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Show Schedule


Trash Talk!
Apr
24
7:00 pm19:00

Trash Talk!

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

Wayne Gjerde, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Lynn Hoffman, Eureka Recycling

What happens to your trash after you’ve put it out on the curb?

I Wouldn’t Have to Move!
Apr
17
7:00 pm19:00

I Wouldn’t Have to Move!

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT!

Earlier this year St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced his bid for governor of Minnesota, a job which conveniently would only be a few miles from his current offices!

Welcome to Minnesota! ...Wait, where are you going?!
Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

Welcome to Minnesota! ...Wait, where are you going?!

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

Dr. Janine Sanders Jones, Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas

John Hardy, Field Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Best Buy

Good news: People of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities move to the Twin Cities for good jobs in large numbers. Bad news: After just a few years, they leave in much larger numbers than their Caucasian counterparts.

The Business of Business
Apr
3
7:00 pm19:00

The Business of Business

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

Steve Cramer, President of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and

Jonathan Weinhagen, President of Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
When Macy’s announced it was closing its store in downtown Minneapolis, people across the state panicked. What will become of retail in Minneapolis?!

Who Needs Friends?! Diplomacy in 2017
Mar
27
7:00 pm19:00

Who Needs Friends?! Diplomacy in 2017

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

Mary Curtin, Diplomat in Residence, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

One area where a president has wide latitude is in foreign policy. In just the first few weeks of the Trump administration, the president has thrown diplomatic norms and historical precedent to the wind. Does it matter?

Up The Amazon Without a Paddle
Mar
20
7:00 pm19:00

Up The Amazon Without a Paddle

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

Olivia LaVecchia, Research Associate, Institute for Local Self Reliance   

What started out as an online bookstore has wildly changed the way people get everything from toilet paper to cat toys.

The Auditor Always Rings Twice
Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Auditor Always Rings Twice

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

Rebecca Otto, Minnesota State Auditor and DFL candidate for Governor

If you’re like most Minnesotans, each year you eagerly await the audit of your local government’s finances.

To Serve and Reflect
Mar
6
7:00 pm19:00

To Serve and Reflect

  • The Bryant Lake Bowl

Janee Harteau, Minneapolis Chief of Police

The role of police officers and their relationship with the citizens they are sworn to protect has become a dominant issue in cities across the country.

Election Night with T2P2
Nov
8
7:00 pm19:00

Election Night with T2P2

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Don’t want to spend Election Night alone on the couch getting lost in Wolf Blitzer’s beard? Come to the Bryant Lake Bowl for a FREE Election Night party with The Theater of Public Policy!

What's up, Wagner?
Nov
3
7:00 pm19:00

What's up, Wagner?

  • The Lab Theater

Minnesota Opera and The Theater of Public Policy are joining forces for a FREE companion event to Minnesota Opera’s upcoming production of Das Rheingold, the first opera in Wagner’s 4-part Ring Cycle. Through the power of comedy and unscripted theater, What’s up, Wagner? deconstructs the shroud of complexities surrounding this groundbreaking composer and his epic musical narrative.

The State Representative-To-Be in 60-B
Oct
31
7:00 pm19:00

The State Representative-To-Be in 60-B

This August, Ilhan Omar won the 60B DFL primary for Minnesota House. If she wins in November (which is highly likely in the heavily democratic district) she will become the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature in the U.S.

The Economics of Art
Oct
24
7:00 pm19:00

The Economics of Art

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Does art make a place more beautiful? Of course. Does art improv quality of life? You bet. Does art help us grapple with our own humanity? Sure. But what about the cold, hard monetary bottom line?

Economics of the T.P.P.
Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

Economics of the T.P.P.

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

The Trans Pacific Partnership would be one of the largest trade agreements in history, reshaping the relationship between the U.S. and more than a dozen Pacific nations.

T2P2 at Saint Paul-itics
Oct
11
6:30 pm18:30

T2P2 at Saint Paul-itics

  • Highland Park Library

Katharine Tinucci and Brian McClung, two longtime Minnesota capital insiders, join T2P2 to unpack this interesting political year.

Building our Way Out of Racial Disparities
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

Building our Way Out of Racial Disparities

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Minnesota is home to some of the worst racial disparities in the country in terms of housing, workforce retention, and education. Gary Cunningham is working to find ways to change that in his role on the Metropolitan Council. 

Town Hall Debate Watch Party
Oct
9
7:30 pm19:30

Town Hall Debate Watch Party

  • Brit's Pub

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet for their second debate and first Town Hall together SUNDAY, October 9th. And we're going to watch it together where we should, at a British Pub! 

Turn Out the Lights
Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

Turn Out the Lights

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Sure, artificial light seems great; it makes it easier to find what you’re looking for in your closet, and it’s the only proven way to summon Batman. But at what cost? 

The Thin Orange Line
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

The Thin Orange Line

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

We’ll talk to two powerhouses of Minnesota transportation legislation and policy: State Senator Scott Dibble and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. 

Winona LaDuke
Sep
12
7:00 pm19:00

Winona LaDuke

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

For more than 30 years, Winona LaDuke has been an activist for environmental, economic, and political justice, with a focus on tribal land claims.

Presidential Debate Jeopardy
Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

Presidential Debate Jeopardy

  • Southern Theater

Three of Minnesota’s funniest comedians join quiz master and presidential debate expert Dan Hill for a historic battle of wits in this unapologetic, unpredictable, and laugh-out-loud funny quiz show.

Presidential Debate Jeopardy
Jun
30
6:00 pm18:00

Presidential Debate Jeopardy

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Three of Minnesota’s funniest comedians join quiz master and presidential debate expert Dan Hill for a historic battle of wits in this unapologetic, unpredictable, and laugh-out-loud funny quiz show.

Presidential Debate Jeopardy, St. Paul
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

Presidential Debate Jeopardy, St. Paul

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Three of Minnesota’s funniest comedians join quiz master and presidential debate expert Dan Hill for a historic battle of wits in this unapologetic, unpredictable, and laugh-out-loud funny quiz show.

Sandpiper Pipeline Project (Try Saying That 3x Fast!)
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

Sandpiper Pipeline Project (Try Saying That 3x Fast!)

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

The proposed Sandpiper Pipeline Project has divided citizens and communities questions of environmental impact, economic opportunities, Native American treaty rights, and concerns over the alternative freight traffic currently carrying much of the oil. Sounds like a really light, fun way to close out T2P2’s spring season!

H2-Uh-Oh
May
16
6:00 pm18:00

H2-Uh-Oh

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

With the exception of certain witches, everyone needs water and in the land of 10,000 lakes we’re lucky to have lots of it. But recent crises in places like Michigan, and even reports about Minnesota’s own water quality are raising a lot of questions and concerns.

From Somalia to the Minneapolis City Council
May
2
6:00 pm18:00

From Somalia to the Minneapolis City Council

  • Bryant Lake Bowl

Born in Somalia, Warsame is currently the highest level elected Somali-American in the country. We will ask him about his incredible personal story, his views on local politics, and (because it’s a show about Minneapolis) probably about parking.