681 August 16, 2019 Escape From the Lab What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world. Download Share a clip Transcript Bettmann Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Ira questions the motives of overly ambitious scientists and inventors. (2 minutes) Act One Breakout Star ByEmanuele Berry A reality show contestant tries to game the system. (20 minutes) Act Two Two Times a Lady ByLina Misitzis An inventor designs a robotic device that creates a dilemma for the administrators and judges of a major electronics trade show. (16 minutes) Act Three Fraught Couture ByNeil Drumming A government agent steals a suit that’s supposed to make her invisible. It does more than that. (18 minutes) Song:“Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 83: One of Us Nov. 14, 1997 Act One: My Crap Life Writer Tim Melley. 239: Lost in America June 6, 2003 Act One: Losing It If you're going to do a show about people who are lost, you pretty much have to include a story about adolescents. 198: How to Win Friends and Influence People Nov. 2, 2001 Act Four: Just Be Yourself Jonathan Goldstein with a story about what it's like to date Lois Lane when she's on the rebound from Superman. Staff RecommendationsView all 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. 465 May 25, 2012 What Happened at Dos Erres A Guatemalan immigrant living near Boston gets a phone call with some very strange news about his past.