This podcast extra is free to all readers to preview our membership program, Slate Plus. Visit slate.com/hangupplus to learn more.In their Aug. 17 Slate Plus bonus segment, Hang Up and Listen’s Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss participation trophies, a supposed scourge that even NPR-listening softies point to as a sure sign of American decline. Josh, Stefan, and Mike were reacting to recent anti–participation trophy comments made by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.To access each week’s Hang Up and Listen bonus segment, visit slate.com/hangupplus and try Slate Plus free for two weeks.
Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the thrilling first round of the NBA playoffs. They also talk about the NFL draft and how teams assess prospects’ “red flags.” Finally, they consider the career of Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smit