Listener Celebrates 'Cheesepocalypse'

Host Michel Martin and Editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener inbox. This week, they take on the backlash from a conversation about the Velveeta cheese shortage.

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And now it's time for Backtalk, our first time on Thursdays. That's where we hear from you, our listeners. And editor Ammad Omar is back with us once again to tell us - what's going on today, Ammad?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Michel, we talked a little bit about a Velveeta shortage that's going on across the country. And if you don't already know, it's officially a pasteurized prepared cheese product. But, Michel, it's also known as liquid gold in some quarters - a must-have for football games. And so we thought the shortage was worth a closer look, also known as the cheese-pocalypse. But, Michel, the haters were out in full force, perhaps, best characterized by Roman Kozak, who wrote in from Omaha, Neb. He says: All I can say to this story is HOORAY - all caps. The reason that so many of us hate Velveeta is because it tastes awful. Yes, I don't like processed foods. Yes, I have serious doubts as to what is actually in the Velveeta. And I suppose I should add that all of my circle of friends feel the same way.

MARTIN: But you've eaten it - right? - though. See, I'm just saying. So - but I guess Roman isn't going to get a complimentary gift basket from the fine folks at Kraft anytime soon. It's OK.

OMAR: No, and, Michel, believe it or not, that wasn't the most nasty thing we got. It gets real serious on Twitter, like this one: Velveeta is the garbage water of cheese.


OMAR: That's from Jamin Keene or @KeenePOV - in Washington, D.C.

MARTIN: All right. Well, stay away from my buffet table.

OMAR: ...In Washington, D.C. Plenty more as well for anyone that wants to pile on to the pasteurized prepared cheese product bashing on Twitter.

MARTIN: OK. OK. Well, thanks for that. And remember at TELL ME MORE the conversation never ends. You can go to our website, leave a comment. You can email us - Check us out on Facebook or tweet us. We @TellMeMoreNPR. Thanks, Ammad.

OMAR: Thank you.

MARTIN: And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR news. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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