Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Golden Age of Tanking Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on automating sports umpiring, NBA tanking, and the Paralympics.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Slate’s Daniel Engber and journalist David Epstein guest host. Carl Bialik, host of the Thirty Love podcast, joins them to talk about automated umpiring technologies in tennis and baseball. The Gist’s Mike Pesca then stops by to discuss the scourge of tanking in the NBA. Finally, sports scientist Florentina Hettinga comes on the show to talk about the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly lone wolf miler:

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Daniel’s Lone Wolf Miler: When 19-year-old tennis player Aryna Sabalenka deployed her repertoire of grunts at the Australian Open in January, it caused a stir. Can a recent paper on the science of gruntology tell us whether on-court vocalizations should count as cheating?

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Daniel Engber and David Epstein talk about the life and career of Sir Roger Bannister, who died last weekend at age 88. In 1954, Bannister became the first man to run a sub-four-minute mile.

Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort.

Our intern is Jason Rosensweig.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.