Invisibilia

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Airs Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 6 p.m. 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.

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Airs Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 6 p.m. 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.

Airs Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 6 p.m. This week on Invisibilia, is it possible to predict a person's future by looking at their past? Co-host Alix Spiegel goes looking for patterns and tries to determine what they can tell us about ourselves.

Airs Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. We all have a better self, a version of us that is better, more successful. It can inspire us to achieve our dreams, or mock us for everything we have failed to become.

Airs Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. Is there a part of ourselves that we don’t acknowledge, that we don’t even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it?

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