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99% Invisible

An Arts and Design podcast featuring 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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367- Peace Lines
There are many walls in Belfast which physically separate Protestant neighborhoods from Catholic ones. Some are fences that you can see through, while others are made of bricks and steel. Many have clearly been reinforced over time: a cinderblock wall topped with corrugated iron, then topped with razor wire, stretching up towards the sky. Many of the walls in Northern Ireland went up in the 1970s and ‘80s at the height of what’s become known as “The Troubles.” Decades later, almost all of the walls remain standing. They cut across communities like monuments to the conflict, etched into the physical landscape. Taking them down isn’t going to be easy. Peace Lines
366- Model City
During the depths of the Depression in the late 1930s, 300 craftspeople came together for two years to build an enormous scale model of the City of San Francisco. This Works Progress Administration (WPA) project was conceived as a way of putting artists to work while also creating a planning tool for the city to imagine its future. The massive work was meant to remain on public view for all to see, but World War II broke out and the 6,000 piece, hand-carved and painted wooden model was put into storage for almost 80 years. Model City This episode was produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson with Nathan Dalton and Brandi Howell. Mixed by Jim McKee Subscribe to Kitchen Sisters Present
365- On Beeing
Farmers have known for centuries that putting a hive of honeybees in an orchard results in more blossoms becoming cherries, almonds, apples and the like.  Yet it’s only in the last 30 years that pollination services have become such an enormous part of American agriculture. Today, bees have become more livestock than wild creatures, little winged cows, that depend on humans for food and shelter. On Beeing

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vikjam reviewed this podcast on Jul 12th, 2018
"Lots of interesting, obscure stories about things I've never heard of and things I've seen everyday. I find myself referencing this podcast quite often. "
emilyboda reviewed this podcast on Jun 13th, 2017
"Even if you didn't think you were interested in design, you'll love this podcast. Take "way-finding", for example: the ways that building designers subtly tell you where to go without making signs. After listening to this podcast you'll start to notice things like the way tiles on the floor are arranged to point you towards the security line at the airport and you'll never see the world in quite the same light."
Sarah Breau reviewed this podcast on Mar 13th, 2019
"This is a great picture about design, history, and everyday objects. I often wish the episodes were longer, but it's still a top-notch podcast. Highly recommended."

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Started
Sep 23rd, 2010
Latest Episode
Aug 21st, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
397
Avg. Episode Length
21 minutes
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