The radio and podcast division of Monocle features a weekly food show, “The Menu,” that addresses the culinary world’s topics du jour and includes interviews and on-location reports with key chefs and figures. It’s smart, provocative radio, and Food Republic is honored to join Monocle in promoting “The Menu.” The latest episode catches up with Steve Plotnicki, whose Opinionated About Dining site celebrates and critiques fine dining around the world, goes to the source for the story of the Italian cult brand Pasta Mancini, and talks pickling with author Freddie Janssen, whose new book, Pickles, celebrates all things brined. FR editorial director Richard Martin then joins “The Menu” host Markus Hippi to talk North American food and drink news, including a report about the indie magazine scene from the recent Food Book Fair in Brooklyn, plus takes on urban farming, solo dining and the U.S. crackdown on French stinky cheeses. Check it out below: