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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.

99% Invisible Roman Mars

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 69 Ratings

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.

    473- Mini-Stories : Volume 14

    473- Mini-Stories : Volume 14

    This is the third and final episode of this batch of mini-stories and the 14th volume overall and it’s a good one- we have surprisingly architectural sport commentary, Ben Franklin’s role in Daylight Saving Time, and the origin story of the fire pole.

    • 35 min
    472- Mini-Stories : Volume 13

    472- Mini-Stories : Volume 13

    We're kicking off the new year at 99pi with a fresh installment of mini-stories, including: a strange collision of mundane infrastructure and political insurrection; a graphic design history mystery dating back to the 1980s; what may be the most hated architectural design of 2021; and a record-breaking album cover design so cutting edge it cost more money to make than to buy.

    • 50 min
    471- Mini-Stories : Volume 12

    471- Mini-Stories : Volume 12

    It's that time of year again! When 99pi producers and friends of the show join Roman to tell shorter stories, many of which have been sitting on our idea shelves, just waiting for this moment. Our first set of minis delves into the surprisingly controversial logo of a major sports league; a wild goose chase into erroneous statistics; the largely forgotten arts competitions of the Olympic Games; and a Modernist penguin pool that is beloved by preservationists but not so adored by actual penguins. And this is the first batch of our turn-of-the-year mini-stories. Tune back in for more minis at the beginning of 2022!

    • 47 min
    470- The Three Santas of Slovenia

    470- The Three Santas of Slovenia

    Slovenia has just over 2 million people and is visited by, not one, not two, but three different "santas" every festive season. But it hasn't always been this way. Each Santa has had his moment in the spotlight—each in a different period of Slovenia’s complicated history. And in order to have a Christmas season that reflects that history and speaks to all Slovenians, you need three magical men.

    • 38 min
    469- The Epic of Collier Heights

    469- The Epic of Collier Heights

    How a team of community leaders used cold, sharp strategy, flipping the logic of Jim Crow housing segregation on its head to build a suburban Black mecca

    • 43 min
    468- Alphabetical Order

    468- Alphabetical Order

    In much of the western world, alphabetical order is simply a default we take for granted. It’s often the one we try first -- or the one we use as a last resort when all the other ordering methods fail. It’s boring, but it works, and it’s so ingrained that it’s hard to imagine not using it.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Xiling Labuyo ,

Enlightening

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.

markingboy ,

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.

Lullabyeblues ,

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

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