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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: 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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MN90: The Man behind Churchill and the Guthrie Theater

MN90: The Man behind Churchill and the Guthrie Theater

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.

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MN90: Stephen King at the Opera

MN90: Stephen King at the Opera

Does Stephen King like opera? Who knows? But he gave the Minnesota Opera the green light to adapt one of his novels. Britt Aamodt goes behind the curtain for The Shining.

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MN90: Winona of Minnesota

MN90: Winona of Minnesota

Can Minnesota really claim Winona Ryder as one of its own? Britt Aamodt explores the actor’s North Star roots.

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MN90: A Last Toast to Company B

MN90: A Last Toast to Company B

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.

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MN90: Minnesota’s First Documented AIDS Case

MN90: Minnesota’s First Documented AIDS Case

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.

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