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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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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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99% Invisible

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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Studio 360

Go, Café Racer!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Motorcycle enthusiasts are bringing back a stripped-down, minimal look that recalls British bikes of the 1950s and 1960s. Called café racers, these motorcycles are pretty much the opposite of those hulking Harleys and neon Kawasakis you might pass on the highway.

Slideshow: Walt Siegl's Motorcyles

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99% Invisible

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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Studio 360

Kirk to Enterprise: The Piece of Star Trek in Your Pocket

Friday, July 04, 2014

“By 2013, I literally envisioned that I would be retiring on the moon,” says Candy Torres, a former software engineer for the International Space Station. Like so many scientists of her generation, Torres grew up watching Star Trek in the late 1960s. On the Enterprise ...

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Studio 360

Will Your Next Car Fly?

Friday, July 04, 2014

Along with robots and ray guns, the 21st century was definitely supposed to include flying cars. What happened?

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99% Invisible

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 priv...

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99% Invisible

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frederick Law Olmsted Made Parks an Essential Part of American Life

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The visionary landscape architect created Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," and more.

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99% Invisible

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 centuri...

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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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Studio 360

Bad Design Makes Twitter Angry

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A new pro soccer team in Louisville learned the dangers of slapdash design when an avalanche of Twitter ridicule greeted their new logo.

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99% Invisible

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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Studio 360

What the 9/11 Memorial Got Wrong

Friday, May 30, 2014

After 13 years of planning, bickering, and building, the September 11 Memorial & Museum has finally been completed. But is it too respectful for its own good?

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99% Invisible

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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99% Invisible

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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99% Invisible

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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99% Invisible

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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The Takeaway

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

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