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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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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

Artis Stevens Is The First and Only Black President and CEO Of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America Episode 127

5/17/2022
Imagine an organization where 70 percent of the clients are young people of color, and the goal is to pair these kids with adult mentors who can help guide them through their lives. When Artis Stevens became the first Black President and CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Of America in their 118-year history, he understood the significance of that moment. But his goal was to do more than just represent. He wanted to make an impact. So what would you do if the challenge was to make sure that...

Duration:00:51:55

SUNDAY EDITION: Sarah Fay Is The Only One With Mental Illness Who Doesn’t Identify With Her Diagnoses

5/15/2022
Sarah Fay (Ph.D., MFA) is an award-winning author and mental health advocate working to improve how we think and talk about our mental health by moving the conversation away from simplistic diagnoses and toward a deeper understanding of our mental and emotional lives. Her personal experience of being diagnosed with six different mental health disorders and finding no relief led her to investigate the diagnoses we receive and to write her journalistic memoir Pathological: The True Story of...

Duration:00:39:26

Scott Talks to Catherine Gray

5/11/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Catherine Gray 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 PATREON SHOUT OUTS: Mercedes Cusick LMFT, Website: www.mercedescusick.com, IG: @recoverhealbloom Check Out How To Do...

Duration:00:17:15

Catherine Gray Is The Only Over-Forty-Mom-To-Be In The Room Episode 126

5/10/2022
What if instead of having kids in your twenties or thirties, you decided to wait to get pregnant until you had both a partner and financial stability? Catherine Gray, best-selling author of the Unexpected Joy book series, was forty-one years old when she and her partner decided to try for a baby. But what would you do if after finding out that you were pregnant, people suddenly felt as entitled to ask you personal questions and offer unsolicited advice about your “later in life” pregnancy?...

Duration:00:47:03

On My Nightstand: Mental Health Awareness Month-Why What Simone Biles Just Did Matters So Much To Black Women Like Me, by Laura Cathcart Robbins

5/6/2022
To honor Mental Health Awareness Month, I am reading a piece that I wrote last summer for Huffpost Personal about Simone Biles and her courageous but highly controversial decision to pull out of her event at the 2021 Summer Olympics. Laura Cathcart Robbins is the host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, and author of the forthcoming Atria/Simon & Schuster memoir, STASH (due out in spring of 2023). She has been active for many years as a speaker and school trustee and is...

Duration:00:14:25

Scott Talks to Cole Richman

5/4/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Cole Richman right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Year & Day: Year & Day is giving The Only One in the Room listeners a special offer. Visit yearandday.com/one and use code: ONE to get $25 off your first order of $150 or more. Also, receive Free shipping on orders of $150 or more. So drop whatever you’re doing and go visit yearandday.com/one and use...

Duration:00:17:36

Cole Richman Is The Only Ex-Con Who Started A Business In Rehab Episode 125

5/3/2022
Imagine spending eight years in prison and having no idea where you’ll go or how you’ll make a living once you’re released. Cole Richman, founder and creative director of Bottom Bunk Sneaker House, was given two hundred dollars by the state upon release and welcomed back to the rehab where he’d previously gotten sober. But what would you do if your rehab roommate showed you how you could turn a profit, simply by investing that $200 into resale sneakers? Would you play it safe and hold on to...

Duration:00:46:40

SUNDAY EDITION: Andrea Owen Is The Only One Who Kept Asking Questions

5/1/2022
Andrea wrote an incredible Facebook post a fews ago detailing her journey with an undiagnosed condition. Once we’d read it (and commented) we quickly asked her to come back on the show for the third time and tell us her story - we’re thrilled that she said yes! Andrea Owen is an author, global speaker, and professional certified life coach who helps high-achieving women maximize unshakeable confidence, and master resilience. She has taught hundreds of thousands of women tools and strategies...

Duration:00:39:20

On My Nightstand: Third-Year Anniversary Poetry Contest Winners

4/29/2022
We held a writing contest to celebrate our third year anniversary, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we are thrilled to present you with our first, second, and third place winners in the poetry category! First Place Winner: When Addiction Wins The War, by Ariella Warner Ariella Warner is a mom, a creator, and an entrepreneur. When she isn’t cleaning up the messes of her children and dogs, she is creating content for her soon-to-be-launched podcast. She is passionate about helping women...

Duration:00:16:39

Scott Talks to Seth Ferranti

4/27/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Seth Ferranti 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 PATREON SHOUT OUTS: Mercedes Cusick LMFT, Website: www.mercedescusick.com, IG: @recoverhealbloom Check Out How To Do...

Duration:00:15:28

Seth Ferranti Is The Only One Who Faked His Death To Avoid Going To Prison Episode 124

4/26/2022
Imagine becoming a drug dealer at age fifteen, but because it’s just mainly weed and LSD, you consider yourself to be more of a rebellious entrepreneur than a criminal? Ex-con, author, and filmmaker, Seth Ferranti, grew up on military bases all over the world and had a customer base everywhere he went. But what would you do if at age twenty you ended up on the US Marshall’s most wanted list? Would you surrender peacefully, figuring that the jig was up? Or, would you devise a plan to fake...

Duration:00:45:59

SUNDAY EDITION: Stephanie Raffelock Is The Only One Talking About The Joy Of Aging

4/24/2022
In this episode we talk to speaker, blogger and author Stephanie Raffelock about her books, A Delightful Little Book On Aging and her new book, Creatrix Rising, Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women. Email: stephanie.raffelock@gmail.com Phone: (720) 217-8090 Website: www.Byline-Stephanie.com LinkedIn: Stephanie Raffelock Facebook: @Stephanie Raffelock Instagram: @byline.stephanie Special thanks to our sponsors: Carpe: Carpe is the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for sweat all over the...

Duration:00:36:16

On My Nightstand: I’m Coming Out By Lelia Gowland

4/22/2022
Lelia is a good friend who has a dope newsletter that I read religiously. A few weeks ago, her newsletter headline caught my eye and after reading the essay, I couldn’t wait to share it with y’all. Lelia has a Master’s in Public Policy and a BA in Sociology, she’s raised money for nonprofits, overseen a juvenile detention center, managed a political campaign, and developed and implemented a sex education curriculum for middle schoolers. Now she writes for publications including Forbes, NBC...

Duration:00:15:03

Scott Talks to Marty Ray

4/20/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Marty Ray 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. Carpe: Carpe is...

Duration:00:22:29

Marty Ray Is The Only One Trying To Build A Kingdom Through Music Episode 123

4/19/2022
What if music was your passion, but after a while, you thought it might be time to give up your dream and focus on steady work, the kind that put food on the table? Singer, musician, and podcaster, Marty Ray of The Marty Ray Project, went to a concert one day and had an only one in the room experience that you really have to hear in order to believe But what would you do if that experience was just the beginning of a series of events that led you further and further away from that “steady...

Duration:00:57:47

SUNDAY EDITION: Ellen Scanlon Is The Only One Talking About How To Do The Pot

4/17/2022
Ellen Scanlon is a cannabis entrepreneur focused on women consumers, with experience in startups, women’s health, and financial services. As the co-creator and host of the How to Do the Pot podcast, Ellen uses her experience in women’s health and personal use of cannabis (for stress, sleep, to treat symptoms of Endometriosis, and to relax to help demystify cannabis for women. Email: ellen@ellenscanlon.com Website: dothepot.com Podcast: How to Do the Pot LinkedIn: Ellen Lee Scanlon Instagram:...

Duration:00:40:42

Scott Talks to Dr. Chris Jones

4/13/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Dr. Chris Jones 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 PATREON SHOUT OUTS: Mercedes Cusick LMFT, Website: www.mercedescusick.com, IG: @recoverhealbloom Check Out How To...

Duration:00:16:55

Dr. Chris Jones Is The Only Black, Faith-Based Rocket Scientist Running For Governor Episode 122

4/12/2022
Imagine you were smart, I mean rocket-scientist smart, MIT smart, and you became a nuclear engineer, while earning a PH.D. in urban planning, but you also felt a calling to become a minister. Arkansas native, Dr. Chris Jones, the son of two preachers and father to three daughters, felt called to serve the people of Arkansas, the place where he and his family had lived for the past 200 years. So what would you do if you had this amazing life as a private citizen, but your faith was calling...

Duration:00:45:30

On My Nightstand: I Am Yours by Reema Zaman

4/8/2022
Reema was our first guest! We interviewed her in February of 2019, two months before we officially launched the podcast. And now as we round the corner to our three-year anniversary, I wanted to honor her and her beautiful writing by reading to you from one of my favorite chapters of her critically acclaimed memoir, I am Yours. Reema Zaman is an award-winning author, speaker, and actress. She was born in Bangladesh, raised in Hawaii and Thailand and presently lives in Oregon, United States....

Duration:00:15:54

Scott Talks to Laura Davis

4/6/2022
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Laura Davis right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Carpe: Carpe is the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for sweat all over the body, scientifically tested and proven. Go to mycarpe.com, get free shipping plus TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OFF with the code ONE. That's 25% off when you use the code ONE at mycarpe. com. Completely risk free because Carpe offers a...

Duration:00:17:12