Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker
Song: Two Matchsticks by The Wooden Birds
Radio Story: The Long Road by Leslie Sisson
Song: Believe by Moving Panoramas
WOW. This is an AMAZING story. Great music, too!
The sound design is something else, thanks to our editor Jeff Barr. Always best to listen with headphones or earbuds for the best effect. And much of the music at the beginning and end is by Leslie Sisson’s bands The Wooden Birds and Moving Panoramas.
Oh yes. I’m going to see them when they come play Dallas on May! And I ALWAYS listen to Risk with a Bose headset for maximum effect. 🙂
One of the best stories I’ve heard on this show in a long time. I was wondering if Leslie ever saw the guy again. If she pointed him out in a photo array, was there a trial afterward or did he just plead to some of the charges? I can only imagine how hard it was not to panic throughout this whole ordeal while he’s holding a gun to your head. It seems that the one thing that kept them both alive was talking to him like a human being. I’m sure he hardly ever experienced that sort of kindness and that it was what gave him pause about doing anything to harm them. Whatever the reason, I’m glad both her and Cowboy lived to tell the tale.
Your empathy and humanity is just… beautiful. Just stunning.
Thank you for sharing, Leslie. Truly.
That was quite possibly THE most tense I’ve ever been while listening to “Risk!”. Lordy.
Amazing story of survival!! What a brave woman!!
So excited that people are responding to this episode. Lots of comments on Twitter and Facebook too. Be sure to spread the word to friends who might not have heard the show. And listening with headphones is always best.
Thanks, Kevin, for sharing Leslies story. She is a strong young woman and a really talented musician, singer and song writer. Her story needed to be told and music needs to be heard. i am her biggest fan. The DAD, Weldon Sisson.
I need to get a way to tell Kevin Allison (and Leslie Sisson) thank you so much for this show, and Risk. Its kind of serendipitous, today I just happened to run into the man that really fucked up my childhood. Just saw him at the Home Depot. He and his wife were the closest thing I had to parents. The constant wearing of my self-esteem he dealt me as I failed to live up to his insane demands, the regular hour long talks about my shortcomings. The month he wouldn’t speak to me because I offended him. All of this and by junior high I am caring for his drug addicted wife (he was a trucker, gone for days at a time). She had so many pills, its how I got started. I was in unofficially charged with managing her pain pills and erratic behavior, cooking when her husband was away. Until he came home and she was dead…I had hugged a dead body before school that morning and didn’t realize it, I was so used to her cold, shallow breathing coma states. That same day husband sent me to live in a camper with my real mom. It goes downhill from there, but needless to say, I picked up the bottle. and seeing HIM today, talking like I was just any other neighborhood kid he used to know, those familiar little jokes that are jabs too….It shook me up, more than I thought it would. And when I heard this story, I just cried, just to hear that someone else went another way and understands why some of us do pick up that bottle…just, thanks Leslie, and Kevin for letting me hear this. so much
Thank you for sharing that Cane. I hope you do continue to connect to that inner strength and peace. And maybe you can share a story with us someday too!
So, I have a slightly different take on it
Now that would be something to hear. Cowboy’s side of the story.
Yes, of course. I’m always reachable at email@example.com.
Thank you for sharing this incredible story!
Kevin, I have thought I would love to share one of my stories on risk, I have many. But you guys never come to my state, Arkansas (don’t blame ya there)
Hey Cane, we’ve recorded stories from folks in places like Korea or Australia before. It really doesn’t matter where a person resides, we can find a way to record. Pitch us at http://www.risk-show.com/submissions.
Beautifully written, spoken and produced. Thank you.
Wow… a pretty epic thread to follow such a story. For what it’s worth – Cane, and, Cowboy – here is one very hopeful vote to hear each of your stories, if they wish to be told!!!!
I went through the same thing with my mother, Muay Thai kickboxing saved me.
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