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99% Invisible

109- Title TK

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The name is important. It’s the first thing of any product you use or buy or see. The tip of the spear. You are bombarded by thousands of names every day. In this daily barrage, only the names that are most interesting and most pleasant on the tongue ...

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99% Invisible

108- Barcodes

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

When George Laurer goes to the grocery store, he doesn't tell the check-out people that he invented the barcode, but his wife used to point it out. "My husband here's the one who invented that barcode," she'd occasionally say.

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Song Exploder

Jeff Beal - House of Cards (Main Title Theme)

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Composer Jeff Beal deconstructs the main title theme music to the Netflix original series House of Cards. The show has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Original Main Title Theme and Outstanding Music Composition. The show...

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99% Invisible

107- Call Now

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

When it's three o'clock in the morning and everything is going wrong in your life, there's a certain kind of ad you might see on basic cable. Lawyers–usually guys–promise to battle the heartless, tight-wad insurance companies on your behalf.

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99% Invisible

106- The Fancy Shape

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quatrefoil is the name of the four-lobed cloverleaf shape. It's everywhere: adorning Gothic cathedrals, more modern churches, Rhode Island mansions, mission-style roofs in California, and decorating victorian homes from coast to coast.

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Song Exploder

Daedelus - Experience

Monday, March 17, 2014

Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, takes apart his song Experience. This early track of his is made with only acoustic sounds, but Alfred still considers it a piece of electronic music, and explains why. He also talks about the unexpected...

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On The Media

Google Search Results Kill the Underline

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yesterday, on the 25th anniversary of the web, Google quietly rolled out a change that feels like a nail in the coffin of the early design of the internet. It removed underlines from its link results.

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99% Invisible

105- One Man is An Island

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A few years ago, reporter Sean Cole was working on a radio story and needed to interview the rapper Busta Rhymes. Sean was living in Boston at the time, so he did a Google search for “Busta Rhymes” and “Boston” to see if Busta had any upcoming shows t...

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99% Invisible

104- Tunnel 57

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

At its peak, the Berlin Wall was 100 miles long. Today only about a mile is left standing. - Compared with other famous walls in history, this wall had a pretty short life span. - The Great Wall of China has been around for 2500 years.

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Song Exploder

Sea Wolf - Kasper

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf breaks down Kasper, a song from the album Old World Romance. He talks about his songwriting process, collaborating with his bandmates, and the evolution that comes with learning the difference between making something...

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99% Invisible

103- UTBAPH

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It started with some Pittsburgh humor. - Pittsburgh-based comedian Tom Muisal does a bit about a GPS unit that can give directions in "Pittsburghese." Because in Pittsburgh, no one calls it "Interstate 376," it's "The Parkway.

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New Tech City

The Story Behind the Poster on Every Tech Startup's Wall

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It's a commentary on the ethos behind innovation today, and it reveals just how much luck and self-love are embraced in the startup world. New Tech City explains the ubiquitous "Holstee Manifesto."

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99% Invisible

102- Icon for Access

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There is a beauty to a universal standard. The idea that people across the world can agree that when they interact with one specific thing, everyone will be on the same page-- regardless of language or culture or geographic locale.

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Song Exploder

Baths - Miasma Sky

Friday, February 14, 2014

Will Wiesenfeld of Baths breaks down his song Miasma Sky, which came out last year on his highly-praised sophomore album Obsidian. Will talks about using the computer to intentionally destroy sounds, trying to find a balance in his music between...

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99% Invisible

101- Cover Story

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

You know the saying: you can’t judge a book by its cover. With magazines, it’s pretty much the opposite. The cover of a magazine is the unified identity for a whole host of ideas, authors, and designers who have created the eclectic array of stories an...

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99% Invisible

100- Higher And Higher

Monday, February 03, 2014

Like the best of these stories, the two bitter rivals started out as best friends: William Van Alen and Craig Severance. - They were business partners. Van Alen was considered the artistic maverick and Severance was the savvy businessman.

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Song Exploder

YACHT - Plastic Soul

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Claire and Jona of the band YACHT deconstruct their brand new single Plastic Soul, a fun pop song about human suffering. They explain how technology inspired them musically as well as lyrically, and how they recycle bits of their old recordings to...

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Studio 360

Kirk to Enterprise: Star Trek in Your Pocket

Friday, January 24, 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, January 24, 2014

Along with robots and ray guns, the 21st century was definitely supposed to include flying cars. We have pretty decent robots, and all kinds of lasers. As for the flying cars, there is a very small, well-funded race among a few entrepreneurs to make this sci-fi trope a reality. In Davis, California ...

Slideshow: Moller International’s Skycar

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Studio 360

MoMA Knocks Down Its Next-Door Neighbor

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last May, we reported on a story in which it seemed David had triumphed over Goliath. David was a quirky, acclaimed jewel box of a building in midtown Manhattan — the former American Folk Art Museum — and the preservationists who loved it. Goliath was the Museum of Modern Art ...

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