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99% Invisible

163- The Gruen Effect

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Retail spaces are designed for impulse shopping. When you go to a store looking for socks and come out with a new shirt, it’s only partly your fault.  Shops are trying to look so beautiful, so welcoming, the items so enticingly displayed and in such va...

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Song Exploder

John Lunn - Downton Abbey

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The British TV show Downton Abbey is the most popular drama in PBS history, with over 10 million viewers per episode, and more Emmy nominations than any non-US show ever. The theme music is one of its signatures, but it was originally written as a...

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99% Invisible

162- Mystery House

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

According to legend, Sarah Winchester's friends advised the grieving widow to seek the services of a Boston spiritual medium named Adam Koombs. The story goes, Koombs put Mrs. Winchester in touch with her deceased husband—but William had bad news. -

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Song Exploder

My Morning Jacket - Spring (Among the Living)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jim James is the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band My Morning Jacket. Since starting in 1998, they've put out six albums, and in this episode, Jim breaks down the song Spring (Among The Living), from their soon-to-be released seventh album, The...

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99% Invisible

161- Show of Force

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

During World War II, a massive recruitment effort targeted students from the top art schools across the country. These young designers, artists, and makers were being asked to help execute a wild idea that came out of one the nation’s most conservative...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Times Square as a Model for the World

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Low-cost projects, like the Times Square pedestrian plazas, could transform the way urban space is used in cities around the world.

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99% Invisible

160- Perfect Security

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The pursuit of lock picking is as old as the lock, which is itself as old as civilization. - But in the entire history of the world, there was only one brief moment, lasting about 70 years, where you could put something under lock and key—a chest,

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Song Exploder

Toro y Moi - Half Dome

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Over the past five years, Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, has made music that's spanned a range of genres and styles. On his newest album, What For?, he shifted styles again. In this episode, Chaz explains why. He'll break down the song Half Dome, named...

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99% Invisible

159- The Calendar

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A month is hardly a unit of measurement. It can start on any day of the week and last anywhere from 28 to 31 days. Sometimes a month is four weeks long, sometimes five, sometimes six. You have to buy a new calendar with new dates every single year.

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Studio 360

The Pantheon: A Lesson in Designing With Light

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Steven Holl is one of America’s most respected architects. When he first went to Rome as a student, he discovered the building that would shape his career.

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Song Exploder

RJD2 - Games You Can Win (feat. Kenna)

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

RJD2 has been making music since 2002. His song "A Beautiful Mine" was turned into the opening credits music for Mad Men. He's a producer and beatmaker, but also a singer and songwriter. But for the vocals on the song "Games You Can Win," he tapped...

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99% Invisible

158- Sandhogs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eighty years ago, New York City needed another tunnel under the Hudson River. The Holland Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge could no longer handle the mounting traffic between New Jersey and Manhattan. Thus began construction of the Lincoln Tunnel.

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Song Exploder

How to Dress Well - Pour Cyril

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In an interview with Belgian filmmakers the Dardenne brothers, talking about the kinds of stories they tell, Luc Dardenne says, "Human suffering; that interests us very much." It also interests Tom Krell, a songwriter and producer who goes by the name...

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99% Invisible

54- The Colour of Money (R)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

United States paper currency is so ubiquitous that to really look at its graphic design with fresh eyes requires some deliberate and focused attention. Pull a greenback out from your wallet (or look at a picture online) and really take it in.

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Studio 360

Making Mondays Joyful

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mondays are the worst. That’s why we gave the most unlovable day of the week a loving redesign.

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99% Invisible

157- Devil’s Rope

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In the mid 1800s, not many (non-native) Americans had ever been west of the Mississippi. When Frederick Law Olmstead visited the west in the 1850s, he remarked that the plains looked like a sea of grasses that moved  “in swells after a great storm.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Grow Your Own Clothes

Sunday, March 15, 2015

What if we could harness nature to grow clothing for us?  London-based fashion designer Suzanne Lee explains how she grows cloth inside giant vats of fermented tea. It's part of a future industry she calls "bio-couture".

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Song Exploder

White Hinterland - Ring the Bell

Friday, March 13, 2015

Casey Dienel is a producer, singer, and songwriter who goes by the name White Hinterland. In this episode, she'll break down her song Ring the Bell. To make it, she had to break out of her comfort zone of working alone and reach to other people. She...

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99% Invisible

156- Coin Check

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

design, coin, military, clip art, recognition, challenge, currency, medal, honor

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99% Invisible

155- Palm Reading

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

design, city, landscape, tree, palm, architecture, California, Los Angeles

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