Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Barbecue Smackdown And Other Local Interests : Monkey See On this week's pop-culture podcast, we're talking about local culture and the things that make us really, really hungry. (Well, other than just being hungry.) French restaurants, cupcakes as metaphor, and lots more on this week's show.
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A last-minute (really last-minute) appliance-delivery calamity caused us to call upon our esteemed producer, Mike Katzif, to step in for Stephen Thompson. That left me, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon to coerce Mike into a chat about a couple of less wacky but more heartfelt topics than we've sometimes focused on: the places where we grew up and being really hungry.

Our local-culture segment draws out of Trey a lovely description of the golf-centric culture of Augusta, Georgia; bonding moments between Glen and me over all the local newscasters we loved in the Philadelphia area (Jim Gardner: we will never forget you), and Mike's insistence that Kansas City barbecue is the best barbecue — which doesn't go over well with Trey. Like, at all. More significantly, we chat about how mass entertainment is eating away at certain kinds of hyperlocal pop culture, making it more important to bond with your figurative neighborhood over things like ... food. (Note: Here's some background on Chief Halftown who was, as I remembered, a real Seneca Indian.)

Remy is just one of the things that might make you hungry in Disney's Ratatouille. AP/Disney hide caption

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Remy is just one of the things that might make you hungry in Disney's Ratatouille.

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Speaking of food, we then turn to the pop culture that makes us hungry. There's the obvious stuff like Big Night, but there's also the surprisingly rat-infested Ratatouille and lots more. Caution: Have a snack before you listen to this segment, maybe. Naturally, this is also occasion for a chat about the important role of food and feasting in popular culture, and we invite you to share your thoughts in the comments or over on Facebook.

Finally, as always, we've got time to talk about what's making us happy this week. Mike continues to be the champion of the epically important ensemble comedy series, and I drag out an old Roger Ebert story to talk up a new Roger Ebert story.