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Products of the Mind




Congress Watcher Jennifer Briney, Creator and Host of Congressional Dish

Welcome to Episode 23 of Products of the Mind. On this episode, I speak with Jennifer Briney, creator and host of the Congressional Dish podcast.

Congressional Dish exposes corporate influence in the bills passed by Congress and tells us what’s really in all of those huge omnibus bills. While Jennifer gets into lots of details, the show is intended for an audience who aren’t already experts in politics or policy—she always takes the time to explain the process as simply as possible.

I enjoy the show and I find it fascinating how she was able to take her anger about what’s wrong with Washington and turn it into an informative, educational listener-supported podcast. Congressional Dish doesn’t accept any advertising dollars (we talk about why), and it’s become Jennifer’s full-time gig…with a few bumps along the way.

Jennifer talks about how she went from not really paying attention to politics to spending all of her time watching C-SPAN, reading congressional bills, and discussing the topic on her podcast. Why did she choose to create a podcast rather than a blog or some other means of getting the word out there? What are her future plans, and how has she grown her audience? What does she think about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? What kind of Congressperson would Jennifer be? All of this and more on today’s episode.

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The Credits

Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi.

The illustration accompanying these show notes is by Whit Harris.

The theme music for this episode was provided by Le Chateau. The track name is “Bury You.” Go buy it on Soundcloud!

This episode and these show notes © 2016 David Lizerbram

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