99% Invisible (Standard Length)

Series produced by Roman Mars

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Trying to comprehend the 99% invisible activity that shapes the design of our world.

A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. From producer Roman Mars and KALW in San Francisco.

In August 2012, 99% Invisible became the highest-funded journalism project in Kickstarter history, raising over $170,000 from 5661 backers.

With over 4 million downloads online, 99% Invisible recently peaked at #2 in iTunes ranking for all podcasts in the US, and had occupied the #1 spot in both the Arts and Design categories.

"Roman Mars lights the radio. His pieces conjure other worlds, grapple with big ideas, make sound three dimensional. They are smart and funny and original. The Kitchen Sisters would like to be Presidents of his Fan Club."
-The Kitchen Sisters, Peabody Award-winning producers for NPR

"We think what he’s doing is inspiring. It has a kind of rhythm and musicality that you don’t normally find in radio or podcast storytelling."
-Jad Abumrad, Radiolab

"I love the show. It's wonderful. [It] actually reminded me of why I love radio."
-Jonathan Goldstein, CBC's WireTap

"Mars is the Ira Glass of design."
-Allison Arieff, The New York Times Opinionator design columnist

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A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. From producer Roman Mars and KALW in San Francisco. In August 2012, 99% Invisible became the highest-funded journalism project in Kickstarter history, raising over $170,000 from 5661 backers. With over 4 million downloads online, 99% Invisible recently peaked at #2 in iTunes ranking for all podcasts in the US, and had occupied the #1 spot in both the Arts and Design categories."Roman Mars lights the radio. His pieces conjure other worlds, grapple with big ideas, make sound three dimensional. They are smart and funny and original. The Kitchen Sisters would like to be Presidents of his Fan Club."-The Kitchen Sisters, Peabody Award-winning producers for NPR"We think what he’s doing is... Show full description


89 Pieces

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 1
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The inventor of the barcode just so happens to be a delightful person.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 1
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This shape is everywhere. And it's always fancy.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
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You couldn't climb over the Berlin Wall. You couldn't go around it. The only way was under.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 1
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You know the saying: you can’t judge a book by its cover. With magazines, it’s pretty much the opposite.

Bought by WBEZ, WNYC, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KFAI, Vermont Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 14, 2014
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Feb 14, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 4

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 4

  • Added: Dec 09, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7
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Bored and disaffected and angry, Alex longed for a place to escape to. And then he found Heyoon.

Bought by WBEZ, WUIS, Vermont Public Radio, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, and KFAI


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Some architects say there are just some buildings that should never have been built: buildings that violate human rights by design.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, WBEZ, WUIS, KOSU, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 8
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The two tweaks to basketball that made it the sports juggernaut it is today.

Bought by WNYC, WBEZ, MPR News Stations, WUIS, KOSU and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9
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Wherever there is sufficient demand to move between two points of differing elevation, there are stairs.

Bought by 90.5 WESA, WBEZ, WUIS, KOSU, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 7
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The last practitioners of disappearing art form that's poised to make a comeback

Bought by 90.5 WESA, WBEZ, WUIS, KOSU, KFAI and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 8
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The steal skeleton underneath the all the concrete structures that you work in, drive over, and walk under…

Bought by Vermont Public Radio, WBEZ, WUIS, KOSU, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7