99% Invisible (Standard Length)

Series produced by Roman Mars

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Trying to comprehend the 99% invisible activity that shapes the design of our world.

A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. From producer Roman Mars and KALW in San Francisco.

In August 2012, 99% Invisible became the highest-funded journalism project in Kickstarter history, raising over $170,000 from 5661 backers.

With over 4 million downloads online, 99% Invisible recently peaked at #2 in iTunes ranking for all podcasts in the US, and had occupied the #1 spot in both the Arts and Design categories.

"Roman Mars lights the radio. His pieces conjure other worlds, grapple with big ideas, make sound three dimensional. They are smart and funny and original. The Kitchen Sisters would like to be Presidents of his Fan Club."
-The Kitchen Sisters, Peabody Award-winning producers for NPR

"We think what he’s doing is inspiring. It has a kind of rhythm and musicality that you don’t normally find in radio or podcast storytelling."
-Jad Abumrad, Radiolab

"I love the show. It's wonderful. [It] actually reminded me of why I love radio."
-Jonathan Goldstein, CBC's WireTap

"Mars is the Ira Glass of design."
-Allison Arieff, The New York Times Opinionator design columnist

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A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. From producer Roman Mars and KALW in San Francisco. In August 2012, 99% Invisible became the highest-funded journalism project in Kickstarter history, raising over $170,000 from 5661 backers. With over 4 million downloads online, 99% Invisible recently peaked at #2 in iTunes ranking for all podcasts in the US, and had occupied the #1 spot in both the Arts and Design categories."Roman Mars lights the radio. His pieces conjure other worlds, grapple with big ideas, make sound three dimensional. They are smart and funny and original. The Kitchen Sisters would like to be Presidents of his Fan Club."-The Kitchen Sisters, Peabody Award-winning producers for NPR"We think what he’s doing is... Show full description


129 Pieces

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 20
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Follow a breadcrumb trail of black wax and wheel marks to a secret war over public space.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WBEZ, Rhythm & News Service, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 31, 2013
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 18

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 18

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
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  • Purchases: 15

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
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  • Purchases: 12

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 15
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There are rules that dicate how high you can build. Bradford Gilbert just didn't believe in them.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, WOUB, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WMUU-LP, Rhythm & News Service and more


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 16

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 19

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 18

  • Added: Aug 28, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 16
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Even during the construction of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the deck would go up and down by several feet with the slightest breeze. Constr...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, Spokane Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service and more


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 17
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“Cities exist to bring people together, but cities can also keep people apart” - Daniel D’Oca, Urban Planner, Interboro Partners.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, WBEZ, Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 15
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The acoustics of a building are a big concern for architects. But for designers at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, it’s the absence of soun...

Bought by WOUB, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, WBEZ, Troy Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 18
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In the US, it’s called a line. In Canada, it’s often referred to as a line-up. Pretty much everywhere else, it’s known as a queue.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, WOUB, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, WTJU and more


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 19