99% Invisible

Fridays at 7:34am

99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. The 99% Invisible podcast recently reached #2 in the iTunes rankings for all podcasts, as well as #1 in both the Arts and Design categories. Roman Mars is also the host, producer and program director of Public Radio Remix from PRX. 

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3:25pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.17.14 Integrity

Johnny Cash

99% Invisible: “Structural Integrity”  When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center was the seventh-tallest building in the world.  But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts. 

Blank on Blank: "Johnny Cash on the Gospel" "I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on." A previously unheard interview recorded in 1996.

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11:06am

Thu April 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.10.14 Title TK + 400,000 Stars

"Pickering's harem"
Harvard College Observatory Collection of Astronomical Photographs

99% Invisible "Title TK" The name is important. It’s the first thing of any product you use or buy or see. The tip of the spear.  Only the names that are most interesting and most pleasant on the tongue can survive in your memory. So it’s no surprise that companies—especially large ones like Sony or Procter & Gamble—hire naming companies.

The Memory Palace: "400,000 Stars"

6:43am

Thu March 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 3.27.14 Pitchmen

99% Invisible: “Call Now” The subtle, possibly endless civil war over how attorneys should advertise their services (and whether they should advertise at all).

VoiceBox: "Auctioneering"  Inside the rhythm, art and sport of the live auction, with Colorado Auctioneers Hall of Famer Steve Linnebur and Tennessee auctioneer Justin Ochs.

7:50am

Fri February 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The Man of Tomorrow

Glen Weldon, author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography (and panelist of the great Pop Culture Happy Hour) talks us through the iconography of our first superhero and why Supes has managed to stay relevant for 75 years.

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7:40am

Fri February 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Higher and Higher

On this week's 99% Invisible: Late in 1928 Walter Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler car company, came to New York and bought a plot of land and decided to build, what he referred to as, “a monument to me.”  What followed was an epic back and forth struggle for the glory of ruling the New York City skyline.

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