Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel is a producer, host, and historian for KIRO Radio, and is editor of "Columbia," the quarterly magazine of the Washington State Historical Society.

All Over The Map: How – and why – did Microsoft ‘Name That Zune’?

We know now it couldn’t beat the iPod, but where and how did Microsoft get the name for its gone-but-not-forgotten Zune media player?
2 days ago

Priceless archive keeps the history of Pacific Northwest trains running

A unique partnership devoted to Northwest railroad history means an incredible archive of photos and documents is being preserved and made accessible.
4 days ago

All Over The Map: Ghosts of the Roosevelt Highway in Washington state

For most of the 1920s and well into the 1930s, part of the long-forgotten Roosevelt Highway traveled through the Evergreen State.
9 days ago

Beloved kids’ show host turned meteorologist M.J. McDermott hangs up her barometer

When meteorologist M.J. McDermott retires this week from Channel 13, not many people will remember her early years hosting a kids' show.
11 days ago

All Over The Map: How Kittitas, Klickitat and Lewis counties were named

All Over The Map’s county origins series took the summer off, but returns for this installment, featuring Kittitas, Klickitat, and Lewis counties.
16 days ago

Mixed bag for mask mandate at inaugural Kraken preseason game in Spokane

While the Seattle Kraken prevailed in its inaugural preseason game, the state’s mask mandate for indoor spaces and large events did not fare so well.
20 days ago

All Over The Map: Forgotten centennial of distinctive Mount Rainier monument

Edmond Meany said it best 100 years ago this week: “These ceremonies will soon be forgotten, but this monument will endure.”
23 days ago

Searching for D.B. Cooper ‘historic sites’ in Portland and Seattle

With the 50th anniversary of the infamous D.B. Cooper hijacking this November, places where the crime played out hold physical traces that stir up memories.
25 days ago

All Over The Map: Long-gone ferry crossings at Orondo and Entiat

Before many bridges were open, a number of small, private ferry crossings were in operation along the Columbia River as late as the 1950s and 1960s.
1 month ago

The fire is out, but Aberdeen Museum of History struggles to rebuild

It’s been more than three years since a fire destroyed the Aberdeen Armory and history museum. Now, some locals are frustrated by delays in replacing it.
1 month ago

All Over The Map: When Sea-Tac Airport disappeared for six months

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has had a few different names, but port commissioners ultimately decided to "Keep it Sea-Tac."
1 month ago

Dramatic 1935 Weyerhaeuser kidnapping comes to life in new book

The long-ago kidnapping of a young member of the Weyerhaeuser timber dynasty has inspired a new book by local author Bryan Johnston.
1 month ago

All Over The Map: Reviving the spirit of historic US ROUTE 10 through Washington

It may not have the cachet of Route 66, but an Eastern Washington man is leading the charge to raise the profile of historic US ROUTE 10 across the state.
1 month ago

Distinctive Kenworth PACIFIC school bus was a Northwest favorite

It wasn’t too many years ago that the school bus a good number of local kids would have been on was designed and built right here in the Northwest.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: 1,200 miles of history on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail

Among a collection of 11 trails that attract thousands of hikers every year is the lesser known “Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.”
2 months ago

Oregon family’s century of stories behind names of state’s towns, rivers, and mountains

Since the 1920s, a family in Oregon has taken it upon themselves to research the history of how the state's towns, rivers, and mountains got their names.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: Pedal through history on Washington’s US Bike Routes

If you’ve driven through the Skagit Valley lately along the North Cascades Highway, you might have noticed some new US Bike Road signage.
2 months ago

Magical ‘Compline’ singing prayer service returns in-person to Seattle cathedral

After being curtailed by the pandemic, Seattle's beloved Compline Choir is set to return to St. Mark's Cathedral on Capitol Hill.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: New search for DB Cooper clues along Columbia River’s Tena Bar

A new search is underway at the spot along the Columbia River called “Tena Bar,” where money from hijacker D.B. Cooper turned up 41 years ago.
2 months ago

‘Secret Seattle’ explores tiny pieces of the city to tell a big story

Bricks, sidewalk stamps, old fire hydrants: Most of us walk past these every day without pausing to take a closer look or without giving a second thought.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: Twisted history of the Fort Vancouver Centennial Half-Dollar

In August 1925, the centennial of Fort Vancouver's founding was marked with a series of events and a commemorative half-dollar coin from the U.S. Mint.
2 months ago

Seattle Civil War cemetery illustrates complex history of region’s Confederate, Union transplants

Seattle area Civil War historian Richard Heisler will lead a free tour of the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Seattle on Thursday.
2 months ago

All Over The Map: Wilkeson Hand-Car Races are back on track

The peak event of the social season in the town of Wilkeson is back on track for Saturday as the famous hand-car races make their triumphant return.
3 months ago

Historic ‘Purple Cow’ returns in August along with the Evergreen State Fair

The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe is returning this summer, as is its mysteriously appealing signature ice cream dessert drink.
3 months ago