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. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Subscribe on Spotify Subscribe in Apple Podcasts Transcript Act One Dangerous Minds 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) ByIra Glass Act Two The Undiscovered Country Found tape of a conversation about bringing back the dead. (11 minutes) ByIra Glass Act Three Voyager Alix Spiegel tells the story of her friend Jayna, who made a Faustian bargain at 11 years old. (12 minutes) ByAlix Spiegel Act Four Carmen Becomes Faust Carmen Delzell on a deal she made with the devil when she turned 30. (14 minutes) ByCarmen Delzell Act Five First Contact Daniel Pinkwater reads his children's picture book Devil in the Drain. (4 minutes) ByDaniel Pinkwater 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) 166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change Aug. 11, 2000 Act One: So A Jew, A Christian, And A Recording Crew Walk Into This Bar Julia Pimsleur travels to Alaska to spend some time with her brother, hoping he might change a little—just as he hopes that she'll change a little. 224: Middlemen Oct. 25, 2002 Act One: Show Me The Monet You can't do a program about middlemen without a story about business. Staff RecommendationsView all 266 June 4, 2004 I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help Nancy Updike goes to Iraq to try to figure out what it's like to be a private citizen working in the middle of a war zone. 241 July 11, 2003 20 Acts in 60 Minutes All kinds of little stories that we ordinarily can't use on the radio show because they are just too short.