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.
Summer tourists know Brainerd as a lake destination. But epidemiologists know about it for another reason. Britt Aamodt has the case history of Brainerd diarrhea.
In 1926, Donald Wandrei was a 19-year-old university student when he decided to write a fan letter to H.P. Lovecraft. Britt Aamodt has an account of Wandrei’s summer hitchhike trip to visit the horror writer and how that friendship led Wandrei, years later, to found Arkham House to publish and preserve Lovecraft’s fiction.
Since its opening in 1902, Dayton’s was a Minneapolis destination for shopping, dining and making memories. Britt Aamodt gives a brief history of the department store’s hundred-plus years on Nicollet Avenue.
What is that pest that chases joggers down roads and plagues summer bathers with its piercing bite? Britt Aamodt takes a closer look at the deer fly.
The first telegram was sent in the United States in 1838. Minnesota wanted to get hooked in but it had to wait for the trains to bring the telegraph west. Britt Aamodt has the history behind the first telegram sent from Minnesota.
Al Nier was a physics researcher at the University of Minnesota when he figured out how to separate the isotopes of uranium. Britt Aamodt traces the scientific discovery that, joined with other discoveries, led to the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
Don was one of the last lowland gorillas taken from the wild before 1973’s Endangered Species Act. Britt Aamodt remembers the gorilla who not only drew crowds at Como Zoo but also found himself the poster-primate of a magazine ad.