From Public Radio International’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn:

    You’d think that it’d be almost impossible to tell stories about architecture and design in a completely invisible medium, but Roman Mars makes it work. The public radio host and producer’s stories show that design is everywhere – he’s produced stories about the unintentional music of escalators, failed prison designs, and reclusive monks who make the best beer in the world.

    These stories are all a part of 99% Invisible, “a tiny radio show about design” that Roman hosts and produces. The show is truly tiny; it airs for only five minutes on a handful of public radio stations, including KALW. But the podcast is another story. Episodes of the podcast version of 99% Invisible are longer and more detailed – and they reach a much larger audience. Last year, Roman led a massive Kickstarter campaign to fund the show’s third season. Fans gave more than $170,000, making it the most successful journalism Kickstarter to date.

    Roman joins Jesse onstage to discuss his theory of creativity, his reasons for exchanging his dream of becoming a scientist for a career in public radio, and his Doogie Houser-esque college experience.

    99% Invisible is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. You can follow Roman on Twitter at @RomanMars.

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