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Guess Who's Been Waiting In The Lobby For A Hundred Million Years?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The M-Thing. It's patient. It's modest. It's relentless. It stays.

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Morning Edition

Best Seat In The House Of Worship: The Temple Hollywood Built

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.

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99% Invisible

125- Duplitecture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes, but China's knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing,

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Morning Edition

Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Giving Capitol tours to constituents is a primary duty of Hill interns. They provide a great deal of information, but sometimes they're a little short on actual history.

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99% Invisible

124- Longbox

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reporter Whitney Jones argues that R.E.M.’s Out of Time is the most politically significant album in the history of the United States. Because of its packaging.

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123- Snowflake

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Well before the early 1500s, when Sir Thomas Moore first coined the term "Utopia," people have been thinking about how to design their ideal community. Maybe it's one that doesn't use money, or one that drops traditional family structures and raises ch...

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122- Good Egress

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

When designing a commercial structure, there is one safety component that must be designed right into the building from the start: egress. “Egress” refers to an entire exit system from a building: stairs, corridors,

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121- Cold War Kids

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

During the 1961 Berlin Crisis—one of the various moments in the cold war in which we came frighteningly close to engaging in actual war with the Soviets—President John F. Kennedy vowed to identify spaces in "existing structures both public and private ...

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Stone Carver Chris Pellettieri

Saturday, June 28, 2014

There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

Chris Pellettieri is.a stone carver, who creates everything from statues and busts to ...

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120- Skyjacking

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The term "hijacking" goes back to prohibition days, when gangsters would rob moonshine trucks saying, "Hold your hands high, Jack!" However, in the early days of commercial air travel, the idea that someone would hijack a plane was scarcely even consid...

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119- Feet of Engineering

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As a fashion object and symbol, the high heel shoe is weighted with meaning. It’s also weighted with the wearer’s entire body weight. The stiletto might be one of the only designs that is physically painful but has somehow has persisted for centuries.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why "Starchitects" Are Ruining Skylines

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Superstar architects, who often work in cities they know nothing about, keep designing buildings that just don't mesh with the surroundings.

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99% Invisible

118- Song Exploder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

99% Invisible presents Song Exploder. A song is a product of design. It's difficult to create an original melody, but that's only the blueprint. Every element of a piece of music could be produced any number of ways,

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Cave-Dwelling In Spain Offers A Welcome Inconvenience

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In the province of Granada in Southern Spain, thousands of people live completely unplugged in caverns. The caves have been a place of refuge for centuries. Now they provide a new kind of escape.

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Morning Edition

As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Myanmar's biggest city Yangon has a distinct old-world feel: blocks of colonial buildings, untouched during decades of poverty and isolation. Now, development could bring them crashing down.

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117- Clean Trains

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In just about every movie set in New York City in the 1970s and 80s there's an establishing shot with a graffiti-covered subway. For city officials, train graffiti was a sign that they had lost control. So, starting in the early 70s,

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116- Breaking the Bank

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When I go into a bank, especially if I have to stand in line waiting to make a deposit, my mind wanders. And one of the first place it wanders to is: how I would rob the place. How could it be done? Most of the time, buildings are our friends.

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115- Cow Tunnels

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The westernmost part of Manhattan, between 34th and 39th street, is pretty industrial. There’s a bus depot, a ferry terminal, and a steady stream of cars. But in the late 19th early 20th centuries, this was cow country.

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114- Ten Thousand Years

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In 1990, the federal government invited a group of geologists, linguists, astrophysicists, architects, artists, and writers to the New Mexico desert, to visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. They were there on a mission.

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113- Monumental Dilemma

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

About ten miles north of Concord, New Hampshire, off of interstate 93 there’s a little island with a great, big monument on it. The monument depicts a woman, who is holding a hatchet in her right hand and bunch of scalps in her left hand.

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