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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.

    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

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    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

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    • 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).

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    • 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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
205 Ratings

205 Ratings

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This podcast always makes my day

Thank you for crafting such beautiful stories. Each episode is inspiring, enlightening, and fills me with curiosity. Thank you for the our amazing work!

Mortenkn ,

363 women

I would say that this episode is going two ways.. it has feminism call from the interviewee, very much so actually.

When that is said, women should be the pioneers for everything. Women does everything better than men. There should be test on both men and women, no matter what. We are different and that’s just the way it is. Period.

Hanna Ella ,

Massage for your mind

Roman Mars is one of those rare talents that are able to make the intangible tangible. Who knew a design show void of visual remedies actually is the perfect format for finally discussing the function instead of only form. Can recommend for all designers: Process designers, service designers, interaction designers, graphic designers, industrial designers... I mean actually everyone. We all design stuff. Just where you usually put your cup in the morning is designing a process. It is so beautiful. And I get design stories that are curious - finally not the text book explanations that we all have been beat with since we started. Great great great great podcast.

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