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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. 


September 9, 2019
On the cusp of becoming a state, the Washington territory suffered three major...
September 3, 2019
On this episode of Mossback's Northwest, Knute Berger looks back at what Puget...
July 25, 2019
VIDEO: On this episode of Mossback's Northwest, host Knute Berger looks back at...
Mossback holds a small UFO toy
July 12, 2019
On this episode of Mossback's Northwest, a look at what happened on June...
Knute Berger
June 5, 2019
He also founded the city's first daily newspaper.
May 22, 2019
A closer look at three famous hoaxes that shook up the region.
April 24, 2019
A century ago, Seattle's hockey team was the best in the world. But it was no...
Knute Berger holds a globe
April 2, 2019
In what was a PR battle for the ages, Seattle and Tacoma rivaled over the name...
March 20, 2019
Harry Allen was an outlaw of a different sort. 
Mossback holds coal
March 5, 2019
Today we fight it, but generations ago the city thrived on it.
Knute Berger, host of Mossback's Northwest
February 19, 2019
'Lesser Seattle' bucked change.


Season 2019
Episode 13
Immediately after the August 1940 grand opening of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, motorists...
Season 2019
Episode 12
During a hot summer, we worry about wildfires in our forests and range lands. But in...
Season 2019
Episode 11
On this episode of Mossback's Northwest, host Knute Berger looks back at March 12, 1974,...
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...


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Knute Berger mines a particular Seattle historical or cultural nugget.