43: Faustian Bargains

43: Faustian Bargains

Nov 22, 1996
Inspired by a spate of new Chicago stage adaptations of the Faust story, This American Life brings you stories of people who made a deal with the devil.
  • LuAnne Johnson is a teacher who sold her story to Hollywood and saw it made into the film and TV series Dangerous Minds, in which a character named LuAnne Johnson does things the real LuAnne believes are unethical and silly. (15 minutes)EducationFilm/Film MakingJobs/EmploymentTelevisionWriting

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  • Found tape of a conversation about bringing back the dead. (11 minutes)Paranormal

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  • Alix Spiegel tells the story of her friend Jayna, who made a Faustian bargain at 11 years old. (12 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyFriendshipLiteratureMarriageMusic

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  • Carmen Delzell on a deal she made with the devil when she turned 30. (14 minutes)HousingJobs/EmploymentPersonal FinanceRetail/CommerceRomance

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  • Daniel Pinkwater reads his children's picture book Devil in the Drain. (4 minutes)ChildrenLiterature

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