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What The Russian Scandal Tells Us About The State Of Doping In Sports


Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (July 19, 2016), we chat with FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden about the Russian doping scandal and ask her whether it is a sign that the World Anti-Doping Agency is falling down on the job. We then talk to Rob Arthur about why the home run has returned to baseball, and he walks us through his investigation into the mystery. Finally, we welcome Jacob Wolf from ESPN Esports to tell us about Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, the new champion of Super Smash Bros. Melee, and we ask him if this means Hungrybox has gone from being a god to a G.O.A.T. Plus, a significant digit on ex-MLB players entering a tournament against a bunch of college kids.

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Chadwick Matlin is a deputy editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine is a senior writer for FiveThirtyEight.

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.