Destination DIY

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. About & Contact Info

Destination DIY Oct. 2014 - Everything Is An Instrument

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Musician & artist Ken Butler

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To Ken Butler, everything is an instrument — he takes repurposing to a whole, new level. This month's story comes from producer Daniel Gross.
Below is a smattering of the hundreds of hybrid instruments Ken has created. For more, visit his website.

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Destination DIY Detour with Kate Bingaman-Burt

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We’re kicking off a new interview series to complement our regular podcast episodes — a collection of detours, full of conversations that go into uncharted territory with some of our favorite thinkers, makers, and tinkerers. We’re still going to be bringing you monthly Destination DIY stories. These conversations will just be an additional stop (and download) along the way. We hope you enjoy it and, please, let us know what you think!

Our guest for this inaugural detour is Kate Bingaman-Burt. She's a maker, illustrator, and associate professor of design at Portland State University. You may have seen her work in her long-running series of zines, which became the book Obsessive Consumption, in which she documented her daily purchases. She also designed the paper that goes in the basket with your Chipotle burrito.

Kate is fascinated by outdated technology, like cassette tapes, and she's not a very effective thief. Destination DIY's Julie Sabatier sat down with Kate inside a geodesic dome that serves as the headquarters for Design Week Portland.

Kate's multimedia show, including eight years of daily drawings, More, More, More is going on at Liquid Agency through the end of 2014.

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Destination DIY: Give Us a Call!

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Has Destination DIY been your companion while you paint your house, cook dinner, or create a new invention? We hear from people all the time that they work on creative projects while listening to our show and we'd love to showcase some of those stories on the air.

To share your story, click the link below to give us a call via Google Voice or record a voice memo on your smart phone and email it to info(at)destiantiondiy(dot)org

Please call us at 971-266-3496 and leave a message or send us a voice memo with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Where you're calling from
  • A creative project you've worked on while listening to Destination DIY

You just might hear yourself on a future episode!

Destination DIY September, 2014 - Mother of Invention

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Helen Anderson, mom, nurse, inventor
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Soledad Iniguez, director of Lactation Services at OHSU

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Our Inventor Series has taken us into the past to learn about Hjalmar Hvam, an enthusiastic Norwegian skier who came up with the first quick release ski binding. And we’ve looked towards the future with teen inventors inspired by everything from shark week to synaptic transistors. This month, we’ve got both feet firmly planted in the present as we bring you the story of Helen Anderson. She’s a nurse and an inventor who balanced new motherhood with her passion to invent a device to help other moms.

Helen's original patent

And here's the infomercial she made about the Milk Saver:

Funding for the Oregon Inventor Series comes from The Regional Arts and Culture Council

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Destination DIY August 2014 - 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!

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Destination DIY July 2014 - 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.

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Destination DIY June 2014 - 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:

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Destination DIY May 2014 - 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:

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

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Destination DIY April 2014 - 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.

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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Destination DIY March 2014 - 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.

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