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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 inter ...
 
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I love this story and was particularly in awe of the plain and beautiful way Mr. Shompole Ole Leroka brings us into what it was like to grow in Maasailand, Kenya in the 1930s and 40’s.. Dare to Defy captures the efforts of an individual in Africa as he breaks the constraints of ethnic traditions and carves a path for himself in a fast-changing worl…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Zoë Ruderman right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Mercato: Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unlimite…
 
Imagine trying to get pregnant and each attempt was met with heartbreaking loss and disappointment? PEOPLE, Digital editor, Zoë Ruderman, spent hours and hours in doctor’s offices doing whatever was suggested in order to bring the baby she knew she was supposed to have into the world. So what would you do if your journey to becoming a mother includ…
 
Zibby Owens is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Zibby, named “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” by New York magazine’s Vulture, conducts warm, inquisitive conversations with authors, making her daily show a top literary podcast as selected by Oprah.com in 2019 and 2020. Zibby is the Co-Founder a…
 
As the holidays are upon us, I thought it fitting to read an essay I wrote for the magnificent Catherine Gray’s Sober Spring blog called, How My Drinking Friend’s Helped me Stay Sober. 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 …
 
Working in the fashion industry is full of glamour, beauty, allure, and STRESS. If you had a successful career but felt a calling to do something else, what would you do? Would you stay in the comfort of the known, or would you run towards the unknown? On this episode of Behind The Booty, host Kelly Nishimoto, Founder of Cute Booty Lounge, speaks w…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Tim Barnes 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 t…
 
What if you never experienced violence while growing up in your all-Black neighborhood, but when you moved to a city, which is less than 2% Black, violence found you for the first time? Tim Barnes, comedian and television writer grew up in South Central Los Angeles and was stabbed by a stranger after moving to the tony city of Santa Barbara, leavin…
 
Ginna Green is a strategist-consultant-movement-builder who is helping Jewish (and other) organizations change through her new firm, Uprise. She is on the boards of progressive Jewish groups including Bend the Arc and the Jews of Color Initiative and lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where she went to high school and college. Her interests include…
 
We loved MJ’s episode so much that we asked her permission to read a couple of excerpts out of her critically acclaimed YA book, Badass Black Girl: Quotes, Questions, and Affirmations for Teens. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, M.J. Fievre’s publishing career began as a teenager. Since then, M.J. has authored nine books in French that are widely read…
 
Chronic illness and fatigue can happen to anyone and may lead to some very dark and challenging times. How would you look to heal yourself if every path you took seemed to be a dead end and the sickness continued? Host Kelly Nishimoto, Founder of Cute Booty Lounge, speaks with Tamra Dae, entrepreneur and fitness model, about her journey through var…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Christophe Denek right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Mercato: Mercato is a grocery delivery service that supports local, independent merchants. Sign up for Mercato Green at https://www.mercato.com/ for unli…
 
What if you were born with a rare form of dwarfism, and the doctors told your parents that you would never lead a normal life, that things like running, biking, or even walking without assistance might not be possible for you? 4’4, Actor/Stuntman, Pro Drummer, ​podcaster, and Surfer, Christophe Zajac Denek, found it challenging to watch the other k…
 
“𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗜 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻'𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗺𝗲. 𝗜𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁, 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿” GoAskAlex is an 18+ performer, sex educator, and advocate for the representation of disabled bodies in pornography. She has spent the past six years as a webcam model and online companion. After becoming an ostomate in 2019 she focuse…
 
Orlando “Ori” Spado is best known as The Hollywood Mob Boss and we were lucky enough to interview him (episode 106, The Only Accidental Gangster In The Room). You’ll want to hear him tell this particular story in his own words (and voice) but I had to read it to you because I love it so much. Orlando (Ori) Spado sold insurance for the Prudential In…
 
Imagine fighting breast cancer and not only processing your own emotions but having to negotiate the reactions of others as well. Would you hide yourself away or work through the ups and downs of cancer treatment with your family and friends at your side? Host Kelly Nishimoto, Founder of Cute Booty Lounge, is back today with Jessica Coulthard & Eli…
 
Scott Slaughter, co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room, has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Ori Spado 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 …
 
Imagine meeting the underboss of the Colombo crime family and unexpectedly ending up with a friendship that would last for the next 40 years. Orlando, “Ori” Spado, went from insurance salesman to Hollywood Mob Boss, until he went to federal prison on a Colombo crime family RICO indictment in 2008. But what would you do if after getting out of priso…
 
Catherine Kapphahn’s Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me received The Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award. Her writing has appeared in Motherwell Magazine, Newtown Literary, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, and CURE Magazine. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman Co…
 
Peter Sage’s story is so incredible that we made his episode our season 10 finale The Only One In The Room Who Was Grateful To Be Imprisoned (Episode 99). Please don’t forget to go back and listen to his incredible interview after you hear today’s reading of two excerpts from his best-selling book, The Inside Track. Peter Sage was sent to the most …
 
What would you do if you were diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of forty...would you hide away and tell no one, living out your diagnosis alone with just those close to you? Or would you live it out loud by leaning into the process to help all of us better understand the nuances of what having breast cancer is really like? Host Kelly Nishi…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Sofia Rose right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Smile Brilliant: You could have a dentist make your trays for three, four hundred dollars, or you can head over to www.smilebrilliant.com and use their lab-dir…
 
Imagine being an actress in an industry where the norm is twenty, white and thin and you are a proud forty-something Latina who identifies as fat. Sofia Rose, critically acclaimed Latina performer, published model, pioneering BBW pornstar became an adult film actress knowing that she’d be fetishized by some and criticized by others. But what would …
 
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. They are also currently a writer on the new season CBS show, Th…
 
We shared Jennifer Eikenhorst’s heart-wrenching/heartwarming story with you in season 10: The Only One Who Found Hope After A Deadly Accident (episode 96). I encourage you to go back and listen as she unravels the events that lead to the death of a motorcyclist named David. This year on the 5th anniversary of his death, Jennifer wrote this beautifu…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Tonya Evans right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Pitches With Bitches: Laura Cathcart Robbins and Stefanie Wilder Taylor are conducting a virtual pitching workshop on Oct 23rd from 11-1 pm (PT). We will tell…
 
What if you, a tenured professor at a prestigious university wanted to buy your mother a home and the bank treated you like a suspect instead of a prospect? Dr. Tonya Evans, professor at Penn State Dickinson Law School who was recently named to the Forbes 50 over 50 list, in the category of investment, teaches her students how Crypto Currency can b…
 
There are over 4.7 million people in California caring for a relative or close friend, and many of them are COVID 19 patients. The media is filled with the stories of COVID 19 patients and healthcare workers, but what about the people who are dedicating themselves to taking care of a loved one? Scott and I couldn’t find many of those stories, so we…
 
I think I employed every single one of these twenty phenomenal tips from Zibby Owens while looking to get my memoir published, and it is my absolute pleasure to share them all with you! Zibby Owens is the creator and host of award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, one of Oprah.com’s favorite book podcasts two years in a row. The C…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Emmylou Diaz right after the show. Pitches With Bitches: Laura Cathcart Robbins and Stefanie Wilder Taylor are conducting a virtual pitching workshop on Oct 23rd from 11-1 pm (PT). We will tell you everything we know about g…
 
Imagine getting your MFA in acting at Harvard and then moving to Los Angeles only to find that the parts you're auditioning for were either the Chola or the gangbanger? Screenwriter, Emmylou Diaz, whose credits include Jane The Virgin and Charmed, decided to take a writing class one day after realizing that she wasn’t being taken seriously as an ac…
 
“It was very early and I was still in bed when I heard someone yelling from my backyard. When I pulled the curtain back and saw a bunch of armed men jumping into my backyard, I first thought I was dreaming. But before I could figure out what was going on, they started shooting at my house. I froze by the window and my heart was coming out of my che…
 
I love this book so much by first-time novelist, Gabriel Bump, that I chose to read not one, but two of its chapters to you today. Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His debut novel, Everywhere You Don't Belong, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and has…
 
In this unique episode of Scott Talks, we feature a special reading created and also read by Jeff Kober. A former The Only One In The Room guest and friend of the show. A little about Jeff Kober: As an actor, Jeff has appeared in many TV series, General Hospital and recently recurring on NCIS: Los Angeles, Shameless, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarc…
 
Once there was a girl who discovered that while period products seemed to be widely available to everyone, there were still many girls and women who were forced to use trash to absorb their menstrual flow every month. Twenty-Three year-old Harvard graduate, Nadya Okamoto founded PERIOD.org at the age of sixteen and in 2020 she co-founded August, a …
 
Right now there are thousands of Haitian immigrants encamped at Del Rio, Texas after entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande who are awaiting either deportation from U.S. authorities or a decision to stay put and seek asylum. Here to speak with us today is M.J. Fievre who grew up in Haiti and now lives in the US. M.J. has authored nine books in Fr…
 
I’m excited to share this personal essay with you (my 17th published HuffPost essay). I’ve received so many uplifting comments and direct messages from people who have said, “This is exactly how I feel, thank you.” Laura Cathcart Robbins is an author, freelance culture writer, and host of the popular podcast, The Only One In The Room, living in Stu…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Robert Kabera right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Voyage et Cie: 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 lu…
 
Picture this, you’re five years old and your mom is cooking dinner, like she does every night. Suddenly the air around your home is filled with screams and gunfire. Robert Kabera, Stanford graduate, co-founder, and COO of Sync Energy A.I., survived the 1994 Rwandan Genocide with his family by hiding in tunnels, evading soldiers, and spending six ye…
 
Parental alienation occurs during a high-conflict divorce in which the child identifies strongly with one parent, usually the custodial parent. The alienating parent programs the child to despise their other parent by criticizing the alienated parent and interfering with their relationship. Here to dive into this with us is Dr. Petra Deeter. Dr. De…
 
On this final Friday of Suicide Prevention Awareness month, we wanted to bring you this powerful piece that my friend, writer, writing coach, speaker, and editor, Lisa Cooper Ellison wrote for Huffpo. Lisa Cooper Ellison is a speaker, writing coach, and editor with an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a background in mindfulness. Her l…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Ever Gonzalez right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: We love our new sponsor, ReadySlim! Say Hello to a better, brighter you. And right now, for a limited time, you can save 25% on your first order of ReadySli…
 
What if, after crossing the US border with your mother, you joined the Mormon church and began to reject the clichés associated with immigrants, deciding that handouts were not for you and with hard work, anything was possible for anyone. Ever Gonzalez, podcaster, and founder of Outlier HQ media and events company, found that his morals and princip…
 
In this very special episode we turn the tables with our dear friend and former Only One In The Room guest from Season 1 episode 2 Dr. Troy Byer. Troy interviews hosts Laura Cathcart Robbins and Scott Slaughter (aka Hon) on all things relationships and what it's been like working together in creating this podcast. More from Troy Byer: Explore the m…
 
Tomorrow, September 18, is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, and to honor all those that are living longer and even thriving with a disease that has killed so many of us, I wanted to read this beautiful essay by my friend, author/writer, Melanie Brooks. Melanie Brooks is the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped …
 
The Only One In The Room is extremely proud to partner with 19-year old poet, Valyn Lyric Turner. From time to time, we will be bringing you her phenomenal spoken word poetry. Scott and Laura feel that today’s presentation, Race In The Classroom: Seeing Color could not have come at a better time in our history. You’ll want to share this episode wit…
 
Imagine if, as a teenager, you saved every journal entry, every voicemail and filmed every moment with your friends, including, smoking weed and doing mushrooms, including epic late-night phone calls, including -- their cries for help? Actor, director, and writer, Soleil Moon Frye, who began her career at age seven as the iconic Punky Brewster, rec…
 
Imagine responding to an emergency call on September 11, 2001 and finding yourself at the base of the south tower as it collapsed. Tim Brown, retired, decorated 20-year FDNY firefighter and a survivor of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, lost 93 of his friends on Sept. 11th, including his two best friends. So what would you do if…
 
After interviewing Allison about her soon-to-be-launched book, I couldn’t wait to read you from the first two (riveting) chapters. Allison is a Taiwanese immigrant in Utah. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has won both national and international awards. Her memoir, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops is available on Sep. 21, 2021. Vi…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Allison Hong Merrill right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Best Fiends: Join us and the millions of Americans who are already playing this game. Download Best Fiends for FREE on The Apple APP store or Google …
 
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