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Ep. 17 Healing the Silence – with special guest Jennifer, a survivor

Jennifer had stayed silent for decades, but when she finally revealed to her family that she had been sexually abused as a child by a family member, she was silenced all over again. She shares her ongoing journey towards breaking the silence. Plus, Holly, a licensed psychologist, provides insight into child sexual abuse within the family.
 
April is National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month.  If you need help to break through the silence, please call the 24/7 hotline: 1-800-656-4673 or rainn.org
 

EPISODE DETAILS

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #17 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Special Guest is Jennifer Grimm – Mother of 4, professional musician and composer. Lives in the Twin Cities. www.jennifergrimm.com
  • Additional guest is Holly Smart, a licensed Psychologist and registered Art Therapist who teaches art therapy courses at the Adler Graduate School including courses in grief and loss issues, children and adolescents and family systems. She has over 30 years of therapy experience working with children and families, as well as women impacted by complex trauma. 
  • “Easy Now” written and performed by Jennifer Grimm with husband, Joe Cruz on guitar.
  • “Hush Now” lullaby written and performed by Jennifer Grimm
  • Episode edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Assistance by Hannah McDonald

Ep. 16 Grace – with Pastor Ingrid Rasmussen, Rabbi Shosh Dworsky & Sister Jane McDonald

Searching for Grace, Hope and Gratitude during these unsettling times. Sue talks with 3 women of faith. Regina delivers a powerful poem by Brittany Delaney, Shanan mourns virtually and Miri, the Lava Lamp, masks up!

EPISODE DETAILS

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #16 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Written by Brittany Delaney, Shanan Custer and Sue Scott
  • Special Guests are Ingrid Rasmussen, Shosh Dworsky & Jane McDonald
  • Cast: Silvia Pontaza, Regina Marie Williams and Shanan Custer
  • “Hinei Mah Tov” arrangement by Rich Dworsky, featuring Sally Dworsky on lead vocal, Peter Ostroushko on mandolin, Dean Magraw on guitar and Rich Dworsky on piano/keyboards and background vocals
  • “Holden Evening Prayer” performed by the Holy Trinity Lutheran Singers, directed by Ann Schrooten and accompanied by Rachel Trelstad-Porter
  • McDonald Sisters singing moments from a 2015 video documentary of the sisters by Bill Sorem
  • Opening: “Stand Up” by Kelley Hunt/Al Berman, with EEs Music publishing, BMI 88 Records EERSUS1801
  • Episode edited and mixed and sound designed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Assistance by Hannah McDonald

Ep. 15 Stand Up – with Guest Duchess Harris

Celebrating women speaking out! Shanan takes a train to an inauguration. Brittany wonders if she can be a Ruth. Dawn does the 19th Amendment. Sue votes from her heart. Special guest, History Professor Duchess Harris, fills in the blanks and R&B singer Kelley Hunt gets us on our feet!

EPISODE DETAILS

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #15 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Written by Shanan Custer, Brittany Delaney, Dawn Brodey and Sue Scott
  • Special Guest is Duchess Harris
  • “Stand Up” by Kelley Hunt/Al Berman, with EEs Music publishing, BMI 88 Records EERSUS1801
  • Episode edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Assistance by Hannah McDonald

Listen to Kelley Hunt’s song,“Stand Up,”  from this episode! The entire song!

http://www.kelleyhunt.com/home.html

Ep. 14 Insight – with Regina Marie Williams, Isabell Monk O’Connor & Kelli Foster Warder

EPISODE DETAILS

Three conversations with three strong Black women. All in the arts. All with insightful personal stories to share. Plus, Sue and Zippy deliver an ode to a woman we all know and maybe wish we didn’t.

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #14 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Written by Sue Scott
  • Special Guests are Regina Marie Williams, Isabell Monk O’Connor & Kelli Foster Warder
  • Parody of “You Don’t Own Me” written by Sue Scott. Performed by Zippy Laske and Kyle Kimbllin
  • Episode edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Excerpt of “Mississippi Goddam” by Nina Simone, performed by Regina Marie Williams in the play, NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN by Christina Ham
  • Excerpt from Theatre Latte Da’s production of FIVE POINTS, by Harrison David Rivers, Ethan D. Pakchar & Douglas Lyons. Choreographed by Kelli Lin Foster Warder
  • “She Won’t Go Steady” by Kelly, Cathie & Ardire, performed by Ronnie Booker and the Boardwalkers
  • Assistance by Hannah McDonald

Photos by Regina Marie Williams

Ep. 13 Listening – with Guest Sarah Lynne RN

EPISODE DETAILS

In our second “from home” episode, we reflect and react to the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing pandemic.  Dae talks about “living while Asian” in this time of COVID. Shanan lets us know that the Anger Hut has reopened, sort of. Regina, brings a searing Nina Simone song to life.  New contributor, Dawn Brodey, wonders what life would be like if her 2 year old were black.  Sue acknowledges that it is systemic. And our guest, Sarah Lynne, shares her perspective from deep inside the coronavirus battle.

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #13 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Cast: Dae Yang, Shanan Custer, Dawn Brodey, Regina Williams and Sue Scott
  • Written by Dae, Shanan, Dawn and Sue
  • Special Guest is Sarah Lynne
  • Original underscoring by Zippy Laske
  • Edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • “Brown Baby” by Oscar Brown Jr., performed by Regina Williams as part of New Dawn Theatre’s “A Breath for George”
  • Assistance by Hannah McDonald

Ep. 12 Who’s Zooming Whom? – In Quarantine – with Guests Fran & Drew Jansen

EPISODE DETAILS

In our first episode from home, we attempt an Island Zoom. Mo unearths an historical reference. Shanan shares her diary. Nancy visits her brave dentist. Sue wonders What If. Zippy’s song, “Holding Onto Faith,” soothes our souls. And our special guests are a mother and son. One is no longer with us. The other tells her story.

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #12 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Cast: Mo Perry, Shanan Custer, Nancy Bagshaw Reasoner, Regina Williams, Silvia Pontaza, Dae Yang and Sue Scott.
  • Written by Mo, Shanan, Nancy, Sue and Zippy.
  • Special Guests are Fran & Drew Jansen
  • Original song “Holding Onto Faith” by Zippy Laske
  • Edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Mo Perry’s story was originally commissioned by Pollen Midwest
  • Assistance by Hannah McDonald

 

Ep. 11 International Women’s Day – LIVE – with Guest Amy Matthews

EPISODE DETAILS

Before we were “flattening the curve,” we were LIVE for International Women’s Day! Silvia shares her story of immigrating from Guatemala. Sue wonders when it will be the RIGHT time for a woman president. Dae relives a heart racing simulation of fleeing Laos. Special guest, Amy Matthews rebuilds your home and rebuilds her life after domestic abuse by creating a non-profit for survivors. AND Zippy and cast sing about rising again!

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #11 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Cast: Silvia Pontaza, Dae Yang, Nancy Bagshaw Reasoner and Sue Scott.
  • Written by Silvia, Dae, Nancy and Sue
  • Special Guest is Amy Matthews
  • Original song “And Now She Rises” is based on a poem by Amy Matthews and Nina Orezzoli with music and additional lyrics by Zippy Laske
  • Live Audio Engineering by Zachary Thayer
  • Edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Photos by Sara Erdman
  • Assistance by Hannah McDonald

 

Ep. 10 Confidence – LIVE – with Guest Nekima Levy Armstrong

EPISODE DETAILS

LIVE! Opening night in our NEW home, Crooners Supper Club! Lorna Landvik joins the Islanders and finds out that confidence is a muscle that needs flexing. Sue honors Mary Engelbreit’s courage. Zippy learns to say NO in “Straight from the Heart.” And special guest, Nekima Levy Armstrong shares her journey from South-Central LA, to Law Professor, to Civil Rights Activist.

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #10 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Cast: Dae Yang, Nancy Bagshaw Reasoner, Silvia Pontaza and Sue Scott. With guest: Lorna Landvik. 
  • Written by Nancy, Dae, Lorna and Sue
  • Special Guest is Nekima Levy Armstrong
  • Original song “Straight from the Heart” written and performed by Zippy Laske
  • Live Audio Engineering by Zachary Thayer and Tony Axtell
  • Edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Photos by Rick Spaulding

Ep. 9 Faith -LIVE- with Guest Susan Kimberly

EPISODE DETAILS

LIVE! Our special guest, transgender trailblazer, Susan Kimberly, shares her very personal story. We hear a piece from her new play. The cast examines their faith. And a visitor washes up. 

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #9 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Cast: Dae Yang, Nancy Bagshaw Reasoner, Silvia Pontaza and Sue Scott. With guest actors: Sean Dooley and Freya Richman. 
  • Written by Nancy, Dae, Silva and Sue
  • Excerpts from the play by Susan Kimberly: “Superman Becomes Lois Lane” 
  • Special Guest is Susan Kimberly
  • Original song “Forget Not” written and performed by Zippy Laske
  • Live Audio Engineering by Barry Madore and Tony Axtell
  • Edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Photos by Sara Erdman

Ep. 8 Strings Attached – LIVE – with Guest Kim Insley

EPISODE DETAILS

LIVE! The puppets crash the climate party. Nancy dreams of a Dr. Kildare shirt. Dae notes that strings are attached. Sue gets wrapped up in parody. Simone sings of diamonds and souls. And special guest Kim Insley talks sleeping in and moving on.

  • Island of Discarded Women Episode #8 was directed and produced by Sue Scott
  • Cast: Nancy Bagshaw Reasoner, Dae Yang, Michelle Myers Berg, Sue Scott and guest singer/songwriter, Simone Perrin 
  • Written by Nancy, Dae, Sue and Simone
  • Special Guest is Kim Insley
  • “Diamonds of Heaven” and “Hang My Soul” written and performed by Simone Perrin
  • Live Audio Engineering by Barry Madore and Tony Axtell
  • Edited and mixed by Sue Scott. Mastered by Tony Axtell
  • Photos by Sara Erdman