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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.