#20: Purple Politics With MinnPost's Briana Bierschbach

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Briana Bierschbach (@bbierschbach) is an award-winning journalist currently working for MinnPost (@MinnPost) as a political reporter.

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. 

Enjoy!


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

  • The Minnesota State Band

  • Political eco chambers

  • Third parties

 

Briana's Favorites Around the Twin Cities

Favorite Meal Under $15

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.”