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 Detour With The Doubleclicks

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Angela & Aubrey Webber

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Sisters Aubrey and Angela Webber are The Doubleclicks. They make music about dinosaurs, geek girl realism, Star Trek, internet trolls, burritos and many other things that will warm your nerdy, little heart.

In addition to creating beautiful harmonies for their clever lyrics, the Webber sisters also book their own shows and record a lot of their own music. They also had a massively successful Kickstarter in 2014. We talked about their recent tour, the worst thing they've ever made, and what it's like to work closely as siblings.

Here's a video for their charming song "Dimentrodon" (also the title track from their latest album):

Their song "Nothing To Prove" went viral earlier this year.

(The "Home on the Range" parody mentioned in the interview seems to be missing from the internet.)

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Destination DIY Listener Credits Mashup!

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Thanks to all our wonderful listeners who made 2014 great for Destination DIY! Here's a mashup of some of the terrific folks who did our credits throughout the year. (With apologies to the ones we couldn't fit into the mashup.)
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Destination DIY Dec. 2014 - The Meat of DIY

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Camas Davis, founder of the Portland Meat Collective

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Butchering your own meat has become, for lack of a better word, kinda trendy. But it's also a basic survival skill that dates back to the stone age. And it gets at the heart of DIY itself — taking matters into your own hands, both literally and figuratively. This episode is not for the faint of heart.

Learn more about the Portland Meat Collective and the Meat Collective Alliance. Read about them in the New York Times.

And here's Camas Davis on This American Life talking about that time some animal rights activists stole a bunch of Portland Meat Collective rabbits before a slaughter class.

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A Thanksgiving Detour with Destination DIY

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Destination DIY host Julie Sabatier tells a story live on stage about that time she cooked potatoes for her Idaho in-laws. Watch the video here or catch the audio on the podcast. This story was part of the Back Fence PDX live storytelling series. The theme of the evening was "Recipe for Disaster."

Julie Sabatier at Back Fence PDX from Back Fence PDX on Vimeo.

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Destination DIY Nov. 2014 - Fair Share

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Destination DIY teamed up with the Life of the Law podcast to examine the legal grey area occupied by the "sharing economy" and how different cities are grappling with it.

You’ve no doubt heard of services like Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, and countless other platforms that facilitate transportation, meals, short-term rentals, cleaning services, babysitting, even parking. The relatively new business model used by peer-to-peer platforms brings up a lot of legal questions that local governments are just starting to grapple with. In some places, that means cracking down on users who are violating current laws and in other places, it means changing the laws.

Special thanks to the Life of the Law production team for their work on this episode: Nancy Mullane, Kaitlin Prest, and Mitra Kaboli, along with editors Ann Heppermann and Casey Miner.

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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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