Museum of History & Industry presents
Rainy Day History
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!
January 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.
January 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.
September 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 Seattle area, it became a hub for computer and internet tech start-ups in the 1990s. We’ll be looking at the 90s-era and contemporary tech booms, and impacts that large companies like Amazon and Microsoft have had on Seattle. Hear from special guest Naud Frijlink, Principal Design Manager at Microsoft, about working in the sector over the years. Show notes and transcript on our website
September 3, 2020
Episode 13 - A Place of Escape
Since the 1970s, Capitol Hill has been a home for the LGBTQ+ community in Seattle. Learn about what it took to grow and build a supportive 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 on our website.
August 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 and avid all ages show-goer. Transcript and show notes available on our website
August 20, 2020
Episode 11 - Location, Location, Location
The now gone but fondly remembered Kingdome came into being in the 1970s as part of the Forward Thrust ballot initiatives. Although the stadium did well at the polls, finding a place to put it proved difficult. When its location near King St. was chosen, activists in the Chinatown International District pushed back, sparking a neighborhood preservation movement whose work and legacy continues today. Hear from special guest Gary Iwamoto about this era of activism. Show notes and transcripts on our website.
August 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, 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. Show notes and transcript available on our website
August 6, 2020
Episode 9 - A Lamentable Spectacle
Seattle transit has a hard time at the polls, going all the way back to 1911, when voters overwhelmingly rejected Virgil Bogue’s vision for a Seattle. It was the city’s first comprehensive plan and included 90 miles of rail transit, a brand-new civic center, converting all of Mercer Island into a park, and more! Hear from special guest Eric Scigliano, writer and journalist, about what he’s learned from researching “Seattles that might have been”. Show notes and transcript available on our
July 30, 2020
Episode 8 - The Forgotten World's Fair
The 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition 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 about some of the amazing historic items from the AYPE in their collection. Show notes and transcript available on our website.
July 23, 2020
Episode 7 - Seattle's Resilient Chinese Pioneers
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. Show notes and transcript available on our website.