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What do you wonder about the people, places and culture of Minnesota? Listen to our community-driven reporting project, which invites listeners to ask questions that our newsroom researches and answers.

Curious Minnesota Star Tribune

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 138 Ratings

What do you wonder about the people, places and culture of Minnesota? Listen to our community-driven reporting project, which invites listeners to ask questions that our newsroom researches and answers.

    Why has the Park Board allowed the 'birthplace of Minneapolis' to deteriorate?

    Why has the Park Board allowed the 'birthplace of Minneapolis' to deteriorate?

    The John H. Stevens House in Minnehaha Park is arguably the most important structure relating to Minneapolis' origin story. But the exterior of the property is in rough shape after years of deferred maintenance. Eric Roper and Ash Miller discuss the unique history of the house, and why it has been allowed to deteriorate.
    LINKS:
    Why has the Park Board allowed the 'birthplace of Minneapolis' to deteriorate? (July 2022 Curious Minnesota story)
    Discover the hidden house in Minnehaha Park where Minneapolis was born (June 2021 Star Tribune magazine story)

    • 15 min
    Why did Scandinavian immigrants choose Minnesota?

    Why did Scandinavian immigrants choose Minnesota?

    Minnesota has more residents of Norwegian and Swedish ancestry than any other state, due to a wave of immigration from those countries in the 19th Century. But why did those immigrants choose Minnesota? Eric Roper and Ash Miller discuss the factors that caused people to leave Scandinavian countries in the 1800s, and how Minnesota became a major destination.
    LINKS:
    Why did Scandinavian immigrants choose Minnesota? (May 2022 Curious Minnesota story)
    Is Minnesota actually more German than Scandinavian? (January 2020 Curious Minnesota story)

    • 16 min
    Was Charles Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer?

    Was Charles Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer?

    Any list of the most famous Minnesotans who ever lived should include Charles Lindbergh, who became a worldwide celebrity when he completed the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. But Lindbergh's controversial statements and actions in the years preceding Pearl Harbor have become an enduring aspect of his legacy.
    The Star Tribune's Kevin Duchschere joins the show to discuss Lindbergh's life and whether the famous aviator was a Nazi sympathizer.
    LINKS:
    Was Charles Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer? (June 2022 Curious Minnesota story)

    • 16 min
    Why isn't Minnesota's sacrifice at Gettysburg better remembered?

    Why isn't Minnesota's sacrifice at Gettysburg better remembered?

    Some people believe that the battle of Gettysburg would have ended differently had it not been for the heroism of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry regiment. Their sacrifice in 1863 is a landmark event from Minnesota's early history as a state. Readers wanted to know why it isn't better remembered today. The Star Tribune's Kevin Duchschere joins the show to discuss the battle and the First Minnesota's legacy.
    LINKS:
    Why isn't Minnesota's sacrifice at Gettysburg better remembered? (February 2022 Curious Minnesota story)

    • 12 min
    What was the first movie filmed in Minnesota?

    What was the first movie filmed in Minnesota?

    While "Fargo" is undoubtedly the most famous movie filmed in Minnesota, it was far from the first. Star Tribune movie critic Chris Hewitt talks with host Ash Miller about the film "Free Air," which shot in Minnesota during the early 1920s. It is a film that -- quite possibly -- no living person has ever actually seen.
    What was the first movie filmed in Minnesota?  (December 2021 Curious Minnesota story)
    Most of America's Silent Films are Lost Forever (2013 article from The Atlantic)

    • 15 min
    How did Nicollet Island transform from an industrial hub to a public park?

    How did Nicollet Island transform from an industrial hub to a public park?

    Nicollet Island is arguably the most unusual park in a city known for its parks. Located beside downtown Minneapolis, it is an oasis of green space in the heart of the urban core. It was once home to some of the city's most prominent industrialists, as well as factories powered by the Mississippi River. But it has undergone a major transformation in roughly the last half century.
    Chris and Rushika Hage, authors of a book about Nicollet Island, join host Eric Roper to discuss the island's history and how it came to look the way it does today.
    LINKS:
    How did Nicollet Island become parkland with private housing on it? (May 2019 Curious Minnesota story)
    A before and after aerial view of the island showing how it has changed

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

JMS32205 ,

Awesome show

As someone married to a person with a minnesota roots, this is an entertaining, educational pod for me. Recommended.

Mlewy84 ,

Love!

This is an awesome podcast to learn about Minnesota history! It’s fun to listen to and not just a boring history lesson.

Aosc2 ,

Great show with interesting topics

I don’t live in Minnesota and have never even visited the state but I still love learning all about it. Good-length episodes and variety of interesting topics.

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