99% Invisible

7:02am

Fri December 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: For Amusement Only

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Winning an early pinball game was much more about luck than skill, since there were no buttons to activate flippers on the sides. You basically had one action: pull the plunger and watch the ball go. Without the flippers, pinball was a truly a game of chance—perfect for gambling.

Friday at 7:45am & 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

3:43pm

Fri November 28, 2014
99% Invisible November 28, 2014

99% Invisible: Wonder Bread

The first print advertisement for Wonder Bread came out before the bread itself. It stated only that “a wonder” was coming. In a lot of ways, the statement was true. Wonder Bread was the perfect loaf. “Slow food” advocates have pronounced industrial white bread of any brand a symbol of a modern grocery problem: consumers don’t know where our food comes from. The funny thing is that industrial white bread—that evenly sliced, squishy, moist, perfectly white and wondrous loaf—was once a highly designed solution to that very same problem.

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1:18pm

Fri November 14, 2014
KALW SCHEDULE

Morning time changes: Jim Hightower, Sandip Roy & 99% Invisible

Jim Hightower

NPR is making some changes to the Morning Edition broadcast clock that mean you'll be hearing some of KALW's morning features at new times.

Starting Monday, November 17th, Jim Hightower's commentaries will air at 7:31am.  And 99% Invisible and Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata, which now air at 7:35am, will be heard at 7:45am.

3:15pm

Fri October 24, 2014
99% Invisible 10/24/2014

99% Invisible: The Port of Dallas

Scene from the reversal of the Chicago River, 1899. Courtesy of Richard Cahan

There’s a photograph we have tacked to our studio at 99% Invisible HQ. The photo, taken 1899, shows three men, all looking very fashionable, suspended mid-air on the lifted arm of a giant dredging machine.

There are plenty of images like this from this era—scenes of people standing around proudly as they shaped the earth. And in these old photos there seems to be a real sense of awe and reverence for the marvels of civil engineering.

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1:26pm

Fri October 17, 2014
99% Invisible 10/17/2014

99% Invisible: Rebar and the Alvord Lake Bridge

Alvord Lake Bridge in Golden Gate Park

On this week's edition of 99% Invisible:

The Alvord Lake Bridge is, quite literally, the bridge to the modern world. It is one the oldest reinforced concrete structures still standing. The twisted iron bars embedded in the bridge served as the model for the all the rebar containing structures that followed. It is the ancestor to an endless number of reinforced concrete buildings, bridges, tunnels, viaducts, and foundations.

Friday at 7:35am & 4:45pm and Saturday at 8:35am.

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