New At This


Episode #302

Date October 20, 2011

Run Time 1:06:03

Christian Finnegan, Brian Babylon, Ophira Eisenberg, Vince Gatton and Joe LaSala recall times they faced frighteningly new challenges.

Song: Risk Theme (Ballad of a Future Fan) by Jeff Barr

Song: For True by Trombone Shorty

Live Story: Death Juice on the Rocks by Brian Babylon

Song: City Grammar by The Freelance Hellraiser

Radio Story: Snapper by Vince Gatton

Song: Scrumdiddlyumptious by Pogo

Live Story: Bathtub Virgin by Ophira Eisenberg

Song: Rastakraut by The Narcopleptic Dancers

Live Story: How Bizarre? by Christian Finnegan

Song: Voodoo Lady by Ween

Radio Story: For Benjamin by Joe LaSala

Song: The Things That Matter Most by The Silent Partner





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Dawn Robinson
12 years ago

PLEASE, what is the harp piece at the end of Radio Story: For Benjamin by Joe LaSala?


Dawn =?

Your Name
12 years ago

Hey dawn, I’ll ask the editor! — Kevin

Jeff Barr
12 years ago

Yeah, It’s a great piece. I cut it short but the full version of this terrific song can easily be downloaded from the Free Music Archive:
Blue Sox by Arnaud Roy

12 years ago

I’ve only started listening to your podcast – filling myself with 2 years worth of stories in a week.

Listening over your trials and tribulations was very entertaining even if it meant that you had to go through some emotionally uneasy times, I’m sorry for that. But you always seem to come out stronger for it.

That and I have purchased some amazing music from the different artist that you play between stories. You’ve introduced me to such a diversity of music.

Keep up the great work!

Dawn Robinson
12 years ago

Thank yooooooou!!!

12 years ago

I’ve been being lazy about listening to risk as of late… cleaning my apartment, I decided to turn on this episode… I had to stop what I was doing and sit down while listening to Joe Lasala’s story… pretty much lost it, burst into tears… I’m never missing an episode again!

10 years ago

Hi! Please what’s the name of the piece in Joe LaSala’s segment at the 59:00 after he says “you might want to terminate the pregnancy”

7 years ago

Just listened to this episode for the first time and I had to know how Benjamin was doing now. Facebook makes us all creeps!! Joe, you’re a beautiful storyteller. I was gripped (and bawling) the entire time. Hope your beautiful family is doing well. He’s a beautiful boy (creep, sorry!)

Joe LaSala
6 years ago

Toni – I’m a year late at this, but we are doing well! Benjamin has lots of challenges due to his prematurity (he’s blind and has global delays) but he’s a happy amazing kid. And he became a big brother last year – we adopted a baby girl who adores Ben. I appreciate the note – reminds me to get out there with more stories.

6 years ago

I only just heard about Risk! and this is the first episode I’ve listened to, and I’ve got to say that I’m really struggling with Christian Finnegan’s story (I’m halfway through it as I write this) and the way he casually uses someone else’s abuse as a punchline and to “add colour” to his story. I know it’s speculation rather than actual knowledge of abuse but the way he talks about it is really unpleasant and without compassion. Some comedians are able to tackle issues of sexual abuse because they don’t make the victim the butt of the joke, but this guy is not one of them.
I was excited to listen to this podcast after hearing it recommended, but I feel like giving a wider audience to someone who talks like that about other people’s crippling trauma reflects badly on the podcast.
I know this was put out years ago, but in a way that makes it worse, because you’ve had this long to take it down.

4 years ago

I second what Adam wrote above. Chris Finnegan was cringey because he lacked some sort of basic respect that most Risk guests have. (so much so that I had to look up this episode to leave a comment).

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