NFL replacement refs: Hang Up and Listen on pro football’s referee lockout, the Paralympics, and marathon fraud.
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Sept. 4 2012 6:15 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Miles To Go Before I Cheat Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on replacements refs in the NFL, the Paralympics, and marathon fraud.


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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 NFL’s decision to start the season with replacement refs and whether fans will care. They also talk about the feats and controversies in the Paralympics, and the lack of coverage the games have gotten in the United States. Finally, they speak with The New Yorker’s Mark Singer about marathon fraudster Kip Litton and Paul Ryan’s claim (since retracted) that he ran a marathon in under 3 hours.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is 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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