681 August 16, 2019 Escape From the Lab What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world. Download 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 258: Leaving the Fold Jan. 30, 2004 Act One: I've Got A Secret I've Been Hiding From You This American Life producer Alex Blumberg tells the true story of Jerry Springer's life before he was a talk show host. 148: The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Suit Dec. 24, 1999 Act Two: If This Sleigh Is A-rockin', Don't Come A-knockin' Sarah Vowell explains why so many popular songs portray Santa as a ladies man. 278: Spies Like Us Nov. 19, 2004 Act One: The Lobbyist When Burt Covit was programming his VCR one day, he accidentally tuned in to a channel showing the lobby of a building. Staff RecommendationsView all 565 Aug. 28, 2015 Lower 9 + 10 We go to the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans to talk to residents about what matters most to them ten years after the hurricane. 560 July 3, 2015 Abdi and the Golden Ticket A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American.