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 421: Last Man Standing Dec. 3, 2010 Act Three: My Own Private U.F.O. A story about God and extraterrestrials, told by Elna Baker. 234: Say Anything Mar. 14, 2003 Act One: How To Write A Note This story wasn't originally made to broadcast on a radio show. 287: Backed Into A Corner Apr. 15, 2005 Act One: Working Class Hero Sandwich Dawna Lentz was a new employee at Quiznos sub shop in Seattle when the franchise owners just gave up. Staff RecommendationsView all 465 May 25, 2012 What Happened at Dos Erres A Guatemalan immigrant living near Boston gets a phone call with some very strange news about his past. 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis.