KBSX 91.5 To Debut NPR's New Show About Human Behavior

Jan 8, 2015

Invisibilia creators and co-hosts Alix Spiegel (left) and Lulu Miller (right).
Credit John W. Poole / NPR

Take a glimpse into a world you can’t see with Invisibilia, a new program on KBSX 91.5 about the unseen forces that shape human behavior -- ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts.

The one-hour show, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning “all the invisible things,” is produced by NPR’s award-winning Science Desk. Listen to the show locally every Saturday at 3 p.m. starting Jan. 10 on KBSX 91.5 FM.

Invisibilia explores how people’s lives are shaped - and sometimes even controlled – by ideas and feelings that are powerful and rarely examined. Creators and co-hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller – who helped to create the groundbreaking public radio programs This American Life and Radiolab – combine powerful storytelling and cutting-edge research from the pages of scientific journals to bring listeners a unique audio experience.

In the six-episode pilot season, Spiegel and Miller dig into how everyone has had, at times, dark, disturbing thoughts and whether those thoughts have any significance. They look at how fear can shape people’s actions; what causes fear and how to exert control over it. Another show examines how expectations have real-world consequences so powerful that they could overcome physical disability.

“Each program is scientifically rigorous, jumping right to the heart of the latest psychological and brain research,” said Anne Gudenkauf, Senior Supervising Editor of NPR’s Science Desk. “Alix and Lulu show us how what scientists know sheds light on what we experience. Invisibilia anchors its examinations with intimate accounts from real people living at the boundaries of our understanding of that new science.”

"Invisibilia will introduce you to people and ideas you’ve never encountered before,” said Spiegel. “We profile these very unusual people because their experiences allow us to look more closely at the invisible forces that shape us all – things like fear and empathy.”

One program note: TED Radio Hour which is normally heard Saturdays at 3 p.m. will now broadcast on KBSX 91.5 Sundays at 8 p.m. through Feb. 15.

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