RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#723
  • Date:March 21, 2016
  • Run Time:1:07:31
  • Download: MP3


John Fugelsang, Bianca Casusol and Stephanie Streeter share stories about tough times.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Catch 22 Hot (Jazzinvaders Remix) by The Houdinis

Live Story: Girlfriend by Bianca Casusol

Song: Jesus Is My Friend by Sonseed

Live Story: For April by Stephanie Streeter

Song: I’ll Be Good by Jaymes Young

Live Story: Something Sketchy by John Fugelsang

Song: Sons and Daughters by The Decemberists

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  1. I feel Stephanie Streeter’s story would have been much more impactful if the storyteller works on her rhythm/storytelling skills a little bit. It was very difficult to follow her story – obviously she was upset telling it, and I applaud her for having the courage to share her story. I think she would want the most honest feedback so her story can really reach people. <3

  2. We regularly feature people on the show who are stepping outside their comfort zone and sharing a story on stage for the very first time. In the hosting, I point it out when someone is a “virgin,” as we say. We go out of our way to create a show that does not just feature seasoned performers delivering polished pieces that have been more or less focus-grouped in front of a bunch of audiences or producers over time. So, there’s that variety to what you’ll hear on the show.

  3. Very powerful stories in this episode.
    I respectfully disagree with constructivecriticism. Stephanie’s delivery gave me chills and her stream of consciousness style worked well with how quickly everything spiralled out of control and turned into a nightmare.

  4. I thought this was achingly beautiful.

    I also disagree with the commenter above, “constructivecriticism”. I thought Stephanie’s story was heartfelt and compelling… her authentic telling, packed full of her own genuine emotions, wraps you up in her feelings- as if you were right there with her, experiencing that agony. I believe her telling was perfect, and a more structured or colder style would strip the story bare.. and leave out the most valuable content. I did not find her story difficult to follow, at all.

  5. I was at the Cleveland show and heard Stephanie’s story in person – I thought it was incredible, given that she is not a “seasoned” storyteller.

  6. Hi Shannon! It’s here: http://podsurvey.com/risk

    Thanks so much for listening and welcome to the show!

  7. great episode, Kevin. been a fan for years.

    i, for one, am very excited to hear listener constructivecriticism’s impactful rhythm and storytelling.

  8. Stephanie’s story was gut-wrenching and I felt privileged to hear it.

  9. Kevin!

    I love your goofy singing ads!!! So much.
    They make feel happy!!!! I adore you!

  10. PS: Excellent episode! Great to hear JF tell the etch-a-sketch story with the historical context of his life at the time. Fantastic.

  11. I came back here hoping to learn April had been in touch again. Wonder if she has.

  12. I just recently discovered Risk! and have been listening endlessly while at work for the last 2 weeks.

    I would also have to disagree with constructivecriticism. The real-life anxiety that she feels from such a terrible experience gives the story so much more meaning and reality.

    I hope April hears your story, Stephanie – if she does, be sure to update us!

  13. One of the storytellers from this episode sounded exactly like Scarlett Johansson!

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