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March 24 2014 5:07 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Silver’s Mettle Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NCAA tournament, the relaunch of FiveThirtyEight, and baseball’s Australian opening day.

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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 highlights, lowlights, and upsets of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. They also review the relaunch of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website, and evaluate whether it’s achieving its goal of using data journalism as a corrective to wayward, baseless punditry. Finally, they talk about the start of the Major League Baseball season in Australia and the league’s international ambitions.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Joe Quinns:

Mike’s Quinn: What’s the worst question that athletes get asked in post-game interviews?

Stefan’s Quinn: Remembering Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson’s stint as a broadcaster, the press’s response, and a remarkable radio archive.

Josh’s Quinn: Resolving the pea vs. pealess whistle debate once and for all, and delving into the wild world of instructional whistle videos.

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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