Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker
Song: Tidy Wires by Sage
Live Story: Transferrable Skills by Richard Cardillo
Interstitial: Ice Cream Truck by Cazwell
Live Story: Trying by Michelle Buteau
Song: How Long Do I Have to Wait by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Radio Story: In the Shadows by Moloch Masters
Live Story: The Whiz Kid by Kevin Allison
Radio Story: Redemption by Pollo Corral
Song: If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me) by The Staple Singers
Live Story: Deliverance by Tim C.
Song: Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine
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Thank you so much to Tim C for sharing his story. My father worked in child abuse as a police officer for 8 years and also left it with PTSD. I didn’t know he had it until years after and I feel like he dealt with it alone. I wish I could have been there for him when he was going through it. Your story helped me understand what he was going through in a way. I hope you have found your peace….This is exactly why I love Risk!!!
This was a great episode. I am glad I got to be a part of it. Risk! means a lot to me. I am talking to you. I can see you on my screen right now. You have two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Yeah, you… go tell your friends and family about Risk! DO IT!
This episode is a long one! I suspect some listeners will want to hear a couple stories… take a break… then come back later. (That’s actually how I listen to a lot of podcasts.) It’s also an emotional rollercoaster. There’s some hilariously funny parts… some genuinely frightening parts… and some beautifully moving parts. Newcomers will probably be struck by just how loaded with life these 2 hours and 28 minutes are. I hope a ton of people hear this one. It’s a truly outstanding example of what RISK! can do.
I have just started listening to RISK & I’m hooked!!..Thank you for the rawness of these stories.
You really need to start a separate podcast for revolting gay and other perversion stories. Seriously? I tried to forward as quickly as I could through the disgusting details of kevin’s story. Still ended up disturbed and mildly nauseous all day. Same with the kink camp filth. I love a good, edgy story, but this trash is beyond the pale. Then you have the nerve to include it as a best episode? I guess it’s your show, but I feel sick after listening to these episodes. Ick. P
So, we added a feature to the site where I, Kevin, have to approve of these messages before they’re posted. I approved comment #5 because it’s mostly about me, and I’m used to hearing this kind of stuff. But I approved it to show that we do get that kind of comment. We get a lot of “Shame on you!” or “How dare you make me listen to terribleness?” or “Ugh, what an annoying and disgusting person!” sorts of comments. I usually don’t post them. Because the show is created in this spirit of being supportive around people opening up about things they’d normally be shy about sharing in mixed company. So when I see a storyteller take a big risk and share something that they struggle with shame over, and then someone hiding behind an anonymous name decides to attack them as being perverted or insufferable, I just don’t think it’s worth posting. If someone has a legitimate question or concern or philosophy that runs counter to what the storyteller thought or felt, that can be interesting to discuss. But if someone is just attacking the storyteller as, more or less, “You’re gross,” or whatnot, that’s useless. I’m always pretty confident that that commenter would never have the guts to come on this show and share something they experience shame or shyness about.
I am completely, utterly, wholeheartedly hooked on this podcast. It has edged out all others while I frantically listen to as many episodes as I can, and I love them all: the beautiful, the heartbreaking, the scary and, yes, the “perverted” and ” gross” stories too. I am always entertained but also provoked to thought, and learning empathy for people I may not have previously understood is always a good thing (D.K. Anderson, I’m looking at you!). If stories like that aren’t your thing, perhaps The Moth may be what you’re looking for. Amirite?
In any case, i am always inspired. I keep threatening to pitch my own story (but since I’m the only one I’m threatening, it’s not terribly effective yet). Thanks for the amazing show.