In this episode, we explore creative projects that attempt to reconstruct the past—at least a version of it. Plus, we take a look back at some personal moments from the first 10 years of Kickstarter, as told by creators and backers.
Say Something Bunny
Interdisciplinary artist Alison S.M. Kobayashi came across a seemingly mundane audio recording of a family gathering in 1950s Long Island. It was garbled, filled with obscure references, and she set out to unlock its mysteries. Her unique one-woman show, based on six years of research on this recording, has garnered rave reviews and played to sold-out audiences since 2017.
Norbert Stern’s career as one of the most promising concert pianists in 1930s Europe was cut short when he and his family were captured by the Nazis, along with other Jews, and sent to Auschwitz, where they ultimately perished. His nephew Roger Peltzman, an acclaimed pianist himself, decided to travel to Brussels to record a program of the Chopin pieces that were Norbert’s speciality in the concert hall where he regularly performed.
10 Years of Kickstarter
To help us celebrate our 10th birthday, we asked some other creators who have brought ideas to life with Kickstarter to share some memories—snapshots from different points in their Journeys. Here’s who we heard from:
Emmely Elgersma—creator of the world’s largest papier-mache sculpture
Hank Willis Thomas & Eric Gottesman—creators of The For Freedoms 50 State Initiative
Zoe Mendelson—cocreator of Pussypedia
Paul Saisset—screenwriter of Paris Est à Nous
Alice Oseman—creator of Heartstopper
Eu-wen Ding—cofounder and CEO of Lumos
Taneka Stotts—cocreator of The Beyond and ELEMENTS Anthologies
Lucien Zayan—founder and director of The Invisible Dog Art Center
Raja Feather Kelly + the feath3r theory
Ema Ryan Yamazaki—director of Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
Joel Hodgson—creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mst3k/bringba…
Simone Giertz—creator of The Everyday Calendar
Tom Putnam—cofounder of Beeline
Stevie Ronnie—creator of 'and for you (love)'
Sandy Honig, Mitra Jouhari, and Alyssa Stonoha—the comedy trio Three Busy Debras
Gifts From the Grave
Peter Hicks tells the story of what happened when he introduced Kickstarter to his father, Ray Hicks.
Goodbye, Zakiya—we love you!
Sadly, this is the last episode of Just the Beginning featuring producer and cohost Zakiya Gibbons. She’s off to work with WNYC’s wonderful podcast Nancy. She'll also continue her work building a directory of people of color working in the audio industry(site coming soon!).
Find a full transcript with photos here.