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MN90: Roy Wilkins, the Civil Rights Act and LBJ

MN90: Roy Wilkins, the Civil Rights Act and LBJ

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Roy Wilkins earned his professional chops as a Twin Cities journalist. But it was as an activist and director of the NAACP, says producer Britt Aamodt, that Wilkins helped change history with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

MN90: The Man who Sold Pocket Watches

MN90: The Man who Sold Pocket Watches

How did Richard Sears become the 19th-cenury’s king of mail order catalogs? Britt Aamodt has a tale of an unwanted crate of pocket watches and an industrious Redwood Falls station agent.

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MN90: When Lion Eats Man

MN90: When Lion Eats Man

Since the 1970s, Craig Packer of the University of Minnesota’s Lion Center has studied lion behavior in the wild. For six years, Packer and two students undertook a special project. Britt Aamodt looks at Packer’s study of man-eating lions.

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MN90: Paul Volberding: On the Frontlines of the AIDS Epidemic

MN90: Paul Volberding: On the Frontlines of the AIDS Epidemic

Paul Volberding grew up in Rochester with a bedroom window that overlooked the Mayo Clinic. Britt Aamodt picks up the story years later when Volberding co-founds the first AIDS clinic in the nation.

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MN90: Judith Guest’s Ordinary People

MN90: Judith Guest’s Ordinary People

Judith Guest had only been living in Edina for a year when she received the news every writer wants to hear. Britt Aamodt looks back at Guest’s breakout novel Ordinary People and its award-winning film adaptation.

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MN90: Brainerd’s Mystery Outbreak

MN90: Brainerd’s Mystery Outbreak

Summer tourists know Brainerd as a lake destination. But epidemiologists know about it for another reason. Britt Aamodt has the case history of Brainerd diarrhea.

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MN90: Brainerd’s Mystery Outbreak

MN90: Brainerd’s Mystery Outbreak

Summer tourists know Brainerd as a lake destination. But epidemiologists know about it for another reason. Britt Aamodt has the case history of Brainerd diarrhea.

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MN90: Pen Pals with H.P. Lovecraft

MN90: Pen Pals with H.P. Lovecraft

In 1926, Donald Wandrei was a 19-year-old university student when he decided to write a fan letter to H.P. Lovecraft. Britt Aamodt has an account of Wandrei’s summer hitchhike trip to visit the horror writer and how that friendship led Wandrei, years later, to found Arkham House to publish and preserve Lovecraft’s fiction.

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MN90: Dayton’s Department Store

MN90: Dayton’s Department Store

Since its opening in 1902, Dayton’s was a Minneapolis destination for shopping, dining and making memories. Britt Aamodt gives a brief history of the department store’s hundred-plus years on Nicollet Avenue.

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MN90: Red Minnesota

MN90: Red Minnesota

In 1946, Forrest O. Wiggins was the first African-American instructor hired by the University of Minnesota. Two years later, he was fighting to keep his job against accusations of communism. Britt Aamodt has this tale from the era of the Red Scare.

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MN90: Pest, Thy Name Is Deer Fly

MN90: Pest, Thy Name Is Deer Fly

What is that pest that chases joggers down roads and plagues summer bathers with its piercing bite? Britt Aamodt takes a closer look at the deer fly.

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