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.
Barbara Kopple won her first Oscar for a documentary about Kentucky coal workers. She won her second Oscar for a documentary about striking meat packers in Austin, Minnesota. Britt Aamodt takes a look at Kopple’s American Dream.
Chris Fisher was teaching anthropology when he was invited to be part of an expedition. Britt Aamodt follows Fisher on his quest to locate an ancient city in the Honduran rainforest, a journey documented in Douglas Preston’s 2017 best-seller The Lost City of the Monkey God.
Every year, the Library of Congress’s National Film Preservation Foundation selects 25 films for inclusion in the National Film Registry. Among the 2001 selectees were The Sound of Music, The Planet of the Apes (1968) and Jaws. Britt Aamodt’s segment focuses on the Minnesota home movie that made it in that year’s list.
In early America, the poor were sometimes auctioned off as indentured servants. In 19th- and early 20th-century Minnesota, the counties had an “enlightened” alternative to dealing with the unfortunate and alone. Britt Aamodt takes us to Minnesota’s poor farms.
Mosquitoes have been found preserved in amber tens of millions of years old. And they’re still around. Producer Britt Aamodt looks at Minnesota’s pesky history with its unofficial state bird.
The 1976 film Logan’s Run posited a utopian city under a dome. But that science fiction nearly became reality in Northern Minnesota. Producer Britt Aamodt tells the story of visionary Athelstan Spilhaus and his domed city.