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On November 11, 2014, Washington celebrated its 125th anniversary of statehood. As part of the celebration, new artifacts representing the state’s history and culture will be added to the Washington Centennial Time Capsule located at the state capitol in Olympia. 

The Keepers of the Capsule have invited KUOW to submit stories from our archive that best represent Washington from the past 25 years. The capsule is added to every 25 years until Washington state’s 500th anniversary in 2389. 

Conjoined skulls? The digestive tract of a jellyfish? Museums can feature some weird displays.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Victoria Cain, author of the book "Life On Display: Revolutionizing Museums Of Science And Natural History In The United States," about the relationships museums have had with odd and bizarre artifacts.

On Sunday, five St. Louis Rams players jogged onto the field with their arms raised by their heads, a stream of fog behind them: hands up, don't shoot.

The players — Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Stedman Bailey — were invoking the gesture that's been widely used in protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. This followed the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Wilson in Brown's death, and the release of a hefty batch of evidence shown to the jury by St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCullough.

Isoseismal map of the event.
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In 1872, a mass earthquake rocked the Northwest. It’s on record as one of the most widely felt temblors in the Pacific Northwest.

But the location of the fault line that caused the quake has been a mystery for more than a century. They didn’t even know which side of the Cascades the fault fell.

Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington, D.C.
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Time travel is a perennial fascination. Where would you go? Who would you meet? The website Ranker places Thomas Jefferson in the top ten of popular figures, just behind Winston Churchill and ahead of John Kennedy. 

Our guest in this episode of Speakers Forum is adept at a kind of time travel. Clay Jenkinson inhabited the role of President Thomas Jefferson at Town Hall Seattle on November 22. He was joined by the Saint Michael Trio for a performance of chamber music popular during Jefferson’s lifetime, including works by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, who were Jefferson’s contemporaries.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Jon Talton, economics columnist for the Seattle Times, about the legacy of the Battle in Seattle.

For decades, a graphic letter sent from J. Edgar Hoover's FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was thought to only exist in a censored form. The letter focused on King's sex life and his extramarital affairs. Yale historian Beverly Gage, who's working on a biography of Hoover, recently uncovered an unredacted version of the letter at the National Archives. It begins:


Washington state is 125 years old. There was a celebration Tuesday at the state capitol. It featured an historic reenactment, a time capsule ceremony and, of course, cake.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Peter Schneider, author of "Berlin Now," about the vast changes there since the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago this month.

Remember Washington's 2004 Election Soap Opera?

Nov 4, 2014
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If you can’t remember the details of the 2004 Washington state governor’s race, you shouldn’t feel bad. It was pretty complicated and had more twists and turns than a soap opera.

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Ross Reynolds talks with activist Elizabeth Campbell about her voter initiative to fund planning to build a monorail line in Seattle. Then, Reynolds talks with Crosscut's Knute Berger about the political history of the monorail.

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Ross Reynolds interviews Matt Bai, national political correspondent for Yahoo News, about his book on the Gary Hart debacle.

If you know who Hart is, you probably remember his flame-out campaign for president. In 1987 the Democratic Senator from Colorado was running against George H.W. Bush was ahead by double digits. But when the Miami Herald ran a story about a supposed affair Hart was having with model Donna Rice, his campaign fell apart within a week. 

Who Are The Descendants Of Seattle's Early Families?

Oct 19, 2014
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What are the descendants of Seattle's pioneers up to? KUOW Listener Ben Lee wanted to know.

For KUOW's Local Wonder project, I escaped into Seattle's past in hopes of turning up the present. Turned out that finding Seattle's dead pioneers was the easy part. 

They’re all in one spot: Lakeview Cemetery on Capitol Hill.

The sign at Pike Place Market.
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Ross Reynolds marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Pike Place Market by speaking with international market consultant David O'Neil. O'Neil says the Friends' efforts to save Pike Place Market turned the tide for public markets all over America.

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Americans honor the memory of Reverend Martin Luther King with street, school and place names, a national holiday, and a national monument.

Tavis Smiley appreciates that, but he also knows that many, if not most, Americans can’t quote more than King’s most famous line from his “I Have a Dream” speech.