A lot of communities today are taking a hard stand against sexual harassment and assault. Using social media shaming, ostracism, professional excommunication, whatever punishment is painful enough to shift the moral code by brute force. Through one incident in the Richmond Virginia hardcore music scene, we chronicle a social media callout and ask what pain can accomplish. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains obscenities and descriptions of sex and violence. This episode was supported by API: http://www.api.org/ Wix: https://www.wix.com/ and Rocket Mortgage: https://www.rocketmortgage.com/
Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.
Today we introduce you to Allie and Steve, who is one person. For half the day she can be Allie and the other half he is Steve. For many of us this would be a disorienting experience. But after a shattering experience in their life, Allie/Steve has learned to live comfortably in this in between space. And Allie/Steve has lessons to teach us about the beauty of not retreating to black and white. We also talk to a woman who suffers from a little known condition called “maladaptive daydreaming.” She is who is so addicted to her fantasy life that she’s finding it hard to manage her real one. Support for this episode provided by: Rocket Mortgage: www.rocketmortgage.com Sierra Nevada: sierranevada.com UDI’s: udisglutenfree.com Wix: www.wix.com
A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of the young woman. She’s the child of addicts and an ex-addict and ex-felon herself, and she’s asking the court to trust her to become an attorney. The outcome of her case hinges on a question we all struggle with: are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions? – a question increasingly relevant in an age when algorithms are trying to predict everything about our behavior. CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual abuse. Support for this episode provided by: Slack: http://slack.com/ API: http://www.api.org/ and GoToMeeting: https://www.gotomeeting.com/
Your aging mother lives in another country. Then a tenant moves into her house – he’s clean, polite, helpful. At first you are relieved, until you begin to suspect that man has sinister motives. That’s the situation two brothers found themselves in, in Taiwan. Then something happened between the tenant and the mother that unsettled the brothers’ lives even more. We examine how leaving things unsaid with our intimates can lead to misunderstandings and missed connections. Support for this episode provided by: Discover: https://www.discover.com/ Rocket Mortgage: https://www.rocketmortgage.com/ GoToMeeting: https://www.gotomeeting.com/ Midroll: http://www.midroll.com/
Reality TV may be popular around the world, but it’s also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. So, can that kind of fragile fantasy world meaningfully influence reality? We look at the goals and impact of a UN-backed reality show called “Inspire Somalia,” that attempted to model democracy and freedom in a country racked by decades of clan warfare and oppression by extremist groups like al-Shabab.