#20: Purple Politics With MinnPost's Briana Bierschbach
In this episode, Briana gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what its like to cover the people, policy, and purple politics of the Minnesota Legislature. She describes her role at MinnPost as trying to help people make sense of what’s happening at the state capitol, and focusing on the "why" of the story as opposed to the what.
Briana analyses the strong civic engagement that many Minnesotans exercise, and the reasons for such high voter turnout year after year. She also talks about how covering politics has made her a better citizen, actively seeking opinions that are different from her own.
Of course, we talk some national politics as well, diving into the Trump phenomenon, the 2018 midterms, and the affect Washington has on Minnesota affairs.
If you can’t find Briana at the state capitol, you might spot her at the old timey movie house in Columbia Heights called The Heights Theater (@HeightsTheatre) or riding her bike to a local brewery.
Topics mentioned or discussed:
Early challenges of covering politics as a young woman
Cool girl bangs and an eyebrow ring
The necessary evil of Twitter
Gaining politicians’ trust
Closed-door meeting stakeouts
Press pool camaraderie
Political eco chambers
Briana's Favorites Around the Twin Cities
Favorite Meal Under $15
- Chimborazo - Encocados or Llapingachos
Favorite Public Space
Favorite Annual Event:
Most Fascinating Person You Know
How Would You Describe the Twin Cities
- “It's a really great hidden gem that selfishly want to remain hidden ."
State of the Union Message
- “Be nicer to each other and talk to each other.”