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Rainy Day History
52 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
Bonus Episode – Extended Interview With Dr. Paul Kidder
In this bonus episode we have an extended interview from Season 2, Episode 4: Serenity, Surprise, and Delight. Special guest Dr. Paul Kidder, Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University, discusses with our very own Karl on the life and work of Minoru Yamasaki, in particular his style influences and highlighting specific works by him. Original episode, show notes, and transcript available on our website.
35 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Bonus Episode – Extended Interview With Anne Jenner
In this bonus episode we have an extended interview from Season 2, Episode 3: The Forgotten World’s Fair. Special guest Anne Jenner, Pacific Northwest Curator at the UW Libraries Special Collections Division, discusses with our very own Annabelle some of her favorite pieces in the collection from the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, some of its more peculiar exhibits, and what it was like for people going to the fair. Transcripts, show notes, and more on our website.
36 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Episode 14 - Booms, Busts, and Billionaires
It’s the final episode of the season! There’s no denying it: Seattle is a tech city. After Microsoft moved to the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle area became a hub for computer and internet tech start-ups in the 1990s. Some saw incredible success, while others just weren’t able to survive. We’ll be looking at the 90s-era and contemporary tech booms, and the effects that large companies like Amazon and Microsoft have had on Seattle. Plus, hear from special guest Naud Frijlink, Principal Design Manager at Microsoft, about what it’s been like working in the sector across multiple decades and cities. Show notes and transcript available on our website.
37 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Episode 13 - A Place of Escape
Since the 1970s, Capitol Hill has been a home for the LGBTQ+ community in Seattle. Over the decades, LGBTQ+ businesses and services have both contributed to gentrification and been at risk from it. Learn about what it took to grow and build a supportive district for Seattle’s LGBTQ+ residents, as we explore the relationship between place and community. Hear from special guest Ken Shulman, Executive Director of Lambert House, about where queer youth fit into this history and the importance of the neighborhood to the organization. Show notes and transcript available on our website.
35 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Episode 12 - I Need the Volume Higher
We hope you’re ready to rock, because this episode we’re diving headfirst into the 1990s Seattle music scene. From grunge, to riot grrrl, to hip hop, learn about how these young artists put Seattle music (and its style) on the map at the same time the Teen Dance Ordinance made all-ages shows nearly impossible to produce. Our special guest this episode is Tova Gaster, director of outreach for the TeenTix New Guard, Teen Editor with the TeenTix Press Corps, and avid all ages show-goer. Transcript and show notes available on our website.
33 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Episode 11 - Location, Location, Location
The now gone but fondly remembered Kingdome stadium came into being in the 1970s as a result of a package of ballot initiatives called Forward Thrust. Although the proposal to build a new stadium did well at the polls, finding a place to put it proved more than difficult. When its location near King Street was decided, community activists in the Chinatown International District pushed back, sparking a larger neighborhood preservation movement whose work and legacy still continues today. Hear from special guest Gary Iwamoto about this era of activism and the founding of InterIm CDA, an affordable housing and community development organization. Show notes and transcripts available on our website.
36 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
Episode 10 – Serenity, Surprise, and Delight
Explore the life, times, and creations of architect Minoru Yamasaki, designer of many iconic buildings including the Pacific Science Center arches, downtown Seattle’s Rainier Tower, and the original World Trade Center. Although Yamasaki’s buildings are spread across the globe, his life and career are deeply connected to Seattle’s history. Hear from special guest Dr. Paul Kidder, professor of philosophy at Seattle University who is currently writing a book about Yamasaki, about what he finds fascinating about Yamasaki’s designs. Show notes and transcript available on our website.
31 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Episode 9 - A Lamentable Spectacle
Seattle transit plans have always had a hard time at the polls, going all the way back to 1911, when voters overwhelmingly rejected Virgil Bogue’s vision for a Seattle with public transit at its core. The Bogue Plan was the city’s first comprehensive plan and included big and bold ideas: 90 miles of rail transit, a brand-new civic center and grand central station, converting all of Mercer Island into a public park, and more! How did the plan’s spectacular failure at the polls shape the way we navigate and inhabit our city today? Hear from special guest Eric Scigliano, writer and journalist, about what he’s learned from researching the Bogue Plan and other “Seattles that might have been”. Show notes and transcripts available on our website.
33 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Episode 8 - The Forgotten World's Fair
Besides the famous Century 21 World's Fair that gave Seattle the Space Needle and many of the buildings at Seattle Center, Seattle played host to another World's Fair, the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition! The AYPE put Seattle on the map by marketing it as a resource-rich global city, showcased the latest technology, and laid the groundwork for the University of Washington’s beautiful Seattle campus. Hear from special guest Anne Jenner, Pacific Northwest Curator at the UW Libraries Special Collections Division about some of the amazing historic items from the AYPE in their collection and some of the more unbelievable aspects of the fair. Show notes and transcript available on our website.
35 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Episode 7 - Seattle's Resilient Chinese Pioneers
Seattle’s Chinatown/International District has been through a lot over the decades. Learn how Seattle’s earliest Chinese American pioneers built and maintained community in the face of racism, riots, and constant change. In this episode, we explore the resiliency of this neighborhood during its original settlement, re-settlement, and growth in the mid-late 1800s. Our special guest is Doan Nguyen, Senior Tour Manager at the Wing Luke Museum, who shares about the history of the museum’s building and the stories it has to tell about life in the CID during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Seattle’s Chinatown/International District has been through a lot over the decades. Learn how Seattle’s earliest Chinese American pioneers built and maintained community in the face of racism, riots, and constant change. In this episode, we explore the resiliency of this neighborhood during its original settlement, re-settlement, and growth in the mid-late 1800s. Our special guest is Doan Nguyen, Senior Tour Manager at the Wing Luke Museum, who shares about the history of the museum’s building and the stories it has to tell about life in the CID during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Show notes and transcript available on our website.
5 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Season 2 Trailer
Rainy Day History is back for another season! The 2020 MYA team has been hard at work putting together brand-new episodes for you to enjoy this summer. Exploring the theme of “growth”, these eight episodes will be tackling inclusion and exclusion through projects, people, and events that helped expand Seattle and put it on the map. Featuring new voices, new segments, and special guests! In this trailer, hear from host TK about what to expect in season two, interview clips from our first three episodes, and a get a sneak peek at the first episode with a trivia question from India! New episodes to be released every Thursday beginning July 23rd. Special guest voices (in order of appearance) Doan Nguyen, Wing Luke Museum Anne Jenner, UW Special Collections Paul Kidder, Seattle University Show notes and transcript available on our website.
16 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Episode 6 - Teamsters and Turtles
Trade, turtles, and giant protests, oh my! In this final episode, host Atul and guest-host Leela take you on a wild ride throughout Seattle’s history of labor movements, culminating in the tensions and tribulations of the 1999 World Trade Organization Protests. Featuring fabulous protest art in the form of cardboard turtle costumes. Show notes and transcript are available on our website.
15 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
Episode 5 - Dancing Out of the Shadows
For some, Seattle has long been considered a haven for the LGBTQ community. This episode examines the complexities of making space for marginalized communities in Seattle through the lens of the LGBTQ community’s shared gathering spaces and their movement throughout Seattle’s history. We discuss Shelly’s Leg, a gay bar in Seattle, how it was a trailblazer in the fight to create accepting and inclusive spaces, and why in the world it’s called “Shelly’s Leg” (hint: there’s an actual leg involved). Show notes and transcript available on our website.
12 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
Episode 4 - A Voice Like Honey At Dusk
Gentrification is a hot topic in Seattle right now, as areas like the Central District are rapidly changing. Since this is a history podcast, let’s take a look at what stories are at risk of being pushed out as well, and examine what and who has historically called this neighborhood home. Through the story of jazz icon and Seattle legend Ernestine Anderson, we dive into the fight for equality, space, and African-American art in Seattle’s history. Show notes and transcript are available on our website.
16 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
Episode 3 - Heirs of the American Experiment
Jumping forward a little bit in history (there’s only so much time!), this episode explores the local impacts of Japanese incarceration during World War II. Some objects, like a set of Hinamatsuri dolls, were left behind. Others, like a wooden chest belonging to Kino Iwasaki, were used to re-build life post-incarceration. This is a story of struggle, resistance, and what is often left out of the Seattle narrative. Show notes and episode transcript are available on our website.
15 minutes | Oct 18, 2019
Episode 2 - Life's Weary Way
Seattle the pioneer town was home to logging, coal, fishing… and lots of men. In 1864 Asa Mercer had a plan to “civilize” this rough and tumble Seattle – bring over boatloads of women! In this episode we learn about one of these women, Lizzie Ordway, her journey, and her influence on the city. We also explore Seattle’s complicated image as a pioneer town and rapidly shifting definitions of what it means to be an early settler. Show notes and episode transcript are available on our website.
13 minutes | Oct 4, 2019
Episode 1: Kiksoblu/Princess Angeline
The city of Seattle, as it is now known, has been the home of the Duwamish people since time immemorial. The relationship between the city and the Duwamish is long and complicated—too long for a single episode. In this episode we explore a single artifact: the cane of Kikisoblu, the daughter of Chief Si’ahl, who refused to leave when the Duwamish were expelled from the city. It is a story of survival and competing legacies. Additional show notes and transcript available on our website.
3 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Rainy Day History - Trailer
Welcome to Rainy Day History, a podcast by the MOHAI Youth Advisors! Seattle is famous for its coffee beans and digital machines, but it hasn’t always been that way. We’re diving into history to uncover what it means to be a Seattleite both in the past and the present. This isn’t your everyday museum podcast—it’s completely teen-researched, written, and produced! New episodes will be released every other week this fall.
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