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Just the Beginning on Smash Notes

Just the Beginning podcast.

January 06, 2020

This is Just the Beginning, a new podcast from Kickstarter featuring stories about how independent creators bring their ideas to life.

Meet an engineer turning air pollution into ink, a married couple who invented a device that lets you sing like a robot, an artist touring the US in a mobile tattoo shop for women, and other creative people of all kinds. You’ll hear what inspires them, scares them, and keeps them going—and how they’ve remained true to their visions, even if mainstream culture didn't buy in.



Episodes with Smash Notes

Oriana Leckert, Kickstarter's journalism expert, shares the first episode of The View from Somewhere, a podcast about journalism with a purpose. Host Lewis Raven Wallace shares the story of losing his job after raising questions about the value of journalistic objectivity.

In the late ʼ70s, NASA launched the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes to explore the furthest reaches of our solar system. Included on the spacecraft was something special: a 90-minute time capsule of sounds, language, and music intended to represent the whole of humanity to any aliens who might stumble upon it.

Lions and tigers and wookiees, oh my! Hear how the iconic sounds from some of your favorite films were created. The team behind the new documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound share remarkable stories about the unsung heroes of Hollywood sound design.

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.

Meet journalists experimenting with creative new ways to report the news.

Join us to listen to some podcasts made by Kickstarter creators. Featuring Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Radio Diaries, and Racist Sandwich.

Meet two creators making work that explores the gap between science fiction and reality. Featuring Shawn Frayne of Looking Glass Factory and Kwanza Osajyefo, author of the comic BLACK.

Join us for an audio road trip to two places that were created with the help of Kickstarter backers. Plus, why a game about throwing burritos is cool.

"Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value." ― Buckminster Fuller

Meet two designers turning environmental pollution into useful products.

What does it mean to sound more like yourself? Stories about people finding their voices both literally and creatively.

Featuring Maya and Bosco Kante, founders of ElectroSpit; singer Ionnalee of Iamamiwhoami; Botnik Studios' Songularity project; and voice teacher Daisy Press.

Stories about what happens when bringing a creative project to life becomes your life. Featuring photojournalist Nancy Borowick, Personals founder Kelly Rakowski, and artist and author Adam J. Kurtz.

Introducing Just the Beginning, a new podcast from Kickstarter featuring stories about how independent creators bring their ideas to life. Meet an engineer turning air pollution into ink, a married couple who invented a device that lets you sing like a robot, an artist touring the US in a mobile tattoo shop for women, and other creative people of all kinds. You’ll hear what inspires them, scares them, and keeps them going—and how they’ve remained true to their visions, even if mainstream culture didn't buy in.