RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#943
  • Date:August 06, 2018
  • Run Time:1:15:00
  • Download: MP3

Live From San Francisco 2!

Jesse Aaron Bee, Joni O’Halloran and Liz Hedlund share stories about transformational surgery, a strange way to take MDMA, and a family's battle with opioid addiction.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Almost Like Being in Love by Oscar Peterson

Live Story: I Am Changing by Jesse Aaron Bee

Interstitial Story: Marco Polo by Kevin Allison

Live Story: The Life I’m Actually Living by Joni O’Halloran

Song: When Will I? by Candi Staton

Live Story: Expiration by Liz Hedlund

Song: Thinking About Tomorrow by Beth Orton


  1. What a fantastic episode. All three stories were fantastic.

  2. I love how it’s all the MD’s who “failed” her (Joni O’Halloran), how exactly they did I’m positive is debatable, but it’s Joni who is the hero who even THINKS it’s a good idea to ingest controlled substances into her anal cavity. Delusions of grandeur…

  3. Ummmm …. omfg @ that last story… gave me goosebumps.

  4. Joni O’Halloran is sober. She ends the story by explaining that. She shared a story about NOT feeling like a hero, about considering this incident her rock bottom sort of moment, and about ultimately seeing it as a moment of clarity afterward. She was confessing how uncomfortable she was before she embraced being sober.

  5. I resonate with Jesse’s story so much! As a FTM Leo who turns 35 this Saturday. I had top surgery in April & started testosterone in June; I can relate! It’s definitely a journey. Thanks for advocating & sharing your story, good luck!!

  6. My date and I were bummed one of the storytellers didn’t make it into the episode. She was “on a mission,” her story was more humorous than heavy, and it ended with the subject of her story contacting her years later through her YouTube channel. Anyone recall her name? Bonus episode anyone???

  7. Most episodes featuring live-on-stage stories these days contain three stories. So that story you’re referring to will either end up on a later episode or in the Patreon collection!

  8. That’s great to hear — not just for us listeners, but the storytellers as well. Big supporter of the show here. Pre-ordered book and bought another copy at the show. Mom doesn’t do podcasts, but read my copy in ONE day! Thanks for making our lives better by bringing us these stories in both spoken and written form.

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