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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.

99% Invisible Roman Mars

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 3.4K Ratings

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.

    462- I Can't Believe It's Pink Margarine

    462- I Can't Believe It's Pink Margarine

    Margarine is yellow, like butter, but it hasn't always been. At times and in places, it has been a bland white, or even a dull pink. These strange variations were a byproduct of 150-year war to destroy margarine, and everything that it stands for. During this epic fight for survival, margarine has had to reinvent itself, over and over again.

    • 26 min
    461- Changing Stripes

    461- Changing Stripes

    Rioters carried many familiar flags during the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol -- Confederate, MAGA, as well as some custom-made ones like a flag of Trump looking like Rambo. Except for onlookers who were already familiar with the design, it would have been easy to overlook one particular bright yellow flag with three red horizontal stripes across the center. This was the flag of South Vietnam.

    • 31 min
    323- The House that Came in the Mail Again

    323- The House that Came in the Mail Again

    When Sears sold mail order houses that you assembled yourself

    • 33 min
    460- Corpse, Corps, Horse and Worse

    460- Corpse, Corps, Horse and Worse

    When it comes to English spelling and pronunciation, there is plenty of rhyme and very little reason. But what is the reason for that? Why among all European languages is English so uniquely chaotic today?

    • 30 min
    459- Yankee Pyramids

    459- Yankee Pyramids

    The weirdness of Presidential libraries

    • 1 hr 4 min
    458- Real Fake Bridges

    458- Real Fake Bridges

    The great Jacob Goldstein, author of Money: The True Story of a Made Up Thing, stops by to tell us two stories about the design of paper currency around the world. First, the story of the making of the Euro banknotes, the design of which was supposed to unify Europe and not rely on any one country's national heroes or monuments. Then we learn about China's early pioneering experiments in paper currency, hundreds of years before it caught on in the rest of the world.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.4K Ratings

3.4K Ratings

lmcgre ,

God bless nerd nation

This is the best podcast in the history of podcasts. Roman is my hero!!!!! Also to the person who gave this a one star review has no taste!! God bless nerd nation!!!

Walperstyle ,

Too much political nonsense

Seriously. I’m Canadian. I dislike Trump, but you guys have derangement syndrome. Came for science and wonder, got airheads with political opinions. Listened to a dozen or so to give it an honest try. Seems textbooks are more entertaining and willed with more knowledge; I’ll stick to those.

REIexpert101 ,

Amazing!

Very informative podcast! Covers a ton of great content, 10 out 10 would recommend!

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