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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.

    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

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    • 30 min
    421- You've Got Enron Mail!

    421- You've Got Enron Mail!

    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. These emails — about meetings and energy markets but also affairs, divorces, and fraud — have helped create new technologies, fight terrorism, and added to our understanding of how we communicate.

    You’ve Got Enron Mail!

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    • 31 min
    420- The Lost Cities of Geo

    420- The Lost Cities of Geo

    Geocities was an online collection of metropolises, each with their own neighborhoods built around shared interests. The city metaphor helped make a whole new group of users understand the world wide web for the first time. At its peak, it was the third most popular destination on the internet, but it quickly fell out of fashion as the web became more commodified and professional. Before it shuttered, a few digital archivists scooped up as much data as possible before all that early internet experimentation could be deleted.

    The Lost Cities of Geo

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    • 42 min
    419- Take a Walk

    419- Take a Walk

    During publicity interviews for The 99% Invisible City someone asked us, “What is your favorite way to experience the city?” The answer is walking. If you have nothing to do, take a walk. If you are overwhelmed with things to do, take a walk. We’ve been working so hard on the book release and new miniseries we’re launching in December that we’re going to take a walk with our friends at Pop Up Magazine. Pop Up Magazine's team spent weeks interviewing dozens of people about walking, including Jenny Slate, Anna Sale (Death, Sex & Money), Antwan Williams (Ear Hustle), author and radio host Lulu Miller, writer Sam Jay (Saturday Night Live), NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, Sergeant Julian Torres, and many others.

    Take a Walk

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    • 33 min
    99pi Presents The Next Billion Users

    99pi Presents The Next Billion Users

    This bonus episode is sponsored by Google’s Next Billion User Initiative.

    Every week millions of people come online for the very first time. And everyone – no matter where they live, what language they speak or their level of digital literacy – deserves an internet that was made for them. Google's Next Billion Users initiative conducts research and builds products for everyone, everywhere.

    Find out more at NextBillionUsers.google

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
390 Ratings

390 Ratings

Kadvent ,

Wonderful podcast

I learn so much thanks to this. Romans voice is very comforting and I very much like to listen to him. The stories are thoughtfully prepared.

FabiGrt ,

Always learning something new

Thanks to everyone who’s working on this podcast! I have been listening for years now and I have never been disappointed. It’s so great to discover something new every time about everyday things. thank you!

Woppter ,

Great - Great !!

I really appreciate the warm and soft voive of Roman Mars!

And I am so often surprized by the stories!!

Continue please!
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