“Just get out there and get rejected, and sometimes it’s going to get dirty. But that’s OK, ‘cause you’re going to feel great after, you’re going to feel like, 'Wow. I disobeyed fear,’” said Jason Comely, a freelance IT guy from Cambridge, Ont. 

Fear is one of the strongest and most basic of human emotions, and it’s the focus of Fearless, the second episode of Invisibilia, NPR’s new show on the invisible forces that shape human behavior.

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

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Scott Dyleski was convicted of murdering his neighbour, Pamela Vitale, the wife of a prominent attorney, Daniel Horowitz. He received the maximum penalty of Life imprisonment without parole, and was not eligible to be given the death penalty as he was only 16 at the time of the murder.

After finding Vitale dead, police searched Dyleski’s home and found a substantial amount of evidence: two laptops, a computer, several knives, stained bedding and a duffle bag. His mother was initially accused of helping her son destroy evidence, but charges were later dropped after she agreed to cooperate fully with prosecutors.


In this episode of Invisibilia, NPR’s new show about human behavior, we wanted to explore entanglements: the invisible ways we’re entangled with each other. So we called a comedian.

I’m a fan of Maria Bamford, who has done impressions of her mother throughout her career. Sometimes the version of her mom she plays is just funny, because the mom can be so charmingly upbeat about the horrors of the world that it’s hilarious. But sometimes it feels like it’s about elements in their relationship that have a darker side. Like in this YouTube bit.

So what happens when you mess in a very public way with an entanglement that’s pretty complicated already: the emotional entanglement between mother and daughter? How does that affect things?

By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

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In this episode of Invisibilia, NPR’s new show about human behavior, hosts Alix Spigel and Lulu Miller examine how categories define us — how, if given a chance, humans will jump into one category or another. People need them, want them. This show looks at what categories provide for us.

Invisiblia: The Power Of Categories

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Dan and James interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz!