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 29: Bob Dole July 19, 1996 Act Two: How You Can Be Bob Dole Former Saturday Night Live writer Robert Smigel — who impersonates Dole on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the deceased Dana Carvey Show — gives step-by-step instructions on how to imitate the Republican nominee. 236: My Two Cents Apr. 11, 2003 Act Two: Stock Making Sense Producer Alex Blumberg bought a stock on a tip in 1997. 386: Fine Print July 24, 2009 Act Two: Occupancy May Be Revoked Without Notice David Rakoff tells the story of a contract between a son and his visiting mother. Staff RecommendationsView all 354 Apr. 18, 2008 Mistakes Were Made Freezing dead people so scientists can reanimate them in the future is a lot harder than it sounds. 589 June 17, 2016 Tell Me I’m Fat Maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat.