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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.

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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

4.8 out of 5
21.7K Ratings

21.7K Ratings

supercake10829 ,

Simply amazing

The most intriguing podcast I’ve ever heard.

Whittenator ,

Audio Comfort Food

This is my go to podcast when I need to hear intelligent, kind, curious humans. I love the way we get to sink into details of things that were underpondered until these folks spin glorious stories about them.

Sean_863 ,

Recent evolution is hit or miss

A lot of podcasts that have been around for a while shift from their original storytelling to more topical human interest stories (Radiolab, for example). 99PI is currently going through this evolution, where its recent episodes have been kind of preachy and less focused on design. Some of these stories are successful, but many are just too much. Recent issues within Radiotopia (racism) make a whole lot of sense when listening to the current episodes of 99PI, which really lack diversity.

Older episodes (2018 or earlier) are excellent. I cannot recommend them enough! Also, this show is low key a (white) transgender show. It’s refreshing how frequently trans folks are integrated into episodes without it feeling forced. Current episodes are hit or miss.

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