In 1937, Helen Keller was a world-famous author and an inspiration to millions with her story of overcoming the odds after losing sight and hearing as a child. She didn’t let much slow her down. But now she had a bum gall bladder. Britt Aamodt has the story of Helen Keller’s visit to the Mayo.
When Pu Zhelong studied entomology at the University of Minnesota in the 1940s, America’s solution to crop pests was chemicals. Pu knew there was a better way, and he had a chance to put the theory to a test in a Chinese village where a pest was destroying rice paddies. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.
May 1861, Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, arrived in Minnesota in the company of Horace Mann, Jr. Both naturalists, they used their journey to document local flora and fauna. But Thoreau was hoping the frontier air would heal his tuberculosis. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story.
Engineering Research Associates opened on Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul in 1946, But the nondescript jumble of buildings concealed a secret. Britt Aamodt examines the history of ERA and its code-breaking machines.
Cicely Angleton was the offspring of two of the most prominent families in Duluth, the D’Autremonts and the Congdons. But she’s remembered today because of her unintended role in a JFK conspiracy theory. Britt Aamodt has the story of Cicely’s friendship with Mary Pinchot Meyer.
Very few Americans will ever run for President of the United States. But Minneapolis adman Jack Carmichael wanted them to at least get a feel for the game of political campaigns. Britt Aamodt reveals the Minnesota origins of the 1967 board game Mr. President.
Stephen Ambrose’s book and the spinoff HBO series Band of Brothers told the story of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. But neither could include the story of every man who served in the company. Britt Aamodt has the story of the two Minnesotans from Easy and the book that finally tells their story.