Invisibilia logo
NPR

Invisibilia

From NPR

Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.More from Invisibilia »

Most Recent Episodes

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Muun for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Muun for NPR

True You

What happens when you discover a part of yourself that is so different from who you think you are? Do you hold on to your original self tightly? Do you explore this other self? Or do you just panic?

True You

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/533946601/534158114" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Muun for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Muun for NPR

Future Self

We all have a future self, a version of us that is better, more successful. It can inspire us to achieve our dreams, or mock us for everything we have failed to become. A note to listeners: this episode contains some disturbing content related to teen suicide and grieving parents. If you or somebody you know might need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

Future Self

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/533655568/534228110" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Muun for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Muun for NPR

The Culture Inside

Is there a part of ourselves that we don't acknowledge, that we don't even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it?

The Culture Inside

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/532955665/533257763" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Muun for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Muun for NPR

Reality Part One

How is it that two neighbors can look out their window at the exact same thing, and see something completely different? This is a question many people in America are asking now. We explore it by visiting a small community in Minnesota, called Eagle's Nest Township, that has a unique experience with the reality divide: some of the people in the town believe that wild black bears are gentle animals you can feed with your hands, and others think they are dangerous killers. This divide leads to conflict and, ultimately, a tragic death. So, is there a "real" truth about the bear, or is each side constructing its own reality?

Reality Part One

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/531920897/531926131" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Muun for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Muun for NPR

Reality Part Two

The concept of bubbles (social bubbles, media bubbles, political bubbles) has become popular lately as people grapple with the outcome of the 2016 election. We talk to two people who are making attempts to break out of their bubbles, and expose themselves to new points of view. We start with a woman seeking to break out of the confines of the human bubble altogether, by teaching herself to experience the world more like a dog. Then we meet a young man named Max, who has made a life out of hopping from bubble to bubble.

Reality Part Two

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/531921221/531926323" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Munn for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Munn for NPR

Emotions Part One

We offer you a truly mind-blowing alternative explanation for how an emotion gets made. And we do it through a bizarre lawsuit, in which a child dies in a car accident, and the child's parents get sued by the man driving the other car.

Emotions Part One

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530726335/533639634" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Muun for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Muun for NPR

Emotions Part Two

An anthropologist discovers an emotion, and after a tragic event, comes to understand it. And a young woman does the one thing guaranteed to ruin a date, and learns something about her emotional life.

Emotions Part Two

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530727323/530940023" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Marina Muun for NPR Marina Muun for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Marina Muun for NPR

Season 3 Trailer

On June 1, Invisibilia is back for Season 3! Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – thoughts, emotions, assumptions, expectations. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season!

Season 3 Trailer

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/528800361/528853215" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Click here to download the coloring page version! Kirsten Uroda for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Kirsten Uroda for NPR

Outside In

There's a popular idea out there that you can change from the outside in. Power posing. Fake it 'til you make it. If you just assume the pose, inner transformation will follow. We examine to what extent this is true, by following the first all-female debate team in Rwanda, a country that has legislated gender equality. We also see how an app reshaped the relationship of twin sisters. And we end our season at the beach, with a man whose life was transformed by a seagull named Mac Daddy.

Outside In

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/485603348/487800019" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes

Do clothes have the power to transform us? Lulu and Hanna bring us seven stories that explore how clothes can change us in quiet but surprising ways. We have help from Yowei Shaw, Chenjerai Kumanyika and Colin Dwyer.

The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/485602971/486945132" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top