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99% Invisible

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

  • 444- Pipe Dreams
    Most people probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about their toilets, but they are both a modern marvel while also being somewhat of a failure of systems design.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-25
  • 443- Matters of Time
    For the most part, we take time for granted; maybe we don’t have enough of it, but we at least know how it works --- well, most of the time.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-18
  • 442- Tanz Tanz Revolution
    Today, Berlin is one of the premier destinations for techno music fans. People come from all over the world to party all night to the rhythmic beat of Berlin's club... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-11
  • 441- Abandoned Ships
    If you look around you right now, about 90% of what you’re looking at came to you onboard a cargo ship—your television, your sofa, most of the stuff in your... Read more
    Published on: 2021-05-04
  • 308- Curb Cuts
    If you live in an American city and you don’t personally use a wheelchair, it's easy to overlook the small ramp at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street. Today,... Read more
    Published on: 2021-04-27
  • 440- La Brega in Levittown
    On the show this week, we’re bringing you an episode of a new podcast called, La Brega. And to tell us all about the series is Alana Casanova-Burgess. Casanova-Burgess traces... Read more
    Published on: 2021-04-20
  • 439- Welcome to Jurassic Art Redux
    Kurt and Roman talk about icebergs and how we visualize them all wrong. Plus, we visit a classic 99pi story by Emmett FitzGerald about visualizing dinosaurs. At least for the... Read more
    Published on: 2021-04-13
  • 438- The Real Book
    Since the mid-1970s, almost every jazz musician has owned a copy of the same book. It has a peach-colored cover, a chunky, 1970s-style logo, and a black plastic binding. It’s... Read more
    Published on: 2021-04-06