Lucky Carry Out at 10th and U Streets NW in Washington D.C. in 2005.

Lucky Carry Out at 10th and U Streets NW in Washington D.C. in 2005.

Fresh off winning reelection as D.C. mayor, Muriel Bowser took to Facebook for a late night gripe about mumbo sauce, a condiment many Washingtonians hold dear.

“Is anybody else annoyed by Mumbo sauce? I wish people would stop suggesting that it is quintessential DC. I’m just saying I was a full grown woman before I had heard of mumbo sauce! So there, I’ve said it.”

Her comments became a proxy war for a number of hot button topics in the district: What is quintessential D.C. anyway? Who gets to decide? Where does mumbo sauce come from, and why has D.C. claimed it even though it has roots in Chicago? Kojo explores all these questions and more.

Produced by Ruth Tam

Guests

  • Arsha Jones Owner, Capital City LLC; @capitalcityco
  • Sarah Godfrey Former writer, Washington City Paper

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