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.
Invisibilia is seeking stories about discomfort with power. Stories about leaders denying their power, organizations with supposedly flat power structures and invisible hierarchies, or personal relationships with difficult power dynamics. If you have a story about power – at a workplace, in a band, on a high school basketball team, etc... – send a short summary with the subject line – POWER – to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is March 11th.
Therapy, with Friends
Would you ever consider going to therapy with a friend?Two best friends who call themselves brothers were drifting apart, so they asked psychotherapist Esther Perel to help — and we listened in. This episode was recorded in collaboration with Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel and a companion episode can be heard on her podcast.
Sh*t happens. So why is it so hard to talk about? This week, the ways that poop divides and binds us in our friendships.
Friends with Benefits
A lot of us think that it's a bad idea to get physical with friends. We worry it'll get messy, maybe even ruin the friendship. But if physical intimacy between friends weren't so taboo, what could our friendships look like? In this episode, we explore the gray zone of sex and friendship, following a man who deliberately kept his friendships with women hazy and now wants to apologize, and a pair of BFFs who became close through sex.
International Friend of Mystery
You know the old saying--keep your friends close and your enemies closer. But what if you can't tell the difference? In this episode, the story of two friends who got caught up in a Top Secret operation that tested their assumptions about trust, betrayal, loyalty, and power.
Nun of Us Are Friends
It's a basic tenet of friendship that you get to choose your friends. We look at two institutions that took away that choice: convents circa the 1960s and a summer program with unusual rules. What do we lose and what do we gain when we give up our preferences and try to make friends with everyone equally?
A Friendly Ghost Story
It's one of the most common and infuriating friend mysteries out there - a friend disappears into thin air. But where do these ghosts go? And why are we so haunted by them? If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
The Friendship Season
Friendship gets the Invisibilia treatment.
Presenting: On Our Watch
A 16-year-old Black kid walks into a gas station in Stockton, Calif. to buy gummy worms for his little sister. When the teen gets in an argument with the clerk over a damaged dollar bill, a white officer in plainclothes decides to intervene — with force. We bring you an episode of On Our Watch, a new podcast from NPR and KQED that traces the ripple effects of this incident over the next 10 years in a department trying to address racism and bias.
American Slow Radio
Let's get slow. Producer Abby Wendle picks up the gauntlet that was thrown down in the last episode "The Great Narrative Escape." Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
The Great Narrative Escape
Imagine a TV show with no plot, no characters, no tension... and yet, it went viral! In this episode, we have a story that questions storytelling as we know it. Plus, co-hosts Kia Miakka Natisse and Yowei Shaw take a spectacularly unspectacular train ride.
The Chaos Machine: A Looping Revolt
Is 209 Times helping or hurting the community it claims to serve? What does the site mean for the future of local news in America? And what can be done about it? In the final installment of "The Chaos Machine" series , Yowei finds herself in the middle of a long-standing tug of war over who owns the truth.
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4.5 out of 5
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 a...
Love this show!
Smart. Engaging. Sometimes humorous and always interesting. Keep it up!
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 sl...
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 “wom...
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...
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 sto...
This show has really gone downhill in the past few seasons after changing hosts. Where are the science-based, fascinating stories that offered real in...
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 some...
No thanks to friendship therapy
No desire to attend friendship therapy. Friends come and go. That’s life.
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.