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Invisibilia

Selected Sundays at 12 p.m.
  • Hosted by Lulu Miller, Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin

A series about the invisible forces that shape human behavior. The show interweaves personal stories with scientific research that will make you see your own life differently.

Season 3 Trailer

May 18, 2017

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White Coat

Aug 4, 2016

Lulu Miller introduces us to a scientist who is trying to figure out if clothes can change us in concrete, measurable ways. In a Northwestern University study by Adam Galinsky and Hajo Adam, the mere act of wearing a doctor's coat made participants perform better on an attention task than participants who wore the same exact coat... but believed it was a painter's coat.

Meet the Contributors

Jul 31, 2016

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Jul 29, 2016

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Explore the Episode

Jul 29, 2016

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Meet the Contributors

Jul 29, 2016

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Featured Music

Jul 29, 2016

Most of the music in this episode was obtained from NPR's licensed music libraries. But we are always on the hunt for awesome new music or original work by musicians! If that's you, write to us on Facebook or at invisibiliamail@npr.org and your music could be featured here! Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.

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Jul 29, 2016

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HANNA ROSIN, HOST:

When he was in college, the thing that annoyed Brett Cohen the most was celebrity culture.

Featured Music

Jul 29, 2016

Most of the music in this episode was obtained from NPR's licensed music libraries. But we are always on the hunt for awesome new music or original work by musicians! If that's you, write to us on Facebook or at invisibiliamail@npr.org and your music could be featured here!

Explore the Episode

Jul 29, 2016

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Jul 25, 2016

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Shoes

Jul 24, 2016

A short comedic essay by contributor Colin Dwyer who proposes that maybe shoes are to blame, for pollution, climate change, violence, and all the other acts of human insensitivity. Because the moment we slipped a surface between ourselves and the ground, we lost our intimate connection with the earth. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Hoodie

Jul 22, 2016

Contributor Chenjerai Kumanyika visits Bonita and Jay Wise, an African-American mom and son grappling with the power of clothes to protect him from racial profiling. At first, the mom seems like a classic respectability politics advocate – someone who believes that if her son just dresses properly (i.e. no sagging pants) then he'll be safe.

Silky Knickers

Jul 22, 2016

Will Franken

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Nazi's Shirt

Jul 22, 2016

Hanna Rosin has a story about Martin Greenfield, a tailor in Brooklyn who has dressed the last three presidents, and a host of celebrities – Donald Trump, Michael Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal. He learned how to sew when the SS put him to work in the tailor shop at Auschwitz, where he did an amazing thing. After he ripped the shirt of a Nazi officer, and took a beating for it, Martin decided to take the shirt for himself. No other prisoners had a shirt under their uniform but he kept his, throughout the rest of the war.

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Jul 22, 2016

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HANNA ROSIN, HOST:

Let's begin on October 31.

HANNA ROSIN AND LULU MILLER: Halloween.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD #1: Trick or treat.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Trick or treat.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Happy Halloween.

Featured Music

Jul 22, 2016

Special thanks to musicians Kai Engel and Lee Rosevere, whose music was used under a Creative Commons attribution license.

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Nazi's Shirt

Jul 22, 2016

Hanna Rosin has a story about Martin Greenfield, a tailor in Brooklyn who has dressed the last three presidents, and a host of celebrities – Donald Trump, Michael Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal. He learned how to sew when the SS put him to work in the tailor shop at Auschwitz, where he did an amazing thing. After he ripped the shirt of a Nazi officer, and took a beating for it, Martin decided to take the shirt for himself. No other prisoners had a shirt under their uniform but he kept his, throughout the rest of the war.

Shoes

Jul 22, 2016

A short comedic essay by contributor Colin Dwyer who proposes that maybe shoes are to blame, for pollution, climate change, violence, and all the other acts of human insensitivity. Because the moment we slipped a surface between ourselves and the ground, we lost our intimate connection with the earth.

Sunglasses

Jul 22, 2016

Invisibilia producer Yowei Shaw talks to a guy named Cass Frankenstein, who is horrendously bullied as a kid and tries all sorts of things to get it to stop. Nothing works, until he shows up at school with new prescription sunglasses, which magically end the harassment! The sunglasses work so well... that Cass never stops wearing them. He's 48 now and he wears sunglasses pretty much all the time – whether he's indoors or outdoors, whether it's daytime or night-time, on dates or at work.

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