Catapulting Pellets of Chance into your Stupid Head—Lulu Miller shares her lessons on crafting remarkable stories by accommodating chance in your creative process

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Lulu Miller is an NPR Science Desk Reporter where she covers human (and occasionally insect) behavior. Miller covers stories that challenge our assumptions about how organisms work – from the story of a blind woman who can see the rain but not her daughter’s smile, to a virus that inspires crickets to have more sex. She was a producer of the public radio program Radiolab for five years and is always on the hunt for “stories in which Duct-Tape Solves the Ethereal Sadness,” as she puts it. To hear more about that, take a listen here.

In January 2015, Miller will join NPR Science Correspondent Alix Spiegel to co-host Invisibilia, a new series from NPR about the unseen forces that control human behavior – our ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Invisibilia interweaves personal stories and science in a way that, ultimately, makes you see your own life differently.

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There might be some goodness in the randomness and the chance, there might be sadness when it's unexpected or joy when it's unexpected or images (that's probably the best thing), just images that you could never dream up... — Lulu Miller

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    So encouraging, thanks Lulu!

    Jason Ogle • August 11, 2016
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    Just listened to this talk on the CM Podcast and it was so great I had to watch the video! Great talk Lulu! Thanks for your insight!

    Arielle Quattro • March 29, 2016
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    This was an amazingly energetic talk that makes me want to 'do' less and allow more. Love it.

    Ralston Vaz • December 18, 2014
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    I started listening to Invisibilia right from the start and I loved every episode. Please make some more :)

    Rob Sutcliffe • March 23, 2015