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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

Scott Talks to Michael Kearns

1/26/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Michael Kearns 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. Join our...

Duration:00:15:26

Michael Kearns Is The Only First Openly Gay Actor In Hollywood Episode 114

1/25/2022
Imagine knowing what you were born to do since grade school and then being told that in order to do this amazing thing, you needed to be less…you? Michael Kearns, widely regarded as the first actor in Hollywood to come out as openly gay, moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and refused to hide his sexual preference in order to get the parts that he wanted. But what would you do if casting director after casting director instructed you to be “harder” or to “Butch it up”? Would you set aside your...

Duration:00:56:40

On My Nightstand: When She Comes Back by Ronit Plank

1/21/2022
Every single chapter of this stunning book deserves to be read out loud, but for today’s On My Nightstand, I chose one of my favorites, Lady Of The House. Ronit’s writing has been featured in The Rumpus, The Atlantic, The Iowa Review, American Literary Review, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Her memoir When She Comes Back, about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation, was named Finalist in both the 2021 Best Book Awards and the 2021...

Duration:00:15:34

Scott Talks to Kelly Wallace

1/19/2022
Trigger Warning: The following episode contains conversations about sexual abuse. 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 Wallace right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: BetterHelp: BetterHelp is a great, affordable option for professional counseling done securely online. As a listener, you'll get 10% off your first month by visiting betterhelp.com/one Best Fiends: Join us and the...

Duration:00:14:53

Kelly Wallace Is The Only Eight Year Old Who Testified Against Her Paternal Grandfather In Court Episode 113

1/18/2022
Trigger Warning: The following episode contains conversations about sexual abuse. Picture this: You are a child, only eight years old, and because the court won’t allow your parents in with you, you enter a courtroom alone, to testify against the grandfather who molested you. Kelly Wallace, Writer, memoirist, and co-host of the Zoom reading series, Voices Of Survivors, remembers seeing the bailiff with his gun and thinking, “that’s the man that will take my grandfather away.” But what would...

Duration:00:38:51

Scott Talks to Angelique Bates

1/12/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Angelique Bates right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Best Fiends: Join us and the millions of Americans who are already playing this game. Download Best Fiends for FREE on The Apple APP store or Google Play. That’s friends without the R, Best Fiends. Join our Patreon: Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only...

Duration:00:13:04

Angelique Bates Is The Only Childstar Who Waited Until Now To Tell Her Story Episode 112

1/11/2022
Can you imagine being on a number-one hit show at age-12 and not being able to ride a rollercoaster without getting mobbed by your fans? Angelique Bates, actress, dancer, and comedian, landed a coveted spot on a Nickelodeon hit show, after a nationwide search for talented kid comedians. But what would you do if everyone assumed because you’d been on TV, your life must be all glitz and glamour, but the reality was starkly different? Would you hide your experiences with child abuse,...

Duration:00:44:25

Dry January: SUNDAY EDITION: Vari McKechnie Is The Only One Who Used To Be An Accidental Daily Drinker

1/9/2022
Vari McKechnie is a podcaster, writer, coach, and mentor for women who aren’t alcoholics but want to break the cycle of accidental daily drinking. She teaches women how to release the handbrake of accidental daily drinking, so they can drive their lives forward with more ease and flow and less resistance and hustle. Originally from Scotland, she’s called Australia home since 2007 where she lives by the beach with her 2 sons, Gabriel and Noah, and their adorable staffy, Stella. Visit:...

Duration:00:36:34

On My Nightstand: A Eulogy For The Swimsuit Dress, A Plus Size Rite Of Passage by Emily McCombs

1/7/2022
Who knew that my friend and first publisher and season eleven guest, Emily McCombs, Deputy Director of HuffpostPersonal, was also such an incredible writer? I love all of her pieces but chose to share this one with you because it spoke to me today. Emily McCombs is the Deputy Editor of HuffPost Personal. She writes and edits first-person essays in all topic areas including identity (race, gender, sexuality, etc.), love and relationships, sex, parenting and family, addiction and mental...

Duration:00:09:17

Scott Talks to Benny Pough

1/5/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Benny Pough right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: BetterHelp: BetterHelp is a great, affordable option for professional counseling done securely online. As a listener, you'll get 10% off your first month by visiting betterhelp.com/one Best Fiends: Join us and the millions of Americans who are already playing this game. Download Best Fiends for FREE on...

Duration:00:14:01

Benny Pough Is The Only One Whose Near-Death Accident Gave Him A New Lease On Life Episode 111

1/4/2022
Imagine going to a friend’s barbeque with your wife and your daughter and then your friend asks you to take a spin with him, in his new Mercedes Benz. Benny Pough, music executive, entrepreneur, author, real estate proprietor, and founder of DVerse Media flew home earlier on that fateful day, just so he could accept his friend’s invitation and show up as he’d promised. But what would you do after getting into the car, you were in an accident that would change your life forever? Would you...

Duration:00:35:02

Bonus Re-Release: Scott Talks To Mikal Vega

12/29/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Mikal Vega right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Best Fiends: Join us and the millions of Americans who are already playing this game. Download Best Fiends for FREE on The Apple APP store or Google Play. That’s friends without the R, Best Fiends. BetterHelp: BetterHelp is a great, affordable option for professional counseling done securely online. As a...

Duration:00:16:53

Bonus Re-Release: Mikal Vega Is The Only One Who Realizes That The Death Of His Son Was A Gift From The Infinite

12/28/2021
Imagine being a Navy SEAL and being deployed to Iraq to serve your country. Twenty-two-year combat veteran and Vital Warrior nonprofit founder and CEO, Mikal Vega, was set to deploy yet again when he was called to another type of duty, one that allowed him to be closer to his son. But what would you do if that child you loved so much tragically died when he was a young adult? Would you numb yourself with chemicals and shut the world out? Or would you heal yourself through the power of...

Duration:01:01:17

Laura Cathcart Robbins and Scott Slaughter: Holiday Bonus Episode: The Only Ones Looking Back at 2021

12/26/2021
Please join us for our 2021 commencement, as we look back over the year and look forward to 2022. In this episode, Laura and Scott discuss a range of subjects, from how long it's actually been since Laura has been inside a grocery store, to Scott's very special thirteen-year sobriety anniversary. Please join us for this candid discussion of their relationship and how the events of this year have impacted them as a couple. Laura Cathcart Robbins is an author, freelance culture writer, and...

Duration:00:40:26

Bonus Re-Release: Scott Talks To Nick North

12/22/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Nick North 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! Best Fiends: Join us and the millions of Americans who are already...

Duration:00:17:47

Bonus Re-Release: Nick North Is The Only Trans Dad Of Five

12/21/2021
Imagine you were assigned female at birth, but nothing ever quite felt quite right. And you found yourself wondering over and over, why you couldn’t just be a boy like all the other boys? Brand strategist, Nick North lived as a woman and married a man, giving birth to four beautiful children before meeting Catherine, the love of his life. But what would you do if you came to understand that you weren’t gay, but trans, and it was something you could no longer ignore? Would you conceal your...

Duration:00:52:13

Bonus Re-Release: SUNDAY EDITION: Chad Foster Is The Only One Who Improved His Vision By Losing His Eyesight

12/19/2021
Can you imagine what it’d be like to watch the sunset, or a football game, or even take a picture, knowing that it would be the last time that you could see what was in front of you? Author and inspirational speaker, Chad Foster, was just three years old when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that gradually robs you of your eyesight. Twenty years later, he was self-medicating with alcohol, riddled with embarrassment, depression and grief about going blind and thinking...

Duration:01:03:16

Bonus Re-Release: Scott Talks To Wally Green

12/15/2021
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Wally Green right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Best Fiends: Join us and the millions of Americans who are already playing this game. Download Best Fiends for FREE on The Apple APP store or Google Play. That’s friends without the R, Best Fiends. Mercato: Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for...

Duration:00:18:22

Bonus Re-Release: Wally Green Is The Only One Who Saved His Life With Ping-Pong

12/14/2021
Imagine that everyone you grew up with was destined for jail or an early death? Celebrity Table Tennis pro and co-founder of SPIN, New York, Wally Green joined a gang while growing up in one of the most dangerous housing projects in Brooklyn and was constantly abused by his stepfather who told him repeatedly that he would never amount to anything. But what would you do if someone noticed you and offered to pay you to go to Germany to play at an elite ping-pong school? Would you laugh in...

Duration:00:57:56

Bonus Re-Release: SUNDAY EDITION: Jessica Frew Is The Only One Who Is Still In Love With Her Gay Ex-Husband

12/12/2021
Jessica Frew is the co-host of the podcast Husband In Law. Along with her husband and ex-husband, they share their stories of love, marriage, coming out, infidelity, divorce, and co-parenting. Jessica and her ex-husband were married for just over a year when he came to terms with the fact he was gay. They then remained married for another seven years. Instagram: @husband_in_law Join our Patreon: Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only $5.00 per month,...

Duration:00:30:52