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      Wed 20 Jun 2018

      312- Post-Narco Urbanism 37m play

      In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar, the notorious drug lord, had effectively declared war on the Colombian state. At one point, his cartel was supplying 80% of the world's cocaine and the violence surroundin... 129 more words

      Wed 13 Jun 2018

      311- The Barney Design 22m play

      Until the early 90s, basketball uniforms were pretty tame. There had been real limits to what could be done with jerseys. All the details—the numbers, the names, the logos—had to be sewed on. Complica... 106 more words

      Wed 06 Jun 2018

      310- 77 Steps 23m play

      As the U.S. war effort ramped up in the early 1940s, the Navy put out a request for chair design submissions. They needed a chair that was fireproof, waterproof, lightweight and strong enough to survi... 146 more words

      Wed 30 May 2018

      309- The Vault 27m play

      Svalbard is a remote Norwegian archipelago with reindeer, Arctic foxes and only around 2,500 humans -- but it is also home to a vault containing seeds for virtually every edible plant one can imagine.... 62 more words

      Wed 23 May 2018

      308- Curb Cuts 45m play

      If you live in an American city and you don’t personally use a wheelchair, it's easy to overlook the small ramp at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street. Today, these curb cuts are e... 39 more words

      Wed 16 May 2018

      307- Immobile Homes 28m play

      "Part of the paradox at the heart of manufactured housing," explains Esther Sullivan, a sociologist at the University of Colorado Denver "is that it's precisely the thing that makes it so affordable t... 91 more words

      Wed 09 May 2018

      306- Breaking Bad News 39m play

      When a doctor reveals a terminal diagnosis to a patient -- that process is as delicate a procedure as any surgery, with potentially serious consequences if things go wrong. If the patient doesn’t unde... 110 more words

      Tue 01 May 2018

      305- The Laff Box 39m play

      For nearly five decades, the laugh track was ubiquitous on television sitcoms, but in the early 2000s, it began to disappear. What happened? How did we get from the raucous canned laughter of the Beve... 131 more words

      Wed 25 Apr 2018

      304- Gander International Airport 25m play

      The Gander Airport in Newfoundland was once the easternmost airfield in North America, so when transatlantic air travel was new and difficult through the mid-20th century, Gander played a critical rol... 126 more words

      Tue 17 Apr 2018

      303- The Hair Chart 23m play

      Andre Walker became famous for being Oprah Winfrey’s hair stylist, but he is also known for something else: a system that he created back in the 1990s to market his line of hair care products. The sys... 138 more words

      Tue 10 Apr 2018

      302- Lessons from Las Vegas 33m play

      To this day, architects tend to turn their noses up at Las Vegas, or simply dismiss it as irrelevant to serious design theory. But as Denise Scott Brown discovered in the mid-1960s, there is so much t... 23 more words

      Tue 03 Apr 2018

      301- Making it Rain 28m play

      The battlefield has always been at the mercy of the climate, but there was a time in U.S. military history when we did more than just pray for advantageous weather. We tried to create it. Making it... 1 more words

      Tue 27 Mar 2018

      300- Airships and the Future that Never Was 19m play

      They are hulking, but graceful -- human-made whales that float in the air. For over a century, lighter-than-air vehicles have captured the public imagination, playing a recurring role in our dreams of... 131 more words

      Wed 21 Mar 2018

      299- Gerrymandering 44m play

      The way we draw our political districts has a huge effect on U.S. politics, but the process is also greatly misunderstood. Gerrymandering has become a scapegoat for what’s wrong with the polarized Ame... 61 more words

      Wed 14 Mar 2018

      200- Miss Manhattan Redux 24m play

      All around the country, there stands a figure so much a part of historical architecture and urban landscapes that she is rarely noticed. She has gone by many names, from Star Maiden to Priestess of Cu... 65 more words

      Wed 07 Mar 2018

      298- Fordlandia 30m play

      In the late 1920s, the Ford Motor Company bought up millions of acres of land in Brazil. They loaded boats with machinery and supplies, and shipped them deep into the Amazon rainforest. Workers cut do... 106 more words

      Wed 28 Feb 2018

      297- Blood, Sweat and Tears (City of the Future, Part 2) 33m play

      The Bijlmermeer (or Bijlmer, for short) was built just outside of Amsterdam in the 1960s. It was designed by modernist architects to be a "city of the future" with its functions separated into distinc... 110 more words

      Wed 21 Feb 2018

      296- Bijlmer (City of the Future, Part 1) 23m play

      After World War 2, city planners in Amsterdam wanted to design the perfect “City of the Future.” They decided to build a new neighborhood, close to Amsterdam, that would be a perfect encapsulation of ... 42 more words

      Tue 13 Feb 2018

      295- Making a Mark: Visual Identity with Tom Geismar 27m play

      The Chase logo was introduced in 1961, when the Chase National Bank and the Bank of the Manhattan Company merged to form the Chase Manhattan Bank. At the time, few American corporations used abstract ... 76 more words

      Tue 06 Feb 2018

      294- Border Wall 28m play

      When current President Donald Trump took office, he promised to build an “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall." The first part of this episode by Radio Diaries t... 53 more words

      Wed 31 Jan 2018

      293- Managed Retreat 31m play

      In the 1970s it looked like the beloved, 200-year-old Cape Hatteras lighthouse was in danger. The sea was getting closer and threatening to swallow it up. And people were torn over what to do about it... 63 more words

      Tue 23 Jan 2018

      292- Speech Bubbles: Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud 31m play

      Cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud has been making and thinking about comics for decades. He is the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art . This classic volume explores formal aspects ... 68 more words

      Wed 17 Jan 2018

      291- Thermal Delight 28m play

      When air conditioning was invented in 1902, it was designed to take out the humidity in the air so printers could run four color magazines, without the colors becoming offset due to the paper warping ... 76 more words

      Wed 10 Jan 2018

      290- Mini-Stories: Volume 4 39m play

      This part two of the 2017/2018 mini-stories episodes, where Roman interviews the staff and our collaborators about their favorite little design stories that don’t quite fill out an entire episode for ... 35 more words

      Tue 02 Jan 2018

      Biomimicry- Vox + 99% Invisible Video video 0m play

      Japan’s Shinkansen doesn’t look like your typical train. With its long and pointed nose, it can reach top speeds up to 150–200 miles per hour. It didn’t always look like this. Earlier models were roun... 94 more words

      Wed 20 Dec 2017

      289- Mini-Stories: Volume 3 37m play

      It’s the end of the year and time for our annual Mini-stories episodes. Mini-stories are quick hit stories that were maybe pitched to us from someone in the audience, or something interesting we saw o... 62 more words

      Tue 12 Dec 2017

      288- Guerrilla Public Service Redux 20m play

      In the early morning of August 5, 2001, artist Richard Ankrom and a group of friends assembled on the 4th Street bridge over the 110 freeway in Los Angeles. They had gathered to commit a crime. Years ... 103 more words

      Tue 05 Dec 2017

      287- The Nut Behind the Wheel 31m play

      In the past fifty years, the car crash death rate has dropped by nearly 80 percent in the United States. And one of the reasons for that drop has to do with the “accident report forms” that police off... 166 more words

      Tue 28 Nov 2017

      286- A 700-Foot Mountain of Whipped Cream 53m play

      While the 1960s shift in print and TV advertising has been heavily documented and mythologized by Mad Men, Madison Avenue’s radiophonic collision with the counterculture is less well known. A radio ad... 79 more words

      Tue 21 Nov 2017

      285- Money Makers 19m play

      For a long time, anti-counterfeiting laws made it illegal to show US currency in movies. Now you can show real money, but fake money is often preferred. Creating fake money that doesn’t break the law,... 13 more words

      Tue 14 Nov 2017

      284- Hero Props: Graphic Design in Film & Television 26m play

      When a new movie comes out, most of the praise goes to the director and the lead actors, but there are so many other people involved in a film, and a lot of them are designers. There are costume desig... 33 more words

      Tue 07 Nov 2017

      283- Dollhouses of St. Louis 27m play

      Back in the 1950s, St. Louis was segregated and The Ville was one of the only African-American neighborhoods in the city. The community was prosperous. Black-owned businesses thrived and the neighborh... 75 more words

      Tue 31 Oct 2017

      282- Oyster-tecture 29m play

      New York was built at the mouth of the Hudson River, and that fertile estuary environment was filled with all kinds of marine life. But one creature in particular shaped the landscape: the oyster. It ... 68 more words

      Tue 24 Oct 2017

      281- La Sagrada Familia 38m play

      The line to enter Barcelona’s most famous cathedral often stretches around the block. La Sagrada Família, designed by Antoni Gaudí, draws millions of visitors each year. There are a lot of Gothic chur... 12 more words

      Wed 18 Oct 2017

      280- Half Measures 29m play

      The United States is one of just a handful of countries that that isn’t officially metric. Instead, Americans measure things our own way, in units that are basically inscrutable to non-Americans, near... 13 more words

      Tue 10 Oct 2017

      279- The Containment Plan 29m play

      It’s hard to overstate the vastness of the Skid Row neighborhood in Los Angeles. It spans roughly 50 blocks, which is about a fifth of the entire downtown area of Los Angeles. It’s very clear when you... 8 more words