Need a preservation podcast? It took me a long time to get into podcasts. I’m the type of person who likes to have music playing all of the time, but podcasts to which I needed to pay attention were never quite my thing. However, after getting addicted to Serial podcast (Season 1) for my commute, I’ve been on the hunt for others that hold my attention.
I’ll browse Fresh Air, On Point and Vermont Edition to catch up on the news or hear new stories. I love Dear Sugar and Modern Love, and look forward to the new episodes every week. Yet, I was still looking for something preservation related or planning related. With a call to Twitter friends, @smithpres said 99% invisible is 100% awesome. She was right.
99% Invisible discusses the unnoticed architecture and design of the world that most of us do not stop to consider. Each episode has a unique topic and ranges from 15 min to 30+ minutes. You can scroll through the feed and listen to whateer catches your eye; no need to listen to them in order. There are so many fascinating episodes! I want to share so many new things with you! But, rather than reiterate what the podcast has to say, you should just listen to these episodes:
Episode 202: Mojave Phone Booth. There was a phone in the middle of the desert, miles away from pavement and towns.
Episode 200: Miss Manhattan. One woman was the model for so many of the statues in New York City.
Episode 188: Fountain Drinks. Did you know water fountains originated for public health reasons?
Episode 162: The Winchester Mystery House. It’s still a sad story, but not exactly what you think.
Episode 154: PDX Carpet. How the decades old carpet became a thing and became so loved.
Episode 93: Revolving Doors. The reason for the invention is hilarious.
Episode 75: Secret Staircases. What, there is more in LA than just freeways?
And there are so many more! Architecture, the built environment, random objects. I am obsessed. It’s like sitting in on my favorite class (Bob McCullough’s History on the Land at UVM) whenever I want.
Let me know which episode is your favorite, and of any other podcasts!