Stefan Fatsis Stefan Fatsis

Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

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March 25 2014 1:14 PMRich Kids Are Soft, Poor Kids Need to Be Toughened UpHow race and class affect the way we coach our children.
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March 18 2014 12:58 PMThese Sports Terms Should Be Playable in Scrabble
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March 14 2014 7:13 PMBestie, Ew, Slumdog, TwerkInside the contest to add a new word to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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March 4 2014 5:34 PMIs the NFL’s Proposed Ban of the N-Word a Great Idea or a Foolish Mistake?
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Feb. 24 2014 5:37 PMSteve Nash Explains What It’s Like for a Great Athlete to Confront the End of His Career
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Feb. 20 2014 12:08 PMThe Joys of NBC’s Raw, Secret, Unscripted, Boring Figure Skating Practice Cam
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Feb. 18 2014 4:47 PMWhy Do Figure Skaters Go to the “Kiss and Cry” to Get Their Scores?
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Feb. 12 2014 4:52 PMHow Sports Illustrated Botched the Michael Sam StoryThe bad journalism that has everyone convinced the NFL isn’t ready for a gay player.
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Feb. 4 2014 11:52 PMBaseball’s Secret PioneerWilliam Edward White, the first black player in major-league history, lived his life as a white man.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 27 2014 5:32 PMHang Up and Listen: The Tennis, Tykes, and Tragedy EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Australian Open, the TV series Friday Night Tykes, and the Grantland story “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.”
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 6 2014 5:07 PMHang Up and Listen: The “I Know, I Borrowed Your Face” EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Week 1 of the NFL playoffs, Chris Kluwe’s accusations against the Minnesota Vikings, and the end of the BCS.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 23 2013 5:25 PMIs the NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status a Huge Scandal or a Big Nonissue?
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 9 2013 5:09 PMHang Up and Listen: The “In the Conversation” EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the BCS title matchup, the Jameis Winston case, a snowy NFL weekend, and the United States’ World Cup draw.
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 2 2013 5:41 PMHang Up and Listen: The Relearning How to Hit Each Other EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the remarkable Alabama-Auburn game, the NHL’s new TV deal and concussion lawsuit, and fallen hoops prodigy Lenny Cooke.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 18 2013 5:04 PMHang Up and Listen: The Death to Punting EditionSlate’s sports podcast on an iconoclastic high school football coach, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, and Mike Tyson on Broadway.
Hang Up And Listen
March 24 2014 5:07 PMHang Up and Listen: The Silver’s Mettle EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the NCAA tournament, the relaunch of FiveThirtyEight, and baseball’s Australian opening day.
Hang Up And Listen
March 17 2014 5:55 PMHang Up and Listen: The Hoisted by Their Own Criteria EditionSlate’s sports podcast on March Madness, NFL free agency, and Major League Soccer.
Hang Up And Listen
March 10 2014 5:44 PMAre the 34–0 Wichita State Shockers All They’re Cracked Up to Be?
Sports Nut
Feb. 28 2014 7:29 PMDon’t Use Your Heads, KidsWhy children shouldn’t be allowed to head a soccer ball.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 20 2014 7:58 PMThe U.S. vs. Canada Women’s Final Was the Best Hockey Game in Years
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 18 2014 4:50 PMHang Up and Listen: The Mixed Zone, Mixed Bag EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Sochi Olympics and the NFL’s report on the Miami Dolphins’ locker room.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 13 2014 5:56 PMHang Up and Listen Olympics Extra: The NordicTrack EditionSlate’s sports podcast extra on Thursday’s action in Sochi.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 10 2014 5:28 PMHang Up and Listen: The Sam, Sochi, and Smart EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Michael Sam’s coming out, the Sochi Olympics, and Marcus Smart’s shove.
Hang Up And Listen
Feb. 3 2014 5:03 PMThe Secret to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl Success: Underpaying Their Best Players
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 13 2014 5:24 PMWas Tonya Harding a Villain or a Victim?
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 30 2013 10:02 AMCollision Low Crossers Is an Instant Classic on Life in the NFL
Hang Up And Listen
Dec. 16 2013 5:41 PMHang Up and Listen: The How Extreme Is Too Extreme EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Mike Shanahan’s benching of Robert Griffin III, Mack Brown’s last days at the University of Texas, and the documentary The Crash Reel.
Sports Nut
Dec. 9 2013 12:20 PMIt’s Good!Breaking down Matt Prater’s record 64-yard field goal.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 25 2013 5:37 PMHang Up and Listen: The King of the (Chess) World EditionSlate’s sports podcast on Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, Alex Rodriguez’s battle with MLB, and world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.
Hang Up And Listen
Nov. 12 2013 1:31 AMHang Up and Listen: The Live with Bob Costas EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Dolphins’ bullying scandal and New York’s WFAN sports radio. Plus: an interview with NBC’s Olympics host.

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