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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 are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Caster Semenya and sex verification at the Olympic Games. They’re also joined by Eugene Monroe to talk about his retirement from the NFL and advocacy of medical marijuana. Finally, they assess the long and successful career of Ichiro Suzuki, the first Japanese position player in the major leagues.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Follow David Epstein on Twitter and read his book The Sports Gene.
- Epstein’s 2014 Washington Post op-ed, “How Much Do Sex Differences Matter in Sports?”
- Ross Tucker of the Science of Sport interviews transgender athlete Joanna Harper about hyperandrogenism.
- Tucker on the Caster Semenya debate.
- The Guardian’s Donald McRae wrote a piece titled, “The Return of Caster Semenya: Olympic Favourite and Ticking Timebomb.”
- Ariel Levy’s 2009 New Yorker profile of Semenya.
- The New York Times Magazine on Indian athlete Dutee Chand.
- In his retirement announcement on the Players’ Tribune, Eugene Monroe wrote he is “terrified” about his long-term health.
- In another piece for the Players’ Tribune, Monroe advocated for the use of marijuana and against painkillers like Toradol.
- The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore wrote about Monroe’s marijuana advocacy.
- The Baltimore Ravens released Monroe in June. He fielded offers from other teams before deciding to retire.
- Monroe talked with GQ about the NFL and marijuana.
- Nate Jackson’s 2014 op-ed in the New York Times on “the NFL’s absurd marijuana policy.”
- Jackson talked to Sports Illustrated about marijuana, the NFL, and injuries.
- Tommy Tomlinson profiled Ichiro for ESPN.
- ESPN’s Marly Rivera interviewed Ichiro as he approached the 3,000-hit milestone.
- Back in June, Ichiro passed Pete Rose by collecting his 4,257th hit in professional baseball. Or did he actually break Rose’s record? (Rose got defensive about it.)
- The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh asks, “Should Ichiro Have Hit Homers?”
- In Slate in 2001, Ben McGrath made the statistical case against Ichiro.
- Ichiro enjoys trash-talking opponents in Spanish.
- In 2010, Joe Posnanski wrote that Ichiro is a unique baseball player.
Hang Up and Listen’s Nobuyuki Kobayashis:
Mike’s Nobuyuki Kobayashi: Assessing the commentary on the domestic abuse allegation against Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott.
Stefan’s Nobuyuki Kobayashi: A close reading of the 1977 article “Beer Town Babes Are Big Losers.”
Josh’s Nobuyuki Kobayashi: What is the world record for longest baseball throw by a woman?
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by David Epstein to discuss which sports should be added to the Olympics. Visit Slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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