Invisibilia

10 a.m. Sunday | June 4 - 25

"Invisibilia" is a program from NPR heard intermittently on WRVO. The next series starts Sunday, June 4 and will be heard at 10 a.m. on Sundays for four weeks. The theme of this season is "The Nature of Reality and Our Role in Creating It."

Hosts Alix Spiegel, Hanna Rosin and Lulu Miller.
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"Invisibilia" is about the unseen forces that control human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin, who have roots at "Radiolab," This American Life," and "The Atlantic." "Invisibilia" interweaves and narrative storytelling and fascinating new psychological and brain science, in a way that ultimately makes you see your own life differently.

What realities should we entertain for ourselves?

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What happens when people can't agree on reality? Many in our increasingly polarized society confront this question every day.

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In the first stories of the new season, we're giving emotions a similar treatment to the one we gave to thoughts in the very first episode of "Invisibilia" (The Secret History of Thoughts). Where do our emotions come from? How seriously should we take them? Do they tell us truths about the world that should guide our behavior or should we be more skeptical about them?

To explore these questions, we look at an unusual case in the American justice system. Then we follow a man as he discovers a new emotion that no one in western culture has experienced before.

"Invisibilia" is back this spring with their third season. This time, they're exploring the nature of reality and our role in creating it with four new episodes. Join the team as they explore the invisible forces that shape human behavior -- thoughts, emotions, assumptions and expectations.

The new seasons starts Sunday, June 4. We'll be airing "Invisibilia" every Sunday at 10 a.m. through June. It will replace the last hour of "Weekend Edition" on Sunday, but remember you can hear that same hour at 8 a.m.

February 15: Our Computers, Ourselves. This week, we look at the ways technology affects us, and the main question is : Are computers changing human character? You’ll hear from cyborgs, bullies, neuroscientists and police chiefs about whether our closeness with computers is changing us as a species.

This is the final broadcast of NPR's six-week series Invisibilia! Thank you for listening. Fell free to offer your thoughts and comments by sending us an email to feedback@wrvo.org.