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/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 192: Meet the Pros Aug. 31, 2001 Act One: Crispy With The Rock The story of two amateurs meeting the pros. 397: 2010 Jan. 1, 2010 Act Five: Funny You Don't Look Two-ish Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg from our Planet Money team report on economic forecasts for 2010 and what they can and cannot accurately predict. 468: Switcheroo June 29, 2012 Act One: Healthy Start What if someone mistakes you for someone else, and you decide to just go with it? Actor John Conlee reads this story from Etgar Keret's book Suddenly a Knock on the Door. Staff RecommendationsView all 513 Dec. 13, 2013 129 Cars One car dealership tries to make its monthly quota: 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected. 472 Aug. 17, 2012 Our Friend David Favorite stories by our longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff.