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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. 


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.
May 25, 2018
Washington was once the campaign headquarters for a fascist presidential...


Season 2019
Episode 10
Two incidents in the Pacific Northwest inspired the worldwide phenomenon of fables about...
Season 2019
Episode 9
Beriah Brown was a frontier newspaperman who defended slavery and the South during the...
Season 2019
Episode 8
Sometimes so-called “fake news” makes real news. We focus on three famous Seattle hoaxes...
Season 2019
Episode 7
In 1917 Seattle hosted a plucky hockey team, the Metropolitans, that brought big-time...
Season 2019
Episode 6
Since the mid-19th century, Seattle and Tacoma have been business rivals. A focus of...
Season 2019
Episode 5
Long before transgender rights were headline news, a man by the name of Harry Allen was...
Season 2019
Episode 4
In the PNW, we are concerned about climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels –...
Season 2019
Episode 3
After World War II, civic boosters launched a campaign called Greater Seattle which...
Season 2019
Episode 2
A Spanish galleon from Manila went down in a storm off the Oregon coast 327 years ago. It...
Season 2019
Episode 1
It was a trying time for Seattleites in the summer of 1895. The city was still reeling...


Knute Berger mines a particular Seattle historical or cultural nugget.