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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: The Vice President and the Serial Killer

MN90: The Vice President and the Serial Killer

Before Jeffrey Dahmer was a serial killer, he was a high school student. Britt Aamodt has the story of Dahmer’s school trip visit to the office of the Vice President of the United States, Walter Mondale.

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MN90: Catching Some Rays

MN90: Catching Some Rays

Britt Aamodt takes a look at Minnesotans’ summer preoccupation with fun in the sun, and what they wore while they were at it.

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MN90: Anita Bryant’s Pie in the Face

MN90: Anita Bryant’s Pie in the Face

In 1977, Anita Bryant and her organization Save the Children led a crusade to repeal gay rights laws across the country. Britt Aamodt looks at what happened when a Minneapolis gay rights activist met Bryant with a pie and when her crusade arrived in St. Paul in 1978.

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MN90: The Dawn of the Telephone Age

MN90: The Dawn of the Telephone Age

Alexander Graham Bell rang in America’s centenary in 1876 with his new invention, the telephone. Britt Aamodt looks at how the telephone arrived in Minnesota.

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MN90: Sitting Bull in St. Paul

MN90: Sitting Bull in St. Paul

By 1884, thousands of St. Paul’s citizens gathered at the train station to greet the arrival of a famous visitor. Britt Aamodt has the story behind Sitting Bull’s weeklong tour of St. Paul.

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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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