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Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Hanna Rosin, Alix Spiegel, and Lulu Miller, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Hanna Rosin, Alix Spiegel, and Lulu Miller, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.
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Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Hanna Rosin, Alix Spiegel, and Lulu Miller, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

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Episodes

Invisibilia Presents: Rough Translation

7/26/2019
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Hanna presents an episode from one of our favorite NPR podcasts, Rough Translation, which tells the story of two people on a mission to help Evangelicals and environmentalists find common ground.

Duration:00:36:41

Invisibilia Presents: Embedded

5/17/2019
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What do you do when someone you love makes a terrible mistake? Hanna presents one of her favorite episodes from the latest season of Embedded, that explores how far one woman will go to save her brother's life.

Duration:00:33:53

Things That Serve Webs

5/3/2019
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Tech Genii Alix and Hanna expose the unseen forces behind the extra downloads that may have mysteriously appeared in your feed this week.

Duration:00:01:34

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

4/30/2019
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President Trump likes infrastructure. So do Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The two sides meet today. Can they agree on a plan? Demonstrations in Sudan led to the ouster of Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power. But those who rallied aren't finished yet. Protesters are now trying to use that power to take the government out of military control but things are getting tense as negotiations stall. And for the first time in 200 years, the Emperor of Japan has decided to abdicate the throne....

Duration:00:13:11

Monday, April 29, 2019

4/29/2019
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A day after a gunman attacked his synagogue, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein delivered a message of resilience. What more are we learning about the shooter's motives? Joe Biden certainly has name recognition. But does he have a plan to distinguish himself from the other 19 Democrats running for president? He'll make that case at his first campaign rally today in Pittsburgh. And Boeing's CEO will face shareholders today for the first time since the company's 737 MAX planes were grounded. What's the...

Duration:00:13:03

Friday, April 26, 2019

4/26/2019
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China defends a global push to build infrastructure. The Chinese president promotes it. Think tanks explain it. Even college students are encouraged to study it. So why does it still make westerners suspicious? Is next year's election simply a referendum on President Trump? Some Midwestern voters have more than that on their minds. And who lives and who dies in Avengers: Endgame? We can't answer that without spoiling the movie but we can reflect on what Marvel films have meant to...

Duration:00:13:29

Thursday, April 25, 2019

4/25/2019
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Joe Biden's been indecisive about a presidential run. That indecision ended today. The former vice president became the 20th Democrat to declare. What's his pitch to a party with a diverse field to choose from? A surge in measles cases has led to extraordinary measures in New York City. The mayor declared a state of emergency this month. So why is the outbreak getting worse? And Russian president Vladimir Putin shook hands today with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They pledged to boost...

Duration:00:13:44

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

4/24/2019
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Sri Lanka's president admits that critical intelligence never reached the highest parts of government ahead of the Easter Sunday attacks. He's promising an overhaul. But what changes could prevent a similar attack? Robert Mueller wrote that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Presidential adviser Jared Kushner meanwhile is dismissing it as a couple of Facebook ads. How extensive was the Russian interference? And Kim Jong Un's armored...

Duration:00:12:16

The End of Empathy

4/12/2019
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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 you or somebody you know might need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Duration:00:52:40

A Very Offensive Rom-Com

4/5/2019
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A young woman discovers a pattern in her dating habits that disturbs her - a pattern that challenges her very conception of who she is and what she believes in. The realization sets her off on a quest to change her attractions. But is this even possible? And should we be hacking our desire to match our values?

Duration:01:01:24

The Remote Control Brain

3/29/2019
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What would it be like if you could control your mood with a hand held device? Literally turn the device to different settings and make yourself happier and sadder? Alix Spiegel talks to a woman who has that power. If you or somebody you know might need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Duration:00:47:05

The Weatherman

3/22/2019
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In this episode of Invisibilia, we explore our relationship with uncertainty through the eyes of a chief meteorologist. We wonder: what do you do when you don't know what to do? And how do we handle it when that question has no answer?

Duration:00:43:34

Post, Shoot

3/15/2019
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What is the relationship between the version of you that lives online and the one that walks around the earth? We think of our online selves as shadow versions of us which we can control. But in this age when facts are malleable, something strange is happening: our online selves are sometimes eclipsing our real ones, even when we don't want them to.

Duration:00:52:27

The Fifth Vital Sign

3/8/2019
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We look at how our culture's massive effort to address pain has paradoxically increased it. And we follow one young girl as she struggles through a bizarre and extreme treatment program. NOTE: The treatment in this episode is administered by trained professionals in a hospital setting (and should not be implemented without medical supervision).

Duration:01:01:25

Season 5 Trailer

3/4/2019
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This moment in our culture can feel fraught. From 'fake news' to the opioid crisis, there's a lot of uncertainty about the future. So this season, Invisibilia helps you discern truth from fiction, cure your pain, and find your true love with conviction. It's your very own Emotional Survival Guide!

Duration:00:01:19

BONUS: Youth Radio Girl Mystery

12/21/2018
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Years ago, producer Yowei Shaw taught high school students how to make radio. And in one of her classes, something bizarre happened with one of her students, something that she's never been able to make sense of. In this episode, Yowei tracks down her former student and uncovers a story much stranger than she ever expected.

Duration:00:33:15

BONUS: The Prayer

12/7/2018
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Five years ago, Leena Sanzgiri was living her childhood dream... New York city apartment, job at Vogue, and a boyfriend she planned to marry. Until the July day she woke up in the hospital, and everything changed. Support for this episode provided by Charles Schwab: https://www.schwab.com/.

Duration:00:15:00

BONUS: Who Do You Let In?

10/16/2018
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An uncomfortable encounter with a stranger sets producer Abby Wendle on a quest to answer the question: who do you let in and who do you keep out? In her search for balance between openness and caution – she navigates the struggles of her long-distance relationship and chats up musician John Prine.

Duration:00:25:22

BONUS: Leave A Message

9/14/2018
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In this story, comedian Cord Jefferson tells a heartfelt personal story and offers up some illuminating science about the power of the human voice. Support for this episode was provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/.

Duration:00:11:53

BONUS: Invisibilia Live with Story District

6/14/2018
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Our first live event!! We explored the In Between with Alix, Hanna and several DC-based storytellers, who talked about charting their own path in a world of absolutes. We couldn't feature all the amazing storytellers in this bonus episode, but you can see videos of performances by Vijai Nathan, Mike Kane, Carly Ciarrocchi on our website: http://npr.org/invisibilia. The videos from Hanna's story are there too! For more information about Story District, visit their website:...

Duration:00:47:53