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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.

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    • 4.9 • 135 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 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.

    Matt Cox Is The Only One Writing True Crime Stories From Inside Prison

    Matt Cox Is The Only One Writing True Crime Stories From Inside Prison

    Imagine being a conman doing a lengthy prison sentence for a variety of bank fraud charges and finding that instead of the yard or the track, you feel drawn to the library.
    Matt Cox, former conman and true crime author, spent years in prison writing stories, starting with his own and then going on to write the stories of his fellow inmates.
    But what would you do if you realized that once you were released the only legal ways you knew how to earn money were now off the table? Would you go back to a life of crime or would you embark on a new career and become a legit true crime author?
    More From Matt Cox:
    Youtube channels:
    Mathew Cox & Inside True Crime
    Cox Pop Art
    Website: https://insidetruecrime.com
    Be sure not to miss Scott Talks on Wednesdays, our Sunday release called Sunday Edition & our brand new series On My Nightstand releasing on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
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    • 57 min
    SUNDAY EDITION: Hari Ziyad Is The Only One Challenging Us To Evolve

    SUNDAY EDITION: Hari Ziyad Is The Only One Challenging Us To Evolve

    Hari says this about gender language: “I stopped forcing myself into the category of ‘male’ which never seemed to fit me long ago, and though ‘maleness’ is the language that most tongues wrap easiest around when I am seen, it is not the language that makes room for my existence in this world.”
    Hari Ziyad is a cultural critic, a screenwriter, and the editor-in-chief of RaceBaitr. They are a 2021 Lambda Literary Fellow, and their writing has been featured in BuzzFeed, Out, the Guardian, Paste magazine, and the academic journal Critical Ethnic Studies, among other publications. Previously they were the managing editor of the Black Youth Project and a script consultant on the television series David Makes Man. Hari spends their all-too-rare free time trying to get their friends to give the latest generation of R & B starlets a chance and attempting to entertain their always very unbothered pit bull mix, Khione.
    For more information about Hari, visit www.hariziyad.com.
    Instagram: @hariziyad
    Be sure not to miss our weekly full episodes on Tuesdays, Scott Talks on Wednesdays and our brand new series On My Nightstand on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
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    • 40 min
    On My Nightstand: “I Was The Only Black Person At Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed’s Brave Magic Retreat” By Laura Cathcart Robbins

    On My Nightstand: “I Was The Only Black Person At Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed’s Brave Magic Retreat” By Laura Cathcart Robbins

    To celebrate the two-year anniversary of The Only One In The Room, today’s On My Nightstand reading is the essay that started it all. After this 2018 Huffpo article I authored went viral, I received five hundred and sixty-eight direct messages, all from people who connected with the feeling of being othered. Many of those messages were accompanied by this hashtag #theonlyoneintheroom and so we decided to create a podcast that would tell those stories.
    More from Laura
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    Laura Cathcart Robbins is an author, freelance culture writer, and host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, living in Studio City, California. She has been active for many years as a speaker and school trustee and is credited for creating The Buckley School’s nationally recognized committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her recent articles in Huffpo and The Temper on the subjects of race, recovery, and divorce have garnered her worldwide acclaim. She is a 2018 LA Moth StorySlam winner and currently sits on the advisory board for the San Diego Writer’s Festival and the Outliers HQ podcast Festival. Laura is also a founding member of Moving Forewords, the first national memoirist collective of its kind. Find out more about her on her website, or you can look for her on Facebook, on Instagram, and follow her on Twitter.
    Be sure not to miss our weekly full episodes on Tuesdays, Scott Talks on Wednesdays & Sunday Edition every Sunday by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
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    • 17 min
    Scott Talks To Kristin Casey

    Scott Talks To Kristin Casey

    Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Kristin Casey right after the show.
    Don't miss our new Friday series On My Nightstand.
    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 live events, appearances, featured articles and more.
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    • 16 min
    Kristin Casey Is The Only Sex Surrogate In The Room

    Kristin Casey Is The Only Sex Surrogate In The Room

    From the beginning, she was someone who viewed sex differently from her peers. Sexual desire wasn’t something to be ashamed of or hidden away. It was something to be openly explored and cherished.
    Intimacy coach Kristin Casey, was a sex worker for years before she discovered that she had abilities to help people, men who were victims of sexual trauma, experiencing performance anxiety or things like pleasure avoidance, dissociation, and inexperience.
    So what would you do, if there was an opportunity to expand your practice and become a sex surrogate? Would you decide that talk therapy was enough? Or would you choose to engage with your clients in a physical, intimate way?
    More from Kristin Casey:
    Visit the website: https://kristincasey.com
    Explore her coaching options
    Finding Kristin Casey:
    Instagram: @kristin_casey_writer
    Twitter: @MsKristinCasey
    Be sure not to miss Scott Talks on Wednesdays, our Sunday release called Sunday Edition & our brand new series On My Nightstand releasing on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
    We love hearing from you in the comments on iTunes and while you're there don't forget to rate us, subscribe and share the show!
    All of us at The Only One In The Room wish you safety and wellness during this challenging time.
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    • 56 min
    SUNDAY EDITION: Melanie Apple Is The Only One In The Room Who’s Business Was Chosen By The White House

    SUNDAY EDITION: Melanie Apple Is The Only One In The Room Who’s Business Was Chosen By The White House

    On November 2020, Kamala Harris Tweeted this:
    “Small businesses need our support now more than ever before. This Small Business Saturday and throughout the holidays, please shop local and do your part to help the backbone of our communities and our economy.”
    Since being elected, VP Harris has traversed the country, visiting small businesses with an emphasis on small, female-owned businesses. Often surprising (and shocking) the owners, who were expecting someone else from the administration to arrive. We’ve never interviewed one of our sponsors before, but today’s guest Melanie Apple, who is the founder and president of our incredible sponsor, Voyage et Cie had such an amazingly unique experience with our VEEP that we begged her to come on to share it with you.
    In 2004, Melanie unveiled her handmade, 100% natural line—the Voyage Candle Collection—and for years sold it from her Sherman Oaks home. But now, Melanie’s company, Voyage et Cie, has a booming online business as well as a brick and mortar location here in Studio City. 
    Visit the website: https://www.voyageetcie.com/
    Instagram: @voyageetcie, @melanieapple
    Be sure not to miss our weekly full episodes on Tuesdays, Scott Talks on Wednesdays and our brand new series On My Nightstand on Fridays by subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. 
    Join our Only One In The Room Facebook Group if you'd like to ask a question of any of our upcoming guests for this series. 
    Also visit the website www.theonlyonepod.com for the latest from our host Laura Cathcart Robbins like featured articles and more.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Laura Carney ,

Beautiful podcast!!

This podcast is outstanding. The hosts treat each guest with such compassion and really take a step in their shoes. It’s so important to have a space to share stories like these and make people feel less alone, and the guest are all so brave! Very feel-good show! Thank you for making these!!

imlaura ,

Yes!!

This is such a great podcast. Laura is an incredibly thoughtful interviewer. It’s so intimate!! But also engaging & entertaining. So good!

Gogs456 ,

Wowza

Laura and Scott have the most welcoming and warm atmosphere for their podcast! I absolutely love listening to guests as Laura has them open up about their ‘only one’ experiences. Everybody has something that makes them feel othered and this podcast is truly a space to feel and breed that acceptance our world so desperately needs.

I love listening to Laura’s calming voice and completely adorning laugh(:

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