Hang Up and Listen
Hang Up and Listen
Slate Podcasts
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.
The NBA’s All-Star Catastrophe
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss whether the NBA All-Star Game is fixable. They also talk about whether Fanatics and Nike are destroying the sports uniform. Finally, writer Abraham Josephine Riesman joins to explain the allegations against wrestling impresario Vince McMahon and why they matter.   All-Star Game (3:16): What can the league do to revive what used to be a showcase event?   Uniforms (22:53): Baseball players say their new clothes are the pits. What happened?   McMahon (42:37): What’s next for pro wrestling and the man who’s controlled it for decades?   Afterball (1:01:43): Josh on the time the mayor of San Francisco insulted the 49ers’ backup quarterback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20
1 hr 10 min
The Chiefs Are Super
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over the 49ers, the performances of Patrick Mahomes and Brock Purdy, and how the new overtime rules played out. CNBC’s Alex Sherman also comes on to explain whether a new multi-network streaming deal will change how we watch sports.   How the Chiefs won (3:41): This Mahomes guy is pretty good.   Overtime (20:07): Did the 49ers screw up by taking the ball first?   Streaming (35:47): What you need to know about the new service and the future of sports TV.   Afterball (51:49): Stefan on the Chiefs’ legendary Black scout Lloyd Wells. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12
1 hr 3 min
The JuJu and Caitlin Show
Joel Anderson and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Chantel Jennings to discuss women’s college basketball stars JuJu Watkins and Caitlin Clark. The Washington Post’s Will Hobson also joins to talk about his piece on the broken promises of the NFL’s concussion settlement. Finally, U.S. senator and New York Knicks legend Bill Bradley discusses his one-man show Rolling Along.   Watkins and Clark (4:29): The biggest stars in women’s hoops are living up to the hype.   Concussion settlement (23:50): Retired players with dementia aren’t getting the money they believe they’re owed.   Rolling Along (44:24): Why the politician and basketball star is telling the story of his life.   Afterball (1:03:22): Josh on Zach LaVine, L.T. Levine, and athlete name homophones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 5
1 hr 11 min
Conference Title Game Agony and Ecstasy
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the 49ers’ comeback win over the Lions and the Chiefs’ victory over the Ravens. The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver also joins to talk about the spate of high-scoring games in the NBA.   49ers-Lions (3:44): Did Dan Campbell’s coaching moves cost Detroit?   Chiefs-Ravens (18:50): Patrick Mahomes won again. Lamar Jackson flopped.   NBA scoring (35:36): Are all these amazing point totals bad news for the league?   Afterball (56:56): Joel on meeting Andrew Luck at the playground. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29
1 hr 10 min
Sports Illustrated Is Dead Again
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss Kansas City’s win over Buffalo in the NFL playoffs. Adam Duerson also joins to talk about the collapse of Sports Illustrated and ESPN’s Myron Medcalf comes on for a conversation about second-generation athletes (and how they make us feel old).    Chiefs-Bills (5:00): How Patrick Mahomes took down Josh Allen again.   Sports Illustrated (21:49): Is there a path forward for SI?   Second-generation athletes (39:36): Wait, there’s a Jameer Nelson Jr. now?   Afterball (1:02:11): The time Buddy Ryan ran up the score on the Cowboys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22
1 hr 9 min
The Lions Are Winners
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. They also talk about the departures of coaching legends Nick Saban, Bill Belichick, and Pete Carroll. Finally, Ben Rothenberg joins to discuss his new biography of tennis star Naomi Osaka.   NFL playoffs (3:17): How did the Detroit Lions franchise turn itself around?   Saban, Belichick, and Carroll (26:03): What do these coaching greats have in common and how do they differ from each other?   Osaka (48:09): A deep dive into a modern sports icon.   Afterball (1:14:22): Remembering Chris Laskowski. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16
1 hr 21 min
Hail to the Victors
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss Michigan’s win over Washington in the College Football Playoff. They also talk about Bill Belichick’s future and the Philadelphia Eagles’ decline. Finally, the Athletic’s Chantel Jennings assesses the state of women’s college basketball and the sport’s new TV deal.   Michigan (7:14): How the Wolverines won it all.   NFL (26:01): Why hasn’t Pats owner Robert Kraft made a move yet?   Women’s hoops (50:40): Is the new TV contract a disappointment or a positive step?   Afterball (1:09:43): What was the 2023 Sports Word of the Year? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 9
1 hr 20 min
Michigan and Washington Squeak Through
Joel Anderson and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley to discuss the College Football Playoff semifinals. Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports also joins to talk about the Detroit Pistons’ epic losing streak. Finally, we look back at our 2020 segment on the Pac-12’s #WeAreUnited movement.   CFP semis (5:21): How Michigan and Washington emerged victorious.   Pistons (29:02): How did they get so bad?   #WeAreUnited (51:06): A conversation from 2020 with then UCLA players Elisha Guidry and Otito Ogbonnia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 2
1 hr 18 min
Let’s Remember Some 2023 Moments
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the most important and most memorable sports moments of 2023. They’re also joined by Mark Wright to talk about his podcast The Bison Project, on Howard University’s 1971 NCAA champion soccer team. Finally, we look back at one of our favorite segments from the recent past, featuring … a mystery guest.   Memorable moments (4:41): Damar Hamlin, Michigan sign-stealing, and everything in between.   Howard soccer (21:06): Can a 50-year-old injustice be rectified?   Mystery guest (42:57): Can you guess what sports innovation he came up with? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 25, 2023
1 hr 5 min
D.C. Sports at a Crossroads
Joel Anderson, Josh Levin, and Slate’s Alex Kirshner discuss Draymond Green’s indefinite suspension. They also talk about the Washington Capitals and Wizards reportedly leaving D.C. for Northern Virginia. And finally, they examine why every college quarterback is in the transfer portal.   Draymond (4:43): What’s next for him and for the Warriors?   Wiz and Caps (26:12): Are they actually leaving or is this just a classic case of owner extortion?   Portal (45:53): Why so many quarterbacks are switching teams.   Afterball (1:06:58): Joel on North Dakota State’s very lopsided basketball victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2023
1 hr 18 min
Load more