Slate’s Sports Podcast on Junior Seau’s Suicide and the Morality of Horse Racing

Slate's sports podcast.
May 7 2012 6:31 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Brains and Brawn Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Junior Seau’s suicide, the morality of horse racing, and Mariano Rivera.

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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 talk about the suicide of ex-NFL star Junior Seau and what effect if any it will have on pro football. They also discuss whether horse racing is immoral and contemplate Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera’s torn ACL and the state of the closer in Major League Baseball.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly racinos:

Mike’s racino: Adam Yauch’s basketball documentary, Gunnin For That #1 Spot.

Stefan’s racino: Jonathan Hock on Dana Brand, the inspiration for Hofstra’s conference on the New York Mets. (Here’s Brand’s essay on The Lost Son of Havana and The Two Escobars, and here’s his colleague Joseph Fichtelberg’s essay on Brand.)

Josh’s racino: Lelands’ strangest sports auctions, including life-cast hands, a rake, expansion team caps, and Shaq’s shoes.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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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.