Slate’s Sports Podcast on Whether There Should Be a Ladder on Mount Everest

Slate's sports podcast.
June 3 2013 5:10 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Understandably Quiet Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NHL’s power quartet, Roy Hibbert’s on-court stardom and off-court homophobia, and the state of Mount Everest in 2013.

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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 NHL playoffs and why the last four Stanley Cup champions are the last four teams standing in 2013. They also talk about Roy Hibbert’s defensive prowess, Hibbert’s “no homo” gaffe, and the infighting between Miami’s Big 3. Finally, they are joined by mountain climber Ed Viesturs to assess whether there should be a ladder near the top of Mount Everest.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Shishapangmas:

Mike’s Shishapangma: The WNBA mascots Sky Guy and Doppler can’t compare to the rhino in a business suit that’s part of the BAM! Mascots Gallery.

Josh’s Shishapangma: Basketball officiating has seen a few innovations in the past few years with instant replay, but nothing like what Southern Oregon coach Jean Eberhart developed in 1942. Instead of having referees on the court, a “crow’s nest” was placed above both baskets. After some favorable reviews, the crow’s nest officiating style disappeared. (If you know why, contact us at hangup@slate.com.)

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Michael Gerber.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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 Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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.