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Update #9

99% Invisible, Season 4: Weekly Episodes

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Help support a new chapter of 99% Invisible, Season 4: Weekly Episodes

You're getting this message because you've already generously supported our efforts. You've done your part. You are our champions. We only exist because you made it possible. 

If you'd like to pitch in again, we've got some exciting plans that you can make a reality...

A little more than a year ago, 99% Invisible was a side project that I did in my bedroom at night. I had been making the show for two years when, in 2012, I turned to Kickstarter to see if I should keep it going. To my great surprise, the Season 3 fund-raising campaign broke all previous records for a journalism project on Kickstarter. Since then, I hired a producer (Sam Greenspan!), and together we've grown our audience, and made the show better than it has ever been.

For Season 4, we want to Kickstart the next giant leap in the evolution of 99% Invisible: 

We want to go weekly. 

We're staffing up and going pro. This involves hiring more help (contract reporters, editors, a production coordinator, paid interns), moving into a proper office, and commissioning more stories. 

Our dream is to hire Sean Cole as a monthly contributor. Not only is he the best reporter in public radio, he also produced one of our favorite 99% Invisible stories, "Some Other Sign That People Do Not Totally Regret Life." 

For our Season 4 fund-raiser, we have some of the coolest prizes of all time. 

We've got a brand-new shirt from Chop Shop with our show's mantra... 

"Always Read the Plaque" t-shirt

...And one that will keep you from ever getting torpedoed again 

"Razzle Dazzle" t-shirt 

Plus we have some amazing posters from the incredibly talented artists Steve McCarthy and Stephen Wildish. 

"99% Invisible Map of the City" poster by Steve McCarthy

"Designer" poster by Stephen Wildish (whom you may remember from last year's "Architecture Alphabet poster"--which is also available again in this campaign!)

If we make our goal, The 52 weekly episodes of season 4 will start February 4, 2014 and run for one year.

We are making a new kind of public radio in a new way. I must admit, after the huge success and growth of the show in the last year, I thought the public radio decision-makers and granting institutions would really get behind 99% Invisible, but they are slow to act. It's OK, their deliberate nature is part of why we love them, but it means it is up to you to tell us if we should expand and make more. This is as public as public radio gets.

Just like last time, any amount matters to us. I get excited for every pledge: from $1 to $10,000. We're looking for backers to contribute only they can. That's what makes public radio great. Join us in changing public radio for the better.

Thanks!


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Update #7

Rewards update + new podcast feed URL + new 5000 challenge

Invisibleurs! Hope you’re doing well. It's been a busy couple months at 99PIHQ.

Rewards update: The international orders are taking a little longer to get in the mail because I didn’t quite realize how much US customs does not want people to send things to other countries. We have to fill out a little triplicate form for each package, but we’re working through them. I’m so sorry for the delay.

If you’re in the US and haven’t received anything yet, we are still going through a few orders (couple dozen) that responded to the survey after we began packing the first 2000 rewards. They’ll also be out soon.

If you haven’t responded to the survey that collects you address and pertinent info (e.g. T-shirt size), now’s the time!

If you have your rewards, be sure to post pictures of your 99% Invisible stuff on twitter and Facebook. I love seeing 99% Invisible out in the wild!

Season 3 started on September 19. We’ve had to switch the podcast feed to a new server and we’ve tried every trick to make sure that everyone was forwarded automatically, but I know there are a few people that got left behind. If you didn’t get the new episode about Dazzle Camouflage (#65) on Monday (11/5) then you need to update the feed URL manually to
http://feeds.99percentinvisible.org/99percentinvisible

Here’s the latest episode about crazy camouflage from WWI:

The new 5000 challenge: We're trying to make the show the #1 podcast on iTunes by getting 5000 ratings and reviews! If you don't use iTunes, don't sweat it, it's not worth signing up just to review the show. But, if you do use iTunes, please take a minute to give a 5-star review of the show and that is the best way you can help raise the ranking and make us the #1 podcast on iTunes. We've already received over 400 new reviews in the last four days (because the 99% Invisible audience is the best audience in the world) and we've rocketed up the rankings by over 70 spots! You rule.

Thanks again for your generous support of the show. We have all kinds of great things in store for you this season. Stay tuned!

-Roman


Update #6

Highest-funded journalism project in Kickstarter history

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Wow! It’s been quite a month. Before this Kickstarter campaign began, I was feeling pretty confident that we’d make the goal and the show would have a successful season 3. I had no idea the level of support and excitement that each of you would bring to this effort and turn it into the most funded journalism Kickstarter ever. Thank you so much for being a part of it.

Sam is on his way out here; currently somewhere in Arizona, I think. We’ll be shipping out a lot of t-shirts, posters, and little notebooks, while gearing up for season 3. I just received a project timeline for a website redesign. All of it is happening right now and only possible because of your donation.

We’ll be in touch soon about your rewards. We’ll be collecting t-shirt sizes, addresses and any other details we need to fulfill your order. Packages will be sent out in mid-September.

Thanks again for helping me make history!

Roman


Update #5

Give yourselves a round of applause!

We did it! At about 2:15pm PST the campaign got its 5000th backer and we got a $10,000 grant from The Design Matters Institute.

To everyone who gave generously, badgered relentlessly, and cajoled seductively, I am in your debt. It was a real team effort.

I owe a big thanks to design goddess Debbie Millman and The Design Matters Institute for believing in the show and including us in her grand mission to make design matter more to everyone. I’m honored by her support.

We put out a great new episode on Monday, about an effort to name all the invisible and overlooked public spaces that surround us. It also references one of my favorite childhood movies. Our own Sam Greenspan produced it. Sam is in rural Arkansas, I believe, on his way out to the Bay Area to work with me full time. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a short message from Sam on the side of I-40.

There are about 65 more hours remaining. I have slept very little, lost weight, grown a beard. The campaign has exceeded my wildest dreams. I can’t thank you enough for making this happen.

While we have the world’s attention, I’m going to bang the drum a little bit more and see how far we can take this. People are continuing to give at a furious pace, so I’m going to strike while the iron is hot.

Friday August 10 at 4PM PST/7PM EST is the finish line. I’m taking Saturday night off. You should too, except my sister, who is watching my kids for me.

yr fan,

roman


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