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.
462- I Can't Believe It's Pink Margarine
Margarine is yellow, like butter, but it hasn't always been. At times and in places, it has been a bland white, or even a dull pink. These strange variations were a byproduct of 150-year war to destroy margarine, and everything that it stands for. During this epic fight for survival, margarine has had to reinvent itself, over and over again.
461- Changing Stripes
Rioters carried many familiar flags during the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol -- Confederate, MAGA, as well as some custom-made ones like a flag of Trump looking like Rambo. Except for onlookers who were already familiar with the design, it would have been easy to overlook one particular bright yellow flag with three red horizontal stripes across the center. This was the flag of South Vietnam.
323- The House that Came in the Mail Again
When Sears sold mail order houses that you assembled yourself
460- Corpse, Corps, Horse and Worse
When it comes to English spelling and pronunciation, there is plenty of rhyme and very little reason. But what is the reason for that? Why among all European languages is English so uniquely chaotic today?
459- Yankee Pyramids
The weirdness of Presidential libraries
458- Real Fake Bridges
The great Jacob Goldstein, author of Money: The True Story of a Made Up Thing, stops by to tell us two stories about the design of paper currency around the world. First, the story of the making of the Euro banknotes, the design of which was supposed to unify Europe and not rely on any one country's national heroes or monuments. Then we learn about China's early pioneering experiments in paper currency, hundreds of years before it caught on in the rest of the world.
First podcast to get me into podcast
Takes things that would otherwise seem mundane and crafts an interesting story on its design and history. Love this show and its team!
YES!! I remember!
Grew up in Sheboygan Wisconsin with family in Illinois. I remember stopping at the border on the way home to get a big stash of ‘Oleo’ on the way home - and then mixing in the dye packs. I don’t remember it as good or bad - it was just part of family life.
This Used To Be My Favorite Podcast
This used to be my favorite podcast, but since a few of the topics on 99% turned political and seemed to be sharing only one perspective on issue at hand, I had to stop listening.
I used to listen to this podcast to escape the policial turmoil and the events that are dividing our country. Because great design (civil, architectural, mechanical, graphic…etc.) has an impact on everyone and every community, not just one group in the present moment; design impacts our future. In my opinion, the stories of design (challenges, successes and history) should tell all sides of a problem or issue and most importantly, bring us and our communities together.
I respect the team for sharing their opinions in their well-researched and thought out podcast episodes, but when they’re at the expense of demeaning others political perspectives, or sharing one biased side, I’m out.
Thank you 99% team for getting me through some of the toughest challenges of my life. For now, I will have to take a break.
I have also ceased my donations to PRX/Radiotopia. I hope you can understand.