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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.
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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.
A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

    Chapter 1: Tulicia

    Chapter 1: Tulicia

    When we think about homelessness, we often have a certain image in our mind—people pushing shopping carts, or big sprawling tent encampments.

    But for the vast majority of homeless people, the experience is less visible. Many people who are unable to afford a place to live end up sleeping on a friend’s floor or inside their car.

    This is what Tulicia did for years, until finally, she reached out to the system for help.

    Chapter 1: Tulicia

    • 33 min
    According to Need: Prologue

    According to Need: Prologue

    The way homelessness has exploded in California over the last decade, you’d think there was no system in place to address it. But there is one -- it just wasn’t designed to help everyone. According to Need is a documentary podcast in 5 chapters from 99% Invisible that asks: What are we doing to get people into housing?

    According to Need

    • 17 min
    According to Need coming December 1

    According to Need coming December 1

    According to Need is a documentary podcast in 5 chapters from 99% Invisible’s Katie Mingle that asks: What are we doing to get people into housing?

    Coming December 1

    • 2 min
    424- The Great Indoors

    424- The Great Indoors

    Emily Anthes is the author of The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behaviour, Health and Happiness, and she notes that even before the pandemic hit, we humans spent about 90 percent of our time indoors on average -- however we think of ourselves, people are in fact largely an indoor species. 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.

    The Great Indoors

    Shop the 99% Invisible Store

    • 27 min
    423- Sean Exploder

    423- Sean Exploder

    As you might know, we have our own composer here at 99pi named Sean Real who works with the producers to score our episodes with original music that she writes and records right here in Oakland. She has created over 300 amazing original songs for 99pi to date! So this week, we are bringing you a tribute to one of our favorite shows Song Exploder, and to our favorite composer, Sean Real.

    Sean Exploder

    Plus a preview of Katie Mingle’s new 99pi spin off According to Need (Out December 1).

    Buy Sean’s first record of 99pi music in the 99% Invisible Store

    • 31 min
    422- In The Unlikely Event

    422- In The Unlikely Event

    If you’ve ever flown on a plane, you’ve been directed to study the safety briefing card in your seatback pocket. Every passenger plane, commercial or private, has to have safety cards on board. Mo Laborde is a reporter who has been collecting safety cards for almost ten years, and one day she started wondering how the modern safety card came about.

    In The Unlikely Event

    Buy The 99% Invisible City

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

Nathan Nathaniel ,

Roman Mars is a smart guy

If you are a person who enjoys the "superior chuckle," then you will love this show. The superior chuckle is how Mr. Mars and his guests signal to the listener how much smarter they are than the people who don't agree with them. Listen to any of Roman's shows (I have listened to them all), and you'll be "treated" to many of these chuckles. The topics of 99PI and other of Mr. Mars' shows are educational and interesting. I'll keep listening. But as I listen, I can't help thinking that the attitudes of the hosts and his guests are NOT doing anything to make America a more tolerant place to live.

Katie-Hanna ,

So good!

Always so informative and interesting! In high school I listened to this when I walked home from school all the time and I still enjoy it years later. :)

Thulin Passage ,

99%Invisible Take a Walk

(As befits a thoughtful piece on walking,) particularities come to the fore, related but distinct, so various candidates for especially _______ come to mind. Including @EarlonneWoods and the (pardon me, I didn’t search the name) wheelchair walking, and @lmillernpr
[editors note: I copy/pasted this from my reply tweet to @Trufelman. Lazy, I know, but sincere]

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