RISK! Podcast
  • Episode:#1003
  • Date:October 22, 2018
  • Run Time:1:10:22
  • Download: MP3


Oz, Vara Cooper and Britt Adams share stories about kinky online auctions, an old drug buddy, and a family's intolerance toward their son.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: Chasin’ Kendall by Stefon Harris & Blackout

Live Story: Honey420 and Me by Oz

Interstitial: The Scent and Taste of a Real Woman by Ceara

Live Story: Dave’s Not Here by Vara Cooper

Song: Waiting on a Friend by The Rolling Stones

Live Story: Reunion by Britt Adams

Song: Who Did That to You? by John Legend

Final Word: When You Spread Your Legs on the Internet as Often as I Do by Casey Calvert



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  1. Britt- wow. Thank you for sharing. You have a tremendous spirit.

  2. I just listened to the story by Britt Adams. He sounds like an amazing young man and I would be proud to have him for a son. His story breaks my heart. I have a Vietnamese son and a Chinese daughter and I would never let anyone treat them the way Britt’s family treated him. (I didn’t vote for trump either) Chin up Britt!

  3. Was Britt Adams story true? I would like to hear if he has more to say.

  4. RISK! is the show where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share.

    Some RISK! storytellers go by pseudonyms or change the names of other people or institutions in their stories, but what happens in the story is based on their interpretations of their own life experiences.

  5. I know that there are many factors that could lead to this…but why would a family adopt a vietnamese son and not project him from that sort of prejudice?

    It baffles my mind.

  6. I too was absolutely gobsmacked by Britt’s story and came straight here to comment. If you read this, Britt, you’re a very brave, positive person and I’m certain you’ll find the wonderful friends and adoptive family that you deserve. Your story is one of the most remarkable I’ve ever heard, and you’ll be in my thoughts for a long time.

  7. Risk hosts a range of naughty, hilarious, and emotional stories that I’ve loved since I started listening 2 years ago, but Britt’s is the first one that made me cry. Britt, you sound like a funny, smart and resilient person and any family should be proud they raised a son like you. I’m sure you’ll meet a bunch of amazing people in Denver that will value you for the incredible person you are. <3

  8. Britt, if you read this, I was also completely betrayed by my family, and I have spent years trying to get past it with limited success. I really wish you the strength and curiosity it will entail for you to realize your own worth without them. From what you described you are so much better than them. Best of luck.

  9. As an Asian American listener, Britt’s story absolutely shook me. Britt, you are a brave soul and wonderful storyteller. I wish you all the best in Denver and hope that you soon find the familial love and friendship that you deserve.

  10. I not one to leave comments but Bitt’s story, JESUS!! WTF!!. Britt, my prayer for you will be that you create your own loving & caring family among the community that you live in. As 60 yr’so old black woman I will always remember your story and thus I will always keep you, my son, in my prayers. Keep your head up & stay strong.

  11. I was all set to get all gushy fanboy forOz’s story, but I’m glad i held off. Hat’s off to Kevin for curating the best Risk! in ages. This episode started “excellent” and them got steadily better. Britt, of you ever make it to Baltimore, the first beer’s on me. I’ve experienced a similar awakening but on a vastly smaller scale. Thanks also to Vara your story was just as touching as the others, just in different places.

  12. Walt!
    Gushy fanboy? 🙂
    I’m glad you appreciated the story.

  13. Dear Britt, please know that many more people are estranged from their families that you’d otherwise think! I advise to relish what good memories you have and make your own new tribe. Share your story judiciously with those who’ve gained your trust. But BEWARE some will try to downplay, explain away or rename what happened while others will try to gaslight you into thinking you misinterpreted. Stop them early and consider current events and long ago history: racism and the tenets of white supremacy insinuate themselves into every aspect of the human experience (even adoption) all the while insisting upon its innocence or calling itself something else. That’s how it survives and mutates around the globe.

  14. Britt, what a shattering experience you went through. Don’t lose hope, there are people out there that will love you for whoever you are, no matter who you vote for, your race, etc. Those that hurt you are missing a piece of humanity. I pray that they realize the error in their ways, and that you can move on and stay strong.

  15. I am so sorry you had that experience. I couldn’t even imagine. My heart breaks for you. I could always use a friend. Hit me on Facebook or the gram.

  16. Britt, I want you to know you are a Wonderful young man and if that is how your family treats you, they are opposite of what it means to be a family. Do not let anyone including them define who you are! Stand strong in your beliefs always. May success and abundance surround you and endless love be your comfort. For every hurt you have experienced may you be filled with joy!!

  17. Britt, I’m so sorry that you had to find out that your ‘family’ was not a normal family, in such a violent way. This is not how a normal family acts. I have an adopted Chinese child & I can’t imagine letting anyone treat her different or unfairly. Same for the larger adoptive community that I am a part of. I know you will do better at creating your own family of friends. I’m so glad you got out. I wish you happier times!

  18. As an immigrant myself, I wanna thank Britt for that story. I run into a lot of people who’s parents aren’t very parentally. Sometimes its the low points in our lives that fill the well from which we gather our strength in the future. I’m glad you are seeking out your own path. Time will be the best judge.

  19. I was listening to my first podcast of Risk! and was astonished and angry and sad about Britt’s story. I told my husband about it when I got home. Sharing his story is hopefully part of his journey to heal his emotional wounds from those people. I’m disgusted to my core. Best wishes to Britt and all others who have suffered such injustices. I wanted to reach out through my car stereo to give him big hugs. Thank you. ~ Magdalena

  20. Britt’s story is insane. It’s really hard for me to believe that a family would purposely – for significant amounts of money – adopt outside of their race/ethnicity and then purposely belittle that person, however subtle or encoded, for their entire life. And then what happened at the family reunion?!! What?! For me, it was one of the most unbelievable stories – literally – I’ve ever heard on Risk. If it is really true, stay strong Britt, the West is the best.

  21. of all the gut wrenching stories, this one lingers.

    an unimaginable betrayal, the shocking brutality of a “family”.
    the visual of a child being thrown into a tv, severely beaten AND abandoned at a hospital made me cry.

    yet, Britt maintains hope, optimism, a positive outlook and even joy.

    what a loss Brit is to his “family”, a shame.
    i can’t imagine his mother not suffering her loss but doesn’t express it in fear of her husband.

    a story i would like to follow.

  22. I listened to Britt’s story with horror and growing anger. Any person that puts their child or brother in the hospital deserves to be in jail, and anyone who doesn’t lift a finger to stop the violence deserves to join them. My heart goes out to him and I hope he finds the family he deserves. And I hope his adoptive “family” rot in hell.

  23. Britt, just because you were raised in one family, that does not prevent you from creating a family that better suits you. My wife was born to two people who should not have had children, but she ended up creating her own family made up of people who love and support her. The people she calls her parents are an important part of her life and also in our children’s lives. Although we now live on opposite sides of the country from her parents, we see them several times a year and vacation together. We still have typical family disagreements, but they are resolved quickly and with love. Find a family who appreciates you. There are people out there who would love to have you as part of their family.

  24. Britt your story had me sobbing so hard I immediately tried to find you on Facebook or Instagram so I could tell you myself how heartbreaking your story was for me. You are an amazing person who doesn’t Deserve this pain and your “family” isn’t worthy of you. Please please please remember that. It may be a long journey to make sense of all this you’ve dealt with for so long, my only advice is practice self love wherever possible and surround yourself with loving people to combat the disgusting constant racism you’ve faced:( And feel free to reach out anytime, I’d be lucky to have a person as amazing as you as a friend.

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