Season 4 of NPR's Invisibilia will examine how the stories we tell ourselves can lock us into one place or another... and what happens in the space in between.
Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. The show is co-hosted by award winning journalists Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin. In each episode, human stories are combined with the latest thinking on psychological and brain science.
NHPR will broadcast episodes Friday nights at 8 p.m., beginning March 9, followed by a three-episode marathon Sunday, March 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Episode 1, Friday, March 9, 8 p.m.
Breaking The Pattern
A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of a young woman. She’s the child of addicts and an ex-addict and ex-felon herself, and she’s asking the court to trust her to become an attorney. The outcome of her case hinges on a question we all struggle with: are we destined to repeat our patterns, or can we stray in surprising directions? It’s a question that’s increasingly relevant in an age when algorithms are trying to predict everything about our behavior.
Episode 2, Friday, March 16, 8 p.m.
Things Left Unsaid
In any relationship, there are always things we don’t say, assumptions we make about people we love. But often those assumptions are wildly, even dangerously wrong. We tell the story of a Taiwanese spy who infiltrates a family, and exposes how little they understand each other. And we meet an extreme daydreamer who has decided to keep her fantasy life a secret from her husband and son.
Episode 3, Friday, March 23, 8 p.m.
The Stories We Tell
Sometimes we lose something so central that our very sense of self unravels, and we have to resort to extremes. We talk to a 74-year old woman whose husband’s death has led her to skydiving, and a beekeeper who thinks his hives have been stolen by mobsters. Then we travel to Mogadishu to learn about a reality show called “Inspire Somalia,” which is trying to remind a country that’s been terrorized by Islamic extremists that it could once again be the kind of place where people can sing in public.