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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 Goodbye Show

The Goodbye Show

2023-04-2755:1510

In their final episode, Invisibilia searches for the right way to say goodbye.
Power Tools

Power Tools

2022-10-0739:1227

Bad bosses. Obnoxious coworkers. Unfair compensation. There are so many reasons people feel disempowered in the workplace. But how can our feelings about power enable or disrupt the larger dynamics we hate at work? This week, Yowei Shaw seeks answers from a power researcher and a union organizer.
Freedom Diving

Freedom Diving

2022-09-3037:068

After months of working from home and retreating from the world, Kia Miakka Natisse is stuck - in her house, and in her head. In an attempt to break out of the funk, she's searching for wisdom at the bottom of the ocean with South Africa's first Black freediving instructor, Zandile Ndhlovu.
Therapy Ghostbusters

Therapy Ghostbusters

2022-09-2353:1421

In San Jose, California, a community clinic was stumped as to why their clients were seeing ghosts. This week, a story about grappling with ghosts of our past and one clinic's attempt to heal intergenerational trauma.
A Little Bit Pregnant

A Little Bit Pregnant

2022-09-1632:0818

This week on Invisibilia, could the rebrand of a familiar pill open up a new way to control fertility in a post-Roe America?
The P-Word

The P-Word

2022-09-0946:2624

Alex is a comic who feels perfectly comfortable commanding a packed, rowdy audience, but consistently submits to what other people want in everyday life. This week, a look at how uncomfortable feelings about power can backfire on ourselves and the people we love. We get the help of a power expert - a dominatrix - to untangle Alex's power dynamics, and find out what it takes to treat a power allergy.
2022 feels like walking a tightrope. We're grappling with control of our bodies, our time, the direction of our country - while trying to not spin out and just doomscroll. So this season, Invisibilia takes on control. The narratives we have about what's in or out of our control. Invisible tools of control. The crutches we use to FEEL in control but that might not be helping.
Therapy, with Friends

Therapy, with Friends

2021-11-0442:3453

Would you ever consider going to therapy with a friend?Two best friends who call themselves brothers were drifting apart, so they asked psychotherapist Esther Perel to help — and we listened in. This episode was recorded in collaboration with Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel and a companion episode can be heard on her podcast.
Poop Friends

Poop Friends

2021-10-2848:5021

Sh*t happens. So why is it so hard to talk about? This week, the ways that poop divides and binds us in our friendships.
Friends with Benefits

Friends with Benefits

2021-10-2155:0133

A lot of us think that it's a bad idea to get physical with friends. We worry it'll get messy, maybe even ruin the friendship. But if physical intimacy between friends weren't so taboo, what could our friendships look like? In this episode, we explore the gray zone of sex and friendship, following a man who deliberately kept his friendships with women hazy and now wants to apologize, and a pair of BFFs who became close through sex.
You know the old saying--keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what if you can't tell the difference? In this episode, the story of two friends who got caught up in a Top Secret operation that tested their assumptions about trust, betrayal, loyalty, and power.
Nun of Us Are Friends

Nun of Us Are Friends

2021-09-2349:3223

It's a basic tenet of friendship that you get to choose your friends. We look at two institutions that took away that choice: convents circa the 1960s and a summer program with unusual rules. What do we lose and what do we gain when we give up our preferences and try to make friends with everyone equally?
A Friendly Ghost Story

A Friendly Ghost Story

2021-09-1652:5037

It's one of the most common and infuriating friend mysteries out there - a friend disappears into thin air. But where do these ghosts go? And why are we so haunted by them? If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
The Friendship Season

The Friendship Season

2021-09-1401:355

Friendship gets the Invisibilia treatment.
American Slow Radio

American Slow Radio

2021-06-1243:3811

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

2021-04-2255:3132

Invisibilia explores a social experiment with money, focused around a contentious topic: reparations. What happens when you demand white people give up their wealth?
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Arpita Sen Gupta

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Feb 24th
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Mir

Really wish this podcast was revived

Oct 9th
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Mir

Absolutely mind blowing content. It’s introduced shades to my frame of reference. Thank you so much. 🙏

Sep 8th
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Mir

Her dad said no. 😖 Otherwise, an eye opening (no pun intended) episode. 💯

Sep 6th
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Mir

What a poignant and emotional episode…

Sep 2nd
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Jessica Wender-Shubow

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Aug 2nd
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Lance Colyer

My mom passed at 96, nearly 2 years ago. I had to pause this story only 5 minutes in because it's hard. It is too familiar and too painful. When the people you love the most begin to slip away, it breaks your heart. I'm glad I took advantage of every moment I could to talk with her. P.S. I haven't finished it yet.

May 21st
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Sarah Gilmore

These moments allow open conversations with others. A chance to learn and share experiences and knowledge with another person that isn't inflammatory. Living in the moment it is beautiful to listen to.

May 17th
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Thomas Anderson

I can't believe NPR does this to us! After The Topical, this is the second time I'm disappointed in NPR. Thank you guys for the journey. your legacy will live on!

May 10th
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Leah

The mom’s voice is SO beautiful! Even without understanding the words, I am moved to tears

May 3rd
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William Golihew

This show has influenced my choices and relationships in a way for which I'll always be grateful. The legacy of the show is alive and well. Thank you for everything you've given here.

Apr 28th
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Stephen Jun Yee

This getting posted on the day I finally check back in. Oof. Good bye then. It was been an inspiring time.

Mar 30th
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Rebecca Lopez

so so sad.

Mar 30th
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g mir

omg I just got so sad hearing this... I haven't left a comment on here since now. I genuinely loved your podcast, thank you so much for the hard work you put through

Mar 29th
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san

omg. how can i just know this podcast this is amazing

Mar 1st
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Amys

That 209 times owner has no morals. what a POS.

Feb 15th
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Catherine Nguyen

Interesting show.

Jan 26th
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Shilan G

Our world needs more people like Bophal, that's a life lived in way that an entire nation could be proud of.

Nov 30th
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Jacquie Hansen

years and years ago I had a really good friend and I knew we were going to have to not be friends unless we did something about it and we did do a few sessions and it saved our friendship!!!

Nov 29th
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Jacquie Hansen

oh my what an amazing story.

Nov 23rd
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