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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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    • 4.8 • 22K 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.
A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

    427- Mini-Stories: Volume 11

    427- Mini-Stories: Volume 11

    In this set of short stories, 99% Invisible producers talked with host Roman Mars about everything from the Fresh Air Movement to the lost Lenin in Antarctica.

    Mini-Stories: Volume 11

    • 49 min
    426- Mini-Stories: Volume 10

    426- Mini-Stories: Volume 10

    In this set of short stories, 99% Invisible producers talked with host Roman Mars about everything from climate-changing sheep to the persistent urban legend behind the invention of a space pen.

    Mini-Stories: Volume 10

    99% Invisible’s Impact Design coverage is supported by Autodesk. Autodesk enables the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Learn more about these efforts on Autodesk Redshift, a site that tells stories about the future of making things across architecture, engineering, infrastructure, construction and manufacturing.

    • 40 min
    425- Mini-Stories: Volume 9

    425- Mini-Stories: Volume 9

    Each year, 99% Invisible producers select short design stories to talk about with host Roman Mars. Some of these were just too brief to make into full 99pi episodes, but many also reveal aspects of how we find ideas for (and ultimately make) the show. In this collection, we'll talk about everything from movie novelizations to disco costume designs!

    Mini-Stories volume 9

    • 40 min
    Roman Mars on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

    Roman Mars on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

    Roman Mars joins Jesse Thorne on Bullseye this week to talk about life before podcasting, and what decades in radio has taught him. Roman has worked in podcasts and radio for decades at this point, but his career didn't start out in audio. He was originally getting a PhD in genetics, pipetting stuff into tubes, recording data and the like. Roman and Jesse also spoke about how the pandemic has affected the design of cities, and which of those changes might be permanent.

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    • 36 min
    Chapter 5: Housing Finally

    Chapter 5: Housing Finally

    If homelessness is the problem, housing is the solution. But it’s not always that simple. Kate Cody has been living in her encampment community for a long time. And there’s no guarantee she’ll be able to make the transition inside, even with the golden ticket.

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

    If you've enjoyed this series and were moved by the stories you heard, we've compiled a list of Bay Area organizations that you can support.

    • 48 min
    Chapter 4: The List

    Chapter 4: The List

    When Tulicia Lee tried to get help with housing, she was essentially put on a big long list with a bunch of other homeless people. If you live in the U.S., your community probably has a list like this too. Where one ends up on the list can have huge implications, but how one rises to the top of it is a bit of a mystery. In this episode, Katie finally gets to see how it works.

    The List

    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?

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22K Ratings

22K Ratings

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This is a great podcast. I listen to it everyday and I love it. I got the 99% invisible city and I can’t wait to read it! (Ps I have two yellow radiators, two black, and several white. Plus one silver. I really liked that mini story. 🙂 )

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One of my absolute favorites 💛

One of my favorite podcasts of all time. It has changed the way I see the world. 💛 Can’t recommend it enough!

Wolfgirl0011 ,

Really interesting

I’m just a kid so I don’t think this podcast is for my age but I really enjoy it. I like how they mostly talk about things you don’t think about in everyday life and even though it’s not as important the quality is great and whoever does the music (so sorry I forgot your name) is super good from home bacteria to super dark black paint this show has it all 👏
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