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      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

      Tue 10 Jan 2017

      242- Mini-Stories: Volume 2 34m play

      Part 2 where host Roman Mars talks to the 99pi producers about their favorite “Mini-Stories.” These are little anecdotes or seeds of a story about design and architecture that can’t quite stretch into... 47 more words

      Tue 20 Dec 2016

      241- Mini-Stories: Volume 1 31m play

      Host Roman Mars talks to the 99pi producers about their favorite “Mini-Stories.” These are little anecdotes or seeds of a story about design and architecture that can’t quite stretch into a full episo... 53 more words

      Wed 14 Dec 2016

      240- Plat of Zion 22m play

      The urban grid of Salt Lake City, Utah is designed to tell you exactly where you are in relation to Temple Square, one of the holiest sites for Mormons. Addresses can read like sets of coordinates. “3... 68 more words

      Tue 06 Dec 2016

      239- Guano Island 23m play

      In 2014, President Obama expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, making it the largest marine preserve in the world at the time. The expansion closed 490,000 square miles of larg... 94 more words

      Tue 29 Nov 2016

      238- NBC Chimes 17m play

      The NBC chimes may be the most famous sound in broadcasting. Originating in the 1920s, the three key sequential notes are familiar to generations of radio listeners and television watchers. Many compa... 85 more words

      Wed 23 Nov 2016

      237- Dollar Store Town 20m play

      Dollar stores are not just a U.S. phenomenon. They can be found in Australia and the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Mexico. And a lot of the stuff—the generic cheap stuff for sale in these stores... 20 more words

      Wed 16 Nov 2016

      236- Reverb 23m play

      Through a combination of passive and active acoustics, architects and acousticians can control the sounds of spaces to fit any kind of need. With sound-proofing and selective-amplification, we can add... 65 more words

      Tue 08 Nov 2016

      235- Ten Letters for the President 18m play

      People who write the White House know that the president himself will most likely not see their message. Many of their letters start with phrases like, “I know no one will read this.” Although someone... 84 more words

      Tue 01 Nov 2016

      234- The Shift 20m play

      Every now and again, a truly great athlete shatters all previous assumptions about what’s possible to achieve in a sport. When this happens, opposing teams scramble to find ways to stop them or slow t... 88 more words

      Tue 25 Oct 2016

      233- Space Trash, Space Treasure 23m play

      In the summer of 1961 the upper stage of the rocket carrying the Transit 4A satellite blew up about two hours after launch. It was the first known human-made object to unintentionally explode in space... 84 more words

      Tue 18 Oct 2016

      232- McMansion Hell 19m play

      Few forms of contemporary architecture draw as much criticism as the McMansion, a particular type of oversized house that people love to hate. McMansions usually feature 3,000 or more square feet of s... 83 more words

      Tue 11 Oct 2016

      231- Half a House 25m play

      On the night of February 27th, 2010, a magnitude of 8.8 earthquake hit Constitución, Chile and it was the second biggest that the world had seen in half a century. The quake and the tsunami it produce... 83 more words

      Tue 04 Oct 2016

      230- Project Cybersyn 26m play

      On September 11, 1973, a military junta violently took control of Chile, which was led at the time by President Salvador Allende. Allende had become president in a free and democratic election. After ... 93 more words

      Tue 27 Sep 2016

      124- Longbox 22m play

      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. Longbox Please Vote.

      Tue 20 Sep 2016

      229- The Trend Forecast 19m play

      Who decides that the color this season is “mint green” or that denim jackets are “back?” Of course, there’s top-down fashion, where couture houses and runway shows set a trend that trickles down throu... 73 more words

      Tue 13 Sep 2016

      228- Making Up Ground 22m play

      Large portions of San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Seattle, Hong Kong and Marseilles were built on top of human made land. What is now Mumbai, India, was transformed by the British from a seven-i... 75 more words

      Tue 06 Sep 2016

      227- Public Works 18m play

      Infrastructure makes modern civilization possible. Roads, power grids, sewage systems and water networks all underpin society as we know it, forming the basis of our built environment ... at least whe... 52 more words

      Tue 23 Aug 2016

      226- On Average 22m play

      In many ways, the built world was not designed for you. It was designed for the average person. Standardized tests, building codes, insurance rates, clothing sizes, The Dow Jones - all these measureme... 49 more words

      Wed 17 Aug 2016

      225- Photo Credit 22m play

      Founded by architect Walter Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus school in Germany would go on to shape modern architecture, art, and design for decades to come. The school sought to combine design and indust... 121 more words

      Tue 09 Aug 2016

      224- A Sea Worth its Salt 21m play

      The largest body of water in California was formed by a mistake. In 1905, the California Development Company accidentally flooded a huge depression in the Sonora Desert, creating an enormous salty lak... 98 more words

      Wed 03 Aug 2016

      223- The Magic Bureaucrat 36m play

      In 1996, President Bill Clinton and the Congress undertook a reform effort to redesign the welfare system from one that many believed trapped people in a cycle of dependence, to one, that in the Presi... 101 more words

      Tue 26 Jul 2016

      222- Combat Hearing Loss 21m play

      The US military buys a lot of foam ear plugs. Visit any base and you’ll find them under the bleachers at the firing range, in the bottoms of washing machines. They are cheap and effective at making no... 92 more words

      Tue 19 Jul 2016

      221- America’s Last Top Model 24m play

      In 1943, the Army Corps of Engineers began construction on a scale model that could test flooding in all 1.25 million square miles of the Mississippi River. It would be a three-dimensional map of near... 57 more words

      Wed 13 Jul 2016

      220- The Mind of an Architect 24m play

      In the late 1950s, the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research embarked on a mission to study the personalities of particularly creative scientists and artists. Researchers established catego... 89 more words

      Wed 06 Jul 2016

      219- Unpleasant Design 16m play

      Benches in parks, train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. Many elements of such seats are subtly or overtly restrictive. Arm r... 90 more words

      Wed 29 Jun 2016

      218- Remembering Stonewall 29m play

      It started with a place called the Stonewall Inn. Gay bars had been raided by police for decades. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people had been routinely arrested and subjected to harassmen... 93 more words

      Wed 22 Jun 2016

      217- Home on Lagrange 28m play

      In 1968, an Italian industrialist and a Scottish scientist started a club to address what they considered to be humankind’s greatest problems—issues like pollution, resource scarcity, and overpopulati... 184 more words

      Tue 14 Jun 2016

      216- The Blazer Experiment 24m play

      In 1968, the police department in Menlo Park, California hired a new police chief. His name was Victor Cizanckas and his main goal was to reform the department, which had a strained relationship with ... 33 more words

      Tue 07 Jun 2016

      215- H-Day 18m play

      September 3rd, 1967, also known as H-Day, is etched in the collective memory of Sweden. That morning, millions of Swedes switched from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right. The... 15 more words