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Act Three: Fireman

Actor Michael Stumm reads from fireman and fiction writer Larry Brown's book On Fire.

Act Three

Claudia Perez talks about how her 21-year-old brother was shot and the family thought he'd die.

Act One: Texas Girl

Jo Carol Pierce released a CD, Bad Girls Upset by the Truth, which documents in part her teenage years. Host Ira Glass shares a couple of songs from the CD and some of the stories behind them.

Act Three: Another Mixed Legacy

The late Ron Brown, the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, could have had an easy life, but chose instead to take on stressful, difficult tasks.