Slate’s Sports Show on the IOC’s Bizarre Decision To Cut Wrestling

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Feb. 19 2013 6:54 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Wrestling or Wushu Edition

Slate’s sports show on the IOC’s decision to cut wrestling, Oscar Pistorius’ fall from grace, and the Redskins nickname controversy.

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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

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca are joined by Around the Rings editor Ed Hula to talk about the International Olympic Committee’s decision to cut wrestling from the summer games, and the sport’s future in the Olympics. Next, they discuss double-amputee Oscar Pistorius’ fall from grace and Nike’s role in mythologizing athletes. Lastly, they speak with Drexel University professor Ellen Staurowsky about the Redskins nickname controversy and the stereotyping of American Indians in sports.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly monkey spins:

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Mike’s monkey spin: The worldwide premier of the trailer for “The Fix Is In,” starring Stellan Skarsgård, Lena Headey, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Robert Duvall.

Stefan’s monkey spin: Dissecting court-storming coverage and looking back at some crazy postgame riots.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Eric Goldwein.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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