Roman Mars

Host and Producer, 99% Invisible

Roman Mars is host and producer of KALW’s 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture.  The 99% Invisible podcast recently peaked at #8 in the iTunes rankings for all podcasts, as well as #1 in both the Arts and Design categories.  He is also the host, producer and program director of Public Radio Remix from PRX, a 24-hour, experimental public radio story stream broadcast on XM 123 and public radio stations across the country.  He was a founding producer at PRX/NPR’s Snap Judgment and Senior Producer at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

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6:49pm

Tue May 13, 2014
99% Invisible

99% Invisible: The colour of money

US paper currency is so ubiquitous that to really look at its graphic design with fresh eyes requires some deliberate and focused attention. So pull out a greenback from your wallet (or look at a picture online) and really take it in. All the fonts, the busy filigree, the micro patterns…it’s just dreadful.

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4:27pm

Wed August 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Galloping Gertie

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
99% Invisible

When you think of suspension bridges, the first two that come to mind may be right here: the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. But after this next story, there's another that may stay with you -- a suspension bridge in the state of Washington called the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Roman Mars relates this bridge in this edition of 99% Invisible.

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4:37pm

Wed July 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The Broken Window

Emile Holmewood

One day, when Melissa was thirteen, she and her friend Liz bought some geodes. They didn’t want to wait to get home to crack them open, so they decided to throw them against the wall of an apartment building. Liz’s aim went wild on one of the geodes, and it went through a window. Melissa would have probably forgotten about the incident, had it not been for one inexplicable thing: the window didn’t get fixed. Ever. So in 2011, 22 years after the incident, Melissa went to go find the person who left the window broken for so long. She brought along a tape recorder. 

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PRX Remix

Roman Mars is your guide for this compilation of the best from the Public Radio Exchange, unique. Remix sounds like the best of public radio on shuffle with smart, creative spoken-word programs, amazing podcasts, cool ideas, fascinating interviews, found tape, and intriguing sounds.

5:19pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The brief and tumultuous life of the new UC logo

If you’re not from California, or missed this bit of news, the University of California has a new logo – or, rather, had a new logo. To be more precise they had a new “visual identity system,” which is the kind of entirely accurate but completely wonky description that gets met with sarcastic eye rolls from anyone who isn’t a designer, but there it is. But they don’t have a new logo anymore. Because of a massive public backlash, the UC system actually suspended the monogram while we were reporting this story.

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