8 episodes

Special projects and more from Michigan Public, the station that brought you the Peabody Award-winning Believed podcast. Listen to our first special series, Dough Dynasty, streaming now wherever you get your podcasts. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

Special projects and more from Michigan Public, the station that brought you the Peabody Award-winning Believed podcast. Listen to our first special series, Dough Dynasty, streaming now wherever you get your podcasts. 

    Extra Cheese: Delivered

    Extra Cheese: Delivered

    There's someone we've failed to acknowledge in this whole series: the delivery driver. We hear tales from the trails of delivery guys across the state. 


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    • 18 min
    Extra Cheese: A Crust Stuffed with Data

    Extra Cheese: A Crust Stuffed with Data

    Ordering pizza today is nothing short of amazing. With a tap of button, pizza miraculously shows up at our front door. From the Domino's pizza tracker to DoorDash, we look at the big data and technology that's made pizza ready at our fingertips. 


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    • 19 min
    Extra Cheese: Dude, Ranch

    Extra Cheese: Dude, Ranch

    Ranch is a popular, though controversial American pizza condiment. But for many pizza eaters, it's become a must-have side. In this Dough Dynasty Extra Cheese we give you the brief history of ranch, and try to explain how it evolved as a pizza dipping sauce.   


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    • 18 min
    The Deep Dish on Detroit Style

    The Deep Dish on Detroit Style

    Michigan's pizza chains helped make pizza huge, but they're not the only Michigan bred pizza innovation. We tell the story of the new "it girl" in pizza: Detroit style. Plus you'll meet some of the pizza makers of today breaking the mold.


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    • 33 min
    How They Spent Their Dough

    How They Spent Their Dough

    Pizza wouldn't be the same today without the chains. But how have the chains shaped our cities, or even our politics?

    Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch and Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan amassed billions of dollars slinging dough. We tell you how they spent it. Plus we take you down memory lane, and revisit the so called "pizza wars" of the 1980s.


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    • 33 min
    The Secret Sauce of a Pizza Chain

    The Secret Sauce of a Pizza Chain

    Thanks to Michigan’s pizza kings, your favorite chain delivers better, hotter, faster pizza. 

    In the early years of their businesses, Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch and Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan both developed ways to streamline pizza production. We break down the history of three major industry innovations from Michigan that paved the way for all your favorite pizza chains. 


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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

PJSpadafore ,

A must for pizza love my Michiganders.

We knew Michigan was the pizza capital of the world, but Michigan Radio does the leg work to prove it. This was a fun listen and I’ve recommended it to numerous friends.

Matt Rodbard ,

Bravo!!!

Such a fun series.

gheuer212 ,

Driving for Dominos

I delivered for Dominos in 1964-65 when there were only three stores in the world. We drove bubble-shaped SAAB cars with no passenger seat. On that side, in the footwell, was a propane oven. The interior of the car rose to HOT as we drove around AA/YPS in the cold of winter.
We had to unplug the sign on top when we stopped to prevent the battery from running down. There were years afterward when we did not have pizzas. I wish I had saved one of my checks signed by “himself”.

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