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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 National Women’s Conference of 1977

MN90: The National Women’s Conference of 1977

It was the first and only of its kind: a national women’s conference funded by the U.S. Congress. Britt Aamodt takes a look at the Minnesota delegates who traveled to the historic November 1977 conference in Houston, Texas.

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MN90: Young JKF Hits the Airwaves

MN90: Young JKF Hits the Airwaves

In 1940, John F. Kennedy was 23 and sick, which explains his visit to the Mayo Clinic. But he was also a newly published author. Britt Aamodt has the story behind JFK’s radio interview at KROC-AM.

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MN90: Peter Graves pilots Airplane

MN90: Peter Graves pilots Airplane

Minnesota native Peter Graves was best known as a dramatic actor in the TV series Mission: Impossible. So why was he being asked to star in a comedy spoof? Britt Aamodt looks at Graves’s tour of duty as Captain Oveur in 1980’s Airplane.

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MN90: Friend of the First Lady

MN90: Friend of the First Lady

Lorena Hickok is best remembered to history because of her friendship—or was it relationship?—with Eleanor Roosevelt. Britt Aamodt has the story that came before, of Hick’s apprenticeship as a Minneapolis reporter and the first love of the life, Ella Morse.

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MN90: Last Flight of the Queen

MN90: Last Flight of the Queen

Carole Lombard was the queen of 1930’s screwball comedies, and she was married to Clark Gable. The two Second Lieutenants from Minnesota never expected to end up on a night flight with her, and, says Britt Aamodt, never expected it to be their last.

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MN90: When Dr. King Died

MN90: When Dr. King Died

Abigail Quigley McCarthy, wife of US Senator for Minnesota Eugene McCarthy, had gotten to know Civil Rights activist Coretta Scott King through their work for Church Women United. Britt Aamodt recounts the meeting of the two women at the Atlanta airport in April 1968 in the tragic aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.

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MN90: Living like a Monk

MN90: Living like a Monk

In 1991, writer and poet Kathleen Norris found herself living at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, praying with the monks and eating communally. Britt Aamodt traces Norris’ nine months at the abbey to the publication of her memoir The Cloister Walk.

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MN90: The Oboist who Played and Stayed

MN90: The Oboist who Played and Stayed

In 1886, Luis Garzon was only in Minneapolis to play oboe in the touring orchestra Los Aires Nacionales de Mexico. Britt Aamodt looks at why Garzon ended up staying and how his life inspired a 2019 opera.

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MN90: The Minnesotan from Another World

MN90: The Minnesotan from Another World

In 1951, James Arness was having problems landing Hollywood roles because of his height, 6 feet 7 inches. But that all changed when he was cast as an alien frozen in ice. Britt Aamodt recounts Arness’s turn in the classic sci-fi film The Thing from Another World.

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MN90: Nazi Sympathizer or Isolationist?

MN90: Nazi Sympathizer or Isolationist?

Was U.S. Senator from Minnesota Ernest Lundeen an isolationist or a Nazi sympathizer? Britt Aamodt has the story of the Senator’s last flight and the mystery that still lingers around the crash.

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