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      Tue 19 Sep 2017

      276- The Finnish Experiment 33m play

      Around the world, there is a lot of buzz around the idea of universal basic income (also known as “unconditional basic income” or UBI). It can take different forms or vary in the details, but in essen... 8 more words

      Tue 12 Sep 2017

      275- Coal Hogs Work Safe 25m play

      Coal miner stickers started out as little advertisements that the manufacturers of mining equipment handed out. Even before the late 1960s, when mining safety laws started requiring reflective materia... 16 more words

      Tue 05 Sep 2017

      274- The Age of the Algorithm 25m play

      Computer algorithms now shape our world in profound and mostly invisible ways. They predict if we’ll be valuable customers and whether we’re likely to repay a loan. They filter what we see on social m... 10 more words

      Tue 29 Aug 2017

      273- Notes on an Imagined Plaque 16m play

      Monuments don’t just appear in the wake of someone’s death — they are erected for reasons specific to a time and place. In 1905, one such memorial was put up in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, to commemo... 9 more words

      Tue 22 Aug 2017

      272- Person in Lotus Position 33m play

      Tech analysts estimate that over six billion emojis are sent each day. Emojis, which started off as a collection of low-resolution pixelated images from Japan, have become a well-established and graph... 14 more words

      Tue 15 Aug 2017

      271- The Great Dismal Swamp 28m play

      On the border of Virginia and North Carolina stretches a great, dismal swamp. The Great Dismal Swamp, actually — that’s the name British colonists gave it centuries ago. The swamp covers about 190 squ... 11 more words

      Wed 09 Aug 2017

      270- The Stethoscope 24m play

      Imagine for a moment the year 1800. A doctor is meeting with a patient – most likely in the patient’s home. The patient is complaining about shortness of breath. A cough, a fever. The doctor might che... 8 more words

      Tue 01 Aug 2017

      269- Ways of Hearing 42m play

      When the tape started rolling in old analog recording studios, there was a feeling that musicians were about to capture a particular moment. On tape, there was no “undo.” They could try again, if they... 9 more words

      Tue 25 Jul 2017

      268- El Gordo 28m play

      In Spain, they do the lottery differently. First of all, it’s a country-wide obsession — about 75% of Spaniards buy a ticket. There’s more than one lottery in Spain, but the one that Spaniards are the... 8 more words

      Tue 18 Jul 2017

      267- The Trials of Dan and Dave 57m play

      This is the story of an ad campaign produced for the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. Perennial runner-up in the sports shoe category, Reebok, was trying to make its mark and take down Nike. They chos... 9 more words

      Tue 11 Jul 2017

      266- Repackaging the Pill 22m play

      Most people are familiar with at least one version of the birth control pill’s packaging — a round plastic disc which opens like a shell and looks like a makeup compact. But the pill wasn’t always pac... 8 more words

      Tue 04 Jul 2017

      265- The Pool and the Stream 34m play

      This is the story of a curvy, kidney-shaped swimming pool born in Northern Europe that had a huge ripple effect on popular culture in Southern California and landscape architecture in Northern Califor... 13 more words

      Tue 27 Jun 2017

      264- Mexico 68 26m play

      The 1968 Olympics took place in Mexico City, Mexico. It was the first games ever hosted in a Latin American country. And for Mexico City, the event was an opportunity to show the world that they were ... 7 more words

      Tue 20 Jun 2017

      263- You Should Do a Story 30m play

      “You should do a story…” is the first line to a lot of the conversations you have when you work at 99pi. This week we look into a bunch of those stories suggested by our listeners and present them to ... 4 more words

      Tue 13 Jun 2017

      262- In the Same Ballpark 29m play

      In the 1992, the Baltimore Orioles opened their baseball season at a brand new stadium called Oriole Park at Camden Yards, right along the downtown harbor. The stadium was small and intimate, built wi... 11 more words

      Thu 08 Jun 2017

      Intro to a new Roman Mars podcast: What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law 13m play

      Special introductory episode to a new podcast produced by Roman Mars and Elizabeth Joh. Professor Elizabeth Joh teaches Intro to Constitutional Law and most of the time this is a pretty straight forwa... 12 more words

      Wed 07 Jun 2017

      199- The Yin and Yang of Basketball 23m play

      In 1891, a physical education teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts invented the game we would come to know as basketball. In setting the height of the baskets, he inadvertently created a design probl... 13 more words

      Tue 30 May 2017

      261- Squatters of the Lower East Side 30m play

      In 1987, three years after moving to New York City, Maggie Wrigley found herself on the edge of homelessness. She was trying to figure out where to stay, when she heard about an abandoned tenement bui... 9 more words

      Tue 23 May 2017

      260- New Jersey 22m play

      The Brazilian soccer shirt is iconic. Its bright canary yellow with green trim, worn with blue shorts, is known worldwide. The uniform is joyful and bold and seems to capture something essential about... 11 more words

      Tue 16 May 2017

      259- This Is Chance: Anchorwoman of the Great Alaska Earthquake 31m play

      This episode was recorded live as part of the Radiotopia West Coast Tour. It was the middle of the night on March 27, 1964. Earlier that evening, the second-biggest earthquake ever measured at the tim... 13 more words

      Tue 09 May 2017

      258- The Modern Necropolis 22m play

      In the town of Colma, California, the dead outnumber the living by a thousand to one. Located just ten miles south of San Francisco, Colma is filled with rolling green hills, manicured hedges, and 17 ... 9 more words

      Tue 02 May 2017

      257- Reversing the Grid 31m play

      For most people, electricity only flows one way (into the home), but there are exceptions — people who use solar panels, for instance. In those cases, excess electricity created by the solar cells tra... 11 more words

      Tue 18 Apr 2017

      256- Sounds Natural 28m play

      In most wildlife films, the sounds you hear were not recorded while the cameras were rolling. Most filmmakers use long telephoto lenses to film animals, but there’s no sonic equivalent of a zoom lens.... 117 more words

      Tue 11 Apr 2017

      255- The Architect of Hollywood 25m play

      Los Angeles is rich with architectural diversity. On the same block, you could find a retro-futuristic Googie diner next to a Spanish-style mansion, sitting comfortably alongside a Dutch Colonial dwel... 116 more words

      Tue 04 Apr 2017

      254- Containers 36m play

      We’re based in beautiful downtown Oakland, CA which is a port city in the San Francisco Bay. Massive container ships travel across the Pacific and end up here. From miles away you can see the enormous... 153 more words

      Tue 28 Mar 2017

      253- Manzanar 29m play

      When Warren Furutani was growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s, he sometimes heard his parents refer to a place where they once spent time — a place they called “camp.” To him “camp” meant summer cam... 87 more words

      Tue 21 Mar 2017

      252- The Falling of the Lenins 27m play

      On the night of December 8, 2013, a huge crowd gathered on a tree-lined boulevard in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. The crowd was there to watch as a statue in the boulevard was pulled down by a crane. The t... 180 more words

      Tue 14 Mar 2017

      251- Negative Space: Logo Design with Michael Bierut 50m play

      Logos used to be a thing people didn’t really give much thought to. But over the last decade, the volume and intensity of arguments about logos have increased substantially. A lot of this is just the ... 107 more words

      Wed 08 Mar 2017

      250- State (Sanctuary, Part 2) 33m play

      In the 1980s, the United States experienced a refugee crisis. Thousands of Central Americans were fleeing civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala, traveling north through Mexico, and crossing the bord... 108 more words

      Tue 28 Feb 2017

      249- Church (Sanctuary, Part 1) 32m play

      In the 1980s, Rev. John Fife and his congregation at Southside Presbyterian Church began to help Central American migrants fleeing persecution from US backed dictatorships. Their efforts would mark th... 61 more words

      Tue 21 Feb 2017

      248- Atom in the Garden of Eden 23m play

      As the world entered the Atomic Age, humankind faced a new fear that permeated just about every aspect of daily life: the threat of nuclear war. And while the violent applications of atomic research h... 113 more words

      Wed 15 Feb 2017

      247- Usonia the Beautiful 24m play

      Frank Lloyd Wright believed that the buildings we live in shape the kinds of people we become. His aim was nothing short of rebuilding the entire culture of the United States, changing the nation thro... 34 more words

      Tue 07 Feb 2017

      246- Usonia 1 29m play

      Frank Lloyd Wright was a bombastic character that ultimately changed the field of architecture, and not just through his big, famous buildings. Before designing many of his most well-known works, Wrig... 38 more words

      Wed 01 Feb 2017

      245- The Eponymist 31m play

      Eponym (noun):  A person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named or thought to be named; a name or noun formed after a person. An eponym, almost by definition, has some kind of story ... 34 more words

      Tue 24 Jan 2017

      244- The Revolutionary Post 22m play

      Winifred Gallagher, author of How the Post Office Created America: A History, argues that the post office is not simply an inexpensive way to send a letter. The service was designed to unite a bunch o... 27 more words

      Wed 18 Jan 2017

      243- Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle 24m play

      On January 3, 1979, two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department went to the home of Eulia May Love, a 39-year-old African-American mother. The police were there because of a dispute over an un... 113 more words