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Sept. 23 2013 5:57 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Come Sail Away Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on baseball’s playoff races, the America’s Cup, and the first stirrings of college athlete activism.

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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 closing stretch of the baseball season, including the playoff races, the A’s sewage problems, and the Dodgers’ pool-focused celebration. They also talk about the strange, alarming, amusing America’s Cup, a best-of-17 sail-off between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA. Finally, they’re joined by Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, to talk about his group’s “All Players United” campaign and the first stirrings of college athlete activism.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly daggerboards:  

Mike’s daggerboard: In praise of James Lofton, Hall of Famer, radio announcer, and childhood teammate of Warren Moon.

Stefan’s daggerboard: Should Tottenham fans stop chanting the word yid?

Josh’s daggerboard: Send a letter to your favorite team and they may just send you a free “fan pack” in return.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

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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

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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