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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

SUNDAY EDITION: Melanie Apple Is The Only One In The Room Who’s Business Was Chosen By The White House

4/11/2021
On November 2020, Kamala Harris Tweeted this: “Small businesses need our support now more than ever before. This Small Business Saturday and throughout the holidays, please shop local and do your part to help the backbone of our communities and our economy.” Since being elected, VP Harris has traversed the country, visiting small businesses with an emphasis on small, female-owned businesses. Often surprising (and shocking) the owners, who were expecting someone else from the administration...

Duration:00:36:22

On My Nightstand: Under The Wave At Waimea By Paul Theroux

4/9/2021
Today’s On My Nightstand Reading is from chapter four, Drunk On The Road from Under The Wave At Waimea. Timed to Theroux's eightieth birthday, UNDER THE WAVE AT WAIMEA is the story of aging big-wave champion surfer, Joe Sharkey. Joe’s struggling to come to terms with the fast-approaching end of his career when he accidentally kills a stranger near Waimea, Hawaii after a night of drinking. As Joe and his girlfriend, Olive, deal with the repercussions of the accident she throws herself into...

Duration:00:14:12

Presenting: Good Words with Kirk Franklin

4/8/2021
The Only One In The Room presents: Good Words with Kirk Franklin. Kirk Franklin welcomes people from every cross section of life seeking inspiration and empowerment and through intimate conversations they explore faith, redemption and the realities of today’s world. Kirk invites us to see ourselves in the shared moments between himself and his guests. The show provides a fun and energetic outlet to lift people up and share trials and tribulations that guests have overcome along the way. His...

Duration:00:09:06

Richard Robles Is The Only Good Samaritan At The Scene

4/7/2021
Yesterday you heard the first-ever podcast interview with Robert Chelsea, the first African-American and oldest full-face transplant recipient. Today we’re offering you a rare Only One In The Room follow-up with the man who saved his life. Richard Robles, 49-year-old General Superintendent, husband and father of six, lost his way while returning home one night after work and stumbled upon a fiery crash - what he did next will take your breath away. Don't miss our new Friday series On My...

Duration:00:21:32

Robert Chelsea Is The Only And First African-American To Receive A Full Face Transplant Episode 81

4/6/2021
Imagine, a drunk driver slams into your car at such a high rate of speed that it explodes before you can get out. Robert Chelsea, seventy-year-old father, and salesman, was pulled from the wreckage of a burning car in August of 2013, but not before over 75% of his body was burned, leaving his hands, arms, and face unrecognizable. But what would you do if no one had ever successfully completed a full-face transplant on someone your age or your race? Would you decide that the surgery wasn’t...

Duration:00:45:55

SUNDAY EDITION: Hugo Vrsalovic Is The Only Grateful Compulsive Gambler In The Room

4/4/2021
Usually, people start out gambling for fun, and they end up chasing their losses until all their money is gone. And in many cases, people are gambling because they have faced emotional and financial losses and they are trying to console themselves. Most people don’t realize that problem gambling is a real disorder, just like alcohol or drug addiction. The good news is that most people who get treatment are able to successfully stop gambling. Here to dive into this with us today we have Life...

Duration:00:40:56

On My Nightstand: We Need To Talk By Robyn Wessler Wisinski

4/2/2021
April is Autism Awareness month, so we wanted to bring this powerful essay about autism by phenomenal writer, mother, and teacher, Robyn Wessler Wisinski. Robyn’s bio reads: My name is Robyn Wessler Wisinski. I'm a wife and a mom, and I am currently buried in my 32nd year of teaching. Kindergarten on Zoom is challenging, and amazing, and heartbreaking, and joyful. Every day. I am in awe of what ALL of us have figured out this past year. Twitter: @robwis Be sure not to miss our weekly full...

Duration:00:11:56

Women's History Month: Lisa Respers France Is The Only Black Journalist In The Room

3/31/2021
The last few months have been taxing for Black people in a myriad of ways, but for Black journalists these have been uniquely challenging times. For decades, Black people have been invited inside the halls of journalism, but not too many at a time. Even fewer advance to the levels where decisions are made about news coverage, reporter assignments, promotion and pay. When we think about journalists, we think about people who regularly put their jobs before their feelings and personal lives,...

Duration:00:42:05

Women's Empowerment: Nikita Burks-Hale Is The Only CEO Of a Podcasting Company For Womxn of Color

3/29/2021
When I asked Google for the stats on Black women podcasters, I found about ten articles. When I asked for the number of Black podcasters overall, I got more hits, two or three pages at least. But Google seems to be a bit stumped when I ask for the stats on white podcasters. Why? Because even though there was a Black podcasting boom in 2020, white podcasters are still the norm. 85% of American podcasts have at least one white host and two-thirds have a white male host. To dive into this...

Duration:00:29:49

SUNDAY EDITION: John Mathis Is The Only One In The Room Who Has A Near Death Experience

3/28/2021
John C Hagan III wrote about NDS or Near Death Syndrome: Imagine a medical syndrome affecting as many as 20% of people who are resuscitated after almost dying in a medical or surgical setting. Realize that this means that as many as 8 million to 20 million Americans have experienced the syndrome. Understand that the syndrome itself is easy to diagnose and treat, but improper diagnosis and treatment may cause lifelong adverse physical and mental health problems. Know, too, that physicians...

Duration:00:38:38

On My Nightstand: Wednesday By Robin Reiser

3/26/2021
I heard Robin read this piece at a Storytelling Show last month and I was so blown away that I asked her if I could share it with you. Robin Reiser is a writer, award-winning comedian, actress, and the co-author of The Tao of Zero Fucks. Robin wrote and plays all the roles in the new web series PINK EYE, directed by Sarah Feeley. In addition to being an audience favorite on Last Comic Standing and at the Sundance Film Festival, she can also be seen doing commentary on E! and Oxygen. Robin...

Duration:00:12:32

Women's Empowerment: Sara Dean Is The Only One Asking White Women To Look At Their Own Biases

3/24/2021
In this episode, podcaster Sara Dean of the Shameless Mom Academy Podcast, talks to us about what it’s like to be a white woman during the current Black Lives Matter movement. Sara is a friend, a generous resource for women, mothers and her fellow podcasters. She also gave me the honor of being the opening keynote speaker at Shameless Mom Con 2020 and has been a huge supporter of The Only One In The Room from day one. The Shameless Mom Academy Podcast is a top rated podcast with over 2...

Duration:00:39:40

Women's Empowerment: Katie Krimitsos Is The Only One Up-Leveling In 2021

3/22/2021
Many of us have struggled during the pandemic with feelings of anxiety, angst, and loneliness. In a time of such unprecedented uncertainty, some of us have sought out meditation and mindfulness as a means of keeping grounded and to stay positive. Apps such as HeadSpace have skyrocketed in popularity in the last 9 months. To help us dive into this we have Katie Krimitsos. Katie is an ever-curious woman who continues her evolution as a loving being of light - who is having fun being a mom,...

Duration:00:40:10

Women's History Month: Imani Lindsay Is The Only Black Ballet Dancer In The Room

3/21/2021
When Black and brown girls don’t see black ballerinas in the world’s most prestigious troupes, they don’t know that dancing is something that’s possible for them. A career in professional ballet is already a long shot for MOST girls, but the odds are even more stacked against Black girls who rarely, if ever, see prima ballerinas of color succeed. So when my dear friend Riva Lombardi told us about 16-year old Imani Lindsay, who is one of the only Black dancers at the National Ballet School of...

Duration:00:31:19

On My Nightstand: Bed/Time/Story By Jill Schary Robinson

3/19/2021
Today’s reading is from Part One of the best-selling, critically acclaimed book, Bed/Time/Story, by author Jill Schary Robinson. Jill Schary Robinson was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of two artists. Her father was Oscar and Tony winner Dore Schary, head of MGM during the ‘40s and ‘50s, the only writer to ever run a film studio. Her mother, the painter M. Svet, studied at the Art Students League in New York. During the ‘60s, she wrote on revolutionary women’s issues for Cosmopolitan and...

Duration:00:13:52

Women's History Month: Leila Marchbanks Is The Only Teacher Rewriting History

3/17/2021
Leila Marchbanks is a fifth grade teacher in Los Angeles and the creator of the website, A Book At The Table. Leila was able to restructure the 5th grade Language Arts program at her school to remove stories of traditional protagonists that excluded people of color and include literature that reflected diverse children along with their complex experiences. Her curriculum evaluates race, systemic racism, gender spectrum, and eliminating microaggressions and biases. Leila now wants to share...

Duration:00:38:35

Women's Empowerment: Gloria Allred Is The Only Attorney In The Room Changing The Status Quo For Women & Minorities

3/16/2021
Can you visualize a world where women are barred from eating lunch at certain restaurants or routinely charged more than men for things like, alterations and dry cleaning? Can you picture what it was like before women had the power of choice when it came to their own bodies or were taken seriously when violently assaulted? What if you had to do more than visualize it, but you had to live it…again? And what if there was no one fighting to keep the status quo of the past...in the past? In...

Duration:01:05:22

SUNDAY EDITION: Patrika Darbo Is The Only One Who Put On Weight to Protect Herself

3/14/2021
Damares Ocona Perez writes: "Hollywood is probably the only place on earth where it's acceptable for a woman who weighs 105 pounds to be told she's fat". Luckily, more and more Hollywood starlets are proudly speaking out about staying at a healthy weight and refusing to cave to crazy body-weight demands. The scary part? Production companies seem to have no qualms demanding women to lose weight, and some have even suggested they leave the industry altogether. Thankfully, more and more women...

Duration:00:27:54

On My Nightstand: The Incredible Shrinking Woman By Athena Dixon

3/12/2021
Today’s reading is from the essay titled, The Incredible Shrinking Woman from the collection of essays, The Incredible Shrinking Woman by author Athena Dixon. Athena Dixon is the author of The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and No God in This Room. Her work also appears in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. Athena’s work has appeared in various publications including GAY Magazine and Narratively. She is the founder of Linden Avenue Literary Journal and is the co-host of the New Books...

Duration:00:15:06

Scott Talks To Guy Michlin

3/10/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Guy Michlin right after the show. Don't miss our new Friday series On My Nightstand. 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 like live...

Duration:00:14:04