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 99percentinvisible.org. A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.


389- Whomst Among Us Has Let The Dogs Out

Feb 12, 2020
43 min
The story of how “Who Let The Dogs Out” ended up stuck in all of our brains goes back decades and spans continents. It tells us something about inspiration, and how creativity spreads, and about whether an idea can ever really belong to just one...
Feb 12, 2020 • 43 MIN

388- Missing the Bus

Feb 5, 2020
41 min
If you heard that there was a piece of technology that could do away with traffic jams, make cities more equitable, and help us solve climate change, you might think about driverless cars, or hyperloops or any of the other new transportation...
Feb 5, 2020 • 41 MIN

387- The Worst Video Game Ever

Jan 28, 2020
31 min
Deep within the National Museum of American History’s vaults is a battered Atari case containing what’s known as “the worst video game of all time.” The game is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and it was so bad that not even the might of Steven...
Jan 28, 2020 • 31 MIN

386- Their Dark Materials

Jan 22, 2020
44 min
Vantablack is a pigment that reaches a level of darkness that’s so intense, it’s kind of upsetting. It’s so black it’s like looking at a hole cut out of the universe. If it looks unreal because Vantablack isn’t actually a color, it’s a form of...
Jan 22, 2020 • 44 MIN

385- Shade

Jan 15, 2020
36 min
Journalist Sam Bloch used to live in Los Angeles. And while lots of people move to LA for the sun and the hot temperatures, Bloch noticed a real dark side to this idyllic weather: in many neighborhoods of the city, there's almost no shade. Shade...
Jan 15, 2020 • 36 MIN

384- Mini-Stories: Volume 8

Jan 7, 2020
55 min
This is part 2 of the 2019- 2020 mini-stories episodes where I interview the staff about their favorite little stories from the built world that don’t quite fill out an entire episode for whatever reason but they are cool 99pi stories...
Jan 7, 2020 • 55 MIN

383- Mini-Stories: Volume 7

Dec 19, 2019
46 min
It’s the end of the year and time for our annual mini-stories episodes. Mini-stories are fun, quick hit stories that came up in our research for another episode...or maybe it was some cool thing someone told us about that we found really...
Dec 19, 2019 • 46 MIN

Smart Stuff with Justin and Roman- Founder Effect

Dec 15, 2019
5 min
The long-awaited return of Smart Stuff with Justin and Roman, featuring Justin McElroy and Roman Mars. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today. Everyone should listen to My Brother, My Brother, and Me on the Max Fun Network.
Dec 15, 2019 • 5 MIN

382- The ELIZA Effect

Dec 11, 2019
50 min
Throughout Joseph Weizenbaum's life, he liked to tell this story about a computer program he’d created back in the 1960s as a professor at MIT. It was a simple chatbot named ELIZA that could interact with users in a typed conversation. As he...
Dec 11, 2019 • 50 MIN