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Invisibilia Season 4

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Mar 2, 2018 3:36 PM
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Invisibilia debuted in January 2015 and since then has become a fan favorite. We welcome a fresh season of episodes this March.

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.

This month WITF features three episodes from the new season of Invisibilia:

Breaking The Pattern - March 11 at 7pm / March 14 at 2pm
A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of the 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.

Things Left Unsaid - March 18 at 7pm / March 21 at 2pm
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.

The Stories We Tell - March 25 at 7pm / March 28 at 2pm
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.

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