Anthony Bourdain is usually good at uncovering the details most other people might miss, and he didn't shirk that duty in his New Orleans episode of 'No Reservations' (Mondays, 9PM on Travel Channel). He showed the politics of the city with the help of 'Treme' writer Lolis Elie, the community effort that goes into a public feast, and even took part in killing the pig for pork.
'Treme' is often a political show, by necessity, and you can see where that voice comes from listening to Elie. "How can our chefs and our musicians be less vital to the national interest than whatever's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan or halfway around the world," he said. When it came time, Bourdain did not flinch from dispatching the pig with a pistol. "That's the way they taught me in Jersey," he said.