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Feb. 10 2014 5:28 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Sam, Sochi, and Smart Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Michael Sam’s coming out, the Sochi Olympics, and Marcus Smart’s shove.

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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 University of Missouri linebacker Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay, and they’re joined by Cyd Zeigler of Outsports to talk about how the media rollout happened. They also look at the dangers of Winter Olympics sports, and ask whether Americans are reveling in Sochi’s problems. Finally, they talk about Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart’s suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Holy Crails:

Mike’s Holy Crail: The 30 for 30 short Judging Jewell, and the epistemology of accusations, whether levied at Richard Jewell, Barry Bonds, or Woody Allen. (Here’s that Vanity Fair story about Jewell.)

Stefan’s Holy Crail: Revisiting the infamous 1979 incident in which the Boston Bruins went into the stands to fight fans at Madison Square Garden.

Josh’s Holy Crail: On the observations of Questlove and Chris Rock that society doesn’t allow black people to be mediocre, and how that also applies to gay athletes.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Casey Butterly.

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 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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