I am Roman Mars, creator and host of 99% Invisible, a radio show and podcast about design with over 3,000,000 downloads per month and co-founder of Radiotopia, a storytelling podcast collective. AMA!
Roman Mars here of 99% Invisible, a tiny radio show about design, architecture and the 99% invisible phenomena that shape our world. The show is syndicated on public radio stations around the country, has over 60,000,000 downloads to date and my recent TED talk on flag design (yes, seriously) has been viewed 1.7 million times. I really like flags. I recorded a short audio introduction just for you redditors and if you are still skeptical you can check Twitter for proof this is me.
99% invisible is made possible by an amazing team of producers including Sam Greenspan, Katie Mingle and Avery Trufelman, a few of whom may stop by to say ‘hello’ this afternoon too. Kurt Kohlstedt, our Digital Director, is here today as well to help me answer your questions. I would also like to thank those dedicated fans who created and maintain /r/99percentinvisible – thanks, you beautiful nerds!
In partnership with The Knight Foundation and Public Radio Exchange (PRX), we created Radiotopia, a collection of the most amazing storytelling radio shows and podcasts in the world. We have broken multiple crowdfunding records on Kickstarter under the journalism category. Now we are looking for sustaining members to support Radiotopia and giving out all kinds of awesome prizes, including a unique new challenge coin only available during this membership drive.
I look forward to answering your questions about 99% Invisible, Radiotopia, podcasting, crowdfunding and of course: duck-sized horses. I will be around starting at noon (PT) for initial questions, then back a few hours later to address more. If all goes well, I may even return in a few weeks alongside other hosts and producers from the Radiotopia collective, so stay tuned and please become a member today!
Remember: watch RAMPART and Always Read the Plaque!