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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  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
  • Length: 11:21

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 11:43
  • Purchases: 2
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This episode of 99% Invisible is all about acoustic design, the city soundscape, and how to make listening in shared spaces pleasant (or at the ver...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, XRAY.fm, and WTJU


  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 3

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 13:01
  • Purchases: 4
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A last mile problem and the pneumatic solution

  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 15:53
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The access to your queue has been queued.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service


  • Added: Dec 27, 2012
  • Length: 13:23
  • Purchases: 1
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This is probably not what you think of when you think of camouflage.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WJCT, KUT, WCAI / WNAN, and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 10:15
  • Purchases: 5
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Seven-and-a-half secrets from the campaign trail.

Bought by KUT


  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 12:07
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 14:54
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 10:03
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Dec 28, 2012
  • Length: 13:47
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Jan 11, 2013
  • Length: 23:28
  • Purchases: 2
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If you think you know this story, you probably have it backwards.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN, The Story, KPCC, KUT and more


  • Added: Jan 11, 2013
  • Length: 12:30
  • Purchases: 6
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Follow a breadcrumb trail of black wax and wheel marks to a secret war over public space.

Bought by WABE, The Story, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 23, 2013
  • Length: 16:09
  • Purchases: 3
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The recreation of a town that never was.

Bought by KALW, The Story, and KUT


  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 17:59
  • Purchases: 3

  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 11:28
  • Purchases: 2
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The last practitioners of disappearing art form that's poised to make a comeback

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WABE, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and The Story


  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 11:51
  • Purchases: 4
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The secret public stairs that wind through our neighborhoods

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, WABE, XRAY.fm, KUT, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 11:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The story of America's "love affair" with cars was as much a product of the auto industry as the car itself.

Bought by XRAY.fm, KALW, WCAI / WNAN, and KUT


  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 21:24
  • Purchases: 4
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The two tweaks to basketball that made it the sports juggernaut it is today.

Bought by XRAY.fm, KMUZ, The Story, Louisville Public Media, and KUT


  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 11:46
  • Purchases: 5