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) 93: Valentine’s Day ’98 Feb. 13, 1998 Act One: Before And After Richard Bausch reads his story Letter to the Lady of the House. 298: Getting and Spending Sept. 23, 2005 Act One: Mothers Of Invention Five stories of people doing what they think they have to, in order to make ends meet. Staff RecommendationsView all 339 Aug. 24, 2007 Break-Up Starlee Kine tries to write the perfect break-up song with some help from Phil Collins. 38 Oct. 11, 1996 Simulated Worlds Civil War reenactments, wax museums, simulated coal mines, fake ethnic restaurants, an ersatz Medieval castle, and other re-created worlds that thrive all across America.