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August 2014: Love, DIY Style

August 2014 Episode:    Love, DIY Style

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The great thing — and the scary thing — about relationships is that you get to make it all up as you go along. Sometimes, your ideas aren’t the same as the person you’re with. And that can lead to problems. But ultimately, our relationships are ongoing do-it-yourself experiments.

Tune in to hear Sarah Mirk, author of Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules, Destination DIY producer Jaymee Cuti’s account of an unconventional friendship that helps her get through life, and what we heard on the streets of Portland about love, sex, monogamy, and more!

 

July 2014: Teen Inventors

July 2014 Episode: Teen Inventors

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We’re continuing our Oregon Inventors series with stories about inventors who have done some pretty amazing things before even graduating from high school. From cats to semiconductors, these very motivated teenagers were inspired to tackle a variety of challenges. And, for the most part, they did it on their own.

Funding for the Oregon Inventors Series comes from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.image

 

June 2014 Episode: Health Care Hackers

June 2014 Episode: Health Care Hackers

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If you’re sick, looking up your symptoms online is not always the best idea. But if you have a disease that’s poorly understood and often overlooked by doctors, the internet can be a powerful tool. Patients with rare diseases are finding each other online, sharing resources, and in some cases, discovering treatment options on their own, without input from medical professionals. It’s called peer-to-peer health care.

This month’s story comes from producer Sarah Yahm. She profiles Jen Brea, who has myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), a rare condition that is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat because so little is known about the disease.

Jen Brea’s Kickstarter video has more information about M.E. and about her filme project:

 

May 2014 Episode: Hvoom with Hvam! 
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We’re kicking off the Oregon Inventors Series —funded by RACC — with a story about a Norwegian immigrant who revolutionized the sport of skiing. Hjalmar Hvam (both Hs are silent) came to Oregon in 1927 and quickly became known as an exceptional skier. He won more than 150 trophies in his career and even made it into the Ski Hall of Fame. But what secured his place in ski history was an invention born out of injury: the world’s first quick-release, safety ski binding.
He patented the invention in 1939 and marketed it with the slogan “Hvoom with Hvam and have no fear!” 
Thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for helping us track down some photos of Hjalmar in his heyday as a ski champion:

Hjalmar’s original patent drawing:

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Funding for the Oregon Inventors Series comes from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

May 2014 Episode: Hvoom with Hvam! 

Subscribe to the podcast

We’re kicking off the Oregon Inventors Series —funded by RACC — with a story about a Norwegian immigrant who revolutionized the sport of skiing. Hjalmar Hvam (both Hs are silent) came to Oregon in 1927 and quickly became known as an exceptional skier. He won more than 150 trophies in his career and even made it into the Ski Hall of Fame. But what secured his place in ski history was an invention born out of injury: the world’s first quick-release, safety ski binding.

He patented the invention in 1939 and marketed it with the slogan “Hvoom with Hvam and have no fear!” 

Thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for helping us track down some photos of Hjalmar in his heyday as a ski champion:

Hjalmar’s original patent drawing:

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Funding for the Oregon Inventors Series comes from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.image

 

April 2014 Episode: The Sweet Science

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Any way you slice it, fitness is a DIY project. YOU have to put in the effort to make your body move. Nobody can do it for you. In this episode, Destination DIY host Julie Sabatier shares her unexpected discovery of the athletic activity she can actually stick with: boxing, also known as the Sweet Science.

Slideshow photos by Cameron Browne

Pictured below: Julie’s brother — Andy Sabatier — fitness nerd. 
His enthusiasm for his alma mater is contagious.

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And, yes, he really was a pro skier before he went back to school to become a doctor of physical therapy:

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Photo by Eben Wright

 

March 2014 Episode: Figures In Flight Released

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This month’s episode features a story by producer Chris Remington about a group of ex-cons who were inspired to start their own dance troupe, Figures In Flight Released

Photos by Natalie Ivis.


 

Feb. 2014 Episode: For the Love of Bees

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Destination DIY producer Jaymee Cuti is crazy about bees. For this story, she went to “bee school" to learn more about these productive, little insects and the people who love them. You’ll meet two guys who are trying to breed queen bees equipped to survive a Pacific Northwest winter, a woman inspired by her beekeeping grandma, and more. 

Here are some of the beekeepers (and bees) in our story:

 

Jan. 2014 Episode: DIY Kids

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It’s here: the first in our new series of monthly, podcast episodes! 

Imagine a co-ed version of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for the digital age — one where kids get to make up their own rules. That’s DIY.org Their motto is: Get Skills. Be Awesome. And they have badges like Instrument Maker, Circuit Bender, Backyard Farmer, and about 100 others. Kids can complete activities called “challenges” to get a badge (also called a “patch”). They upload pictures and videos of their creative projects and share them on the site, but they often have to step away from the screen to complete the challenges. 

And, in some places, kids and parents are getting together in person to work on their projects together. That’s what the PDX DIY Club is all about:

 

Thank you for your interest in supporting Destination DIY. You can make a tax deductible donation here. Thank you! 

Your donation is tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.  While Destination DIY airs on stations around the country, we are an independent show and not affiliated with any radio station. Our funding comes primarily from our listeners. 
Contributions for the charitable purposes of Destination DIY must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you for your interest in supporting Destination DIY. You can make a tax deductible donation here. Thank you! 

Your donation is tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.  While Destination DIY airs on stations around the country, we are an independent show and not affiliated with any radio station. Our funding comes primarily from our listeners. 

Contributions for the charitable purposes of Destination DIY must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Salty & Sweet

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Andrea Leggitt cranks out clever mobiles and other laser cut goods for her company, saltyandsweet design, based at ADX, a maker space in SE Portland. Her life and her creative focus changed when she got some unexpected news shortly after she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in industrial design. 

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Photo by 

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The Ministry of Silly Walks mobile and many other laser cut items are available through the saltyandsweet Etsy store.

 


In the Daunting DIY episode, host Julie Sabatier tells the story of growing her own wedding flowers. While it’s true that the flowers are not included in any of the formal family photos from the wedding, their presence was well-documented in other ways. Photos by Inger Klekacz. Flower arrangements by Alea Joy.

Here are some photos of the big harvest 2 days before the wedding:

In the Daunting DIY episode, host Julie Sabatier tells the story of growing her own wedding flowers. While it’s true that the flowers are not included in any of the formal family photos from the wedding, their presence was well-documented in other ways. Photos by Inger Klekacz. Flower arrangements by Alea Joy.

Here are some photos of the big harvest 2 days before the wedding:

Daunting DIY Episode

Subscribe to the podcast!

Time lapse video of Moving By Bike:

Photos of The Vincent Family and Goode & Carole Jones living DIY every day:

Califia Suntree’s photos of tiny houses:

Photos of moving by bike:

More images of the cyclists were captured by Portland Afoot in this video.

Last, but certainly not least, here’s a picture of producer Allison Frost's adorable children, Blaize and Francesca Frost Trahan (the happy outcome of her & her partner Scott's DIY project): 

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Cameron Smith is building his own space suit and he’s not alone. There are quite a few DIYers — like Copenhagen Suborbitals — joining the private space industry.

This production is part of the STEM Story Project, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.
Thanks to editor Claire Schoen, engineer Clark Salisbury & Jeff Feige of Orbital Outfitters who answered a lot of initial questions about space flight.
We also produced a version of this story for one of our favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible:

In August, 2013 Cameron joined forces with Copenhagen Suborbitals:

Kristian von Bengston shows off his space capsule project:

And here’s a video of the Copenhagen Suborbitals guys testing their latest rocket: 

More videos and updates from Copenhagen Suborbitals

Cameron Smith is building his own space suit and he’s not alone. There are quite a few DIYers — like Copenhagen Suborbitals — joining the private space industry.

This production is part of the STEM Story Project, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

Thanks to editor Claire Schoen, engineer Clark Salisbury & Jeff Feige of Orbital Outfitters who answered a lot of initial questions about space flight.

We also produced a version of this story for one of our favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible:

In August, 2013 Cameron joined forces with Copenhagen Suborbitals:

Kristian von Bengston shows off his space capsule project:

And here’s a video of the Copenhagen Suborbitals guys testing their latest rocket: 


More videos and updates from Copenhagen Suborbitals

You Are An Authority Episode

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 The New Republic says self-induced abortion is on the rise.

Photos by Alex Johnson:

Extended version of Juile’s interview with Chris Guillebeau at Makin’ It:

More from Casper Babypants

Boaz Frankel and his “Un-Road Trip

 

Old School DIY Episode

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Scroll down for excerpts and web-only content related to this episode. You can hear an extended version of Julie’s interview with her grandmother right here.

You can find copies of Factsheet Five (the zinester’s zine) at Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), which is a great place to learn about zines and make your own! Zines are alive and well in Portland, especially at Reading Frenzy. Listen to Julie’s 2007 interview with Murder Can Be Fun author John Marr. 

Extended Interview with Rebecca Lerner, author of Dandelion Hunter:

Rebecca Lerner was recently featured on OPB’s Arts and Life 

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August 2014: Love, DIY Style

August 2014 Episode:    Love, DIY Style

Subscribe to the podcast

The great thing — and the scary thing — about relationships is that you get to make it all up as you go along. Sometimes, your ideas aren’t the same as the person you’re with. And that can lead to problems. But ultimately, our relationships are ongoing do-it-yourself experiments.

Tune in to hear Sarah Mirk, author of Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules, Destination DIY producer Jaymee Cuti’s account of an unconventional friendship that helps her get through life, and what we heard on the streets of Portland about love, sex, monogamy, and more!

July 2014: Teen Inventors

July 2014 Episode: Teen Inventors

Subscribe to the podcast

We’re continuing our Oregon Inventors series with stories about inventors who have done some pretty amazing things before even graduating from high school. From cats to semiconductors, these very motivated teenagers were inspired to tackle a variety of challenges. And, for the most part, they did it on their own.

Funding for the Oregon Inventors Series comes from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.image

June 2014 Episode: Health Care Hackers

June 2014 Episode: Health Care Hackers

Subscribe to the podcast

If you’re sick, looking up your symptoms online is not always the best idea. But if you have a disease that’s poorly understood and often overlooked by doctors, the internet can be a powerful tool. Patients with rare diseases are finding each other online, sharing resources, and in some cases, discovering treatment options on their own, without input from medical professionals. It’s called peer-to-peer health care.

This month’s story comes from producer Sarah Yahm. She profiles Jen Brea, who has myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), a rare condition that is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat because so little is known about the disease.

Jen Brea’s Kickstarter video has more information about M.E. and about her filme project:

May 2014 Episode: Hvoom with Hvam! 
Subscribe to the podcast

We’re kicking off the Oregon Inventors Series —funded by RACC — with a story about a Norwegian immigrant who revolutionized the sport of skiing. Hjalmar Hvam (both Hs are silent) came to Oregon in 1927 and quickly became known as an exceptional skier. He won more than 150 trophies in his career and even made it into the Ski Hall of Fame. But what secured his place in ski history was an invention born out of injury: the world’s first quick-release, safety ski binding.
He patented the invention in 1939 and marketed it with the slogan “Hvoom with Hvam and have no fear!” 
Thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for helping us track down some photos of Hjalmar in his heyday as a ski champion:

Hjalmar’s original patent drawing:

“


Funding for the Oregon Inventors Series comes from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

May 2014 Episode: Hvoom with Hvam! 

Subscribe to the podcast

We’re kicking off the Oregon Inventors Series —funded by RACC — with a story about a Norwegian immigrant who revolutionized the sport of skiing. Hjalmar Hvam (both Hs are silent) came to Oregon in 1927 and quickly became known as an exceptional skier. He won more than 150 trophies in his career and even made it into the Ski Hall of Fame. But what secured his place in ski history was an invention born out of injury: the world’s first quick-release, safety ski binding.

He patented the invention in 1939 and marketed it with the slogan “Hvoom with Hvam and have no fear!” 

Thanks to the Oregon Historical Society for helping us track down some photos of Hjalmar in his heyday as a ski champion:

Hjalmar’s original patent drawing:

image

Funding for the Oregon Inventors Series comes from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.image

April 2014 Episode: The Sweet Science

Subscribe to the podcast 

Any way you slice it, fitness is a DIY project. YOU have to put in the effort to make your body move. Nobody can do it for you. In this episode, Destination DIY host Julie Sabatier shares her unexpected discovery of the athletic activity she can actually stick with: boxing, also known as the Sweet Science.

Slideshow photos by Cameron Browne

Pictured below: Julie’s brother — Andy Sabatier — fitness nerd. 
His enthusiasm for his alma mater is contagious.

image

And, yes, he really was a pro skier before he went back to school to become a doctor of physical therapy:

image

Photo by Eben Wright

March 2014 Episode: Figures In Flight Released

Subscribe to the podcast! 

This month’s episode features a story by producer Chris Remington about a group of ex-cons who were inspired to start their own dance troupe, Figures In Flight Released

Photos by Natalie Ivis.


Feb. 2014 Episode: For the Love of Bees

Subscribe to the podcast! 

Destination DIY producer Jaymee Cuti is crazy about bees. For this story, she went to “bee school" to learn more about these productive, little insects and the people who love them. You’ll meet two guys who are trying to breed queen bees equipped to survive a Pacific Northwest winter, a woman inspired by her beekeeping grandma, and more. 

Here are some of the beekeepers (and bees) in our story:

Jan. 2014 Episode: DIY Kids

Subscribe to the podcast! 

It’s here: the first in our new series of monthly, podcast episodes! 

Imagine a co-ed version of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for the digital age — one where kids get to make up their own rules. That’s DIY.org Their motto is: Get Skills. Be Awesome. And they have badges like Instrument Maker, Circuit Bender, Backyard Farmer, and about 100 others. Kids can complete activities called “challenges” to get a badge (also called a “patch”). They upload pictures and videos of their creative projects and share them on the site, but they often have to step away from the screen to complete the challenges. 

And, in some places, kids and parents are getting together in person to work on their projects together. That’s what the PDX DIY Club is all about:

Thank you for your interest in supporting Destination DIY. You can make a tax deductible donation here. Thank you! 

Your donation is tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.  While Destination DIY airs on stations around the country, we are an independent show and not affiliated with any radio station. Our funding comes primarily from our listeners. 
Contributions for the charitable purposes of Destination DIY must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you for your interest in supporting Destination DIY. You can make a tax deductible donation here. Thank you! 

Your donation is tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.  While Destination DIY airs on stations around the country, we are an independent show and not affiliated with any radio station. Our funding comes primarily from our listeners. 

Contributions for the charitable purposes of Destination DIY must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Salty & Sweet

Subscribe to the podcast! 

Andrea Leggitt cranks out clever mobiles and other laser cut goods for her company, saltyandsweet design, based at ADX, a maker space in SE Portland. Her life and her creative focus changed when she got some unexpected news shortly after she graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in industrial design. 

image

Photo by 

image

The Ministry of Silly Walks mobile and many other laser cut items are available through the saltyandsweet Etsy store.


In the Daunting DIY episode, host Julie Sabatier tells the story of growing her own wedding flowers. While it’s true that the flowers are not included in any of the formal family photos from the wedding, their presence was well-documented in other ways. Photos by Inger Klekacz. Flower arrangements by Alea Joy.

Here are some photos of the big harvest 2 days before the wedding:

In the Daunting DIY episode, host Julie Sabatier tells the story of growing her own wedding flowers. While it’s true that the flowers are not included in any of the formal family photos from the wedding, their presence was well-documented in other ways. Photos by Inger Klekacz. Flower arrangements by Alea Joy.

Here are some photos of the big harvest 2 days before the wedding:

Daunting DIY Episode

Subscribe to the podcast!

Time lapse video of Moving By Bike:

Photos of The Vincent Family and Goode & Carole Jones living DIY every day:

Califia Suntree’s photos of tiny houses:

Photos of moving by bike:

More images of the cyclists were captured by Portland Afoot in this video.

Last, but certainly not least, here’s a picture of producer Allison Frost's adorable children, Blaize and Francesca Frost Trahan (the happy outcome of her & her partner Scott's DIY project): 

image

Cameron Smith is building his own space suit and he’s not alone. There are quite a few DIYers — like Copenhagen Suborbitals — joining the private space industry.

This production is part of the STEM Story Project, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.
Thanks to editor Claire Schoen, engineer Clark Salisbury & Jeff Feige of Orbital Outfitters who answered a lot of initial questions about space flight.
We also produced a version of this story for one of our favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible:

In August, 2013 Cameron joined forces with Copenhagen Suborbitals:

Kristian von Bengston shows off his space capsule project:

And here’s a video of the Copenhagen Suborbitals guys testing their latest rocket: 

More videos and updates from Copenhagen Suborbitals

Cameron Smith is building his own space suit and he’s not alone. There are quite a few DIYers — like Copenhagen Suborbitals — joining the private space industry.

This production is part of the STEM Story Project, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

Thanks to editor Claire Schoen, engineer Clark Salisbury & Jeff Feige of Orbital Outfitters who answered a lot of initial questions about space flight.

We also produced a version of this story for one of our favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible:

In August, 2013 Cameron joined forces with Copenhagen Suborbitals:

Kristian von Bengston shows off his space capsule project:

And here’s a video of the Copenhagen Suborbitals guys testing their latest rocket: 


More videos and updates from Copenhagen Suborbitals

You Are An Authority Episode

Subscribe to the podcast!

 The New Republic says self-induced abortion is on the rise.

Photos by Alex Johnson:

Extended version of Juile’s interview with Chris Guillebeau at Makin’ It:

More from Casper Babypants

Boaz Frankel and his “Un-Road Trip

Old School DIY Episode

Subscribe to the podcast!

Scroll down for excerpts and web-only content related to this episode. You can hear an extended version of Julie’s interview with her grandmother right here.

You can find copies of Factsheet Five (the zinester’s zine) at Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), which is a great place to learn about zines and make your own! Zines are alive and well in Portland, especially at Reading Frenzy. Listen to Julie’s 2007 interview with Murder Can Be Fun author John Marr. 

Extended Interview with Rebecca Lerner, author of Dandelion Hunter:

Rebecca Lerner was recently featured on OPB’s Arts and Life 

August 2014: Love, DIY Style
July 2014: Teen Inventors
June 2014 Episode: Health Care Hackers
April 2014 Episode: The Sweet Science
March 2014 Episode: Figures In Flight Released
Feb. 2014 Episode: For the Love of Bees
Jan. 2014 Episode: DIY Kids
Salty & Sweet
Daunting DIY Episode
You Are An Authority Episode
Old School DIY Episode

About:

Destination DIY is an independently produced public radio show and podcast bringing you stories about all kinds of creativity.

Taking the DIY lens beyond home improvement and crafts, we explore all kinds of ways people are working with limited resources to create rather than consume the world around them. Destination DIY blends recorded field sound, in-studio interviews and personal narration to create an arc that takes listeners on a journey and brings them back inspired.