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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.

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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Washington, DC

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NPR

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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

1111 North Capitol St NE Washington, DC 20002


Episodes

The Last Sound

4/10/2020
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...

Duration:00:46:46

The Reluctant Immortalist

4/3/2020
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...

Duration:00:45:29

White v. White?

3/27/2020
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.

Duration:01:02:28

An Unlikely Superpower

3/20/2020
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.

Duration:00:51:55

The Confrontation

3/13/2020
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.

Duration:00:53:35

Two Heartbeats A Minute

3/6/2020
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.

Duration:01:08:34

Season 6 Trailer

3/2/2020
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.

Duration:00:01:38

Invisibilia Presents: Throughline

1/30/2020
Alix presents one of our favorite episodes from our friends at NPR's history podcast "Throughline." For centuries, the United States has been a prime destination for migrants hoping for better economic opportunities, fleeing danger in their home countries or just seeking a new life. But has there ever been a moment when Americans were the ones who felt compelled to flee elsewhere? In this episode, two stories that challenge the idea of who and why Americans sought refuge in other countries.

Duration:00:54:36

VIDEO: The (Future) Friendship Machine

12/20/2019
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...

Duration:00:08:19

Raising Devendra

12/17/2019
What happens when you treat artificial intelligence with unconditional love?

Duration:00:30:10

Love and Lapses

11/22/2019
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.

Duration:00:17:07

Back When I Was Older

10/25/2019
As a parent, what do you do when your four-year-old starts telling you about memories that can't possibly be his? Memories that he says are from a past life?

Duration:00:21:05

Rough Translation: Liberté, Égalité and French Fries

10/18/2019
Alix presents a new episode from NPR's Rough Translation about residents of an immigrant neighborhood in Marseille, France who considered their local McDonalds to be a home of sorts, so when the owner tries to sell it, they take extreme measures to try and save it.

Duration:00:46:34

The Profile

9/20/2019
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.

Duration:00:23:59

Kraftland

8/23/2019
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.

Duration:00:27:01

Invisibilia Presents: Rough Translation

7/26/2019
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
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
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
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
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