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 443: Amusement Park Aug. 12, 2011 Act Three: What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation Jonathan Goldstein returns to Wildwood, New Jersey, where he spent one not-fateful summer when he was sixteen. 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. 470: Show Me the Way July 27, 2012 Act Two: Oh! The Places You Will Not Go! A man who believes he's turning into a cockroach reaches out to a world famous doctor for advice. Staff RecommendationsView all 449 Oct. 28, 2011 Middle School Stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school. 419 Nov. 12, 2010 Petty Tyrant The rise and fall of a school maintenance man in Schenectady, New York who terrorized his staff and got away with it for decades.