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Listen To ‘Hot Takedown,’ Our Sports Podcast Pilot

Loyal FiveThirtyEight readers: This week we recorded a trial run of our new sports podcast “Hot Takedown,” and we’re eager for you to take a listen. We’re trying to add a little data perspective to the major storylines — and arguments — of the week.

This episode, editor Chadwick Matlin, sportswriter Neil Paine and visual journalist Allison McCann discuss the Super Bowl and winning streaks in the NBA. FiveThirtyEight’s Reuben Fischer-Baum also stops by to provide this week’s “significant digit” — a historically bad free-throw performance in Brooklyn.

Take a listen or download it below.

By Jody Avirgan

Some of what we mentioned on this week’s show:

(This is part of the prelaunch experimentation for the FiveThirtyEight podcast. We’ll be posting audio of different kinds on SoundCloud and then launching the actual podcast this spring. Stay tuned! And let us know what you think by tweeting our podcast producer/host, @jodyavirgan, or emailing us.)

Jody Avirgan hosts and produces podcasts for FiveThirtyEight.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

Chadwick Matlin is a deputy editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight.

Reuben Fischer-Baum is a visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.