About

THE PODCAST.

Congressional Dish is a podcast that since 2012 has been aiming to draw attention to where the American people truly have power: Congress. From the perspective of a fed up taxpayer with no allegiance to any political party, Jennifer Briney will fill you in on the must-know information about what our representatives do AFTER the elections and how their actions can and do affect our day to day lives. 

Congressional Dish is listener supported using the Value for Value funding model. Corporate advertising is the most common funding model for podcasts, which makes corporations their customers and your time is what they sell for money. The Value for Value funding model ensures that the podcast is produced by and for you, which incentivizes your host to produce the most trustworthy show possible. 

In order to earn your trust, every episode is accompanied by detailed show notes that provide you with a list of sources including bill outlines, documents, articles, and timestamps of sound clips so you can easily find them within the hearings to listen to them in context. Proven mistakes are corrected in the beginning of the episode that airs after the mistake is discovered. Your host doesn’t enjoy eating crow so she is careful to do her homework.

Some of the tasks done to produce the show for you include reading bills and laws to find out what is being done with our taxes to determine what return we’re getting on our government investment and what our money is paying for around the world. Congressional Dish also summarizes months-long series of Congressional hearings to understand topics being governed by the current Congress. It’s not uncommon to hear clips from six or more hearings in one episode. 

In between episodes of Congressional Dish are bonus “Thank You” episodes. Consider these the Congressional Dish credits, where producers are acknowledged and can have their stories and opinions heard. For people who produce the show via Patreon, which is the pay-per-episode option, you are never charged for Thank You episodes. 

The golf swings are the most controversial aspect of Congressional Dish. Certain words that are considered “explicit” by the corporate world disqualify podcasts from being listed in podcast directories in heavily censored countries. In order to ensure that the podcast is accessible world wide, those words are bleeped using a golf swing sound effect. If you don’t like it, you can access a golf-swing-free feed by pledging to support the show per episode on Patreon. But even if the whole world were free from censorship tomorrow, the golf swings would remain because many people listen to the show with their kids, teachers recommend episodes to their students, and many sweet, middle Americans just don’t enjoy the f-word. The golf swings are our compromise and it works for us. 

Congressional Dish can be heard in all public podcast directories, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, and in all other major podcasting apps. If it’s missing from your favorite app, please let us know and we’ll do whatever we can to fix that. Thanks for listening! Enjoy your show! 

JEN BRINEY: HOST OF CONGRESSIONAL DISH

Jennifer Briney started paying attention to world events while studying in Germany in the spring of 2003, when the United States overthrew the government of Iraq. After experiencing the war from outside the United States, she started asking questions about her government. Every answer led to fifty more questions. This led to a thirst for information that she is still unable to quench.

After finishing her Communications degree at Loyola Marymount University,  Jen started watching C-SPAN in order to get raw, unfiltered information about how Congress was changing our laws. After watching a Congressman slip a provision protecting secret campaign contributions into an Energy and Water funding law (and bragging about it on the floor of the House of Representatives), Jen was stunned to discover that not a single television station, newspaper, or even blog covered the scandal. She wondered how often this happened and started reading the Congressional Record. It turned out that this happens all the time.

Over the years, the feeling like she was the only person paying attention to this information was making Jen insane so in late 2012, she launched Congressional Dish in order to share the information, to have an emotional outlet for dealing with the discoveries, and to create a community of people who were interested in Congress’s effect on our lives. Congressional Dish is now her full time career, thanks entirely to the support from our growing community of producers from all over the world.