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99% Invisible (Director's Cut)

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... Show full description


137 Pieces

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Decommunization laws banning Soviet symbols have radically reshaped the built environment of Ukraine over the past few years. More than 50,000 obje...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 21:11
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Logo redesigns these days seem to inevitably spark controversies, whether they be for political candidates or corporate brands. Graphic designer Mi...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 41:36
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Frank Lloyd Wright believed that the buildings we live in shape the kinds of people we become, and by extension, the culture of a nation. In Usonia...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 17:54
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Frank Lloyd Wright changed the field of architecture, and not just through his most famous buildings. Before completing Fallingwater or the Guggenh...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 24:44
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In response to a mass migration across the U.S. border in the 1980s, a network of churches declared themselves “sanctuaries,” offering shelter to C...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 27:52
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In the 1980s, a small church in Arizona helped spark a new and controversial social movement based on an ancient religious concept. In this two-par...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 26:45
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Growing out of nuclear initiatives like Atoms for Peace, atomic gardens of the 1950s and 60s used radioactive material to genetically alter plants ...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 17:55
  • Purchases: 1
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For centuries, the post has been a driving force shaping the United States. Initially, it helped unite the colonies and spread revolutionary ideas....

  • Added: Jan 31, 2017
  • Length: 17:55
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Police in American cities started out with nightsticks and later added guns to their arsenals. By the 1970s, the LAPD was researching new and less-...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 19:35
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In part two of our mini stories series, Roman is back answering listener questions with producers piping in with favorite short stories. In this ro...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 29:36
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Host Roman Mars talks to the 99pi producers about their favorite "Mini-Stories." These are little anecdotes or seeds of a story about design and ar...

  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 27:14
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In the late 1960s, Floyd McKissick devised a plan to deal with the inequality African Americans were facing throughout the country. He would create...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 31:04
  • Purchases: 1
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Buildings keep getting higher and higher, but Taipei 101 did more than just claim the title of "world's tallest" - it also turned a piece of usuall...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 15:52
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We built the cities for us and didn't really consider the feathered, the spineless, or the photosynthetic. But certain flora and fauna thrived anyw...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 26:26
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Much of what people knew about the Bauhaus in the 20s and 30s was from photographs. One photographer in particular documented much of the activity ...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 15:29
  • Purchases: 1
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A mysterious series of deaths and the beautiful hotel at the center of it all. Elana Gordon from WHYY's The Pulse brings us the story of "The Grand...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 19:35
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Record labels are releasing music on cassettes again, but there's a place where tapes never went out of fashion: prison.

  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 13:02
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It's unloved, salty, and stinky, but this accidental sea in the middle of the California desert is important. How do we handle the conservation of ...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 17:34
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The urban grid and coordinate-style address system of Salt Lake City are designed to tell you exactly where you are in relation to Temple Square. P...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2016
  • Length: 16:54
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In 2014, President Obama expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, making it the largest marine preserve in the world. But how ...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2016
  • Length: 18:42