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Is Sandwich Sexism Real?

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Sep 23, 2019

A while back on the show, food critic Mimi Sheraton told a story about a time she had 104 pastrami sandwiches in her car. She was taking them to a scale to weigh them to see which Jewish deli gave you the biggest sandwich for your money.

A Sporkful listener named Bill in San Clemente, California, heard that episode and called in with a pretty provocative question:

Do places make smaller sandwiches for women?

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This week on The Sporkful, we set off on a mission around New York City with our friend Laura "L.V." Anderson. We buy a bunch of sandwiches, weigh them, and crunch the numbers to see if the sandwiches made for L.V. are smaller than the ones made for Dan.

(Actually, our friend Lauren Hale, a researcher at Stony Brook University, crunched our sandwich stats – better to leave the fancy math to the experts!)

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Is sandwich sexism real? Listen in to the full episode to hear the results of our investigation. (And be sure to check out Laura's companion piece on Slate!)

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier episode. 

This show features the song "Let's Make A Sandwich" by the amazing Two Man Gentleman Band.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Scrambloid Remix" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "Talk to Me Now Instrumental" by Hayley Briasco and Ken Brahmstedt

- "Can You Dig It" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

- "Midnight Grind" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

- "Private Detective" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

- "Hip Hop Slidester" by Steve Pierson

Photos: FlickrCC/jeffreyww, FlickrCC/donkeyhoteyFlickrCC/bionicgrrrlFlickrCC/Maria-Marta Nemes

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