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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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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.

    A Friendly Ghost Story

    A Friendly Ghost Story

    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.

    • 48 min
    The Friendship Season

    The Friendship Season

    Friendship gets the Invisibilia treatment.

    • 1 min
    Presenting: On Our Watch

    Presenting: On Our Watch

    A 16-year-old Black kid walks into a gas station in Stockton, Calif. to buy gummy worms for his little sister. When the teen gets in an argument with the clerk over a damaged dollar bill, a white officer in plainclothes decides to intervene — with force. We bring you an episode of On Our Watch, a new podcast from NPR and KQED that traces the ripple effects of this incident over the next 10 years in a department trying to address racism and bias.

    • 50 min
    American Slow Radio

    American Slow Radio

    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.

    • 41 min
    The Great Narrative Escape

    The Great Narrative Escape

    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.

    • 58 min
    The Chaos Machine: A Looping Revolt

    The Chaos Machine: A Looping Revolt

    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.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

fidunfi ,

Awesome storytelling 👌

I discovered this podcast recently through On Our Watch, another thought-provoking podcast. The breadth of stories – and the quality of the storytelling and investigation is brilliant. They’re told with real consideration and inquiry, and often backed up with scientific/anthropological theory. Love it all! ❤️

Rubycat1987 ,

Once inspirational podcast has gone?

I used to look forward to each new episode of your podcast. It used to be my favourite. This is why I have given any stars at all. Unfortunately, this latest season feels like it’s a completely different podcast- one that seems to have become political and preachy. The only ep. I did like was “The Great Narrative Escape”
I have stuck it out just hoping it would become the “invisibilia” I remember and love. I am hoping this changes for season 8 otherwise I will be sadly unsubscribing.

Yarpington ,

Love

Love, love, love it.

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