Program: Specials and Documentaries
Airing Sundays at 6 p.m.
Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that shape human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts. Produced by NPR’s Science Desk, Invisibilia continues NPR’s tradition of reimagining science programming from something dry and scholarly into something whimsical and captivating. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.
February 1 – Fearless
We look at what would happen if you could disappear fear. A group of scientists believe that we no longer need fear — at least not the kind we live with — to navigate the modern world. We will examine that claim, and reveal the striking (and rare) case of a woman with no fear. The second half of the show explores how the rest of us might “turn off” fear.
February 8 – Entanglement
We hear from a woman with Mirror Touch Synesthesia who can physically feel what she sees others feeling. We also explore the ways in which all of us are connected — more literally than you might realize. The hour will start with surprising developments in physics and end with a conversation with comedian Maria Bamford and her mother. They discuss what it’s like to be entangled through impersonation.
February 15 – Our Computers, Ourselves
We look at the ways technology is affecting us, and our main question is : Are computers changing our character? We hear from cyborgs, bullies, neuroscientists and police chiefs about whether our closeness with computers is changing us as a species.
State of the Re:Union tells the stories of everyday people that are doing extraordinary work to help each other, to engage their community, and to overcome obstacles.
February 22 – Leadership from the Bottom Up: A Black History Month Special
Usually during Black History Month, we remember Civil Rights icons and reflect on their legacy. But over the past couple of years, SOTRU has met a new generation of African American leaders, people you may not see on TV specials or making nationally acclaimed speeches. Most of these men and women are on the front lines of their communities, rolling up their selves and diving in to what can be very unglamorous work. In this episode, SOTRU would like to introduce you to this group of leaders and what they’re accomplishing in their various corners of America.