43 November 22, 1996 Faustian Bargains 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. DownloadAmazon iTunes Share a clip Transcript Act One Dangerous Minds ByIra Glass 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) Act Two The Undiscovered Country ByIra Glass Found tape of a conversation about bringing back the dead. (11 minutes) Act Three Voyager ByAlix Spiegel Alix Spiegel tells the story of her friend Jayna, who made a Faustian bargain at 11 years old. (12 minutes) Act Four Carmen Becomes Faust ByCarmen Delzell Carmen Delzell on a deal she made with the devil when she turned 30. (14 minutes) Act Five First Contact ByDaniel Pinkwater Daniel Pinkwater reads his children's picture book Devil in the Drain. (4 minutes) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 39: Halloween Oct. 25, 1996 Act Two: Scientists in a Haunted House An excerpt from Your Radio is Haunted. (6 minutes) 152: Crush Feb. 11, 2000 Act One: Kiss So what if you held onto a high-school crush? Under what conditions would it never go away? Tobias Wolff reads a short story called "Kiss." (38 minutes) 262: Miracle Cures Apr. 2, 2004 Act Two: The Entities Known As The Food And Drug Administration Julia Whitty's father's cancer medication cost $47,000 a year if she bought it in the United States. Staff RecommendationsView all 487 Feb. 15, 2013 Harper High School - Part One We spent five months at a high school in Chicago where in the last year 29 current and recent students were shot. 488 Feb. 22, 2013 Harper High School - Part Two Part two of our program on Harper High School in Chicago, where in the last year 29 current and recent students were shot.