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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 to 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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Only One In The Room Laura Cathcart Robbins

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 178 Ratings

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 to 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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    Scott Talks to Dr. Michael Caparrelli

    Scott Talks to Dr. Michael Caparrelli

    Dr. Michael Caparrelli graduated from Zion Bible College, and thereafter, pastored an inner city church for 16 years. In 2021, he finished his PhD in Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. Currently, he’s a keynote speaker in churches, prisons, schools & other venues across the U.S. on a wide variety of mental health subjects. He’s authored five books that help the psychologically troubled overcome life adversities. His most recent book, Monster Mirror, features his 100 Hour Case Study on David Berkowitz, the ‘Son of Sam’, a convicted serial killer who held New York City hostage with fear from 1976 – 1977 and gave his life to Christ in prison in 1988.  

    Dr. Caparrelli starts off by giving a bit of his background as a pastor for 16 years, before deciding to get his PhD after suffering 2 heart attacks. He goes on to explain his troubled childhood with a father in prison and being sent to juvenile prison as a teenager.  

    He then dives into the case of David Berkowitz, from first hearing about “the Son of Sam” as a kid to eventually meeting with him in prison. Laura asks Michael about jailhouse conversions, and how he deals with the emotional exhaustion that comes with being a pastor who visits violent criminals in prison.  

    After that they get more in-depth about the life of David Berkowitz, the crimes he committed, and various family members who were affected by his murders. Michael gives his opinions on David’s mental health issues, and goes to explore some of the things that could turn someone into a serial killer.  

    Before they wrap, Dr. Caparrelli explains the title of his book: Monster Mirror: 100 Hours with David Berkowitz, Once Known As Son of Sam, On Mental Health, & Evil Phenomena  

    For More on Dr Michael Caparrelli:
    Email - dr.caparrelli@gmail.com
    Website: https://unmuted.app 
    Linkedin- https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-caparrelli-104249298 
    Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/cappyphd/ 
    Book  -https://unmuted.app/store.html

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    • 15 min
    Dr. Michael Caparrelli is The Only One Who Spent 100 Hours With A New York Serial Killer

    Dr. Michael Caparrelli is The Only One Who Spent 100 Hours With A New York Serial Killer

    an inner city church for 16 years. In 2021, he finished his PhD in Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science. Currently, he’s a keynote speaker in churches, prisons, schools & other venues across the U.S. on a wide variety of mental health subjects. He’s authored five books that help the psychologically troubled overcome life adversities. His most recent book, Monster Mirror, features his 100 Hour Case Study on David Berkowitz, the ‘Son of Sam’, a convicted serial killer who held New York City hostage with fear from 1976 – 1977 and gave his life to Christ in prison in 1988.  

    Dr. Caparrelli starts off by giving a bit of his background as a pastor for 16 years, before deciding to get his PhD after suffering 2 heart attacks. He goes on to explain his troubled childhood with a father in prison and being sent to juvenile prison as a teenager.  

    He then dives into the case of David Berkowitz, from first hearing about “the Son of Sam” as a kid to eventually meeting with him in prison. Laura asks Michael about jailhouse conversions, and how he deals with the emotional exhaustion that comes with being a pastor who visits violent criminals in prison.  

    After that they get more in-depth about the life of David Berkowitz, the crimes he committed, and various family members who were affected by his murders. Michael gives his opinions on David’s mental health issues, and goes to explore some of the things that could turn someone into a serial killer.  

    Before they wrap, Dr. Caparrelli explains the title of his book: Monster Mirror: 100 Hours with David Berkowitz, Once Known As Son of Sam, On Mental Health, & Evil Phenomena  

    For More on Dr Michael Caparrelli:
    Email- dr.caparrelli@gmail.com
    Website: https://unmuted.app 
    Linkedin- https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-caparrelli-104249298 
    Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/cappyphd/ 
    Book  -https://unmuted.app/store.html

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    • 59 min
    Scott Talks to Robinne Lee

    Scott Talks to Robinne Lee

    What if your Jamaican born parents immigrated to the United States and expected you to uphold the morals and codes with which they had been raised, but placed you in a diverse environment where many of those rules simply didn’t apply? Robinne Lee, actress, author, producer, grew up in Westchester County New York and was often the only Jamaican American in the room. But what would you do if one day you realized that your peers weren’t comfortable unless they could put you in a category; Black or mixed? American or Jamaican? Worldly or naive? Would you try to conform to a standard that puts other people at ease? Or would you defy the stereotypes and live a life unexpected?  

    More From Robinne Lee: 
    Publicity - Jessica Cohen jessica@jc-pr.com 
    Website - home | robinnelee 
    Instagram- @robinnelee
    Facebook: Robinne Lee | Facebook 
    X:  Robinne Lee (@robinnelee) / X (twitter.com) 
    Book- The Idea Of You the idea of you | robinnelee

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    • 10 min
    Robinne Lee Is The Only One Who Refuses To Be Put In A Box

    Robinne Lee Is The Only One Who Refuses To Be Put In A Box

    What if your Jamaican born parents immigrated to the United States and expected you to uphold the morals and codes with which they had been raised, but placed you in a diverse environment where many of those rules simply didn’t apply? Robinne Lee, actress, author, producer, grew up in Westchester County New York and was often the only Jamaican American in the room. But what would you do if one day you realized that your peers weren’t comfortable unless they could put you in a category; Black or mixed? American or Jamaican? Worldly or naive? Would you try to conform to a standard that puts other people at ease? Or would you defy the stereotypes and live a life unexpected?  

    More From Robinne Lee: 
    Publicity - Jessica Cohen jessica@jc-pr.com 
    Website - home | robinnelee 
    Instagram- @robinnelee
    Facebook: Robinne Lee | Facebook 
    X:  Robinne Lee (@robinnelee) / X (twitter.com) 
    Book- The Idea Of You the idea of you | robinnelee

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Five Year Anniversary of The Only One In The Room

    Five Year Anniversary of The Only One In The Room

    We are happy to present a special five-year anniversary episode. In this candid episode, Scott and Laura reflect on the journey to over 5 million downloads. 

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    • 44 min
    Scott Talks to Reema Zaman

    Scott Talks to Reema Zaman

    What if I told you that being ugly is not an aesthetic at all but an emotion? Reema Zaman, a woman who is actually very beautiful by societal standards, with a modeling and acting career, in addition to being a well-awarded writer, grew up ugly and unseen, dismissed even. But what does it really mean to be ugly? What does it really mean to be beautiful? And can you be both?  

    For More on Reema Zaman:
    Email - REEMA@REEMAZAMAN.COM 
    Website_ https://www.reemazaman.com 
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/reemazaman 
    LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodi-miller-a70a008/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JodiMillercomic/ 
    X: https://twitter.com/reemazaman 
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/reema.zaman/ 
    Podcast - https://www.owltail.com/people/6fq1s-reema-zaman/appearances 
    Book- https://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Yours-Reema-Zaman/dp/1948705117

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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

nerdtak ,

Great podcast

I looked up this podcast after finishing Laura’s excellent memoir. The pod is just like the book: honest, vulnerable, full of warmth and heart.

MaggersNM ,

Better Living

Laura shares honest insights in balancing career, motherhood, recovery and being authentic self.

EllenpdxGirl ,

Found through Scott’s podcast what was that like

Wow! Laura you’re such an amazing host, after your episode was featured on his podcast (listed in subject line of review) I binge listened to multiple episodes you and your partner put out; they’re all excellent, authentic, heartfelt, and lesson-learning content and I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon this underrated gem of a storytelling platform.

All the best - I am now following and look forward to new and riveting “outsider” stories that give us a glimpse of what it’s like not to be part of society’s decided-upon meaning of what’s normal and what’s not. So in awe over here :) Ellen Portland, Oregon

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