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Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.
||ExplicitThe Callout||When someone in your community transgresses, do you banish them in an attempt to make the community safer for everyone? WARNING: This episode contains obscenities and descriptions of sex and violence.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEverything Good||We're living in a polarized world, where picking a side is almost a requirement. But what happens in the space in between?||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Pattern Problem||Are we destined to repeat our patterns or do we generally stray in surprising directions? CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual abuse.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Was Not Said||We examine how leaving things unsaid with our intimates can lead to misunderstandings and missed connections.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Other Real World||Can a reality show - and telling a certain kind of story - call a different kind of reality into being?||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI, I, I. Him||What happens when you lose something so central to your life that you no longer understand who you are? How do you find yourself again?||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 4 Trailer||We're living in a black and white world, where the stories we tell ourselves lock us into one side or the other. These stories define us – imprison or liberate us. In their fourth season, co-hosts Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel map the grey areas.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Catch-Up with Max Hawkins||What happens when you have to choose between having an open mind, or a moral backbone? Listen to the original episode here: http://apple.co/2DoRC5X||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Catch-Up with Bill Millar||In a special podcast bonus, co-host Hanna Rosin checks in with Bill Millar, who we met in Season 2's "Flip the Script." They talk about dating, cats, and how love can look different for everyone. Listen to the original episode here: http://apple.co/2x0aWE3.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmotions||It feels like emotions just come at us, and there is nothing we can do. But we might have it backwards. We look at an unusual legal case and examine a provocative new theory about emotions.||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHigh Voltage (Emotions Part 2)||An anthropologist discovers an emotion, and after a tragic event, comes to understand it. And a young woman does the one thing guaranteed to ruin a date, and learns something about her emotional life.||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReality||What happens when we can't agree on reality? In Eagle's Nest Township, Minnesota, residents have been grappling with that question since long before the polarizing presidential election of 2016.||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBubble-Hopping (Reality Part 2)||The concept of social bubbles has become popular lately as people grapple with the unexpected outcomes of the 2016 election. We meet two people making radical attempts to break out of their bubbles.||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Culture Inside||Is there a part of ourselves that we don't acknowledge, that we don't even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it?||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuture Self||We all have a better self, a version of us that is better, more successful. It can inspire us to achieve our dreams, or mock us for everything we have failed to become.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrue You||What happens when you discover a part of yourself that is so different from who you think you are? Do you hold on to your original self tightly? Do you explore this other self? Or do you just panic?||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRules for Road Tripping||Season 3 has ended but we're hard at work on Season 4! We'll see you soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share Invisibilia's tips for a successful road trip.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 3 Trailer||On June 1, Invisibilia is back for Season 3! Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – thoughts, emotions, assumptions, expectations. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season!||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutside In||There's a popular idea out there that you can change from the outside in. Power posing. Fake it 'til you make it. If you just assume the pose, inner transformation will follow. Is it true?||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Secret Emotional Life of Clothes||Do clothes have the power to transform us? Seven stories that explore how clothes can change us in quiet but surprising ways with help from Yowei Shaw, Chenjerai Kumanyika and Colin Dwyer.||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlip the Script||Psychology has a golden rule too: If I am warm, you are usually warm. If I am hostile, you are too. But what happens if you flip the script and meet hostility with warmth?||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrame of Reference||We all carry an invisible frame of reference in our heads that filters our experience. Alix and Hanna talk to a woman who gets a glimpse of what she's been missing – and then loses it.||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Mr. Kitt||In this special podcast bonus, Lulu Miller tells the story of William Kitt, a resident of the Broadway Housing Communities, featured in our episode "The Problem with the Solution". William Kitt was insane, by his own definition. But he no longer believes he is, because of what he calls the Greatest Scheme of All.||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Problem with the Solution||Americans LOVE solutions. But are there problems we shouldn't try to solve? Lulu visits a town in Belgium with a completely different approach to dealing with mental illness.||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Four-Minute Mile||In a special podcast bonus, Lulu Miller tells the story about a young runner who always thought he had it in him to break the four-minute mile, until a potential change in personality made him question if he was the same runner.||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Personality Myth||We like to think of our own personalities, and those of our family and friends as predictable, constant over time. But what if they aren't? What if nothing stays constant over a lifetime?||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New Norm||Social norms determine much of your behavior - how you dress, talk, eat and even what you feel. Alix and new co-host, Hanna Rosin, examine two experiments that attempt to shift these norms.||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Trailer||On June 17th Invisibilia is back for Season 2! Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – thoughts, emotions, assumptions, expectations. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season!||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInvisibilia Update||Been hungry for more Invisibilia? Alix and Lulu pop in to tell you a bit about what they are working on for Season 2 — and a way you can hear a brand new Invisibilia story. On Tuesday, July 28, Lulu will be premiering a new story at an event called Cast Party. She'll be joined by Radiolab, Reply All, The Truth, dancers and comedians, and more. Best part? The night will be simulcast to MOVIE THEATERS all over the country! You can learn more and find out where it's playing near you at castparty.org.||7/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSee You Soon||Thanks for listening to the first season of Invisibilia! Here's a message from Alix and Lulu about what's happening next.||2/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Inside Out!||Alix and Lulu present a bonus podcast about why "Inside Out" was considered as a possible name for the show, but ultimately wasn't chosen.||2/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOur Computers, Ourselves||In Our Computers, Ourselves, a look at the ways technology affects us, and the main question is : Are computers changing human character? You'll hear from cyborgs, bullies, neuroscientists and police chiefs about whether our closeness with computers is changing us as a species.||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power Of Categories||The Power Of Categories examines how categories define us — how, if given a chance, humans will jump into one category or another. People need them, want them. The show looks at what categories provide for us, and you'll hear about a person caught between categories in a way that will surprise you. Plus, a trip to a retirement community designed to help seniors revisit a long-missed category.||2/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEntanglement||In Entanglement, you'll meet a woman with Mirror Touch Synesthesia who can physically feel what she sees others feeling. And an exploration of the ways in which all of us are connected — more literally than you might realize. The hour will start with physics and end with a conversation with comedian Maria Bamford and her mother. They discuss what it's like to be entangled through impersonation.||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Falling Off a Cliff||A podcast BONUS for you today. We didn't have enough room in our Batman show for this lovely story about Julee-anne Bell, one of the many people who have learned Daniel Kish's echolocation technique. Enjoy!||1/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Become Batman||In "How to Become Batman," Alix and Lulu examine the surprising effect that our expectations can have on the people around us. You'll hear how people's expectations can influence how well a rat runs a maze. Plus, the story of a man who is blind and says expectations have helped him see. Yes. See. This journey is not without skeptics.||1/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFearless||In "Fearless," co-hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller explore what would happen if you could disappear fear. A group of scientists believe that people no longer need fear — at least not the kind we live with — to navigate the modern world. We'll hear about the striking (and rare) case of a woman with no fear. The second half of the show explores how the rest of us might "turn off" fear.||1/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Secret History of Thoughts||Co-hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller ask the question, "Are my thoughts related to my inner wishes, do they reveal who I really am?" The answer can have profound consequences for your life.||1/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInvisibilia Preview||Invisibilia, a show about the invisible forces that shape human behavior, weaves personal stories with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.||12/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Give us something new.
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Invisibilia seems to suggest so, because I can’t help but hear the exact cadence, tone and word choice used by Sara Koenig for Serial.
The Aslans of Radio Will Return us to Narnia
I know I’m not going to be able to do these two reporters credit, but I’m a huge fan of Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, so I just want to give some perspective. Alix is one of the founding producers from TAL who, among other stories, produced the brilliant Psychopath Test episode, which was funny (Jon Ronson read a chapter from his book by the same name), informative, and provocative. In pieces where she dips into the personal, something that contributors to 99% Invisible Sean Cole and Wire Tap’s Johnny Goldstein do incredibly well, she creates these amazing gems like Who’s Canadian? (one of the early episodes of TAL) and 81 Words (an in-depth exploration into her grandfather’s contribution to change the definition of homosexuality in the DSM).
Lulu Miller is one of the funniest, quirkiest, most creative producers in radio—her signature stories are these tiny cosmic dramas condensed into an act, like the love story for a man with prosopagnosia. If you need an example of what she’s capable of when she’s given free reign, check out Soul Patch, which is the most incredible carousel of uplifting, weird, haunting stories you’ll get in an hour’s worth of radio.