141: Invisible Worlds

141: Invisible Worlds

Oct 1, 1999
Stories of people who are trying to make invisible worlds visible, and what happens when you make them visible.
  • There are thousands of voices passing through your body right now on radio waves—signals from cellular phones and cordless phones, military transmissions and baby monitors. You're not supposed to listen in on these. Someone explains why he does anyway. (4 minutes) PoliceTechnology

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  • Producer Alex Blumberg with people who listen in on the invisible world on the nether reaches of the radio spectrum, mostly illegally...and what they find there. (14 minutes)Technology
    Song:
    • "Turn Your Radio On", Roy Acuff

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  • One of the most powerful forces in a room can be the thing that is unspoken between people. Five writers—Scott Carrier, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Brady Udall and Lan Samantha Chang—give us case examples: stories when they felt the presence of something unspoken. (16 minutes) ChildrenFamilyFathersHealth Care/MedicinePolitics

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  • The publisher of the zine Infiltration talks about the pleasure and importance of going behind the scenes of everyday life. (11 minutes)CityWriting

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  • Producer Nancy Updike tells the story of scientists who simply made up an invisible, weightless subatomic particle called the neutrino. Then they set out on the task of finding it, using tools that sound positively crude: A mineshaft and 100,000 gallons of dry cleaning fluid. (9 minutes)Science

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