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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 • 21.8K 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.

    Chapter 2: The Hotline

    Chapter 2: The Hotline

    Katie Mingle heard a lot about 211 doing this reporting. Not just from Tulicia Lee who called a bunch of times, but from everyone—from homeless people and service providers and advocates. In her mind, it was the 911 of homelessness. Only, more often than not, it seemed like when people called 211, the metaphorical ambulance never came. That was true for Tulicia, and it was true for lots of other people she met.

    If everyone starts at 211, why is it a dead-end for so many people? What is happening at 211? At the beginning of March, right before everything shut down for the pandemic, Katie spent a day in the 211 call center.

    The Hotline

    • 34 min
    Chapter 1: Tulicia

    Chapter 1: Tulicia

    When we think about homelessness, we often have a certain image in our mind—people pushing shopping carts, or big sprawling tent encampments.

    But for the vast majority of homeless people, the experience is less visible. Many people who are unable to afford a place to live end up sleeping on a friend’s floor or inside their car.

    This is what Tulicia did for years, until finally, she reached out to the system for help.

    Chapter 1: Tulicia

    • 33 min
    According to Need: Prologue

    According to Need: Prologue

    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?

    According to Need

    • 17 min
    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

    • 2 min
    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

    Shop the 99% Invisible Store

    • 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).

    Buy Sean’s first record of 99pi music in the 99% Invisible Store

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21.8K Ratings

21.8K Ratings

sarington ,

Show is great but... can’t listen lately read below

Lately I can tell you have a mask on and I can’t listen anymore. The muffled sound makes my skin crawl. Sorry.

riot.thyme ,

What happened

When this show was focused solely on design, it was great and I felt I always learned something and something I was excited to share. Not that they’re focusing on people and issues, I guess they can still be considered hidden stories, but it’s just not the same. It doesn’t get me excited. I agree with “the agenda” that some of the other reviews complain about, but if I want a news podcast, I’ll listen to a news podcast. What happened to design?

Sellato ,

Lost its way

Used to be one of my favorite podcasts, but ever since the pandemic hit, topic choices and overall programming style has taken a nose dive. I side with the 99PI team politically on most issues, however the show has just become too focused on COVID and other depressing subjects. I yearn for the classic episodes that would deep-dive on DESIGN-focused topics. If you’re going to completely change the style of the show, I recommend adding a new titled series and going back to the tried and true 99PI formula.

Unfortunately this isnt just 99PI, many NPR-associated podcasts have followed this same trend since the beginning of the pandemic.

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