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How To Grow A Bully + Lullaby

Feb 12, 2015

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This is INVISIBILIA. I'm Alix Spiegel.

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SPIEGEL: Today, we're talking about computers and how they invisibly affect our behavior.

Computer Or Human? + Thad

Feb 12, 2015

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This is INVISIBILIA, stories about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. I'm Alix Spiegel.

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And I'm Lulu Miller. Let's begin today the way any good apocalyptic horror movie begins - on a sunny day.

Iggy + Children Of The Dirt

Feb 5, 2015

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And I am Alix Spiegel. And today, we're talking about categories.

Paige's Story

Feb 5, 2015

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From NPR News, this is INVISIBILIA. And today, we're going to start with a question that was recently asked of the customers of the Rize coffee shop in Midtown Manhattan. Lulu, what's the question?

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It's a very hard-hitting question.

SPIEGEL: It is.

Contagion + Maria Bamford

Jan 29, 2015

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SPIEGEL: And today we are looking at entanglement - the ways which we are all invisibly connected with one another.

Mirror Touch

Jan 29, 2015

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BONUS: Falling Off A Cliff

Jan 26, 2015

We didn't have enough room in our Batman show for this lovely story about Julee-anne Bell, one of the many people who have learned Daniel Kish's echolocation technique. Enjoy!

Batman Pt. 2

Jan 22, 2015

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And I'm Alix Spiegel. What we do on our show is we try to look at human behavior, particularly how invisible stuff like emotions and beliefs and ideas shape our lives. And today, we are using the story of a blind man named Daniel Kish to look at how profoundly expectations can affect us. And when last we met Daniel, he had decided that he was going to become kind of a real-life Batman who saved people who were blind from the low expectations of their culture.

Batman Pt. 1

Jan 22, 2015

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From NPR News, this is Invisibilia. I'm Alix Spiegel.

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And I'm Lulu Miller.

SPIEGEL: And today we're going to tell you a story that we think is going to make you believe something that you do not currently believe.

MILLER: Right.

SPIEGEL: And to begin to explain this story, we want to introduce you to something - a rat.

MILLER: (Laughter) Hi, buddy.

SPIEGEL: Recently, Lulu and I got a rat, and we brought it to NPR.

MILLER: So can you just describe what we got here?

Disappearing Fear

Jan 15, 2015

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This is INVISIBILIA. I'm Alix Spiegel. Today, we are looking at fear, asking, can we disappear fear? And we have two experiments coming up with people who have tried to get rid of their fear. So let me introduce you to our first test subject.

OK, so can you please say your whole name?

World With No Fear

Jan 15, 2015

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This is INVISIBILIA, stories about the invisible forces that shape human behavior.

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SPIEGEL: And I'm Alix Spiegel. And today we are talking about fear, and like many stories that involve fear, this one begins in the woods.

Locked-In Man

Jan 8, 2015

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So from NPR News, this is INVISIBILIA. I am Lulu Miller.

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And I am Alix Spiegel.

MILLER: And today, we are discussing thoughts.

SPIEGEL: How to think about your thoughts. What we should think about our thoughts that we think.

Dark Thoughts

Jan 8, 2015

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So we're going to start with a very simple question - what were you just thinking?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Who the hell are you? (Laughter) I mean, that's what I was just thinking.

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL #1: A cheeseburger (laughter). I wanted a cheeseburger.

Invisibilia Preview

Dec 19, 2014

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