Slate Sports Podcast: the Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal, Ultimate Fighting, and Wilson Ramos’ Kidnapping

Slate's sports podcast.
Nov. 14 2011 7:19 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Case of the Kidnapped Catcher Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the fallout from the Penn State scandal, ultimate fighting in primetime, and the kidnapping of Wilson Ramos.

1_123125_2224224_110722_haul_illotn

The Hang Up and Listen T-shirt, designed by listener Todd Johnson, is now on sale. A shirt can be had for as little as $15.75, and you can choose between two color schemes—the green-and-gold “Oakland” edition or the red “Portland” edition. Support the show by buying both!

Listen to "Hang Up and Listen" with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below or by opening this player in another tab:

You can download the podcast, or you can subscribe to the weekly Hang Up and Listen podcast feed in iTunes. (If you'd prefer to subscribe to the podcast in a program other than iTunes, here's the direct link to the Hang Up and Listen RSS feed.)

Become a fan of Hang Up and Listen on Facebook. Leave us a note, answer Mike's trivia question, and see what other listeners have to say about the latest podcast.

In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the fallout from the Penn State sex abuse scandal and UFC’s primetime debut on Fox with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim. Rafael Rojas Cremonesi also joins the show to discuss the kidnapping and rescue in Venezuela of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos.

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

Josh’s Slate article on Penn State’s Mike McQueary.
An SI.com interview with Jon Wertheim on the night Joe Paterno was fired.
Joe Posnanski’s blog post about Penn State, Joe Paterno, and media outrage.
Rick Telander’s Chicago Sun-Times story “Institutional madness at Penn State.”
Did Penn State violate the Clery Act
by failing to disclose Jerry Sandusky’s alleged crimes?
Broadcasting & Cable
on UFC’s promising Fox debut.
Watch the full replay of the Velasquez-Dos Santos match.
The AP report on Dos Santos’ first-round knockout.
Barry Bearak’s New York Times story on the mainstreaming of ultimate fighting.
An excerpt
from Jon’s mixed martial arts book Blood in the Cage.
What makes more business sense, pay-per-view fights or fights on broadcast TV?
Rafael Rojas Cremonesi’s Twitter account
.
Rafael’s story for Viva Colorado on Ramos’ rescue
.
The AP’s account of how Ramos was liberated from his captors.
The New York Times on the abduction
.
Wikipedia’s list of Venezuelan baseball players.
Joe Lemire’s SI.com on the dangers for baseball players in Venezuela.
Yorvit Torrealba’s son was kidnapped
in Venezuela two years ago; Henry Blanco’s brother was killed by kidnappers.
HBO’s Ali-Frazier documentary Thrilla in Manila.
Mark Kram’s book Ghosts of Manila.
An upcoming documentary about Joe Frazier, When the Smoke Clears.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly triangle chokes:

Mike’s triangle choke: Farkas Original Eye Black is waging a war against eye-black stickers.
Stefan’s triangle choke: On unique football scores. (Here’s the list of all NFL game scores, and here’s the discussion of the worst football games ever.)
Josh’s triangle choke: Jim Hawthorne’s botched calls of the greatest plays in LSU football history.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

You can e-mail us at hangup@slate.com.

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 Hang Up and Listen

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.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?
Music

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
  Business
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?