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


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  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 8
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This episode of 99% Invisible is all about acoustic design, the city soundscape, and how to make listening in shared spaces pleasant (or at the ver...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WBEZ, WUIS, KFAI, Vermont Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 07, 2010
  • Length: 04:21
  • Purchases: 12
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In the beginning, former AIA-SF president Henrik Bull and the Transamerica Pyramid did not get along. The building was an affront to late 1960’s m...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2010
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11
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There’s not much that we can do about all the physical matter that’s been designed and built by someone else. It is the way it is. But with the adv...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2010
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11
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It’s a stick with bristles poking out of it. It doesn’t even qualify as a simple machine, but the careful thought and design that went into the cre...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2010
  • Length: 04:33
  • Purchases: 8
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At the top of Mt. Olympus in San Francisco, on what was once thought to be the geographic center of the city, is a pedestal for a statue that isn’...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2010
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10
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Every major city in the US has a flag, but very few are part of city life. This 99% Invisible looks at the principles of good flag design and how t...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2010
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 12
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When it comes to designing livable habitats in outer space, engineers have long figured out how to provide astronauts with the basics. But how do ...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9
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No one's favorite part of living in an urban area is finding a place to park your car. But a re-designed parking system in San Francisco may take ...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:32
  • Purchases: 8
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If a public space is owned by a corporation, just how "public" is it?

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, MPR News Stations, WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10
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Even though he was deaf, Beethoven wrote some of the greatest works of music of all time. So when Chris Downey started losing his sight, he didn't...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 8
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Almost everything in modern life is designed to waste energy. If you feel OK about this--well, that's also by design.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WTJU, WUIS, KOSU, KFAI and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 12
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A new streetlamp offers more by giving less.

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 8
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I’m sorry, but if you don’t love maps, I don’t think we can be friends anymore.

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8
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Without their beeps and chimes, all of your modern conveniences would be very hard to use.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WTJU, WNYC, WUIS, WFPL News and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 8
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The Periodic Table knew what our universe was made out of even before we did.

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9

  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 9
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One could argue that check cashing stores do a lot of things that are just plain wrong. But given so many people use them, what are they doing right?

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, MPR News Stations, WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 9