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Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

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Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

Language:

English


Episodes

Raise Your Hand - Shawna Thomas

10/21/2021
Raise your hand, say "yes" and work hard. Shawna Thomas did all of that and more on the road to her role as Executive Producer of CBS Mornings. Shawna's journey begins in Houston where she grew up, and we first met. For me, our conversation is a full circle moment. A local TV anchor at the NBC affiliate (me) awards a college scholarship to a 13 year-old middle school student (Shawna). Who could have imagined the professional bond we would share 27 years later?! At its core, our mutual...

Duration:01:07:22

Leading in the Age of DEI - Monica Cole

10/7/2021
Leading in the age of DEI is a hot topic in corporate circles these days. My guest this week has earned her place in those circles as a leader and mentor to those finding their way up the corporate ladder. Including those traditionally left at the bottom. Tell Me What the Team Looks Like Monica Cole's path to Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo is paved with lessons learned on a college basketball court. Skills she acquired on the hardwood help set her apart and set her up to lead...

Duration:00:43:18

Behind the Scenes of January 6th - Sherman Tylawsky

9/30/2021
In this week's episode of Our Voices Matter Podcast, a former Congressional intern takes us behind the scenes of the January 6th insurrection. As our nation's Capitol descended into chaos, 24 year-old Sherman Tylawsky was locked down with members of Congress and their staffs. Not exactly how he envisioned the third day of his internship. What was he thinking? How did he get through it? What did he learn about himself and the state of our political discourse? Tylawsky is a podcaster who...

Duration:00:37:00

Black Women, White Women: Let's Talk - Jen Buck and Tamara Johnson-Shealey

9/23/2021
What happens when black women and white women get together and say, let's talk? I mean brave, honest, real talk -- about race. My guests this week can tell you what happens because they're living it. Every Thursday evening at 6pm CST, Tamara Johnson-Shealey and Jen Buck host a weekly conversation about race on the social audio app, Clubhouse. White women and Black women who are giving each other permission to speak, and having the courage to listen -- hopefully, with an open mind. That...

Duration:00:52:07

Passion and Purpose - Priyanka Murthy

9/9/2021
Priyanka Murthy, CEO of Access79, could teach a masterclass on combining passion and purpose. She's an award-winning jewelry designer whose creations grace the ear lobes and necks of A-list Hollywood stars. Think J-Lo, Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence, Clare Danes and Julia Roberts. But here's the really cool part. Priyanka is now combining her passion for stunning jewelry design with her purpose of making a positive impact on our world. Purpose-Driven...

Duration:00:38:29

The Power & The Cost of Owning Your Story - Amr Awadallah & Sara Selber

9/2/2021
We kick off our new season with a former Google executive speaking out in his first extended interview since getting fired. The story of Amr Awadallah and his new friend, Sara Selber, exemplifies the power and the cost of owning your story.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.com www.lorellemedia.com Amr lost his job. Sara has lost business and friends. But in the midst of their losses, they found each other, and a renewed belief in the power of story to pierce the armor that divides us. An...

Duration:00:52:13

Afghanistan: An Insider's Look With Nihad Jariri and Jesse Morton

8/28/2021
Today's episode provides an insider's look at the rapidly unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan. My guests: an Arab journalist and documentary film producer focused on jihadism, and a former recruiter for Al Qaeda. My conversation with Nihad Jariri and Jesse Morton took place on Saturday, August 21st. This was six days after the Taliban took control of Kabul and five days before ISIS-K unleashed two suicide bombs at the Kabul airport and adjacent hotel. We spoke in a room on Clubhouse where...

Duration:01:08:37

Life After the Olympics - Laura Wilkinson

8/5/2021
Yes, Simone Biles, there is life after the Olympics. Life after years of dedication to one goal. Life after pushing your body and your mind to the limit. And yes, you are "more than your accomplishments and your sport". Just ask Laura Wilkinson. The 3-time Olympian and Olympic gold medal-winning diver is still inspiring us more than 20 years after standing on the podium. Incredibly, she competed at the 2020 Olympic trials as a 43 year-old mom of four. Inspirational for sure. But that's...

Duration:00:26:51

Here's What I'm Thinking.... Linda Lorelle

7/23/2021
It's almost time for our new season, so I thought I'd try something a little different. "Here's What I'm Thinking". It's time to put myself on the hot seat and share whatever's on my mind. Every now and then, perhaps once a month, I will take off my journalist's hat and allow myself to be part of the story. Click on Ask Me Anything, tell me what you think, and we'll take it from there. This week, "Here's What I'm Thinking" about Mental Health. It's an important topic that often brings out...

Duration:00:21:03

Candle Queen

7/1/2021
Call her the Candle Queen who's shining a light and sharing the stories of amazing women! Ianthe Mauro is fluent in the language of candles. Whatever the shape or scent, candles are a perfect metaphor for what Ianthe is all about -- bringing light and love to our troubled world. Sound familiar? It's one of the mantras of this podcast and all of the content I create. No wonder I felt an instant connection to Ianthe the moment I heard her voice in a room on Clubhouse. Our conversation here...

Duration:00:48:21

America Talks - David Eisner

6/11/2021
When America Talks, people listen. At least that's the goal of what is described as a weekend of connection in the midst of deep division. This Saturday and Sunday, June 12th and 13th, Americans will talk one-on-one, face-to-face on video across our political divides. I will be one of them. As a member of the Our Voices Matter Podcast community, you know that courageous conversations like this feed my soul. It's safe to say I have a kindred spirit in this week's encore guest, David...

Duration:00:36:18

A Front Row Seat to History - Sonia Jarvis

5/20/2021
She not only had a front row seat to history, she was a ground-breaking participant. And she is still breaking glass ceilings and making significant contributions to our world. Sonia Jarvis is a Yale-educated legal scholar who has blazed trails in courtrooms, in classrooms, in civil rights arenas and even basketball arenas. She was the first Black female varsity athlete at Stanford University. She spent years in the trenches fighting for voting rights and equality. Today she is a...

Duration:00:55:34

Rising Above With Joy - Scott Hamilton

5/13/2021
Scott Hamilton's life is a master class in how to rise above with joy. Many know him from his iconic career as an Olympic and world figure skating champion -- and that backflip he made famous. He holds a whopping 70 titles. He's also in both the U.S. Olympic and World Figure Skating Halls of Fame. Others have followed his cancer journey and advocacy for those walking that same path. The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation is now more than 20 years strong. But there is so much more to this man...

Duration:00:56:50

You Are Not Alone - Linda Lorelle

5/6/2021
If there is one message to get across to those struggling with mental illness, it is this: You Are Not Alone. As I write this, my daughter is attending the funeral of a 25 year-old friend who took his life. I did not know the young man, but I know he was deeply loved by his family and friends. And I know that their lives without him, are forever changed. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says more than 50 million adults in America experienced mental illness in 2019. In the last...

Duration:01:04:38

AAPI Heritage Month: Grace's Story

4/29/2021
As we prepare to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month starting May 1st, Our Voices Matter Podcast is sharing one woman's story. It's an immigrant story of heartbreak, hope and the power of love. It's an especially poignant story as hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise. Grace Mase emigrated to America from Taiwan when she was a child. Those early days in her new homeland were fraught with challenges. Grace buried many of those memories, but recent events have brought them to the...

Duration:00:34:06

Lean In To The Fear - Mia Mends

4/8/2021
It's a long way from childhood immigrant to corporate leader in America. This week's guest on Our Voices Matter shares how leaning into the fear got her to the top. It might seem counterintuitive, but for Mia Mends, that's the secret sauce. Her Ghanian-born parents passed down the family recipe to Mia and her sisters. Fast forward a few decades and the proof is in the pudding. Mia is Chief Administrative Officer at Sodexo, a food service and facilities management company with more than...

Duration:00:49:05

"Gliding" to the Final Four - Clyde Drexler

4/1/2021
In case you hadn't noticed, it's March Madness and the University of Houston Cougars are in the Final Four. For this Houston-based podcast, that's a BIG deal!! The last time the Cougars made it to the Final Four was 1984. Basketball fans will remember that as the era of Phi Slama Jama. The headliners: Coach Guy V. Lewis, Hakeem Olajuwon, and this week's encore guest, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler. Clyde and I sat down for this interview during the first season of Our Voices Matter Podcast. We...

Duration:00:23:39

This is MY Judge - Judge Leonia Lloyd

3/24/2021
What causes a defendant, sent to prison by a judge, to say with affection and respect, "This is MY judge?" Judge Leonia Lloyd answers that question in this week's episode of Our Voices Matter podcast. Spoiler alert: humanity is at the core of her answer. Judge Lloyd's remarkable career spans more than four decades, first as a teacher, then as an attorney and judge. She took that journey with her twin sister, Leona, by her side. The book, "Your Honor, Your Honor: A Journey Through Grief to...

Duration:00:52:31

Courageous Conversation: Mental Health - Josh Donaldson

3/9/2021
This week's episode features a Courageous Conversation about mental health. It was recorded a few days before the breathtaking revelations from Meghan Markle that she had considered suicide. The subject of mental health is too often taboo, but Josh Donaldson is on a mission to change that. The courage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in talking openly about their personal experience will, no doubt, shed further light on the importance of this mission. Josh is the Founder and CEO of When...

Duration:00:48:42

Point Counterpoint - Nick Anderson

3/3/2021
Left. Right. Black. White. Point. Counterpoint. And the beat goes on... When does it stop? And who -- or what -- will lead the way to the nuance in the middle? Enter 16 editorial cartoonists. 8 from the Right -- 8 from the Left -- led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Nick Anderson. A changing media landscape kicked him out of his comfort zone and into an unlikely opportunity to celebrate the complexity of our humanity...through humor. In the last few years Nick has had to search far...

Duration:00:55:59