Slate’s Hang Up and Listen bonus segment: Leonard Fournette and high school deaths.

Should Leonard Fournette Stop Playing College Football? The Hang Up and Listen Crew Decides.

Should Leonard Fournette Stop Playing College Football? The Hang Up and Listen Crew Decides.

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Oct. 27 2015 12:31 PM
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The “Running Backward” Bonus Segment

The Hang Up and Listen hosts discuss college football stars and a growing death toll among high school teams.

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This week on the Slate Plus Hang Up and Listen bonus segment, hosts Mike Pesca, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin revisit a few recent episodes. First, the panel discusses the situation surrounding Louisiana State’s Leonard Fournette. Should the sophomore running back challenge the NFL’s age restrictions on professional play, or can the Heisman favorite use his fame to further his own career?

The Hang Up and Listen crew also reviews fatal examples of “freak injuries” in high school football. Does the recurrence of these horrible deaths indicate a greater pattern that needs to be addressed? How should parents intervene? And what does the American Academy of Pediatrics have to say about this?

Here’s what the other podcasts discussed on the Slate Plus bonus segments from the past week:

On this week’s Political Gabfest, hosts Emily Bazelon and David Plotz debated the ethics of an Alabama judge and his decision to accept blood donations as a substitute for paying fines.