59 April 11, 1997 Fire Stories about people who are not afraid of fire, though perhaps they should be. DownloadAmazon iTunes Share a clip Transcript Ben Crowe Act One Firestarter ByPaul Tough Why one teenager set fires and then stopped setting them. Paul Tough interview. (7 minutes) Act Two Centralia ByIra GlassAlix Spiegel An inextinguishable subterranean fire on the edge of a small Pennsylvania town, and why the residents are not afraid of it. Host Ira Glass and This American Life contributor Alix Spiegel. (15 minutes) Act Three Fearless ByNancy Updike Producer Nancy Updike with Ki Kim, who's not afraid of walking on coals. But maybe he should have been. (8 minutes) Act Four The Big Picture ByIra Glass Professor Stephen Pyne. (23 minutes) Act Five The Fire Within ByRennie Sparks Rennie Sparks from the band The Handsome Family. (1 minute) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 235: The Balloon Goes Up Mar. 21, 2003 Act Six: Lessons From Ancient Wars The story of a preventive act of war committed 3200 years ago, in the land that's now Turkey, not too far from Iraq. 120: Be Careful Who You Pretend to Be Jan. 22, 1999 Act Two: Psychobabble, Qu'est-ce Que C'est There's the pretending we do as individuals, and there's the organized pretending that happens in group therapy sessions, in the roleplaying games that are done in some clinical settings. 243: Later That Same Day July 25, 2003 Act One: The Hiker And The Cowman Should Be Friends Scott Carrier tells the story of how the environmentalist that ranchers hated the most—whom they tried to run out of town and hanged in effigy—came to take the ranchers' side of things. Staff RecommendationsView all 192 Aug. 31, 2001 Meet the Pros The story of one man's journey from obscurity to international professional celebrity. 354 Apr. 18, 2008 Mistakes Were Made Freezing dead people so scientists can reanimate them in the future is a lot harder than it sounds.