681 August 16, 2019 Escape From the Lab What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world. 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 58: Small Towns Apr. 4, 1997 Act Two: How Do You Keep Them Down On The Farm? Marry Them Singles in Agriculture. 88: Numbers Jan. 2, 1998 Act Five: Break It Down A man tries to calculate what love costs. 269: Someone to Watch Over Me July 16, 2004 Act Three: Are You A Man Or A Mouse? Aimee Bender reads her story "The Rememberer," about a woman whose lover is undergoing reverse evolution. Staff RecommendationsView all 419 Nov. 12, 2010 Petty Tyrant The rise and fall of a school maintenance man in Schenectady, New York who terrorized his staff and got away with it for decades. 75 Sept. 12, 1997 Kindness of Strangers A locksmith tells the story of an act of kindness he committed, hoping for a small reward. That, and other stories of kindness in New York City.