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 522: Tarred and Feathered Apr. 11, 2014 Act One: The Hounds of Blairsville Gene Cooley had just suffered a huge tragedy, and he was trying to move on. 111: Adventures in the Simple Life Sept. 11, 1998 Act Two When Larry leaves his old life behind and joins a monastery, Ethan struggles to understand his best friend's decision. 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 355 May 9, 2008 The Giant Pool of Money The surprisingly entertaining story of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. 570 Oct. 16, 2015 The Night in Question Conspiracy theories about the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin continue to shape Israel's politics and future.