Invisibilia

by NPR
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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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Recent Episodes
  • Friends with Benefits
    Oct 21, 2021 – 50:16
  • International Friend of Mystery
    Sep 30, 2021 – 35:32
  • Nun of Us Are Friends
    Sep 23, 2021 – 44:41
  • A Friendly Ghost Story
    Sep 16, 2021 – 48:34
  • The Friendship Season
    Sep 14, 2021 – 01:35
  • Presenting: On Our Watch
    Jul 7, 2021 – 50:50
  • American Slow Radio
    Jun 12, 2021 – 41:21
  • The Great Narrative Escape
    May 20, 2021 – 58:05
  • The Chaos Machine: A Looping Revolt
    May 13, 2021 – 47:56
  • The Chaos Machine: Wrathful Lord
    May 6, 2021 – 50:25
  • The Chaos Machine: An Endless Hole
    Apr 29, 2021 – 40:06
  • Eat The Rich
    Apr 22, 2021 – 52:28
  • Season 7: New Stories. New Hosts.
    Apr 19, 2021 – 04:10
  • Trust Fall
    Jun 13, 2020 – 47:39
  • Two Heartbeats A Minute
    Apr 10, 2020 – 01:08:29
  • White v. White?
    Apr 3, 2020 – 01:02:31
  • An Unlikely Superpower
    Mar 27, 2020 – 52:02
  • The Confrontation
    Mar 22, 2020 – 53:43
  • The Reluctant Immortalist
    Mar 16, 2020 – 45:35
  • The Last Sound
    Mar 8, 2020 – 45:52
  • Season 6 Trailer
    Mar 2, 2020 – 01:39
  • VIDEO: The (Future) Friendship Machine
    Dec 20, 2019 – 08:19
  • Raising Devendra
    Dec 17, 2019 – 30:15
  • Love and Lapses
    Nov 22, 2019 – 16:40
  • Back When I Was Older
    Oct 25, 2019 – 20:23
  • Rough Translation: Liberté, Égalité and French Fries
    Oct 18, 2019 – 46:05
  • The Profile
    Sep 20, 2019 – 23:20
  • Kraftland
    Aug 23, 2019 – 27:03
  • The End of Empathy
    Apr 12, 2019 – 52:13
  • A Very Offensive Rom-Com
    Apr 5, 2019 – 01:01:00
  • The Remote Control Brain
    Mar 29, 2019 – 46:50
  • The Weatherman
    Mar 22, 2019 – 43:11
  • Post, Shoot
    Mar 15, 2019 – 52:02
  • The Fifth Vital Sign
    Mar 8, 2019 – 01:00:45
  • Season 5 Trailer
    Mar 4, 2019 – 01:21
  • BONUS: Youth Radio Girl Mystery
    Dec 21, 2018 – 32:46
  • BONUS: The Prayer
    Dec 7, 2018 – 14:44
  • BONUS: Who Do You Let In?
    Oct 16, 2018 – 24:36
  • BONUS: Leave A Message
    Sep 14, 2018 – 11:35
  • BONUS: Invisibilia Live with Story District
    Jun 14, 2018 – 47:46
  • The Callout
    Apr 13, 2018 – 55:03
  • Everything Good
    Apr 6, 2018 – 48:44
  • The Pattern Problem
    Mar 30, 2018 – 57:48
  • What Was Not Said
    Mar 22, 2018 – 48:04
  • The Other Real World
    Mar 16, 2018 – 50:23
  • I, I, I. Him
    Mar 9, 2018 – 40:50
  • Season 4 Trailer
    Feb 23, 2018 – 02:12
  • BONUS: Catch-Up with Max Hawkins
    Dec 22, 2017 – 12:28
  • BONUS: Catch-Up with Bill Millar
    Sep 12, 2017 – 10:44
  • Emotions
    Jun 22, 2017 – 55:48
Recent Reviews
  • Carolynrh
    Has gone downhill
    Invisibilia has changed so much with the host/producer changes. It feels more green with less-than-groundbreaking content, the abundant filler words “like” “totally” “super” and all the youthful vocal fry. It used to be so paradigm-shifting and now I just can’t stand it. NPR has other fantastic podcasts hosted by younger personalities that don’t have the same shortcomings for me—Code Switch, Throughline so I don’t think it’s agism on my part. Just so disappointing.
  • shrimpboiiiiz
    Keep it up
    Friendship season is great and fascinating so far. Keep up the good work.
  • MaineGirrrl
    Not what it used to be
    This was my absolute favorite podcast and I recommended it to everyone who asked and still retell stories from previous seasons. The last two seasons have been TERRIBLE. Three whole episodes on a feud in a California city?! What were you thinking. The show used to be really great human interest stories that pulled at your heart strings and made you think about your own life differently. The ONLY recent episode that does that is the friend ghosting one. Please bring back the former focus of the show!
  • DCA1314
    Friendship season
    I love these new episodes! Can't wait to hear more, and I'm looking forward to future season topics.
  • AM99123
    When is this release?
    I thought it was released every Thursday. Why no new episodes?
  • jolhigg
    Love this Show!
    I always look forward to a new episode every week! The switch up of the hosts is a refreshing change of perspective. I cannot recommend this podcast enough. Its a bright light of thought and discussion. I always enjoy the personal stories and thoughtfulness in every episode. Keep up the great story telling and keep pushing us to look within ourselves!
  • Dhbjdgbk
    New season is disappointing
    Used to be my favorite podcast. Now it is my least favorite. It’s not even close to what it used to be. Now it’s just another outlet to push a political agenda.
  • Mel 0709
    So Intriguing
    Invisibilia is a remarkable show! Even shows that on the surface don’t sound that interesting usually end up being fascinating. I’ve learned so much about how the mind works from listening to this show. Most recently learned how in we dreams often re-live challenging or traumatic experiences but the mechanism of fear and reactivity are shut down during sleep- so it helps to process these things. Anyway, check it out you won’t be sorry!
  • Nashwell.
    New podcast.
    I like the new hosts and the content they bring. But it’s seems more op-ef then finding a true scoop with no bias. You try, but it falls flat mostly. You just make points. This is not longer an exploration. It’s just… idk, fine podcasting, I guess. It’s fine. I want something more real that you question yourself and your reality instead of you questioning everyone else and their reality. I used to love this podcast. Still like y’all though! Just…. Idk. It was never about the hosts. Talk to radio lab. Even Latiffs whole series wasn’t about him really. I love how you can relate. It’s an important part. Just, FOR ME, wish you’d easy up on the gas peddle for yourselves and go full throttle on your guests and the real story.
  • Taijh
    Not what it used to be
    I used to crave this podcast and be sad when a season was over. It hurts to give it a less than stellar review because it’d always been my number one podcast, but I’ve found it unlistenable since the host change. The topics are no longer interesting and no longer about the inner workings of the brain. It’s become shallow and about more current topics (like race and other news stuff) that I don’t feel like I’m getting anything different or interesting from it that I can’t get from every other podcast on current events. I’ve stopped listening.
  • Bebebebe1200
    Bummed
    I like this show generally, but the friendship season is a huge disappointment for a simple reason — the choice to focus on stories about completely bizarre and rare situations, from rare mental illness to nuns …. Why? Why is this season not about normal friendships and their ordinary problems, surely a fascinating topic in its own right, but also very deeply in need of discussion. I was so pumped for this season. I thought we would finally have some insight into crucial relationships that are neither romantic or familial. What we get are interesting stories that are nevertheless a huge bummer. Both of the first two stories start out so well and then take wild left turns. Sigh.
  • emmalouiseswanson
    RIP My Favorite Pod
    I tried with the new hosts, I really did. This is completely different show now. And it’s not nearly as beautiful, insightful or unique. This new show feels like everything else right now. Listening to this show makes me feel like I’m scrolling Instagram. Echo chamber.
  • EllenpdxGirl
    Tired of early 20s hosts; lost its sophistication
    I miss the former hosts. I wish podcasts would celebrate older folk as potential hosts — the wisdom garnered over 30-50 or more years of life plays a lot into the show’s messages and storylines. The maturity, gravity, and tone used to grip me. Now it’s two young women awkwardly trying to navigate who gets more airtime as cohosts, like seriously live a few years before asking contrived rhetorical questions to each other regarding the topic, e.g. “so, how would you feel about breaking up with a friend?” Not interested in either of you two, done listening to this uncomfortably inexperienced mess of a once great show
  • pickpeggle
    Not Into the Latest Season on Friendship
    The latest season on friendship seems like a ripped off version of the podcast “Friendshipping” and instead perpetuates toxic ideas about friendship. It seems that navigating difficult friend relationships are the butt of a joke rather than actually discussing how to work through them.
  • Lairbot
    I’m 50 and too old for this show now
    I used to love this show, and now I can’t connect with it. The newer episodes are sometimes too political, I don’t care about the topics, and the host commentary seems shallow. I don’t want or need insights about lost college friendships.
  • Shannon M_
    Beautiful stories
    “A Friendly Ghost Story” had me in tears by the end! I really connected with Tim’s story.
  • sdfhjkj Bc f
    Not insightful at all
    2021 season is disappointing. Poor journalism and no attempt at exploring multiple perspectives. Sounds like it’s written by teenagers.
  • KTN1808
    Best find
    Love this podcast. The topics and ideas presented are so close to life but at the same time so inspiring.
  • strangeAttractor2
    Chaos machine episodes
    One of the most important podcast series for our times. Excellent! Sent to VP and DCCC. Keep up the GREAT work.
  • mbarrowhite
    from 5 stars—>2 stars. not even the same concept anymore
    i hope the next seasons content returns to what the show claims to be about. it’s unlistenable at this point
  • KRH1989
    Love
    Love love LOVE this show!!
  • Foaltz
    Long time listener…
    First time rater (and this is the first pod I’ve rated). I’ll admit that not every episode is my jam, but The Great Narrative Escape and the American Slow Radio episode are all of my jams AND my peanut butter. Please do more of it, or a spin-off podcast of it, or something! It came as a lovely, soothing ear vacation on a day that I really needed it. Thank you guys!
  • angie830275
    Used to be a great show
    I used to love Invisibilia. The new season is SO political, and so much less entertaining and enjoyable. What a disappointment.
  • bcbsmnuser
    Somewhat interesting stories, pretentious hosts
    The stories are sometimes very interesting (loved the episode about the bears!) However, I quit listening because the hosts bothered me so much. They always sound like they’re trying way too hard to be mysterious and cool and insightful. It just comes across as pretentious and annoying. (And yes, this applies to all the hosts, not just ones from a certain era.)
  • LabelsnLove23
    Loveeeeee
    Love the new season! And hosts ❤️❤️❤️
  • nikasych
    MY GO TO PODCAST
    Had to start from season one and have been working my way back it’s absolutely amazing story telling and so informative at the way you look at your own life !
  • Mammdbsjoagsvsmxifkd
    Shows really falling off
    Why are these the hosts now
  • Weather girl 22201
    New Season
    Not a fan of the new hosts and this seasons social issue coverage. Seems like departure from the first few seasons that I loved!!!
  • War W.
    awesome pod
    always interesting, thank you for your hard work
  • sneakykikiriki
    Great Reporting
    Quality reporting on important issues.
  • yourmomsbreastaresoft
    Used to be a great. Now their choking on woke.
    Sad to see this podcast used to be great now it’s strictly woke propaganda.
  • AuraMar1272
    Used to be an intelligent listen
    Fun, witty, deeply thought provoking. NOT any more. Like everything NPR does now, they have handed a show to a couple of activists completely unable to present an unbiased or even respectful perspective on any subject. They’re trying to sound trendy and in the “in” culture. They come across as air headed, unintelligent, and inarticulate. It’s just garbage for encouraging more garbage thinking for future generations. Ugh.
  • rksmith01
    It’s become dumb
    I don’t think letting your junior interns take over the show was smart. Diversity works best when there’s a modicum of competence.
  • idk abotu
    One of my favorite podcasts
    I love this podcast so much. It is enjoyable to listen to during bike rides or other things
  • ellamac5
    I love slow radio
    Please consider a slow radio spin off podcast. It’s my favorite thing ever!!
  • Layla Eller
    I love the new hosts
    Honestly, I didn’t care much for the old hosts and had stopped listening. The new hosts bring a refreshing new perspective to the show.
  • Concerned Citizen 5500
    Slow radio
    I am surprised by how long I’ve been listening to this episode. It’s slow. Very beautiful. Nice work, Invisibilia!
  • Jah Mills
    New Hosts are great
    I was nervous at first about the hosts changing but they have done such an amazing job and I love the show even more now. This podcast is perfect for those looking to broaden the way they view and think about life
  • binu shenot
    Death by Wokeness
    This used to be an amazing show. It started going downhill the past couple of years, and this year has completely fallen apart. Another example of Death by Wokeness.
  • ElrondtheWise
    Against “Both-Siderism”
    This used to be my favorite podcast, hands down. And I give the show 2 stars because EVERY SINGLE episode back in season 1 was superbly done and absolutely fascinating. The following seasons were never quite season 1 level, but they were still extremely well done and interesting in their own way. However, the last couple seasons have taken a severe turn for the worse, and the 2021 episodes are just so bad. They do not deserve to be associated with NPR. The audio presentation and quality is lower, the material is uninteresting, and the guests seem to be random social media connections and lack professionalism or perspective. The podcast has taken a fairly severe political turn. This isn’t necessarily bad, except for the fact that the podcasts are so horrendously one sided and honestly feel like being smashed in the head repeatedly with whatever brick of a political message the host is trying to convince the world is right. Even when I agree with her, it’s painful because i know she is alienating and angering everyone on the other side with her lack of perspective. The host at one point literally stated that she was against viewing an issue from both sides!!! What the hell… why are you in journalism, and why are you in a position to educate and influence people??? Please bring back the old hosts, at least temporarily, to restore the focus of the show and to guide the other (younger) hosts for a couple more seasons. I think the current hosts have potential, but they are not ready to lead an NPR level podcast quite yet.
  • jemichham
    Used to be my favorite
    I was a die hard fan for so many seasons. This one is rather disappointing so far. Not a fan of the multiple episodes for one topic. I miss the old format and the old topics/stories. This season hasn’t been as engaging for me and I find myself ignoring the news episodes.
  • Kertzen
    Slow Radio
    I LOVE to listen to your slow radio and relaxing commentary and insights that are relevant to what I am envisioning and listening to in a particular episode. Please keep creating them.
  • Mcsde
    From greatest to really bad
    You just are putting very bad stories with very bad hosts…. You really lost me in the American Slow Radio… total waste of time
  • Stacyann208
    This used to be a good podcast
    Invisibilia went from great hosts and thoughtful, introspective topics to absolute garbage. The new “like” hosts “like” sound “like!” high schoolers. They lack the maturity to set aside their biases so the stories are horribly one sided. It’s really sad because this used to be a great podcast.
  • Janiebobani
    Love it all!
    Enjoy this show so much. Every episode is great. Loved the slow radio story.
  • lydias22
    Lydia
    I’ve never written a review for a podcast before but I wanted to take the time to shout-out the most recent “slow radio” episode! I listened to it while I was getting ready in the morning and found myself feeling much more refreshed and ready for my day than I normally do - even though I had a very busy day ahead of me. It was so relaxing and I felt like I didn’t have to pay super close attention to what was going on because it was like a nice ambiance rather than a story where you have to hang on to every word. I would definitely recommend it to others and if there were to be another series or podcast based solely around this concept I would enjoy listening to it!
  • chiroptera2018
    Miss the old topics :/
    This podcast seems to have reformulated to jump on the bandwagon. Not that the current discussions are bad topics... they are just already covered better, elsewhere. The stories from the first couple of seasons were so unique, engaging, thought-provoking and filled with humanity. In contrast, I feel like the new hosts are slamming me over the head with personal commentary and stories that I’ve already heard before. I’m sorry to delete this from my podcast list. For new listeners, I highly, highly recommend the first seasons.
  • Poc93
    THE GREAT NARRATIVE ESCAPE
    I couldn’t continue listening because of the many times the gal used the word like. It was nails on a chalkboard to me.
  • TeresaMSG
    The great narrative
    Congratulations! This was a really interesting episode. Well sewed and fun.
  • Nat Champ
    Admittedly one-sided storytelling
    After a host said “I am not a fan of both-siderism“, everything about this show’s approach finally clicked. I prefer journalism that does investigate and portray all facets of a story.
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