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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 talk to ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap about his E:60 report on the shameful living and working conditions for migrant laborers in Qatar in advance of the 2022 World Cup. They’re also joined by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski to discuss the latest NHL playoffs news, including a shocking desecration of hockey’s post-series handshake tradition. Finally, they explore the state of horseracing and nasal breathing aids after California Chrome’s win at the Preakness Stakes.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Watch a preview of Jeremy Schaap’s E:60 report on Qatar.
- Slate’s Jeremy Stahl reviewed the E:60 story and called for action.
- Ed Sherman interviewed Schaap about reporting in Qatar.
- Starting last fall, the Guardian published a series of reports on deaths and human rights abuses in Qatar and how FIFA, European construction companies, and the Qatari government turn a blind eye.
- Stefan discussed Qatar’s preparation and FIFA’s decision on NPR.
- Greg Wyshynski wrote about the NHL’s post-game handshake tradition after Milan Lucic threatened to kill Dale Weise. He also wrote about handshakes during last year’s playoffs.
- P.K. Subban defended Boston Bruins fans, while the Bruins and their players denounced racist tweets about the Montreal Canadiens star.
- In the previous round of the playoffs, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was fined for spraying water at Subban and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was fined for dumping water on Sidney Crosby.
- Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden showed that horse racing still inspires great writing.
- A roundtable of Wall Street Journal writers discussed California Chrome’s chance of winning the Triple Crown and the current state of horse racing.
- The New York Times reported that California Chrome likely will be able to wear his FLAIR strip.
- Last fall, Joe Drape wrote in the New York Times about the use of performance enhancing drugs, including Lasix, in horse racing.
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