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
    • 4.6, 18.7K 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

4.6 out of 5
18.7K Ratings

18.7K Ratings

bZusia ,

A delight, first, second, even third listen

Kind of like reading the Bible, you are a different person every time you dip into Invisibilia, so different aspects grain your attention. If, by mistake, an episode I have already heard pops up...I will often stick with it because the depth of the inquiry into the topic is such that, nuances or sometimes even major themes I missed the first time, leap into the forefront of my consciousness.

I so much prefer this podcast to Hidden Brain. The same types of things can be explored but this isn’t reporting - not a lecture, but a conversation between curious people on which the listener is welcome to eavesdrop. The hosts at times share their vulnerability, which is just like yours, because the whole point of discovering the dynamics at play of which we are unconscious....is bringing to light that which has been hidden. I enjoy the flow of the episodes (the production is strong - good choices of music underneath the language, great editing and excellent sound quality). It sounds as if it is not scripted at all, though it obviously is. This podcasts deserves your loyalty. If you are a curious person, willing to explore beyond the superficial, join Invisibilia’s podcast subscribers. You will go on unexpected journeys and lead a richer life for having listened.

What Gender Stuff ,

Invisibilia Helped Me Find My Gender

Back in early 2015 I was listening to “Paige’s Story” and heard the word “genderfluid” for the first time.

It blew my mind, and was the first time I heard about genders that are outside of the binary. I heard something akin to my experience of gender, that was a conscious struggle without a name or community.

I suddenly had a word, used that in a facebook search, found the first of many groups of people whose experience sounded so much like mine. I found community. I found people who didn’t see me as a weirdo. I suddenly knew I wasn’t the only one with this struggle.

It changed my life. It’s made it better, so much better.

Almost five years later to the day I presented at the Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary Conference on Deconstructing Cis-ness. I’ve changed my name, I’m celebrating the new ability I have to change my birth certificate to say X.

Thy Word is a lamp ,

Been a fan since the beginning!

Always refreshing perspective which sometimes turns things upside down in my own mind.

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