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.
Charles Perkins Strite was tired of burnt toast. So the Minnesota inventor set out to do something about it. Britt Aamodt offers up a tale of a new kind of toaster.
April 1997, David Madson, a talented Minneapolis architect, wasn’t looking forward to picking up his old boyfriend at the airport. Maybe he knew something about Andrew Cunanan others would only find out later. Britt Aamodt has the story of the deadly aftermath of that reunion.
In 1962, Jay Ward, co-creator of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, leased an island on the Minnesota-Canada border. Britt Aamodt tells us how a nuclear standoff got in the way of Moosylvania, America’s 52nd state. (Ward never identified the 51st state.)
The Ham Lake Fire of May 2007 devastated thousands of acres in Northeast Minnesota. Britt Aamodt looks at how it also turned up evidence of a cataclysmic event that took place 1.8 billion years ago.
He was called Paramahansa Yogananda but many knew him better at Swami Yoganada, the Indian guru whose spiritual mission brought him to America in 1920. Britt Aamodt fast forwards seven years to 1927 when, for three months, Swami Yogananda taught Minnesotans how to reach self-realization and meditate.
In 1952, men in masks and protective clothing started pumping a strange powder into the air over South Minneapolis. Britt Aamodt explains why this northern city became the staging area of simulated biological attack on Soviet Russia.
In 1870, African-American men were finally given the right to vote. But women would have to fight another half-century to get their voice heard at the ballot box. Britt Aamodt looks at one of Minnesota’s woman’s suffrage pioneers Sarah Stearns Burger.