99% Invisible

99% Invisible

Roman Mars
Arts>Design
499 episodes
Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.
  • The Red, Black, and Green flag was invented to unite Black people all over the world living under racial repression.
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  • Good Luck Flags and the search for the perfect flag for Antarctica
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  • After Producer Katie Mingle's mom wrote a romance novel, Katie set out to understand the romance genre and its classic covers. There was a lot to unpack.
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  • This week we talk to author Chelsea Wald about her book Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet. Wald argues the modern toilet system is in desperate need of a redesign.
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  • This series of time-centric stories challenges what you know (or think you know) about the way time works around the world.
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  • Today, Berlin is one of the premier destinations for techno music fans. People come from all over the world to party all night to the rhythmic beat of Berlin's club scene. And this music that the city is most famous for developed in large part because of the thing the city is most infamous for: the...
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  • As the number of cargo ships has increased, so has a problem: workers stuck on ships that have been completely abandoned by the owners, leaving them stranded out at sea without basic supplies like food.
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  • If you live in an American city and you don’t personally use a wheelchair, it's easy to overlook the small ramp at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street. Today, these curb cuts are everywhere.
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  • What the presence of a Levittown in Puerto Rico tells us about the promises of the American Dream in Puerto Rico
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  • The illustrated interpretation of dinosaur morphology and behavior has had a big impact on how the public views dinosaurs and it's gone through a couple of key turning points, including a more recent push for more speculative paleoart. Plus, we talk icebergs!
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  • Since the mid-1970s, almost every jazz musician has owned a copy of the same book and originally it was a totally unlicensed publication
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  • More than 100,000 people die every year from snake bites. Part of the reason people are dying is because they're not getting antivenom - the medicine required to fight the horrible toxins in snake venom- fast enough.
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  • Intervening to try to mitigate the negative effects of the human interventions of the past
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  • Back in the early 1990s, movie theaters weren't that great. The auditoriums were cramped and narrow, and the screen was dim. But in 1995, the AMC Grand 24 in Dallas changed everything.
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  • When Idaho put a slogan on their license plates in 1928 it started a trend across all states and this would prove surprisingly contentious
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  • A story of data visualization and coercion that centers on a person not particularly well known for either one of these things: The founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale
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  • A tale of bats and bridges and how the built environment and the natural environment don’t need to be at odds with one another.
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  • The 12 bronze zodiac heads that are at the center of a fight over the repatriation of Chinese cultural heritage
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  • A new podcast series from the 99% Invisible team! The real story of how Fred Hampton became The Chairman, as told by the makers of the film and the people who knew him
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  • There's a huge amount of subterranean space that we're not aware of around us all the time. For those of us who live in suburban and rural areas, it's not unlikely that one of your neighbors has a bunker underneath their house that you don't know about.
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  • Teaser for the new podcast from Proximity Media and 99pi
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  • The fight between historic preservation and allowing a city to evolve to house the working class and native population
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  • In the Twin Cities there are vast networks of climate-controlled pedestrian bridges that reach over the streets and connect adjacent buildings
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  • Overheating, Lenin or Bust, Music Games
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  • Sea Sheep, Space Pens, Ice Forests, Circular Design
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  • Movie novelizations, Central Park lampposts, Swiss defensive design, and ABBA
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  • Roman talks to Jesse Thorn
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  • If homelessness is the problem, housing is the solution. But it’s not always that simple.
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  • The secrets of the list that determines who gets what kind of assistance
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  • Sam Tsemberis radically rethinks how to solve homelessness
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  • Katie spends a day in the 211 call center
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  • Tulicia reaches out for help
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  • Introductory chapter to According to Need
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  • Trailer for the new 99% Invisible limited series According to Need
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  • Emily Anthes looks at all of the ways our indoor spaces impact our health, and observes that there is so much we don't really know about the places we spend a majority of our lives.
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  • Sean Exploder is a podcast where Sean Real takes apart her songs, and piece by piece, tells the story of how they were made.
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  • If you’ve ever flown on a plane, you’ve been directed to study the safety briefing card in your seatback pocket.
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  • Enron collapsed nearly 20 years ago, but chances are something you use today was affected by emails sent by 150 of the company's top employees.
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  • The catastrophic and dramatic fall of a bunch of cities that no longer exist
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  • Taking a walk with our friends at Pop Up Magazine
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  • Designing for the Next Billion Users
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  • The Houston Astros and the long storied history of sign stealing in baseball
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  • Protecting and restoring an extremely important but historically maligned ecosystem
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  • Roman and Kurt describe Oakland as it is
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  • The unlikely battle between the creator of the New York Public Library's children's reading room and Goodnight Moon
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  • An address is something many people take for granted today, but they are in fact a fairly recent invention that has shaped our cities and taken on great political importance.
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  • Icons and symbols and signage are all around us, and nowhere more so than on the open road.
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  • Many transgender, non-binary, and intersex people risk stress and sometimes physical danger when entering bathrooms that are segregated by sex. But a group of people have devised a design solution that may make bathrooms better for everyone.
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  • The no-brand that changed the way we eat, shop, and ironically, think about branding
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  • How the Post Office created America
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  • How cars transformed American freedom
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