99% Invisible

by Roman Mars (roman@prx.org) · · · · 82 subscribers

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.

407 407- The Dolphin that Roared July 21, 2020

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!


Tags: urban, arts, sanfrancisco, society & culture, publicradio, design, architecture, technology, radiolab, npr

Older Episodes

406 406- A Side of Franchise July 14, 2020
Marcia Chatelain on how McDonald's replaced the state in Black America
The forgotten story of the first paramedics in the US, a team of pioneering EMTs from Pittsburgh's largely Black Hill District
404 404- Return of Oñate's Foot June 30, 2020
All across the country, protestors have been challenging old monuments, including the ones of Juan de Oñate in NM, which we've been following for a couple years
403 403- Return of the Yokai June 24, 2020
In the US, mascots are used to pump up crowds at sporting events, or for traumatizing generations of children at Chuck E. Cheese, but in Japan it’s different.
402 402- Instant Gramification June 16, 2020
How Instagram and architecture interact and feed back on each other
The symbolism and weight of the white wedding dress
Diamonds represent value, in all its multiple meanings: values, as in ethics, and value as in actual price. But what are these rocks actually worth?
Formal menswear can be traced back to American Revolution, classical statuary, and one particular bloke bopping around downtown London way back in the 1770s.
Perfume can be a key to a whole olfactory world
Brands hold immense sway over both consumers and the American legal system. Few know this as well as Dapper Dan.
In the wake of World War II, the government of France commissioned its most prominent designers to create a collection of miniature fashion dolls
401 401- The Natural Experiment May 6, 2020
Researchers who are using this bizarre, tragic moment to learn something new about the world
Stories inspired by two people from the world of architecture and design we've lost due to COVID
399 399- Masking for a Friend April 21, 2020
Why the culture behind epidemic masks developed so differently in China and the doctor who started it all
398 398- Unsheltered in Place April 14, 2020
Katie Mingle reports on how COVID-19 is affecting the unhoused and what people are doing to protect everyone
397 397- Wipe Out April 7, 2020
With the current shortage of toilet paper, we look at how it went from being a rarity to an essential item in just a few decades
Roman talks with Jody Avirgan about his new show on Raditopia
395 395- This is Chance! Redux March 25, 2020
A city shaken and a voice that held it together
On this shelter-in-place edition of 99pi, Roman walks around his house and tells stories about the history and design of various objects