Idaho's a diamond in the rough. And even though it's riddled with precious minerals, it's the culture, recreation and people that make it the Gem State. And while it might also be known for the size and abundance of its potatoes, it's what we dip our fries in that makes us innovators.
staff writer Jessica Murri has a deep love for radio, and when she received the prompt for the second annual KCRW Independent Producer Project
—"You Should Know"—she wanted to approach Idaho's most famous export, potatoes, from a direction non-Idahoans might not understand: fry sauce.
Two parts mayo and one part ketchup, fry sauce is a local preference for dipping Idaho-grown gems and fries, and even hot dogs. It's also something of a local oddity, and most folks on the other side of the state line don't quite know what to think of the pink condiment.
Murri's piece, "Idaho's Saucy Secret," is one of almost 140 entries submitted to the contest worldwide. Each contestant received the competition prompt Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and had 24 hours to research, produce and submit a radio piece to SoundCloud
. Entries came from 32 states and 18 countries.
KCRW, the Los Angeles-based NPR affiliate, will announce the top 10 entries Aug. 5, and winners will be announced Aug. 12. The prize for first place is $1,000, second place is $500, and third place is $300. The winning entries will air on the UnFictional podcast