Slate Sports Podcast: LSU-Alabama, Penn State Sex Abuse, and Christopher McDougall on Perfect Running

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Nov. 7 2011 6:56 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Happy Valley Horror Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on LSU-Alabama, the Penn State sex abuse scandal, and barefoot running.


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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 aesthetics of LSU’s win over Alabama and talk special teams with Tigers assistant coach Thomas McGaughey. Dr. Robert Shoop, an expert on sexual abuse in sports, also joins the show to discuss the horrific charges against ex-Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky and the allegations of institutional negligence. Finally, barefoot running guru Christopher McDougall comes on to discuss his piece in the New York Times Magazine, “The Once and Future Way to Run.”

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

LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime in a game decided by special teams.
The New York Times’ Pete Thamel wrote that “some may consider a game with no touchdowns, four missed field goals and four interceptions unwatchable.”
Special teams coach Thomas McGaughey’s LSU bio.
LSU’s Australian punter Brad Wing talks about his decision to play American football.
Wing’s excessive celebration penalty
Ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged
with sexually abusing eight boys.
Deadspin’s guide to the grand jury report
on the Penn State sexual abuse case.
What did Joe Paterno know
and when did he know it?
The bio for Kansas State’s Dr. Robert J. Shoop.
Christopher McDougall's New York Times Magazine article, “The Once and Future Way to Run.”
Video of McDougall doing “100-Ups.”

McDougall’s book, Born to Run.
McDougall's blog
A 2009 New York Times piece on studies of barefoot running, and a 2011 follow-up on whether we’re built to run barefoot.
Mike’s NPR report on basketball shoes that supposedly reduce ankle injuries.
What the podiatrists have to say
A barefoot running dialogue in Runner’s World.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Caballo Blancos:

Mike’s Caballo Blanco: Tennessee’s emergency kicker Derrick Brodus, who kicked a field goal for the Vols rather than go to Buffalo Wild Wings.

Stefan’s Caballo Blanco: Mark Kram’s Sports Illustrated stories before and after the Thrilla in Manila, and Mark Kram Jr.’s remembrance of his father.

Josh’s Caballo Blanco: A paper on the defense-first strategy in college overtime, and two cases where teams decided to go on offense first.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at Follow him on Twitter.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.


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