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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

Diversity Matters - Pauline Chiou

5/12/2022
If you’ve ever wondered why diversity matters, especially in newsrooms, this week’s guest has some answers for you. And then some. Pauline Chiou is a media executive who cut her journalism teeth as a reporter in local TV and network newsrooms across the U.S. From there, it was on to Hong Kong and 6 years as an anchor at CNN International. CNBC then lured her to Singapore for 3 years, before she returned to the U.S. and moved into news management A Mentor to Young Journalists As a mentor...

Duration:00:31:30

Right To Know - Kara Rubinstein Deyerin

5/5/2022
We all have a right to know who we are and where we come from. And in this day of over-the-counter DNA tests, it's easier than ever to find out. But what happens when your DNA discovery reveals secrets that rewrite the story of your life? In the case of Kara Rubinstein Deyerin, it shattered her identity and sent her on a quest to answer a simple, yet complex question: "Who am I?" Life Changes with the Click of a Mouse Kara reached out to share her most extraordinary story that strikes at...

Duration:00:39:01

Changing Corporate Culture - Allie Danziger

4/28/2022
What does it take to change corporate culture? It's a question countless corporations are asking as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging take center stage. This week, my guest and I explore this topic from multiple perspectives. Allie Danziger is a whip smart, young entrepreneur whose insight is gleaned from her experience in the world of internships -- and the C-Suite. Allie had eight internships under her belt by the time she graduated from UT-Austin in 2007. She started her first...

Duration:00:37:25

America Talks - Joan Blades & John Gable

4/21/2022
As I write this on April 21, 2022, America Talks is underway. Americans with different backgrounds and beliefs are firing up their computers, turning on their cameras and talking to each other, face-to-face. On purpose. And with a purpose. Creating connections to build bridges across our divides, find a path forward, and remind us of our common humanity. Talking and Listening My guests this week personify how the simple, yet courageous acts of talking and listening, are a key part of the...

Duration:00:32:13

It's Not a Choice - Liam Paschall

4/7/2022
Being Liam isn't always easy. But it's not a choice. It's his truth. Just like all of us, Liam Paschall wants to be accepted for who he is. A loving husband and father, DEIB advocate, keynote speaker, passionate volunteer -- and transgender man. Only One Regret Assigned female at birth, Liam can't remember feeling comfortable in his body as a young child. Long hair and pink dresses felt foreign to him. He didn't have the words to describe it, but he knew it to be true. As an adult, he...

Duration:00:32:06

Beyond the Digital Divide - Larry Irving

3/31/2022
When Larry Irving coined the term "digital divide" in the early 1990s, he was fighting for those being left behind. He stood on the shoulders of mentors who came before him, advocating for what he knew was right. No matter the cost. The pushback was real -- from the U.S. Department of Commerce all the way to the White House. Irving was President Bill Clinton's Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Communications. His research on the nascent internet revealed a stark divide. "One group of...

Duration:00:44:40

Let's F*#!ing Talk to Each Other - Manu Meel

3/17/2022
Leave it to Gen Z to cut to the chase. "Let's f*cking talk to each other!" The perfect name for a campaign to get Americans, and especially our politicians, out of their silos for the greater good -- namely solving the problems that face our democracy and our very existence. Manu Meel and his fellow Gen Z colleagues at BridgeUSA are painfully aware that they will inherit today's problems tomorrow. And they're on a mission to give themselves a fighting chance. The first step: Change the...

Duration:00:41:07

The Intersection of Activism and Joy - Karen Walrond

3/3/2022
My guest this week takes us on a journey that leads to the intersection of activism and joy. And what a wonderful ride it is! The journey unfolds in the pages of Karen Walrond's new book, "The Lightmaker's Manifesto: How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy". Our guide is the author herself, who is also an activist, speaker, leadership coach and photographer extraordinaire. Tips and Tools for Activists If you're like me, when you think of the word "activist", the next word that...

Duration:00:41:29

Olympic Gold Medalist Rises Above With Joy - Scott Hamilton

2/24/2022
If anyone can show Olympic figure skater, Kamila Valieva, how to rise above with joy, it’s Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton. The 2022 winter games that just wrapped up were devastating for the 15 year-old Russian phenom. She went into the games as a gold medal favorite and finished 4th in the midst of a doping scandal. Hamilton brought not only his expertise, but his humanity, to his role as a commentator for NBC Sports. He stood firm in his belief that Valieva should not be allowed...

Duration:00:57:05

Side Hustle - Jacque Reid

2/17/2022
Jacque Reid is a walking, talking example of the power of a good side hustle. Yes, she’s an Emmy award-winning TV and radio journalist with national network experience. CNN. BET. NBC (Oscars Red Carpet team). Tom Joyner Morning Show. But she is also her own powerhouse brand, creating content to feed what ignites her passion. As an animal advocate, Jacque’s biggest passion right now is the Vegan Sexy Cool brand. She uses her voice to promote veganism through a digital lifestyle magazine,...

Duration:00:36:58

AllSides - John Gable

2/3/2022
I’m always looking for ways to better connect us as humans. That includes getting us out of our filter bubbles. My guest today quit his day job over 10 years ago and dedicated himself to that mission. What John Gable came up with is AllSides, a media technology company that rates bias and identifies different perspectives. The goal — to provide balanced news and information and enable civil dialogue. When you go to AllSides.com, the first thing you see is three points of view about the...

Duration:00:39:38

RACE To Be Human - Scilla Andreen

1/20/2022
What is race? What is racism? How can schools and companies address racism? Scilla Andreen is on a mission to answer these questions and more in her soon to be released documentary, “RACE To Be Human”. Andreen is an award-winning producer, director and CEO/Co-Founder of IndieFlix. The global streaming and screening service provides content for a purpose. She is also an Emmy-nominated costume designer for the original TV series, “The Wonder Years”. That was the beginning of a long and...

Duration:00:50:39

Meaningful Journalism & Why It Matters - Brendan Keefe

1/6/2022
The reason I became a journalist is the same reason I started this podcast: to tell stories that matter. To help make the world a better place. I would argue that’s what investigative reporter Brendan Keefe does every time he takes on a topic, always with one goal in mind: to uncover the truth. Brendan is the Chief Investigator for WXIA, 11Alive in Atlanta, and co-founder of The Reveal, a weekly investigative show on Atlanta’s TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate. He’s one of the most decorated...

Duration:01:07:51

Fixing Immigration - Stan Marek

12/30/2021
What will it take to fix our broken immigration system? It’s a contentious, highly partisan issue U.S. lawmakers have grappled with for decades. And it’s one that is deeply personal to this week’s guest on Our Voices Matter podcast. Stan Marek has spent the last 30 years working with local, state and national leaders to find a sensible solution to immigration reform. The Human Face of Immigration Much of that time is spent putting a human face on those at the center of the storm. Fathers,...

Duration:00:39:05

Representation Matters - Pam Perry

12/16/2021
Motown Magic was a part of every day life for award-winning PR professional, Pam Perry. She grew up in Detroit, counting the Four Tops and the Temptations among her neighbors. Diana Ross is her high school’s most famous alum. “If they can do it, I can do it” Pam remembers thinking as a young girl. Yes, representation matters. Pam’s “it” turned out to be public relations, marketing and branding. Today, she runs a boutique PR firm working with speakers and authors to help them attract...

Duration:00:43:02

Keep Going - Nina Grae

12/2/2021
It wasn’t easy, but Musical Artist, Nina Grae, found a way to keep going through her darkest days, starting with the healing power of music. If you are searching for a way to keep going when it feels like it’s all falling apart (hello world!), this episode is for you. Full disclosure. It’s also for me. There is something about Nina that pulls you into her space, shakes you to your core, and calms you down. All at the same time. All while showing, by example, how to reignite our own...

Duration:00:39:14

Walk With Purpose - Toni Harrison

11/18/2021
Toni Harrison was raised to walk with purpose. As the Chief Marketing Officer of a new fin tech company, she is doing just that -- on a mission to help solve the racial wealth gap. She's the proud granddaughter of a civil rights activist who helped bring Texas Southern University to Houston. Her father, Charles "Tex" Harrison, was an OG of the famed Harlem Globetrotters -- his consolation prize for being denied a shot at the NBA. The self-described “creative disruptor” is now making her...

Duration:00:45:11

Mental Health and the Music Industry - Rob Knox

11/4/2021
My first introduction to an in depth exploration of mental health and the music industry was the summer of 2021 in San Francisco. Josh Donaldson, founder of When the Music Stops, invited me to moderate a panel discussion about the topic. That's where I met today's guest, Grammy-nominated music producer, Rob Knox. A-List Artists You might not recognize his name, but you will surely know the names of the A-list artists he works with: Justin Timberlake, TI, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears,...

Duration:00:47:58

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