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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These stories make me think harder and connect deeper with myself. I’m sure they build more wisdom in me.
Re-edited 2 years after last review
Before: It blew me away. Very well edited and informative. And the discussion is very in depth. Great job! And PLEASE keep doing this! I and my brain need it. Thanks!
Now: the quality declines so rapidly it’s unbelievable. First it’s the episode when a girl regrets on confront a much elder man who harassed her in public, thinking “I’m overreacting”. At the same time of me-too movement. When harassed women finally had the courage to speak out but still ppl attacking them for “making a scene” “just didn’t it for their career” etc. seriously invisibles why that episode at that time? Even if it’s a good story why share it now? Even after that I still stayed for your show just cuz how amazing it used to be. Now this time, it’s about empathy for incels?? I’m sure jack turned out to be “not so bad” but incel is an twisted philosophy/ideology that wants women as their property and hurt woman if they obey. It’s not about this one guy turned out to be ok in the end so everything is fine. No! It’s not significant enough to share his story. And also empathy. Yeh good start but then what? You are just gonna stop there? What’s your action? To help? To stop? To empower? Or just one useless comment with least amount of effort “I understand” to make yourself feel good and “wise”? Come on, you are invisiblia not some shallow trashy show, this is not the right depth you should go for a serious topic. Anyway, I’m so disappointed. I was a long time listening since your first episode of season 1. I loved it and recommended to all of my friends and family. I gave you a chance once but not anymore. Bye invisiblia. My empathy ends here.
One of the best podcasts available
I have nothing but good things to say about this podcast. It is thought-provoking and extremely well produced. I look forward to every episode and when a new one appears I put all the other podcasts I listen to aside. (Sorry, NPR Politics Podcast). I recommend this show to everybody.