RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#711
  • Date:December 21, 2015
  • Run Time:1:14:16
  • Download: MP3

Holiday Stories 8

Joel Kim Booster, Joe Mulligan, Monte Lamonte and Susan Kent share Christmas memories in our 2015 Holidays special.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: O Christmas Tree by Wynton Marsalis

Live Story: The Stylist by Joel Kim Booster

Interstitial: Crimp and Curl Pony commercial

Radio Story: A Hell’s Kitchen Christmas by Joe Mulligan

Song: Silent Night by Tom Waits

Radio Story: The Year Without a Santa Claus by Monte Lamonte

Interstitial: Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey by Lou Monte

Live Story: Heartbroken by Susan Kent

Song: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Death Cab for Cutie

Want to hear more RISK Holiday stories? Check out Holiday Stories #1, #2#3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #9, #10, #11, #12, and 13#!

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  1. I’ve been trying to track down a show. Perhaps someone can help. I’m looking for the episode where the boy goes over to the neighbors house because the old neighbor is missing. Turns out she’s dead and her dogs died as well from eating her. I think it’s in the spooky story section. Can anyone help me?

  2. Sure, Jacob. It’s on the BEST OF RISK! #3. It’s called “Dog Day AfterAAAAAGGGHHHH!!!” by Ken Reid.

  3. I love that you used an image from the Rankin-Bass “Little Drummer Boy” for this episode icon!

  4. We try to feature an image from a classic Holiday special for these most years, but I can only think of like 10 that I actually recall from my youth!

  5. Thanks for taking the time to reply. That was kind of you.

  6. OMG no one tell Monte Lamonte Jesus is just Santa for adults. Great episode.

  7. I know I’m a little late, but I’m listening to this episode today. Susan Kent’s “Heartbroken” story was so touching. I’m so sorry your mother denied you the liberation of forgiveness before she departed, but I applaud you for having the courage to rise above it, and find happiness again. You seem like a good person, and I hope you find success, health, and everything else your heart desires throughout your journey in life.

  8. Since I heard these tales I knew I had an appreciation for my own frailties. Thanks Kevin. Still a fan but this particular case took me a while to find. My wife needed to hear it. From Winnipeg with love, Tim

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