New Season of 'Invisibilia' on Friendship First of six episodes drops Thursday, September 16

New Season of 'Invisibilia' on Friendship

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First of six episodes drops Thursday, September 16

September 14, 2021; Washington, D.C. — Later this week Invisibilia will be back with a new season from hosts Kia Miakka Natisse and Yowei Shaw — asking questions about a relationship that doesn't typically get a lot of attention in our culture: Our friendships.

Questions like: What happens when you take away the ability to choose your friends? Why do we have lines between sex and friendship? What does it take to hold a friendship together when politics threaten to tear it apart? Why are we so bad at friend break ups? And is poop the missing ingredient of friendship?

This season also features stories from Invisibilia listeners solving friendship mysteries in their own lives.

"We heard from hundreds of our listeners, some with unusual stories, others asking for help, and a few just excited to brag about how great their friends are," said Kia Miakka Natisse.

"Our listeners had such interesting questions that we hadn't thought of before," explains Yowei Shaw, "that challenged assumptions we had about friendship and helped us think about it in new ways."

The first episode of this fall season — from co-hosts Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse, reporter/producers Abby Wendle, Andrew Mambo, Justine Yan, David Gutherz and Rhaina Cohen — will be available Thursday, with additional episodes publishing into November. Hear a trailer now.

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