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MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds a fun exploration of wide-ranging topics including sports, politics, environment, business, entertainment, pop culture, and more

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: Going Dutch

MN90: Going Dutch

In 1856, a group of men and women drove ox carts hundreds of miles from Wisconsin to Minnesota. Their settlement in Greenleafton became the first Dutch enclave in that state. Britt Aamodt looks at the history of Dutch settlement in Minnesota.

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MN90: James McPherson and the Battle Cry of Freedom

MN90: James McPherson and the Battle Cry of Freedom

Growing up in 1950s St. Peter, Minnesota, James McPherson immersed himself in comics and books about the Army Air Corps in World War II. The Civil War was the farthest thing from his mind. Britt Aamodt finds out how thirty years later McPherson wrote what many consider the greatest single-volume history of the war between the states.

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MN90: Frank Lloyd Wright Goes Shopping

MN90: Frank Lloyd Wright Goes Shopping

It had never been seen before, a fully-enclosed shopping mall that sprawled over 500 acres in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Britt Aamodt tells the story of Southdale, the mall that when it opened in 1956 became the model for a thousand imitators but left famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright feeling blah.

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MN90: Babbit

MN90: Babbit

In 1920, Sauk Centre native Sinclair Lewis became a sensation with the publication of his novel Main Street. Now the pressure was on for a follow-up. Britt Aamodt turns the page on Babbitt, Lewis’ searing indictment of smug middle-class complacency.

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MN90: The Hire

MN90: The Hire

In 2001, David Carter was an artistic director and writer at Minneapolis ad agency Fallon but his scripts for luxury car manufacturer BMW were turned into short films with over 100 million online views. Britt Aamodt looks back at the eight-part Internet-only series “The Hire.”

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MN90: Have a Nice Ride

MN90: Have a Nice Ride

Britt Aamodt takes a tour of the history of bike sharing programs and Minneapolis’ Nice Ride system.

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MN90: The Worst Sex Abuse Scandal in Sports History

MN90: The Worst Sex Abuse Scandal in Sports History

Maggie Nichols had been a gymnast since age three. The Minnesota athlete knew there’d be injuries. They came with the sport. Britt Aamodt examines the trial of Dr. Larry Nassar, the doctor who was supposed to help Nichols and other injured gymnasts for but a quarter century did quite the opposite.

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MN90: The Youngest Gumm Sister

MN90: The Youngest Gumm Sister

In 1924, Frances Gumm made her stage debut at age two in Grand Rapids, singing “Jingle Bells.” Britt Aamodt tells the story of the girl who became Judy Garland.

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MN90: Together Again without Dean

MN90: Together Again without Dean

The Together Again tour was supposed to be a 29-city reunion tour of three of the original Rat Packers: Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. But when the concert rolled into Bloomington, MN, in 1988, there were only two. Britt Aamodt has the story of the missing Dean Martin.

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MN90: A Boy Called Sparky

MN90: A Boy Called Sparky

It was almost like Charles Schulz was destined to be an artist. Days after his birth, November 26, 1922, an uncle nicknamed him Spark Plug after a popular comic strip character. Britt Aamodt looks at the genesis of one of the greatest comic strip artists of the 20th century.

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