RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#408
  • Date:November 26, 2012
  • Run Time:1:11:55
  • Download: MP3

Live From Philly!

R. Eric Thomas, Jamie Brunson, Tracy and Bernardo Morillo share surprising and revealing stories the night that RISK! hit the First Person Arts Festival.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Great Russell Street by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra

Live Story: Saving Grace by Bernardo Morillo

Live Story: My Mother Done Told Me by Jamie Brunson

Song: Spiritus by Lisa Mitchell

Live Story: Humans Being by R. Eric Thomas

Live Story: Transcendent by Tracy

Song: Lighthouse by Patrick Watson


  1. I’m calling my mum to tell her I love her. Thanks for this podcast.

  2. I can’t even explain how much this podcast moved me. Thank you, thank you.

  3. Thank you, Tracy, for sharing your story. I feel like this story will help someone. In a way, it’s already helped me. Looking forward to hearing the episode with more of your thoughts on this story. Cheers – Sally

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Completely moving. This episode, and this program, continues to enrich my life. I appreciate you both.

  5. Props to Tracy for sharing such a moving story. I had to sit there quietly in my room for awhile after the show ended and just take that in.

  6. haven’t listened yet, but can’t wait. I was supposed to be in line at the box office waiting for extra tickets but my puppy got sick and ticket money turned into Vet money. He’s fine though, no Risk-worthy stories came out of it.

  7. Thanks, guys. Yeah, that one’s a doozy. If you have any questions about it, feel free to post or email them. I’ll answer them online or on the podcast coming up.


  8. Tracy, thank you so much for taking the risk of sharing your recovery story. Nothing is more effective at stamping out the stigma of mental illness than a moving, well told personal narrative like yours. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  9. I listened to Tracy tell her story on the way home from my shrink appointment, where I had spent yet another hour addressing my bipolar disorder and auditory hallucinations. I hardly dare speak of these things outside the doctor’s office, but here was Tracy, revealing behaviors to which many of us, mentally ill or not, can sadly relate. Her story is incredible, but her courage to share it is what moved me to tears. Not the irrational tears of someone who hears voices that aren’t there, the tears of a girl who understands what it feels like to be possessed by another force and to do shocking things. Tracy’s story is the story of so many people who are afraid to say their own aloud. Thanks to her for being our voice.

  10. wow. my heart is pounding after that episode. I don’t have words. thank you Kevin Allison. thank you Tracy.

  11. Tracy-I can not begin to touch upon the beauty and strength your story brought to me. I have to the edge so many times, but you being brave enough to get up there and talk about going to the edge and jumping off made me feel like my walks on the line of sanity are a part of me I can embrace and face without shame. I am about to write a personal statement for entry into grad school, and your story gives me the courage to look at my darkest source of strength for inspiration and explanation of who I am today. Thank you Thank you Thank you

  12. Tracy, I just wanted to say that you told a beautiful story. It’s the kind of story I want to tell everyone about, the kind I can’t help but think about for days. There’s just so much humanity in your story that it leads others back to their own humanity. I wish everyone could be so brave in their honesty. I guess what I’m saying is that your story is what Risk is all about, I’m fortunate to have heard it, and I’m really glad you’re doing well.

  13. Thank you

  14. Hi Tracy, I just listened to your podcast. It was very brave of you to share this story. It was an emotional experience for me to hear you tell your story. Some of the details regarding your thoughts leading up to that night were valuable for me to hear in that they help explain an experience that was hard for me to understand. It gave me confidence that you have recovered. I also listened to one of your stand up routines and was impressed with your style and material. The world needs honesty and humor. Keep on producing both.

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