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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.

Helen Keller’s Gall Bladder

Helen Keller’s Gall Bladder

In 1937, Helen Keller was a world-famous author and an inspiration to millions with her story of overcoming the odds after losing sight and hearing as a child. She didn’t let much slow her down. But now she had a bum gall bladder. Britt Aamodt has the story of Helen Keller’s visit to the Mayo.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Mike Moh was a kid from Woodbury, Minnesota, who could act and do martial arts. And now, in 2018, Quentin Tarantino wanted to test him for his new film, in which Moh would portray a really famous dead guy who also did martial arts. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


Parasites, Not Pesticides

Parasites, Not Pesticides

When Pu Zhelong studied entomology at the University of Minnesota in the 1940s, America’s solution to crop pests was chemicals. Pu knew there was a better way, and he had a chance to put the theory to a test in a Chinese village where a pest was destroying rice paddies. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.


With Whitman in Washington, D.C.

With Whitman in Washington, D.C.

In the Minneapolis of 1905, Byron Sutherland was an attorney planning to retire to a farm in Virginia. But in the Washington, D.C. of the Civil War, he was one of the soldiers who called Walt Whitman friend. Britt Aamodt has the story of the soldier and the poet.


Thoreau Takes the Minnesota Airs

Thoreau Takes the Minnesota Airs

May 1861, Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, arrived in Minnesota in the company of Horace Mann, Jr. Both naturalists, they used their journey to document local flora and fauna. But Thoreau was hoping the frontier air would heal his tuberculosis. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story.


MN90: Eliza Winston’s Case for Freedom

MN90: Eliza Winston’s Case for Freedom

Eliza Winston was supposed to be free. But her husband died before he could pay off Richard Christmas, her owner. Britt Aamodt looks at how a trip to St. Anthony, Minnesota, in 1860, helped Eliza Winston of Mississippi plan her escape from slavery.


MN90: Minnehaha Avenue Codebreakers

MN90: Minnehaha Avenue Codebreakers

Engineering Research Associates opened on Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul in 1946, But the nondescript jumble of buildings concealed a secret. Britt Aamodt examines the history of ERA and its code-breaking machines.


MN90: JFK’s Murdered Mistress

MN90: JFK’s Murdered Mistress

Cicely Angleton was the offspring of two of the most prominent families in Duluth, the D’Autremonts and the Congdons. But she’s remembered today because of her unintended role in a JFK conspiracy theory. Britt Aamodt has the story of Cicely’s friendship with Mary Pinchot Meyer.


MN90: The Presidential Game

MN90: The Presidential Game

Very few Americans will ever run for President of the United States. But Minneapolis adman Jack Carmichael wanted them to at least get a feel for the game of political campaigns. Britt Aamodt reveals the Minnesota origins of the 1967 board game Mr. President.


MN90: Easy Company’s Minnesota Men

MN90: Easy Company’s Minnesota Men

Stephen Ambrose’s book and the spinoff HBO series Band of Brothers told the story of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. But neither could include the story of every man who served in the company. Britt Aamodt has the story of the two Minnesotans from Easy and the book that finally tells their story.


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