Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner
Song: Get a Move On by Mr. Scruff
Live Story: Sunset of Dicks by Sovereign Syre
Interstitial: DickSuckinStish by Jeff Barr
Radio Story: Adult Education by Reid Mihalko
Song: Emoticons by The Wombats
Live Story: We Need to Talk by Christina Carberry
Song: Gravity Rides Everything by Modest Mouse
What do you mean you got the president you deserve? I don’t think anyone deserves this cheeto.. weird ending to that story, didn’t really tie it together for me and i feel like the delayed applause from the crowd concurred.
Dayna (above), that’s my feeling exactly!!! I was like…what?!?
I love your show, but I think you need to give credit to the Game Grumps for the interstitial in this episode. Since it was their content. Not just “a couple of guys playing a video game.”
God, I’m gonna sound like an asshole. But Kevin, the least interesting Risk stories are the ones with no real….story. Someone musing about about a trial they’ve overcome with no real beginning, middle, and end is soooo boring. Like, great for you (!), but also, I don’t care.
@Singwiththeheart, the interstitial in the Table of Contents includes a link to Game Grumps. Click on the link and it takes you to one element of the various samples that Jeff used to create the interstitial. If I vocally credited every source for every sample in the interstitials and radio stories, the crediting would go on longer than the stories.
@Asstoryhole, all RISK! stories have a real beginning, middle and end. And pretty much all good stories since The Iliad and Gilgamesh have included someone musing about a trial they’ve overcome. This criticism (the ‘that’s not a story’ one) comes at us not just for the more abstract stories, but also for some of the most action-filled stories, some of the most popular stories and some of the most high-stakes stories. My guess is that it has to do with whether or not the listener was resonating with that particular journey.
As a straight man, I do want to see this ‘Sunset of Dicks’.
I also didn’t understand the last line of Sovereign’s story, and I didn’t see what the story had to do with the election. While I did find it funny and entertaining enough, I was struck by how she said she was “empowered.” She said that it was because she got to say “no” to men. But it seems she was also empowered by driving traffic to a site where other women, who did not have the luxury of saying “no” because they’re not as internet-porn-famous, have to do things for very small amounts of money.
I love hearing from Reid. I want to be his friend! What a wonderful sense of self awareness he has.
As an aside, I know Cindy Freeman works with you on RISK! Does she have another story to contribute? I have only heard two from her, and I thought they were both amazing. I wish she would appear here more often.
I thought about that too! If I related to this – then I probably would’ve enjoyed it. I suppose storytelling has just as much to do with the audience as it does the storyteller. Thanks for responding!!
Reid, your story was well-told and really powerful. Thank you for shedding some light on your journey, as well on how SLAA worked then and now. (Also, that castle threesome sounded incredible!)
Listening to this well after the fact and thought I would just leave a trace anyway. I might be wrong, but I get what Sovereign did with her story. Or maybe more accurately, the way I heard her story made sense to me. It ended not with a total nonsequitur that did not wind up the story, but with a huge, self-reflective gut punch. The silence before the applause seemed exactly the response she intended although I think not a lot of people got the ‘aha’ moment after that. I think that’s because she ‘seemed’ to be telling a humorous, ‘fuck yeah, screw the man’ kind of story when she was actually telling something of a parable. The humor was so distracting that the audience maybe didn’t get what she was ‘really’ saying.
She chided President Grab-’em-by-the-Pussy for being the kind of powerless guy who needed to exert himself over others to validate his own self image and provide him with the idea of power he didn’t have. Then through her exploitation over everyone not ‘on cam’ (told with a humor that was like a magician’s redirection) she committed a similar kind of act (powerless-feeling person manipulating others, feeling a sense of power but in reality not having that power at all). That’s why that Sovereign deserved this president. Well played. But, shoot, we still have this president and that sucks.
I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the guy who is a sex addict and how right after he was sober and he said he shouldn’t have sex with more than one person. He has a three way and tries to justify it by saying, it was healing and that saying yes was the harder choice. How? Lol
He explains how the 12-step rule about only having sex with one person did not fit who he is. The point of the story is that after leaving the 12-step program, he had to create boundaries on his own terms that did not exactly fit what they had been teaching. I don’t know if they do nowadays, but back then at least, 12-step programs did not have language for people who consider themselves non-monogamous. Listen to the story again.
Listening to old stories, because I LURVES risk…
Sovereign Syre, you are so fabulous, natural storyteller, thanks for sharing your experience!