Daily Distraction: Slate’s 'Hang Up and Listen’ podcast

Louisa Thomas, a Cantabrigian and co-author of “Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football,” is a big fan of Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast. A trio of Slate journalists host this weekly series that weaves sports’ hot topics and the news of the moment — heavy with fast facts, debate, and interviews. “The hosts know their stuff — and admit it when they don’t,” says Thomas. “They have arguments but always with an open mind, and take on serious subjects but with humor and kindness, especially critical qualities in times like these."