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.

Legendary local TV host Brakeman Bill still chuggin’ along in his 90s

With unfounded rumors swirling on social media, we caught up with Brakeman Bill, who’s still chuggin’ along well into his nineties.
3 months ago

All Over the Map: There’s no potato in regional favorite Idaho Spud candy bar

Efforts to expand Idaho have made some wonder what effect this drastic change might have on life in the Northwest. And what about the Idaho Spud candy bar?
3 months ago

Roadside artifact in downtown Seattle now up for sale

A forgotten roadside landmark sits in what’s now a parking lot along Denny Way at 7th Avenue and Dexter. But where did it come from?
3 months ago

Seattle’s roadside artifacts whisper of phantom highways

Complaints about transportation around Seattle are nothing new, dating back to the earliest settlers in the Puget Sound area.
3 months ago

Mysterious headstone found near Bonney Lake finally reunited with family

At a ceremony in Buckley on Saturday, the recently discovered 1886 headstone of seven-year-old Daisey Kirtley was reunited with her family.
3 months ago

All Over The Map: Unearthing the secrets behind a mysterious Pierce County headstone

A mysterious headstone from the 1880s which was found recently in Pierce County is the focus of a special reunion ceremony on Saturday in Buckley.
3 months ago

Remembering the Washington judge famous for his ‘monumental’ 1974 decision

Sometimes lost in the history of the Boldt Decision is the story of Judge Boldt himself. But a recent donation of artifacts sheds new light.
3 months ago

All Over The Map: Johnny’s Seasoning Salt still shaking in the Northwest

Johnny’s Restaurant in Fife will not be reopening post-pandemic. But, not to worry, the world-famous Johnny’s Seasoning Salt is here to stay. 
3 months ago

Seattle’s most iconic image ‘just did the job’

A 1958 photo of a group of children in swimsuits on the shore of a polluted Lake Washington might be one of the most iconic images in Northwest history.
3 months ago

Release the Canucks: Remembering Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot of June 2011

Ten years ago the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. The riot that followed left injuries and damage in its wake.
4 months ago

All Over The Map: ‘Wilkes Campsite’ distant evidence of Northwest explorer

The Wilkes Expedition changed the Northwest in 1841, but the only place the explorers left evidence of their travels was miles away, on top of a volcano.
4 months ago

All Over The Map: Help find the missing Oxmobile

The Oxmobile was a remarkable artifact of a remarkable Washingtonian, and it went to a museum created by Henry Ford in the 1930s. But now it's missing.
4 months ago

Northgate Elementary demolition poses questions of preservation versus equity

Neighbors and alumni are organizing to stop the demolition of Northgate Elementary, which they say will also eliminate a popular community playfield.
4 months ago

All Over The Map: Mystery of Kellogg Island solved by local historian

The namesake of Kellogg Island has long been a mystery, until recently, when a local historian finally uncovered the truth behind the island.
4 months ago

Monument in Cascade foothills honors long-missing aviators

It’s not quite the final chapter, but the story of two lost Navy aviators reached a significant milestone just in time for Memorial Day.
4 months ago

All Over The Map: The phantom riverside community of Skagit City

Skagit City was described in 1906 as the “the oldest settlement and business point on the Skagit River.” Now, there's little left of the once-proud town.
4 months ago

Can World’s Fair 60th anniversary be a symbol of Seattle’s post-pandemic rebirth?

KIRO Radio convened a group of surviving World’s Fair staffers to talk about what the "Diamond Anniversary" for the Century 21 fair might look like.
4 months ago

All Over The Map: The axe that almost made Puget Sound famous

In the 19th century, an essential piece of logging equipment was developed along the shores of – and named for – an iconic Northwest body of water. 
5 months ago

Washington Territory’s race-based, discriminatory Chinese Police Tax

The expulsion of Chinese people is a dark chapter of Northwest history. But anti-Chinese discrimination in the region can be traced back even further.
5 months ago

It’s been 35 years since Vancouver, BC threw its very own world’s fair – called Expo ’86

Like so many people living in the region back then, did you head north over the border to see Vancouver's Expo between May and October 1986?
5 months ago

All Over The Map: Mountain Loop Highway selected as ‘Treasured Landscape’

The Forest Service announced the launch of a multi-year initiative to make big improvements to destinations along the Mountain Loop Highway.
5 months ago

The high school kid who designed Washington’s iconic license plate

What became of the high school senior whose now-iconic license plate design featuring a blue silhouette of Mount Rainier beat out nearly 1,400 hundred other artists?
5 months ago

All Over The Map: When the numbers came up for the Seattle waterfront

In the middle of World War II – 77 years ago this week – the Port of Seattle re-numbered all the wharves and piers on the city’s busy wartime waterfront. 
5 months ago

Sunday is final day to vote for new Spokane city flag

As KIRO Radio reported last September, the people of Spokane are choosing a new flag to wave high over the capital city of the Inland Empire.
5 months ago