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 2017, the Minnesota Vikings caused a controversy. After a touchdown, the offensive line acted out a game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Or, wonders producer Britt Aamodt, was it Duck, Duck, Gray Duck?
When the United States went to war in Vietnam, Minnesotans—male and female, from every corner of the state—put on the uniform. This segment by Britt Aamodt looks at the war memorial that bears then names of those who didn’t return and its significance to those who did.
As drummer for the Twin Cities-based hardcore punk band Husker Du, Grant Hart traveled the world and rubbed shoulders with creative giants. One of them was William S. Burroughs who, says producer Britt Aamodt, was a guiding influence on Hart’s solo album The Argument (2013).
Robert Bly was a poet of the Minnesota prairie. Charles Bukowski was a poet of Los Angeles barrooms and hard luck despair. Britt Aamodt talks about the literary magazine and the letter that brought the poets together.
In a Minneapolis hotel room in 1990, Johnny Cash lamented the decline of his career. Britt Aamodt looks at how the music legend rose from the ashes to produce one of the best albums of his career and, three years later, attract a young hip audience to Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theater.
Gregory Corso was a beat poet. He’d been born in New York and made his literary reputation. But, says Britt Aamodt, Corso’s last reading was recorded in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, in January 2001, just days before his death.
Tony Glover played harmonica with the trio Koerner, Ray and Glover, formed in Minneapolis during the early ‘60s folk boom. But in the late ‘60s, LA rock band The Doors were one of the biggest acts in the world. Britt Aamodt tells the story of the harmonica player and the Lizard King came together on stage in Minneapolis.
The Carlton Celebrity Room was featured in the film Fargo. But Britt Aamodt tells us this dinner club was more than a piece of Coen Brothers fiction.
Mary Gibbs was the only female park superintendent in the nation when took over the position at Itasca State Park. She was also only 24 when she stood up to one of the most powerful industries in Minnesota, Britt Aamodt tells us.