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

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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.


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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 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 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 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.

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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 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.


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