Episode 18

145: Octothorpe

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics ...

Episode 23

143: Inflatable Men

You see them on street corners, at gas stations, at shopping malls. You see them at blowout sales and grand openings of all kinds. Their wacky faces hover over us, and then fall down to meet us, ...

Episode 10

142: And The Winner Is

There’s a little trophy shop called Aardvark Laser Engraving  down the street from our office in Oakland. It's small but bustling, and its windows are stuffed to the brim with awards made of all kinds of ...

Episode 38

141: Three Records From Sundown

This week on the show we're presenting one of our favorite radio features, "Three Records from Sundown," about singer Nick Drake.  Neither the devastating beauty of Drake's music, nor the amazing craftsmanship of the documentary itself are ...

Episode 33

140: Vexillonaire

Here's a trick: if you want to design a kickass flag, start by drawing a one-by-one-and-a half inch rectangle on a piece of paper. A design at these dimensions held 15 inches from your eye looks about the same as a ...

Episode 25

139: Edge Of Your Seat

“A Chair is a difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” — Mies van der Rohe. Van der Rohe, as with Eames, Gehry, Hadid, Libeskind, Corbusier, and Breuer: if they’ve designed a big building, chances are they’ve designed a ...

Episode 22

138: O-U-I-J-A

The Ouija board is so simple and iconic that it looks like it comes from another time, or maybe another realm. The game is not as ancient as it was designed to look, but those two arched ...

Episode 23

137: Good Bread

The first print advertisement for Wonder Bread came out before the bread itself. It stated only that “a wonder” was coming. In a lot of ways, the statement was true. Wonder Bread was the perfect loaf.  "Slow ...

Episode 11

136: Lights Out

On July 13th, 1977,  lightning struck an electricity transmission line in New York City, causing the line's automatic circuit breaker to kick in. The electricity from the affected line was diverted to another line. This was ...

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