Alex Rodriguez suspension: Hang Up and Listen on baseball’s Biogenesis punishments, Clint Dempsey’s move to Seattle, and the role of genes in athletic performance.
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Aug. 5 2013 6:18 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The A-Rod vs. Everyone Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Alex Rodriguez’s suspension, Clint Dempsey’s return to MLS, and the role of genes in athletic performance.

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Hang Up and Listen is pleased to present a new weekly segment featuring Alex Belth, the proprietor of Deadspin’s sports journalism archive The Stacks. This week’s featured story is “The Loser,” Gay Talese’s 1964 Esquire piece on boxer Floyd Patterson. You can follow Alex on Twitter and email him.

In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Alex Rodriguez’s suspension and are joined by Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein to explore how “anti-aging” clinics market to athletes. They also examine Clint Dempsey’s decision to leave the Premier League for the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. Finally, they’re rejoined by Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, to talk about the role of genes in athletic performance.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Mostros:

Mike’s Mostro: Because of his effort to ensure Nap Lajoie would win the 1910 batting title over Ty Cobb, Jack O’Connor was banned for life from baseball.  

Stefan’s Mostro: Every country seems to have its own Messi. It’s time for the United States to declare one or two.

Josh’s Mostro: In 1957, Sports Illustrated assessed the value of Little League baseball and the Little League World Series.

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

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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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