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Invisibilia

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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.

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The Secret History of Thoughts

57:46 | Jan 9th, 2015

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.

The Pattern Problem

57:48 | Mar 30th

Are we destined to repeat our patterns or do we generally stray in surprising directions? CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual abuse.

The Callout

57:02 | Apr 13th

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.

Entanglement

57:47 | Jan 30th, 2015

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...Show More

BONUS: Invisibilia Live with Story District

47:46 | Jun 14th

On April 19, 2018 Invisibilia co-hosted our first-ever live event with our friends at Story District.

What Was Not Said

48:04 | Mar 22nd

We examine how leaving things unsaid with our intimates can lead to misunderstandings and missed connections.

The Culture Inside

56:22 | Jun 8th, 2017

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?

The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes

1:01:12 | Jul 22nd, 2016

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.

The Problem with the Solution

59:30 | Jul 1st, 2016

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.

BONUS: The Prayer

14:44 | Dec 7th

How one prayer changed a life.

BONUS: Leave A Message

11:35 | Sep 14th

Why would you leave a message when you can just send a text?

Emotions

55:48 | Jun 22nd, 2017

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.

Reality

44:01 | Jun 15th, 2017

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.

Bubble-Hopping (Reality Part 2)

29:52 | Jun 15th, 2017

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.

Future Self

46:15 | Jun 1st, 2017

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.

Frame of Reference

59:27 | Jul 8th, 2016

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.

The Personality Myth

57:28 | Jun 24th, 2016

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?

Our Computers, Ourselves

57:50 | Feb 13th, 2015

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 ...Show More

The Power Of Categories

57:46 | Feb 6th, 2015

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 be...Show More

BONUS: Who Do You Let In?

24:36 | Oct 16th

Who do you let in and who do you keep out?

Everything Good

48:44 | Apr 6th

We're living in a polarized world, where picking a side is almost a requirement. But what happens in the space in between?

The Other Real World

50:23 | Mar 16th

Can a reality show - and telling a certain kind of story - call a different kind of reality into being?

I, I, I. Him

40:50 | Mar 9th

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?

Season 4 Trailer

2:12 | Feb 23rd

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.

BONUS: Catch-Up with Max Hawkins

12:28 | Dec 22nd, 2017

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

BONUS: Catch-Up with Bill Millar

10:44 | Sep 12th, 2017

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/2...Show More

High Voltage (Emotions Part 2)

37:00 | Jun 22nd, 2017

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.

True You

35:59 | Jun 1st, 2017

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?

Rules for Road Tripping

4:08 | May 30th, 2017

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.

Season 3 Trailer

2:30 | May 18th, 2017

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!

Outside In

1:04:26 | Jul 29th, 2016

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?

Flip the Script

1:00:19 | Jul 15th, 2016

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?

Bonus: Mr. Kitt

12:42 | Jul 5th, 2016

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 beli...Show More

Bonus: Four-Minute Mile

6:06 | Jun 28th, 2016

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.

The New Norm

1:01:30 | Jun 17th, 2016

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.

Season 2 Trailer

3:36 | May 20th, 2016

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!

Invisibilia Update

1:17 | Jul 15th, 2015

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 C...Show More

See You Soon

1:42 | Feb 18th, 2015

Thanks for listening to the first season of Invisibilia! Here's a message from Alix and Lulu about what's happening next.

BONUS: Inside Out!

4:53 | Feb 14th, 2015

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.

BONUS: Falling Off a Cliff

0:00 | Jan 23rd, 2015

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!

How to Become Batman

57:44 | Jan 23rd, 2015

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 s...Show More

Fearless

58:25 | Jan 16th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Invisibilia Preview

0:00 | Dec 18th, 2014

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.