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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 Automatic Pop-up Toaster

MN90: The Automatic Pop-up Toaster

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.

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MN90: In the Middle of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

MN90: In the Middle of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

July 2014, Patrick Sawyer just wanted to finish his conference in Nigeria and get home to Coon Rapids. Two of his daughters had birthdays coming up. Britt Aamodt has the story of the Minnesota man’s encounter with Ebola.

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MN90: The Last Time He Saw Andrew Cunanan

MN90: The Last Time He Saw Andrew Cunanan

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.

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MN90: Frankenstein on Stage

MN90: Frankenstein on Stage

Victor Frankenstein and his Creature never had a true heart-to-heart in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. Britt Aamodt looks at how playwright Barbara Field finally brought the creator and created together in her 1988 Guthrie Theater stage play.

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MN90: Moosylvania

MN90: Moosylvania

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.)

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MN90: The Flying Squirrel

MN90: The Flying Squirrel

They’re small. They’re furry. They have enormous eyes. And you’ve probably never seen one. Britt Aamodt has the scoop on Minnesota’s most elusive critter, the flying squirrel.

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MN90: Evidence of an Ancient Cataclysm

MN90: Evidence of an Ancient Cataclysm

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.

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MN90: When Minnesota Learned to Meditate

MN90: When Minnesota Learned to Meditate

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.

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MN90: Moscow on the Mississippi

MN90: Moscow on the Mississippi

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.

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MN90: Sister Suffragette

MN90: Sister Suffragette

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.

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