A Slate Staffer Confesses to Wearing Those Vibram FiveFingers Toe-Glove Shoe Things

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May 12 2014 5:30 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Michael Sam, the NBA playoffs, and the Vibram FiveFingers settlement.

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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 St. Louis Rams’ selection of Michael Sam in the NFL draft, the reasons Sam was picked so late, and ESPN’s coverage of the historic moment. They also talk about the NBA playoffs, including the Clippers’ and Pacers’ remarkable comebacks, Scott Brooks’ supposedly awful coaching, and Kevin Durant’s endearing MVP speech. Finally, they are joined by Slate editorial director John Swansburg to assess minimalist running and the $3.75 million settlement Vibram is paying out for claims it made about its FiveFingers running shoes.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Bill Bowermans:

Mike’s Bowerman: NBA players, please don’t bring your children to press conferences.

Stefan’s Bowerman: Peeling back soccer’s shameful history of racial intolerance and banana throwing.

Josh’s Bowerman: Why don’t we care about the record for running the longest distance in a set amount of time?

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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