Hang Up and Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Kids Play the Darndest Things Edition

Slate’s sports podcast answers your questions about kids and sports.

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A weekly sports discussion show from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate personalities Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Allison Benedikt to answer your questions about youth sports. Topics covered include whether and how to teach your kids how to talk trash, how to balance sports time with family leisure time, and whether it’s ethical to watch football if you don’t want your child to play football.

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

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Minor Leagues, Slate’s pop-up blog on kids and sports

• Derek Thompson’s Atlantic piece “Meritocracy Is Killing High-School Sports

• Time’s cover story “How Kid Sports Turned Pro

• Dom Cosentino’s Deadspin interview with Debra Fellows, “My Husband Is Dying Every Day

The Norwegian model for youth sports

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Allison discuss when kids should specialize in sports and the best youth sports for parental enjoyment.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.