RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#938
  • Date:July 02, 2018
  • Run Time:1:31:09
  • Download: MP3

Spitting In The Face Of The Devil

Bob Brader shares the story of how he discovered just how much abuse his father was capable of.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Time Is Tight by Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Radio Story: Spitting in the Face of the Devil by Bob Brader

Song: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians


  1. I can’t believe there are no comments yet. I came back to RISK! after a long break with other podcasts, and this story is amazing. There is more to the story? I want to hear more. I want to hear everything. I wanted to high five Bob when he confronted his father. I was so happy for him. I am happy for him and his sister that they got away from this man. I’m glad they didn’t feel grief when he passed. They lost their father long ago, and they have already grieved. I wish the best for Bob, and well as his sister, and his friends.

  2. Great one! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is truly one of the best RISK! episodes ever. Bob’s story Spitting in the Face of the Devil is surprising, beautiful, painful, funny, scary, insightful, inspiring… it’s just that profound. It’s a story I think people will want to listen to more than once. We’re so grateful that Bob shared it with us in this way. There’s a lot more to the story, so I would DEFINITELY see him perform it live if you can and buy his memoir by the same title when it comes out!

  4. Wow, this was an amazing piece, and worth the whole listen. I wish for everyone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser the ability to forgive what they can, and move into liking themselves. Thank you for this– I’ll be on the lookout for his memoir and any live shows near me.

  5. Wow, thank you for this. My wish for every abuse survivor is to find that pathway to self-acceptance and to move past the pain into sharing and inspiring as you have done. Thank you.

  6. Have seen Bob’s Spitting In The Face Of The Devil and it is brilliant, healing and life affirming. It takes a vey brave person to do what Bob is doing, there is nothing held back here. And if you listen carefully, you’ll notice there that there is not one shred of self pity or poor me or why me. He may say he was angry or frightened or crying but none of that is on display nor should it be. It’s for us to feel that for him, and we do because he just tells us the story without edit or comment. Really good and brilliant actors make it look easy. It never is. Congratulations to Bob and much continued success.
    And getting the book to say thank you to Risk. And because I want to read it.

  7. This was an amazing story. I know it’s going to stick with me for a long time. I went through very similar things with my father and I really felt like I wasn’t alone when I heard Bob’s story. Thank you so much for this one.

  8. This episode was one of the better ones. I like the long-form radio-style. It was tough to listen to though; some pretty heavy stuff from Mr Barder. One request to Kevin, though: You closed the episode with the song “A Hard Rains Gonna Fall”. I’d like to request, if it can be done, that you avoid making me associate Bob Dylan songs with the raping of children.

  9. I was fortunate to see Bob Brader do this show live several years ago. His story is VERY powerful and moving. It is well peppered with comedic moments at just the right time!

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