Comments for Ramen Jiro

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Produced by Andy Raskin

Other pieces by Andy Raskin

Summary: Greatness awaits at the front of the line.

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Review of Not the Soup Nazi

I love how this piece takes for granted your knowledge of the term “soup Nazi” and then takes it from there. Andy explains the Ramen Jiro noodle restaurant in such a way that makes it sound like an initiation rite, an iron man competition, and a heroin den all rolled into one. He describes a world with it’s own logic and rules. It’s almost like science fiction. Like for instance, you have to finish your entire bowl or you will insult the owner, a man who seems to run the place like a prison warden. Or there’s the fact that the first time you eat the pork dish you will become ill, but then after that you will need it every day. It goes to show that good writing can be about anything. It can turn the mundane into the epic, as all good radio should. This is playful and funny… absurd and utterly charming, and would really spice up your food programming.

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Review of Not the Soup Nazi

Not many producers are willing to sacrifice their gall bladder for the sake of good radio!?

I enjoyed this piece alot. At first I was a little confused because I did not get the "soup nazi" reference. About one minute in however, the narrative developed and I was hooked.

The acts and tracks in this story are hilarious. Good use of musical bridge hightens the feeling of anticipation and suspence as the characters procede cautiously along toward their fates.

I could imagine this piece on almost any show or program but especially those who feature unusual, offbeat and sometimes quietly affecting subjects.

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Review of Not the Soup Nazi

I liked the feel of this piece, and the topic. There was some overextending to reach the premise that you can learn under pressure from a noodle kitchen, but that's okay. It made for a good piece and I enjoyed the story. These quirky pieces need to go on at the top of ATC or ME more often, in my opinion. I'm glad to see it ran on ATC. Even if you had to trim it down to the core of the piece, it would sound good in a position to remind people that the world isn't all about Iraq and politics, as it so often seems nowadays. There still are noodle kitchens to teach us how to handle pressure.

As a listener, I would like to hear more of these to spice up the day.