settling Our Grievances Edition
Feb 19 • 67 min
Josh Levin is joined by Robert Lipsyte to discuss the settlement between the NFL and ex-49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Sean Forman also joins to explain how he built Sports Reference and Tom Junod talks about his article on his father and sports…
Telling Not Showing Edition
Feb 11 • 60 min
Josh Levin, NPR’s Gene Demby, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunninham discuss the big moves and non-moves at the NBA trade deadline. They also talk about Steven Soderbergh’s new NBA lockout movie High Flying Bird and the nascent Alliance of American…
You’re We-ing This Edition
Feb 4 • 71 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley discuss the Patriots’ putrid Super Bowl win over the Rams. The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis also joins to assess Tony Romo’s performance. Finally, they critique the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis trade.Super…
Most Alarming Feet I’ve Ever Seen Edition
Jan 28 • 75 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Courtney Nguyen to talk about Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open win. The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky also joins to assess the U.S. figure skating championships, and the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner…
When You’re the Steak Edition
Jan 22 • 79 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Gist’s Mike Pesca to discuss the NFL’s conference championship games. ESPN’s Steve Fainaru also joins to talk about the collapsing football insurance market, and Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer assesses…
Remember When U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Used to Be Joyful?
Jan 16 • 21 min
Josh Levin is here to introduce you to What Next, Slate’s new daily news podcast. UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi wowed the internet this week with a viral video of her college gymnastics floor routine. As Ohashi’s star rises, the U.S. women’s gymnastics program is…
Rooting for the Mustache Edition
Jan 14 • 68 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Football Girl’s Melissa Jacobs to discuss the NFL playoffs. They also talk about the state of black coaches in the NFL and Racquet’s Caitlin Thompson helps assess the career of the (possibly) retiring Andy…
Phenomenal Young Gentleman Edition
Jan 7 • 63 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Nick Greene to discuss the NFL’s wild card weekend. Jonathan Tjarks of the Ringer also joins to talk about James Harden and Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers assesses Chelsea’s acquisition of Christian…
Yepremian Corollary Edition
Dec 31, 2018 • 52 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin take listener questions in a special year-end call-in show. Topics include which sports movies are the most realistic, what sports story would make for a great season of Slow Burn, and what would happen if women’s sports were…
Round Mound of Rebound and the Cat Litter Scientist Edition
Dec 24, 2018 • 65 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Shirley Wang to talk about her dad’s friendship with Charles Barkley. Jane Leavy also joins to discuss her Babe Ruth biography The Big Fella, and ESPN’s Joel Anderson helps assess the Mike Tyson-Buster Douglas…
Caught Between the Moon and Golden State Edition
Dec 17, 2018 • 71 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham. They discuss Raheem Sterling and racism in English soccer, the 25th anniversary of the FOX-NFL alliance (with the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis), and Stephen Curry’s comments about the…
Edward R. Tebow Edition
Dec 10, 2018 • 63 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss Heisman winner Kyler Murray’s impending choice between pro baseball and pro football, the Philadelphia 76ers’ chemistry issues with Jimmy Butler in the mix, and the NFL’s request for…
Deja Vu All Over Again Edition
Dec 3, 2018 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ThinkProgress’ Lindsay Gibbs to discuss the Kansas City Chiefs’ decision to cut Kareem Hunt. The New York Times’ Marc Tracy also joins to talk about Alabama’s comeback win in the SEC title game and Sports…
Foot Locker Gift Card Edition
Nov 26, 2018 • 65 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Spencer Hall to discuss Texas A&M’s seven-overtime win over LSU. Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal also joins to talk about the chaos in Argentina surrounding a soccer match between Boca…
NBA Players Aren’t Friends Edition
Nov 19, 2018 • 79 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss to discuss Draymond Green’s beef with Kevin Durant. Oliver Roeder of FiveThirtyEight also joins to talk about the World Chess Championship and the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson…
NBA Jam Is Real Life Edition
Nov 12, 2018 • 76 min
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. Baseball writer Rob Neyer also joins to discuss Bill James’ claim that baseball players are…
Worst Quarterback Ever Edition
Nov 5, 2018 • 73 min
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. Slate’s Nick Greene also joins to discuss Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman and Bleacher…
How Not to Get Fired Edition
Oct 29, 2018 • 72 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Sam Miller to discuss Boston’s fourth World Series title in 15 years. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin also joins to talk about LeBron and the Lakers, and the Ringer’s Kevin Clark explains why NFL coaches are finally…
Crotch-Chopping, Bat-Flipping Edition
Oct 22, 2018 • 79 min
Stefan Fatsis is joined by Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer and Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated to discuss the baseball playoffs; by author Michael Sokolove and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports to talk about college basketball’s corruption trial; and by…
Middle Relievers All the Way Down Edition
Oct 15, 2018 • 76 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan to discuss Red Sox pitcher David Price’s October awfulness. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talks about why Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew are staying in Ohio, and Deadspin’s Dvora Meyers assesses…
Name-of-Coach Experiment Is Over Edition
Oct 9, 2018 • 64 min
Josh Levin, Ben Mathis-Lilley, and Slate’s Joel Anderson discuss Drew Brees becoming the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader, the UFC fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, and college football at the season’s halfway point.Drew Brees…
Satan’s Armpit Edition
Oct 1, 2018 • 61 min
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. Plus, a conversation with Jason Gay of…
Tiger! Edition
Sep 24, 2018 • 80 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to talk about Tiger Woods’ first win in five years. Plus, Lee Jenkins explains why he left Sports Illustrated to take a job with the Los Angeles Clippers’, and Jonathan Hock discusses his…
Let’s Retire at Halftime Edition
Sep 17, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Let’s Talk About Serena Edition
Sep 10, 2018 • 79 min
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…
Jerry Jones Did What With Shoes? Edition
Sep 4, 2018 • 67 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Deadspin’s Laura Wagner to discuss Colin Kaepernick and Nike. Mark Leibovich also joins to talk about his new book on the NFL, Big Game. Finally, they interview the Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin about his piece…
Speeding the Cube Edition
Aug 27, 2018 • 67 min
Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Jessica Luther to discuss Ohio State’s decision not to fire its football coach Urban Meyer; Stefan talks to John Branch about competitive Rubik’s cube solving; and the hosts play two of their favorite Slate Plus…
Last Bruh You Hear Before You Get Hit In the Face Edition
Aug 20, 2018 • 81 min
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…
Nudity as a Social Construct Edition
Aug 13, 2018 • 74 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to discuss Tiger Woods’ near-win at the PGA Championship, SB Nation’s Spencer Hall talks about toxic college football cultures, and ESPN’s Sam Miller assesses the effectiveness of shifts in…
Love Me Some Me Edition
Aug 6, 2018 • 69 min
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.Urban Meyer…
BONUS: Upon Further Review - What if Tom Brady Never Became The Patriots’ Quarterback?
Aug 2, 2018 • 28 min
Live from the airwaves of WRNT, the 50,000 watt scorching (yet fictitious) voice of Boston sports radio….it’s The Dougie and The Donk Show. On today’s episode we take a trip to a fantastical football universe. A new TV special about a notorious 2001…
Cloud of Salbutamol Edition
Jul 30, 2018 • 66 min
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…
Fighting Cancer Beats Godspeed Edition
Jul 23, 2018 • 74 min
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.Sports and the military…
Allez Les Bleus Edition
Jul 16, 2018 • 71 min
Henry Grabar and Josh Levin are joined by Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett to discuss the World Cup. Racquet Magazine’s Caitlin Thompson talks about Wimbledon. And Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri assesses the terrible Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City…
Strangely Likable England Edition
Jul 9, 2018 • 73 min
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. Plus, an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about Roger Federer and…
LeBron to the Golden State Edition
Jul 2, 2018 • 87 min
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, and the Political Gabfest’s Emily Bazelon assesses the controversy over Luke…
Crying Neymar Edition
Jun 25, 2018 • 76 min
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. World Cup (2:00):…
54 O’s Edition
Jun 18, 2018 • 77 min
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. World Cup (2:20):…
Monday Morning Center Back Edition
Jun 11, 2018 • 73 min
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.LeBron’s…
As Excited As Pat Sajak Edition
Jun 4, 2018 • 76 min
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. Hockey writer Greg Wyshynski of ESPN joins the…
Bricks, Bricks, and Additional Bricks Edition
May 29, 2018 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton to discuss the fourth straight Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals. NPR’s Gene Demby also joins to talk about the NFL’s anthem policy, and Deadspin’s Laura Wagner comes on for a conversation about her…
My Favorite House Edition
May 21, 2018 • 87 min
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, and John Swansburg helps assess Tom Wolfe’s classic piece on…
Seven Dwarves Versus Four Giants Edition
May 14, 2018 • 75 min
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. Stefan talks to Roger Bennett of Men In Blazers about Wayne Rooney’s reported…
Little Tikes Hoop With a Saggy Pamper Edition
May 7, 2018 • 75 min
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. Slate’s Christina Cauterucci…
No Texts or Nothin’ Edition
Apr 30, 2018 • 75 min
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…
Bill Belichick’s Best Friend Edition
Apr 23, 2018 • 69 min
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…
Not Michael Jordan Edition
Apr 16, 2018 • 74 min
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.…
Everybody Hates Patrick Edition
Apr 9, 2018 • 68 min
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. Masters…
Goalie Is an Accountant Edition
Apr 2, 2018 • 74 min
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. NCAA…
Everyone Is Going Through Something Edition
Mar 26, 2018 • 73 min
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. NCAA…
Humble Swagger Edition
Mar 19, 2018 • 77 min
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. NCAA (1:27): Stefan, Josh,…
Passing Is an Expression of Failure Edition
Mar 12, 2018 • 70 min
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. March Madness…
Golden Age of Tanking Edition
Mar 5, 2018 • 61 min
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. Robot umpires (1:47): Carl Bialik…
“Here Comes Diggins!” Edition
Feb 26, 2018 • 67 min
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.Winter…
Trickless Hungarian Edition
Feb 20, 2018 • 66 min
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 also joins to discuss what’s wrong with Markelle…
Yoo-Hoo, We Did It Edition
Feb 12, 2018 • 68 min
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.…
Nick Foles Is a Super Bowl MVP Edition
Feb 5, 2018 • 70 min
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…
“What Did Izzo and Dantonio Know?” Edition
Jan 29, 2018 • 71 min
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. Michigan…
One-Armed Bandit Edition
Jan 22, 2018 • 76 min
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.…
“They Shoot Utility Infielders, Don’t They?” Edition
Jan 15, 2018 • 75 min
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.…
Citronauts Are National Champions Edition
Jan 8, 2018 • 50 min
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. And…
200 Seventh-Graders vs. LeBron Edition
Jan 1, 2018 • 52 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Gist’s Mike Pesca to discuss a whole bunch of sports conundrums. Among the questions they ponder: How many seventh-grade basketball players would it take to beat LeBron James? How would you change an NBA…
Remember Connie Hawkins Edition
Dec 25, 2017 • 58 min
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.Division III…
Badly Photoshopped Flag-Burning Edition
Dec 18, 2017 • 79 min
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.…
Bronx Bombers’ Big Boppers Edition
Dec 11, 2017 • 88 min
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.…
Most Valuable Vegan Edition
Dec 4, 2017 • 59 min
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. Then Stefan and Josh Levin talk to Tom Haberstroh of Bleacher Report Magazine about the NBA’s new…
Shania Twain and Sled Dogs Edition
Nov 27, 2017 • 67 min
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. College…
So Many Interceptions Edition
Nov 20, 2017 • 69 min
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.…
Cavalcade of Whimsy Edition
Nov 13, 2017 • 61 min
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.…
No Berries for Brady Edition
Nov 6, 2017 • 62 min
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.College…
Juiced, Slick, and Out of the Park Edition
Oct 30, 2017 • 74 min
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.World…
Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Edition
Oct 23, 2017 • 63 min
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…
How Many Altuves Edition
Oct 16, 2017 • 74 min
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…
Hang Up Extra: The World Cup Catastrophe Edition
Oct 11, 2017 • 29 min
In this special emergency episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the U.S. men’s national team’s disastrous loss to Trinidad and Tobago and what comes next for American soccer.Learn more about your ad…
Duglegur Edition
Oct 10, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Watch Out for the Pious Ones Edition
Oct 2, 2017 • 76 min
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.NFL…
U Bum Edition
Sep 25, 2017 • 70 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic discuss the wave of protests against Donald Trump’s remarks about the NFL. Then they talk about Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant’s recent Twitter snafu and his fragile psyche. And…
Ninja Doppelgänger Edition
Sep 18, 2017 • 81 min
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…
Shack Atop a Telegraph Pole Edition
Sep 11, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Quarterback Named Buckshot Edition
Sep 5, 2017 • 77 min
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…
Rats Fighting in a Sewer Edition
Aug 28, 2017 • 67 min
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…
Hang-Up: The Blackin’ Out the NFL and the Sun Edition
Aug 22, 2017 • 67 min
Stefan Fatsis is joined by former NFL player Hamza Abdullah and ESPN’s Howard Bryant toanalyze race and sports. ESPN writer Mechelle Voepel and MinnPost.com’s Pat Borzi chat aboutthe WNBA. And director Adam Hootnick discusses his documentary about Texas…
Moneyball for Rich People Edition
Aug 14, 2017 • 67 min
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. Ezekiel Elliott (2:16):…
Pray for the Ravens Edition
Aug 7, 2017 • 66 min
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.…
Greyhens Not Grayhens Edition
Jul 31, 2017 • 66 min
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.Girls in…
Kyrie Irving and the Chamber of Secrets Edition
Jul 24, 2017 • 60 min
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.…
Man Hit Ball Far Edition
Jul 17, 2017 • 62 min
Wimbledon (2:15):Howard Bryant joins to assess Roger Federer’s routine victory, Venus Williams’ recent resurgence, and whether the next generation of tennis stars will ever step up to challenge the sport’s veterans. Record-Setting Rookies (16:04): Sam…
Best Bad Guy You Can Be Edition
Jul 10, 2017 • 71 min
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. The Progressive…
Kaepernick of the Hardwood Edition
Jul 3, 2017 • 78 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf to discuss his return to basketball in the BigIG3, his protest of the national anthem, and how Tourette’s Syndrome affected his career. Golden State Warriors President Rick…
Warriors Derangement Syndrome Edition
Jun 26, 2017 • 65 min
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. NBA Draft…
When an Apple Fights an Orange Edition
Jun 19, 2017 • 62 min
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…
UPDATED: The Superest of Superteams Edition
Jun 13, 2017 • 70 min
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: Best of…
Mr. Met Has No Middle Finger Edition
Jun 5, 2017 • 63 min
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.NBA Finals (1:10): A conversation with…
Not a Victory Cigar Edition
May 30, 2017 • 69 min
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…
His Airness Plays Ping-Pong Edition
May 22, 2017 • 74 min
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 Andy Schwarz comes on the show to announce his plan to kill the NCAA’s amateur model.NBA…
More Reckless Than Malicious Edition
May 15, 2017 • 60 min
Bryan Curtis and Stefan Fatsis talk with Michael Lee about John Wall and the NBA playoffs. Former NFL player Stephen White joins to discuss why quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed. Bryan and Stefan discuss the NFL broadcasting prospects of…
Big Baller Dad Edition
May 8, 2017 • 67 min
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,” and David Epstein analyzes Nike’s effort to engineer a sub-two-hour marathon.Racism in…
Sun Also Rises on Waiters Island Edition
May 1, 2017 • 63 min
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.ESPN layoffs (2:31): What do the massive…
Take That for Data Edition
Apr 24, 2017 • 61 min
Stefan Fatsis and Greg Howard talk with Kevin Arnovitz about the NBA playoffs. Alex Hutchinson joins to analyze an upcoming attempt to break the two-hour marathon. And Stefan interviews John Kelly, the lone finisher of this year’s Barkley Marathons.NBA…
Optimal Draymond Edition
Apr 17, 2017 • 85 min
Stefan Fatsis is joined by Shea Serrano and Marcus Thompson to talk about the NBA playoffs. Stefan and Josh Levin also interview Nick Elam about how to fix basketball’s end game. Finally, Stefan and Christina Cauterucci talk with Becca Roux about the new…
Hang Up Extra: I Have to Ask with Isaac Chotiner
Apr 14, 2017 • 35 min
Ethan Sherwood Strauss has been covering the Golden State Warriors forseveral years for ESPN, during which time the team became the mostpopular and successful in the NBA. On the eve of the NBA Playoffs, he sat downwith Isaac Chotiner to discuss life on…
No Rest for the Winners Edition
Apr 10, 2017 • 71 min
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. The…
111-1 Edition
Apr 3, 2017 • 63 min
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.…
Fox Sports 1 Isn’t Fox News Edition
Mar 27, 2017 • 68 min
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. NCAA…
We Love Mike Edition
Mar 20, 2017 • 73 min
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! NCAA Tournament (5:24): Was the first round of…
Unlimited Salad Edition
Mar 13, 2017 • 61 min
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. NCAA…
Whore of Carnegie Mellon Edition
Mar 7, 2017 • 70 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Duke’s Grayson Allen and other NCAA basketball matters. Scott Raab also joins to talk about his new book You’re Welcome, Cleveland, and Oliver Roeder of FiveThirtyEight explains how a computer program beat…
Stick to the Oscars Edition
Feb 27, 2017 • 62 min
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.Sports and the…
Balls Can Ball Edition
Feb 21, 2017 • 58 min
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.…
Cupcakes Aren’t Soft Edition
Feb 13, 2017 • 64 min
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…
Super Bowl of Super Bowls Edition
Feb 6, 2017 • 58 min
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.Learn…
He Still Hate Me Edition
Jan 30, 2017 • 72 min
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.Facebook:…
Lot of Ways to Lose Edition
Jan 23, 2017 • 70 min
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.…
Real Locker Room Edition
Jan 17, 2017 • 77 min
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.Facebook:…
Gitanic Edition
Jan 9, 2017 • 71 min
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.Facebook:…
Triple-Double Entendre Edition
Jan 3, 2017 • 68 min
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.Learn…
Legends of HUAL Edition
Dec 26, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Most Cleveland Thing Ever Edition
Dec 19, 2016 • 72 min
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.…
Dark Scorigami Edition
Dec 12, 2016 • 78 min
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. Facebook:…
Japan’s Babe Ruth Edition
Dec 5, 2016 • 72 min
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…
Call on the Field Does Not Stand Edition
Nov 28, 2016 • 73 min
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.…
It’s Like a Whole Other Quarterback Edition
Nov 21, 2016 • 76 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the success of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, talk with FiveThirtyEight’sNeil Paine about Randall Cunningham’s legacy, and speak with Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski about teenage NHL stars.Facebook:…
Popovich for President Edition
Nov 14, 2016 • 66 min
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. They also speak with Univision’s Leon Krauze about Mexico’s 2-1 victory over the U.S. men’s soccer team.Learn…
Stick to Everything Edition
Nov 7, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Cubs Win?!? Edition
Nov 3, 2016 • 27 min
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca record a special emergency episode to discuss the Chicago Cubs’ Game 7 win over the Cleveland Indians.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kevin Hustle Plays Kabaddi Edition
Oct 31, 2016 • 84 min
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…
Joy Is Retroactively Applied Edition
Oct 24, 2016 • 78 min
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…
She’s Big League Edition
Oct 17, 2016 • 81 min
Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the stars of the baseball playoffs, including Clayton Kershaw, Javier Baez, and Francisco Lindor. They also examine the many theories on the decline of the NFL’s television ratings. Finally, they discuss…
Locker Room Talk Edition
Oct 11, 2016 • 75 min
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…
Humid Urgency of the South Edition
Oct 3, 2016 • 69 min
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca talk about the Ryder Cup, MLB playoffs, and the wild weekend in college football. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: [email protected] notes at http://slate.com/hangupLearn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Short, Joyous Life of Jose Fernandez Edition
Sep 26, 2016 • 68 min
Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca talk about Jose Fernandez, the politics of Cubs’ ownership, and Nate Jackson’s new book on fantasy football. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: [email protected] notes at http://slate.com/hangupLearn more about…
Fear of Flying Edition
Sep 19, 2016 • 71 min
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.Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: [email protected] notes at…
Zelmo the Hall of Famer Edition
Sep 12, 2016 • 72 min
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…
Be Careful Who You Meme Edition
Sep 6, 2016 • 77 min
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.Facebook:…
O’er the Land of the Free Edition
Aug 29, 2016 • 76 min
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…
Interview with a Gold Medalist Edition
Aug 24, 2016 • 33 min
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.Facebook:…
Let The Games Be Gone Edition
Aug 22, 2016 • 78 min
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…
Olympics Extra: The Stars of Field Edition
Aug 19, 2016 • 37 min
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. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica debunks the myth that Usain Bolt wins races because he decelerates slowly.Learn…
Olympics Extra: The What Did Lochte Do? Edition
Aug 18, 2016 • 36 min
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.Mina…
Olympics Extra: The Not-Quite Olympian Edition
Aug 17, 2016 • 38 min
Josh Levin interviews retired distance runner Lauren Fleshman about her career, her belief top distance runners are doping, and her fraught relationship with Nike. Plus, ProPublica’s David Epstein explains why U.S. hurdlers didn’t win a medal on…
Olympics Extra: The Disappointed Gymnast Edition
Aug 16, 2016 • 34 min
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. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: [email protected] notes at http://slate.com/hangupEnding music by mtbrd…
Believably Unbelievable Edition
Aug 15, 2016 • 79 min
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.Facebook:…
Olympics Extra: The Field Hockey Heroes Edition
Aug 12, 2016 • 28 min
Josh Levin interviews 2016 U.S. Olympic field hockey star Michelle Vittese and 1984 U.S. field hockey Olympian Karen Shelton. Also, David Epstein of ProPublica assesses the greatness of British rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning.Facebook:…
Olympics Extra: The Don’t Swim Like a Terrestrial Mammal Edition
Aug 11, 2016 • 27 min
Josh Levin speaks with swim coach Terry Laughlin about what makes Katie Ledecky so fast in the water. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica talks about how 43-year-old gold-medal-winning cyclist Kristin Armstrong defies the sports age curve.Facebook:…
Olympics Extra: The Final Five Edition
Aug 10, 2016 • 26 min
Josh Levin talks with writer Dvora Meyers about the U.S. women’s gymnastics team’s dominant win in the team all-around. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica explains why elite female gymnasts are shrinking.Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListenEmail:…
Olympics Extra: The Brazil After the Games Edition
Aug 9, 2016 • 23 min
Slate’s sports podcast talks to Franklin Foer about what will happen in Rio when the Olympics are gone, and David Epstein about the USA vs. Russia breaststroke dramatics.Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: [email protected] notes at…
Kids Don’t Tip Edition
Aug 8, 2016 • 68 min
Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Justin Peters talk about NBC’s Olympics coverage, American jingoism, shooting sports, and gymnastics injuries. Then, Justin discusses his part-time job as a beer vendor at Wrigley Field.Facebook:…
Semenya Dilemma Edition
Aug 1, 2016 • 74 min
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.Facebook:…
Granny Shot Edition
Jul 25, 2016 • 75 min
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…
Boiling Point Edition
Jul 18, 2016 • 72 min
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.Facebook:…
Fleek Five Edition
Jul 11, 2016 • 69 min
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…
Kevin Durant Just Broke the NBA Edition
Jul 5, 2016 • 78 min
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…
Cry for Argentina Edition
Jun 27, 2016 • 81 min
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…
Struggle Makes It Worth It Edition
Jun 20, 2016 • 72 min
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.…
Hang Up Extra: The NBA Finals Have Gone Totally Mad Edition
Jun 17, 2016 • 36 min
Josh Levin talks to ESPN’s Golden State Warriors beat writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss about Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Cleveland super fan Scott Raab then joins to discuss what it was like to attend the series-tying game and how he feels going into Game…
Balls Don’t Lie Edition
Jun 13, 2016 • 70 min
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.Facebook:…
Great, Greater, Greatest Edition
Jun 6, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Hang Up Extra: The Understanding Ali Edition
Jun 4, 2016 • 28 min
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Robert Lipsyte to discuss what Muhammad Ali stood for and what he represented in the broader culture.Lipsyte: Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century http://nyti.ms/1sUHBHjFacebook:…
Three Is Worth More Than Two Edition
May 31, 2016 • 75 min
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.Facebook:…
Stud Muffins and Rumble Ponies Edition
May 23, 2016 • 89 min
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…
Corny Sneakers Edition
May 16, 2016 • 68 min
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…
Bartolo and Pancho Edition
May 9, 2016 • 63 min
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…
Perverse Ingenuity Edition
May 2, 2016 • 72 min
Josh Levin and Mike Pesca are joined by Slate’s Tommy Craggs to discuss Laremy Tunsil. Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury also joins to talk about Leicester City, and Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discuss their book The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.Learn…
Live From a Major Media Market Edition
Apr 26, 2016 • 84 min
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…
San Antonio Big Macs Edition
Apr 18, 2016 • 63 min
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.Facebook:…
Putting on Buttered Crusts Edition
Apr 11, 2016 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to Karen Crouse of The New York Times about Jordan Spieth’s historic collapse on the back nine of the 2016 Masters. They also talk to Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated about the Golden State Warriors’…
Absolute Travesty Edition
Apr 4, 2016 • 75 min
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.Facebook:…
Feller vs. Motorcycle Edition
Mar 28, 2016 • 73 min
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.Facebook:…
Always Reppin’ Edition
Mar 21, 2016 • 63 min
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…
Hang Up and Listen Extra: The Greatest Taunt in Sports
Mar 15, 2016 • 17 min
In this Hang Up and Listen Extra, Josh Levin delves into the history of the greatest taunt in sports: the “air ball” chant.Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: [email protected] notes at www.slate.com/hangupLearn more about your ad choices.…
We’re All Doomed Edition
Mar 14, 2016 • 76 min
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…
Other Bridgegate Edition
Mar 7, 2016 • 73 min
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.Facebook:…
I Was Just Massaging My Hands Edition
Feb 29, 2016 • 74 min
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’…
Feting, Fetid, Fecundity Edition
Feb 22, 2016 • 70 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss 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…
Putting Peyton on a Pedestal Edition
Feb 16, 2016 • 76 min
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…
Winning Very Ugly Edition
Feb 8, 2016 • 70 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Broncos’ Super Bowl win with Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz. The Leicester Mercury’s Rob Tanner also joins to explain Leicester City’s rise in the English Premier League.Facebook:…
Climbing Trees and Wrestling Dogs Edition
Feb 1, 2016 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting tactics. PFT Commenter also joins to share his strong takes on the NFL, and they talk with Jon Wertheim about his new book This is Your Brain on…
Fixing the Fixers Edition
Jan 25, 2016 • 66 min
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…
Rad Sporstplayers Edition
Jan 19, 2016 • 76 min
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.Facebook:…
Clemson Gets Kicked Edition
Jan 12, 2016 • 28 min
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.Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: [email protected] notes at…
Flaming Pile of Garbage Edition
Jan 11, 2016 • 65 min
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…
Eating Ribs in Hell Edition
Jan 4, 2016 • 73 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are 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…
History of the Sports World Edition
Dec 28, 2015 • 69 min
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…
Horse Awakens Edition
Dec 21, 2015 • 75 min
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…
Universe Really Is Just a Circle Edition
Dec 14, 2015 • 74 min
In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Mina Kimes, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the end of “The Process” to turn the Philadelphia 76ers into a championship team. They are joined by Sam Miller of…
Worst Best Great Mediocre Team Ever Edition
Dec 7, 2015 • 67 min
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…
Barking Where There Are No Dogs Edition
Nov 30, 2015 • 77 min
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…
Runaway Potting Shed Edition
Nov 23, 2015 • 73 min
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.Hang…
Russians Are Doping Edition
Nov 18, 2015 • 19 min
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: [email protected] Show notes…
Bonus Edition
Nov 16, 2015 • 42 min
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.…
Serious Times Edition
Nov 9, 2015 • 80 min
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.…
Balls and Strikes Bonus Segment
Nov 3, 2015 • 14 min
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…
All Hail the Royals Edition
Nov 2, 2015 • 85 min
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.…
Hockey on Cocaine Edition
Oct 26, 2015 • 71 min
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.…
Steely Dan and the Wolverine Edition
Oct 19, 2015 • 81 min
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.…
Coriolis Force-Assisted Field-Goal Edition
Oct 13, 2015 • 58 min
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…
You Don’t Know What Fluffer Means Edition
Oct 5, 2015 • 77 min
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.…
Nobody Goes There Anymore It’s Too Crowded Edition
Sep 28, 2015 • 69 min
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…
Total Victory Edition
Sep 21, 2015 • 69 min
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…
Sad Serena, Resplendent Roberta Edition
Sep 14, 2015 • 66 min
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…
Roger Goodell Is Bad at His Job Edition
Sep 8, 2015 • 65 min
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 and…
You Get a Trophy Just for Listening Bonus Segment
Sep 3, 2015 • 15 min
This podcast extra is free to all readers to preview our membership program, Slate Plus. Visit slate.com/hangupplus to learn more.In their Aug. 17 Slate Plus bonus segment, Hang Up and Listen’s Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss…
Grab the Stick and Run Like Hell Edition
Aug 31, 2015 • 61 min
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.Hang…
Drop Kick Me Jesus Edition
Aug 24, 2015 • 61 min
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 sports.…
She’s a Married Baseball Edition
Aug 17, 2015 • 64 min
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…
How Does He Even Have a Computer? Edition
Aug 10, 2015 • 65 min
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 Donne.…
Hang Up: The Fiddlin’ with Equipment Edition
Aug 3, 2015 • 66 min
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…
NBA Meets American Ninja Warrior Edition
Jul 27, 2015 • 77 min
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. Join Slate Plus!…
How Tiger Lost His Stripes Edition
Jul 20, 2015 • 61 min
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’ free-spending…
How to Make Sports Funny Bonus Segment
Jul 20, 2015 • 14 min
This Slate Plus bonus segment is free to all listeners to promote our membership program. Consider joining Slate Plus to listen to super-sized versions of Hang Up and other Slate podcasts. To learn more, visit slate.com/hangupplus In their July 13 Slate…
All We Are is Cyber Dust in the Wind Edition
Jul 13, 2015 • 64 min
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 sabermetrics.…
Carli Lloyd Is a Golden God Edition
Jul 6, 2015 • 62 min
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” graphics.…
Other People’s Podcasts Edition
Jun 29, 2015 • 62 min
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. Slate’s Hang Up and Listen is…
Zack the Ball-Catching Maniac Edition
Jun 22, 2015 • 75 min
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 hit.…
Slate Plus Preview: “United Passions” Commentary Track
Jun 22, 2015 • 12 min
Enjoy a free preview of Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca’s commentary track for one of the lowest-grossing movies in American cinema history—the FIFA propaganda film United Passions. If you’re already a Slate Plus member, hear the full (nearly…
Plus Plus Plus to Plus Plus Edition
Jun 15, 2015 • 64 min
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 Salazar. Join Slate…
Save It for Judge Judy Edition
Jun 8, 2015 • 65 min
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. Show…
Hang Up Extra: Sepp Blatter To Resign
Jun 2, 2015 • 14 min
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/hangupLearn more about your ad choices.…
Good Nat, Bad Nat Edition
Jun 1, 2015 • 67 min
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. Join Slate Plus!…
Screwing the Kicker Again Edition
May 26, 2015 • 59 min
Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and special guest Richard Deitsch discuss Stephen Curry’s head injury, LeBron James’ dominance, and other stories from the NBA playoffs. Later, retired NFL kicker Nate Kaeding weighs in on the league’s decision to make the extra…
0-162 or Bust Edition
May 18, 2015 • 53 min
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 team of…
Hours of Something Approaching Pleasure Edition
May 11, 2015 • 66 min
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. Hang Up…
Snooze of the Century Edition
May 4, 2015 • 66 min
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. Hang…
Cracking on Hacks and Hack-a-Shaq Edition
Apr 27, 2015 • 69 min
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. This…
Our Dump Edition
Apr 20, 2015 • 66 min
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.…
Lord Stanley’s Coffee Urn Edition
Apr 13, 2015 • 63 min
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…
Earworm Madness Edition
Apr 6, 2015 • 67 min
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.…
UConn Territory Edition
Mar 30, 2015 • 69 min
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Kate Fagan talk about the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments and the dominance of Kentucky and UConn. They also discuss the U.S. women’s national soccer team and assess the state of the gay athlete.…
Stuffed Sparrow on a Cricket Ball Edition
Mar 23, 2015 • 66 min
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. Join…
Hate, Hope, and Hockey Edition
Mar 16, 2015 • 70 min
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. Join Slate…
College Hoops in Crisis Edition
Mar 9, 2015 • 66 min
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. Show notes at…
Good News for People Who Love Stat News Edition
Mar 2, 2015 • 63 min
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.…
Two Guys Punching Each Other in the Face Edition
Feb 23, 2015 • 66 min
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. Show notes at…
Twerking Unicorns Edition
Feb 17, 2015 • 68 min
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. Show…
Not-So-Menacing Red Menace Edition
Feb 9, 2015 • 70 min
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 Men.…
One Yard From Stardom Edition
Feb 2, 2015 • 77 min
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. Show…
Good Sport, Bad Sport Edition
Jan 26, 2015 • 79 min
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. Show…
Deflated Balls Edition
Jan 20, 2015 • 86 min
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. Show…
Football Move Edition
Jan 12, 2015 • 74 min
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 Wall. Show…
Great Scott Edition
Jan 5, 2015 • 61 min
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.…
Troubleshooter, the Faluter, and the Kid Edition
Dec 29, 2014 • 61 min
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. Show notes at…
Inside the NBA Insider Edition
Dec 22, 2014 • 57 min
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. Show notes at…
I Love It When a Plan Comes Together Edition
Dec 15, 2014 • 69 min
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 lawsuits.…
Transactions vs. Transgressions Edition
Dec 8, 2014 • 82 min
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.…
Hang Up Extra: Brooklyn’s Baseball Graves
Dec 7, 2014 • 17 min
Mike Pesca drives Josh Levin to Brooklyn’s 176-year-old Green-Wood Cemetery. On a tour led by the cemetery’s historian, they visit the graves of two great (but definitely dead) baseball pioneers. This extra was recorded on the 2014 National Gabfest Tour…
Rice Reinstated Edition
Dec 1, 2014 • 71 min
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.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Beckham Doesn’t Need Stickum Edition
Nov 24, 2014 • 64 min
Slate’s sports podcast on Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch, painkiller usage in the NFL, and Adrian Peterson’s extended suspension.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition
Nov 18, 2014 • 77 min
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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Whore No More Edition
Nov 10, 2014 • 74 min
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 Exile.…
SEC Ganks Noobs Edition
Nov 3, 2014 • 64 min
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.…
Greatest Bull in History Edition
Oct 27, 2014 • 66 min
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.…
Whimsy Watch Edition
Oct 20, 2014 • 65 min
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. Show…
Flaccid Hagiographic Concatenation Edition
Oct 13, 2014 • 63 min
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. Show notes at…
Live at Galapagos Edition
Oct 9, 2014 • 81 min
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. Show…
These Are My Bosses Edition
Sep 29, 2014 • 70 min
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-Lilley.…
What Are We Going to Do With These People? Edition
Sep 22, 2014 • 69 min
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 baseball.…
Will Goodell Go? Edition
Sep 15, 2014 • 70 min
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 series.…
Ravens Cut Rice Edition
Sep 8, 2014 • 49 min
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. Show…
Jerry Loves Johnny Edition
Sep 2, 2014 • 65 min
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. Open.…
All’s Fair in Love and WAR Edition
Aug 25, 2014 • 70 min
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.…
“Are the Kids Alright?” Edition
Aug 18, 2014 • 70 min
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. Show…
Hang Up and Listen: The Tragedy at Canandaigua Edition
Aug 11, 2014 • 63 min
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. Show…
Hang Up and Listen: The Breaking News Edition
Aug 4, 2014 • 68 min
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 deadline.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Suspension and Disbelief Edition
Jul 28, 2014 • 68 min
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 France.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Losingest Winner Edition
Jul 21, 2014 • 64 min
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 Klotz.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Ohio Player Edition
Jul 14, 2014 • 64 min
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 Illustrated.…
HUAL World Cup Extra: The Myth of Jogo Bonito Edition
Jul 11, 2014 • 42 min
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. Show…
HUAL World Cup Extra: The Dutch, Masters of Gamesmanship Edition
Jul 8, 2014 • 48 min
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.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Going Mouth to Mouth Edition
Jul 7, 2014 • 74 min
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.…
HUAL World Cup Extra: The Tim Howard Is Everywhere Edition
Jul 2, 2014 • 36 min
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 environmental promises.Learn…
Hang Up and Listen: The Soft Rock and Salary Caps Edition
Jun 30, 2014 • 67 min
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…
HUAL World Cup Extra: The Undead in the Group of Death Edition
Jun 27, 2014 • 38 min
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 in the…
HUAL World Cup Extra: The Miguel Herrera is Pleasingly Rectangular Edition
Jun 24, 2014 • 39 min
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.Learn more…
Hang Up and Listen: The White Elephant in Manaus Edition
Jun 23, 2014 • 54 min
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.Learn…
World Cup Dummy: The Now We Believe! Edition
Jun 17, 2014 • 44 min
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. Show notes at…
Hang Up and Listen: The San Antonio is Beautiful Edition
Jun 16, 2014 • 62 min
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. Show…
World Cup DUMMY: No Doves Were Killed in the Making of This Podcast
Jun 13, 2014 • 35 min
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. Show notes at…
Hang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals Consistency Edition
Jun 9, 2014 • 67 min
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. Show notes at…
Hang Up and Listen: The Elephants in the Garden Edition
Jun 2, 2014 • 67 min
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…
Hang Up and Listen: The Ninety Percent of the Game Is Half Mental Edition
May 27, 2014 • 61 min
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 yips.”…
Hang Up and Listen: The Way Too Many Animals Edition
May 19, 2014 • 70 min
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 Preakness win.Learn more…
Hang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole Edition
May 12, 2014 • 61 min
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 running.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Red Flags with Character Issues Edition
May 5, 2014 • 64 min
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 Smith.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Sterling’s Reputation Edition
Apr 28, 2014 • 72 min
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 Jones.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Remember the 96 Edition
Apr 21, 2014 • 71 min
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.…
Hang Up and Listen: The Farewell to Throwing Arms Edition
Apr 14, 2014 • 58 min
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. Show…
Hang Up and Listen: The Mr. Monopoly Was a Hipster Edition
Apr 7, 2014 • 58 min
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.” Show…
Hang Up and Listen: The Kain Mutiny Edition
Mar 31, 2014 • 65 min
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 extensions.…