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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 149 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.

    On My Nightstand: Bad Kid by David Crabb Chapter 4: I Want To Wake Up

    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 Perennial. David is currently a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company and a Professor of Autobiographical Performance at Occidental College. He hosts The Moth and RISK! in Los Angeles. His book is hilarious and touching – you’ll want to grab a copy after listening.
    Instagram: @thedavidcrabb
    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 The Pot
    Thanks to Kathleen Hahn
    Cute Booty Lounge is made right here in the USA, by women and for women. The company is incredible, female, and minority-owned and all of their leggings make makes your booty look amazing. Go to https://cutebooty.com/ today! Embrace your body, love your booty!
    Join our Patreon:
    Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only $5.00 per month, you’ll get bonus content, access to outtakes that the general public will NEVER see, extremely cool merch, and depending on what tier you get, monthly hang time with Scott and Laura. Join our Patreon today at https://www.patreon.com/theonlyonepodcast
    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. 
    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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    • 19 min
    Scott Talks to Collier Landry

    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:
    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 The Pot
    Thanks to Kathleen Hahn
    Cute Booty Lounge is made right here in the USA, by women and for women. The company is incredible, female, and minority-owned and all of their leggings make makes your booty look amazing. Go to https://cutebooty.com/ today! Embrace your body, love your booty!
    Join our Patreon:
    Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only $5.00 per month, you’ll get bonus content, access to outtakes that the general public will NEVER see, extremely cool merch, and depending on what tier you get, monthly hang time with Scott and Laura. Join our Patreon today at https://www.patreon.com/theonlyonepodcast 
    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.
    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!
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    • 19 min
    Collier Landry Is The Only One Who Put His Father In Prison For Murdering His Mother

    Collier Landry Is The Only One Who Put His Father In Prison For Murdering His Mother

    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 was his testimony that helped put his father in prison for life. But later on as an adult, he found that he still wanted closure.
    But what would you do if you’d confronted your father in prison in the hopes that he would tell you why he did it, but found that he was incapable of telling the truth? Would you verbally attack him in a fit of justified rage? Or would you hug him and tell him you loved him before saying goodbye.
    More From Collier Landry:
    Visit: www.collierlandry.com
    Listen: Moving Past Murder Podcast
    Watch: A Murder in Mansfield
    Finding Collier Landry:
    TikTok, Twitter & Instagram: @collierlandry
    Support: www.patreon.com/collierlandry
    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 The Pot
    Thanks to Kathleen Hahn
    Cute Booty Lounge is made right here in the USA, by women and for women. The company is incredible, female, and minority-owned and all of their leggings make makes your booty look amazing. Go to https://cutebooty.com/ today! Embrace your body, love your booty!
    Join our Patreon:
    Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only $5.00 per month, you’ll get bonus content, access to outtakes that the general public will NEVER see, extremely cool merch, and depending on what tier you get, monthly hang time with Scott and Laura. Join our Patreon today at https://www.patreon.com/theonlyonepodcast
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 52 min
    JUNETEENTH: SUNDAY EDITION- Shanetta McDonald Is The Only Black Woman With An Eating Disorder

    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 similar rates. People of color – especially African American women – are significantly less likely to receive help for their eating issues.
    Today with us we have Shanetta McDonald, a Los Angeles-based creative. After spending more than 10 years in PR & Sales with executive-level roles for national and global brands, Shanetta decided to move her passions for wellness and storytelling to the forefront of her life with Motif, a community focused on supporting the healing, well-being, and connection among women of color by sharing their stories. Motif was inspired by Shanetta's personal story which involves battling and recovering from an eating disorder, stemming from childhood traumas, and also learning to break skewed societal perceptions of what it means to be a Black woman in America. Shanetta found that opening up and sharing about her struggles with food and body - through writing and conversations with other BIPOC women - was a tool that supported her healing and created invaluable connections with women like herself. She believes that by sharing our stories, we create deeper connections with others like us and forge a path for our healing and blossoming.
    To learn more about Motif visit: https://www.ourmotif.co
    Instagram: @ourmotif or @_iamshan
    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.
    PATREON SHOUT OUTS:
    Mercedes Cusick LMFT, Website: www.mercedescusick.com, IG: @recoverhealbloom
    Check Out How To Do The Pot
    Thanks to Kathleen Hahn
    Cute Booty Lounge is made right here in the USA, by women and for women. The company is incredible, female, and minority-owned and all of their leggings make makes your booty look amazing. Go to https://cutebooty.com/ today! Embrace your body, love your booty!
    Join our Patreon:
    Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only $5.00 per month, you’ll get bonus content, access to outtakes that the general public will NEVER see, extremely cool merch, and depending on what tier you get, monthly hang time with Scott and Laura. Join our Patreon today at https://www.patreon.com/theonlyonepodcast
    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.
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 39 min
    JUNETEENTH: On My Nightstand: Why Do All The Black People Sit Together In Recovery Meetings? By Laura Cathcart Robbins

    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 wanted my essay to tell the story of what it’s like being Black in white recovery spaces, I knew exactly which story I wanted to tell.
    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.
    Catherine Gray can be found at @unexpectedjoyof and www.unexpectedjoy.co.uk 
    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.
    PATREON SHOUT OUTS:
    Mercedes Cusick LMFT, Website: www.mercedescusick.com, IG: @recoverhealbloom
    Check Out How To Do The Pot
    Thanks to Kathleen Hahn
    Cute Booty Lounge is made right here in the USA, by women and for women. The company is incredible, female, and minority-owned and all of their leggings make makes your booty look amazing. Go to https://cutebooty.com/ today! Embrace your body, love your booty!
    Join our Patreon:
    Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only $5.00 per month, you’ll get bonus content, access to outtakes that the general public will NEVER see, extremely cool merch, and depending on what tier you get, monthly hang time with Scott and Laura. Join our Patreon today at https://www.patreon.com/theonlyonepodcast
    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. 
    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 15 min
    JUNETEENTH: Scott Talks To Wally Green

    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 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.
    PATREON SHOUT OUTS:
    Mercedes Cusick LMFT, Website: www.mercedescusick.com, IG: @recoverhealbloom
    Check Out How To Do The Pot
    Thanks to Kathleen Hahn
    Cute Booty Lounge is made right here in the USA, by women and for women. The company is incredible, female, and minority-owned and all of their leggings make makes your booty look amazing. Go to https://cutebooty.com/ today! Embrace your body, love your booty!
    Join our Patreon:
    Become an Only One In The Room patron by joining us on Patreon! Starting at only $5.00 per month, you’ll get bonus content, access to outtakes that the general public will NEVER see, extremely cool merch, and depending on what tier you get, monthly hang time with Scott and Laura. Join our Patreon today at https://www.patreon.com/theonlyonepodcast
    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.
    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!
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

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Fascinating, thoughtful, deep interviews

Laura Cathcart Robbins is a remarkable interviewer. I was introduced to her show as a guest and am now a devoted fan. Her interviews shine because of her empathic intelligence and deep curiosity. The real deal. Highly recommend.

LauraSari ,

A remarkable journey every single week

I wait with bated breath for every episode of The Only One in the Room. Whether I’m being red too, hearing an amazing life story, or learning about aspects of life I had no idea existed, this show rocks it out of the park every single time.

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Because really...

You are never the only one in the room. I love the stories and insights that are shared on this podcast. It reminds us that while we are each unique, we aren't that much different. Laura and Scott are wonderful Hosts and have a calming air of acceptance and love about them. 💜 Jess

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