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Is Sandwich Sexism Real?

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Sep 23, 2019
Is Sandwich Sexism Real?

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?


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!)


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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