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 137: The Book That Changed Your Life Aug. 20, 1999 Act Two: The Family That Reads Together The story of a book that changed a family's life, but only temporarily and not for the better. 686: Umbrellas Up Oct. 18, 2019 Act Five: A Slow Boat to China Producer Diane Wu goes to a party. 212: The Other Man May 10, 2002 Act Two: The Jackson Two Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. already had one other man in his life who shared his name—his world famous father, the Jesse Jackson. Staff RecommendationsView all 186 June 8, 2001 Prom While the seniors danced at Prom Night 2001 in Hoisington, Kansas—a town of about 3,000—a tornado hit the town. 560 July 3, 2015 Abdi and the Golden Ticket A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American.