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Hosted by Laura Cathcart Robbins, a writer and a recovery thriver and survivor, Laura found herself in an all too familiar position. In September 2018, she was the only black woman in the room at Brave Magic, a famed writer’s retreat. After it was over, she wrote about her “only one” experience in The Huffington Post and comments started flooding into her DM. These comments were from people from all races, ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities who had felt “othered”. Laura beautifully interviews a person about their Only One story each episode and addresses as many of those DM’s as possible in the process. In this podcast, you’ll hear raw, vulnerable accounts from people who are, like most of us, just eager to connect. Our hope is that The Only One In The Room will inspire a change of perspective in how we all see and hear each other’s stories. We want you think twice before judging the person standing next to you at a party, in the pick-up line at school or in a crowded subway car. This is a podcast for anyone who has ever felt alone in a room full of people – which is to say, that this podcast is for everyone.

Hosted by Laura Cathcart Robbins, a writer and a recovery thriver and survivor, Laura found herself in an all too familiar position. In September 2018, she was the only black woman in the room at Brave Magic, a famed writer’s retreat. After it was over, she wrote about her “only one” experience in The Huffington Post and comments started flooding into her DM. These comments were from people from all races, ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities who had felt “othered”. Laura beautifully interviews a person about their Only One story each episode and addresses as many of those DM’s as possible in the process. In this podcast, you’ll hear raw, vulnerable accounts from people who are, like most of us, just eager to connect. Our hope is that The Only One In The Room will inspire a change of perspective in how we all see and hear each other’s stories. We want you think twice before judging the person standing next to you at a party, in the pick-up line at school or in a crowded subway car. This is a podcast for anyone who has ever felt alone in a room full of people – which is to say, that this podcast is for everyone.

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United States

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Hosted by Laura Cathcart Robbins, a writer and a recovery thriver and survivor, Laura found herself in an all too familiar position. In September 2018, she was the only black woman in the room at Brave Magic, a famed writer’s retreat. After it was over, she wrote about her “only one” experience in The Huffington Post and comments started flooding into her DM. These comments were from people from all races, ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities who had felt “othered”. Laura beautifully interviews a person about their Only One story each episode and addresses as many of those DM’s as possible in the process. In this podcast, you’ll hear raw, vulnerable accounts from people who are, like most of us, just eager to connect. Our hope is that The Only One In The Room will inspire a change of perspective in how we all see and hear each other’s stories. We want you think twice before judging the person standing next to you at a party, in the pick-up line at school or in a crowded subway car. This is a podcast for anyone who has ever felt alone in a room full of people – which is to say, that this podcast is for everyone.

Language:

English


Episodes

RE-RELEASE: COVID Warriors: Natalie Gordon is The Only ER Nurse In The Room

12/3/2020
Season seven was our most downloaded season EVER! Thank you all so much for listening and sharing. Please enjoy this fan-favorite from season five, while Laura and Scott continue to record brand-new episodes for season eight of The Only One In The Room. In an effort to really acknowledge this time, this crisis that seems to keep going on and on, hosts Laura Cathcart Robbins & Scott Slaughter track down some real life heros and she-ros who are currently showing up on the front lines of this...

Duration:00:35:52

RE-RELEASE: Scott Talks To Geoffrey Owens

12/2/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Geoffrey Owens right after the show. Don't miss our Now Normal series releasing every Thursday. Be sure to join our Facebook Group for the most up-to-date info on guests, episodes and more. You can also DM us on Instagram @theonlyoneintheroom or email us via the website at www.theonlyonepod.com Also visit the website for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins...

Duration:00:12:22

RE-RELEASE: Geoffrey Owens Is The Only Celebrity Who Was Job-Shamed For Working At Trader Joes

12/1/2020
During our season break, we wanted to share with you one of the more inspirational interviews from season four. We love this episode where actor/director, Geoffrey Owens breaks down his meteoric rise to fame as an actor on The Cosby Show, and his subsequent decision to work at Trader Joe's to support his family. This is one fan-favorite you will listen to over and over again. Picture being an unknown actor in New York City and then a chance encounter between your mother and casting agent...

Duration:01:05:54

SUNDAY EDITION: Kara Goldin Is The Only One Who Was Undaunted

11/29/2020
When I was pregnant with my now 22-year-old son, my OBGYN insisted that I start drinking water after I confessed to him that I subsisted almost entirely on a diet of candy and soda. I left his office feeling sentenced that day, thinking that I could never possibly drink ONLY water for the remaining months of my pregnancy, as it had no flavor. Perhaps if Hint Water had existed then, I might have had an easier time. We are absolutely thrilled to have with us, Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc.,...

Duration:00:38:53

RE-RELEASE: Tony Spatafora is The Only Fifty Year-Old Gay Father In The Room

11/26/2020
Season seven was our most downloaded season EVER! Thank you all so much for listening and sharing. Please enjoy this fan-favorite from season six, while Laura and Scott continue to record brand-new episodes for season eight of The Only One In The Room. Producer and writer Tony Spatafora has a wicked sense of humor and a heart of gold. Known for Socket, Dish it Out!, and The Lees of Los Angeles. Tony Spatafora is The Only Fifty Year-Old Gay Father In The Room. Instagram: @tonyspats Be sure...

Duration:00:45:52

RE-RELEASE: Scott Talks To Tracy McMillan

11/25/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Tracy McMillan right after the show. Don't miss our new Now Normal series releasing every Thursday. If you'd like to ask a question on the Dear Laura segment or of an upcoming guest on Now Normal be sure to join our Facebook Group. You can also DM us on Instagram @theonlyoneintheroom or email us via the website at www.theonlyonepod.com Also visit the website for the...

Duration:00:12:42

RE-RELEASE: Tracy McMillan Is The Only One Who Grew Up In Foster Care While Her Father Was In Prison

11/24/2020
Season seven was our most downloaded season EVER! Thank you all so much for listening and sharing. Please enjoy this fan-favorite from season six, while Laura and Scott continue to record brand-new episodes for season eight of The Only One In The Room. What if your white mother couldn’t raise you and your black father, who adored you, was in and out of prison for most of your life, leaving you to child services in Minnesota where you were one of the few mixed race children entrusted to their...

Duration:01:00:22

The NOW Normal: Erica Mandy Is The Only One Keeping You Informed In Just Ten Minutes A Day

11/19/2020
We close out our seventh season with our friend and podcaster, Erica Mandy. Erica helps people stay informed without the overwhelm with the daily news podcast, The NewsWorthy. Erica is an award-winning broadcast journalist and former TV news reporter. Erica spent the last decade -- on TV, radio, and online -- reporting news and sharing stories around the country. As a TV news reporter, she was live on the scene during terrorist attacks, wildfires, and federal court rulings, to name a few....

Duration:00:36:22

Scott Talks To William Fitzsimmons

11/18/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest William Fitzsimmons right after the show. Don't miss our Now Normal series releasing every Thursday. Be sure to join our Facebook Group for the most up-to-date info on guests, episodes and more. You can also DM us on Instagram @theonlyoneintheroom or email us via the website at www.theonlyonepod.com Also visit the website for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart...

Duration:00:19:11

William Fitzsimmons Is The Only One Celebrating The Culture Of His Black Daughter Episode 70

11/17/2020
What if, while looking to adopt, two babies stole your heart, one white and one Black. And when you looked at them, you just knew that they were both your daughters. William Fitzsimmons, singer, songwriter and producer, adopted his two daughters with his now ex-wife, knowing that as a White man, it would be important to learn to take care of his Black daughter’s hair and educate himself about her African-American culture. But what would you do, if a cultural reckoning swept across America...

Duration:00:57:58

SUNDAY EDITION: Robyn Crawford Is The Only One Standing Up To Amazon

11/15/2020
Romance novels are big business. According to the Romance Writers of America, the romance fiction industry is worth $1.08 billion dollars a year, which makes it about a third larger than the inspirational book industry, and about the size of the mystery novel genre and science fiction/fantasy genre markets combined. Look up the top selling romance novel authors and you’ll find a long list of mostly white women. Pick up a romance novel at the airport or your local book store and you’ll most...

Duration:00:36:20

The NOW Normal: Nickolas Wildstar Is The Only Black Libertarian Republican Running For Governor In 2022

11/12/2020
“The historical pattern of government programs that have failed the American people and Black communities in particular. We need to be our own strength, and we can’t just rely on the government to save us. But, if they really do want to help, they can do one simple thing- get out of the way.” Nicholas Wildstar Nickolas Wildstar is one of the first major candidates to formally announce a gubernatorial campaign for California 2022. Libertarian activist Wildstar was a candidate for Fresno Mayor...

Duration:00:37:34

Scott Talks To Lisa Jakub

11/11/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Lisa Jakub right after the show. Don't miss our Now Normal series releasing every Thursday. Be sure to join our Facebook Group for the most up-to-date info on guests, episodes and more. You can also DM us on Instagram @theonlyoneintheroom or email us via the website at www.theonlyonepod.com Also visit the website for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins...

Duration:00:14:19

Lisa Jakub Is The Only One Who Embraced Her Weird Episode 69

11/10/2020
What if you were a child actor with more than forty film and television credits to your name and had starred alongside A-list celebrities, such as Will Smith and the late, great, Robin Williams? Lisa Jakub, author, therapeutically focused yoga teacher and mental wellness educator, left Hollywood for Virginia when she was twenty-two, hoping that it would be the panacea for the awkwardness and insecurities she’d been dealing with since her acting career started at age four. But what would you...

Duration:01:03:30

The NOW Normal: Election Week Special

11/5/2020
Scott checks in with Laura from Troncones, Mexico on USA election day. The two of them discuss everything from American's two-party system to whether or not the electoral college is helping or hurting Americans. Be sure not to miss our weekly full episodes on Tuesdays and Scott Talks now released on Wednesdays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series....

Duration:00:26:32

Scott Talks To Shelley Paxton

11/4/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Shelley Paxton right after the show. Don't miss our Now Normal series releasing every Thursday. Be sure to join our Facebook Group for the most up-to-date info on guests, episodes and more. You can also DM us on Instagram @theonlyoneintheroom or email us via the website at www.theonlyonepod.com Also visit the website for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins...

Duration:00:13:50

Shelley Paxton Is The Only One Who Made It To The Top And Was Still Dead Inside Episode 68

11/3/2020
What if you excelled at ladder climbing, and were one of a handful of women at your level to garner accolade after accolade and to get promotion after promotion? Shelley Paxton, author, speaker, transformational coach and podcaster found herself breathing rare air when she was made the CMO of Harley Davidson, becoming one of six women in the executive ranks at a Fortune 500 company. But what would you do if you’d made it to the top and found that you felt dead inside? Would you continue on,...

Duration:01:04:24

SUNDAY EDITION: Autumn Noel Is The Only One Who Was Unwanted

11/1/2020
My phone call with Autumn Noel was unlike any conversation I’ve had before. This nineteen year old actress opened up to me about being born into a family that wasn’t prepared to take care of her and not feeling seen or valued until her grandmother won guardianship of her when she was fourteen years old. She spoke about an abusive boyfriend and her dealings with depression, we talked about mental health issues and her suicide attempt. I did my own research and found that studies have shown...

Duration:00:32:03

COVID WARRIORS Follow-Up: Gregg Garfield Is The Only One Who Was Patient Zero

10/29/2020
When we first interviewed Gregg Garfield in June of this year, Covid 19 had just claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans. But as of today, just over four months later, COVID 19 has claimed the lives of more than 224,000 American souls, with more than eight and a half MILLION cases being reported. Despite the fact that President Trump himself was recently hospitalized for COVID 19, one fifth of people polled here in the US still believe that COVID 19 is a hoax. Today’s guest, Gregg...

Duration:00:37:45

Scott Talks To Naomi Clark

10/28/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Naomi Clark right after the show. Don't miss our Now Normal series releasing every Thursday. Be sure to join our Facebook Group for the most up-to-date info on guests, episodes and more. You can also DM us on Instagram @theonlyoneintheroom or email us via the website at www.theonlyonepod.com Also visit the website for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins...

Duration:00:12:46