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June 23 2014 5:37 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The White Elephant in Manaus Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the World Cup and Tony Gwynn’s legacy.  


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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and special guest Bryan Curtis of Grantland discuss American soccer’s emotional rollercoaster in Brazil and what it means for the rest of the World Cup and for the future of soccer in the U.S. They also talk to Slate contributor Luke O’Brien about what it was like to be in Manaus for the U.S.-Portugal game and what locals think about the World Cup. Finally, they discuss Tony Gwynn’s life and legacy on and off the field after his untimely death from salivary cancer.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Jackrabbits:

Mike’s Jackrabbit: Uncovering the poetry of Pedro Martinez.

Bryan’s Jackrabbit: The evolution of the American soccer troll in four easy steps.

Stefan’s Jackrabbit: Exploring the world of competitive Wiffle ball and learning that everyone will get really creative and/or overpay for a competitive advantage.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Grantland’s Bryan Curtis talked about the acceptance of tanking in the NBA and recent developments that may impact the draft. Slate Plus members get an ad-free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Alexis Diao. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

Correction, June 23, 2014: This post originally misstated that the U.S. lost to Portugal at the World Cup. The game was a draw.

Bryan Curtis is a staff writer for Grantland. Follow him on Twitter.

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

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.



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