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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

The NOW Normal: Obed Magny Is The Only Police Officer Teaching Emotional Intelligence In The Room

1/21/2021
“The police are the community and the community is the police. If we don’t start recognizing that simple fact, if we don’t start healing – together, we will continue to wake up to the same headlines of unarmed black men being shot, of police officers being ambushed, and of a growing rift between police and the people they’re sworn to protect.” Today’s guest is police officer, Dr. Obed Magny. Dr. Magny grew up in Boston, Massachusetts where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice...

Duration:00:44:54

Scott Talks To Kelly Nishimoto

1/20/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Kelly Nishimoto 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:00:10:26

Kelly Nishimoto Is The Only One Leading A Double Life Episode 73

1/19/2021
Imagine growing up bi-racial in a small Georgia town, the daughter of divorced parents, a Scottish/Irish father, and a Japanese mother. Kelly Nishimoto, self-taught, Los Angeles-based fashion designer, lifestyle pimp, and creator of Cutebootylounge, designed a wedding dress out of trash bags and electrical tape at 13, and eventually launched a full collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. But what would you do if a series of events led to you being offered a job on television, getting...

Duration:00:44:27

SUNDAY EDITION: Melissa Barker Is The Only Trauma Survivor In The Room Helping Women Heal Their Own Trauma

1/17/2021
Although women are at greater risk for negative consequences following traumatic events, many often hesitate to seek mental health treatment. Survivors often wait years to receive help, while others never receive treatment at all. Untreated posttraumatic symptoms not only have tremendous mental health implications but can also lead to adverse effects on physical health. Female survivors may encounter physical symptoms including headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and sexual dysfunction....

Duration:00:41:39

The NOW Normal: Holly Whitaker Is The Only One Who Thinks We’re All Going To Quit Drinking

1/14/2021
January 2021 marks the ninth month of a pandemic. Drinking (day and otherwise) has skyrocketed, and for people in recovery, relapsing (drinking again after one has set a sobriety date) has too. So just how does one retain or regain their balance in recovery during this perilous time? Today we have my dear, dear friend and woman of the hour, Holly Whitaker. Holly’s best-selling book, Quit Like A Woman, a memoir/self-help book about her own recovery was released one year ago and the paperback...

Duration:00:31:36

Scott Talks To Chris Browning

1/13/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Chris Browning 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:00:13:20

Chris Browning Is The Only Actor Who Lived Under The 405 Freeway Episode 72

1/12/2021
Imagine being a successful working actor, booking movie after movie, show after show, and being the envy of your peers. Chris Browning, American film and television actor, was living the dream before succumbing to an addiction so powerful that he ended up losing his home and began a life of homelessness, winding up in an encampment under LA’s infamous 405 freeway. But what would you do if while getting sober, there was a casting call for a small part in a big film, and they were looking for...

Duration:00:53:32

SUNDAY EDITION: Laura Carney Is The Only One Completing Her Father’s Bucket List

1/10/2021
Webster’s definition of a bucket list is simple: "a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying". But picture this: Your father’s life is taken by a distracted driver, and after his death, you find a bucket list that was created the year you were born - some items checked off and others still not accomplished. Would you take it upon yourself to complete his bucket list? Laura Carney, magazine copy editor, author, and illustrator is doing exactly that and she...

Duration:00:37:22

Gwen Ela Is The Only Nurse In The Room Explaining Why The Risk Is Worth The Reward

1/7/2021
Now that coronavirus vaccines are being distributed, the first people to get it have become de facto ambassadors for it, reassuring the public that it’s safe. As U.S. states figure out how to roll out the inoculations, some people are wondering whether to get it at all, often because they’re scrolling in online communities where emotional anti-vaxxer anecdotes spread faster than accepted science. Today we have Gwen Ela, a lac-USC, Registered Nurse. Gwen works in med-surg and lives with her...

Duration:00:32:06

Scott Talks To Lady Bain

1/6/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Lady Bain 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 like...

Duration:00:07:33

Lady Bain Is The Only One Who Saved Her Life Through Music Episode 71

1/5/2021
Picture this: A Black woman dreams of serving underserved communities, and grows up to become one of Detroit Michigan’s finest, a policewoman. When Cassandra “Lady” Bain, former Detroit police officer and internationally acclaimed singer, put on her Detroit PD uniform and served with her fellow officers, she knew that she had found her purpose, and was proud to serve and protect in the community where she and her family lived. But what would you do, if a crash left you unable to walk without...

Duration:00:48:17

Traci Kearney and Rochelle Webb Are The Only One’s Joining Forces To Prove Christopher Kearney’s Innocence

12/29/2020
To round out our 2020, we wanted to bring you something really special as our last episode of the year. Previous guests Rochelle Webb of Episode 46: Rochelle Webb Is The Only One Who Finds Power In Being Self-Partnered and Traci Kearney of Episode 53: Traci Kearney Is The Only One Fighting To Prove Her Husband's Innocence combine forces to come together with one mission: to bring Traci Kearney's husband Chris Kearney home. Former Only One In The Room guest Rochelle Webb heard Traci Kearney's...

Duration:00:57:18

The NOW Normal: Bliss Besinger Is The Only One Who Wasn’t Expected To Survive

12/24/2020
Picture this: Two weeks after a traumatic birth and a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you are adopted and taken to a small town in the south where you and your siblings are the only Black children with white parents. Imagine then, being thirteen-years-old and making the decision to come out and tell your family that you are a lesbian. Nineteen-year-old Bliss Besinger is now a sophomore at Meredith College, an all-girl liberal arts college in Raleigh, North Carolina where she is the only Black...

Duration:00:28:55

Scott Talks To Monique Farook

12/23/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Monique Farook 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:00:10:45

Monique Farook Is The Only Black Woman Who Couldn't Conceive Naturally

12/22/2020
Picture this, you and your husband are young and in love and the only thing that’s missing from your lives is a baby. Monique Farook, host of the popular podcast, Infertility And Me, found herself in an impossible position when it became clear that she wasn’t going to get pregnant the way the rest of her friends and family had, that she and her husband were not going to conceive a baby naturally. More From Monique Farook: Listen to Infertility and Me Website:...

Duration:00:42:13

RE-RELEASE: COVID Warriors: Dr. Ronald Cathcart Is The Only One Explaining How To Stay Healthy During COVID-19

12/17/2020
Season 5 of the Only One In The Room began in early April 2020 and the show couldn't help but respond to the reality that was unfolding regarding COVID-19. Therefore, the COVID Warriors bonus series was launched in order to learn from and honor those who work in fields that have stories to share related to the pandemic. Laura Cathcart's father happens to be one of those people and we are delighted to re-share this episode with you once again. Enjoy the listen while Laura and Scott continue...

Duration:00:28:09

Scott Talks To Sergey Young

12/16/2020
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Sergey Young 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:00:11:45

Sergey Young Is The Only One Pioneering To Extend The Lives Of One Billion People

12/15/2020
What if you had an amazing life, an enviable career, a beautiful family, the respect and admiration of your colleagues, and most importantly, your health? Sergey Young, author, economy & finance expert, and founder of the $100 million Longevity Vision Fund, went to his doctor for his annual checkup and got some disturbing news, news that would require a daily life-long, medication regimen. But what would you do if you found that not only could you avoid taking medication by making some...

Duration:00:57:37

SUNDAY EDITION: Kerri Robertson Is The Only Health Coach In The Room Fighting Diet Culture

12/13/2020
Weight stigma is something we touched on in earlier episodes like with Randy Jackson who talked about his journey with Gastric Bypass surgery, or Athena Dixon who talked about shrinking to make herself appear smaller. But our society's diet culture, this obsession with thinness and the resulting eating disorders and body dysmorphia isn’t something we’ve ever really explored - until now. Today’s guest, Kerri Robertson calls herself the anti-diet culture health coach. Kerri is a Certified...

Duration:00:34:32

RE-RELEASE: The NOW Normal: Conversations On Race With Levy Lee Simon & Noel True

12/10/2020
In season five we pivoted from our COVID Warriors series to address the ever-changing climate to what we are calling The NOW Normal. This episode was the launch of this new series and one of our fan favorites. Thank you all so much for listening and sharing. Please enjoy this pivotal episode from season five, while Laura and Scott continue to record brand-new episodes for season eight of The Only One In The Room. Our Featured Guests: Levy Lee Simon Harlem native, Levy Lee Simon is a multi...

Duration:00:51:19