Hang Up and Listen

Slate

A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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@josh_levin

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English

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95 Morton Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10014 (212) 445-5330


Episodes

The Kyrie Irving Problem

2/6/2023
Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss the trade of talented, problematic superstar Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks, and to preview the Super Bowl match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Also, Sabreena Merchant of the Athletic helps explain what an unprecedented free-agent frenzy means for the WNBA. Kyrie Irving (5:05): The perpetually disgruntled superstar is on the move again. Super Bowl (28:54):...

Duration:01:20:40

Mikaela Shiffrin Is Amazing

1/30/2023
Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Lindsay Jones of the Ringer to break down the NFL conference championship games, won by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Joel, Stefan, and Josh Levin discuss the impact of college athletes finally making money through name, image, and likeness rights. Finally, an interview with former Olympian Edie Thys Morgan about Mikaela Shiffrin, who is on the verge of becoming the winningest ski racer of all time. NFL (3:49): The biggest...

Duration:01:19:57

NBC’s Tony Dungy Problem

1/23/2023
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin assess the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. They also discuss Tony Dungy’s history of anti-gay rhetoric, and whether NBC and the NFL should do something about it. Finally, Slate contributor Isaac Butler joins to talk about the rise of American men at the Australian Open and Netflix’s tennis reality series Break Point. NFL (5:37): The biggest takeaways from the weekend’s games. Dungy (26:19): Should the ex-coach still be on television? Tennis...

Duration:01:24:00

Bye-Bye Brady?

1/17/2023
Joel Anderson and Josh Levin are joined by Bomani Jones to discuss the Cowboys’ blowout win over the Bucs and other storylines from the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. They also talk about all the high-scoring games in the NBA this season. Finally, Joel and Josh interview pool legend Jeanette Lee, aka the Black Widow, who’s featured in the new documentary Jeanette Lee Vs. NFL (4:23): Is Tom Brady going to retire? Should he? NBA (25:42): Why are so many players putting up 50-point games?...

Duration:01:10:58

The Bulldogs Stomped the Frogs

1/10/2023
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Georgia’s win over TCU in the college football title game. They also discuss Damar Hamlin’s remarkable recovery and how the NFL has tried to move on. Finally, they assess the Berhalter-Reyna rift that’s tearing apart U.S. men’s soccer. Georgia-TCU (2:26): What it’s like to be on the wrong side of one of the biggest blowouts in sports history. Hamlin (25:10): Watching pro football a week after the Bills safety’s near-death on the field....

Duration:01:20:00

What Happened to Damar Hamlin

1/3/2023
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsing on the field during Monday Night Football and what came after. Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley also joins to discuss TCU and Georgia’s thrilling wins in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Finally, author Alex Bellos discusses the Brazilian soccer legend Pelé, who died last week at age 82. Hamlin (3:26): Is it fair to criticize the NFL’s response to Monday’s on-field crisis? College Football...

Duration:01:08:45

The “Immaculate Reception” Remembered

12/27/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Kalyn Kahler to discuss her story on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ array of hand signals. They also discuss New York Mets owner Steve Cohen’s $800 million offseason spending spree and look back at 1972’s “Immaculate Reception” by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris. Rodgers (3:00): The Packers QB bristled over Kahler’s well-sourced story on why rookie receivers struggle in Green Bay. Mets...

Duration:01:15:49

Argentina Campeón Del Mundo

12/19/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Argentinian journalist Marcela Mora y Araujo to talk about Lionel Messi’s coronation on soccer’s biggest stage and then continue their conversation about the greatest World Cup final ever. They also discuss a bizarre weekend in the NFL and assess the life and career of college football coach Mike Leach. World Cup final (3:36): What it means to Argentina and how it felt to watch it. NFL (28:55): The Vikings came back from how far? The...

Duration:01:15:47

Remembering Grant Wahl

12/12/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim to talk about journalist Grant Wahl, who died suddenly over the weekend at the age of 49. They’re also joined by the Atlantic’s Franklin Foer for a conversation about Morocco’s thrilling run to the World Cup semifinals. Finally, they discuss Brittney Griner’s long-awaited return to the United States after a prisoner swap with Russia. Grant Wahl (6:26): The life and legacy of a great journalist,...

Duration:01:12:43

What’s Next for U.S. Men’s Soccer?

12/5/2022
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Grant Wahl to discuss the U.S. loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup. Josh and Joel Anderson are then joined by Slate’s Alex Kirshner to talk about the College Football Playoff pairings and Deion Sanders’ move to Colorado. World Cup (3:43): The positives and negatives of the USMNT’s run to the round of 16. College Football Playoff (27:50): Who’s in, who’s out, and what to expect in the semifinals. Deion Sanders (49:25): Was he wrong to leave...

Duration:01:17:58

Who Is Jerry Jones?

11/28/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by journalist Meg Swanick to preview the U.S. men’s soccer team’s matchup against Iran. Ben Mathis-Lilley, the author of The Hot Seat, also joins to discuss Michigan’s win over Ohio State. Finally, they talk about the Washington Post’s feature on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. USA-Iran (4:09): The on-field and off-field implications of the USMNT’s big game. Michigan-Ohio State (25:53): How the Wolverines took down the Buckeyes again....

Duration:01:20:48

An Opening Draw for the USMNT

11/21/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Eric Betts to discuss the U.S. men’s national team’s 1-1 draw against Wales. They also discuss the controversial opening days of the World Cup. Finally, they assess the Warriors’ and Lakers' early-season woes and Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets. USA-Wales (4:24): How the USMNT fizzled after a promising start. FIFA (35:06): What’s happening in Qatar, and what the media is (and isn’t) saying about it. NBA (47:21):...

Duration:01:16:07

Jeff Saturday Is Coaching on Sundays

11/14/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Grant Wahl to talk about the World Cup in Qatar. They also discuss the NFL head coaching debut of the Colts’ Jeff Saturday and examine how women athletes are benefitting from the new name, image, and likeness rules in college sports. Qatar (3:08): Bribery, authoritarianism, and soccer. Jeff Saturday (24:07): He has no college or pro coaching experience. He’s running an NFL team now. NIL (43:49): Women athletes are getting paid, but...

Duration:01:08:43

The Astros Are the Champs

11/7/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports to talk about the Houston Astros’ World Series triumph. They also discuss LSU’s win over Alabama and the current state of SEC football. Finally, they assess Herschel Walker’s Senate candidacy. World Series (5:02): How Houston won it all. SEC football (26:12): Is Alabama on the way down? And what’s going on with Texas A&M? Herschel Walker (48:46): What’s motivating the former football star’s foray into...

Duration:01:20:28

Goodbye Kyrie

10/31/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss Kyrie Irving and anti-Semitism. They also talk about the continued rise of Deion Sanders and Jackson State. And Claire Watkins of Just Women’s Sports comes on for a conversation about the championship game of the National Women’s Soccer League. Kyrie (3:09): Is it finally time for the Brooklyn Nets to get rid of him? Jackson State (28:09): Will the Prime Effect go away when Coach Prime moves on? NWSL (47:10): The stardom of Sophia Smith...

Duration:01:12:02

What Happened to Russell Wilson?

10/24/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to talk about the Astros-Phillies World Series. They also discuss the decline of Russell Wilson, and possibly Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. And they assess whether Adam Silver’s NBA promotion and relegation talk is for real. World Series (5:35): How are the Astros so consistently good in the randomness of the postseason? Wilson (28:00): Is Russ cooked? NBA relegation (47:00): Could it ever happen? Afterball...

Duration:01:17:33

Linsanity Redux

10/17/2022
Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley to review a crazy weekend in college football. ESPN’s Pablo Torre talks with Joel, Stefan, and Vinson Cunningham of The New Yorker about the new documentary 38 at the Garden on Jeremy Lin’s short but brilliant run with the New York Knicks a decade ago. Finally, Joel, Stefan, and Vinson discuss another new documentary, The Redeem Team, about the 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team. College Football (5:25): Alabama vs...

Duration:01:21:22

Wembanyama Mania

10/11/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the Warriors’ Draymond Green punching his teammate Jordan Poole. They also discuss 7-foot-4 basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama. Finally, the Athletic’s Steph Yang joins for a conversation about Sally Yates’ report on abuse in the National Women’s Soccer League. Warriors (4:59): How should the team handle Draymond’s punch? Is he done in Golden State? Wembanyama (28:24): Can the 18-year-old Frenchman possibly live up to all this hype?...

Duration:01:24:15

Who’s to Blame for Tua’s Head Injury?

10/3/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the fallout from Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s concussions. They also talk about Aaron Judge’s quest for the American League home run record. Finally, chess champion and poker pro Jennifer Shahade joins for a conversation about cheating allegations in both sports. Tua (3:52): Why was he allowed to play after suffering an obvious head injury? Judge (31:50): Is the Yankees star chasing the “real” home run record? Chess and poker...

Duration:01:30:11

The Brett Favre Welfare Scandal

9/26/2022
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the Boston Celtics’ decision to suspend head coach Ime Udoka. They also talk about Roger Federer’s tearful retirement. Finally, Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today joins for a conversation about Brett Favre and the state’s enormous welfare scandal. Udoka (4:24): Did the media and the Celtics mishandle the news of his suspension? Federer (21:01): What makes his relationship with Rafael Nadal so special. Favre (42:20): How the ex-quarterback got...

Duration:01:17:58