681 August 16, 2019 Escape From the Lab What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to 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 444: Gossip Aug. 26, 2011 Act Two Chicago writer Rebecca Makkai bring us the story of a reality television producer attempting to gossip love into existence—and just how complicated that gets. 396: #1 Party School Dec. 18, 2009 Act Two: If God Isn't A Penn State Fan, Then Why Is The Sky Blue And White? Because of the University, State College is in the only county in Pennsylvania where GDP grew in 2008. 606: Just What I Wanted Dec. 23, 2016 Act One: Lopsided Tannenbaum A fictional story written and read by Maile Meloy about a family that encounters two peculiar strangers in the snow on Christmas Day. Staff RecommendationsView all 84 Nov. 21, 1997 Harold The story of Harold Washington and the white backlash that was set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor. 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis.