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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 • 142 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: I’m A Black Mom: Here’s What White Parents Need To Understand About Critical Race Theory By Laura Cathcart Robbins

    On My Nightstand: I’m A Black Mom: Here’s What White Parents Need To Understand About Critical Race Theory By Laura Cathcart Robbins

    I wrote this article a few weeks ago in an effort to have a better understanding of what we’re teaching our kids in school. The resulting article went viral and received as much criticism as it did praise, and I’m excited to share it with you all today.
    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.
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    • 13 min
    Scott Talks To Mistress Marley

    Scott Talks To Mistress Marley

    Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Mistress Marley right after the show.
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    • 13 min
    Mistress Marley Is The Only One Who Gets Paid To Humiliate Men

    Mistress Marley Is The Only One Who Gets Paid To Humiliate Men

    Imagine celebrating your 27th birthday in Tulum, Mexico. A trip financed by your online suitors who obeyed your financial commands and waited only for you to tell them how much money you required.
    Pro Dominatrix or Findomme, Mistress Marley googled “how to make more money” after getting her degree in fashion design and discovered the world of BDSM. 
    But what would you do if when it came to the psychological kink of controlling someone’s wallet, you realized that you had a very special skill set? Would you take the safe route and pursue a career in fashion? Or would you take the money that men were lining up to give you?
    More From Mistress Marley:
    Visit: https://www.thechocolatedomme.com
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    Instagram: @thechocolatedomme_, @blkandknky
    Twitter: @eyesxonfire
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    • 49 min
    SUNDAY EDITION: Abbi Wood Is The Only One Who Was In An Arranged Marriage

    SUNDAY EDITION: Abbi Wood Is The Only One Who Was In An Arranged Marriage

    Arranged marriage" is a Western term for how marriage has developed historically in many regions of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. An arranged marriage usually distinguishes itself from other kinds of unions by the role parents or older family members play in choosing a spouse. 
    Ghostwriter-turned-communication-strategist and founder of the Biznality™ process, Abbi Wood left her childhood home in the dead of night (if you can call 6 am the dead of night). She was 24 years old. The whole house was sleeping; she cracked the door to her mum’s room and whispered goodbye, and prepared to never see her again. She did that to get to a place where she could be herself, unapologetically and awkwardly herself. As a woman of colour, Abbi has heard more than her fair share of what to say and do in the world. At times a whisper, and other times a yell, she's used her voice to flip the script and create what she calls a messy-but-fulfilling life.
    Find Abbi on IG: @biznality
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    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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    All of us at The Only One In The Room wish you safety and wellness during this challenging time.
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    • 33 min
    On My Nightstand: The Pretty One by Keah Brown

    On My Nightstand: The Pretty One by Keah Brown

    Today’s reading is from the chapter titled, Freedom Of A Ponytail by award-winning writer and author, Keah Brown. When we interviewed Keah, (season three, episode 26) it was obvious that we were in the presence of greatness. Not only is Keah a phenomenal writer, but she is a formidable disruptor, advocate, and activist. I love the way she brings us into her world and allows us to understand what life is like as a Black, #DisabledAndCute person.
    Keah Brown is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. She is the creator of #DisabledAndCute. Keah has a B.A. in journalism from The State University of New York at Fredonia. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire UK, And The New York Times, among other publications. Her Debut essay collection, The Pretty One is out now. Her debut picture book, Sam’s Super Seats will be out Fall 2022 via Koklia books. Add it on Goodreads. Keah loves TV and film, and she tweets, at @Keah_Maria, about cheesecake and how she should be writing.
    Visit: https://keahbrown.com
    Listen to Keah’s Season 3 Episode: Keah Brown Is The Only "Pretty One" Speaking Out Against Ableism Episode 26
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    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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    • 14 min
    Scott Talks To Chad Foster

    Scott Talks To Chad Foster

    Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Chad Foster right after the show.
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    Voyage et Cie's curator Melanie Apple has cultivated a passion for notable moments using the sense of smell. Voyage et Cie is the ultimate luxury blend of travel, fragrance, and design. Each original fragrance is created by Melanie, 100% organic and natural which will transport you on a journey. Visit https://www.voyageetcie.com/ and enter the code: theonlyone to get your 10% off your purchase!
    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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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Husband In Law ,

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

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!

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