99% Invisible

Local lore, and Hollywood movies, have it that a conspiracy by car companies led to the dismantling of L.A.'s sprawling streetcar system to induce dependence on newly built freeways. Eric Molinsky tells the real, but no less dramatic, story.
Apr 3, 2013   99% Invisible
This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> looks into the history of the cul-de-sac, and why its design flaws overpower its benefits.
Jun 21, 2011   99% Invisible
The early skyscrapers were inspired by the idea of turning steel train bridges on their sides. This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> explains.
Jun 10, 2011   99% Invisible
A federal jail, The Metropolitan Correctional Center, is snuggled right into Chicago's Loop. Reporter Roman Mars looks at how the architecture manages to help the building disappear.
May 20, 2011   99% Invisible
A new website offers a compelling way to understand cities through sound. It combines audio feeds from city police radios with ambient music.
Apr 28, 2011   99% Invisible
This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> explores public spaces and their role in political change, and how over hundreds of years, riots have defined New York's Tompkins Square Park -- despite efforts to design unrest out.
Apr 9, 2011   99% Invisible
Toronto's City Hall is a massive concrete structure. Oddly, so was all its furniture, which was included with the original design. <em>99% Invisible</em> looks at this unconventional design choice, and the legacy of that furniture.
Mar 5, 2011   99% Invisible
This episode of public radio program <em>99% Invisible</em> looks at oil, and how the way people move from work to home has been seemingly designed to waste fuel.
Dec 1, 2010   99% Invisible
<em>99% Invisible</em> talks with Chris Downey, an architect who lost his sight three years ago and who continues to work.
Nov 20, 2010   99% Invisible
The history of San Francisco's version of the Statue of Liberty, and how it disappeared, is discussed in this episode of <em>99% Invisible</em>, a new radio segment from KALW.
Oct 6, 2010   99% Invisible