It isn’t a Minnesota summer with the sound of a loon coming off the lake. Producer Britt Aamodt wonders what are all those sounds the loon makes and what do they mean?
Minnesotan Erwin Hensch was among the crew of the USS Indianapolis, which July 1945, would deliver the bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima to the island of Tinian. But Britt Aamodt tells us what came after, a disaster that placed Hensch in the center of the one of the most harrowing stories of WWII survival at sea.
Cass Gilbert wanted to make a name for himself in architecture. Britt Aamodt tells us how a St. Paul building project launched him into a career that would eventually include designs for New York’s Woolworth Building and the U.S. Supreme Court.
When Al Franken took office at U.S. Senator for Minnesota in 2009, the former writer and performer for Saturday Night Live had to leave the comedy behind. But Britt Aamodt tells us Franken still found time for humor with his Senate colleagues.
Growing up in Cloquet, Minnesota, Jessica Lange used to watch old movies with her mom. Britt Aamodt looks at Lange’s career and the 2017 role that had her playing one of the legends of that old black-and-white film era.
Groucho Marx was known for his waggling eyebrows, penciled mustache, cigar and wicked sense of humor. On a war bond stop in Minneapolis, Britt Aamodt reports, Marx deployed that wit in a joke that made use of the Twin Cities.
Minnesotan Paul Nelson was one of the great journalists of the golden age of rock music criticism. But by his death in 2006, he had become a recluse. Britt Aamodt tells of the story of the fan who wanted to make sure Nelson’s writing was remembered.
May 1915, the RMS Lusitania departed New York en route to Liverpool. Britt Aamodt relates the story of Duluth native Amelia “Millie” Ann Baker who was taking the ship to continue her opera studies in Paris but never made it when a German U-boat delivered a torpedo.