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.
Tyrone Guthrie was a noted theater director when, in 1940, he was called upon to assist England’s new prime minister. Britt Aamodt looks at a later chapter in Guthrie’s life, when he brought his philosophy of theater design and direction to Minnesota.
Can Minnesota really claim Winona Ryder as one of its own? Britt Aamodt explores the actor’s North Star roots.
In 1930, on the anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run, Charles Lockwood uncorked a bottle of wine and drank a toast to a roomful of empty chairs draped in black crepe. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt on a Civil War veterans’ club and its annual tradition.
In 1981, Bruce Brockway wasn’t feeling well. Doctors didn’t know what was wrong. Then in June, the CDC published a report on five men in Los Angeles dead from a mysterious ailment. Britt Aamodt looks at Minnesota’s first documented AIDS case.
Dr. Douglas Kelley was an American psychiatrist whose job it was to decide whether 22 Nazi officials were “mentally fit” to stand trial for war crimes at Nuremberg. Britt Aamodt looks at Minnesota author Jack El-Hai’s book The Nazi and the Psychiatrist.
In 2017, newspapers announced the Mayo Clinic had performed Minnesota’s first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery. They were off by 50 years. Britt Aamodt looks at the University of Minnesota’s pioneering sex reassignment program, which began in 1967 under Dr. Donald Hastings.
In 1938, when the University of Minnesota held the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Memorial Stadium, many wondered if Louis Zamperini would break the 4-minute mile. In this story, Britt Aamodt also looks at the rival coaches who didn’t want that to happen.