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Tim Brady, Writer/Researcher

Tim Brady helped develop and create the Peabody Award-winning series, Liberty! The American Revolution for Twin Cities Public Television. In addition, Brady wrote and produced the accompanying Web site for PBS Online. He's worked on numerous public television documentary histories including Death of a Dream and North Star: Minnesota's Black Pioneers. Brady writes on the history of Minnesota for a variety of publications, including Minnesota Monthly, The History Channel Magazine, The Conservation Volunteer, Minnesota Medicine, and Minnesota:The Alumni Magazine of the University of Minnesota. Brady earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and has won a Bush Artists Fellowship and the James Michener Award for his creative writing. He is currently writing a history of the racehorse, Dan Patch, for Nodin Press. The book will be published in the spring of 2006.

What was the biggest challenge for you in your role in Minnesota: A History of the Land?
"Working on big, documentary histories is always a demanding task. Boiling the complexities of historical events and debate into a few minutes of television is, at times, a fool's errand, but I think the whole production team can be proud of Minnesota: A History of the Land.

What experience/training did you bring to the project that were particularly helpful in the creation of Minnesota: A History of the Land?
"I spent five long, but ultimately rewarding, years helping to develop and create the award-winning PBS series, Liberty! The American Revolution. I learned that putting together a history series for television broadcast is not a simple process."

Why is the series important? Why should viewers watch the series? What can viewers expect to learn?
"Understanding the environmental history of the state of Minnesota is an essential step in understanding the history of the state as a whole.

"I think we've made a sincere and worthy attempt at advancing that educational cause. Not perfect, by any measure; but I hope any viewers, noting the lapses and omissions in the story we've chosen to tell, will rush to correct them, and add more details to the historical record in the process."

Tim Brady,


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