Why you should listen
From its humble beginnings in his home, Roman Mars’ podcast and radio show 99% Invisible accumulated a massive following to become a broadcast and internet phenomenon. Its premise -- 10- to 20-minute episodes focused on a single compelling story -- subverts public radio’s reliance on long, strictly formatted shows, and has garnered national praise.
Over a series of three runaway crowdsourced fundraising campaigns, 99% Invisible generated over $1.2 million, making Mars the most successful crowdfunded journalist in Kickstarter history.
What others say
“His revelations are just the sort of thing listeners might be tempted to bring up over cocktails.” — Mother Jones, September 28, 2013
Roman Mars’ TED talk
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How Roman Mars fought the instinct to give the big, grand, sweeping TED Talk — and gave the talk he wanted
Roman Mars had two ideas for his TED Talk: the talk he thought he should give and the talk he wanted to give. As the creator of 99% Invisible, a podcast about the design elements in life that usually go unnoticed, Mars felt like his talk should tackle the basic principles of design and how […]Continue reading