Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.

The program recently reached #2 in the iTunes rankings for all podcasts, as well as #1 in both the Arts and the Design categories. Mars is also the host and program director of Public Radio Remix from PRX, a 24-hour, innovative public radio story stream broadcast on XM 123 and public radio stations across the country.

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A series of interconnected stories by A. H. Weatherman about the trauma of growing up in the south and participating in beauty pageants.

Debt Collector

A sci-fi melodrama about the abusive relationship between debt collector and collectee.

One Way Ticket to Mars

NASA is figuring out how to take the next great leap into space. The difficulty is, if we leap to Mars, we might not make it back.

What would it be like if, in addition to our native languages, we could communicate across cultures in a neutral second language?

This hour we meander our way down three rivers in search of solace, spiritual healing and, of course, total domination.

This hour: we'll bob from the biggest maritime disaster that you've never heard of, to a man who saved thousands of shipboard lives with a deceptively simple design.

This hour: To do lists, compulsive lists, data lists, lists in literature and a list of firsts.

This hour: a one way mission to mars, a Russian cosmonaut's favorite music, the Voyager golden record, the sound of the northern lights, and more.

This hour: a man transformed by illness, a house full of paintings left behind by an old friend, and a surprisingly complex story of old people in love.

This hour: an isolated village experiences rapid cultural change, a "border blaster" transmits totally unregulated radio programs from Mexico into the U.S., and a tiny frog causes trouble.

This hour: we celebrate ten years of Outfront, a groundbreaking show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corportation that invited listeners to tell their own stories.

This hour: a young patient escapes his hospital bed through flights of imagination, a musician documents a city under siege, and more.

This hour: a visit to a pauper's graveyard, three very short (but very big) questions, and more.

This hour: phone solicitors, bottle evangelists, a mysterious cassette tape unearthed in the attic, and more.

This hour: a very personal take on a rare subculture, a young man forced to confront his obesity, a dinner with unabashed nudists, and more.

This hour: Rebecca Sheir's The End as Beginning: An Audio Exploration of the Jewish View of Death, a trilogy that blends interviews, personal reflections, and music, and focuses on death and the Jewish tradition.

This hour: the work of Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions. Dan and Elizabeth specialize in stories that follow people over days, weeks, and even years.

This hour: a man falls out of the sky, a woman falls into a hole, and a man recovers from a serious rock climbing accident.

This hour: a pizza chef travels to North Korea to cook for Kim Jong Il, a young man contemplates his release from "juvie," and more.

This hour: a town grapples with a young person's violent death, and a sound portrait of a chaotic emergency call center.

This hour: a seemingly mismatched but (mostly) happy couple, a wife who exacts revenge on her husband via beef broth, and more.

This hour: tongue twisters, brain teasers, cheaters, and one of the worst high school football teams of all time.

This hour: time-lapse phonography, a much-sampled beat, and the only instrument you can play without actually touching.

This hour: 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story, an audio experiment orchestrated by the Third Coast Festival in collaboration with cartoonist Matt Madden.

This hour: decoding female language, an intimate dinner, and a tour of bathroom stall graffiti.

This hour: two decades after he was forced to flee, a young Palestinian man returns to his home to meet the Israeli woman who lives there now.

This hour: a group of tourists travels through Central Asia, where antics and misbehavior ensue.

This hour: spiritual loss and pursuit, an isolated religious community in rural Montana, a grumpy minister, and more.

This hour: the story of four small towns that were evacuated and flooded to create one of the biggest reservoirs of drinking water on the east coast.

This hour: a story about the bitter fight for gay rights in New Zealand, featuring a blend of rare archival tape of the speeches, rallies, and debates that marked the struggle and the personal stories of people affected by the fight.

This week: 14 brothers and sisters search for their estranged father, and a profile of one of the most avid sound recordists of all time.

This hour: a beached whale in Maine, a conversation with the "real" Darth Vader, school kids deconstruct the work of one of America's most difficult poets, and more.

This hour: the strange world of competitive model horse collecting and an investigation of an old classmate's death.

This hour we’re coming to you from inside the Third Coast Institute of Sound — a fictional museum we’ve dreamed up where all of the exhibits and artifacts are dedicated to things that make sound and noise.

This hour: a tall, white New Zealander heads to Mumbai to try and land a role in one of the hundreds of Bollywood films the industry churns out each year.

This hour: a story about the vagaries of memory, leaving a legacy, and elevating the personal narrative above the political mire.

This hour: the halls of a high school and the alleys of one of the oldest cities in the world.

This hour: producers and sound artists go to the audio playground and remix to their heart's content.

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Own Your Thing (Day 2)

Independent producers have always had to fend for themselves, but today the building blocks for independent success - creating great work, reaching real audiences, making money, controlling your destiny - are falling into place in new ways.

Kickstarter for Radio 101

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Art program director Stephanie Pereira gives a primer on how to bring an audio-centric Kickstarter project to life.

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