The Only One In The Room

The Only One In The Room

The Only One In The Room

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
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.
  1. July 15, 2022
    22 min
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    On My Nightstand: Life’s Work: A Moral Argument For Choice by Dr. Willie Parker, Introduction: The Women
    You probably heard us reference Dr. Parker’s book, Life’s Work, in our interview with him last week. Dr. Parker and his book were and are both stunning revelations to us and we thought we’d be remiss if we didn…
  2. July 13, 2022
    16 min
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    Scott Talks to Marie Myung-Ok Lee
    Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Marie Myung-Ok Lee right after the show.Special thanks to our sponsors:Athletic Gree…
  3. July 12, 2022
    57 min
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    Marie Myung-Ok Lee Is The Only One In The Room Who Treated Her Autistic Son With Cannabis Episode 133
    Imagine having a nine-year-old son who was so violent that you were afraid of him?Acclaimed Korean American writer and author, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, accepted the diagnosis of autism the doctors gave her son, but…
  4. July 10, 2022
    38 min
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    SUNDAY EDITION: David Crabb Is The Only Goth, Gay Texan In The Room
    David Crabb’s stories have appeared on The Moth, NPR, Buzzfeed & RISK! His solo show Bad Kid was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and his memoir of the same name was released in 2015 by Harper Perennial. David is…
  5. July 06, 2022
    25 min
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    Scott Talks To Dr. Willie Parker
    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. Willie Parker right after the show.PATREON SHOUT OUTS:Mercedes Cusick LMFT, Webs…
  6. July 05, 2022
    53 min
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    Dr. Willie Parker Is The Only Black, Christian Abortion Doctor Who Insists That Women Matter & Demands That We Treat Them Like They Do Episode 132
    Imagine being an doctor who identifies as a Christian, but also feels called to provide care to women seeking abortions?OB/GYN, and reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker, was on his way to work when…
  7. July 01, 2022
    19 min
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    On My Nightstand: Bad Kid by David Crabb Chapter 4: I Want To Wake Up
    Upcoming guest David Crabb’s stories have appeared on The Moth, NPR, Buzzfeed & RISK! His solo show Bad Kid was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and his memoir of the same name was released in 2015 by Harper Pere…
  8. June 29, 2022
    19 min
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    Scott Talks to Collier Landry
    Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Collier Landry right after the show.Special thanks to our sponsors:BetterHelp:Better…
  9. June 28, 2022
    52 min
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    Collier Landry Is The Only One Who Put His Father In Prison For Murdering His Mother Episode 131
    Imagine if as an eleven-year-old, you were woken up by the sounds of your father murdering your mother?Filmmaker and podcaster, Collier Landry testified on the witness stand against his father at age 12, and it…
  10. June 26, 2022
    39 min
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    JUNETEENTH: SUNDAY EDITION- Shanetta McDonald Is The Only Black Woman With An Eating Disorder
    Celebrating Black Stories And Voices:Eating disorders have historically been associated with heterosexual, young, white females, but in reality, they affect people from all demographics of all ethnicities at si…
  11. June 24, 2022
    15 min
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    JUNETEENTH: On My Nightstand: Why Do All The Black People Sit Together In Recovery Meetings? By Laura Cathcart Robbins
    Celebrating Black Stories And Voices:When Sunday Times best-selling author, Catherine Gray asked me to contribute an essay to her new book, Sunshine Warm Sober, I jumped at the chance. When I found out that she…
  12. June 22, 2022
    22 min
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    JUNETEENTH: Scott Talks To Wally Green
    Celebrating Black Stories And Voices: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…
  13. June 21, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    JUNETEENTH: Wally Green Is The Only One Who Saved His Life With Ping-Pong
    Celebrating Black Stories And Voices: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 g…
  14. June 19, 2022
    51 min
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    JUNETEENTH: The NOW Normal-Obed Magny Is The Only Police Officer Teaching Emotional Intelligence In The Room
    Celebrating Black Stories And Voices:“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…
  15. June 17, 2022
    17 min
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    PRIDE MONTH: On My Nightstand: The Definition Of Brave by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
    Celebrating Voices From The LGBTQ Community:To continue our celebration of Pride month, today I am reading the deeply personal essay, The Definition Of Brave by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor. Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is…
  16. June 15, 2022
    20 min
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    PRIDE MONTH: Scott Talks To Nick North
    Celebrating Voices From The LGBTQ Community: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…
  17. June 14, 2022
    55 min
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    PRIDE MONTH: Nick North Is The Only Trans Dad Of Five
    Celebrating Voices From The LGBTQ Community: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 lik…
  18. June 12, 2022
    38 min
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    SUNDAY EDITION: Alyea Pierce Is The Only National Geographic Researcher Telling Her Ancestors Stories Through Spoken Word Poetry
    National Geographic Explorer Alyea Pierce is a spoken word poet and researcher who recently contributed to National Geographic’s podcast series Into the Depths, funded by the National Geographic Society. Alyea…
  19. June 10, 2022
    11 min
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    On My Nightstand: True Calm from The Moment by Laura Cathcart Robbins
    Ten years ago I was lucky enough to be a part of a project called The Moment, which is described as wild, poignant, life changing stories from 125 writers and artists, famous and obscure (I was definitely one o…
  20. June 08, 2022
    19 min
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    Scott Talks to Bill Mitchell
    Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Bill Mitchell right after the show.Special thanks to our sponsors:BetterHelp:BetterH…

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