Invisibilia

Invisibilia

www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia
Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with sc
Rules for Road Tripping
Jul 28 • 4 min
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.
Future Self
Jun 22 • 46 min
We all have a future 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. A note to listeners: this episode contains some disturbing content related to teen…
High Voltage
Jun 21 • 37 min
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.
Bubble-Hopping
Jun 20 • 29 min
The concept of bubbles (social bubbles, media bubbles, political bubbles) has become popular lately as people grapple with the outcome of the 2016 election. We talk to two people who are making attempts to break out of their bubbles, and expose themselves…
True You
Jun 16 • 36 min
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?
The Culture Inside
Jun 15 • 56 min
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?
Reality
Jun 8 • 44 min
How is it that two neighbors can look out their window at the exact same thing, and see something completely different? This is a question many people in America are asking now. We explore it by visiting a small community in Minnesota, called Eagle’s Nest…
Emotions
Jun 1 • 55 min
We offer you a truly mind-blowing alternative explanation for how an emotion gets made. And we do it through a bizarre lawsuit, in which a child dies in a car accident, and the child’s parents get sued by the man driving the other car.
Season 3 Trailer
May 18 • 2 min
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
Jul 29, 2016 • 64 min
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. We examine to what extent this is true, by following the first all-female…
The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes
Jul 22, 2016 • 61 min
Do clothes have the power to transform us? Lulu and Hanna bring us seven stories that explore how clothes can change us in quiet but surprising ways. We have help from Yowei Shaw, Chenjerai Kumanyika and Colin Dwyer.
Flip the Script
Jul 15, 2016 • 60 min
Psychology has a golden rule: 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? It’s called “noncomplementary behavior” — a mouthful, but a powerful concept, and very…
Frame of Reference
Jul 8, 2016 • 59 min
What shapes the way we perceive the world around us? A lot of it has to do with invisible frames of reference that filter our experiences and determine how we feel. Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin interview a woman who gets a glimpse of what she’s been…
Bonus: Mr. Kitt
Jul 5, 2016 • 12 min
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 believes…
The Problem with the Solution
Jul 1, 2016 • 59 min
We are naturally drawn to finding solutions. But are there ever problems we shouldn’t try to solve? Lulu Miller visits a town in Belgium with a completely different approach to dealing with mental illness. Families in the town board people – strangers -…
Bonus: Four-Minute Mile
Jun 28, 2016 • 6 min
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 Personality Myth
Jun 24, 2016 • 57 min
We like to think of our own personalities - and those of our spouses, children and friends - as predictable and constant over time. But what if they aren’t? In this episode, Alix Spiegel visits a prison to explore whether there is such a thing as a stable…
The New Norm
Jun 17, 2016 • 61 min
You probably don’t even notice them, but social norms determine so much of your behavior - how you dress, talk, eat and even what you allow yourself to feel. These norms are so entrenched we never imagine they can shift. But Alix Spiegel and new co-host,…
Season 2 Trailer
May 20, 2016 • 3 min
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
Jul 15, 2015 • 1 min
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 Cast…
See You Soon
Feb 18, 2015 • 1 min
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!
Feb 14, 2015 • 4 min
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.
Our Computers, Ourselves
Feb 12, 2015 • 57 min
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 is…
The Power Of Categories
Feb 5, 2015 • 57 min
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 between…
Entanglement
Jan 29, 2015 • 57 min
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…
BONUS: Falling Off a Cliff
Jan 23, 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
Jan 22, 2015 • 57 min
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 says…
Fearless
Jan 15, 2015 • 58 min
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 about…
The Secret History of Thoughts
Jan 8, 2015 • 57 min
In “The Secret History of Thoughts,” 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. Hear the story of a man…
Invisibilia Preview
Dec 18, 2014
Starting January 9th, NPR brings you Invisibilia, a six episode series about the invisible forces that shape human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts. Invisibilia interweaves personal stories with scientific research that will ultimately…