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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: Brainerd’s Mystery Outbreak

MN90: Brainerd’s Mystery Outbreak

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.

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MN90: Pen Pals with H.P. Lovecraft

MN90: Pen Pals with H.P. Lovecraft

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.

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MN90: Dayton’s Department Store

MN90: Dayton’s Department Store

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.

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MN90: Red Minnesota

MN90: Red Minnesota

In 1946, Forrest O. Wiggins was the first African-American instructor hired by the University of Minnesota. Two years later, he was fighting to keep his job against accusations of communism. Britt Aamodt has this tale from the era of the Red Scare.

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MN90: Pest, Thy Name Is Deer Fly

MN90: Pest, Thy Name Is Deer Fly

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.

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MN90: Wadena’s Cozy Film History

MN90: Wadena’s Cozy Film History

Wadena’s Cozy Theater screened its first silent film in 1914, The Last Days of Pompeii. Britt Aamodt explores the history of film through one long-standing Minnesota landmark.

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MN90: Minnesota’s First Telegram

MN90: Minnesota’s First Telegram

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.

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MN90: Hiroshima, Mr. Nier

MN90: Hiroshima, Mr. Nier

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.

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MN90: Don the Gorilla

MN90: Don the Gorilla

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.

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MN90: Kofi Annan’s 1960 Road Trip

MN90: Kofi Annan’s 1960 Road Trip

In 1960, Kofi Anna was an economics student at Macalester College in St. Paul. Britt Aamodt takes a snapshot of the future United Nations secretary general’s summer road trip across America.

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