Sue started the podcast after she was fired from her job, when she was told that her voice was "too old for radio," a jumping off point to discuss a variety of women's issues (which are of course human issues). Each episode contains sketches about a literal island where women like her wash up and are given jobs. A rotating cast of actors, writers, and artists (including but not limited to Shanan Custer, Dexieng Yang, Silvia Pontaza, and Mo Perry) participate in the sketches, and are also given the opportunity to share their own stories. Resident musician singer/songwriter/guitar and piano player Zippy Laske leads the musical portion of the show, and many favorites from the #TCTheater community also make appearances (including Nora Montañez in the episode I saw, singing a song from the exciting new musical Protest: A Revolutionary Rock Opus). In each episode, Sue interviews an ordinary extraordinary woman with a story to tell, with an open, friendly, curious, fun interview style.
Over the last few years, Island of Discarded Women has morphed and grown into something that has highlighted many different women's voices and allowed many different women's stories to be told. During the racial reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd last year, Sue invited activists and scholars from the Black community onto the show, freely admitting her own biases and privileges in an effort to learn and grow and do better. She's interviewed sexual abuse survivors, women of faith, transgender women, explorers, and most recently, founder of ERA Minnesota Betty Folliard. Sue is using her platform, and what she knows how to do, to create a podcast (the modern equivalent of a radio show) that is fun, entertaining, educational, and inspiring, and amplifies too often unheard voices.
You can listen to all 18 episodes (soon to be 19 when this week's live episode is uploaded) of Island of Discarded Women, each about 40-60 minutes in length, on the website or wherever you get your podcasts. The next live recording is at the Woman's Club on November 14 (click here for tickets).
|Silvia Pontaza, Dexieng Yang, Sue Scott, and Mo Perry|
(photo credit: @cherryandspoon Instagram)