The End of Empathy

52:13 | Apr 12th

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Invisibilia is a show that runs on empathy. We believe in it. But are we right? In this episode, we'll let you decide. We tell the same story twice in order to examine the questions: who deserves our empathy? And is there a wrong way to empathize? If...Show More

virovalkyrieMay 11th

I like how the dilemma is set between being empathetic and making a stand presented in the show. It’s something I’ve been struggling with but the conclusion makes me rethink what empathetic truly means. This is the best episode of the season!

mmMay 13th

@virovalkyrie You found this episode too! I loved it. Ditto on the conclusion too and how it changed what I think about empathy too. I recently found out about the “cancel culture” and figuring out how to place that within this new analysis of empathy.

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mmApr 24th

Really enjoyed this episode! Invisibilia gives a young woman an interview test for her producer role to produce a story and contrasts it with what they produced. The analysis in generational differences in empathy, how to practice it and its role in civil society was fascinating.

mmApr 24th

@podcastbrunch - Really enjoyed this episode. Thanks for reminding me about it. Definitely see what you mean about this episode challenging the thinking of the generally accepted role of empathy in public discourse.

alicekoApr 29th

@mm Thanks for recommending this episode. Fascinating look into, not just incel culture, but how different generations are socialized to have empathy (or not).I have never recommended a podcast episode to friends as much as this one!

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jspinelleApr 21st

Really interesting look at incel culture and how much framing a story matters!

podcastbrunchApr 29th

@jspinelle I just listened to one of the recent democracy works episodes and one of your guests was talking about the need to bring back empathy and it really reminded me of this episode of invisibilia and the two different perspectives on whether empathy should be employed.

jspinelleApr 29th

@podcastbrunch Yes! I thought about that a lot during this episode. I think EJ would definitely be in the same camp as Hanna. It’s still the model we teach in journalism school too 😬