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 Transcript Bettmann/Getty Images Prologue Prologue Ira questions the motives of overly ambitious scientists and inventors. (2 minutes) ByIra Glass Act One Breakout Star A reality show contestant tries to game the system. (20 minutes) ByEmanuele Berry Act Two Two Times a Lady An inventor designs a robotic device that creates a dilemma for the administrators and judges of a major electronics trade show. (16 minutes) ByLina Misitzis Act Three Fraught Couture A government agent steals a suit that’s supposed to make her invisible. It does more than that. (18 minutes) ByNeil Drumming Song:“Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 638: Rom-Com Feb. 9, 2018 Act Four: You Had Me at Hello Comedian Jillian Welsh tells Diane Wu about one of the most romantic—and stressful—nights of her life, a night that paralleled the plot of a rom-com in several ways. 272: Big Tent Sept. 10, 2004 Act Four: It's My Party One of the most civil conversations you'll ever hear between GOP members on opposite sides of the party's culture war. 750: The Ferryman Oct. 15, 2021 Act Two: Last Ride What’s it like, being on that boat with the immortal ferryman, heading into the underworld? Writer Marie Phillips imagines one such trip. Staff RecommendationsView all 570 Oct. 16, 2015 The Night in Question Conspiracy theories about the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin continue to shape Israel's politics and future. 550 Mar. 13, 2015 Three Miles What happens when of a group of public school students in the Bronx goes to visit an elite private school three miles away.