Correction: audio for this story differs from its original broadcast, which incorrectly identified Nate McMillan as a member of the Sonics championship team from 1979. We have also clarified the story to indicate that the two conference trophies in MOHAI's warehouse are not the only two won by the Sonics.
When the owners of the Seattle Sonics moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008, basketball fans in Seattle were crushed. But they got one consolation prize: The team’s owners agreed to leave behind the Sonics’ cache of memorabilia.
How’s your home improvement to-do list looking? Maybe you have some projects you've been meaning to get to? Weekday home repair expert Roger Faris joins us to take your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At least, the best pieces of memorabilia we’ve ever seen. Because the Museum of History and Industry let KUOW’s Deborah Wang peek at the stash that came into their hands as part of a settlement between the city of Seattle and Clay Bennett.
Daffodils are pushing through the soil, temperatures are going up (a little). Are you planning your garden? How can you get the kids involved? Garden experts Greg Rabourn, Marty Wingate and Lisa Taylor are here to answer your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to email@example.com.
Jean-Luc Godard used to say that all you needed to make a noir film was “a man, a woman and a gun.” Many movies still use that basic premise, but how do the Film Noir movies hold up some 60 years later?
Ross Reynolds talks with the "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller about the notoriously dark film genre, the role it plays in film today and the noir festival that kicks off in Seattle tonight.
You probably know the bands that put Seattle on the international music map in the early 1990s. Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam have become legends, but they're only part of the Seattle music story. Women rocked the scene, too. Gretta Harley came to Seattle in 1990, looking for her tribe, and she says she found it.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond joins Ross Reynolds in front of a live studio audience. For decades he has studied Papua New Guinea cultures. He writes about what we can learn from traditional social organizations in his new book "The World Until Yesterday." Below are highlights from the interview.
The Boeing Dreamliner was been grounded since Jan. 16 as authorities try to sort out problems with the plane’s high tech batteries and electrical system. Meanwhile, it was 70 years ago this coming week that an earlier Boeing plane caught fire over Seattle during a test flight, causing one of the worst air disasters in the city’s history.
Black smoke rises from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on April 18, 2005. Black smoke signaled that the cardinals sequestered inside had failed to elect a new pope, after the death of Pope John Paul II.
When I meet Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, they tell me they consider Seattle a world-class city when it comes to public stairways. According to Jake, Seattle’s 650 stairways put the city in the top three for US cities with stairways, with Pittsburgh in first place and San Francisco in second. And since they moved here in 2001, they've been climbing Seattle’s stairs to meet people and uncover some of the city’s hidden nooks and crannies.
Anne Hathaway, nominated for best actress in a supporting role for ‘Les Miserables,’ left, and Steven Spielberg, nominated for best picture and best director for ‘Lincoln,’ attend the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
David Hyde talks with Frank Rich about the historical significance of Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained" and why Rich thinks it deserves to win an Academy Award for best picture. Then he turns to historian Sean Wilentz who thinks it is not "Django Unchained" but Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that is the historically accurate and significant film that deserves the Oscar.
Thousands of years ago this skeleton was a Giant Ground Sloth. These gigantic, bear-like animals were once common all over North America. This guy was around roughly at the end of the Ice-Age.
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The point of this native spear head is big enough that it was likely used to hunt large land mammals like deer or elk in the Seattle area. This spear point was found near the Burke-Gilman trail on the University of Washington campus.
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During the Treaty War of 1855-1856, many Seattle settlers fled for safety to Fort Decatur. This flag was sewn there by the women of Seattle and the countryside during the long, anxious days in the blockhouse, waiting for the siege to end.
Credit Museum of History and Industry
Shoes like these were imported from China only to be worn by Chinese citizens. These specific shoes were found in a warehouse in the 1960s. They became the inspiration for the Wing-Luke Museum.
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In 1889, a Swedish immigrant was melting glue in this pot and neglected to watch it carefully. The glue boiled over and ignited the wood shavings and sawdust on the floor and onto Madison Street. Twenty-nine blocks in downtown Seattle burned.
Credit Museum of History and Industry
This sailmaker's palm was used to push thread through thick sail material. The needle would be placed on the thimble area and pushed through the sail.
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Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, more than 7,000 Japanese Americans were moved out of the Seattle area to the Minidoka Relocation Center near Hunt, Idaho. This sign was posted on Bainbridge Island.
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The B-17 Flying Fortress served the Allied cause around the globe during World War II. Over 12,700 of Boeing's long-range bombers were built by men and women in US factories by the end of the war; 2,300 of those were built on Boeing Field.
Credit Museum of Flight
"The Feminine One" by David Lemon has been owned by the Steinbrueck family since the 1950s. According to Victor Steinbrueck, who helped design the Space Needle, the small wooden sculpture’s construction was a source of inspiration for the Seattle icon.
Credit Dale Cotton
Seattle's Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) used these signs in successful picketing and boycott against employment discrimination in October 1961. At the start only 6 out of 1,700 Safeway employees were black; three months later, there were 28.
Credit Northwest African American Museum
Jimi Hendrix used this Fender Stratocaster to play his famous rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969. It is also the guitar he used in his final concert in 1970.
Credit EMP Museum
Fish tossed to crowds at Pike Place Market have been seen in "Sleepless in Seattle" and on MTV’s "Real World." The fish market is a tourism magnet in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, attracting crowds of more than 10,000 people per day in the summer.
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A cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. The guys in the band dressed like their audience, making them more accessible than the rock gods of the past. The music and style of dress that became known as grunge defined Seattle to the rest of the world.
Credit EMP Museum
Sea turtle costumes worn in protest during the 1999 WTO conference in Seattle to protest a ruling that threatened the existence of endangered sea turtles. Those who wore them had to promise to return them and refrain from violence.
What do a burned glue pot, a vintage cardigan and a Starbucks coffee cup share in common? In this case, each represents a chapter in Seattle's history. Inspired by the BBC's A History of the World In 100 Objects, we reached out to local museum curators, artifact owners, writers and historians to help us narrow down a list of 25 objects that tell Seattle’s story. Writer and author Knute Berger and MOHAI historian Lorraine McConaghy join us for a look into the past.
KUOW recently began its seventh decade on the air in Seattle. All this week we’ve been looking back at the history of radio in the Puget Sound Region. Today, Feliks Banel explores how local public radio has evolved over that last 30 years as a result of changes in commercial radio and the rise of national programming.