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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

On My Nightstand: Dare To Defy by Peter Shompole Ole Leroka

11/26/2021
I love this story and was particularly in awe of the plain and beautiful way Mr. Shompole Ole Leroka brings us into what it was like to grow in Maasailand, Kenya in the 1930s and 40’s.. Dare to Defy captures the efforts of an individual in Africa as he breaks the constraints of ethnic traditions and carves a path for himself in a fast-changing world. Told in a detailed, humorous and captivating manner, the memoir traces the life of Shompole Ole Leroka as he moves from a pastoralist base by...

Duration:00:14:49

Scott Talks to Zoë Ruderman

11/24/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Zoë Ruderman right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Mercato: Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unlimited free delivery and use the code THEONLYONE to get $20 off your first order! Smile Brilliant: You could have a dentist make your trays for three,...

Duration:00:18:18

Zoë Ruderman Is The Only One Talking To Women About Becoming A Mom Episode 109

11/23/2021
Imagine trying to get pregnant and each attempt was met with heartbreaking loss and disappointment? PEOPLE, Digital editor, Zoë Ruderman, spent hours and hours in doctor’s offices doing whatever was suggested in order to bring the baby she knew she was supposed to have into the world. So what would you do if your journey to becoming a mother included stressful rounds of IVF and several painful miscarriages? Would you keep your experiences to yourself or would you create a podcast, called Me...

Duration:00:52:46

SUNDAY EDITION: Zibby Owens Is The Only Book Lover In The Room Who Started A Publishing Company

11/21/2021
Zibby Owens is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Zibby, named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York magazine’s Vulture, conducts warm, inquisitive conversations with authors, making her daily show a top literary podcast as selected by Oprah.com in 2019 and 2020. Zibby is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zibby Books, a publishing home for fiction and memoir. She’s also the CEO of Moms Don’t Have Time To, a media company with multiple...

Duration:00:36:04

On My Nightstand: How My Drinking Friends Helped Me Stay Sober by Laura Cathcart Robbins

11/19/2021
As the holidays are upon us, I thought it fitting to read an essay I wrote for the magnificent Catherine Gray’s Sober Spring blog called, How My Drinking Friend’s Helped me Stay Sober. Laura Cathcart Robbins is an author, freelance culture writer, and host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, living in Studio City, California. She has been active for many years as a speaker and school trustee and is credited for creating The Buckley School’s nationally recognized committee on...

Duration:00:10:29

PRESENTING- Behind The Booty: Behind The Craft with Mark Montano

11/18/2021
Working in the fashion industry is full of glamour, beauty, allure, and STRESS. If you had a successful career but felt a calling to do something else, what would you do? Would you stay in the comfort of the known, or would you run towards the unknown? On this episode of Behind The Booty, host Kelly Nishimoto, Founder of Cute Booty Lounge, speaks with Mark Montano, Best-Selling Author, Designer, and TV Host, about his illustrious career from assisting a designer and interning for Oscar De La...

Duration:00:37:26

Scott Talks to Tim Barnes

11/17/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Tim Barnes right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Away: We love our new sponsor AWAY, the modern lifestyle brand that creates thoughtful products for every traveler and every kind of trip. Start YOUR 100-day trial and shop the entire Away line-up of travel essentials, including their best-selling suitcases, at AWAYTravel.com/theonlyone. Best Fiends:...

Duration:00:16:52

Tim Barnes Is The Only One Who Was Stabbed By A Random Stranger Episode 108

11/16/2021
What if you never experienced violence while growing up in your all-Black neighborhood, but when you moved to a city, which is less than 2% Black, violence found you for the first time? Tim Barnes, comedian and television writer grew up in South Central Los Angeles and was stabbed by a stranger after moving to the tony city of Santa Barbara, leaving him to wonder if it was a random stabbing or had he attacked because he was Black? But what would you do if every time you were presented with...

Duration:00:54:14

SUNDAY EDITION: Ginna Green Is The Only Black Jewish Orthodox Progressive In The Room

11/14/2021
Ginna Green is a strategist-consultant-movement-builder who is helping Jewish (and other) organizations change through her new firm, Uprise. She is on the boards of progressive Jewish groups including Bend the Arc and the Jews of Color Initiative and lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where she went to high school and college. Her interests include cooking, bourbon, and annihilating her four children at Scrabble, even on Shabbat. Visit: http://upriseforgood.com/ Listen: ‎A Bintel Brief on...

Duration:00:39:30

On My Nightstand: Badass Black Girl by MJ Fievre

11/12/2021
We loved MJ’s episode so much that we asked her permission to read a couple of excerpts out of her critically acclaimed YA book, Badass Black Girl: Quotes, Questions, and Affirmations for Teens. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, M.J. Fievre’s publishing career began as a teenager. Since then, M.J. has authored nine books in French that are widely read in Europe and the French Antilles. She works with underserved populations in need of writing as a form of therapy—even if they don’t realize that...

Duration:00:13:13

PRESENTING- BEHIND THE BOOTY: Behind The Boobs with Tamra Dae

11/11/2021
Chronic illness and fatigue can happen to anyone and may lead to some very dark and challenging times. How would you look to heal yourself if every path you took seemed to be a dead end and the sickness continued? Host Kelly Nishimoto, Founder of Cute Booty Lounge, speaks with Tamra Dae, entrepreneur and fitness model, about her journey through various professional pursuits, breast implant illness, spiritual development, and how she is now using her platform to encourage others to return...

Duration:00:36:02

Scott Talks to Christophe Zajac Denek

11/10/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Christophe Denek right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Mercato: Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unlimited free delivery and use the code THEONLYONE to get $20 off your first order! Smile Brilliant: You could have a dentist make your trays for...

Duration:00:18:51

Christophe Zajac Denek Is The Only Little Person In The Room Who’s Kind Of A Big Deal Episode 107

11/9/2021
What if you were born with a rare form of dwarfism, and the doctors told your parents that you would never lead a normal life, that things like running, biking, or even walking without assistance might not be possible for you? 4’4, Actor/Stuntman, Pro Drummer, ​podcaster, and Surfer, Christophe Zajac Denek, found it challenging to watch the other kids grow taller around him, but he didn’t want to let that deter him from living life to the fullest. But what would you do if society told you to...

Duration:00:56:52

SUNDAY EDITION: GoAskAlex Is The Only Disabled Sex Worker In The Room

11/7/2021
“𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻'𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗺𝗲. 𝗜𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁, 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿” GoAskAlex is an 18+ performer, sex educator, and advocate for the representation of disabled bodies in pornography. She has spent the past six years as a webcam model and online companion. After becoming an ostomate in 2019 she focused her career on advocating for underrepresented bodies in...

Duration:00:40:08

On My Nightstand: The Accidental Gangster by Ori Spado

11/5/2021
Orlando “Ori” Spado is best known as The Hollywood Mob Boss and we were lucky enough to interview him (episode 106, The Only Accidental Gangster In The Room). You’ll want to hear him tell this particular story in his own words (and voice) but I had to read it to you because I love it so much. Orlando (Ori) Spado sold insurance for the Prudential Insurance Company where he was a leading agent for years. Eventually, he moved to Beverly Hills, California where he became known as a Hollywood...

Duration:00:13:51

PRESENTING- BEHIND THE BOOTY: Behind The Breast Cancer Battle with Jessica Coulthard & Elissa Kalver Part Two

11/4/2021
Imagine fighting breast cancer and not only processing your own emotions but having to negotiate the reactions of others as well. Would you hide yourself away or work through the ups and downs of cancer treatment with your family and friends at your side? Host Kelly Nishimoto, Founder of Cute Booty Lounge, is back today with Jessica Coulthard & Elissa Kalver to conclude their eye-opening conversation on living with breast cancer and sharing that experience with others. This second part to...

Duration:00:25:05

Scott Talks to Ori Spado

11/3/2021
Scott Slaughter, co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room, has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Ori Spado right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Away: We love our new sponsor AWAY, the modern lifestyle brand that creates thoughtful products for every traveler and every kind of trip. Start YOUR 100-day trial and shop the entire Away line-up of travel essentials, including their best-selling suitcases, at AWAYTravel.com/theonlyone. Mercato:...

Duration:00:15:57

Ori Spado Is The Only Accidental Gangster In The Room Episode 106

11/2/2021
Imagine meeting the underboss of the Colombo crime family and unexpectedly ending up with a friendship that would last for the next 40 years. Orlando, “Ori” Spado, went from insurance salesman to Hollywood Mob Boss, until he went to federal prison on a Colombo crime family RICO indictment in 2008. But what would you do if after getting out of prison you had a chance to tell people what it was really like to be on the inside of a life that so many of us revere and fear? Would you be too...

Duration:01:03:34

SUNDAY EDITION: Catherine Kapphahn Is The Only Dyslexic Author In The Room

10/31/2021
Catherine Kapphahn’s Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me received The Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award. Her writing has appeared in Motherwell Magazine, Newtown Literary, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, and CURE Magazine. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. Her upcoming book of poetry is called The Miseducation Of A...

Duration:00:41:44

On My Nightstand: The Inside Track by Peter Sage

10/29/2021
Peter Sage’s story is so incredible that we made his episode our season 10 finale The Only One In The Room Who Was Grateful To Be Imprisoned (Episode 99). Please don’t forget to go back and listen to his incredible interview after you hear today’s reading of two excerpts from his best-selling book, The Inside Track. Peter Sage was sent to the most violent prison in the UK as the only non-criminal prisoner. Instead of playing the victim, he chose to identify as a ‘secret agent of change’. He...

Duration:00:14:56