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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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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.

    419- Take a Walk

    419- Take a Walk

    During publicity interviews for The 99% Invisible City someone asked us, “What is your favorite way to experience the city?” The answer is walking. If you have nothing to do, take a walk. If you are overwhelmed with things to do, take a walk. We’ve been working so hard on the book release and new miniseries we’re launching in December that we’re going to take a walk with our friends at Pop Up Magazine. Pop Up Magazine's team spent weeks interviewing dozens of people about walking, including Jenny Slate, Anna Sale (Death, Sex & Money), Antwan Williams (Ear Hustle), author and radio host Lulu Miller, writer Sam Jay (Saturday Night Live), NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, Sergeant Julian Torres, and many others.

    Take a Walk

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    • 33 min
    99pi Presents The Next Billion Users

    99pi Presents The Next Billion Users

    This bonus episode is sponsored by Google’s Next Billion User Initiative.

    Every week millions of people come online for the very first time. And everyone – no matter where they live, what language they speak or their level of digital literacy – deserves an internet that was made for them. Google's Next Billion Users initiative conducts research and builds products for everyone, everywhere.

    Find out more at NextBillionUsers.google

    • 20 min
    418- Sign Stealing

    418- Sign Stealing

    In the early days of baseball, sign-stealing was almost like a game within the game. Teams and players would try all kinds of tricks to get a glimpse of what the catcher was signaling to the pitcher. Even with this long history, when the Houston Astros were recently caught stealing signs during their championship season it became a huge scandal.

    Sign Stealing

    The New York Times Bestseller The 99% Invisible City is on sale now!

    This episode is adapted from The Edge, a six-part series hosted by Ben Reiter.

    • 28 min
    417- For the Love of Peat

    417- For the Love of Peat

    When we think about carbon storage, we tend to think about forests, but peatlands are also incredible carbon sinks. In Europe, peatlands contain five times more carbon than forests. But back in the 80s, most people didn't know this remarkable fact about peat. If anything, bogs were seen as scary places to be avoided and thus we tended to not take care of them. But that’s changing.

    For the Love of Peat

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    • 39 min
    416- Exploring The 99% Invisible City

    416- Exploring The 99% Invisible City

    We're excited to celebrate the release of The 99% Invisible City book by host Roman Mars and producer Kurt Kohlstedt with a guided audio tour of beautiful downtown Oakland, California.

    In this episode, we explain how anchor plates help hold up brick walls; why metal fire escapes are mostly found on older buildings; what impact camouflaging defensive designs has on public spaces; who benefits from those spray-painted markings on city streets, and much more.

    Plus, At the end of the tour, stick around for a behind the scenes look at the book as we answer a series of fan-submitted questions about how it was created, offering a window into the writing, illustration and design processes.

    Exploring The 99% Invisible City

    • 41 min
    415- Goodnight Nobody

    415- Goodnight Nobody

    The unlikely battle between the creator of the New York Public Library children's reading room and the beloved children’s classic Goodnight Moon.

    Goodnight Nobody

    Pre-order The 99% Invisible City

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21.6K Ratings

21.6K Ratings

T'Clapper ,

It was a lovely walk

I truly appreciated your episode “Take a Walk“. For one I enjoyed it because it’s a beautiful look into peoples every day lives, but for me at this moment, I enjoyed it because I’m not allowed to take a walk for the next six weeks. Two days ago I had a hysterectomy and my doctor is adamant that I not go for a walk anytime soon. So thank you for allowing me to take a walk.

whid-glor ,

Insulted

Long time listener here. Wow! Pretty disappointed that tonight Roman decided to call a historical , revolutionary, innovator a “deplorable and and antisemite.” I lost all respect at that moment . I’ve grown so tired of having people at the “Mike”abuse listeners with their opinions about historical figures. Are you a time traveler? Did you know Mr. Ford? Or did you read someone else’s accounts of his life out of a book or see a museum presentation? If you sir were to follow the true basics of Journalism and showing good manners and proper attention to who you are : a guy on the radio, you’d understand those kinds of comments will cost you listeners. I do not share that opinion of Henry Ford. My parents taught me, that one cannot judge people from another era in a nations development by the light of a more progressive one. I am very sad to learn that you Mr, Radiotopia DJ, Did not glean a very important lesson through your”good education?” That a nation that forgets its history is doomed to repeat it. I am unsubscribing not because I necessarily am concerned with the reputation of a dead innovator, inventor, philanthropist, revolutionary, but that you felt yourself so important as to shove your ideas onto me.

Judhhdhdhsh ,

I learn something new every episode!

I can play one episode after another and never get bored!

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