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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: ‘Break the Silence’ on sexual violence and domestic abuse through art in Scranton

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: ‘Break the Silence’ on sexual violence and domestic abuse through art in Scranton
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Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, the senior marketing consultant at local radio stations Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in during each hour-long episode and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.

After the live webcast, the show is available the following Friday as an audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, while the video version can be seen on Facebook and YouTube.

The NEPA Scene Podcast is made possible by local sponsors Beer Boys, The Keys, and the F.M. Kirby Center, Coal Creative, and viewers who tune in every week.

In Episode 20, we have a very important and emotional conversation with the creators of Break the Silence: Sexual Violence Awareness Art Exhibit – campaign coordinator Stephanie Santore and photographer Ashley Matthews of Simply Lush Portrait Boutique.

Before and during the interview, we drink some crowlers provided by our sponsor, Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre, of three varieties of Single Origin Coffee Brown Ales by Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia made with coffee from Ecuador, Indonesia, and Kenya. Everyone agrees that, whether you love coffee or just beer brewed with it, these are worth drinking.

Then we talk about this powerful exhibit before it debuts at The Leonard Theater during First Friday Scranton on Aug. 4, what motivated them to start this project and how their respective professions helped in its creation, the difficulty in discussing the issues of sexual violence and domestic abuse, photographing the brave volunteers who have endured this trauma and shared their stories, how this project affected them, why Stephanie felt it was time to share her own personal story, empowering women through photography, what the Women’s Resource Center does for local women and families, statistics from and raising money for the center, sexism and focusing on the issue at hand by not getting bogged down by “whataboutism,” the healing process, the future of Break the Silence after Friday night and the possibility of future projects, and more.

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The views and opinions expressed during this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the hosts, NEPA Scene, Coal Creative, or our sponsors.