Dennis Rodman, North Korea: Hang Up and Listen on the state of NBA stats, sports ticket economics, and the Worm’s visit to the DPRK.
Slate’s Sports Podcast on Dennis Rodman’s Bizarre Diplomatic Mission to North Korea
Slate's sports podcast.
March 4 2013 6:08 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Worm in North Korea Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the state of NBA stats, sports ticket economics, and Dennis Rodman’s trip to the DPRK.

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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 are joined by ESPN’s director of production analytics and basketball statistics pioneer Dean Oliver to discuss the state of advanced stats in the NBA. They also speak with economist Jeff Ely about “Purple Pricing,” Northwestern University’s new ticket pricing system. Lastly, they talk about Dennis Rodman’s bizarre trip to North Korea and other instances of sports diplomacy.

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


Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Ris:

Mike’s Ri: Brainstorming sports-themed safe words in response to a New York Times article on BDSM.

Stefan’s Ri: It’s shocking what the Golden Goal game show did to the women on the Larvik HK handball team.

Josh’s Ri: The Oakland A’s hired astrologer Laurie Brady in 1976. Her predictions were not astoundingly accurate.

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

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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.