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 Share a clip Transcript Bettmann/Getty Images 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 43: Faustian Bargains Nov. 22, 1996 Act Four: Carmen Becomes Faust Carmen Delzell on a deal she made with the devil when she turned 30. 392: Someone Else's Money Oct. 16, 2009 Act Four: Sorry Johnny... It's Only Business. This American Life producer Sarah Koenig reports on a very surprising reason why insurance companies dump members, and how this reasoning contradicts President Obama's argument for what will lower health care costs. 245: Allure of the Mean Friend Sept. 5, 2003 Act Three: And What's Going On With You? A case study in every word from a friend meaning its opposite. Staff RecommendationsView all 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. 154 Mar. 10, 2000 In Dog We Trust (2000) Exactly how much are the animals that live in our home caught up in everyday family dynamics?