64 episodes

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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    • Social Sciences
    • 4.8, 914 Ratings

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.

    Trust Fall

    Trust Fall

    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?

    • 47 min
    Two Heartbeats A Minute

    Two Heartbeats A Minute

    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    White v. White?

    White v. White?

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    An Unlikely Superpower

    An Unlikely Superpower

    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.

    • 52 min
    The Confrontation

    The Confrontation

    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.

    • 53 min
    The Reluctant Immortalist

    The Reluctant Immortalist

    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.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
914 Ratings

914 Ratings

MKSova ,

Everyone be should be listening to Invisibilia!

This podcast is the queen of all podcasts. It is my absolute favourite. It is educational, sometimes intimate and other times confronting, it is something you can laugh and cry with, a type of podcast that triggers you, makes you sit and contemplate the world around you and the world inside you. Incredible professionalism demonstrated by the hosts and the team behind. The hosts are so amazing at presenting and narrating the stories. The incredible journalism that goes into producing each episode is admirable. The content is absolutely captivating, each story is unique and equally amazing. The sound effects, structure of the episodes, thoughts and comments and all the interview snippets make listening to this show an all rounded experience. Thank you for what you do! And thank you for getting me through lockdown.

Sefcita ,

I don’t usually do this...

... but I can’t not for this podcast. I always tap stars but I never leave reviews that is. But here I am binging on epsiode after episode and loving every single one. And then the episode Everything Good starts. And Hannah said something that I’ve felt ever since I can remember. The twilight saddens her. The in betweens make her uncomfortable. And I just had to sit and take the episode in. Because that’s me!
Each and every episode has touched me or educated me or moved me. But this one, this has taken me to a whole ‘nother level of emotions. Thank you for this.

JenniferRam ,

In love!

I first heard about Invisibilia through Radiolab and I can honestly say I’m hooked!
I’ve binged listened, cried, laughed, been educated and completely fallen in love. Thankyou for getting me through this pandemic and bringing a little realness to my world!
With love all the way from the UK!
Chloé

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