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Aug 5, 2020

The Invisible Man has been scaring us since 1897, but invisibility has been used for nefarious purposes in myths and legends since way before that. Our survey of invisibility spans past centuries all the way to the modern day as we examine what exactly makes invisibility scary—and what might be next.

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of mental institutions, gaslighting, abusive relationships, murder, physical and mental abuse, suicide, military industrail complex, stalking, human/medical testing, terrorism, grave robbing, racism, and gun violence. 



- Recommendation: This week, Amanda recommends the podcast Bad Queers. Check out our previous book recommendations, guests’ books, and more at

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About Us

Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production studio. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.