Slate’s Sports Podcast on the Latest in Linsanity

Slate's sports podcast.
Feb. 21 2012 6:14 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Wide World of Slurs Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the latest in Linsanity, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan abroad, and sports journalism on the Web.


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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Jonathan Eig discuss the evolution of the Jeremy Lin phenomenon. Franklin Foer also joins the show to talk about the successful European runs of American soccer players Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, as well as the recent developments in the Luis Suarez racial taunting case. Finally, they discuss the state of sports journalism on the Web.

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

Jeremy Lin’s high school coach is surprised by his NBA success.
Rick Reilly on how college and NBA coaches missed on Lin.
A 2010 NPR interview with Lin in which he discusses the racial slurs he’s heard on the court.
ESPN fired the “Chink in the Armor” headline writer and suspended an ESPNEWS anchor who used the term.
The Lin fortune cookie sign at Madison Square Garden.’s Stats and Info crew analyzes Landon Donovan’s performance with Everton.
Deadspin’s Dave Shireley argues that Clint Dempsey is the best American soccer player ever.
Will Dempsey move to a top Premier League club?
England’s Football Association released a 115-page report on Luis Suarez’s racial taunting of Patrice Evra.
Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand before a recent matchup between Liverpool and Manchester United.
What should Liverpool’s American owners do about the Suarez mess?
Jon’s new local sports website, ChicagoSide.
A TimeOut Chicago post on ChicagoSide.
Longform’s guide to the best sports writing of 2011.
Hang Up and Listen’s 2011 segment on the launch of Grantland.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Mother Nobletts:

Jon’s Mother Noblett: The Inside the NBA crew’s mockery of LeBron James’ receding hairline. (Here’s a LeBron headband placement timeline.)
Stefan’s Mother Noblett: The debut of women’s boxing in the Olympics and the Women Box series on WNYC. (Here’s Barry Bearak’s New York Times story on Quanitta Underwood.)
Josh’s Mother Noblett: The cricket slasher-comedy I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

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Jonathan Eig is the author of Luckiest Man and Opening Day and the founder of ChicagoSide.

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.



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