Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Great, Greater, Greatest Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on LeBron’s playoff record, Muhammad Ali and sports writing, and Novak Djokovic’s greatness and unpopularity. 

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Golden State’s dominating start to the NBA Finals and evaluate LeBron James’ playoff record. Next, they are joined by the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis for a conversation about how Muhammad Ali changed sports writing. Finally, the New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg joins the show to talk about Novak Djokovic’s historic French Open win and why he still isn’t as beloved as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.


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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Blackpool Towers:

Mike’s Blackpool Tower: Muhammad Ali’s early opponents included a chief of police and a fighter who joined the mob and committed murder.

Stefan’s Blackpool Tower: Tracking down the origins of Ali’s famous line, “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong.”

Josh’s Blackpool Tower: The time Ali won a poetry contest with his own 36-line original work.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss their favorite Muhammad Ali clips from YouTube, including a heated conversation about his name, an encounter with Wilt Chamberlain, and a campaign against tooth decay. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mickey Capper.

Our intern is Laura Wagner.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com