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Invisibilia is Latin for "invisible things." The program explores the unseen forces that shape human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions -- interweaving narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently. The show is co-hosted by a trio of NPR's award-winning journalists, Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin, who have roots at This American Life, Radiolab and The Atlantic.

In the first season, Invisibilia showed us how science sheds light on what we individually experience; the second season will delve more often into how our lives are entwined, sometimes invisibly, with each other and the larger world.

The one-hour program is a collaboration between the NPR Science Desk, led by Supervising Senior Editor Anne Gudenkauf, and NPR's Programming division. It continues NPR's tradition of reimagining science programing in a way that is approachable and appealing to NPR's core audience and new younger audiences as well.

The Remote Control Brain

Mar 29, 2019

What would it be like if you could control your mood with a hand held device?

The Weatherman

Mar 22, 2019

In this episode of Invisibilia, we explore our relationship with uncertainty through the eyes of a chief meteorologist.

Post, Shoot

Mar 15, 2019

What is the relationship between the version of you that lives online and the one that walks around the earth?


Mar 12, 2019

Invisibilia is aware of the objections raised on social media in response to our recent episode about pain, called "The Fifth Vital Sign." We regret that the story was shared on some platforms using the word "cure," which was not our intended message about this treatment program.

The Fifth Vital Sign

Mar 8, 2019

We look at how our culture's massive effort to address pain has paradoxically increased it. And we follow one young girl as she struggles through a bizarre and extreme treatment program.