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.
International Friend of Mystery
You know the old saying--keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what if you can't tell the difference? In this episode, the story of two friends who got caught up in a Top Secret operation that tested their assumptions about trust, betrayal, loyalty, and power.
Nun of Us Are Friends
It's a basic tenet of friendship that you get to choose your friends. We look at two institutions that took away that choice: convents circa the 1960s and a summer program with unusual rules. What do we lose and what do we gain when we give up our preferences and try to make friends with everyone equally?
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.
The Friendship Season
Friendship gets the Invisibilia treatment.
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.
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.
Keep it up
Friendship season is great and fascinating so far. Keep up the good work.
Has gone downhill
Invisibilia has changed so much with the host/producer changes. It feels more green with less-than-groundbreaking content, the abundant filler words “like” “totally” “super” and all the youthful vocal fry. It used to be so paradigm-shifting and now I just can’t stand it.
NPR has other fantastic podcasts hosted by younger personalities that don’t have the same shortcomings for me—Code Switch, Throughline so I don’t think it’s agism on my part.
Just so disappointing.
I love these new episodes! Can't wait to hear more, and I'm looking forward to future season topics.