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Author: Roman Mars

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Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.
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358- The Anthropocene Reviewed

358- The Anthropocene Reviewed

2019-06-1801:08:2628

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, John Green rates different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. This week 99% Invisible is featuring two episodes of The Anthropocene Reviewed in which John Green dissects: pennies, the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain, a 17,000-year-old cave painting, and the Taco Bell breakfast menu. Plus, Roman talks with John about the show, sports, and all the things we love now, but hated as teenagers.The Anthropocene ReviewedSubscribe to The Anthropocene Reviewed on Apple Podcasts or RadioPublic
357- The Barney Design redux

357- The Barney Design redux

2019-06-1100:29:2521

All over Oakland right now people are wearing Warriors shirts and flying their Warriors flags from their cars, and as much as we like our hometown team here at 99pi, we've been following these NBA finals for another design-related reason. When you watch the games in Toronto the whole stadium is filled with people wearing red raptors jerseys, but every now and then you'll see these little flashes of purple. Those bold fans are wearing one of the most polarizing jerseys in the history of sports. A jersey that we actually did a whole episode about last year. So in honor of the Toronto Raptors, and the beautifully ugly jersey they gave the world, we're gonna rerun that episode for you today, along with an update from our new 99pi team member Chris Berube, a Torontonian and Raptors fan since he was a kid.The Barney Design Redux
356- The Automat

356- The Automat

2019-06-0400:36:3935

The inside of a Horn & Hardart Automat looked like a glamorous, ornate cafeteria -- but instead of a human handing you hot food over a counter, you would push your tray up to a wall of little glass cubbies. Each cubby housed a fresh, hot portion of food on a small plate. It could be anything from a side of peas to a turkey sandwich, to a slice of pie. You simply put in some nickels, and then the door to that cubby would unlock and you could take the plate that was inside. This automated food experience has reemerged in new restaurants today.The AutomatPlus, we revisit the story of when food advertising was revolutionized by motion.
355- Depave Paradise

355- Depave Paradise

2019-05-2800:40:4540

Mexico City is in a water crisis. Despite rains and floods, it is running out of drinking water. To solve the scarcity issue, the city began piping water in from far away as well as from aquifer below ground, creating yet another problem: the city began to sink as the moisture was sucked up and out from below. Meanwhile, rainwater which should be replenishing the ground can’t penetrate it thanks to impermeable paved surfaces above. Uneven ground and crooked buildings reflect this subterranean crisis on the surface, misshaping the city’s infrastructure and architecture.Depave Paradise
Sound and Health: Hospitals

Sound and Health: Hospitals

2019-05-2400:22:4932

Sound can have serious impacts on our health and wellbeing. And there’s no better place to think about health than hospitals.According to Joel Beckerman, sound designer and composer at Man Made Music: "Hospitals are horrible places to get better." Hospitals can be bad for your health because hospitals sound terrible. But sound designers and health care workers are looking to change that.This is part two in a two-part series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how sound can be designed to reduce harm and even improve wellbeing.Sound and Health: HospitalsLearn more about Sonic Humanism
281- La Sagrada Familia

281- La Sagrada Familia

2019-05-2100:35:2219

There are a lot of Gothic churches in Spain, but this one is different. It doesn’t look like a Gothic cathedral. It looks organic, like it was built out of bones or sand. But there’s another thing that sets it apart from your average old Gothic cathedral: it isn’t actually old.Gaudí wasn’t able to build very much of his famous church before he died in 1926. Most of it has been built in the last 40 years, and it still isn’t finished. Which means that architects have had to figure out, and still are figuring out, how Gaudí wanted the church to be builtLa Sagrada FamiliaThis episode was originally broadcast in October 2017
Sound and Health: Cities

Sound and Health: Cities

2019-05-1700:19:0918

Is our blaring modern soundscape harming our health? Cities are noisy places and while people are pretty good at tuning it out on a day-to-day basis our sonic environments have serious, long-term impacts on our mental and physical health. This is part one in a two-part series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how sound can be designed to reduce harm and even improve wellbeing.Sound and Health: CitiesLearn more about Sonic Humanism
354- Weeding is Fundamental

354- Weeding is Fundamental

2019-05-1400:40:4517

Libraries get rid of books all the time. There are so many new books coming in every day and only a finite amount of library space. The practice of freeing up library space is called weeding. When the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library was damaged by an earthquake 1989, the argument over which books need to be weeded, and how they were chosen for removal, reached fever pitch.Weeding is FundamentalThis episode also features “The Pack Horse Librarians Of Eastern Kentucky” produced by the Kitchen Sisters and mixed by Jim McKee. Subscribe the The Kitchen Sisters Present on Apple Podcasts and RadioPublic
353- From Bombay with Love

353- From Bombay with Love

2019-05-0700:36:1811

From the 1950s right up to its collapse, people in the Soviet Union were completely infatuated with Indian cinema. India and The Soviet Union had completely different politics, languages, and cultures. But for a brief time, these two nations found they had much more in common than expected, and realized this through a love of movies.From Bombay with Love
352- Uptown Squirrel

352- Uptown Squirrel

2019-05-0100:31:097

This past fall, two hundred people gathered at The Explorer’s Club in New York City. The building was once a clubhouse for famed naturalists and explorers. Now it’s an archive of ephemera and rarities from pioneering expeditions around the globe. But this latest gathering was held to celebrate the first biological census of its kind –an effort to count all of the squirrels in New York City’s Central Park. Squirrels were purposefully introduced into our cities in the 1800s, and when their population exploded, we lost track of how many there are.Uptown Squirrel
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Comments (163)

Diego Calado

I loved the content, this reviewing guy just got a new subscriber.

Jun 22nd
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Rodolfo Rodas

Please don't do this

Jun 21st
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M R

Change the name of the show to 99% Rehashed Old Content

Jun 18th
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Tommy Fafalios

M R theyve never mentioned TAR or had John Green on the show before, literally what are you talking about

Jun 21st
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Chia Xiao Ling

M R I enjoyed this episode! Definitely subscribing to Anthropocene Reviewed

Jun 20th
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PJ Mouse

So is this The Anthropocene Reviewed Reviewed?

Jun 18th
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SAI KHAN

and now the raptors are the nba Champion

Jun 14th
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M R

The hell is the point of rerunning a podcast?

Jun 12th
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Abhijeet Gonsalves

A lovely episode..👍

Jun 12th
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Jean

Interesting story but my throat feels dry just listening to the guy with vocal fry.

Jun 1st
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SAI KHAN

that messenger sound made me check my phone. lol

May 31st
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Marta Savova

this young reporter is kind of atrocious to listen to... but great episode nonetheless!

May 30th
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A B

So gooood

May 19th
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M0_ Shy

great episode I am not fan of modern hindi movies, however the combination of the history soviet art consumption after ww2 & indian classics was fabulous.

May 17th
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Seal757

re weeding: the book guerrillas brought about an elegant blending of new and old with care, consideration, common sense, and ingenuity.

May 15th
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Cosmocide

Good gracious... What a boring episode. Put me right to sleep. Doesn't mean it's a bad episode, they clearly put a lot of work into it

May 15th
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Cosmocide

Go back to your legos, eric

May 20th
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Cosmocide

Lol you're a hoot! I don't think you're serious so I'm not going to take anything you say seriously, instead I'll compliment you on your middle-tier trolling. Maybe start a blog? There's more useful applications for your writing

May 20th
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Aaron Tanner

wow this is really crap

May 13th
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ch1leang0d

Aaron Tanner no u

May 22nd
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Jamie Forsythe

how they get paid. 4 out of the last 5 years.

Apr 29th
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Jamie Forsythe

Jack, also look how these people ( the firefighters), if they don't use the moneymaking they lose it the next year. I have seen them make up things they don't really need , in order to get more money the next year. I am from a small town that 8n the last 5 years we have had major fires r of those years. you can look us up. twisp/Winthrop, Washington. carlton complex fire in 2014, and there are more. look us up Jack. I totally agree with you!

Apr 29th
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Sasa Mitic

one of the best episodes of the year 👍

Apr 25th
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Ray

Sasa Mitic Great

Apr 27th
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Ray

Sasa Mitic 👍👍

Apr 27th
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Cosmocide

I looked it up and I actually really like the barney jersey in an ironic way. I'd wear it

Apr 24th
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Cosmocide

To anyone listening: I know you think you know what the problem is. I did too, and I thought they were just stalling. It's not that. Keep listening. It gets way weirder.

Apr 23rd
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