Invisibilia

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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.
39 episodes · since Dec, 2014
April 13, 2018
A lot of communities today are taking a hard stand against sexual harassment and assault. Using social media shaming, ostracism, professional excommunication, whatever punishment is painful enough to shift the moral code by brute force. Through one incident in the Richmond Virginia hardcore music scene, we chronicle a social media callout and ask what pain can accomplish. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains obscenities and descriptions of sex and violence. This episode was supported by API: http://www.api.org/ Wix: https://www.wix.com/ and Rocket Mortgage: https://www.rocketmortgage.com/
April 6, 2018
Today we introduce you to Allie and Steve, who is one person. For half the day she can be Allie and the other half he is Steve. For many of us this would be a disorienting experience. But after a shattering experience in their life, Allie/Steve has learned to live comfortably in this in between space. And Allie/Steve has lessons to teach us about the beauty of not retreating to black and white. We also talk to a woman who suffers from a little known condition called "maladaptive daydreaming." She is who is so addicted to her fantasy life that she's finding it hard to manage her real one. Support for this episode provided by: Rocket Mortgage: www.rocketmortgage.com Sierra Nevada: sierranevada.com UDI's: udisglutenfree.com Wix: www.wix.com
March 30, 2018 · transcript
A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of the young woman. She's the child of addicts and an ex-addict and ex-felon herself, and she's asking the court to trust her to become an attorney. The outcome of her case hinges on a question we all struggle with: are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions? - a question increasingly relevant in an age when algorithms are trying to predict everything about our behavior. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual abuse. Support for this episode provided by: Slack: http://slack.com/ API: http://www.api.org/ and GoToMeeting: https://www.gotomeeting.com/
March 22, 2018 · transcript
Your aging mother lives in another country. Then a tenant moves into her house – he's clean, polite, helpful. At first you are relieved, until you begin to suspect that man has sinister motives. That's the situation two brothers found themselves in, in Taiwan. Then something happened between the tenant and the mother that unsettled the brothers' lives even more. We examine how leaving things unsaid with our intimates can lead to misunderstandings and missed connections. Support for this episode provided by: Discover: https://www.discover.com/ Rocket Mortgage: https://www.rocketmortgage.com/ GoToMeeting: https://www.gotomeeting.com/ Midroll: http://www.midroll.com/
March 16, 2018
Reality TV may be popular around the world, but it's also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. So, can that kind of fragile fantasy world meaningfully influence reality? We look at the goals and impact of a UN-backed reality show called "Inspire Somalia," that attempted to model democracy and freedom in a country racked by decades of clan warfare and oppression by extremist groups like al-Shabab.
March 9, 2018
In this episode, we talk to a 74-year-old woman who decides the only way to get over her husband's death is to jump out of an airplane. And to a third generation beekeeper whose entire collection of hives has been stolen - he believes by Russian mobsters. After losing so much can they tell themselves new stories about themselves that allow them to function? Support for this episode was provided by: Rocket Mortgage: https://www.rocketmortgage.com/ Squarespace: https://www.squarespace.com/ Cleveland Clinic: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ CNN's The Pope: https://www.cnn.com/shows/pope NBC's Good Girls: https://www.nbc.com/good-girls
Feb. 23, 2018 · transcript
We're living in a black and white world, where the stories we tell ourselves lock us into one side or the other. These stories define us – imprison or liberate us. In their fourth season, co-hosts Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel map the grey areas.
Dec. 22, 2017 · transcript
What happens when you have to choose between having an open mind, or a moral backbone? In this bonus episode, we catch up with a character from Season 3 of Invisibilia... Max Hawkins, a San Francisco-based computer programmer who initially built an app to help him break out of his predictable bubble. Recently, Max, and others he's inspired to "bubble-hop," have been led to confront situations they feel have crossed the line from uncomfortable...to morally repugnant. These experiences have meant grappling with when to shut down, and when to engage. Invisibilia is supported by GoToMeeting: https://www.gotomeeting.com/
Sept. 12, 2017
In a special podcast bonus, co-host Hanna Rosin checks in with Bill Millar, who we met in Season 2's "Flip the Script." They talk about dating, cats, and how love can look different for everyone. Listen to the original episode here: http://apple.co/2x0aWE3.
July 28, 2017
Season 3 has ended but we're hard at work on Season 4! We'll see you soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to share Invisibilia's tips for a successful road trip.

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