300 episodes

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.

99% Invisible Radiotopia

    • Design
    • 4.8, 20.9K 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.

    409- California Love Scared Straight

    409- California Love Scared Straight

    Walter Thompson-Hernandez was just eleven years old when he was admitted to L.A.'s infamous Scared Straight program for graffiti related crimes. In this episode, Walter, through a chance encounter, checks-in with his friend who went through the program with him, their anti-tagging arch-nemesis, and how they have turned out after all these years.

    Part autobiography, part reportage, California Love is a richly sound-designed audio tour that takes us into the homes of communities that are touchstones to Walter’s life.

    Subscribe on iTunes or through their website

    • 40 min
    408- Valley of the Fallen

    408- Valley of the Fallen

    About an hour northwest of Madrid, an enormous stone crucifix rises 500 feet out of a rocky mountaintop. It’s so big you can see it from miles away. Beneath the cross, there’s a sprawling Benedictine monastery and a basilica carved out of the mountain. This place is called The Valley of the Fallen. And it’s likely the most controversial monument in Spain. The Valley is synonymous with Francisco Franco, the general who ruled Spain from the end of its bloody civil war in 1939 until his death in 1975. When Franco died, he became the Valley’s most notorious inhabitant, until he was removed in 2019. Currently there are tens of thousands of other bodies still trapped in the basilica beneath where Franco used to lie. Many were victims of Franco’s security forces, murdered during the height of the civil war, and for years, their families have been trying to get them out.

    Valley of the Fallen

    Buy The 99% Invisible City, our first book!

    • 35 min
    407- The Dolphin that Roared

    407- The Dolphin that Roared

    When Emily Oberman found a flag of the island nation of Anguilla her father had helped design in her attic, she had no idea it was connected to one of the strangest political revolutions in history.

    The Dolphin that Roared

    Plus, we are so excited to announce the first 99pi book! The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt comes out October 6 and you should pre-order it right now!

    • 40 min
    406- A Side of Franchise

    406- A Side of Franchise

    There are many books about McDonald’s that criticize the company for its many sins, and author Marcia Chatelain has read all of them. But her book comes at this famous fast-food restaurant from a different angle and with a much wider lens. In Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, Chatelain offers a critique of racial capitalism and a long history of trying to address social problems with business-based solutions.

    A Side of Franchise

    Plus, we are featuring an excerpt from the series Race Traitor from The Heart. Subscribe!

    • 38 min
    405- Freedom House Ambulance Service

    405- Freedom House Ambulance Service

    One night halfway through a graveyard shift at the hospital, orderly John Moon watched as two young men burst through the doors. They were working desperately to save a dying patient. Maybe today he wouldn’t bat an eye at this scene, but in 1970 nothing about it made sense. The two men weren’t doctors, and they weren’t nurses. And their strange uniforms weren’t hospital issued. Moon was witnessing the birth of a new profession—one that would go on to change the face of emergency medicine.  The two men were some of the worlds first paramedics, and, like Moon, they were Black. This is the story of Freedom House Ambulance Service of Pittsburgh. They were the first paramedics and they changed the way we think about emergency medicine.

    Freedom House Ambulance Service

    • 44 min
    404- Return of Oñate's Foot

    404- Return of Oñate's Foot

    All across the country, protestors have been tearing down old monuments. These monuments have been falling in the middle of historic protests against police brutality. Sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, these demonstrations have spread to communities, big and small, across the country and around the world. And as they've grown, the protests have become about much more than police violence. This national uprising has inspired a massive reckoning with our country's past. Suddenly, decades of inertia and foot-dragging have given way to decisive action. In 2018, we did a story about a couple of controversial monuments in New Mexico. They honored a Spanish conquistador named Juan de Oñate, who was an early settler in the region. We're revisiting that story with extensive updates about the current protests and a shooting that occurred at an Oñate demonstration in June.

    Return of Oñate's Foot

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20.9K Ratings

20.9K Ratings

ileesan ,

To counteract the mindless 1 star reviews

i don’t normally leave reviews but when i saw that the recent episodes that are more political or controversial were getting hate i had to leave a 5 star review to balance them out.

i believe that this podcast doesn’t shy away from connecting to issues in present time and also does so in a way that’s entirely their own by bringing stories related to these issues while not making it all about politics. also i love articles of interest!! please keep up the great work

yadmeister ,

Best

This is simply the best podcast out there. Every episode is incredible. Love you Roman.

digitalredx ,

Roman Mars is amazing

If you aren’t listening to 99PI, you’re missing out on incredible storytelling, fantastic writing, and a charismatic host with the perfect voice for podcasting. Roman Mars could tell a story about a rock and I would listen, because he would make it fascinating. Every episode surprises me!

Top Podcasts In Design

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by Radiotopia