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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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American Slow Radio

American Slow Radio

2021-06-1242:325

Let's get slow. Producer Abby Wendle picks up the gauntlet that was thrown down in the last episode "The Great Narrative Escape." Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Imagine a TV show with no plot, no characters, no tension... and yet, it went viral! In this episode, we have a story that questions storytelling as we know it. Plus, co-hosts Kia Miakka Natisse and Yowei Shaw take a spectacularly unspectacular train ride.
Is 209 Times helping or hurting the community it claims to serve? What does the site mean for the future of local news in America? And what can be done about it? In the final installment of "The Chaos Machine" series , Yowei finds herself in the middle of a long-standing tug of war over who owns the truth.
The man behind 209 Times is not who you'd expect. In Part 2, co-host Yowei Shaw discovers the website's surprising origin story, and ends up at the frontlines of a revolt against the mainstream media and a fight over who gets to own the truth.
Yowei gets a tip about Russian trolls in Stockton, California and falls down a hole of swirling conspiracy theories. At the center is a scrappy, controversial website that has become one of the most popular sources of local news in town. Some say it's doing important investigative journalism while others say it's spreading hateful lies about progressive leaders. In part 1 of The Chaos Machine series, what happens when traditional local news runs out of resources and reporting the narrative of a community is anybody's game?
Eat The Rich

Eat The Rich

2021-04-2253:4719

Invisibilia explores a social experiment with money, focused around a contentious topic: reparations. What happens when you demand white people give up their wealth?
Invisibilia is back! Stories that help you see the world differently, with new hosts Kia Miakka Natisse and Yowei Shaw.
Trust Fall

Trust Fall

2020-06-1348:2336

Hacking, phishing, surveillance, disinformation... these are tools used to silence dissidents and influence elections. But what happens when these same methods are used against an ordinary citizen? The story of a man fighting an enemy he can't see and becoming increasingly paranoid.Which makes him a lot like the rest of us. What happens when you no longer know how to trust?
Two Heartbeats A Minute

Two Heartbeats A Minute

2020-04-1001:08:3044

The strange story of an unlikely crew of people who band together to take on one of our largest problems using nothing but whale sounds, machine learning, and a willingness to think outside the box. Even stranger, several of the world's most accomplished scientists seem to think they might have a good idea. | To learn more about this episode, subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to learn more about NPR sponsors.
White v. White?

White v. White?

2020-04-0301:03:1327

A city council candidate says he's black. But his opponent accuses him of being a white man pretending to be black. If race is simply a social construct and not a biological reality, how do we determine someone's race? And who gets to decide? We tell the story of a man whose racial identity was fiercely contested... and the consequences this had on an entire city. | To learn more about this episode, subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to learn more about NPR sponsors.
An Unlikely Superpower

An Unlikely Superpower

2020-03-2752:5045

What if you had a superpower that allowed you to see part of the world that was to come? At the age of 60, a Scottish woman named Joy Milne discovers she has a biological gift that allows her to see things that will happen in the future that no one else can see. A look at how we think about the future, and the important ways the future shapes the present. | To learn more about this episode, subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to learn more about NPR sponsors.
The Confrontation

The Confrontation

2020-03-2254:0916

Welcome to what is possibly the most tense and uncomfortable summer program in America! The Boston-based program aims to teach the next generation the real truth about race, and may provide some ideas for the rest of us about the right way to confront someone to their face. | To learn more about this episode, subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to learn more about NPR sponsors.
The Reluctant Immortalist

The Reluctant Immortalist

2020-03-1646:2439

Daniel Martinez discovered the unthinkable: a creature that breaks one of the most fundamental laws of life. In the wake of his discovery--which has been widely confirmed by the scientific community--all kinds of people have thrown themselves into trying to unlock the secrets of how this creature seems to cheat death. Cellular biologists, aging researchers, and the biotech industry all hold high hopes that there may be some application to slow human aging. Millions of dollars are being poured into the dream of extending the human lifespan, which looks increasingly possible. But Daniel? He trashed his experiment. He completely abandoned the pursuit of unlocking the secrets of immortality. Perhaps because he believes that dream is all wrong. Invisibilia co-founder Lulu Miller went down to visit him in California to try to find out why. Please take our short, anonymous listener survey: npr.org/invisibiliasurvey. | To learn more about this episode, subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to learn more about NPR sponsors.
The Last Sound

The Last Sound

2020-03-0846:4535

Bernie Krause was a successful musician as a young man, playing with rock stars like Jim Morrison and George Harrison in the 1960s and '70s. But then one day, Bernie heard a sound unlike anything he'd ever encountered and it completely overtook his life. He quit the music business to pursue it and has spent the last 50 years following it all over the earth. And what he's heard raises this question: what can we learn about ourselves and the world around us if we quiet down and listen? | To learn more about this episode, subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to learn more about NPR sponsors.
Season 6 Trailer

Season 6 Trailer

2020-03-0225:382

You hear the train barreling towards you and you're tied to the tracks. It's an impossible situation. Most people would panic, and then a tiny handful would think up improbable workarounds. This season on Invisibilia: inventors in desperate times.
A special gift during this season of giving: An original animated video in two parts! Part 1 explores a small but strange study about a machine that could predict human friendships. Then, in collaboration with fictionalist Ian Chillag (Everything Is Alive), we ask, What would the machine have to say about all of this, if it could talk? If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can watch it at npr.org/invisibilia. And, if you want to reciprocate this little gift, don't forget to donate to your NPR station before the end of the year at donate.npr.org/invis.
Raising Devendra

Raising Devendra

2019-12-1728:204

What happens when you treat artificial intelligence with unconditional love?
Love and Lapses

Love and Lapses

2019-11-2217:075

Producer B.A. Parker started recording her calls with her father because she was concerned about the care at his nursing home. But the recordings gave her a window into something very different: their relationship. So she started recording her calls with her grandmother as well. A story of relationships told through the small recorded calls between people who love each other.
The Profile

The Profile

2019-09-2024:376

A mysterious profile pops up on a dating app - leading to a bubble of chaos and confusion. A story about trying to sort fact versus fiction, how destabilizing that can be, and a very strange confrontation with the truth. NOTE: Since this story was originally published, we have added some background reporting and context to the episode.
Kraftland

Kraftland

2019-08-2326:574

Richard Kraft was in a fog of grief when he bought his first Disney collectible at an auction. But once he started, he couldn't stop. In the first episode of our new fall season, we explore the role of positive distraction in the face of adversity.
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Aisha K Ali

Weirdly good episode

Jun 12th
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Yaara gerchman

Guys, the commercials. Your losing me. maybe you could bunch them together at the begining and end? At least- one commercial break, not three. I'll just stop listening :( [which is OK, my choice.]

Jun 2nd
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Michelle Hovey

I used to really enjoy this show, but the quality has degraded so much I don't think I can keep listening. this saddens me. And to say having national pride is racist is sad as well.

May 23rd
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Kyle Sendgikoski

Why was the even large I just to native people's not mentioned. in the roughly 40 podcast/radio episodes I have listened to about reparations, maybe 3 have mentioned this.

May 18th
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ID22020259

Encouraging people to steal from their family hurts, rather than helps, our society. If you have family members that are racist, a far more effective method would be to talk to them and explain why their opinions on race aren’t correct

May 18th
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K C

crazy

May 14th
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Kim Hawko Vitiello

there are so many ads on this podcast now jfc

May 9th
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Midnight Rambler

it's called marxism

Apr 30th
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Laila Escareno

Provocative episode. If listened to without defenses, it will (hopefully!) cause discomfort and push one to *at the VERY least* check their privilege. To remember to question why they have that privilege in the first place. The episode addresses the distribution money in a way that I dont often consider- because I am not constantly affected by it. I left this episode with a longing for the courage to make bigger and more noticeable waves. I left it with a reminder that (even though I am a Mexican American) the fact that I am white passing gives me access to freedoms, opportunities and rights that Black people do not *truly* have, and absolutely should. "Not being racist" is not enough. The wheels of justice turn excruciatingly slowly.

Apr 26th
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Keira

People not evacuating immediately always scares the hell out of me. It's so sad they lost everything but I always feel people underestimate the power of wildfires.

Apr 25th
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Sakib Ahmed

loved it

Apr 11th
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BillyG

SM has no concept of how a fearful person looks? Hasn't she ever watched a movie or anything?

Mar 9th
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Damarion Freeman

youngboy

Mar 3rd
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Kalindhi Waidyasekara

u

Feb 21st
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Sarella

Ummm❔❔

Feb 17th
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Chris Owens

the whole 1st story is white privilege and the benifits of white supremacy in america....

Feb 17th
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Seth D. Meyers

this was a bit much. I'm a pretty liberal person but screaming f white people at white kids and then saying they're "just part of the problem" when they leave is beyond stupid.

Feb 10th
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I Hope Someone Relates

"When you lighten someone's load you do not allow them to expand."

Jan 14th
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The Inchoate

these episodes are so addictive and relaxing. everyone has a beautiful voice to listen to, and the story telling? magic.

Jan 6th
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Nibin Vidhyadharan

This one is super cool one, starts with a story of strange transgender /or not transgender person to the relevance of identity and how we identity a factor through an example of a community in Florida. 7.5/10

Nov 22nd
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