740 July 2, 2021 There. I Fixed It. Solving problems using very extreme measures. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Olivia Fields Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION. Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Ira Glass talks to Sam Ashner, whose debilitating fear of spiders was ruining his life. So he opted for an extraordinary treatment — the nuclear option — to deal with it. (6 minutes) Sam's treatment was featured in the documentary series A Cure For Fear, directed by Lana Wilson and made for Topic. Act One Catching Deer When You Wanted Lions ByLina Misitzis When the United States Congress saw a problem — sex trafficking — it acted to eliminate it. Producer Lina Misitzis looked into how the law played out for its targets and the others swept up in the “fix.” (33 minutes) Act Two The Lonely Island ByKaren Cheung For the last year, writer Karen Cheung has been watching her hometown of Hong Kong change in big and small ways under a new law, and wondering when and if leaving will be her last resort. (15 minutes) Song:“Not Gonna Get Us” by t.A.T.u. Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 678: The Wannabes July 5, 2019 Act Two: Wannabes Two Host Ira Glass follows presidential hopeful Julián Castro as he prepares for the first debate of the Democratic primary. 686: Umbrellas Up Oct. 18, 2019 Act Five: A Slow Boat to China Producer Diane Wu goes to a party. 462: Own Worst Enemy Apr. 13, 2012 Act Three: Just As I Am Producer Jonathan Menjivar tells the story of John Smid, a gay man who did not want to be gay, and who tried to get other gay people to suppress their urges as well. Staff RecommendationsView all 550 Mar. 13, 2015 Three Miles What happens when of a group of public school students in the Bronx goes to visit an elite private school three miles away. 490 Mar. 22, 2013 Trends With Benefits The startling rise of the number of people on disability in America.