Episode #846

Date August 28, 2017

Run Time 1:03:31

Jean Le Bec, Danny Artese, and Sarah Long Hendershot share stories about a nudist colony, a bully teacher, and an unlikely friendship with a grumpy old man.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: 2/3’s Adventure (Live) by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Live Story: Secrets and Lies by Jean Le Bec

Interstitial: Blurry Nudes (ft. Blur) by Jeff Barr

Live Story: One of These Things Is Not Like the Other by Danny Artese

Song: Upside Down by Jack Johnson

Live Story: The Carnival by Sarah Long Hendershot

Song: The Ring of Fire by Sarah Long Hendershot and The Jane Mutiny



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Detachable Penis
6 years ago

I might just have watched to many TV shows, but the note that Danny’s teacher left in his yearbook makes me think he was a closeted gay man picking on Danny to hide his insecurities. That stuff happens all the time.

6 years ago

Exactly what Detachable Penis said — 100%. Also, Sarah’s story was heartwarming, heartbreaking, and so…so important to hear.

Bill Rules
6 years ago

Sarah’s story was gold!! I liked them all, but that one was my favorite.

SJL Hendershot
6 years ago

Thank you for the kind comments! It means a lot to know that our story touched you. xoxo

6 years ago

And what a carnival it is! Shouldn’t miss it. Thank you, Sarah.

New England Puritan
6 years ago

Sarah, is there a way to buy your version of RING OF FIRE? It’s so great.

SJL Hendershot
6 years ago

Thanks Natalie and NEPuritan! You can find our version of Ring of Fire at

Jeff Quigley
6 years ago

I actually felt that Danny’s story was left unfinished… It seems so obvious that it’s at least possible that the teacher was deliberately coming out to him in the yearbook message, and so, to my perception, the story must acknowledge that in some way to properly conclude (since it’s a pretty significant element of what was happening, and could have a large influence on what lesson the narrator might take from it). But it did not, as far as I could tell.

Could Danny really have failed to think of this interpretation of the message? Could Kevin really have failed to clue him in about it during preparation of the story, if he did fail to think of it himself? Maybe it was in the story somewhere and I just missed it? Oh well, many things are possible. The teacher might not even have been gay. I don’t know.

I don’t mean to complain too much; it was a good story.

LP Hastings
6 years ago

Jeff, they probably decided to end the story there as most Risk listeners would come to the conclusion the teacher was gay.

And Sarah was amazing!!! I love her voice. She kinda sounds like Tig Notaro.

joanna vancouver
3 years ago

If I found out from the doctor that Bill, a 78 year old man attached to my fatherless young child (and vice versa) was trying to end his life because of a broken heart, I would have Bill move to the city with me. It wouldn’t hurt to have Bill live nearby, maybe in a senior’s residence, where the boy could easily visit him. Or even in a little apartment in same building as me.
He would certainly have the money from selling his home, and a suicide, after 17 years of loneliness followed by 6 months of love thanks to a lovely child, could have been avoided. America is such an individualistic lonely society. Bill’s suicide just broke my heart.

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