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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  • Sacred Rebel
    Every Listen is Great!
    I have listened to every episode of this podcast and, honestly, each one was terrific! Amidst multiple hosts, a melody of voices, and a myriad of topics, it has never failed to engage my curiosity, resonate with my soul, and/or expand my horizon. I have been entertained and educated in unique and inspiring ways. Thank you! Thank you!
  • binu shenot
    Death by Wokeness
    This used to be an amazing show. Then it started a downward trajectory a few years ago. Now with its new hosts, it’s reached close to bottom and has fallen apart. Update Jan ‘23: Just when I thought this show couldn’t go any lower, I listened to the poop episode. What a waste. Another example of death by wokeness.
  • vacacaba
    Too many mmmmmmm from the host
    Great shows! Would prefer the host refrain from all the hmmmm and mmmm during the interview
  • Newshoes522
    Downhill
    I used to love this show and feel the last couple of seasons have been subpar at best. It went from a unique, thought provoking podcast with a creative approach to storytelling to basic, predictable, and often one dimensional episodes. Sincerely hope this feedback can be constructive for the production team… I was a regular listener and can’t get through an episode anymore.
  • justgus32
    It used to be about the unseen forces that shape behavior. Used to be.
    Feels like the podcast has strayed away from life’s experiences that we all share and narrowed in on the experiences of the hosts. It’s too niche now and no longer has a sense of professionalism. Even when there are experts on the show the hosts cant wait to bring it back to their own personal opinion and it seems like they're just waiting for their turn to talk… What happened :/
  • chosehowells
    One of my favorites
    So so happy with this show. Love the psychology insights and it’s so well done. Glad new episodes are dropping again! Keep it up everyone ❤️
  • RodandCon
    Touching words
    Thank you for your report on recording your loved ones. It touched my heart, especially the thought that, “no other person will ever love me like this old person did.” So sweet, the thought, thank you again.
  • lr + awsome imagination
    Be nice
    I’m 10, and I have ADHD. That means my brain works differently than most people’s. People wrote reviews that they don’t like the screaming. Some people need to scream to let hard emotions out. I do! It’s good that this podcast shows that, because it’s ok to scream if you are having a hard time, as long as you do it into a pillow or somewhere where no one can hear you. Also there is good stuff after the screaming.
  • Regan_zolton
    Change
    I found Invisibilia through my school. My psychology course required me to listen to “The problem with the solutions”. I was immediately touched by this cast. It took me back to a time when trying to “fit,” my husbands illness of addiction. When I was finally able to accept him strangely enough his addiction disappeared all together. Of course this was not an overnight thing, we struggled while finding our footing. After we were able to take steps without slipping, we were the happiest we’d ever been. With a heavy heart my husband did pass, but not from the illness you think. He was killed in a motorcycle accident, completely sober, two years into the most beautiful time of our lives. After listening to this cast I plan to venture out to more of Invisibilia! Thank you
  • Lake mom A
    Hidden Brain meets This American Life.
    Love this podcast. Love how they dive into a variety of perspectives and topics to understand our world.
  • Respect4Squidward
    Unbearable Vocal Fry
    I just cannot tolerate her vocal fry. This has nothing to do with “sexism,” since guys make the noise too. But since they’ve called complaints about her vocal fry an issue of sexism a few years ago, it seems even worse now; almost by deliberate force. Sorry not sorry. Maybe I’ll read the transcripts some day, but that kinda defeats the purpose. Listen to your fans, please. Stop talking that way and the show will take off. But she won’t. She’s the exact opposite of humble. That’s fine, the show is crashing. See Reddit, dear.
  • mbarrowhite
    from 5 stars—>1 star. 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
  • Maekar_I
    Great show but…
    Great show, but it lost something when the original hosts left. Still worth listening to and by no means a bad show.
  • DCA1314
    So Important and Revealing
    Love the Therapy Ghostbusters episode. Thank you for this episode.
  • Ashb6170
    The old show was great
    This early seasons of this show were great. Really interesting and insightful. It has changed so much now it feels like a different show. It seems like there is less research going into more recent episodes.
  • Vernis vert
    Meh
    Low rating is mostly about the incessantly infuriating ad promoting this show. The screaming was annoying enough in the actual episode, but now I have to hear it every time I hear an ad for Invisibilia in all the other podcasts I listen to? Who thought this would actually attract listeners? As for my feelings on the actual episodes? The new season is pretty mediocre and feels different from what this first podcast first started out as. I no longer feel the need to subscribe.
  • Squid_Tacos
    Old Episodes are Great
    The old show used to be great and explored a lot of really interesting topics from a variety of perspectives and made you think differently about the world. The new direction the show has gone since Alix left is more one-dimensional and the storytelling and editing of the isn’t nearly as engaging as it used to be.
  • 6458583258
    what happened
    what has this show turned into? the first season was one of the best podcasts i’ve ever listened to, but this remodel? i miss the old content
  • KM98654
    Therapy Ghostbuster Episode
    Loved the Therapy Ghostbuster episode! It was soulful and powerful. Thanks to the brave people willing to be part of it too. Loving the deep and meaningful direction some of the episodes are taking. Thank you! 🙏
  • magnets to my house
    Glad for the revamp
    I prefer this new direction of the show and didn’t care for what the show used to be. Thanks for a fresh perspective and bolder storytelling, and I like the new hosts.
  • Dolomite84
    I miss the old show
    This show has narrowed it’s focus to a narrow set of ideals and values no longer representative of the broader public radio audience.
  • bhapan82
    Love
    Love this podcast especially the therapy ghostbusters!
  • Bob13457322
    Screaming
    I just fell out of love with Invisibilia. I could have withstood a few seconds of screaming on the highway but wow did that go on too long. I’ll never hear the end of that story.
  • Volcano Diver
    New direction is bad
    This show used to be great and have universal appeal. Now, the episodes are aimed at a very narrow audience. Just listened to “The p-word” episode, and…I’m sorry, I think I’m done. If this episode were about grade school kids, it would make sense…but these are adults. It’s sad.
  • MelBecause
    Love it
    This show is such a breath of fresh air, they bring so many interesting subjects to light for everyone to consider. Open , fun, honest and educational. Great job!
  • jdsan1
    not for me
    really disappointing. listened for 3 minutes and turned it off. trying to figure out how to get rid of it.
  • bored housekeeper
    Boo
    This was such a good show before with wide appeal. Now it seems aimed toward a very narrow audience that does not include me. Boring. Can’t even listen.
  • Bankergal78
    It was the screaming for me.
    Why did they even include that in “The P-Word” episode? I used to listen to the show religiously, and then the episodes slowed down, and then finally stopped. Their first one back I couldn’t even listen past the screaming part. It’s almost as if there wasn’t enough content to create a full episode, so they had to add in the screaming part.
  • soulja_boi_tellem_is_the_bomb_222332
    New hosts took great show and ruined it
    This podcast was amazing before the new hosts took over.It is one thing to take a Podcast in new direction, it is another thing to do a 180 and change the core of the show completely. They should’ve given the new hosts a new podcast completely instead of running a great one into the ground.
  • traviswho?
    Always been a fan and love the new hosts!
    The hosts are smart and funny, and the stores they tell have been great. Loved the friends’ therapy- who can’t relate to that?
  • Saved By Music
    Old hosts
    I don’t enjoy the new hosts. I prefer Alix and Lulu. They were more personal with each other and to the listeners. I scroll down and sometimes re-listen to old shows.
  • Yussssssssssddss
    Not what it used to be :(
    Like I said, not what it used to be
  • wazjar
    Renewed
    I used to listen to this pod sometimes and I liked the original hosts. I’ve picked it back up and now I LOVE it! I think the new hosts are fantastic and I’m really liking what they’ve done with it. Avid listener now
  • Malik7x
    What?!
    What an example of the pot calling the kettle black!! No one is stopping these privileged ladies from getting off their over-fed arses and make a slowTV program to show, on their on, and leave billionaires and TV stations alone. How many people suffered over the centuries so they could wile away hours while children toil to make the crap these privileged princesses consume without a second thought? They could stop complaining from the comfort of daddy’s home and Just Do It’. This was just privileged complaining.
  • i'm not a trumpite
    Hard downhill. Is it self-censoring or just a writers block?
    The first season was fantastic, the second and third were good... Though it’s been becoming more and more PC . Topics have shifted. Hosts are now “women of color”. If you really want to please the PC police, one of the hosts needs to be lesbian and disabled, the other an undocumented trans woman. Even then , eventually you will be “called out” for something and brought down. The woke machine will not spare anyone. I have two guesses. Either they feared #invisibiliassowhite hashtag and acted proactively like so many others. Or (judging by how it was sliding downhill before the host change), they just ran out of topics and pawned it off, getting credit in the meantime for “promoting women of color”. Though unsubscribed, I do check from time to time if there’s anything interesting. Not much so far. Maybe I should check what Alex and Lulu are working on these days.
  • hoping4ver2.0
    Miss the originals…now it’s like a lecture from my daughter
    The first two seasons are absolutely some of the best podcast I’ve ever listen to… Now it’s starting to sound a bit too ‘woke’ for me. I suppose I’ll just re-listen to originals, and hope to be fascinated again in the future.
  • samanthalou_
    Downward slope
    As an avid listener for multiple years, I am sorely disappointed with the turn this podcast has taken. The days of deeply thoughtful and emotional stories/content seem to be over for Invisibilia. I once raved about this podcast because it was unlike any other I’d encountered. Every episode was packed full of thought-provoking experience and insight, to the point that I would often listen to episodes multiple times in order to fully digest them. Newer episodes leave much to be desired, and often end up being background noise that is quickly forgotten.
  • Anne100121
    Disappointing
    This show has really gone downhill in the past few seasons after changing hosts. Where are the science-based, fascinating stories that offered real insights into my world? Unsubscribing.
  • Listener lost
    New hosts tanking a previously good show
    The show used to be about the listener, gently guiding them along a journey of emotional discovery. New hosts turned it into a youth rally, with something to prove and telling the audience how to feel - when given a mic and a set of listeners, know your audience.
  • Lorenz12
    Love this show!
    Smart. Engaging. Sometimes humorous and always interesting. Keep it up!
  • susan_rs
    No thanks to friendship therapy
    No desire to attend friendship therapy. Friends come and go. That’s life.
  • Tone Voyager
    The regression of lucidity, not a good use of time!
    Where did the good stories go? Not a good use of my time. Yes, bring back the good stories, and consult Alex and Lulu.
  • FrannyZooey
    Not the same podcast anymore
    This used to be one of my favorite podcasts. The stories were so unique and well told. The new hosts are fine, they are just making a totally different podcast. It’s hard to believe the early episode about the town dedicated to taking care of mentally ill people and the recent one about two porn star friends who have sex are the same show… because they’re not. They should just call what it’s become something else and let the original Invisibilia be.
  • happilistener
    Love
    I love this show! I appreciate the topics they choose to highlight and am always learning new things. Thank you for highlighting and sharing the stories you do.
  • 3 year long user
    Bring back original hosts
    The original hosts were amazing and the content was uniquely amazing. Yowei’s “journalism” is complete trash and makes me hate my own race
  • 😉💙🙃
    On Our Watch, police shooting
    I don’t understand why ‘everyone’ doesn’t show the police respect, you know they have guns, tasers and the law on their side. You are only asking for trouble when you don’t listen and disrespect them, expecially by attempting to run away…
  • elatunnel
    Eat the rich episode
    I just listened to an episode about reparations and there was NO history about why blacks are asking for reparations and initiatives in other countries that may have worked. It was just 2 black students who went to a predominantly white college who said that (I) reparations would fix EVERYTHING wrong in their lives (II) whites who went to BLM rallies were insincere and (III) whites should just give all of their money to blacks. Come on
  • bean.view
    Like
    Always
  • Tony_Azios
    Excellent
    Loads of great topics here. Always interesting
  • Anne Catharine
    Audio Sustenance
    Invisibilia never fails to lift my spirits and expand my worldview. I highly recommend it to listeners from all backgrounds and walks of life - this show never disappoints!
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