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Mossback’s Northwest

In each episode of “Mossback’s Northwest,” Knute Berger will mine a particular Seattle historical or cultural nugget, and you’ll learn the hidden backstory behind it and find out why it’s still relevant today. 

Stories

Mossback at table with Seattle foods
November 13, 2018
In this episode of Mossback’s Northwest, Knute Berger serves up five courses...
October 30, 2018
In 1872, the Seattle council passed Ordinance 32 that outlined punishment for...
October 17, 2018
Three instances where visions of the future ran up against the Seattle Process.
October 2, 2018
Mossback explores Burke Museum and asks: What can cougar remains tell us about...
September 17, 2018
Only one dinosaur bone has been found in Washington. Here’s why.
August 20, 2018
What fossils can teach us about the past — and future — climates of the our...
August 6, 2018
Knute Berger charts the rise and fall of the whale that would come to define...
July 24, 2018
Are you the kind of person who would trade gold and sunshine for a damp forest...
July 12, 2018
Seattle prides itself as a launchpad for the Space Age — but should Kent, Wash...
June 26, 2018
With the help of an extremely old map, Knute Berger charts the history, and the...
June 12, 2018
This secret artifact contains a design from the original architect.

Episodes

Season 2018
People often wonder: why did we wait so long for mass transit? Folks sometimes ask: why...
Season 2018
Cougar attacks are very rare, fatal ones even more so, but we had one in Washington this...
Season 2018
In 2015, scientists found the first — and only — dinosaur fossil in Washington state. It...
Season 2018
Knute Berger takes a trip down memory lane to the mother of all music festivals in the...
Season 2018
A 12,000-year-old pine cone, a fossilized ginkgo leaf — Knute Berger dives into the Burke...
Season 2018
Amid recent news of an orca mother carrying her dead calf and the reaction it garnered...
Season 2018
In this episode, Knute Berger defines what it means to be a Mossback — and how you can...
Season 2018
Seattle prides itself as a launchpad to the Space Age — but should Kent, Wash. really get...
Season 2018
Puget Sound hasn't always been known as Puget Sound -- and it may even have a different...
Season 2018
Have you ever wondered why the Space Needle looks the way it does? Who better to answer...
Season 2018
Knute Berger explores the dark history of the Silver Shirts, a fascist splinter group...
Season 2018
The Cosmic Crisp will reshape the apple market. It has been designed to be consumer, as...
Season 2018
If you think traffic is bad now, just imagine Seattle at the turn of the century:...
Season 2018
Knute takes us back to Puget Sound at the turn of the century to find out: Is the battle...
Season 2018
From ancient legends to far-fetched theories to elaborate hoaxes, Bigfoot, AKA Sasquatch...
Season 2018
Seattle recently elected its second female mayor, Jenny Durkan. In this episode, “Bertha’...


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