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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 Stole Nitrogen from the Air

MN90: The Man who Stole Nitrogen from the Air

Fritz Haber is famous as Albert Einstein’s buddy and infamous as the man who brought poison gas to the battlefields of World War I. But Britt Aamodt explores the scientist’s role in fertilizing Minnesota’s crops.

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MN90: Seward, St. Paul and the Steamship Alhambra

MN90: Seward, St. Paul and the Steamship Alhambra

In 1860, William H. Seward, governor of New York and failed presidential hopeful, came to St. Paul to stump for Abraham Lincoln. He spent four days in the Minnesota capital. Britt Aamodt wonders why his speech was so long and what he thought of the steamship Alhambra.

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MN90: The Ghost of Disco Past

MN90: The Ghost of Disco Past

Everybody knows that before First Ave was an iconic live music venue it was a Greyhound bus station. But fewer know the history of the in-between years. Britt Aamodt turns back to the early 1970s when First Ave was Uncle Sam’s and the dance beat was disco.

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MN90: John Berkey’s Star Wars

MN90: John Berkey’s Star Wars

In 1975, George Lucas was pitching a new space opera to Hollywood. To help him with the pitch, Lucas brought along work by John Berkey who specialized in science fiction cover art. Britt Aamodt has the story of the Minnesota painter and his brush with Star Wars.

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MN90: Studying Chimps with SIV

MN90: Studying Chimps with SIV

Growing up in Minnesota, Michael Wilson knew he wanted to work with primates after he watched a documentary on Dian Fossey. Britt Aamodt looks at Wilson’s work with the research team that studied the primate version of HIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) in chimpanzees.

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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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