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Ghostface Killah - The Battlefield

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

In November 2014, Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan released his 11th album, called 36 Seasons. A lot of people worked on it: soul band The Revelations served as a kind of house backing band for the whole thing. Lil' Fame from M.O.P. and engineer...

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Studio 360

Existential Progress Bars

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A graphic designer turns tedious progress bars into existential questions.
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99% Invisible

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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Song Exploder

The National - Sea of Love

Monday, December 22, 2014

The National formed in 1999. They've released six albums, and have been nominated for a grammy. Their music is everywhere from Game of Thrones, to Bob's Burgers, to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. In 2013 they released their sixth album, Trouble...

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99% Invisible

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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WNYC News

Playing Designer, Inside a Carnegie Mansion

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Outside, it’s an early 20th century Carnegie mansion. Inside, there's digital wall paper and touch-screen digital tables. Introducing the new Cooper Hewitt.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Which Type?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Different technological platforms make the case for using different types of font types.

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99% Invisible

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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Song Exploder

Tycho - Awake

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Tycho is the project of designer-turned-musician Scott Hansen, along with guitarist Zac Brown and drummer Rory O'Connor. For this episode, which was recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, Scott breaks down the title track from the...

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99% Invisible

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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Song Exploder

Stars - No One Is Lost

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stars is a band from Toronto, who have been making music together since 2000. Their seventh album was released in October 2014. For this episode, I spoke to several members of the band: singer Amy Millan over the phone, and to Evan and Patty in their...

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99% Invisible

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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99% Invisible

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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Song Exploder

The Books - Smells Like Content

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Before The Books broke up, they released four albums that combined composed music and found sounds. In this episode, Nick Zammuto explains how he crafted the song Smells Like Content, off of their 2005 album Lost and Safe, out of unlikely...

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99% Invisible

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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WNYC News

What Chairs, Toys and Plates Look Like South of the Border

Sunday, November 09, 2014

A new exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design shows how urbanization, sustainability and indigenous craft are being translated into design in Latin America.    

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99% Invisible

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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Song Exploder

Julia Holter - Horns Surrounding Me

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Julia Holter studied composition, and in the song Horns Surrounding Me, she arranges not only acoustic and electronic instruments, but also layers of ambient field recordings and background noise. The song was released in 2013 on her acclaimed album...

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99% Invisible

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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Studio 360

Carving Old Books Into Works of Art

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This is your dictionary – but beautiful. Brian Dettmer carves intricate sculptures out of old reference books.
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