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      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

      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