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 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) 126: Do-Gooders Apr. 9, 1999 Act One: You Can't Go Home Again Jackie and Kenny Wharton were kids in the tiny town of Canalou, Missouri, off of old Highway 61. 236: My Two Cents Apr. 11, 2003 Act One: Dave Knows The story of a man who might have a better grip on what's going on in the economy of middle-class America than all the experts you ever read in the paper or see on TV. Staff RecommendationsView all 84 Nov. 21, 1997 Harold The story of Harold Washington and the white backlash that was set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor. 492 Apr. 12, 2013 Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde Did a beloved family doctor with no criminal history suddenly up and strangle his own father?