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 260: The Facts Don’t Matter Mar. 12, 2004 Act One: Straight Eyes On The Quirin Guys Chris Neary tells the story of how a bungled Nazi sabotage operation from the early days of World War II has become the legal foundation for the Bush administration's current push to try U.S. citizens in military tribunals. 316: The Cat Came Back Aug. 18, 2006 Act One: Promise Keeper Cat Dan Savage made a pledge over a decade ago that he hoped would just vanish. 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 490 Mar. 22, 2013 Trends With Benefits The startling rise of the number of people on disability in America. 77 Sept. 26, 1997 Pray Can the secular world and the religious world understand each other?