RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#1033
  • Date:May 13, 2019
  • Run Time:1:37:24
  • Download: MP3


Vin Brue and Melanie Hamlett share stories about a boyhood hero and an outdoor educational trip for troubled boys.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Pom Pop by Minigroove Orchestra

Live Story: Heroes and Villains by Vin Brue

Song: Sunshine by Powers

Radio Story: One of the Boys by Melanie Hamlett

Song: Better As One by The Heavy

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  1. I would like to thank Idea Boy for a great story!

  2. Ma is that you? I kid, I kid. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I’m curious what thoughts and feelings people had about Melanie’s story. – Kevin

  4. Here is her article:

    You could hear Melanie’s discomfort still with these difficult emotional discoveries; kudos to her honesty and sharing.

  5. I am a woman who has been in some of the same situations as Melanie. It was scary listening to all our similarities. It is true in order to “blend in” with the man’s world a woman has to at times deny her own vulnerabilities and existence. I believe this is actually what will change our world…men being able to challenge their socialized masculinity and women challenging their own internalized versions of this toxic masculinity. I work as a therapist now helping men challenge these beliefs day after day…and what life changing work it is. What a great story. Thanks Melanie for sharing your work. So important!!

  6. I have just listened to this again because I had a few minutes to kill. Now I am an hour late. Thanks?

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