Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Granny Shot Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Russia and the Olympics and the psychology of free throws. Plus, an interview with Tanisha Wright on WNBA players’ protests.

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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 the International Olympic Committee’s decision to allow some Russian athletes to compete in the Rio Olympics. Next, they speak with Tanisha Wright of the New York Liberty about WNBA players’ support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the league’s response. Finally, they examine the psychology of free throws and whether more players should shoot underhand.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Canyons:

Mike’s Canyon: Jonny Gomes, the ultra-patriotic former Kansas City Royal, was not invited to the White House for the team’s World Series celebration. He was crestfallen.

Stefan’s Canyon: What to look for in the Olympic team handball competition, from Brazil’s talented women’s team to the group of death for the men.

Josh’s Canyon: Josh wrestles with an old advertisement inviting people to play “golf bowling” (played like golf, scored like bowling!) at the Boston Madison Square Garden.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Mike, and Josh discuss Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale’s destruction of the team’s throwback jerseys. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mickey Capper.

Our intern is Laura Wagner.

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