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Looking ahead to the 1980s: Minnesota Issues

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In this episode of "U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial," we feature an episode from 1979 of the discussion program, Minnesota Issues. The host for the show, Arthur Naftalin, introduces the pessimistic atmosphere of the country but finds that the younger generation still has hope looking ahead to the 1980s.
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Japanese Americans and ‘The World We Want’

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Wednesday marks 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii — an event familiar to anyone who has had a U.S. History class. But today our podcast focuses on the events on the homefront following the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Specifically, we will listen in on a discussion from 1946 on the discriminatory removal and, then, resettlement of persons of Japanese ancestry with Frank M. Rarig, Lauren Stiefel, and Reverend Daisuke Kitagawa.
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Native American Heritage Month: The Sioux Treaty

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University Archives continues the theme of Native American Heritage on our podcast this week, wrapping up November with a bit of documentary from 67 years ago. This KUOM-produced program "Tales of Minnesota" covered the Sioux Treaty of 1851 and the frustrations that lead to the Dakota War, or the Sioux Uprising, of 1862.
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Native American Heritage: Ada Deer

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November is Native American Heritage Month so for our second episode of the new podcast, U of M Radio on Your Historic Dial, we have selected an interview from the 1970s with Ada Deer, American Indian and Civil Rights Activist.
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Introducing U of M Radio On Your Historic Dial

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Today University of Minnesota Archives is launching "U of M Radio on Your Historic Dial,"a podcast that features historic recordings from KUOM and WMMR — the original professional and student-run radio stations at the University of Minnesota. The podcast is also available on iTunes and Google Play.

20 years of web history

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This month, the University Archives reaches a milestone — our collection now includes 20 years of University of Minnesota websites. Those 20 years chronicle an irreplaceable source of the University’s history, as much as they contain the evidence of the web’s swift evolution in style.

Memorial Stadium remembered

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As the Golden Gophers prepare for their 2016 opening football game on September 1, the University Archives shares historical documents and images from Memorial Stadium, the former home of Gopher football from 1924 through 1981.

Summer of 1946

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Seventy years ago, in the summer of 1946, an epidemic of poliomyelitis was inflicted upon Minneapolis and other cities throughout Minnesota. To reduce the spread of disease, Minneapolis officials asked that children be refused to enter theaters, parks, beaches, and other crowded places. In cooperation with local educators, the University of Minnesota's KUOM radios station, changed its schedule and created an improvised series of programs aimed to attract the attention of homebound youth.

From Minnesota to Mars

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Forty years ago on July 20, 1976, the Viking 1 probe landed on the surface of Mars bringing a little bit of Minnesota to the red planet. Two University of Minnesota faculty members contributed to the design and mission planning for NASA's Viking Project, Helmut Heinrich and Alfred O.C. Nier.

Reel to Reel

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More than 11,000 reels of recorded audio are now preserved at the University Archives. These reels contain recordings of University speeches, ceremonies, and conference proceedings given from the 1940s to the 1990s. The reels also contain the recorded broadcasts of WLB/KUOM, the predecessor of University radio station RadioK.

Preserving your heart

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February is American Heart Month, which brings awareness to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. The University of Minnesota has a long history of researching, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the heart. In the promotion of heart health, let’s take a look back at a few moments in the University’s heart history…
Students in field studying zonal arrangement of algae in Friendly Cove

Minnesota Seaside Station

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The University of Minnesota Archives recently completed a year-long project to digitize the records of the Minnesota Geological and Natural History Survey, including records and photographs of the Seaside Station. Now, others are connecting their own histories and experiences with the University of Minnesota.

Radio history at the U of M

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On January 13, 1922, the University of Minnesota was granted a full license to broadcast under the call letters WLB - known today as Radio K. Radio K (KUOM) holds the distinction of being the 10th oldest continuously operating radio station in the country, in addition to being the first station to broadcast in the state of Minnesota.

The Gopher Yearbook

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For 80 years the University of Minnesota junior class published an annual yearbook simply titled, the Gopher. The tradition of an annual yearbook began in 1888 and continued through 1967. Each Gopher yearbook has a unique style and flourish of its own. View a few of the interesting pages from the volumes below, and then find more on your own!

Cycling through history

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Earlier this month, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the University of Minnesota with a Platinum Bicycle Friendly University award. The popularity of bicycles at the University of Minnesota is of no surprise to visitors on campus, today or in the past. Check out these historical photos of students and bicycles on campus at the University of Minnesota.

75 years of Coffman Union

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Seventy-five years ago this fall, Coffman Memorial Union opened to the campus community and public. It cost nearly $2 million and was named after President Lotus Coffman.

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