59 April 11, 1997 Fire Stories about people who are not afraid of fire, though perhaps they should be. Download Share a clip Transcript Ben Crowe Act One Firestarter ByPaul Tough Why one teenager set fires and then stopped setting them. Paul Tough interview. (7 minutes) Act Two Centralia ByIra GlassAlix Spiegel An inextinguishable subterranean fire on the edge of a small Pennsylvania town, and why the residents are not afraid of it. Host Ira Glass and This American Life contributor Alix Spiegel. (15 minutes) Act Three Fearless ByNancy Updike Producer Nancy Updike with Ki Kim, who's not afraid of walking on coals. But maybe he should have been. (8 minutes) Act Four The Big Picture ByIra Glass Professor Stephen Pyne. (23 minutes) Act Five The Fire Within ByRennie Sparks Rennie Sparks from the band The Handsome Family. (1 minute) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 479: Little War on the Prairie Nov. 23, 2012 Act One John meets up with Gwen Westerman, a Dakota woman who moved to Mankato twenty years ago, also having no idea about its history. 392: Someone Else's Money Oct. 16, 2009 Act Two: Let's Take Your Medical History Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson recount how four accidental steps led to enacting the very questionable system of employers paying for health care. 628: In the Shadow of the City 2017 Oct. 13, 2017 Act Three: Yes, In My Backyard The story of the government cracking down on smokestack emissions at a city factory...even though the residents LIKE the emissions. Staff RecommendationsView all 504 Sept. 6, 2013 How I Got Into College How a stolen library book got one man into his dream school and changed his life forever. Or at least that's the story he tells himself. 513 Dec. 13, 2013 129 Cars One car dealership tries to make its monthly quota: 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected.