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 122: Valentine’s Day ’99 Feb. 12, 1999 Act Two: Mucho Corazon A man in Amsterdam and a woman in Cuba fall in love, even though their governments don't want them to live together. 71: Defying Sickness Aug. 1, 1997 Act Three: Iron Man Mark O'Brien is a writer in California, who lives most of each day in an iron lung, thanks to a childhood case of polio. 415: Crybabies Sept. 24, 2010 Act Four: Cry Me a Liver A fable about being a crybaby, from David Sedaris' new book of animal fables, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk. 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. 513 Dec. 13, 2013 129 Cars One car dealership tries to sell 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected.