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Sights & Sounds: Roman Mars' Picks

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Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. During the pandemic, we're offering suggestions for ways to experience art and culture from home. This week, host Jenee Darden speaks with 99% Invisible host and author Roman Mars. 

Alone on the History Channel

Ten individuals have to survive the wilderness for as long as possible, in isolation with limited survival equipment. They may "tap out" at any time, or be removed for medical reasons. The person who survives the longest wins $500,000.  For their 7th season, contestants have to survive 100 days, which no one has ever done before, in the Arctic. Winner receives $1 million. Watch this reality series on the History Channel or Netflix.
These Truths by Jill Lepore
Lepore's book questions if the United States has held up to its promise of what Thomas Jefferson called “these truths,” which are political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people. Lepore analyzes hundreds of years of U.S. history. Roman really liked the audiobook.

Shutups is an indie-punk band out of Oakland. Their new EP is called Kill Rock Stars. They recently streamed a special release performance of their new music from the Ivy Room. Check out their first album Every Day I’m Less Zen.

Roman Mars' book is The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design.