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.
562- Breaking Down The Power Broker
Roman Mars and Elliott Kalan are starting The Power Broker book club that will run through all of 2024 as bonus episodes. This introductory episode features Conan O'Brien.
344- The Known Unknown [rebroadcast]
The tradition of the Tomb of the Unknown goes back only about a century, but it has become one of the most solemn and reverential monuments.
561- Long Strange Tape
A band that was never meant to be recorded and a personal recorder that was never designed to capture music came together and were somehow perfect for each other
560- Home on the Range
A town's fight to be free from the noise and trauma of the Cincinnati Police Department's open-air gun range
559- The Six-Week Cure
How Reno became the go-to place to get a quick divorce and how divorce laws have changed over time
558- The Fever Tree Hunt
The hunt to cultivate the cure for malaria
Truly, a wonderful podcast
Over the last 10+ years, many different podcasts have entered and exited my library of favorites. But only this podcast has remained a steadfast companion throughout. It is just so good! Roman and all the other producers are top shelf journalists and artists. Lately, I’ve been revisiting the classic episodes, and they all hold up quite well.
If I may, I’d also like to respond to some other negative reviews that complain about too much laughter/giggling.I understand that everyone has different tastes, and the world is richer for that diversity, yada yada yada… but I for one want more laughter in my life (and podcasts) not less! I think it’s great.
Roman Mars is a smart guy
The host and most of his supporting cast appear to believe that the west coast of the USA represents life in 99% of the world. Today I listened to a report on the threat gas cook stoves pose, and how one of the "solutions" is to build new homes with no gas service. In my country, there are tens of millions of buildings heated with gas. When the temperature drops to minus 30ºF you will have some difficulty heating a home with electricity... and if you can accomplish it, the cost of the electricity you use will the purchase of anything else—including food—impossible. Electricity is at an all-time high price. My current bill for water and power (not gas) is $500 a month. Heating my small home in the winter with electricity would result in a $2000 electric bill. Not to mention that the electric grid could not handle the demand. Even the power line to my home is not sufficient for the current draw this would create. Come on, Roman. Get your "researchers" to do some actual work. Not everyone lives in Oakland.
Thank-you Roman and crew for consistently bringing such amazing and interesting content. I love you guys enough to have purchased 99% invisible city, which I cherish!
Also, thank-you for inspiring the most hilarious 1-star reviews! My favourites might be ‘Bad’, or maybe that Roman giggles too much. So creative! Haha!
Seriously though, I’ve been listening forever and will continue to do so!