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MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds a fun exploration of wide-ranging topics including sports, politics, environment, business, entertainment, pop culture, and more. Listen for a new episode of MN90 each week day on your local Ampers station or subscribe to the podcast feed on Apple, Spotify, Google and RadioPublic,

MN90: Roy Wilkins, the Civil Rights Act and LBJ

MN90: Roy Wilkins, the Civil Rights Act and LBJ



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.

Assistant to the Art Forger

Assistant to the Art Forger

In 1969, Mark Forgy left his home in Golden Valley, Minnesota, to travel Europe. He had no idea that would lead him to a job with the 20th century’s most notorious art forger and a cameo in a new Orson Welles documentary.


The Song Poet

The Song Poet

Bee Vang didn’t think anyone would be interested in his story—that of a Hmong refugee working in a Minnesota factory. But his daughter proved him wrong. Britt Aamodt looks at Kao Kalia Yang’s 2017 memoir The Song Poet.


Gretchen Carlson’s Bombshell

Gretchen Carlson’s Bombshell

When Gretchen Carlson settled her lawsuit with Fox in 2016—she also signed a non-disclosure agreement, which prevented her from talking about CEO Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment. But in 2019, two films told the story for her. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


Bernard Herrmann Writes an Opera

Bernard Herrmann Writes an Opera

Bernard Herrmann was famous—as a film composer. But by 1948, he only wanted to work on his opera, which he did in Minneapolis, the home of his soon-to-be second wife. Here’s Britt Aamodt with Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights.


With a Little Help from James Bond

With a Little Help from James Bond

Leeann Chin wanted to open a restaurant in 1980. But where was she going to get that kind of money? Carl Pohlad, future owner of the Twins, said he’d pitch in. And so would his friend, Sean Connery. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story of the first Leeann Chin restaurant.


MN90: Michael Jordan and the Unfunny Phone Prank

MN90: Michael Jordan and the Unfunny Phone Prank

December 30, 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, who’d won five championships in seven years. were in town to play the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves had never beat the Bulls. That night, Jordan got an upsetting phone call. Britt Aamodt has the story of the night the Wolves beat the Bulls.


MN90: The Queen of Northern Gothic

MN90: The Queen of Northern Gothic

Wendy Webb loved reading gothic novels. But when she started writing them, she didn’t set them on some misty moor in England, but in her native Midwest. Britt Aamodt has the story of the Queen of Northern Gothic and her 2017 novel The End of Temperance Dare.


MN90: The Minnesota Strip

MN90: The Minnesota Strip

In the 1960s and ‘70s, girls from the Midwest, many from the Twin Cities, were trafficked to New York to work as prostitutes. Locals called the area they worked the Minnesota Strip. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Toni Stone: A League of Her Own

MN90: Toni Stone: A League of Her Own

In 1953, a woman made history, becoming the first to play professional baseball—on a men’s team. There was a women’s league, but it would fold in a year, and it was white’s only. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story of Toni Stone.


MN90: The Heat Wave of 1936

MN90: The Heat Wave of 1936

July 1936, for two weeks, Minnesotans baked, sweated and wilted. Nine hundred died. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the Heat Wave of 1936.


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