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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:That Ojibwe Saying on Tony Soprano’s Hospital Wall

MN90:That Ojibwe Saying on Tony Soprano’s Hospital Wall

Over the years, Ojibwe sayings have turned up in very public forums, like on the 2019 presidential campaign trail with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and in the sixth season of The Sopranos. That quote took a curious journey from a book Soprano’s creator David Chase read to a fully realized TV episode. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Star Trek’s Lieutenant Kevin Riley

MN90: Star Trek’s Lieutenant Kevin Riley

In 1990, Bruce Hyde took a position as a theater professor in the communications department at St. Cloud State University. But to fans of the original Star Trek series, he would always be Lieutenant Kevin Riley. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Milestones in Minnesota Hot Dish

MN90: Milestones in Minnesota Hot Dish

In 1930, hot dish apparently got its print debut in a Mankato cookbook. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt with milestones in Minnesota hot dish history.


Barkhad Abdi Nails the Audition

Barkhad Abdi Nails the Audition

Barkhad Abdi was 27, living in Minneapolis, working as a limo driver when a casting call came for Somali actors. He’d never acted in a film. But within a few short years, he was acting alongside Tom Hanks, getting an Oscars nod and showing up in TV and film roles. Here’s producer Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 Bombers and the Tokyo Raid

MN90: Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 Bombers and the Tokyo Raid

Early 1942, mechanics at Mid-Continent Airlines in the Twin Cities were asked to retrofit twenty-four B-25 bombers. They only found out what the planes were used for when their mission hit the headlines: The Doolittle Raid over Tokyo. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Lin-Manuel Miranda: Gone to Seed

MN90: Lin-Manuel Miranda: Gone to Seed

Mother and daughter were both award-winning crop artists. Lillian Colton’s creations earned her the nickname the Seed Queen. But daughter Linda Peterson’s art got Retweeted by Hamilton. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: The Good Earth

MN90: The Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck was devastated. The Mayo Clinic doctor said she should put her daughter, who had severe cognitive disabilities caused by a then unknown condition (phenylketonuria/PKU), in long-term care. In order to pay for it, Buck pinned her hopes on novel writing. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Tippi and the Birds

MN90: Tippi and the Birds

It didn’t get any bigger than this. Tippi Hedren, Minnesotan, model, single mother, had been cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s new film. But she soon discovered working with the Master of Suspense was for the birds. Here’s Britt Aamodt.


MN90: Little House on the Stage

MN90: Little House on the Stage

People remembered Melissa Gilbert as the freckle-faced Laura Ingalls on TV’s Little House on the Prairie. But in 2008, the Guthrie Theater announced the grown-up Gilbert would be in their Little House too, as Ma Ingalls. Yet was anyone still interested in this tale of a 19th-century farm family struggling on the land? Here’s Britt Aamodt.


Assistant to the Art Forger

Assistant to the Art Forger

In 1969, Mark Forgy left his home in Golden Valley, Minnesota, to travel Europe. He had no idea that would lead him to a job with the 20th century’s most notorious art forger and a cameo in a new Orson Welles documentary.


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