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


87 Pieces

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7
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The closest one could ever hope to get to dancing about architecture.

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


  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7
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Sometimes it's an object's imperfections that makes you fall in love with it. And sometimes that object is an escalator.

Bought by Vermont Public Radio, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WNYC, MPR News Stations, WUIS and more


  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11
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A group accidentally created what ad execs dream of: a unique brand identity that rapidly achieved world-wide appeal and renknown. Except this gr...

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


  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8
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We're used to interacting with objects. But we're not used to objects that teach us how to interact with each other.

Bought by WUIS, Vermont Public Radio, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9
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Not the kind of place that makes your divorce or custody battle any easier.

Bought by WUIS, Vermont Public Radio, WTJU, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8
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Dennis Baxter and Bill Whiston are so good at doing their job, you probably don’t even know that their job exists at all.

Bought by WUIS, WFPL News, The Story, 90.5 WESA, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 7
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I bet you think could pantomime changing lanes with an imaginary steering wheel. But you'd be very, very wrong. You’d probably kill a bunch of imag...

Bought by Vermont Public Radio, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 6
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What happens to a city when its purpose is stripped away virtually overnight?

Bought by WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 4
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A building’s worth is an infinitesimal fraction of the worth a person’s life. But a building is still a living thing in a way.

Bought by WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 4
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What we can learn from architects who lived thousands of years ago: make buildings last longer.

Bought by Vermont Public Radio, WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10
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"Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special effort..."

Bought by Vermont Public Radio, WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 6
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If the suburbs had a flag, it would probably have a cul-de-sac on it. But what would it stand for?

Bought by WNYC, WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, KUOW and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 6
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Better (and less expensive) cancer treatment started with a sensei and ball of blue yarn...

Bought by WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, KUOW, and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 10:20
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 5
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If you want to stand out as a skyscraper in Chicago, you've got your work cut out for you.

Bought by WUIS, WFPL News, 90.5 WESA, KUOW, and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Imagine you're a country with 17 timezones. Your citizens want cassette players, but your factories only make tanks. What do you do?

Bought by WNYC, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WUIS, Vermont Public Radio, WFPL News and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8