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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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    • 4.5 • 20.2K 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.

    The Chaos Machine: An Endless Hole

    The Chaos Machine: An Endless Hole

    Yowei gets a tip about Russian trolls in Stockton, California and falls down a hole of swirling conspiracy theories. At the center is a scrappy, controversial website that has become one of the most popular sources of local news in town. Some say it's doing important investigative journalism while others say it's spreading hateful lies about progressive leaders. In part 1 of The Chaos Machine series, what happens when traditional local news runs out of resources and reporting the narrative of a community is anybody's game?

    • 40 min
    Eat The Rich

    Eat The Rich

    Invisibilia explores a social experiment with money, focused around a contentious topic: reparations. What happens when you demand white people give up their wealth?

    • 52 min
    Season 7: New Stories. New Hosts.

    Season 7: New Stories. New Hosts.

    Invisibilia is back! Stories that help you see the world differently, with new hosts Kia Miakka Natisse and Yowei Shaw.

    • 4 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20.2K Ratings

20.2K Ratings

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I get why reviewers resist change

First off, Invisibilia is a pillar of light, revealing the invisible and uncovering the things we try to make invisible again.

Change is difficult to deal with sometimes. The one star reviewers are not ready to accept change. Whether you are ready or not, change comes.

This podcast attempts to bring “all the invisible things” to our attention. I’d even add it brings to light topics listeners consciously or unconsciously know about, but would rather ignore and force it back to invisibility. The thing is, once you’ve seen it (or rather heard it), it cannot be undone.

Invisibilia is planting seeds. Seeds don’t ask to be planted, they just are. You may not be ready right now, but you don’t need to be, the seed will grow with or without you, because of you or in spite of you. It’s inevitable. It’s change.

Thank you to all the incredible people working on the Invisibilia Podcast for continuing to shine a light uncovering the ugly, the beauty and the awe.

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Welcome to the “let’s all hate white people” podcast from NPR.
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This podcast has lost its way

I used to be a real fan of this podcast. It was a little science and a little humanity all mixed together to show us that sometimes the world isn’t quite the way it appears. However, somewhere in the sixth season it began to lose its way. Now in the seventh the programs have just become boring rehashes of other peoples work perhaps in a different place. The series on Stockton it’s very similar to the podcast “the improvement society“.
I think the producers and the writers should perhaps read the description of their own podcast. So far in the seventh season they seem to be taking up the same space as “code switch”.

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