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.
Fritz Haber is famous as Albert Einstein’s buddy and infamous as the man who brought poison gas to the battlefields of World War I. But Britt Aamodt explores the scientist’s role in fertilizing Minnesota’s crops.
In 1860, William H. Seward, governor of New York and failed presidential hopeful, came to St. Paul to stump for Abraham Lincoln. He spent four days in the Minnesota capital. Britt Aamodt wonders why his speech was so long and what he thought of the steamship Alhambra.
Everybody knows that before First Ave was an iconic live music venue it was a Greyhound bus station. But fewer know the history of the in-between years. Britt Aamodt turns back to the early 1970s when First Ave was Uncle Sam’s and the dance beat was disco.
In 1975, George Lucas was pitching a new space opera to Hollywood. To help him with the pitch, Lucas brought along work by John Berkey who specialized in science fiction cover art. Britt Aamodt has the story of the Minnesota painter and his brush with Star Wars.
Growing up in Minnesota, Michael Wilson knew he wanted to work with primates after he watched a documentary on Dian Fossey. Britt Aamodt looks at Wilson’s work with the research team that studied the primate version of HIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) in chimpanzees.
Since the 1970s, Craig Packer of the University of Minnesota’s Lion Center has studied lion behavior in the wild. For six years, Packer and two students undertook a special project. Britt Aamodt looks at Packer’s study of man-eating lions.
Judith Guest had only been living in Edina for a year when she received the news every writer wants to hear. Britt Aamodt looks back at Guest’s breakout novel Ordinary People and its award-winning film adaptation.