Iconoclast of Things
About This Show
Stories of people so committed to the beauty of the thing they imagine that they’re doing whatever they can to build it. People working for a nation...a neighborhood...a life...which they believe may already be lost, but still working because of the beauty, grace, and humanity of the place they imagine.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 13 - I'll Be You; The Autistic, The Abolitionist, and The English Paper
In 1917 a german man named Charles Huffman was making fabric dye in five gallon enamel pots in a vacant store in Chicago. He named his product RIT dye in honor of his friend, Louis Rittenhouse, a vice president his Sunbeam Chemical Company. Their slogan was, “Never say Dye, say RIT.” When he was a kid, RIT dye fascinated 25 year old Phillip. This is the story of of Phillip and Paul, a 25 year old with autism and the father he lives with. After a childhood of having his world shaped and controlled by others, Phillip was allowed to take risks — big, unsettling risks — and make mistakes. This is the story of how those mistakes transformed him and helped define his way of being in the world. To the point of finding even a little success from the stuff he’s obsessed over since he was a little kid. Today’s thing, is RIT dye. And this episode is, “I’ll be You.”