‘Invisibilia,’ NPR’s New Show on Human Behavior, Begins Jan. 10 on KRCU


KRCU coffee mugCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 7, 2015 – Take a glimpse into a world you can’t see with “Invisibilia,” a new program on KRCU about the unseen forces that shape human behavior — ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts – that will air beginning Jan. 10 on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Ste. Genevieve and Farmington, Missouri.

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. Listeners may tune into the show locally every Saturday at 1 p.m. and every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“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 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.”

The show brings together two award-winning radio reporters distinguished for their compelling science coverage and their powerful storytelling. Spiegel, one of the founding producers of “This American Life,” has covered psychology and human behavior for NPR’s Science Desk for 10 years. Her work has earned many awards including a George Foster Peabody Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Miller, who played a similar role at “Radiolab,”  joined the Science Desk in 2013. Her work has been recognized by the George Foster Peabody Awards, Third Coast and The Missouri Review.

NPR’s “Invisibilia” airs as full episodes on public radio stations across the country and in segments on NPR newsmagazines. Each full episode will be available as a podcast and online at npr”Invisibilia”tumblr.com. Visit the show’s Facebook page, and follow @NPR”Invisibilia” on Twitter and Instagram for more.

About KRCU

KRCU is Southeast Missouri’s NPR station broadcasting from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. It broadcasts at 90.9FM in Cape Girardeau and at 88.9FM in Ste. Genevieve and Farmington. In addition to airing NPR news programs such as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” KRCU also produces local news and features and broadcasts a variety of music and entertainment programs. In 2015, the station is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as an NPR station.

About NPR

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