2015 World Series: Hang Up and Listen on the Royals’ victory and the end of Grantland. Plus, an interview with Michele Roberts of the NBA players’ union.

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Hang Up and Listen: The All Hail the Royals Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Kansas City’s World Series win and the end of Grantland. Plus, an interview with NBA players’ union executive director Michele Roberts. 


Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:


In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory over the New York Mets. They also talk about ESPN’s decision to shutter the website Grantland, and they interview Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.

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


Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Joe Sharrys:

Mike’s Joe Sharry: How to improve the fan experience at the New York City Marathon.

Stefan’s Sharry: A deep dive into the collected works of Grantland Rice.

Josh’s Joe Sharry: How other sports can capture the magic of Miami’s eight-lateral, game-winning kickoff return.


On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to Seth Stevenson about his quest to go to umpire school. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

If you’re a fan of Slate’s podcasts, you can’t miss out on our one-night-only show in New York City on Nov. 16! We’re combining Slate’s most popular personalities from the Political Gabfest, the Culture Gabfest, and Hang Up and Listen into a blowout event called “Superfest on Broadway” at Manhattan’s Town Hall. After the blowout event, we will be holding an exclusive after-party with the talent, Slate staff and Panoply partners at an undisclosed location. Only 50 tickets will be sold to this exclusive event, which will include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The venue will be within walking distance of the live show and an email with location will go out two weeks prior to attendees. You can buy your show ticket or a show AND after-party package by visiting slate.com/superfestnyc. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the show and 9 p.m. for the after-party. If you are a Slate Plus member, you will receive 30 percent off your ticket purchase. Use your Upcoming Events tool in the Slate Plus dashboard on the right side of the Slate Plus home page to receive your individualized discount code.

Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.