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.
Dandelion isn’t the only weed growing in Minnesota backyards. Britt Aamodt has the story on ditch weed, also known as wild marijuana.
Dr. Douglas Kelley was an American psychiatrist whose job it was to decide whether 22 Nazi officials were “mentally fit” to stand trial for war crimes at Nuremberg. Britt Aamodt looks at Minnesota author Jack El-Hai’s book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist.
Henry S. Tanner became a Gilded Age sensation for what he didn’t do. Britt Aamodt has the story of the Minneapolis doctor whose publicized fasts became the subject of paying crowds and the 1880 biography Forty Days without Food!
In 2017, newspapers announced the Mayo Clinic had performed Minnesota’s first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery. They were off by 50 years. Britt Aamodt looks at the University of Minnesota’s pioneering sex reassignment program, which began in 1967 under Dr. Donald Hastings.
In 1938, when the University of Minnesota held the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Memorial Stadium, many wondered if Louis Zamperini would break the 4-minute mile. In this story, Britt Aamodt also looks at the rival coaches who didn’t want that to happen.
The Minnesota settlers called him Cut Nose. The Dakota knew him as He Who Stands on a Cloud, one of the 38 men hanged after the 1862 Dakota Uprising. Britt Aamodt looks at what happened next: the grave robbing of the 38 Dakota men.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are remembered as the romantically doomed outlaw couple of Depression-era Texas. So why does a Minnesota town lay claim to a part of their legend? Britt Aamodt looks back at May 1933 and the Okabena bank heist.