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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 discuss Duke basketball player Grayson Allen’s rise to college basketball infamy, Northwestern’s impending March Madness debut, and the historic first-ever Ivy League conference basketball tournament. Scott Raab also joins to talk about his new book, You’re Welcome Cleveland: How I Helped LeBron Win a Championship and Save a City, the follow-up to 2011’s The Whore of Akron. Finally, Oliver Roeder of FiveThirtyEight comes on the show to assess Libratus, the computer that just defeated four professional poker players.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- ESPN’s postgame analysis of Saturday night’s Duke–North Carolina game.
- Duke’s Grayson Allen drew a technical foul when he elbowed a UNC player in the face.
- Duke drew criticism when it ended Allen’s “indefinite suspension” for multiple tripping incidents after just one game.
- Current Los Angeles Clipper and former Duke Blue Devil J.J. Redick says he thinks the media perpetuates a “white Duke villain myth.”
- The Wall Street Journal covers Northwestern on the verge of its first NCAA tournament appearance, explaining how coach Chris Collins’ time under Mike Krzyzewski has shaped Northwestern’s program.
- Follow Scott Raab on Twitter.
- Scott’s new book, You’re Welcome Cleveland: How I Helped LeBron Win a Championship and Save a City.
- Josh interviewed Scott before and after Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
- Scott’s apology letter to LeBron James after James announced his return to Cleveland.
- Follow Oliver Roeder on Twitter.
- Ollie’s FiveThirtyEight report on the Libratus win and his prematch story on the computer.
- Wired’s prematch story on an impending Libratus victory.
- Time interviewed Toumas Sandholm, the Carnegie Mellon professor and programmer behind Libratus.
- Wired breaks down how Libratus works.
- Wired’s 2016 feature on how artificial intelligence mastered the ancient Chinese game Go.
- A 2011 Slate article by Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings on what it was like to compete against a supercomputer.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly High Pockets:
Mike’s High Pockets: The life of Alan Wiggins, the baseball star who died of AIDS in 1991.
Josh’s High Pockets: RIP Ned Garver, subject of a great interview on the podcast Effectively Wild.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Stefan, Josh, and Mike discuss U.S. Soccer’s new national anthem rules, Tim Tebow’s “relentless pursuit of failure,” and Arian Foster’s hypothetical face-off with a wolf.
Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort.
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