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


103 Pieces

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 5
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The access to your queue has been queued.

Bought by WUIS, KFAI, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WFPL News, WTJU and more


  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7
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There are rules that dicate how high you can build. Bradford Gilbert just didn't believe in them.

Bought by WUIS, KOSU, KFAI, WFPL News, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 7
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What Charles Dickens has to do with those insurance commercials on TV.

Bought by MPR News Stations, WUIS, Vermont Public Radio, WFPL News, WTJU and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 11
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Composer Jon Brion reminds us the difference between a performance and a song.

Bought by WUIS, KSRQ, WFPL News, WTJU, 90.5 WESA and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 9

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10
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Australia made its money better. Why can't the US?

Bought by MPR News Stations, WUIS, WBEZ, WTJU, 90.5 WESA and more


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

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 9
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Even during the construction of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the deck would go up and down by several feet with the slightest breeze. Constr...

Bought by MPR News Stations, WUIS, WBEZ, Vermont Public Radio, WTJU and more


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 12
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“Cities exist to bring people together, but cities can also keep people apart” - Daniel D’Oca, Urban Planner, Interboro Partners.

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


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 8
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The acoustics of a building are a big concern for architects. But for designers at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, it’s the absence of soun...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WUIS, WTJU, WFPL News, Vermont Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10
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In the US, it’s called a line. In Canada, it’s often referred to as a line-up. Pretty much everywhere else, it’s known as a queue.

Bought by MPR News Stations, WUIS, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WBEZ, KFAI and more


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 11
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Discovering marble bathtubs in the basement of the US Capitol.

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


  • Added: Apr 04, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 9

  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 10

  • 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