Hang Up and Listen

The How Nike Changed America Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Stanley Cup Finals, Dream On, and the American sneaker behemoth.


Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski to discuss the Stanley Cup Finals. They also talk about Dream On, the ESPN documentary on the 1996 U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team. Finally, they assess Nike upon its 50th anniversary.

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Follow Greg Wyshynski on Twitter and read his takeaways from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

• Alex Kirshner in Slate: “The Stanley Cup Final Is Going to Be the Greatest Show on Television

• Back in April, Wyshynski ran through a bunch of theories on why goal-scoring is up this season.

ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel on the 1996 U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team and the documentary Dream On.

Richard Deitsch’s Athletic piece on the documentary.

• New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman’s essay on Nike’s 50th anniversary, “How Nike Won the Cultural Marathon.”

• For the anniversary, Spike Lee made a four-and-a-half-minute commercial reprising his 1980s Mars Blackmon character.

• Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg wrote about how the original ads helped turn both Nike and Michael Jordan into marketing stars.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Carla McGhee:

Stefan’s Carla McGhee: Stefan is to his daughter in Scrabble the way Dell Curry is to Stephen in basketball.

On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh discuss where Steph Curry fits into the NBA firmament after winning his fourth NBA title.

Podcast production and edit by Kevin Bendis.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.


About the Show

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

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