April 3, 2013, 1pm PDT
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.
June 21, 2011, 12pm PDT
This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> looks into the history of the cul-de-sac, and why its design flaws overpower its benefits.
June 10, 2011, 11am PDT
The early skyscrapers were inspired by the idea of turning steel train bridges on their sides. This episode of <em>99% Invisible</em> explains.
May 20, 2011, 1pm PDT
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.
April 28, 2011, 1pm PDT
A new website offers a compelling way to understand cities through sound. It combines audio feeds from city police radios with ambient music.
April 9, 2011, 5am PDT
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.
March 5, 2011, 11am PST
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.
December 1, 2010, 8am PST
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.
November 20, 2010, 1pm PST
<em>99% Invisible</em> talks with Chris Downey, an architect who lost his sight three years ago and who continues to work.
October 6, 2010, 6am PDT
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.