Cover art for podcast MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds

MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds

64 EpisodesProduced by AmpersWebsite

Daily dose of Minnesota history - MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds" is a history program airing on Ampers stations in Minnesota. It is a co-production of Ampers and the Minnesota Historical Society. Made possible by funding from the Minnesota Art's and Cultural Heritage fund.

episodes iconAll Episodes

The First Case of Spanish Flu

May 22nd, 2020

1:29

The Spanish Flu descended on Minnesota in 1918, at a time when the world had no effective answer to major pandemics. The state's disjointed response …

Minnesota Broadcaster’s Pioneering Use of Satellites

May 21st, 2020

1:30

The invention of the satellite newsgathering truck by lifelong Minnesota broadcaster Stanley S. Hubbard was met with skepticism when he first demonstrated it in 1981. But as MN90 producer Marisa Helms reports, nowadays …

Last Flight of the Queen

May 20th, 2020

1:29

Carole Lombard was the queen of 1930’s screwball comedies, and she was married to Clark Gable. The two Second Lieutenants from Minnesota never …

Young JFK Hits the Airwaves

May 19th, 2020

1:29

In 1940, John F. Kennedy was 23 and sick, which explains his visit to the Mayo Clinic. But he was also a newly published author. Britt Aamodt has the story behind JFK’s radio interview at KROC-AM

Attacking an Epidemic without a Plan

May 18th, 2020

1:29

In 1872, the Minnesota State Board of Health was created to coordinate sanitation and disease control statewide. And by 1918, the average lifespan …

Hazeltine National Golf Club

May 15th, 2020

1:29

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 …

Minnesota's GLBT Champion

May 14th, 2020

1:29

Allan Spear accomplished a lot in his three decades in the Minnesota Senate. But it’s the 1993 Minnesota Human Rights Act that he would call his …

A Druggist in a Time of Influenza

May 13th, 2020

1:29

James Douglas Falconer might have chosen to become a vet like his dad Thomas. Instead, the young man from Alexandria, Minnesota, trained as a druggist. September 1918, Falconer started his new job at Rexall Drug Store …

In the Middle of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

May 12th, 2020

1:29

July 2014, Patrick Sawyer just wanted to finish his conference in Nigeria and get home to Coon Rapids. Two of his daughters had birthdays coming up. …

Minnesota Madness

May 11th, 2020

1:29

Intercollegiate basketball conjures up images of March Madness and games played at some of the nations most popular universities. The birthplace of …

Evidence of an Ancient Cataclysm

May 8th, 2020

1:29

The Ham Lake Fire of May 2007 devastated thousands of acres in Northeast Minnesota. Britt Aamodt looks at how it also turned up evidence of a cataclysmic event that took place 1.8 billion years ago.

The Dance of Healing

May 7th, 2020

1:29

University of Minnesota professor Brenda Child heard a story growing up on the Red Lake reservation about a sick girl and the vision her father …

Frankenstein on Stage

May 6th, 2020

1:29

Victor Frankenstein and his Creature never had a true heart-to-heart in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. Britt Aamodt looks at how playwright Barbara Field finally brought the creator and created together in her 1988 Guthrie …

Minnesota Kicks the Habit

May 5th, 2020

1:30

Minnesota is the only state that took on the tobacco companies and won. Now, thanks to a settlement of more than 6 billion dollars, Minnesotans and …

Inventing The Slider

May 4th, 2020

1:30

For nearly 50 years, Charles Albert Bender was the only Minnesota-born baseball player inducted into the Hall of Fame, in part for inventing the …

A Nurse in the Spanish Flu Epidemic

May 1st, 2020

1:29

September 16, 1918, Nora Emilie Anderson was embarking on the biggest adventure in her 37 years. The native of Rock Dell, Minnesota, was one of hundreds of nurses boarding a ship en route to the Great War in Europe. …

Surf's Up

April 30th, 2020

1:29

"Well, everybody's heard about the bird. Well, uh, bird, bird, bird, bird is the word." Britt Aamodt traces the origins of the 1963 surf rock hit, …

The Animating Docter of Pixar

April 29th, 2020

1:29

Pete Docter imagined adventures at his childhood home in Bloomington, MN. But at Pixar, says Britt Aamodt, he animated them.

Supermayor is Watching Over You

April 28th, 2020

1:29

St. Paul has had a lot of mayors. But, according to Britt Aamodt, only one Supermayor.

The Pioneer Seedswoman

April 27th, 2020

1:29

Carrie H. Lippincott was merely looking for a way to support her mother, sister and brother-in-law. But out of necessity grew a flourishing seed business. Britt Aamodt reveals the Pioneer Seedswoman of America.

Sum-Sum-Summertime in Albert Lea

April 24th, 2020

1:29

There was Gene Vincent. There was Chuck Berry. And there was Eddie Cochran. But Britt Aamodt reveals that only one of these '50s rockers made "Summertime Blues" a hit—and hailed from Minnesota.

Surviving the Tornadoes of 1965

April 23rd, 2020

1:29

While many powerful and deadly tornadoes have battered Minnesota, those that struck on May 6th, 1965, stand out because they hit the …

The Art of Migration

April 22nd, 2020

1:29

Cy Thao wanted to tell the story of the Hmong people. Britt Aamodt finds out that he did it not with words but with paint and canvas.

The Architect, The Girl, and a Big Mistake

April 21st, 2020

1:29

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright may have made a name for himself with his legendary homes all over the country, but he also had a reputation with the ladies. Producer Allison Herrera tells us about one incident that …

Ike's Farewell Speechwriter

April 20th, 2020

1:29

In 2010, Grant Moos finally decided to go through the boxes left behind by his dead father, Malcolm Moos, President Eisenhower’s chief speechwriter. …

Studying Chimps with SIV

April 17th, 2020

1:29

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 …

Sweating It

April 16th, 2020

1:29

Minnesota weather isn’t known for its steaminess. So Britt Aamodt wonders how the state ended up with the oldest Finnish steam bath in North America.

Mr. Cool

April 15th, 2020

1:29

Frederick McKinley Jones was an inveterate tinkerer. So it wasn’t surprising that after a sweltering summer drive in Minnesota, he hit upon an idea. Britt Aamodt looks at the inventor behind the refrigerated truck.

Texting Away History

April 14th, 2020

1:29

You hardly ever hear about kids writing in diaries anymore because paper and pencils seem to have been replaced by computers and text messages. As …

The Artist In Red Wing

April 13th, 2020

1:29

Charles Biederman was one of the great abstract artists in the 20th century. Britt Aamodt tries to discover why this Cleveland-born artist has more art in Minnesota museums than anywhere else.

The Automatic Pop-up Toaster

April 10th, 2020

1:29

Charles Perkins Strite was tired of burnt toast. So the Minnesota inventor set out to do something about it. Britt Aamodt offers up a tale of a new kind of toaster.

Death by Hearse

April 9th, 2020

1:29

To prepare lectures for his course on Death and Dying at Hamline University in St. Paul, Mark Berkson visited religious centers around the Twin …

The Beatles' Minnesota Guitar

April 8th, 2020

1:29

The Beatles' press conference in Minneapolis, August 1965, played a part in—or rather, added guitar to—the group's 1966 album Rubber Soul. Britt …

The Carlton Celebrity Room

April 7th, 2020

1:29

The Carlton Celebrity Room was featured in the film Fargo. But Britt Aamodt tells us this dinner club was more than a piece of Coen Brothers fiction.

Kodiak Days

April 6th, 2020

1:29

They were southern Minnesotans who signed up for the National Guard during the Great Depression. Many did it for a job when jobs were scarce. But when America entered World War II, they found themselves on an island. …

The Cereal Shot from Guns

April 3rd, 2020

1:29

Everybody would like to have the kind of accident botanist Alexander Anderson had at the turn of the 20th century. He went looking for starch …

The Citizens League

April 2nd, 2020

1:32

What makes Minnesota unique? The lakes, the weather...and the Minnesota Citizen's League. For over 60 years, the Minnesota Citizens League has helped tackle some of the toughest problems in the state. MN90 producer …

The Death of Superman

April 1st, 2020

1:29

Dan Jurgens had a Clark Kent childhood in Ortonville, Minnesota. But Britt Aamodt reveals that Jurgens's relationship with the Man of Steel didn’t end there.

World's Tougest (Toy) Trucks

March 31st, 2020

1:29

The variety of toys available today seems endless. But in the 1940s, a now-classic toy designed near Lake Minnetonka practically ruled the industry. …

Whoopee John

March 30th, 2020

1:29

He was born John Wilfart in New Ulm, Minnesota. But legions of fans knew him as Whoopee John. Britt Aamodt resurrects the king of Midwest polka.

Wilde Nights

March 27th, 2020

1:29

Before Oscar Wilde became a dead author studied in literature courses, he was a dandy with a love of beauty, the arts and the written word. Britt …

Weaver's Sweet Land

March 26th, 2020

1:29

Will Weaver needed to get away from his father’s dairy farm to have more time to write. And did he write. Britt Aamodt examines how one of Weaver’s story went from New York Times notable book to film and stage.

A National Geographic Photographer’s Time at the Lake

March 25th, 2020

1:29

William Albert Allard spent boyhood summers at Lake Gladstone outside Nisswa, Minnesota. Decades later, the National Geographic photographer returned, says Britt Aamodt, to tell the Minnesota Lake Country story in …

Yanni's Chameleon Years

March 24th, 2020

1:29

The musician Yanni is famous for his New Age style and prolific solo career. But before he went out on his own, he was part of a “bombastic pop band” …

A Sleepy Eye Babe

March 23rd, 2020

1:29

Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, traded by Boston and beloved by the world. But Britt Aamodt looks at a day in 1922 when Babe Ruth came to Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.

Father Time

March 20th, 2020

1:29

Franz Halberg, a scientist and physician at the University of Minnesota, was fascinated by the human body’s daily rhythms. Not only did people wake and sleep in concert with the sun, but internal processes, like heart …

A Small Town's Identity Bound By Twine

March 19th, 2020

1:30

With a population of around 300 people, the town of Darwin, Minnesota, is fairly small. But it’s home to one gigantic ball of twine. Weighing in at …

When Minnesota Learned to Meditate

March 18th, 2020

1:29

He was called Paramahansa Yogananda but many knew him better at Swami Yoganada, the Indian guru whose spiritual mission brought him to America in 1920. Britt Aamodt fast forwards seven years to 1927 when, for three …

Up and Atom

March 17th, 2020

1:29

America in the 1950s was preparing for the Soviets to drop the bomb any minutes. But less than two decades later, says Britt Aamodt, Minnesota was building the first rural nuclear plant in America.

Bon Appetit!

March 16th, 2020

1:29

In 1995, hundreds of Minnesotans lined up at the Minneapolis Dayton’s with cookbooks under their arms. There were here to see cookbook author and …

Van Gogh, the Final Frontier

March 13th, 2020

1:29

Leonard Nimoy created an iconic character for Star Trek in Spock. Britt Aamodt tells us about another of Nimoy’s iconic roles produced with the help …

What's That Smell?

March 12th, 2020

1:29

3M is famous for inventing the Post-It note. But Britt Aamodt has uncovered a 3M that gave you a scratch you just had to sniff.

Cow Town

March 11th, 2020

1:29

In 1886, Alpheus Beede Stickney built a stockyard along the Mississippi. Britt Aamodt traces the history of South Saint Paul as Minnesota’s cow town.

Tom Nelson vs. the Ghost Bird

March 10th, 2020

1:29

Tom Nelson was an electrical engineer living in Minnesota who got involved in a birding controversy. Britt Aamodt reports how the engineer weighed on …

Eat Well and Stay Well

March 9th, 2020

1:29

Ancel and Margaret Keys, researchers at the University of Minnesota, wondered why Twin Cities businessmen were dying of heart disease, while, an …

Dr. Martha Ripley, an Early Champion for Women's Rights

March 6th, 2020

1:30

Martha Ripley was a nurse by training when she moved to Minneapolis with her husband in 1883. Her expertise in medical care and her commitment to …

High Priestess of the Women’s Magazine

March 5th, 2020

1:30

Minnesotan Margaret Culkin Banning (1891-1982) is probably one of the most prolific writers you’ve never heard of. Though often overlooked, Banning …

Women in the House

March 4th, 2020

1:29

The feminists who arose in the '60s and '70s set out to change the world. Britt Aamodt finds out how one Minnesota feminist made changes one legislative seat at a time.

Gary Paulsen’s Tales of the Wild

March 3rd, 2020

1:29

Gary Paulsen was working for an aeronautics firm when it suddenly dawned on him: he was meant to be a writer. Britt Aamodt finds the connections …

Women Strike for Equal Pay

March 2nd, 2020

1:30

In the late 1970s, eight female employees from the Citizens’ National Bank in Willmar stirred up controversy in their town and across the country when they filed a complaint against the bank for unequal pay and gender …

Minnesota's Glacial Days

February 25th, 2020

1:29

Minnesotans grouse about long, cold winters now. But until 10,000 years ago, those long cold stretches were positively glacial, says Britt Aamodt.

Forever Ours

February 25th, 2020

1:29

Dr. Janis Amutuzio started collecting stories about the possibility of life after death, though she didn’t know it yet, as a first-year medical …

Kirkbride Sanctuary

February 25th, 2020

1:29

They were known as Kirkbride facilities, hospitals designed to give more comfort and privacy to patients with mental illness. Britt Aamodt takes us to Minnesota's Kirkbride building, the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment …

Janis' Albert Lea Drummer

February 25th, 2020

1:29

The photo is iconic: Janis Joplin astride a Harley-Davidson. Britt Aamodt tells us how a Minnesotan captured that indelible image.

Loading ...

Listen to MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds

RadioPublic

A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed
https://feeds.transistor.fm/mn90-minnesota-history-in-90-seconds

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens