Braublog has never featured an entertainment calendar, but there are several evening events in the next few weeks journalism-lovers might dig. All events are free:
Monday, Feb. 21: T.R. Reid. The Washington Post global-affairs veteran and NPR commenter is coming to St. Thomas’s O’Shaughnessy Education Center as part of MPR’s “Broadcast Journalist Series.” Reid did the Frontline documentary, “Sick Around the World,” but quit “Sick Around America” when producers wouldn’t let him say, “You can’t allow a profit to be made on the basic package of health insurance.” He’s run for the Colorado General Assembly as a universal heath care backer, so you can quiz him about objectivity and all that. MPR’s Steve John interviews. 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, 7 p.m. Must pick up tickets in advance at Bibelot Shops,
Tuesday, Feb. 22: “Your 5 O’Clock Friends.” Diligent Braublog readers know I’m a big fan of Tom Oszman’s “TCMediaNow” history site — now the Minnesota History Center will get him inside their doors. Oszman has a web-enabled trove of local newscast clips from when massive Nielsen shares roamed the earth. This program features the evolution of news cliches before they had cemented into schtick. Oszman promises “rare clips, outtake reels and commercials” that evoke pre-’90s Twin Cities media culture. Me, I want to see the very first dumb stand-up in front of a darkened building hours after a trial or event happened. 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. Info here.
Thursday, March 3: Ken Auletta. From his New Yorker magazine platform, Auletta rubs elbows with the media moguls and lives to tell their tales. He’s an old-media guy with new-media access (as his most recent book, “Googled: The End of Life as We Know It” proved.) Auletta is a dogged reporter, fluid writer and bona fide journalism star, even if at times he’s starstruck by business leaders and can’t see around the digital revolution’s corners. Another MPR event — Kerri Miller does the interview; same details as for T.R. Reid.