99% Invisible (Director's Cut)

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... Show full description


197 Pieces

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What’s the difference between what the public sees and what an architect sees when they look at a building?

Bought by WABE, KUT, The Story, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 11, 2012
  • Length: 14:59
  • Purchases: 4
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What Charles Dickens has to do with those insurance commercials on TV.

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 14:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Composer Jon Brion reminds us the difference between a performance and a song

Bought by WABE, KSRQ, KUT, WCAI / WNAN, and KPVL


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 10:08
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 13:02
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Australia made its money better. Why can't the US?

Bought by XRAY.fm and WJCT


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 16:44
  • Purchases: 2
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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 KMUZ


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 11:30
  • Purchases: 1
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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 KALW


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 10:29
  • Purchases: 1
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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 WABE


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 11:42
  • Purchases: 1
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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 New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 09:54
  • Purchases: 1
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Discovering marble bathtubs in the basement of the US Capitol.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 11:07
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 12:27
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 08:51
  • Purchases: 3
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The closest one could ever hope to get to dancing about architecture.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and WTJU


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 09:30
  • Purchases: 2
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How a St. Louis public housing marvel became "hell on earth."

Bought by KPIK-LP


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 11:27
  • Purchases: 1
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Sometimes it's an object's imperfections that makes you fall in love with it. And sometimes that object is an escalator.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WJCT, and The Story


  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 07:21
  • Purchases: 3
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A group accidentally created what ad execs dream of: a unique brand identity that rapidly achieved world-wide appeal and renknown. Except this gr...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 10:36
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There are rules that dicate how high you can build. Bradford Gilbert just didn't believe in them.

Bought by KUOW and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 20, 2011
  • Length: 04:44
  • Purchases: 2
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The Periodic Table knew what our universe was made out of even before we did.

Bought by KZYX, New Hampshire Public Radio, and KUOW


  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Tompkins, Tiananmen, Tahrir...why do revolutions always start in public squares?

Bought by KUOW and The Story


  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 04:59
  • Purchases: 2
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There's more to the Art of the Title than meets the eye.

Bought by WABE and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 07:47
  • Purchases: 2