681 August 16, 2019 Escape From the Lab What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world. DownloadAmazon iTunes 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 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. 237: Regime Change Apr. 18, 2003 Act One: Unconquerable Katie Davis tells the story of one storefront in her bustling commercial neighborhood that resists all occupation. 57: Delivery Mar. 14, 1997 Act Two: Who You Meet "Edison, New Jersey," a story about delivering pool tables from Junot Diaz's book Drown. Staff RecommendationsView all 261 Mar. 26, 2004 The Sanctity of Marriage A generation of researchers has revolutionized the way we see marriage. 110 Sept. 4, 1998 Mapping The world redrawn by the five senses.