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.
Britt Aamodt takes a tour of the history of bike sharing programs and Minneapolis’ Nice Ride system.
Maggie Nichols had been a gymnast since age three. The Minnesota athlete knew there’d be injuries. They came with the sport. Britt Aamodt examines the trial of Dr. Larry Nassar, the doctor who was supposed to help Nichols and other injured gymnasts for but a quarter century did quite the opposite.
In 1924, Frances Gumm made her stage debut at age two in Grand Rapids, singing “Jingle Bells.” Britt Aamodt tells the story of the girl who became Judy Garland.
The Together Again tour was supposed to be a 29-city reunion tour of three of the original Rat Packers: Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. But when the concert rolled into Bloomington, MN, in 1988, there were only two. Britt Aamodt has the story of the missing Dean Martin.
It was almost like Charles Schulz was destined to be an artist. Days after his birth, November 26, 1922, an uncle nicknamed him Spark Plug after a popular comic strip character. Britt Aamodt looks at the genesis of one of the greatest comic strip artists of the 20th century.
R.D. Zimmerman’s fascination with Russia took root with an introductory Russian language class at Macalester College in St. Paul. Britt Aamodt examines the transformation of Zimmerman into an author, under the pen name Robert Alexander, and his Russian trilogy, beginning with the 2003 novel The Kitchen Boy.
Growing up in St. Louis Park, Thomas Friedman looked forward to afternoon golf games with Dad. Friedman figured he’d be a pro golfer. Britt Aamodt looks into the high school journalism class that altered his destiny—while also making room for the occasional tee time.
Totten “Tot” Heffelfinger was an amateur golfer who worried that Minnesota’s golf courses were becoming too small and cramped for a new era of hard-hitting pro golfers. What was needed was a bigger, better course. Britt Aamodt investigates the origins of Hazeltine National Golf Club.
Beginning with the 1996 film “Fargo” and continuing in 2014 with the spin-off TV series, actors have inhabited a fictional universe centered in small-town Minnesota. Britt Aamodt looks at one of the biggest challenges those actors face: learning the Minnesota accent.