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There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.

There's A Word for That‪!‬ Suzanne Dressler

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    • 4.9 • 22 Ratings

There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.

    VETERAN: A Conversation with Mary Jo McConnell

    VETERAN: A Conversation with Mary Jo McConnell

    Mary Jo McConnell, a veteran army nurse and professional actor and storyteller, joins TAWFT! Suzanne and MJ have a deep and meaningful conversation on the arts, the army, being a veteran, a nurse, and moreover, how the arts can heal and help veterans and those currently serving our country.
    We thank her for her generosity and beautiful conversation and know you will adore this interview.
    QUOTE:
    There are a lot of people who have never interacted with a Veteran.You cannot help but be transformed by being party to these [veterans] stories.Mentioned in the Show:
    Free meditation CD: “A Voice for Healing”De-Cruit: using Shakespeare and Science to promote healingVAW-OP: Veterans Arts Workshop-Online Portal access to free virtual classes in the arts/mindfulnessPoetic Theater-Veteran Voices-programs offering writing/performance skills with community building for veterans and their family membersAbout the Guest:
    MJ is a proud veteran, having served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, specializing in  Neonatal Intensive Care. She is honored to offer free guided meditation classes to veterans on the Veterans Arts Workshop-Online Portal. She serves as a De-Cruiter, using personal narrative and Shakespeare to promote healing in the veteran community as well as a facilitator and program developer for Poetic Theater’s “Veteran Voices”, where veterans and their family members craft and perform personal stories to ritualize and share the moral burden of war.
    She is currently an actor with three-plus decades of professional experience buoyed by an MFA  in Acting from American Conservatory Theatre. You might have seen her perform in the  Broadway National Tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Sister  Act, and All Shook Up, as well as creating over fifty roles in regional & off-Broadway theatre.  She co-wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Trumped as well as her one-woman show,  Captain MJ’s Fantastic Adventure. On television, she appeared in One Life to Live, Masters of  Sex, Pan Am, and loves working on NYC indie films. She is currently featured as Una, a “Nazi bombmaker on a mission” in Hunters on Amazon Prime. As a founding artist of New York’s  Musical Theatre Factory, she is a recipient of their inaugural “Builder’s Award”.  
    MJ is a native New Yorker and thanks to her husband, Broadway musician John Johnson, for being her pandemic pod-mate and home studio gaffer. 


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    There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression for each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.
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    • 36 min
    VETERAN: A Conversation with Attorney Emily Trudeau

    VETERAN: A Conversation with Attorney Emily Trudeau

    QUOTE:
    There’s a narrative that female service members are victims. That’s a problematic stereotype for me.About the Guest:
    Attorney Emily Trudeau is an Assistant State’s Attorney with the State’s Attorney’s Office for the Judicial District of Hartford, Connecticut. Her practice focuses primarily on gun violence and sexual assault prosecution. Prior to working within the Division of Criminal Justice, Attorney Trudeau was a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps for six years, leaving active duty at the rank of Lieutenant. 
    Attorney Trudeau is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served with the Law and Order Task Force (LAOTF) from 2007 to 2008. LAOTF was a multi-agency, multi-national task force committed to promoting the Rule of Law in Iraq by training and mentoring Iraqi investigators and judges while aggressively prosecuting crimes of national strategic importance. 

    Attorney Trudeau also created and chaired a multi-national, multi-agency working group consisting of the US and coalition military, CIA, ATF, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies which led to direct improvements in the collection and use of forensic evidence in counter-insurgency rule of law missions throughout Iraq. She was identified within Iraq as a national subject matter expert in the investigation and prosecution of improvised explosive device manufacturers and co-authored a field manual on evidence collection and sensitive site exploitation.
    In addition to her service in Iraq, Attorney Trudeau filled a number of other roles within the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including Legal Assistance Attorney, in which she assisted military members and their families with a number of legal issues; Physical Evaluation Board Attorney, in which she represented military members in disability hearings; Defense Counsel, in which she represented military members in courts-martial and administrative disciplinary proceedings; and Trial Counsel, in which she prosecuted military members at courts-martial. 
    Her military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, Marksman ribbons on both the 9mm handgun, and sharpshooter ribbons on the m16 rifle, and various campaign and service medals and ribbons.
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    There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression for each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.
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    • 51 min
    CULT | Rebecca Tudor

    CULT | Rebecca Tudor

    Our guest this week is Rebecca Tudor, who was born into a cult and managed to leave as a teenager. We are pretty blown away by her story, history, and all the detailed information she elucidates in the interview. If you have wondered what compromises a true cult and what happens to those involved, you won’t want to miss this episode. See below for more information on organizations Rebecca mentions.
    QUOTES: 
    It takes years and years to really get out.If you feel like something is wrong or off, then there’s probably something wrong.It [high-control groups/cults] affects more people than you think.Mentioned in the Show:
    International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)1982 Mass Wedding at Madison Square Garden [Video]Podcast by former Unification Church MemberBlog by former UC memberThe Strange Life of Reverend Sun Myung MoonMeet the Billionaire Holy Mother of the Unification ChurchAbout the Guest:
    Rebecca Tudor is a Second Generation Adult (SGA) former cult member. She was born and raised in the Unification Church (aka The Moonies) and left when she was a teenager. Nearly 20 years later, she is telling her story and talking about the mental health implications. Rebecca is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Art Therapy & Counseling and is interested in helping cult and trauma survivors.
    Rebecca has 12 years of graphic design and marketing experience, and currently freelances and teaches online classes. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and their dog. She enjoys creating art, doing yoga, being in nature, laughing often, and spending time with friends and family.
    (Disclaimer: Rebecca is not a licensed therapist or counselor. The views expressed in this podcast are based on her experience, opinions, and personal research. This is not medical or psychological advice. Please talk to your doctor.)
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    There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.
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    • 44 min
    RISK | Ashley Kate Adams

    RISK | Ashley Kate Adams

    Ashley Kate Adams, producer, Broadway actor, creative consultant, and writer, gets up close and personal in this interview on the word “RISK". She believes in its power, lives its messages, and loved sharing the ways risks have helped shape her life (the good and the bad!). 
    Suzanne and Ashley explore her new best-selling book, #BYOP (Be Your Own Producer), and we are excited for you to listen to the ways you can live in “risk” and do it creatively and with wisdom!
    QUOTES: 
    Risk represents having faith in the bigger picture and asserting your dreams.There is no such thing as a failure. There is only moving forward.Mentioned in the Show:
    #BYOP: Be Your Own ProducerAbout the Guest: 
    Ashley Kate Adams, a Co-Founder of No Reverse Records, LLC, award-winning Actress, Producer and #1 Best-Selling Author, made her Broadway debut at the age of 23 in Tony Award Winning Revival of La Cage aux Folles. Proud teacher and #BYOP creative consultant to hundreds across the US including Billboard Top 10 album Frankie! The Musical. 
    She has appeared on television in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), Royal Pains (USA), Rules of Cool (Fullscreen), can be heard in True Detective (HBO), The Righteous Gemstones (HBO) in Logan Lucky, Gemini Man, Hillbilly Elegy and seen in films Pitching Tents (Hulu), 1 Message & Love (Best Actress 2018 NYTF).
    Her production company, AKA Studio Productions, created in 2011, has been seen in 150+ film festivals.
    Television/Films: 
    Mulligan (2018 LA Film Festival, 1st Place Flickers RIIFF) Rules of Cool (Fullscreen) Capital Advice (ITV Fest) ACE (Toronto Inside Out Fest)Photo op (Winner SENE Film) Blindsight (LA Shorts) Absent Mind (Toronto International Shorts) Beauty Mark (LA FILM FEST) distributed by the Orchard.Where to Find Ashley:
    Personal WebsiteNo Reverse Records, LLC WebsitePersonal Instagram#BYOP InstagramAKA Studio Productions InstagramAbout the Show:
    There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.
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    • 41 min
    ENERGY | Nikki Yarnell

    ENERGY | Nikki Yarnell

    We are thrilled to bring you Episode 31, the first episode of Season 2 of TAWFT!
    Suzanne brings on Nikki Yarnell, a brilliant Balinese healer, who analyzes “energy” in an exciting and unique interview. All we will say is this: You will think of “energy” in new and thought-provoking ways and hopefully, feel hopeful and eager to try something new and powerful.
    Should you choose to seek out Balinese energy healing, the first session with Nikki is complimentary!
    Quotes:
    You have the capacity to stress yourself out and the capacity to aid in your own healing.You are an energy being sitting with all this potential.Mentioned in the Show:
    Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing by Jill BlakewayThe Energy Cure by William BengstonEnergy Medicine: The Scientific Basis by James OschmanAnatomy of the Spirit by Caroline MyssMany Lives, Many Masters by Brian WeissAbout the Guest:
    Gilded Hands Founder and CEO Nikki Yarnell have had an enriching and varied career as a massage therapist and healer over the past 12 years. Endorsed in the New York Times by former J. Crew President Jenna Lyons, her clients include Tony-nominated Best Actress Tovah Feldshuh as well as the Broadway casts of "American Psycho" and "Fiddler on the Roof," U.S. government officials, A-list actors, musicians, NBA players, models and fashion icons. Nikki provides traditional Swedish, deep tissue, medical, myofascial, prenatal and sports massage as well as an ancient Balinese modality capable of healing a wide variety of ailments and pain.
    In addition to her extensive experience working in luxury spa settings, Nikki also often works with critical medical patients in various care facilities and professional athletes at sporting events. Clients find Nikki's work to be significantly more in-depth than the average massage and healing session partly due to her own experiences as a patient and now collaborator with several of the most respected physical therapists and master healers in practice. n.
    Appointments are available in 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 2-hour sessions in various locations throughout the New York Tri-State area as well as custom travel experiences. Gift certificates are available, please contact Nikki for details.
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    There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.:
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    • 32 min
    Season 1 Finale

    Season 1 Finale

    Suzanne sends a huge thank you to everyone who helped make Season 1 a success!
    See you on Season 2 where she will bring you more interesting and thought-provoking words and ideas to tackle.
    About the Show:
    There’s a Word For That! is a weekly podcast that centers around a different word or expression each episode. Host Suzanne Dressler believes in pushing the envelope to explore why and how we use words and the ways this impacts our lives. With a diverse assortment of intelligent, creative, and exciting guests, TAWFT! will force you to analyze and consider words in an entirely original and eye-opening way. Even better? NOTHING is off-limits.
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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

amahones ,

Fantastic!

Really interesting in-depth conversations about every day words allowing you to see then from every angle. Definitely recommend this podcast!

EowynLevene ,

So good!

Words are powerful and important and this is such a smart podcast! I particularly loved the episode on the 'other.' Almost all evil in the world can boil down to one human (or many) 'othering' another human being. And all good in the world comes from caring and inclusion and nurturing and supporting, bringing in the other. Thank you for hosting such an impactful show, Suzanne!

BellaBuva ,

Great Podcast

Love this Podcast. Love the idea of taking it one word at a time. Such a great idea. Loved the FAME episodes keep it up. A must listen.

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