Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Our Hero Rapinoe Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Women’s World Cup, NBA free agency, and baseball in London.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin is joined by Stefan Fatsis and writer Caitlin Murray to discuss the U.S. women’s national team’s big World Cup win over France and how Megan Rapinoe has become a hero and a lightning rod. Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley then joins for a conversation with the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham about the first day of NBA free agency, in which Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving moved to Brooklyn and players agreed to more than $3 billion in contracts. Finally, Josh and Ben chat with the Guardian’s Nick Miller about the two-game series in London between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Follow Caitlin Murray on Twitter and buy her book The National Team.

• Murray’s Guardian story (with Sam Morris) on the gender pay gap in U.S. World Cup bonuses.

• Eric Betts’ piece in Slate on Crystal Dunn’s great game against France and Josh’s story on the refereeing blunders.

• Gwendolyn Oxenham in ESPN on Megan Rapinoe’s relationship with her brother.

Follow Ben Mathis-Lilley on Twitter.

Follow Vinson Cunningham on Twitter.

• Josh’s Slate piece breaking down what happened on the first day of NBA free agency.

Follow Nick Miller on Twitter.

• Miller’s piece on watching baseball in London.

• ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the aerodynamics of the stadium may have rendered breaking balls ineffective.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Aprons:

Ben’s Apron: The Knicks’ trade of Kristaps Porzingis was indeed extremely dumb.

Josh’s Apron: The time the Lakers’ plane went down in Carroll, Iowa.
(Read Bryan Curtis’ piece in the Ringer on Nick Nurse and his chronicler Brandon Hurley.)

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh and Ben talk with Slate producer Jayson De Leon about what it’s like to be a Brooklyn Nets fan on the greatest day in franchise history.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.