Invisibilia

Thursdays, June 17 - July 29 at 7:00 pm | Sundays, June 19 - July 31 at 2:00 pm

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.

Invisibilia for June 29, 2017: True You

Jun 23, 2017

What realities should we entertain for ourselves?

In this episode we pose one of our favorite questions to ask children: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Many people have these visions of their future selves; fantasies of a smarter, better, richer, more successful version of the people they are today. In many ways these future selves motivate us, pushing us to improve ourselves as we seek to achieve our dreams. But they can also be dangerous, mocking us for everything we have failed to become.

Invisibilia for June 22, 2017: The Other Self

Jun 16, 2017

How does the culture help shape the reality each of us lives in?

In this episode we explore a theory about prejudice that has taken hold in recent years: implicit bias.

Invisibilia for June 15, 2017: Reality Check

Jun 9, 2017

What happens when people can’t agree on reality?

Many in our increasingly polarized society confront this question every day.

Invisibilia for June 8, 2017: Emotion

Jun 1, 2017

How real and inevitable are our emotions?

In the first stories of the new season, we’re giving emotions a similar treatment to the one we gave to thoughts in the very first episode of Invisibilia (The Secret History of Thoughts).

Where do our emotions come from?

How seriously should we take them?

Do they tell us truths about the world that should guide our behavior or should we be more skeptical about them?

Invisibilia Season 3

Apr 7, 2017

During season 2, hosts Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin looked at terrorism in Denmark, a McDonald’s in Russia, and a grand social experiment in Rwanda. They went to a prison to explore whether our personalities are as stable and constant as we think; an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to see if the culture of masculinity can shift; and a village in Belgium to test a radical way of treating mental illness.

Season 3 episodes (coming in June) will look at the nature of reality and our role in creating it.