Roman Mars

Roman Mars

You might be surprised to learn that Roman Mars does NOT hold a degree in architecture or design. He actually studied plant population genetics. It’s a long story. Nevertheless, Fast Company named Mars as one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013, he was a TED main stage speaker in 2015, he produced the most successful crowd funding campaigns for a podcast in Kickstarter history, and he continues to captivate listeners everywhere as the creator and host of 99% Invisible.

Sam Greenspan

Sam Greenspan

Sam Greenspan joined 99% Invisible while it was still being produced out of Roman’s backyard. Previously, he was a staff producer at NPR where, among other things, he helped pilot the TED Radio Hour and reported for national and regional public radio programs. As a kid growing up in an under-construction Florida exurb, he memorized the names of all of the heavy machinery he saw around his neighborhood. He tweets and instagrams @samlistens. Photo credit: Catalina Kulczar

Delaney Hall

Delaney Hall

Delaney Hall is a producer and editor for 99% Invisible. Before joining the team, she helped launch Reveal, an investigative radio show and podcast. She also worked as a producer for State of the Re:Union and co-created the Austin Music Map, one of ten Localore projects aimed at inventing new kinds of storytelling for public media. Long ago, she worked with the Third Coast International Audio Festival, just like Katie and Roman.

Kurt Kohlstedt

Kurt Kohlstedt

Kurt Kohlstedt was finishing his architectural graduate thesis on nomadic urbanism in Seattle when he started to pursue a career in design-related media, founding the online magazine WebUrbanist in 2007 and various other digital publications since. A lifelong public radio fan, he secretly wanted to work on 99% Invisible for years before assuming the role of digital director. He joins the show from Minneapolis (@KurtKohlstedt)

Taryn Mazza

Taryn Mazza

Taryn Mazza joins us virtually from Portland, OR as Roman’s assistant. So if you want to talk to Roman, you’ve gotta go through her first. With part of a flag tattooed on her arm, it seems only natural that she ended up at 99% invisible. She’s spent the last 9 years producing & engineering her daughters, Violet and Clementine.

Katie Mingle

Katie Mingle

Katie Mingle hails from Chicago’s Third Coast International Audio Festival, where she spent a few years producing Re:sound, eating tacos, and shivering. Beyond editing 99% Invisible, Mingle also reports and produces for the show. After living on the Gulf Coast, the East Coast and the Third Coast, she’s finally settled on the West Coast.

Sharif Youssef

Sharif Youssef

Sharif Youssef is pretty new to the radio game. He just graduated with a degree in cognitive science and focused on decision-making and choice architecture. Before joining 99 PI, he interned at the TED Radio Hour and produced for Weekend and Morning Edition at NPR. He has spent much of his life between West Liberty, West Virginia and Alexandria, Egypt. In his spare time, he cooks, stares longingly into the distance, and makes music with Wendy and the Bear. Thai food is his passion, slow lorises his downfall. With any luck, he’ll be reincarnated as a bonobo. Photo by Bobby Dresser.

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