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This week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen is a special superfest featuring the Political Gabfest and the Culture Gabfest and host Dan Kois. First up, the Political Gabfest discusses President Obama’s proposed executive action on immigration and whether he’s moving toward an imperial presidency. Next, the culture team debates the rise of emoji, and whether the tiny characters are changing the way we communicate. Hang Up and Listen talks about NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s call to legalize sports betting. And finally, the Gabfesters combine forces to debate the merits of Billy Joel and Beethoven, among other weighty topics.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Slate’s Betsy Woodruff on the coming immigration war.
- Slate’s Jamelle Bouie argues that the GOP should’ve partnered with President Obama on immigration.
- Adam Sternbergh’s New York story on emoji.
- Follow Emojitracker to watch real-time emoji use on Twitter.
- Vice’s Hannah Rosefield asks, “Could Emoji Ever Be a Language?”
- The emoji Moby Dick.
- Adam Silver’s New York Times op-ed argues that sports gambling should be legalized.
- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban supports Silver.
- Other sports commissioners aren’t following Silver’s lead.
- New Jersey is in the midst of a court battle over legalizing sports betting.
- Betting companies sponsor four Premier League teams.
- You can bet NFL parlays in Delaware.
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Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski and Josephine Livingstone.
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