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Upon Further Review

Sports • History • Society-and-culture

From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way. Upon Further Review is a limited edition Slate podcast based on the book of the same name.Read more

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What if Tom Brady Never Became The Patriots’ Quarterback?

Jun 12 • 28:32

Live from the airwaves of WRNT, the 50,000 watt scorching (yet fictitious) voice of Boston sports radio….it’s The Dougie and The Donk Show. On today’s episode we take a trip to a fantastical football universe. A new TV special about a notorious 2001 Patriots game asks a lot of crazy questions. Like what if quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the hero of Pats Nation, had been pulled ...

What If the 1999 U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Had Lost the Women’s World Cup?

Jun 5 • 29:34

What if Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick against China in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final had bounced off the crossbar resulting in defeat? Just imagine the devastating fallout. There would be no thriving women’s professional league, women’s soccer highlights wouldn’t dominate ESPN and female players would’ve never gotten the same pay as the men. The thing is none of that a...

What If the Dodgers Hadn't Left Brooklyn?

May 29 • 21:40

It’s 2018 and after decades of threatening to do so the Dodgers are finally leaving Brooklyn. What will this mean for the vibrant cultural scene and local economy? Or is it possible nobody will even notice since the Brooklyn Nets dominate this hoops and hip-hop-obsessed borough nowadays. Legendary NPR host and longtime Dodgers fan Robert Siegel reports on a bygone era that...

BONUS: Jesse Eisenberg meets Dan Majerle

May 27 • 16:36

The Fan Letter That Doomed the Phoenix Suns

May 22 • 22:42

Actor Jesse Eisenberg revisits a painful chapter of his youth when his beloved basketball team, the Phoenix Suns, lost to the Chicago Bulls in the final seconds of Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals....

What If Nixon Had Been Good At Football?

May 15 • 24:19

Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it. That frustration fueled a persecution complex that would eventually bring down his presidency. How would history be different had Nixon been more than just a tackle dummy on his college football team? Upon Further Review and Slow Burn's Leon Neyfakh explores that question, and other great what i...

Introducing Upon Further Review

May 7 • 02:40

From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slatepodcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way. Upon Further Review is a limited edition Slate podcast based on the book of the same name. Over the course of five episodes Mike and a roster of podcast All-Stars will explo...

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