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This podcast is for you if are asking yourself 'Are Kids For Me'? And if you have already answered no to that question. I will be talking to a wide range of people in Ireland about their experience of answering this question, including people who have said yes, no and who still don't know. I hope you find it useful in answering your own question and would love to help build a community of childfree people in Ireland.
 
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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Today’s reading is from the chapter titled, Catherine’s Brestovac by the critically acclaimed author, Catherine Kapphahn. I have to admit that I was afraid to approach the reading at first, because of all the Croatian words, but her story is so poetically beautiful that it seemed to just carry me along. American-born Catherine knows little of her 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 Mikal Vega 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 Play. That…
 
Imagine being a Navy SEAL and being deployed to Iraq to serve your country. Twenty-two-year combat veteran and Vital Warrior nonprofit founder and CEO, Mikal Vega, was set to deploy yet again when he was called to another type of duty, one that allowed him to be closer to his son. But what would you do if that child you loved so much tragically die…
 
Nate Kelly is a recovering alcoholic and sober coach that was inspired to start a podcast during the pandemic. His goal is to share the stories of other recovering alcoholics and addicts in hopes of helping those who may still be struggling. Nate's own story is one that is hard to believe unless you understand the alcoholic mindset. He had an alcoh…
 
This is part 5 (and the last!) of the mini-series of 'Who will look after me when I get old' and we are discussing death. My guest is Liam McCarthy, a death doula (also known as an end of life doula). Liam is based in Youghal, Co. Cork and is a civil celebrant for weddings, baby naming ceremonies and funerals. We discuss what a death doula does, ho…
 
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, …
 
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. 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 …
 
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.…
 
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 Bizn…
 
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…
 
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. Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Savage X Fenty has it all! Get into it and become a new VIP. Get two bras for $29 plus 50% off everything site-wide at savagex.com/ONLYONE Best Fiends: Join u…
 
Can you imagine what it’d be like to watch the sunset, or a football game, or even take a picture, knowing that it would be the last time that you could see what was in front of you? Author and inspirational speaker, Chad Foster, was just three years old when he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that gradually robs you of your eyes…
 
Mary Beth O’Connor is a Berkeley Law graduate, a retired federal judge, Board member and secretary for She Recovers Foundation and is a board member of LifeRing Secular Recovery. Mary Beth started using Methamphetamine in high school and was an addict for sixteen years. She was ordered to surrender to a higher power on her first day in rehab, even …
 
Part 4 of the 'Who will look after me when I get old' series. My guest is Jennifer Moran Stritch. We have a fascinating and wide ranging discussion on the topic of ageing without children. We explore common stereotypes, the power of assumptions and how to catch ourselves from being drawn into them. We explore some concepts such as the adult orphan …
 
My friend Dana lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and was greatly impacted by the events that took place there in 2017. I love this reflective, poignant essay she wrote for Tinhouse about her experience as a Jewish woman and mother during that time and I’m very grateful that she’s allowed me to share it with you. Dana Mich is a Jewish mother and wr…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Emily McCombs 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…
 
Imagine that most of the people who know you, also know that you’re in recovery and that you never drink alcohol or do drugs. When writer and editor, Emily McCombs hit a low point in her life she thought that she couldn’t possibly feel any worse if she drank, so she did. But what would you do if six months after that first drink, you were using coc…
 
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…
 
I saw Madeline Grayer perform/read this hilarious essay at a storytelling show earlier this year and I laughed out loud all the way through. Couldn’t wait to share it with you all. Madeline Grayer has written about dating for Cosmopolitan magazine and fashion for InStyle.com. She was a consultant in the writer’s room for HBO’s “Sex and the City”, a…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Zoe Abbott right after the show. Special thanks to our sponsors: Savage X Fenty has it all! Get into it and become a new VIP. Get two bras for $29 plus 50% off everything site-wide at savagex.com/ONLYONE Best Fiends: Join us…
 
Imagine being three hundred pounds, not being able to buckle your seatbelt on planes, and needing two people to push you down into your seat on a rollercoaster. When Financial entrepreneur and mentor, Zoe Abbott, decided to change her life and lose the weight, she was scared that afterward she might look like a deflated balloon. So what would you d…
 
The D.A.R. tried in recent decades to attract members of diverse backgrounds, and in doing so, it had to overcome as many decades of bad press. Because of their reputation, they have historically had trouble attracting African-American members. The Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization with more than 1,000,000 women. They became m…
 
Part 3 of the 'Who will look after me when I get old' series. My guest is Sinead Ryan, a journalist focusing on consumer and personal finance matters. We look at the range of care options for older people in Ireland. This includes nursing home care, the 'Fair Deal' Scheme and home care options. This is a link to the HSE information booklet on the F…
 
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, free…
 
Before we dive into today's Scott Talks, we would like to share with you an honest spoken-word piece by the talented Blu Nyle. We love spoken word and the imagery and honesty it evokes. We hope you enjoy it as much we do. More about Blu Nyle: BLU NYLE IS A Musical Artist, Poetess, Artivist, Actor, Speaker, Writer and Healer! Blu is a Reiki Master a…
 
Picture this if you will, your father is THE brilliant, iconic filmmaker, actor and revolutionist, Melvin Van Peebles. And when you are just thirteen years old, he gives you a pivotal role in a movie that will change the way the world looks at black men and women forever. Mario Van Peebles, actor, eco-activist, director and producer, took that role…
 
What if, while looking to adopt, two babies stole your heart, one white and one Black. And when you looked at them, you just knew that they were both your daughters. William Fitzsimmons, singer, songwriter and producer, adopted his two daughters with his now ex-wife, knowing that as a White man, it would be important to learn to take care of his Bl…
 
To continue our celebration of Pride month, today I am reading the deeply personal essay, The Definition Of Brave by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor. Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is a guest from season one of The Only Only One In The Room (an OG!) She is the author of five books, including the best-seller, Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay. She’s been seen on Nic…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Esera Tuaolo 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 @theonlyonei…
 
What if you were known as the NFL player with the voice of an angel and your reputation for making the ladies swoon was rivaled only by your reputation for making big plays on the football field? Esera Tuaolo, proud Samoan, Hawaii native, Superbowl winner and contestant on The Voice, had everything that he’d ever dreamed of: A career playing the sp…
 
All Black Lives Matter came on my radar last week after it was painted down the center of Hollywood Blvd here in Los Angeles. The issue on the table is that black queer people in this country have been hit twice. Being black and queer in America can be seen as a double threat and not necessarily in a good way. Many black members of the LGBTQ+ commu…
 
Today’s reading is an excerpt from chapter seven, Guilt and Gods by the critically acclaimed writer and editor, Hari Ziyad. 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 academi…
 
Here, we explore the financial side of aging without children. I speak to financial advisor, Paul Merriman about the basic elements of understanding your money, making it work for you and planning for your financial future. Paul also highlights some opportunities that may be available to people who don't have children. Paul wants to take the fear o…
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Nick North 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 @theonlyoneint…
 
Imagine you were assigned female at birth, but nothing ever quite felt quite right. And you found yourself wondering over and over, why you couldn’t just be a boy like all the other boys? Brand strategist, Nick North lived as a woman and married a man, giving birth to four beautiful children before meeting Catherine, the love of his life. But what …
 
Tara Reed is the CEO and founder of a million-dollar tech startup called Apps Without Code. After running marketing initiatives at Google, Foursquare and Microsoft, Tara branched out to launch her own startups using unconventional techniques. Her online school has trained over 85,000 entrepreneurs across 14 countries, and teaches people how to buil…
 
Today’s On My Nightstand reading is the essay, May 29, 2021, by Holly Whitaker. Holly is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Quit Like A Woman, a memoir/self-help book about her own recovery. She is the founder and CEO of Tempest (formerly Hip Sobriety), the first female-focused recovery program. With years of experience in the fields of h…
 
This is a brief chat with Simon Forsyth, who I will be co-facilitating the upcoming 'Taking the Road Less Travelled - Embracing Your Childfree Life' Workshop with. We discuss what therapeutic/reflective writing is generally and how we will use it to help people reflect upon and deepen their understanding of being childfree. The emphasis is on 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 Dedee Pfeifer right after the show. Special thanks to our Sponsor Betterhelp: Start living a happier life today! As an Only On In The Room listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at Betterhelp.c…
 
Imagine growing up Pfeiffer, younger sister to Michelle and an actress in your own right. And then during a ten-year absence from Hollywood, you earn a Bachelors and a Masters from UCLA, before dealing with something that you’d thought you might be able to keep to yourself - alcoholism. For years, Actress Dedee Pfeifer presented a good front, but o…
 
Blood alcohol concentrations aren’t just something police measure with a breathalyzer. Yes, your blood alcohol concentration or BAC is used by police when measuring just how intoxicated you were when you made the decision to get behind the wheel of your car, but your BAC is also used by doctors when determining just how drunk you really are. There …
 
This is the first in a mini series of episodes where I will explore the question of 'who will look after you when you get old' from a childfree perspective. I am starting with the legal side and am talking to solicitor Karen O'Neill about the things childfree people (and actually everyone) needs to know about and have in place for later life. We fo…
 
Today's reading is from Chapter Five of Group, the critically acclaimed writer and essayist, Christie Tate. Christie O. Tate is a Chicago-based writer and essayist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Pithead Chapel, McSweeney’s, Motherwell, Entropy Magazine, A Perfect Wedding, Together.com, …
 
Scott Slaughter co-host and producer of The Only One In The Room has a short and casual, yet deep conversation with our guest Meg Weber right after the show. Special thanks to our Sponsor Betterhelp: Start living a happier life today! As an Only On In The Room listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at Betterhelp.com/O…
 
Imagine contacting someone through a dating app, only you’re not looking for a date, you’re looking for someone to dominate you, to be the top to your bottom. Meg Weber, Memoirist and mental health therapist spent a year with Mr. Lucky, the moniker she’d given to the top she wanted to bottom with, but she ended up catching feelings for him, just be…
 
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…
 
Today is Meditation Awareness Day, and in honor of that we are departing a bit from our typical reading and bringing you two of our favorite calming, restorative and relaxing meditations from two of our favorite previous guests, Katie Krimitsos and Jeff Kober. I read the first one, by Katie and then Scott follows with his reading of Jeff's. We real…
 
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 Brown right after the show. Special thanks to our Sponsor Betterhelp: Start living a happier life today! As an Only On In The Room listener, you’ll get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at Betterhelp.com/O…
 
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…
 
Jason Feifer is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine and host of two podcasts: Build For Tomorrow, a show about the things from history that shaped us and how we can shape the future and Problem Solvers, about entrepreneurs solving unexpected problems in their business. Twitter: @heyfeifer Instagram: @heyfeifer Website: jasonfeifer.com Link…
 
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