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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.

MN90: Michael Jordan and the Unfunny Phone Prank

MN90: Michael Jordan and the Unfunny Phone Prank

December 30, 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, who’d won five championships in seven years. were in town to play the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves had never beat the Bulls. That night, Jordan got an upsetting phone call. Britt Aamodt has the story of the night the Wolves beat the Bulls.


MN90: The Queen of Northern Gothic

MN90: The Queen of Northern Gothic

Wendy Webb loved reading gothic novels. But when she started writing them, she didn’t set them on some misty moor in England, but in her native Midwest. Britt Aamodt has the story of the Queen of Northern Gothic and her 2017 novel The End of Temperance Dare.


MN90: The Minnesota Strip

MN90: The Minnesota Strip

In the 1960s and ‘70s, girls from the Midwest, many from the Twin Cities, were trafficked to New York to work as prostitutes. Locals called the area they worked the Minnesota Strip. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Toni Stone: A League of Her Own

MN90: Toni Stone: A League of Her Own

In 1953, a woman made history, becoming the first to play professional baseball—on a men’s team. There was a women’s league, but it would fold in a year, and it was white’s only. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the story of Toni Stone.


MN90: The Heat Wave of 1936

MN90: The Heat Wave of 1936

July 1936, for two weeks, Minnesotans baked, sweated and wilted. Nine hundred died. Here’s Britt Aamodt with the Heat Wave of 1936.


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.


MN90: Helen Keller’s Gall Bladder

MN90: 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.


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.


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