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Kwame McDonald

Kwame McDonald, was born James Cornell McDonald in Madison Wisconsin. McDonald, coined as “The Godfather” of the sports community, was a prominent sports writer, mentor, adviser, teacher, journalist and organizer of youth programs. He studied political science at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he met Mary Palmer, the teacher he married in 1956. In 1961, he came to Minnesota to run the state's Commission Against Discrimination, working with Gov. Elmer L. Andersen and Attorney General Walter Mondale. McDonald made a pilgrimage to Africa, studying and teaching at the University of Ghana. It was there that he changed his name to Kwame, Ghanaian for “born on Sunday.” One of McDonalds highlights in his career was his role in the development of the annual Inner-City All-Star Classic in 1994, a showcase for high school boy’s basketball players in the Twin Cities metro area. McDonald died October 26, 2011...He was 80.



Nunnabove discusses the pros and cons of performing together as siblings and their group’s contributions to the ever-evolving “Minneapolis Sound” on this week’s episode of Behind the Scenes.


Host, Carl Unbehaun, presents a cavalcade of songs by Minnesota songwriters along with his musical musings! More NEW ARTISTS on this episode, including tunes by Sara Noble, Ditchbird, Bo Allen & Willie West. And we report on the three Minnesota breweries who won medals at the 2023 World Beer Cup–all on MHB!

(Aired 5/25/2023)

MN90: Ann Sothern and the Whales of August

Fall 1986 – Minneapolis actress Ann Sothern had been acting most of her 77 years, going back to her first film credit in 1927. But on her latest film, she had the challenge of mastering a down east Maine accent, and staying out of the feud between costars Lillian Gish and Bette Davis. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

MN90: Deciphering Dolphins

1966 – Dr. John C. Lilly’s life had taken him from his native St. Paul to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, where the neurophysiologist conducted research on dolphins. It was his hope that in 10 years humans would be able to communicate with the most intelligent creatures in the sea. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

MN90: The Actor Was a Spy

1940 – Minnesota’s Eddie Arnold had followed his dream to become a successful Hollywood actor. Now he was putting his career on hold to go treasure hunting in Mexico? Or was that a cover story for something else? Here’s Britt Aamodt.

MN90: The Afterlife of a Great Pitcher

1933 – Charles Albert “Charley” Bender was a clerk at a downtown Philadelphia sporting goods store. But twenty years ago, the 49-year-old, originally from the White Earth Reservation, was one of the greatest hurlers to ever pitch ball for the Philadelphia Athletics. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

MN90: Minnesota’s Helen Keller

1925 – Back when Vera Gammon was a student at Faribault’s school for the blind, the St. Paul girl, who’d lost sight and hearing age four, had been touted as Minnesota’s Helen Keller for her skill at speaking and writing. Now she was meeting the legend herself—Helen Keller—at the St. Paul Hotel. Here’s Britt Aamodt.

Polk County Minnesota History Show #17

Polk County Historical Society Board Member Steve Hannah is a former Fisher, MN farmer and faculty member at University of Minnesota Crookston. Steve offers more information about the importance of the railroad in Polk County’s development in this episode of Hometown History.

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