Weiner Nation: Re-Imagining the Hot Dog


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Many regions enforce a strict toppings code. For example, ketchup is a definite no-no on a Chicago-style hot dog.


When it comes to processed meats, the lowly hot dog is often dismissed as kids’ food, or a ballpark trifle. But inside their casings, these iconic sausages represent the history of American immigration, innovation and ideology. This hour, we’ll bite into hot dog culture and explore the paradox of this communal-yet-individual food, its proprietors, and its delicious mythology.


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