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150- Under The Moonlight

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In 1885, Austin, Texas was terrorized by a serial killer known as the Servant Girl Annihilator.  The murderer was never actually found, but he claimed eight victims, mostly black servant girls, all attacked in the dark of night. The very,

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149- Of Mice And Men

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

If you are looking at a computer screen, your right hand is probably resting on a mouse. To the left of that mouse (or above, if you’re on a laptop) is your keyboard. As you work on the computer, your right hand moves back and forth from keyboard to mo...

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148- The Sizzle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The first trademark for a sound in the United States was issued in 1978 to NBC for their chimes. MGM has a sound trademark for their roaring lion, as does 20th Century Fox for their trumpet fanfare. Harley Davidson tried to trademark the sound of their...

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147- Penn Station Sucks

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New Yorkers are known to disagree about a lot of things. Who’s got the best pizza? What’s the fastest subway route? Yankees or Mets? But all 8.5 million New Yorkers are likely to agree on one thing: Penn Station sucks.

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146- Mooallempalooza

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As you probably know, 99% Invisible is a show about the built world, about things manufactured by humans. We don't tend to do stories about animals or nature. But our friend Jon Mooallem writes brilliant stories about the weird interactions between ani...

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145- Octothorpe

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings,

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144- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hanging in the garage of Fire Station #6 in Livermore, California, there’s a small, pear-shaped light bulb. It is glowing right now. This lightbulb has been glowing, with just a couple of momentary interruptions, for 113 years.

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143- Inflatable Men

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

You see them on street corners, at gas stations, at shopping malls. You see them at blowout sales and grand openings of all kinds. Their wacky faces hover over us, and then fall down to meet us, and then rise up again. Their bodies flop. They flail. -

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142- And The Winner Is

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

There’s a little trophy shop called Aardvark Laser Engraving  down the street from our office in Oakland. Its small but bustling, and its windows are stuffed to the brim with awards made of all kinds of materials and in any shape you can imagine.

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141- Three Records from Sundown

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This week on the show we’re presenting one of our favorite radio features, “Three Records from Sundown,” about singer Nick Drake. The documentary, by producer Charles Maynes, retraces the roots of Drake’s legend through interviews with Drake’s producer,

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140- Vexillonaire

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vexillologists—those who study flags—tend to fall into one of two schools of thought. The first is one that focuses on history, category, and usage, and maintains that vexillologists should be scholars and historians of all flags,

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139- Edge of Your Seat

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

“A Chair is a difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” — Mies van der Rohe. The chair presents an interesting design challenge, because it is an object that disappears when in use. The person replaces the chair.

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138- O-U-I-J-A

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Ouija board is so simple and iconic that it looks like it comes from another time, or maybe another realm. The game is not as ancient as it was designed to look, but those two arched rows of letters have been spooking people for over 125 years.

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137- Good Bread

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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 w...

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Kickstart Radiotopia- A Storytelling Revolution

Sunday, October 19, 2014

When you support Radiotopia, you are making sure 99% Invisible can keep coming to you weekly and you'll be supporting our entire collective of award-winning, independent radiomakers. Please go to our Kickstarter page and back us in our effort to remake...

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136- Lights Out

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On July 13th, 1977, lightning struck an electricity transmission line in New York City, causing the line's automatic circuit breaker to kick in. The electricity from the affected line was diverted to another line.

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135- For Amusement Only

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Everyone has tried it at some point. The authorities started turning a blind eye years ago, but it wasn't officially legalized until the summer of 2014. Finally, after more than 80 years of illegitimacy, the City of Oakland has legalized...

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134- The Straight Line Is A Godless Line

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Straight lines form the core of our built environment. Building in straight lines makes predicting costs and calculating structural loads easier, since building materials come in linear units. Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient,

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133- Port of Dallas

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dallas is 300 miles from the ocean. For most of its history, it wanted to be a sea port. Here's how a city moved its river in pursuit of that dream.

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132- Castle on the Park

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On the southwest corner of Central Park West and 106th Street in New York City, there's an enormous castle.

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