Risk! is a podcast where people tell true stories "they thought they'd never dare to share," usually recorded in front of a live audience. The stories are sometimes confessional, sometimes X-rated, sometimes about criminal behavior, often moving, often tragic, and yet almost always funny. I love this podcast, and I'm happy to announce that Kevin Allison, the producer of the Risk! podcast and live event series, has just released The Best of Risk! #4, which is an excellent introduction to the kinds of stories you'll hear on the podcast.
In addition to having unforgettable stories in each episode, Kevin always picks a couple of songs from little-known bands to play between stories, and I think his taste in music is exquisite.
STORIES ON BEST OF RISK! #4
Foxy Ladies by Allison Moon
Allison throws a lesbian orgy. The women put on animal masks and race around the loft in a game of "Fuck the Fox." Allison's roommate's mom just happens to stop by.
The Seven-Toe Minimum by Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa falls in love with a 400-pound Italian man with mobster-like ways but a very kind heart. But when the doctor says he's committing suicide with his over-eating and he refuses to change, Lisa leaves.
Get Cool Fast by Sam Mullins
At 13, Sam just wants to impress girls. At a birthday party by a lake, he heroically offers to go get a girl's ball that's strayed into the water. Because of a freak accident, Sam ends up bleeding, nude, and hanging upside down off a pier with his face in the water.
The Other Side of the Story by Lee Harrington
Lee was once a 14-year old girl who got raped by a boy a few years older. 15 years later, after changing his sex, Lee is at a BDSM club and runs into the guy who once raped him. They sit down and chat, Lee learns of the rapist's motivations, and Lee finally forgives him.
Transcendent by Becca Trabin
At 20, Becca does a lot of mushrooms and opium and has a psychotic breakdown, wherein the voice of God tells her to kill her mother. Becca stabs her mother dozens of times with a steak knife in a shocking outburst. It is her mother's forgiveness that helps Becca to become whole again.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.