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.
523- Six-on-Six Basketball
In the 20th century, Iowa high school girls basketball was HUGE but it was not the game we know today
522- The Comrades
How an ultra-marathon called The Comrades became a national obsession in South Africa and a model for inclusion during some of the most divided moments in the country's history
521- A Sea of Yellow
The shifting symbolism of Brazil's iconic yellow soccer jersey
520- Mini-Stories: Volume 16
We’re kicking off the new year at 99pi with a fresh installment of mini-stories, including: what lies at the intersection of a street and a road; the most unlikely of theme parks; and the evolution of ancient alleyways in Beijing, China.
519- Balikbayan Boxes
A Balikbayan box is a huge cardboard box (often weighing over 100 pounds) that Filipinos living all over the world send to family members who are still living in the Philippines
518- Mini-Stories: Volume 15
It's Mini-Story Season! You’ll hear about a very, very long escalator! Beavers dropping from the sky! We’ll hear from Janet, Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty! And a visit from the queen!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for a few days now. In one of the episodes, US Postal Service Stamps, Roman Mars said: making a difference with creativity. It just made me realize one thing that I have been putting on hold. This podcast made me see what I wanted to do creatively. Thank you.
Wow. I’m hooked.
I just discovered this recently and truth be told this the first time Imm lostening to podcasts. Absolute gem of a show.
99% Invisible, 100% amazing
The Radiotopia podcast that started it all. Host Roman Mars (best name and voice in podcasting, IMO) brings to light aspects of design, architecture, and activity that is mostly ignored or taken for granted by people. Each episode focuses on one particular topic, and includes interviews with experts. When this podcast first started out, it was only about five minutes long and just had Roman Mars hosting it. Now it’s about 30 minutes and chock-full of information. There’s a certain melodious quality to the narration, and the music accompanying it is so appropriate. I’ve witnessed the evolution of this podcast, and it makes me very happy.
Another thing I love about this podcast is that whenever they talk about something concerning women, or people of a certain race, or LGBT, they let the people of those genders/races/identities narrate it. It’s a little thing, but it means a lot.
Each episode is produced in beautiful downtown Oakland, California.
Favorite episodes: The Sunshine Hotel, Manzanar, The Modern Necropolis, Hero Props, The Vault