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I Swear On My Mother’s Grave

13 EpisodesProduced by Dana BlackWebsite

A podcast about losing my mother, and talking to others who have also lost their mothers...and not just in death. I promise it will be funny too.

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May 9th, 2021


Today’s guest is Suzi Pond. We recorded this conversation one year ago, on Mother’s Day 2020. It was my first interview for this project/podcast. I didn’t know yet what this was going to be, but I knew I needed to talk …


April 4th, 2021


Today’s guest is Halley Mayo. She lost her mother when she and her twin brother were just 4 years old. In this episode, Halley expresses how she …


March 7th, 2021


Today’s guest is Daisy Salto. Daisy is currently 16 years old, grew up in Chicago with her 4 siblings, and lost her mom when she was just 8 years …


February 14th, 2021


Today’s guest is Lucy Sandy. Lucy was born and raised in Houston, Texas by two immigrant parents from Sierra Leone: Mommy and Daddy, as they are affectionately called. In this episode, as Lucy approached the 10-year …


January 24th, 2021


Today’s guest is Jess Jones. She used to be an agent (one of my agents, to be exact!) and is now the Center Director for The Kaufherr Center in Chicago, which supports professional and emerging performing artists …


January 3rd, 2021


Today’s guest is Xander Krohn. He is a writer, teacher, and lover of a good suit. In this episode, we talk about how he attended a good old-fashioned …


December 6th, 2020


Today’s guest is Ann James. Ann is a brilliant actor, teaching artist, and Shakespeare expert…who once played my mom on stage—a complicated mom, for sure. In this episode, we will talk about Bob Barker (the dog!), …


November 15th, 2020


Today’s guest is Caitlin Costello. She is a hilarious actor and comedian, who also works in the world of recruiting. Caitlin’s mother was a lifelong caretaker and nurse, who loved her family, friends and New York City. …


October 25th, 2020


Today’s guest is Lane Flores. He is a playwright and actor living in Chicago but originally from Dallas, Texas. Lane lost his mother when he was 12, just as she was telling him to go “find his tribe and his people” in …


October 4th, 2020


Today’s guest is Leah Hart. She is a teacher and writer from Brooklyn, New York, a city where her mother lived for most of her life and where she got to be a capital D “Dancer.” Leah tells me her mother always knew how …


September 13th, 2020


Today’s guest is Deanna Myers. They are an incredible artist, writer, social justice advocate and aerial circus performer. They grew up in the …


August 30th, 2020


Welcome to the first episode of this podcast! Today’s guest is Rusty Schwimmer. She is a highly successful and well-known TV and film actor, and one …

Introducing: I Swear On My Mother's Grave

August 10th, 2020


Welcome to I Swear on My Mother’s Grave. My name is Dana Black and I lost my mom in 2016, at the age of 67. I didn’t want to talk about my mom’s addiction and depression for many years during her lifetime. It was …

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