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Episodes

  • The Flaccid Hagiographic Concatenation Edition

    Oct 13, 2014 | 61 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 www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The Live at Galapagos Edition

    Oct 9, 2014 | 80 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The These Are My Bosses Edition

    Sep 29, 2014 | 69 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The What Are We Going to Do With These People? Edition

    Sep 22, 2014 | 67 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The Will Goodell Go? Edition

    Sep 15, 2014 | 68 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The Ravens Cut Rice Edition

    Sep 8, 2014 | 47 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The Jerry Loves Johnny Edition

    Sep 2, 2014 | 63 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The All’s Fair in Love and WAR Edition

    Aug 25, 2014 | 69 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • The "Are the Kids Alright?" Edition

    Aug 18, 2014 | 68 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Tragedy at Canandaigua Edition

    Aug 11, 2014 | 61 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Tragedy at Canandiagua Edition

    Aug 11, 2014 | 61 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Breaking News Edition

    Aug 4, 2014 | 67 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Suspension and Disbelief Edition

    Jul 28, 2014 | 67 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Losingest Winner Edition

    Jul 21, 2014 | 62 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Ohio Player Edition

    Jul 14, 2014 | 62 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • HUAL World Cup Extra: The Myth of Jogo Bonito Edition

    Jul 11, 2014 | 41 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • HUAL World Cup Extra: The Dutch, Masters of Gamesmanship Edition

    Jul 8, 2014 | 47 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Going Mouth to Mouth Edition

    Jul 7, 2014 | 73 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • HUAL World Cup Extra: The Tim Howard Is Everywhere Edition

    Jul 2, 2014 | 35 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.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Soft Rock and Salary Caps Edition

    Jun 30, 2014 | 65 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • HUAL World Cup Extra: The Undead in the Group of Death Edition

    Jun 27, 2014 | 37 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 tournament.
  • HUAL World Cup Extra: The Miguel Herrera is Pleasingly Rectangular Edition

    Jun 24, 2014 | 38 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.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The White Elephant in Manaus Edition

    Jun 24, 2014 | 53 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.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The White Elephant in Manaus Edition

    Jun 23, 2014 | 53 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.
  • World Cup Dummy: The Now We Believe! Edition

    Jun 17, 2014 | 43 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 www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The San Antonio is Beautiful Edition

    Jun 16, 2014 | 60 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • World Cup DUMMY: No Doves Were Killed in the Making of This Podcast

    Jun 13, 2014 | 33 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 www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals Consistency Edition

    Jun 9, 2014 | 65 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 www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Way Too Many Animals Edition

    Jun 2, 2014 | 69 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.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Ninety Percent of the Game Is Half Mental Edition

    Jun 2, 2014 | 60 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.” Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Elephants in the Garden Edition

    Jun 2, 2014 | 65 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 Pharaoh.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole Edition

    Jun 2, 2014 | 60 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Ninety Percent of the Game Is Half Mental Edition

    May 27, 2014 | 60 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.” Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Red Flags with Character Issues Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 62 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Way Too Many Animals Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 69 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.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 60 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Sterling's Reputation Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 70 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Remember the 96 Edition

    May 19, 2014 | 69 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole Edition

    May 12, 2014 | 60 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Red Flags with Character Issues Edition

    May 5, 2014 | 62 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Sterling's Reputation Edition

    Apr 28, 2014 | 70 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Remember the 96 Edition

    Apr 21, 2014 | 69 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Farewell to Throwing Arms Edition

    Apr 14, 2014 | 57 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Mr. Monopoly Was a Hipster Edition

    Apr 7, 2014 | 56 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 notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Kain Mutiny Edition

    Mar 31, 2014 | 63 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. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Silver's Mettle Edition

    Mar 24, 2014 | 55 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the highlights, lowlights and upsets of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. They also review Nate Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight.com, and debate Major League Baseball’s season debut in Australia. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen NCAA Extra: The Bison Edition

    Mar 21, 2014 | 13 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen NCAA Extra, Josh Levin and Mike Pesca talk to Ken Pomeroy of KenPom.com about Thursday’s upsets, rooting for your algorithm, and why a No. 16 seed should’ve beaten a No. 1 by now. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Hoisted By Their Own Criteria Edition

    Mar 17, 2014 | 62 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss March Madness’ snubs and questionable inclusions, and the crazy Midwest Region. They’re also joined by Andrew Brandt to discuss NFL free agency. Finally, they assess Major League Soccer circa 2014. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.                
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Everything's in Jeopardy Edition

    Mar 10, 2014 | 67 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Ken Pomeroy to discuss the undefeated Wichita State Shockers. They also discuss a proposal to slow down college football, and Ken Jennings helps the gang assess polarizing Jeopardy! champ Arthur Chu. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Off with Their Headers Edition

    Mar 4, 2014 | 58 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and whether headers should be banned from youth soccer. They’re also joined by Deadspin’s Greg Howard to talk about the n-word and the NFL. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Steve Nash at the Finish Line Edition

    Feb 24, 2014 | 61 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca assess the Olympics’ figure skating controversy and the takeaway from Putin’s games. They also analyze Jason Collins’ signing with the Nets, and are joined by Steve Nash to discuss the documentary The Finish Line.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Reporting From Sochi Edition

    Feb 21, 2014 | 19 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Mike Pesca talks with Robert Smith of NPR about covering the games in Russia. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The North American Reign of Terror Edition

    Feb 20, 2014 | 14 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Stefan Fatsis talks with Gwen Knapp of Sports on Earth about the U.S. vs. Canada in the women's hockey final, figure skating results, and more.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Win One for the Goepper Edition

    Feb 19, 2014 | 12 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Mike Pesca talks with freeskier Nick Goepper, who won a bronze medal as part of an American sweep of the Men's Slopestyle event in the Sochi Olympics. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Mixed Zone, Mixed Bag Edition

    Feb 18, 2014 | 54 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Sochi Olympics, including Bode Miller, the weather, and the troublesome U.S. speedskating suits. They also talk about Ted Wells’ report on the Miami Dolphins’ locker room and the NFL’s next steps. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: David Remnick's View from Sochi

    Feb 17, 2014 | 21 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Mike Pesca talks with New Yorker editor David Remnick, an expert on Russian and Soviet history and an NBC commentator during the Sochi opening ceremonies. Show page: www.slate.com/hangup
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The From Russia With Love Edition

    Feb 14, 2014 | 14 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Mike Pesca talks to ESPN reporter Alyssa Roenigk, who is covering snowboarding and freeskiing from Sochi, Russia. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The NordicTrack Edition

    Feb 13, 2014 | 15 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Mike Pesca talks with Stefan Fatsis about cross country skiing, ice hockey, and more.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Gnarlier in Slow Motion Edition

    Feb 12, 2014 | 21 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Mike Pesca talks snowboarder and five-time U.S. Grand Prix champion Louie Vito about Shaun White, I-Pod, and flying blind on the halfpipe. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Women Can Jump Edition

    Feb 11, 2014 | 12 min
    In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Mike Pesca and Josh Levin discuss the debut of the women's ski jump and Shaun White's loss in the men's halfpipe competition. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Sam, Sochi, and Smart Edition

    Feb 10, 2014 | 57 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler to discuss Michael Sam’s coming out. They also talk about the opening weekend of the Sochi Games and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart’s suspension for shoving an opposing fan. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The Opening Ceremony Edition

    Feb 7, 2014 | 14 min
    In the first Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and June Thomas discuss the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games and the political messages therein. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The All Hail Our Neon-Green-Accented Overlords Edition

    Feb 3, 2014 | 56 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win, with topics including Seattle’s amazing defense, Russell Wilson’s star power, and Peyton Manning’s bad game. They also discuss the legacy of NBA commissioner David Stern. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Tennis, Tykes, and Tragedy Edition

    Jan 27, 2014 | 66 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by the New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg to talk about the 2014 Australian Open. They also review the documentary series Friday Night Tykes and discuss the Grantland story “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.” Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Richard Sherman’s March Edition

    Jan 20, 2014 | 29 min
    Josh Levin and Mike Pesca talk about how the Seahawks and Broncos made it to the Super Bowl. They also discuss other NFL matters, including the greatness of Peyton Manning, NaVorro Bowman’s gruesome knee injury, and the power and glory of Richard Sherman. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Kneecapping on Ice Edition

    Jan 13, 2014 | 64 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Week 2 of the NFL playoffs. They also discuss the Baseball Hall of Fame’s selection process and proposals to fix it. Finally, they review ESPN’s The Price of Gold, on Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The "I Know, I Borrowed Your Face" Edition

    Jan 6, 2014 | 58 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the exciting finishes and injuries in Week 1 of the NFL playoffs. They’re also joined by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to discuss his exile from the NFL. Finally, they discuss the end of the BCS. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The When You’re a Jet Edition

    Dec 30, 2013 | 50 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk with author Nicholas Dawidoff about his new book Collision Low Crossers. Former New York Jet Jim Leonhard also joins to discuss what it’s like to play for Rex Ryan and managing the risk of an NFL career. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Receiver’s Redeemer Edition

    Dec 23, 2013 | 50 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and David Plotz talk about the supposed redemption of the Eagles’ Riley Cooper. Attorney Jeffrey Tenenbaum joins to discuss the NFL’s tax-exempt status, and they discuss the three-pointer’s increasing prevalence. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The How Extreme Is Too Extreme Edition

    Dec 16, 2013 | 62 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Washington football team’s state of dysfunction. They’re also joined by Grantland’s Bryan Curtis to discuss Mack Brown and Nick Saban. Finally, they review the documentary The Crash Reel.Show page at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The "In the Conversation" Edition

    Dec 13, 2013 | 53 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Florida State and Auburn going to the BCS title game, the NFL’s winter wonderland, and Matt Prater’s 64-yard field goal. They are also joined by Roger Bennett to discuss the USA’s World Cup draw. Show page: www.slate.com/hangup
  • Hang Up and Listen: The "In the Conversation" Edition

    Dec 9, 2013 | 53 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Florida State and Auburn going to the BCS title game, the NFL’s winter wonderland, and Matt Prater’s 64-yard field goal. They are also joined by Roger Bennett to discuss the USA’s World Cup draw. Show page: www.slate.com/hangup
  • Hang Up and Listen: The "In the Conversation" Edition

    Dec 9, 2013 | 56 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Florida State and Auburn going to the BCS title game, the NFL’s winter wonderland, and Matt Prater’s 64-yard field goal. They are also joined by Roger Bennett to discuss the USA’s World Cup draw. Show page: www.slate.com/hangup
  • Hang Up and Listen: The "In the Conversation" Edition

    Dec 9, 2013 | 56 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Florida State and Auburn going to the BCS title game, the NFL’s winter wonderland, and Matt Prater’s 64-yard field goal. They are also joined by Roger Bennett to discuss the USA’s World Cup draw. Show page: www.slate.com/hangup
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Re-Learning How to Hit Each Other Edition

    Dec 2, 2013 | 70 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Auburn’s crazy win over Alabama, and Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski joins to discuss the NHL. Finally, they examine a new documentary on Lenny Cooke, a high school basketball star who never made the NBA. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The King of the (Chess) World Edition

    Nov 25, 2013 | 58 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Tom Brady / Peyton Manning rivalry. They also explore Alex Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing, and Jennifer Shahade joins to discuss 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen’s coronation as world chess champion. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Death to Punting Edition

    Nov 18, 2013 | 65 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Kevin Kelley, aka the football coach who never punts. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan also comes on to discuss cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Finally, they review HBO’s Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Live with Bob Costas Edition

    Nov 12, 2013 | 125 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the latest in the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal and discuss New York’s sports radio, WFAN. Finally, they interview NBC’s Bob Costas. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Bullies, Boors, and Bucks Edition

    Nov 4, 2013 | 67 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NFL’s locker room bullies. They also review Behind the Mask, a new show on sports mascots. And they’re joined by Aaron Krickstein to discuss ESPN’s Jimmy Connors documentary This is What They Want. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Huge YAC Man Edition

    Oct 28, 2013 | 68 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the strange endings to games 3 and 4 of the World Series. They also discuss Calvin Johnson’s 329-yard game, and they’re joined by Grantland contributor Kirk Goldsberry to discuss NBA analytics. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Spending the Right Way Edition

    Oct 21, 2013 | 64 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Red Sox-Cardinals World Series matchup. They also investigate the Arian Foster IPO, and Alvin Hollins Jr. joins to discuss the Grambling football boycott and the state of black college football. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Cardinals’ Sins Edition

    Oct 14, 2013 | 64 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca debate the hateability of the St. Louis Cardinals. They also discuss the misery of the Tampa Bay Bucs, and soccer writer James Montague joins to examine Iceland and Egypt’s quests to qualify for the World Cup. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The River in Egypt Edition

    Oct 7, 2013 | 62 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Broncos’ 51-48 win over the Cowboys. They’re also joined by Steve Fainaru to discuss the Frontline documentary League of Denial. Finally, they have a lightning round on the baseball playoffs and FIFA. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The High-Hanging Fruit Edition

    Sep 30, 2013 | 72 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller to discuss the MLB playoffs; ponder the state of the read-option in the NFL; and look at Cuba’s decision to let its athletes play for pay abroad. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Come Sail Away Edition

    Sep 23, 2013 | 60 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the closing stretch of the baseball season and the strange, alarming, amusing America’s Cup. They’re also joined by Ramogi Huma to talk about his “All Players United” campaign and college sports activism. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Johnny Hancock Is Just a Kid Edition

    Sep 16, 2013 | 61 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Nate Jackson, and Mike Wise discuss Alabama’s win over Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel as well as the latest college football scandals; helmet hits, RG3’s slow start, and other NFL news; and Nate’s new pro football memoir Slow Getting Up. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Secrets of Football Night Edition

    Sep 9, 2013 | 81 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by NBC’s Fred Gaudelli to discuss NFL TV production; talk about the 2013 U.S. Open with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim; and check in on this weekend’s IOC meeting. They also remember Zelmo Beaty. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Opinions and Funyuns Edition

    Sep 2, 2013 | 47 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca take listeners’ questions in a special Labor Day call-in show. Topics include artificial crowd noise at arenas, whether soccer promotes a socialist agenda, and a breakdown of the hosts’ athletic skills. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Too Many Panels Edition

    Aug 27, 2013 | 58 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca review Fox Sports 1’s first week and discuss ESPN’s decision to cut ties with Frontline. Finally, ESPN.com’s Don Van Natta Jr. joins to talk about allegations that Bobby Riggs threw the Battle of the Sexes. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Too Many Panels Edition

    Aug 26, 2013 | 59 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca review Fox Sports 1’s first week and discuss ESPN’s decision to cut ties with Frontline. Finally, ESPN.com’s Don Van Natta Jr. joins to talk about allegations that Bobby Riggs threw the Battle of the Sexes. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Rainbow-Colored Fingernails Edition

    Aug 19, 2013 | 70 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss how athletes should respond to Russia’s anti-gay laws and talk about NBC’s coverage of the Premier League. Finally, they interview Sean Pamphilon about his new documentary The United States of Football.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Smart in Moderation Edition

    Aug 12, 2013 | 56 min
    Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Deadspin’s John Koblin discuss an experimental format for broadcasting the NFL preseason. They also examine the correlation between team payrolls and wins in baseball. Finally, they ponder whether ESPN is getting smarter.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The A-Rod vs. Everyone Edition

    Aug 5, 2013 | 64 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Alex Rodriguez’s PED suspension. They also examine Clint Dempsey’s decision to join the Seattle Sounders of MLS. Finally, they’re joined by Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The 165-Year-Old Hall of Famer Edition

    Jul 29, 2013 | 60 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca analyze the U.S. soccer team’s Gold Cup triumph. They also discuss Peter King’s new football website, The MMQB. Finally, baseball historian Peter Morris joins to talk about new Hall of Famer Deacon White.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The MildlyInteresting.com Edition

    Jul 22, 2013 | 57 min
    Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg discuss Phil Mickelson’s British Open win; talk with VeloNews’ Matthew Beaudin about the Tour de France; and ponder the offseason criticism of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The I Bought a Hippo Edition

    Jul 15, 2013 | 56 min
    Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and guest Tim Marchman discuss baseball’s slow pace, Chris Davis’ torrid home run pace, and Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter. They also talk about MMA troll Anderson Silva and the decline of the sports highlight show.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Virginal Vessels of Virtue Edition

    Jul 12, 2013 | 59 min
    Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Johnette Howard discuss Wimbledon champs Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli; analyze Dwight Howard’s move to Houston and Brad Stevens’ hiring in Boston; and assess ESPN’s documentary on women sportswriters, Let Them Wear Towels.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Built on Nonsense Edition

    Jul 1, 2013 | 53 min
    Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Parks and Rec showrunner Mike Schur discuss the Aaron Hernandez murder case; the NBA draft, Doc Rivers’ feud with Bill Simmons, and teams’ quest to become awful; and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s historic first month.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Unnecessary and Frivolous Edition

    Jun 24, 2013 | 43 min
    Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Keith Law discuss the College World Series and whether college baseball is worth watching; compare the NBA draft to the MLB draft; and talk about huge sports mismatches, and when if ever mercy rules are justified.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Derecho Finals Edition

    Jun 17, 2013 | 66 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the great and terrible NBA Finals. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski also joins to talk about the Stanley Cup Finals and Doc Emrick’s fantastic announcing. Finally, they break down the U.S. Open at tiny Merion. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Overly Lasered Edition

    Jun 10, 2013 | 60 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NBA Finals, including the media’s “Heat gaze.” Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann also joins to talk about MLB’s Biogenesis scandal. Finally, they discuss lasers invading live sports.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Understandably Quiet Edition

    Jun 4, 2013 | 62 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NHL’s final four. They also talk about Roy Hibbert’s defense, his “no homo” gaffe, and the Heat’s infighting. Finally, mountain climber Ed Viesturs assesses the push to put a ladder on Mount Everest.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Grappling with Sportocrats Edition

    May 27, 2013 | 53 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Irish soccer journalist Ken Early to discuss David Beckham and Alex Ferguson. Bill Scherr also joins to assess wrestling’s bid to stay in the Olympics. Finally, they talk about the new WNBA season.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Falling Into the Truth Edition

    May 21, 2013 | 55 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the success of big men in the NBA playoffs, the life and beliefs of Phil Jackson, and the Kings staying in Sacramento. Bruce Knecht also joins to talk about the dangers of the America’s Cup.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Dodgeball Dodgetorum Edition

    May 13, 2013 | 67 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by TNT’s Steve Kerr to discuss the Bulls-Heat series and what makes a great shooter. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim joins to talk about Venus and Serena. Finally, they debate the future of gym class.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Sandpaper, Pine Tar, and Hair Gel Edition

    May 6, 2013 | 53 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NBA playoffs, including Stephen Curry’s great shooting and the Thunder without Russell Westbrook. They also talk about Clay Buchholz and the spitball, and Spelman College’s decision to drop sports.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The “And I’m Gay” Edition

    May 2, 2013 | 61 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Franz Lidz to discuss Jason Collins’ decision to come out. They also examine the popularity of the NFL Draft and speak with Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski about the NHL playoffs.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Cross Between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks Edition

    Apr 23, 2013 | 62 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Boston bombings and how marathons will change going forward, the first round of the NBA playoffs, and the stereotyping of black quarterback prospects.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Golfier Than Thou Edition

    Apr 16, 2013 | 57 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Tiger Woods’ illegal drop at the Masters and Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles’ tendon. They also interview Ralph Branca, Jackie Robinson’s teammate on the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Peg You in the Head with Basketballs Edition

    Apr 8, 2013 | 67 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the men’s and women’s Final Four and Brittney Griner’s NBA dreams. They also talk about the firing of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice. Finally, they’re joined by distance-running legend Bill Rodgers.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Avert Your Eyes Edition

    Apr 1, 2013 | 66 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NCAA regional finals and Kevin Ware’s broken leg. Louisville women’s coach Jeff Walz also joins to talk about his team’s shocking win over Baylor. Finally, they look at the state of baseball economics.
  • Hang Up and Listen: They Might Be Giant Killers Edition

    Mar 25, 2013 | 67 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Florida Gulf Coast and other NCAA surprises. Thurl Bailey also joins to discuss the ESPN documentary Survive and Advance, and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl comes on to chat about U.S. men’s soccer.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Cinderella Man Edition

    Mar 20, 2013 | 63 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss March Madness, including the top seeds’ vulnerability and gambling on the tourney. Belmont coach Rick Byrd also joins to illuminate life as an NCAA Cinderella. Finally, they assess the Big East’s demise.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Tough Stuff Edition

    Mar 11, 2013 | 72 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Jay Bilas to discuss his new book Toughness. They also talk about the third World Baseball Classic. Finally, they speak with Ian Gordon about MLB’s role in Latin American countries.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Worm in North Korea Edition

    Mar 4, 2013 | 65 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ESPN’s Dean Oliver to discuss the state of basketball stats. They also speak with economist Jeff Ely about sports ticket pricing. Finally, they talk about Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Twist My Arm Edition

    Feb 25, 2013 | 65 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Melissa Segura to discuss Danica Patrick and Ronda Rousey. Greg Wyshynski also joins to talk about the Blackhawks’ hot start. Finally, they create a taxonomy of sports bloopers.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Wrestling or Wushu Edition

    Feb 19, 2013 | 62 min
    Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca talk wrestling and the Olympics with Around the Rings editor Ed Hula. Also, they discuss the pedestalizing of athletes and, finally, debate Native American images in sports with professor Ellen Staurowsky.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The How To Rig a Soccer Match Edition

    Feb 11, 2013 | 60 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss LeBron James’ and Kevin Durant’s historic seasons. Next, they examine soccer’s wide-ranging match-fixing scandal. Finally, they review MLB Network’s new reality TV series The Next Knuckler.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The One Man’s Trash Talk Is Another Man’s Treasure Edition

    Feb 7, 2013 | 62 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by the Sporting News’ David Purdum to talk about gambling and the Super Bowl, discuss the fight-happy NHL with the New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein, and examine the ethics of trash talking.
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Twirling a Hat on a Stick Edition

    Feb 7, 2013 | 57 min
    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca recap all the craziness of Super Bowl XLVII, including the blackout, the 49ers’ near-comeback, and the Ravens’ intentional safety. They also discuss their favorite schoolyard games, from dodgeball to punch ball.