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Ethiopian? Check. How about pupusas? It’s there too. Plus the famous jumbo slice. Say Washington and food may not be the first thing to come to mind. But public radio station WAMU (88.5) aims to change that with its new podcast Dish City. The seven-episode podcast will dive deep into the District’s most distinctive and revealing foods. 

“To outsiders, D.C. is a government town – but it’s also eclectic, diverse and teeming with local culture and flavor – and nowhere is that better reflected than in the foods and dishes born or popularized here,” said Andi McDaniel, senior director of content and news at WAMU.

That’s what led to the creation of Dish City, which will be hosted by Ruth Tam and Patrick Fort, both producers for WAMU’s midday The Kojo Nnamdi Show. “We both came to D.C. in the last ten years and we have both used food to learn about our new home,” said Tam in the show’s preview. “And for the food that Washingtonians grew up with we’ll explore if they have a future in a city that’s rapidly changing.”

“Do restaurants make neighborhoods or is it the other way around,” said Fort. “Above all we want to know how city change is experienced through food.”

The first episode will be released September 12 with new episodes available on Thursdays.