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.
In 1856, a group of men and women drove ox carts hundreds of miles from Wisconsin to Minnesota. Their settlement in Greenleafton became the first Dutch enclave in that state. Britt Aamodt looks at the history of Dutch settlement in Minnesota.
Growing up in 1950s St. Peter, Minnesota, James McPherson immersed himself in comics and books about the Army Air Corps in World War II. The Civil War was the farthest thing from his mind. Britt Aamodt finds out how thirty years later McPherson wrote what many consider the greatest single-volume history of the war between the states.
It had never been seen before, a fully-enclosed shopping mall that sprawled over 500 acres in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Britt Aamodt tells the story of Southdale, the mall that when it opened in 1956 became the model for a thousand imitators but left famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright feeling blah.
In 2001, David Carter was an artistic director and writer at Minneapolis ad agency Fallon but his scripts for luxury car manufacturer BMW were turned into short films with over 100 million online views. Britt Aamodt looks back at the eight-part Internet-only series “The Hire.”
Maggie Nichols had been a gymnast since age three. The Minnesota athlete knew there’d be injuries. They came with the sport. Britt Aamodt examines the trial of Dr. Larry Nassar, the doctor who was supposed to help Nichols and other injured gymnasts for but a quarter century did quite the opposite.
The Together Again tour was supposed to be a 29-city reunion tour of three of the original Rat Packers: Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. But when the concert rolled into Bloomington, MN, in 1988, there were only two. Britt Aamodt has the story of the missing Dean Martin.
It was almost like Charles Schulz was destined to be an artist. Days after his birth, November 26, 1922, an uncle nicknamed him Spark Plug after a popular comic strip character. Britt Aamodt looks at the genesis of one of the greatest comic strip artists of the 20th century.