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.
Tuesday 10 May 2022
: The greatest mode of transportation is the funicular, which is a special kind of train pulled by a cable that runs up steep slopes. But...
Roman Mars on Blank Check with Griffin and David
Friday 06 May 2022
: Bonus episode: Roman Mars on Blank Check with Griffin and David talking about The Quick and The Dead (Sam Raimi, 1995)Roman note: I LOVE...
489- Pandemic Tracking and the Future of Data
Wednesday 04 May 2022
: Data is the lifeblood of public health, and has been since the beginning of the field. But essential data gathering for the COVID pandemic...
488- It’s a Small Aisle After All
Tuesday 26 April 2022
: If you’ve ever been to a supermarket in the US, you’ve probably seen an ethnic food aisle. Maybe it was called the "international...
487- Atlas Obscura
Wednesday 20 April 2022
: Standing on Beechey island, a peninsula off Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, are four lonely graves: three members of an ill-fated...
486- Rumble Strip
Wednesday 13 April 2022
: Every year in the spring, small towns throughout New England host their annual town meeting. Town meetings take place in high school gyms or...
485- Murder Most Fowl
Tuesday 05 April 2022
: While urban parks are safe havens for birds, parks are often surrounded by condos and hotels and office buildings with floor-to-ceiling...
484- Dear Hank and John and Roman
Wednesday 30 March 2022
: So why don't we have mouth Roombas? Is the universe full of chickens? What scientific advances are happening? What was the first internet...
483- Grid Locked
Tuesday 22 March 2022
: In February 2021, it began to snow in Austin, Texas, which was unusual, and exciting for some, at least until the power dropped out for...
482- Natalie de Blois: To Tell the Truth
Tuesday 15 March 2022
: Natalie de Blois contributed to some of the most iconic Modernist works created for corporate America, all while raising four children....
481- The Future of the Final Mile
Friday 11 March 2022
: While something like dial-up might mostly be a thing of the past, the truth is copper phone lines still connect a lot of people to the...
480- Broken Heart Park
Tuesday 08 March 2022
: In the 1990s Dave Davis worked as the groundskeeper at a small neighborhood park in a suburb of St. Louis called Creve Coeur. It was an...
479-According to Need wins duPont-Columbia Award
Tuesday 01 March 2022
: The Columbia Journalism School recently announced the 16 winners of the 2022 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including...
478- Art Imitates Art
Tuesday 22 February 2022
: There's a small neighborhood within the SEZ of Shenzhen that is known for mass-producing copies of the most celebrated works of Western art,...
477- Call of Duty: Free
Wednesday 16 February 2022
: On the west coast of Ireland, on the banks of an estuary dividing county Limerick from county Clare, lies a small town called Shannon. But...
476- Reaction Offices and the Future of Work
Wednesday 09 February 2022
: People have been going back and forth about what makes a healthy and productive office since there have been offices. The 20th century was...
475- Rock Paper Scissors Bus
Wednesday 02 February 2022
: When the two greatest auction houses in the world – Christie’s and Sotheby’s – vied for the privilege of auctioning off $20 million...
474- The Punisher Skull
Tuesday 25 January 2022
: The Punisher has always been a complicated Marvel antihero: a man whose creator imagined him as a reaction to the failures of government at...
473- Mini-Stories : Volume 14
Wednesday 19 January 2022
: At the end of the calendar year and into the new year the 99pi staff collects a bunch of short, joyful little stories that are fun to...
472- Mini-Stories : Volume 13
Wednesday 12 January 2022
: We're kicking off the new year at 99pi with a fresh installment of mini-stories, including: a strange collision of mundane infrastructure...
471- Mini-Stories : Volume 12
Wednesday 22 December 2021
: It's that time of year again! When 99pi producers and friends of the show join Roman to tell shorter stories, many of which have been...
470- The Three Santas of Slovenia
Wednesday 15 December 2021
: Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe nestled between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. It's a land of snowy white peaks, green...
469- The Epic of Collier Heights
Tuesday 07 December 2021
: For Black Americans, Collier Heights became a suburban jewel in the postwar South spanning thousands of acres and packed with nature. Just...
468- Alphabetical Order
Wednesday 01 December 2021
: In much of the western world, alphabetical order is simply a default we take for granted. It’s often the one we try first -- or the one we...
467- Cute Little Monstrosities of Nature
Tuesday 23 November 2021
: The French bulldog is now the second most popular breed in America. Their cute features, portable size, and physical features make for a dog...