The Theater of Public Policy explores big ideas using improvisational comedy. We invite smart people to talk about the issues of the day and a team of improvisers brings them to life. Presented here, are the interviews from these shows.
The Millennial Farmer
Zach Johnson is a fifth generation Minnesota farmer. The industry obviously looks much different than it did when his great, great grandfather was working the land. Yet there are very modern challenges as well, like a precarious trade situation and landscape impacted by climate change. We asked Johnson all about this, and how he finds time to maintain a YouTube channel while harvesting his crops.
Is this the Era for the ERA?
Should gender equity be written into Minnesota law? For decades, advocates have been pushing for just that, and earlier this year they got a major win when the Minnesota House voted to put an Equal Rights Amendment in front of voters in 2020. Is this the time for the ERA in Minnesota? We asked Betty Folliard, founder of ERA Minnesota. (Hint: she says yes!)
The Commissioner of Public Safety
Who oversees police and public safety across the state of Minnesota? It’s former Metro Transit and St. Paul police chief John Harrington! Needless to say, Harrington has goals to diversify police departments across the state and improve police community relations.
An Improvised De-escalation Training
It’s a show with tools you can use in your next family dinner table debate! “De-escalation” is a way of approaching a potential conflict in a way that tries to lower the temperature instead of heightening it. Russ Turner, one of the state’s leading trainers in this methodology, joined us and talk us through how “de-escalation” works and how we can use it in our lives!
Awww Yeah, It's the Auditor!
Our quest to have all of Minnesota’s statewide elected officials on the show takes a big step forward as we welcome Minnesota State Auditor Julie Blaha. Her office looks for corruption and waste in city and regional governments across the state. She undoubtedly had lots of great stories of ways Minnesota cities spend money in “interesting” ways.
Creating an Economy that Works for Everyone
The Twin Cities has a strong business sector, yet has huge disparities between the number of white and people-of-color owned businesses. Tawanna Black is working to change that, to make Minnesota’s economy inclusive for everyone. We asked her why this is so important for all Minnesotans.
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A must-listen podcast about a must-see show
T2P2 does such an incredible job turning wonky conversations into approachable, digestible interviews. The improv skits that accompany the interviews are delightful and clever and really help to make The Theater of Public Policy a valuable gem in the Twin Cities.
I've attended several live shows in Minneapolis, T2P2 helps discuss difficult topics in a serious yet lighthearted way that everyone can understand and enjoy!
Smart and Funny!
Political issues can be really complicated and policy people usually do everything they can to make things dull and uninteresting. However, this show is great! Each show is a conversation with a smart person about an issue that helps you understand the context and it's entertaining at the same time!