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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
    • 4.8 • 23.1K 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.

    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
    467- Cute Little Monstrosities of Nature

    467- Cute Little Monstrosities of Nature

    The French bulldog is now the second most popular breed in America. Their cute features, portable size, and physical features make for a dog that can easily travel and doesn't require a lot of exercise. But these characteristics sometimes have a detrimental effect on the dog's health.

    • 26 min
    466- The Weight

    466- The Weight

    How lifting weights became a core component to home fitness

    • 45 min
    465- Shirley Cards

    465- Shirley Cards

    Even if we think of the camera as a neutral technology, it is not. In the vast spectrum of human colors, photographic tools and practices tend to prioritize the lighter end of that range.

    • 32 min
    464- Finding Julia Morgan

    464- Finding Julia Morgan

    Born in 1872, American architect and engineer Julia Morgan designed hundreds of buildings over her prolific career, famous for her work on incredible structures like the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

    • 42 min
    463- Fifty-Four Forty or Fight

    463- Fifty-Four Forty or Fight

    At a glance, the border between the United States and Canada would seem to be at the friendlier end of the international boundary spectrum. But even though the US-Canada border is now pretty tame, when two countries touch each other over a stretch of 5500 miles, it can result in some surprisingly weird disputes, misunderstandings, geographical quirks and ...really good stories.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23.1K Ratings

23.1K Ratings

jimcul ,

Going back to the beginning!!

I’ve been a long time listener & enjoy this podcast & Roman Mars so much that I’m on episode 82 from 2011!!!

Thank you Roman you beautiful nerd!!

j footprint ,

thanks for the 12 minute ad...

Just listened to the Shirley Girl episode. There is often interesting stuff here, but god, stop the giggling at the end Roman.
Every time you do that, it ruins the episode.

...for another podcast that I have no interest in listinging to.

and a end-of-episode promo for the same podcast.

A little too meta

BWeb1 ,

Disappointing

The intellectual arrogance, and smugness ruined it for me. The blatant left bias was a turn off. Couldn’t even finish the episodes.

I was initially excited at the production quality and editing, as well as background music.
But within two episodes was completely turned off by the sneering and snarky tones.

Really? Two brilliant people with years of experience and education, and the only word you can come up with to insult presidential libraries is “Trumpiness”?

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