The Best Invisibilia Podcast Episodes You Need To Listen To

From the self-taught 'bat man' to the guy who spent 13 years locked in his own head, here's the most fascinating episodes from Invisibilia to catch up on.

The Invisibilia Podcast Is Back! Here's The Best Episodes To Get You Up To Date

by Jess Commons |
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Invisibila, our favouritest podcast of last year, is back.

Presented by ex-Radiolab-er Lulu Miller, writer Hanna Roisin and ex This American Life-r Alex Spiegel,* Invisibilia* is about the invisible forces that control how we behave. From emotions to senses, brain activity to beliefs and ideals, all of human behaviour is up for scrutiny.

Season 2 kicked off this week with a look at what happens when you try to shift cultural norms (imagine being the dude who had to try and teach American-style customer service to workers in the first Moscow-based McDonalds after the Cold War).

The best Invisibilia season 2 episodes

The New Norm

The thoroughly compelling story of what happened when the first Mcdonald’s opened in Russia at the end of the Cold War, bringing with it the thoroughly alien concept of service with a smile…

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The Personality Myth

How much does our personality actually have to do with our position in life? Or is it all total luck and randomness? And how much does our personality actually change over the course of a lifetime (spoiler: loads)…

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The Problem With The Solution

This episode kicks off with a story about how a couple in Utah found a novel solution to their clogged drains… and then takes us down a completely different road by looking at how a town in Belgium has found a solution for mental illness that could be a whole new blueprint for how we treat people with mental health problems.

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Frame Of Reference

An instantly compelling story about what happens when a woman with Aspergers syndrome head a treatment that temporarily allowed her to see the social cues that had previously been missing in her life - and how this altered her frame of reference for good.

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Flip The Script

Looking at what happens when someone does the opposite of what their instincts tell them - changing the story entirely. This episode kicks off with an insanely terse story about what happens when you offer the armed man trying to rob you a glass of wine.

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The Secret Emotional Life Of Clothes

How much do the clothes we wear actually transform us? This episode has some amazing stores, including a guy who has worn sunglasses, pretty much constantly, since high school and a man who may have survived the Holocaust by wearing a Nazi officer’s shirt.

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Outside In

This episode explores how true that old adage ‘fake it till you make it’ really is - can you really change from the outside in? This episode features the very cool story of the first all-female debate team in Rwanda and a guy whose life was transformed when he became obsessed with a seagull named Mac Daddy.

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Best Invisibilia season 1 episodes

How To Become Batman

The one that got everyone talking. Daniel Kish is a blind man who has become one of the world's leading experts in the practice of echolocation. Bascially, Daniel has taught himself to 'see' by making clicking sounds with his mouth and reading how long the sound waves take to hit nearby surfaces. Daniel's taught over 10,000 blind people and their families and friends to 'see' in this way.

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What happens when you can't feel fear at all? Great stuff right? Well, not so much. The Invisiblia team spend time with an unnamed woman via her doctor who has Urbach-Wieth syndrome which means her brain literally cannot be scared of anything. As fun as that sounds to us anxiety ridden millenials, it actually makes the sufferer extremely vulnerable due to an inability to read potentially dangerous situations.

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The Secret History Of Thoughts

In this the first ever epsiode, the gang meet Martin Pistorious and his family. Martin, now a grown-up, fell into a coma when he was younger and lost all ability to move and communicate with those around him. The doctors said he was a vegetable but what they didn't know was that Martin, for the 13 years he spent locked in his own body, had a fully functioning brain and could see and hear everything that was going on around him.

Listen here.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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