Host Knute Berger mines the Pacific Northwest's historical and cultural nuggets. Learn hidden backstories behind the region's most interesting treasures and discover why they're still relevant today.
The Great Seattle-Tacoma Blow-up
Seattle and Tacoma's biggest battle is over the name of our biggest mountain. Since the mid-19th century, Seattle and Tacoma have been business rivals. A focus of their fight: what to call Mt. Rainier. Tacomans wanted it renamed Tacoma or Tahoma, said to be the native names for the volcano, but the mountain’s “discoverer” named it for a friend in the Royal Navy. Rainier survives, but the discussion has been rekindled after Alaska’s Mt. McKinley was renamed “Denali.”