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2020 Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Ongoing Series finalist

Dish City

About the Project

Washington, D.C. is a historically Black city that has gone through city change at hyperspeed. Now home to a mix of native residents, new transplants and recent immigrants, D.C. has a rich food culture often left unexplored by those who still see it as a “steakhouse town” catering to lawyers, lobbyists and lawmakers.

The podcast Dish City seeks to correct that narrative by exploring change in D.C. through its iconic foods.

Hosts Patrick Fort and Ruth Tam present an oral history of the iconic half-smoke, a debate over the future of local Ethiopian food, an ode to the divisive Jumbo Slice and more. The result is a vulnerable and humorous look at a city worth knowing — not merely for its power, but through its palate.