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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 • 24K 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.

    523- Six-on-Six Basketball

    523- Six-on-Six Basketball

    In the 20th century, Iowa high school girls basketball was HUGE but it was not the game we know today

    • 41 min
    522- The Comrades

    522- The Comrades

    How an ultra-marathon called The Comrades became a national obsession in South Africa and a model for inclusion during some of the most divided moments in the country's history

    • 42 min
    521- A Sea of Yellow

    521- A Sea of Yellow

    The shifting symbolism of Brazil's iconic yellow soccer jersey

    • 34 min
    520- Mini-Stories: Volume 16

    520- Mini-Stories: Volume 16

    We’re kicking off the new year at 99pi with a fresh installment of mini-stories, including: what lies at the intersection of a street and a road; the most unlikely of theme parks; and the evolution of ancient alleyways in Beijing, China.

    • 33 min
    519- Balikbayan Boxes

    519- Balikbayan Boxes

    A Balikbayan box is a huge cardboard box (often weighing over 100 pounds) that Filipinos living all over the world send to family members who are still living in the Philippines

    • 36 min
    518- Mini-Stories: Volume 15

    518- Mini-Stories: Volume 15

    It's Mini-Story Season! You’ll hear about a very, very long escalator! Beavers dropping from the sky!  We’ll hear from Janet, Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty! And a visit from the queen!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24K Ratings

24K Ratings

Dragoon 149 ,

A True Classic

This show has been around for more than 10 years now for a reason. The topics remain interesting and the content always feels fresh. Roman Mars is the quintessential voice of the podcasting side of spoken-word media. It definitely feels like a coastal elitist, Bay-Area sorta product that the 99pi crew churns out; but, sometimes that really hits the spot. The episodes do sometimes feel like the audio version of those long and winding articles from the New Yorker. And, don’t even get me started on the spin-off shows: Avery Trufelman may be Roman Mars’s best creation yet.

cy cooper ,

Everything about it is compelling and interesting

… and entertaining. This is the first podcast I ever recommend to anyone because it’s so high quality. Because I’ve been listening to it for a long time, I’ve experienced it from the beginning and of course, things have changed. Better sound quality and more experienced editing. It’s smart, interesting and thought-provoking. I recommend it; you will become addicted, too. Some of my all time favorite podcast episodes are from 99% invisible. (Heyoon ! And the one about the light bulb and…. Too many to name!)
I actually went back to re-listen to the entire series from the beginning … it got me through the pandemic. As to the criticism about the ads… wait to listen to them until you can fast forward through them. Also, in the early years, his kids did the ads which really drove me bonkers…. But, I’m grateful that this show is supported by advertising; high quality podcasts cost money to produce. And I don’t want this one to go away!

Rebhola ,

Very interesting

I love learning about random topics! Roman’s voice is so soothing. I enjoyed the recent episode on P-22 and saw in the news this week that we need an unfortunate update on him.

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