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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

  • 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
  • 437- Science Vs Snakes
    More than 100,000 people die every year from snake bites. Snake venom can have up to 200 different toxins inside it and each toxin has a different horrible effect to... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-30
  • 436- Oops, Our Bad
    In the 20th century, humans became very good at the control of nature, but now that we’ve spent some time with the consequences, such as species extinction and climate change,... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-23
  • 435- The Megaplex!
    Back in the early 1990s, movie theaters weren't that great. The auditoriums were cramped and narrow, and the screen was dim. But in 1995, the AMC Grand 24 in Dallas... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-16