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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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578- Anything's Pastable: Eat Sauté Love

Dan Pashman embarks on an epic trip across Italy in search of lesser-known pasta dishes — and to learn about... more

16 Apr 2024 · 44 minutes
577- The Society of Ambiance Makers and Elegant Persons

Bright, flamboyant central African fashion

09 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
576- Chambre de Bonne

The history of the chambre de bonne, the tiny French apartment type that may be, finally, on the way out.

02 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Roman Mars Describes Athens GA As It Is

A 99pi guide to some of our favorite design features of Athens, Georgia.

29 Mar 2024 · 36 minutes
575- Autism Pleasantville

How to accommodate autism in the built world

27 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
574- The Monster Under the Sink

The garbage disposer and the dream of a garbage-free city

19 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
The Power Broker #03: David Sims

Featuring Blank Check co-host and The Atlantic movie critic David Sims covering the first section of Part 4, chapters 11-15

15 Mar 2024 · 2 hours, 7 minutes
573- Toyetic

The constant and sometimes fraught back and forth between cartoons and toys, as exemplified by Transformers and the Teenage Mutant... more

13 Mar 2024 · 39 minutes
572- WARNING: This Podcast Contains Chemicals Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer or Other Reproductive Harm

Understanding the clunky Prop 65 warnings on products

05 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes
Roman Mars Describes Santa Fe As It Is

A 99pi guide to some of our favorite design features of Santa Fe.

02 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
438- The Real Book [rebroadcast]

Since the mid-1970s, almost every jazz musician has owned a copy of the same book and originally it was a... more

27 Feb 2024 · 41 minutes
Significant Others: A Sneak Peek at the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Betrayal

It’s been said that history is written by the person at the typewriter. But who did the person who made... more

23 Feb 2024 · 7 minutes
571- You Are What You Watch

How much film and television shapes us as individuals and as a society, far beyond what we give it credit... more

21 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
The Power Broker #02: Jamelle Bouie

Featuring New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie covering Part 3.

16 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
570- The White Castle System of Eating Houses

How White Castle invented fast food

13 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
569- Between the Blocks

The interblock parks of Sofia, Bulgaria that are caught between old failed communism and new hyper capitalism

06 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
568- Don't Forget to Remember

There are memorials to lost fishermen, lost astronauts, even lost members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. What should a COVID pandemic memorial... more

30 Jan 2024 · 39 minutes
Roman Mars Describes Chicago As It Is

A 99pi guide to some of our favorite design features of Chicago

26 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
567- The Double Kick

The design evolution of the seemingly simple, but not all that simple, skateboard

24 Jan 2024 · 51 minutes
The Power Broker #01: Robert Caro

Featuring author Robert Caro covering The Introduction, Part 1, and Part 2.

19 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
566- Imitation Nation

The fake villages and role players used to train US soldiers

16 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
565- Mini-Stories: Volume 18

Upside-down construction, the linguistics of filler, and a fire that has been burning...and will burn... for decades.

09 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
470- Another Visit from the Three Santas of Slovenia

Mapping the long history of Slovenia onto the three "Santas' that visit each year

26 Dec 2023 · 38 minutes
564- Mini-Stories: Volume 17

We have a year-end mix of short stories about a rogue architect, spooky kitchens, a hundred year old music streaming... more

20 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
563- Empire of the Sum

The storied evolution of pocket calculation

13 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
562- Breaking Down The Power Broker (with Conan O'Brien)

Roman Mars and Elliott Kalan are starting The Power Broker book club that will run through all of 2024 as... more

05 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
344- The Known Unknown [rebroadcast]

The tradition of the Tomb of the Unknown goes back only about a century, but it has become one of... more

29 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
561- Long Strange Tape

A band that was never meant to be recorded and a personal recorder that was never designed to capture music... more

22 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
560- Home on the Range

A town's fight to be free from the noise and trauma of the Cincinnati Police Department's open-air gun range

15 Nov 2023 · 39 minutes
559- The Six-Week Cure

How Reno became the go-to place to get a quick divorce and how divorce laws have changed over time

07 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
558- The Fever Tree Hunt

The hunt to cultivate the cure for malaria

31 Oct 2023 · 40 minutes
557- Model Village

Designing environments for people with dementia

24 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
328- Devolutionary Redesign

Devo’s first record and the fight over the arresting image of a flashy, handsome golf legend on the cover.

17 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
556- You Ain’t Nothin But a Postmark

The historic vote over which version of Elvis should be immortalized on a postage stamp

10 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
555- The Big Dig

Over its more than 40 year journey from conception to completion, Boston’s Big Dig massive infrastructure project, which rerouted the... more

03 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
554- Devil in the Details

Two stories where the devil is in the details

26 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
553- Cautionary Tales of the Sydney Opera House

The triumph and tragedy of the Sydney Opera House

19 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
552- Blood in the Machine

Who were the real Luddites?

12 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
389- Whomst Among Us Let the Dogs Out AGAIN

The story of how "Who Let The Dogs Out" ended up stuck in all of our brains. A story that... more

05 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
551- Office Space

Solving the housing crisis and the office vacancy crisis with one obvious and elegant idea: office to housing conversion. If... more

29 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
550- Melanie Speaks

The story of a voice training VHS tape that helped trans women at a time when other resources were hard... more

22 Aug 2023 · 50 minutes
549- Trail Mix: Track Two

More about the trails as an object and an idea

15 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
548- Trail Mix

We take the humble trail, what might be the original designed object, and deconstruct it

08 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
547- Cooking with Gas

The decades-long campaign to get us to love our gas stoves

01 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
546- The Country of the Blind

Andrew Leland takes us through the fascinating history of alternative reading technologies designed for blind people and discusses his fantastic... more

25 Jul 2023 · 47 minutes
545- Shade Redux

La Sombrita and the politics of shade

18 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
544- Chick Tracts

The ubiquity and cultural legacy of the shocking little Christian comics books called Chick Tracts

11 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
543- In Proximity: Ryan Coogler and Roman Mars

Proximity founder Ryan Coogler talks all about podcasts with Roman Mars

05 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
542- Player Piano

Composer Raymond Scott’s lifelong quest to build an automatic songwriting machine, and what it means for our own AI-addled, ChatGPT... more

27 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
541- The Frankfurt Kitchen

Many consider Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky's Frankfurt Kitchen to be nothing less than the first modern kitchen.

20 Jun 2023 · 34 minutes
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544- Chick Tracts
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The ubiquity and cultural legacy of the shocking little Christian comics books called Chick Tracts