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/Getty Images 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 233: Starting From Scratch Mar. 7, 2003 Act One: Puppy Love, the Business Model After 25 years at the same company, a man starts a new life with a new venture: a cable channel that shows nothing but puppies. 393: Infidelity Oct. 30, 2009 Act Three: How Did I Get Here? Act two showed us a moment before infidelity occurs. 603: Once More, With Feeling Dec. 2, 2016 Act Three: You Had One Job A bomb disposal robot is assigned a new and even more complicated task. Staff RecommendationsView all 504 Sept. 6, 2013 How I Got Into College How a stolen library book got one man into his dream school and changed his life forever. Or at least that's the story he tells himself. 46 Dec. 13, 1996 Sissies A family where the father was one kind of sissy and the son was another kind, and how the family was destroyed despite the fact that no one wanted it to be.