99% Invisible

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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9:11pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot: Curious Pinball

Marble Queen at the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda
Katie Mingle, 99% Invisible

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

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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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9:53am

Thu January 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 1.23.14 Historical Recreations

Warsaw's Nowy Swiat (“New World”) Street, c. 1915-1918; in 2009

99% Invisible "New Old Town" The rebuilding of post-war Warsaw.

The Memory Palace "Shadowboxing" The stories that were told about legendary boxer John L. Sullivan, and the stories he told about himself.

7:36am

Wed November 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

The Spot 11.7.13 Civics & Sirens

Youth Radio podcast:  Civic Education for a New Generation

Contrary to popular belief, nearly 90 percent of high school students take a civics class. But what's the quality of those classes? This week's Youth Radio podcast looks at how racial and political diversity in the classroom affects what young people learn about politics and society.

99% Invisible:  Symphony of Sirens

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