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99% Invisible
99% Invisible
Roman Mars

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly... more

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Episodes

474- The Punisher Skull

Origin story and symbolism are two of the most important ingredients of any superhero universe. But what happens when both... more

25 Jan 2022 · 39 minutes
473- Mini-Stories : Volume 14

This is the third and final episode of this batch of mini-stories and the 14th volume overall and it’s a... more

19 Jan 2022 · 35 minutes
472- Mini-Stories : Volume 13

We're kicking off the new year at 99pi with a fresh installment of mini-stories, including: a strange collision of mundane... more

12 Jan 2022 · 50 minutes
471- Mini-Stories : Volume 12

It's that time of year again! When 99pi producers and friends of the show join Roman to tell shorter stories,... more

22 Dec 2021 · 47 minutes
470- The Three Santas of Slovenia

Slovenia has just over 2 million people and is visited by, not one, not two, but three different "santas" every... more

15 Dec 2021 · 38 minutes
469- The Epic of Collier Heights

How a team of community leaders used cold, sharp strategy, flipping the logic of Jim Crow housing segregation on its... more

07 Dec 2021 · 43 minutes
468- Alphabetical Order

In much of the western world, alphabetical order is simply a default we take for granted. It’s often the one... more

01 Dec 2021 · 32 minutes
467- Cute Little Monstrosities of Nature

The French bulldog is now the second most popular breed in America. Their cute features, portable size, and physical features... more

23 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
466- The Weight

How lifting weights became a core component to home fitness

17 Nov 2021 · 45 minutes
465- Shirley Cards

Even if we think of the camera as a neutral technology, it is not. In the vast spectrum of human... more

10 Nov 2021 · 32 minutes
464- Finding Julia Morgan

Born in 1872, American architect and engineer Julia Morgan designed hundreds of buildings over her prolific career, famous for her... more

02 Nov 2021 · 42 minutes
463- Fifty-Four Forty or Fight

At a glance, the border between the United States and Canada would seem to be at the friendlier end of... more

26 Oct 2021 · 43 minutes
462- I Can't Believe It's Pink Margarine

Margarine is yellow, like butter, but it hasn't always been. At times and in places, it has been a bland... more

19 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
461- Changing Stripes

Rioters carried many familiar flags during the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol -- Confederate, MAGA, as well... more

12 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
323- The House that Came in the Mail Again

When Sears sold mail order houses that you assembled yourself

05 Oct 2021 · 33 minutes
460- Corpse, Corps, Horse and Worse

When it comes to English spelling and pronunciation, there is plenty of rhyme and very little reason. But what is... more

28 Sep 2021 · 30 minutes
459- Yankee Pyramids

The weirdness of Presidential libraries

21 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
458- Real Fake Bridges

The great Jacob Goldstein, author of Money: The True Story of a Made Up Thing, stops by to tell us... more

14 Sep 2021 · 20 minutes
457- Model Organism

Axolotls are nature’s great regenerators. They are able to grow back not just their tails, but also legs, arms, even... more

07 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
456- Full Spectrum

How the science of color made us modern

31 Aug 2021 · 32 minutes
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How the science of color made us modern