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 53: Valentine’s Day ‘97 Feb. 7, 1997 Act Three: It's Not the Heat Writer Julie Showalter on her parents' romance. 355: The Giant Pool of Money May 9, 2008 Act One This American Life producer Alex Blumberg teams up with NPR's Adam Davidson for the entire hour to tell the story—the surprisingly entertaining story—of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. 314: It's Never Over June 23, 2006 Act Two: Life Without Leanne Writer Larry Doyle on a love that will not die, no matter how dead it is. Staff RecommendationsView all 218 Aug. 9, 2002 Act V A group of inmates at a high-security prison stage a production of the last act of Hamlet. 429 Mar. 11, 2011 Will They Know Me Back Home? Stories of people who've grown so accustomed to wartime that the lives they've left behind no longer make sense.