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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


113 Pieces

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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
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The steal skeleton underneath the all the concrete structures that you work in, drive over, and walk under…

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, Vermont Public Radio, WBEZ, WUIS and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9

  • Added: May 14, 2013
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 15

  • Added: Jan 31, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 13
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Follow a breadcrumb trail of black wax and wheel marks to a secret war over public space.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, MPR News Stations, Vermont Public Radio, WNYC and more


  • Added: Jan 31, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 15

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11
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This is probably not what you think of when you think of camouflage.

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


  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 9

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 10

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9
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There are rules that dicate how high you can build. Bradford Gilbert just didn't believe in them.

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


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 12
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Composer Jon Brion reminds us the difference between a performance and a song.

Bought by Radio Baha'i, WLGI, Rhythm & News Service, WUIS, KSRQ, WFPL News and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 11

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 12

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10