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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.

    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.

    The Chaos Machine: Wrathful Lord

    The Chaos Machine: Wrathful Lord

    The man behind 209 Times is not who you'd expect. In Part 2, co-host Yowei Shaw discovers the website's surprising origin story, and ends up at the frontlines of a revolt against the mainstream media and a fight over who gets to own the truth.

    • 50 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20.3K Ratings

20.3K Ratings

sociology major jcj ,

Amazing

I love the chaos machine!! I love this podcast! Real truth ! I want to be apart of this ..

melonln ,

Not what it once was.

I’m sadly giving this now a 1 star review because the direction they’ve taking this show is not what it once was. I used to eagerly await a new episode or season to hear some more interesting ideas and concepts that relate to social science and the like. This has now become another investigative journalism podcast.

tiaseattle ,

Season 7 is my first & it’s all good 🎉

I just started listening and I really enjoy the show and love the hosts! I don’t have the issue of making comparisons, so I’m just enjoying the stories, and appreciating the vibe. Y’all came in hot with a reparations episode, lol. I didn’t even have to read the comments to know some folks were gonna rush to their keyboard heated! I hope you both treated yourself to some wine & carried on, cause you’re doing great work🍷. Shout out to Kia, Yowei & the whole team for continuing on. There are listeners, new and old, who are grateful for the work you do, the voices highlighted & the compelling stories that you share. What’s that saying? “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there will still be someone who hates peaches.” 🙃 I happen to like peaches and I like this show very much. ✨

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