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Rendered (formerly Destination DIY) finds stories about getting creative, making meaning, and breaking rules. We are an independent show from the public radio world carefully crafted for an audience of makers, doers, and curious minds.
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Rendered #4 Shakespeare In Detroit

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Shakespeare In Detroit's production of "Romeo & Juliet"
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Sam Whilte, artistic director for Shakespeare In Detroit
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Hugh M. Duneghy II, actor
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Vanessa Sawson, actress
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Kennikki Jones, actress
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Thomas Klug, director of the Institute of Detroit Studies at Marygrove College

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Sam White saw potential in Detroit's dramatic struggle that no one else seemed to see — the perfect setting for Shakespeare's plays. Her company, Shakespeare In Detroit, performs in locations all over the city — in parks, at a YMCA and, once, in the old Lincoln Motor Factory. It's a scrappy company that depends on crowdfunding and nonprofit partnerships, with a mission to make Shakespeare accessible to a wide range of audiences. And the politics of the Motor City itself are often on Sam's mind when she's considering how to approach a production.

This story comes from producer Caitlin Pierce. Special thanks to Anna Sale of WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast for her help with this episode.

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OMG! Rendered Merch is Here!

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Rendered T-shirts, tote bags, and buttons are now available in the MaxFun store!
Why don't you head over there and treat yourself to something nice?




Rendered #3 Etsy: DIY to IPO

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An image from Etsy's prospectus, filed with the SEC
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Miriam Gottfried, Wall Street Journal reporter
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Grace Dobush, writer, crafter, former Etsy seller
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Abby Glassenberg, blogger, crafter, Etsy seller
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Susie Ghahremani, illustrator, Etsy seller

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On April 16, Etsy became a publicly traded company. This episode explores what that means for makers who use the site to sell their wares, and for Etsy's reputation.

Over the past decade, Etsy has honed its image as the place to go online to buy goods directly from the people who made them — from hand-knitted sweaters and custom furniture to more bizarre items like soap in the shape of a Thanksgiving turkey and jewelry made from dentures. But the company has also waded into some thorny issues, like how to define "handmade."

Etsy's policy changes and rapid growth have alienated some sellers, like Grace Dobush, who recently decided to shut down her store after many years on the site. But others like, Abby Glassenberg, say Etsy is a valuable tool for a crafty business-owner. Susie Ghahremani has been on Etsy from the very beginning and she says she'll stick with the site, but she's also re-launching her own online store because she's unsure about where Etsy is headed in the future and what that could mean for her business.

You'll hear from all three of these sellers on this episode, along with Wall Street Journal reporter Miriam Gottfried as well as writer/performer Jason Rouse, who served as the voice of Etsy. The words you hear from Etsy in this episode came from the Etsy prospectus, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in March. (Etsy couldn't speak to me for this episode because they are in the mandated quiet period.)

You can also listen back to my 2011 interview with April Winchell about the now defunct Regretsy. And if you're wondering what April thinks about this whole IPO thing, she wrote about it for Motherboard.

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Rendered: Leftovers! PDX Carpet edition

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Rachel Maddow pays tribute to the PDX carpet with a picture of Julie's feet
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If our February episode was not enough to convince you that people go nuts for the Portland Airport carpet, my appearance on NPR's All Things Considered and my feet's appearance on news outlets across America + the Rachel Maddow Show should be sufficient. It's a thing — a crazy, crazy thing.

And I promised that if we made it to 150 people supporting Rendered through the MaxFunDrive, I would share some of the tidbits that got left out of the PDX Carpet Love Story episode. We blew that goal OUT OF THE WATER thanks to you, our awesome listeners. 201 of you threw your support behind Rendered, which means we'll get to keep making shows for you for the foreseeable future.

As a token of thanks, here are some gems I was truly sad to leave out of the PDX carpet episode, including some people who were cut out entirely. I'm so glad you'll get to hear from them! If you'd like, you can also get your own little piece of the carpet when they become available in a few months.

(I do understand if you've heard enough about the stupid carpet. We will be releasing a new, full episode later this month that has nothing to do with floor coverings of any kind.)

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Rendered: Leftovers! Choose Your Own Adventure

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All your favorites from the Choose Your Own Adventure episode!

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You've heard our Choose Your Own Adventure episode. Now, listen to the leftovers! That is, the stuff we hated to cut out of the show, but just couldn't squeeze in for various reasons including:

  • What happened when Ray Montgomery & Shannon Gilligan's trip to Belize took a wrong turn
  • Sexist assumptions on the part of the publishing industry
  • The crushing rejection Doug Wilhelm went through with his first book


And much more!

Thanks so much for your support. One more week to go in the MaxFunDrive! If you haven't done it yet, please help us get to 150 new & upgrading members for Rendered!

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Rendered #2 Choose Your Own Adventure!

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Panels from "Meanwhile" by Jason Shiga
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Choose Your Own Adventure author Edward Packard
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ChooseCo publisher Shannon Gilligan
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Actor Neil Patrick Harris (kind of)*
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Cartoonist Jason Shiga
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Author Doug Wilhelm
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Multnomah County Library youth services outreach worker Cathy Camper

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If, like me, you’re a child of the ‘80s, you probably remember Choose Your Own Adventure books. For a lot of us, it was our first experience with reading for fun.

Whether you were a die-hard fan of Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) books or you're just discovering them for the first time, there is something in this episode for you. I talked to Edward Packard, who wrote the very first CYOA book and Shannon Gilligan, whose late husband, Ray Montgomery was a CYOA writer and the first publisher to take a chance on this innovative storytelling format. Shannon was a CYOA author herself and she now runs ChooseCo, the company that's now publishing some of the classic CYOA titles. You'll also hear from Jason Shiga, a huge CYOA fan and the cartoonist behind Meanwhile — a CYOA-style graphic novel for kids.

*Was I able to convince Choose Your Own Autobiography author Neil Patrick Harris to come on the show? There's only one way to find out!

After you listen, you'll probably want to check out Edward Packard's U-Ventures along with the ChooseCo books and CYOA author Doug Whilhelm's work. Youth librarian Cathy Camper also has a fantastic graphic novel for kids that should not be missed. It's called Lowriders in Space.

Thanks for listening and for supporting Rendered!

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Rendered #1 The PDX Carpet Love Story

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A genuine Portland Airport foot selfie
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This episode is a collaboration with our friends at the podcast 99% Invisible.

When I go to PDX, the Portland airport, I usually snap a picture of my feet. It's not about the feet. It's about what's underneath them — the beloved PDX carpet. How beloved is this carpet? Well, at least one person loves it so much she got a PDX carpet-inspired tattoo:

Others prefer less permanent tributes to the carpet, like socks:

But like many love stories, this one is coming to a tragic end. The airport has decided to remove the aging carpet...

...and it's being replaced with a new design.

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Our Name Change Is Official!

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Destination DIY is now Rendered. You may have some questions. I will do my best to answer them:

What happens to my podcast feed?
The podcast feed remains the same and you may have noticed it has already updated with the new name and logo. There is no need to resubscribe.

What about the Destination DIY archives?
We are keeping all the old Destination DIY episodes here and on SoundCloud.

Why the name change?
The team and I have gotten a lot of input from people, most recently from the Maximum Fun Listener Panel, that having the letters "DIY" in the name was confusing. Though we've always believed that DIY encompasses more than just home improvement and crafts, the reality is that those are the associations most people have with those three letters, thanks to the likes of Bob Vila and Martha Stewart. Obviously, what we're doing is different from what Bob and Martha are doing and, as a result, we often found ourselves defining the show by what it is NOT. Bottom line: it became clear that having "DIY" in the title was a barrier between the show and a wider audience. (Once I realized that, it seemed crazy that I'd never actually considered changing the name. Seriously, I can't tell you how much time and energy I've spent explaining to people that DIY can apply to all kinds of things — funerals, space travel, relationships, fitness — only to be met with quizzical looks.)

Why Rendered?
We considered a LOT of ideas for the new name. Thank you to everyone who made suggestions here on the MaxFun site, on Facebook, Twitter, email, and in person. "Rendered" was the right fit because it connotes "making" without boxing us in. It's a word with a wide range of associations that have to do with creativity — cooking, film, comics, graphic design, video games, even audio editing!

Who suggested the new name?
I wish I could say that the name came from a listener suggestion. Truthfully, I added it to the list of names to consider while flipping through an issue of the Whole Earth Catalog for inspiration.

What about the Destination DIY theme song?
We will be retiring Grey Anne's beloved theme song along with the name. But you can always listen to it here if you're feeling wistful.

Is the show going in a different direction?
The ethos of the show will remain the same. We're curious about interesting and surprising stories driven by creativity and creative people. We're most interested in the kinds of projects people are doing on their own, without the help of a large institution of some kind. And even more important than the project itself is how making stuff and doing things creates meaning in the world and changes people's lives in big and small ways.

Destination DIY Detour with Nick Jaina

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Musician and writer Nick Jaina's new book Get It While You Can takes an honest, humorous, and heartbreaking look at what it means to live a life committed to creative pursuits. Tune in to hear about unsent love letters, an earnest question from an inmate at Folsom Prison, and Nick's affinity for Brussels sprouts.

This is also the last episode that will carry the name "Destination DIY." There's a longer explanation below about why it's time to change the name. Tune in February 24 to the new incarnation of the show — Rendered. There's no need to re-subscribe; your podcast feed will automatically switch over.

Thanks for listening and for taking this bold, next step with us!

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It's time for a new name...

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For years, I've been fighting an uphill battle against the perception that Destination DIY is all about crafts and home improvement, or that it's an instructional show. "We use a very broad definition of DIY," I'd say. But it was always a struggle to make people understand what I meant.

After much deliberation and some very helpful feedback from the Maximum Fun listener panel, I've decided it's time to pick a new name for the show. The bottom line is: no matter how many times I say it, or how clever I think I am, no one is going to believe that a show with "DIY" in the title is not primarily about home improvement and/or crafts.

And of course, we DO sometimes talk about crafts and building projects when there's a compelling story that includes those things. I realized I developed such a negative, knee-jerk reaction to the word "craft" that I would jump down the throat of every well-meaning person who tried to promote the show using that word. Instead of clarifying our intentions, I was alienating people.

With all that in mind, please post your suggestions for a name that communicates a creative spark, scrappy ingenuity, and fascinating stories. No puns please! I also want to avoid the word "make" as it seems like we could potentially have the same problem with that that we've had with "DIY."

Thank you :)