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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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99% Invisible

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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Morning Edition

In Berlin, Remaking The City Can Rekindle Old Frictions

Thursday, October 09, 2014

City planners rushed to erase divisions between East and West Berlin after the wall came down in 1989. But the fate of communist-era buildings can still provoke friction a quarter-century later.

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99% Invisible

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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WNYC News

A Walk Through the Final, Funky Stretch of the High Line

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Paul Goldberger, architecture critic of Vanity Fair, gives his take on the third phase of the elevated park that has become one of the most popular destinations in the city.

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99% Invisible

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC, A City Built By Women

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A new project aims to compile a list of 100 NYC structures and built environments designed and/or constructed by women.

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99% Invisible

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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99% Invisible

131- Genesis Object

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In the beginning, there was design. Before any other human discipline, even before the dawn of mankind its self, design was a practice passed down from generation to generation of early humans. Today, everything that has been designed–space ships,

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Morning Edition

Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A Spanish court named Calatrava, designer of New York's Ground Zero transport hub, a suspect in alleged contract fraud. Prosecutors say he got $3.6 million for a convention center that wasn't built.

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WNYC News

Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Construction firm Skanska and a Forest City Ratner affiliate sue one another over building a modular residential high-rise tower with affordable units next to the Barclays Center arena.

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130- Holdout

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth. Condominiums and apartment buildings were sprouting up all over the community which had once been mostly single family homes and small businesses. Around this time,

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Changing America: Fighting For Marriage Equality and Designing Iconic Buildings

Friday, August 29, 2014

David Boies and Ted Olson fight for marriage equality. Swoosie Kurtz on her life in show business. And James Stewart Polshek on his imprint on architecture.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Inspired Architect James Stewart Polshek

Friday, August 29, 2014

Architect James Stewart Polshek, whose portfolio includes the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock and the expansion of Carnegie Hall, discusses bringing his ideas to life.

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PRI's The World

This architect says the most important feature of a mosque is its sustainability

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mosques have huge variations in their designs and decorations. But when it comes to designing new mosques in the US, one architect wants to focus on sustainability instead of ornate designs and big chandeliers.

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99% Invisible

129- Thomassons

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. Just as humans have tailbones and whales have pelvic bones,

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99% Invisible

128- Hacking IKEA

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IKEA hacking is the practice of buying things from IKEA and reengineering—or "hacking"—them to become customized, more functional, and often just better designed stuff. The locus of the IKEA hacking movement is a website called IKEAhackers.net.

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WNYC News

Green 'Net Zero' Buildings Sound Great. What's The Catch?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When P.S. 62 opens in Staten Island a year from now, it will be the first school in the city that produces as much energy as it consumes.

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99% Invisible

127- The Sound of Sports

Monday, August 11, 2014

Way back in October 2011 (see episode #38, true believers!), we broadcast a short excerpt of a radio documentary produced by Peregrine Andrews about faking the sounds of sports on TV broadcasts. It was one of our most popular and provocative programs e...

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99% Invisible

126- Walk This Way

Monday, August 04, 2014

As humans have developed cities and built environments, we have also needed to develop ways to find our way through them. Sam Greenspan went on a wayfinding tour with Jim Harding in the Atlanta airport. Harding is one of the expert "invisibles" that do...

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