Episode 2

150: Under the Moonlight

In 1885, Austin, Texas was terrorized by a serial killer known as the Servant Girl Annihilator.  The murderer was never actually found, but he claimed eight victims, mostly black servant girls, all attacked in the dark of night. The very, very dark night ...

Episode 17

148: The Sizzle

The first trademark for a sound in the United States was issued in 1978 to NBC for their chimes. MGM has a sound trademark for their roaring lion, as does 20th Century Fox for their trumpet fanfare. Harley Davidson tried ...

Episode 24

147: Penn Station Sucks

New Yorkers are known to disagree about a lot of things. Who’s got the best pizza? What’s the fastest subway route? Yankees or Mets?  But all 8.5 million New Yorkers are likely to agree on one thing: Penn ...

Episode 13

146: Mooallempalooza

As you probably know, 99% Invisible is a show about the built world, about things manufactured by humans. We don't tend to do stories about animals or nature. But our friend Jon Mooallem writes brilliant stories about the weird interactions between ...

Episode 38

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 25

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 11

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 44

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 ...

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