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Episode 136: Lights Out

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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 ...

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Image Correspondence #10

Episode #35, "Elegy for WTC", opens with a haunting recording of what sounds like a ship at sea. This recording turns out (spoiler alert) to be the World ...

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130: Holdout

In 1914, the government of New York City took ownership of a Manhattan apartment building belonging to one David Hess. The city used a legal power called eminent domain, allowing governments ...

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129: Thomassons

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind. Vestiges. ...

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Image Correspondence #9

One of the super-early episodes of 99% Invisible, (Episode 3) introduced us to RjDj's music apps. Using a smartphone platform, the apps augment a listener’s sonic reality through reactive ...

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128: Hacking IKEA

IKEA hacking is the practice of buying things from IKEA and reengineering—or "hacking"—them to become customized, more functional, and often just better designed stuff. The locus of the IKEA hacking movement ...

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Image Correspondence #8

Using freshly gleaned wayfinding-literacy from producer Sam Greenspan's episode #126, Walk This Way, I bring you the chevron floor at O'Hare International Airport. Photo credit: Kate Joyce Leaving baggage ...

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125: Duplitecture

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China's knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores ...

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Image Correspondence # 7

Shortly after listening to episode 104, Tunnel 57, I came across a segment of the Berlin Wall standing in a tight corner of Chicago's Brown Line train station. Photo ...

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