The Resident Historian Podcast
The Resident Historian Podcast

The Resident Historian Podcast

The Resident Historian is a twice-weekly podcast from KIRO Newsradio's Feliks Banel. Each episode includes either Feliks's Wednesday history feature from Seattle's Morning News, or the weekly Friday morning installment of the history and geography series All Over The Map.

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Echoes of Eastside rail history with Sound Transit preparing to get underway

Echoes of Eastside rail history with Sound Transit preparing to get underway

As Sound Transit gets ready to inaugurate commuter trains between Bellevue and Redmond beginning next weekend, the question arises about the last time regular passenger rail service was offered on the Eastside.

There’s some good-natured historical debate about the specific moment when the last passenger train rolled through what’s now an assortment of urban areas and dense suburbs, but a handful of local rail historians consulted by KIRO Newsradio agree it was sometime on or around July 19, 1922.

Remembering Enumclaw's Doolittle Raider Edward Saylor (2014)

Remembering Enumclaw's Doolittle Raider Edward Saylor (2014)

Edward Saylor volunteered to be a flight engineer on a dangerous mission more than 80 years ago. Saylor grew up in rural eastern Montana and lived in Enumclaw for many years before passing away in January 2015. He spoke with KIRO Radio in 2013 about his time in the Army Air Force during World War II.

New book reveals the 'street trees' of Seattle

New book reveals the 'street trees' of Seattle

New book reveals the 'street trees' of Seattle

Followup to the tale of the missing Cold War tower and siren

Followup to the tale of the missing Cold War tower and siren

A Cold War air raid siren that stood atop a tower in a Seattle park for more than 70 years remains in the hands of a private salvage yard. And the man who owns the giant artifact says it’s going to stay there.

The tale of the missing Cold War Tower & Siren

The tale of the missing Cold War Tower & Siren

The tale of the missing Cold War Tower & Siren

History means it’s Seattle vs. Seattle this weekend in Milwaukee

History means it’s Seattle vs. Seattle this weekend in Milwaukee

Those see-through uniforms of the Mariners’ road opponent in this weekend’s three-game series in Wisconsin may say “Milwaukee Brewers,” but everybody knows that the team is really the Seattle Pilots in disguise.

Parkland School catalyzes neighbors to support South Sound community

Parkland School catalyzes neighbors to support South Sound community

Neighbors in Parkland, south of Tacoma, have been working for two years to save the historic Parkland School. They now facing a significant fundraising deadline at the end of April and are seeking financial support.

Boeing slogan – if it’s not history, it’s a mystery'As The Gazebo Turns': Commission hits pause on Everett park plan

'As The Gazebo Turns': Commission hits pause on Everett park plan

On Tuesday night, the Everett Historical Commission once again weighed a request from the City of Everett for permission to demolish the historic gazebo at Clark Park.

Local history buffs beat hackers and regain control of Seattle Vintage

Local history buffs beat hackers and regain control of Seattle Vintage

As KIRO Newsradio first reported two weeks ago, the popular local history Facebook group Seattle Vintage – which has more than 150,000 followers – was hacked and taken over by malicious actors.

If that wasn’t bad enough, there was no remedy available. There was (and still is) no way to report the hacking to Facebook via Facebook, and no way to get immediate help from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Office or from the FBI.

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