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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8:00pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Game changer

Flickr user gorbould

Last night, the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 131 to 117 in what USA Today called “one of the most entertaining blowouts in recent memory.” The high-scoring affair reflects the modern game. But scores that high would have been unfathomable back in the early days of the NBA. That is, until professional basketball was redesigned.

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5:45pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

99 Percent Invisible: A cheer for Samuel Plimsoll

Plimsoll Line
wasabicube

If you look at the outer hull of commercial ships, you might find a painted circle bisected with a long horizontal line. This marking is called the load line, or as I prefer, the Plimsoll line. This simple graphic design has saved thousands of lives. The Plimsoll line shows the maximum loading point of the ship and lets a third party know, plainly and clearly, when a vessel is overloaded and at risk of sinking in rough seas. If you see that horizontal line above the water, you’re good, if you don’t, you could be sunk.

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7:18pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Transportation

99% Invisible: Design for Airports

Courtesy of 99percentinvible.com and http://www.gensler.com/#viewpoint/features/49

When Roman Mars spoke with Allison Arieff about the design of airports she said, if all airports simply played Brian Eno’s album Music for Airports over the speakers, every airport would be better. 

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5:40pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The most densely populated place on record

Walled City Night Views (from SW Corner), 1987.
Greg Girard

In 1898, China granted a 99-year lease to Great Britain for the areas across the harbor in the British controlled island of Hong Kong. But smack in the middle of that territory, known as Kowloon, was an enclave that wasn't included in the lease. A place that would, at least officially, still be controlled by the Chinese. It was a large fort, built decades earlier to put a check on British expansion. But it evolved into something very, very different. 

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5:30pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Can you drive blindfolded?

Under CC license from Flickr user Nate Steiner.

California voters may have paved the way for a cleaner future when they passed Proposition 39, but they’re still famous for the gas-burning way they get around. California commuters often drive the same route, sometimes so frequently they might think they can navigate it blindfolded. 

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