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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Humans watching humans watching animals.

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 30:41
  • Purchases: 1
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You couldn't climb over the Berlin Wall. You couldn't go around it. The only way was under.

Bought by KPIK-LP and XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 20:13
  • Purchases: 2

  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 22:19
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The everlasting architecture of Pizza Hut.

  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 15:46

  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 15:27
  • Purchases: 4

  • Added: Apr 10, 2014
  • Length: 20:50
  • Purchases: 4
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The man who put parentheses around area codes.

  • Added: Feb 07, 2014
  • Length: 02:26
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Buildings of the future, once.

Bought by WABE, XRAY.fm, WJCT, WNIJ, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 23:48
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 14:53
  • Purchases: 6
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By now, the story is well known. A man sits in the backseat of a cab, sketching on a notepad as night falls over a crumbling city.

Bought by WABE, XRAY.fm, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 19:44
  • Purchases: 3
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When Chicago was up the proverbial creek.

Bought by WABE, XRAY.fm, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Oct 08, 2013
  • Length: 19:14
  • Purchases: 3
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The man behind the most famous desert landscapes of all time.

Bought by WABE, XRAY.fm, and WJCT


  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 16:46
  • Purchases: 3
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A giant leap for radio. Flight for TV.

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WJCT, KPIK-LP, XRAY.fm, and KUT


  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 11:14
  • Purchases: 5
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The steal skeleton underneath the all the concrete structures that you work in, drive over, and walk under…

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KRCC-FM, XRAY.fm, and KMUZ


  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 11:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Bored and disaffected and angry, Alex longed for a place to escape to. And then he found Heyoon.

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, XRAY.fm, WCAI / WNAN, KALW, and HowSound


  • Added: Jul 08, 2013
  • Length: 27:07
  • Purchases: 5
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Some architects say there are just some buildings that should never have been built: buildings that violate human rights by design.

Bought by MPR News Stations, WCAI / WNAN, and The Story


  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 16:47
  • Purchases: 3
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When you're in the zone, it's play to play, not play to win.

Bought by XRAY.fm and KMUZ


  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 17:47
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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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 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