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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


110 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First

  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 9

  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11

  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 9
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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 Rhythm & News Service, MPR News Stations, Troy Public Radio, 90.5 WESA, WBEZ and more


  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 7
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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 Rhythm & News Service, MPR News Stations, WBEZ, WNYC, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 14, 2014
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Feb 14, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Dec 09, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9
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Bored and disaffected and angry, Alex longed for a place to escape to. And then he found Heyoon.

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


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7
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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 Rhythm & News Service, MPR News Stations, Spokane Public Radio, WBEZ, WUIS and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 10
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The two tweaks to basketball that made it the sports juggernaut it is today.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WNYC, WBEZ, MPR News Stations, WUIS and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10
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Wherever there is sufficient demand to move between two points of differing elevation, there are stairs.

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


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 9
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The last practitioners of disappearing art form that's poised to make a comeback

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, XRAY.fm, MPR News Stations, 90.5 WESA, WBEZ and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11

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

  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 9