Our Voices Matter Podcast

Linda Lorelle

Our stories have the power to bring us closer together, if only we will listen. Emmy Award-winning journalist and entrepreneur, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, intimate conversations that reveal our common humanity. This show is not about politics; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.

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Danny Frounfelkner - How Quitting Alcohol Saved His Life and Disrupted an Industry
Sep 15 2022
Danny Frounfelkner - How Quitting Alcohol Saved His Life and Disrupted an Industry
My daughter and I walked into Texas' first, non-alcoholic bottle shop to look, learn and buy.  We walked out having done all that, and feeling appreciative for an unexpected bonus -- a riveting conversation that created an instant bonding with the man behind the bottles.  He shared a bit about his remarkable story, telling us how quitting alcohol saved his life and disrupted an industry.I knew instantly he was a perfect podcast guest for Our Voices Matter.Changing the Narrative About AlcoholDanny Frounfelkner founded Sipple alongside his wife, Helenita, during the pandemic.  The company is on a mission to change the narrative surrounding our culture of alcohol -- from  "why aren't you drinking?" to "what are you drinking?" -- and their trademarked phrase, "what are you drinking today for tomorrow?"Danny goes deep to illustrate the simple mindset shift borne of his personal experience and complicated journey with alcohol.  That journey has, at times, left him feeling "othered" for making a personal decision that is no one's business but his own.Unless he chooses to share.  And we are fortunate that he has chosen to share with the OVM community.Inclusivity at the CoreFor more than 20 years, Danny has immersed himself in the beverage and spirits industry.General Manager. Brand Manager.  Wine Director.  Sommelier.  Entrepreneur.  Just a few of the titles he has held in companies large and small.He brings multiple perspectives to our conversation, but most important, he brings his humanity.And he's all about stories.  His.  Yours.  Everyone's.  Because at the core of Sipple is a focus on inclusivity.Everyone is welcome in the Sipple community.  No questions asked.So sit back, relax,  sip your favorite beverage -- alcohol or otherwise -- and treat yourself to a refreshing look at an age old industry, ripe for disruption.This is a judgment-free zone.  Just like Sipple.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
Danny Frounfelkner - How Quitting Alcohol Saved His Life and Disrupted an Industry
Sep 15 2022
Danny Frounfelkner - How Quitting Alcohol Saved His Life and Disrupted an Industry
My daughter and I walked into Texas' first, non-alcoholic bottle shop to look, learn and buy.  We walked out having done all that, and feeling appreciative for an unexpected bonus -- a riveting conversation that created an instant bonding with the man behind the bottles.  He shared a bit about his remarkable story, telling us how quitting alcohol saved his life and disrupted an industry.I knew instantly he was a perfect podcast guest for Our Voices Matter.Changing the Narrative About AlcoholDanny Frounfelkner founded Sipple alongside his wife, Helenita, during the pandemic.  The company is on a mission to change the narrative surrounding our culture of alcohol -- from  "why aren't you drinking?" to "what are you drinking?" -- and their trademarked phrase, "what are you drinking today for tomorrow?"Danny goes deep to illustrate the simple mindset shift borne of his personal experience and complicated journey with alcohol.  That journey has, at times, left him feeling "othered" for making a personal decision that is no one's business but his own.Unless he chooses to share.  And we are fortunate that he has chosen to share with the OVM community.Inclusivity at the CoreFor more than 20 years, Danny has immersed himself in the beverage and spirits industry.General Manager. Brand Manager.  Wine Director.  Sommelier.  Entrepreneur.  Just a few of the titles he has held in companies large and small.He brings multiple perspectives to our conversation, but most important, he brings his humanity.And he's all about stories.  His.  Yours.  Everyone's.  Because at the core of Sipple is a focus on inclusivity.Everyone is welcome in the Sipple community.  No questions asked.So sit back, relax,  sip your favorite beverage -- alcohol or otherwise -- and treat yourself to a refreshing look at an age old industry, ripe for disruption.This is a judgment-free zone.  Just like Sipple.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
Diversity Matters - Pauline Chiou
May 12 2022
Diversity Matters - Pauline Chiou
If you’ve ever wondered why diversity matters, especially in newsrooms, this week’s guest has some answers for you. And then some.Pauline Chiou is a media executive who cut her journalism teeth as a reporter in local TV and network newsrooms across the U.S.From there, it was on to Hong Kong and 6 years as an anchor at CNN International. CNBC then lured her to Singapore for 3 years, before she returned to the U.S. and moved into news managementA Mentor to Young JournalistsAs a mentor to young journalists, Pauline’s message is simple: be intentional and show up.And bring your whole self to the workplace.That diversity of experience and thought is needed more than ever to provide context and accuracy to the range of stories reflecting our complex culture.Case in point — coverage of the recent wave of hate-fueled violence against Asian-Americans, Jews, Black Americans, members of the LGBTQ+ community and more.As Pauline explains, reporters who reflect these communities can offer nuanced coverage and perspective others might miss. Perspective that is seminal to our understanding of each other’s way of life.She shares many examples of this, as well as the challenges she has faced and overcome as an Asian-American woman.The Impact of Sharing Our StoriesPauline knows full well how sharing our stories can impact those watching and listening.In fact, it was the story of a holocaust survivor that changed her life when she was an undergraduate at Yale.That sent her on a trajectory which took her to Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and her resulting career.A career where she helps develop the next generation of journalists and newsrooms — showing them, by example, that diversity matters.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
Right To Know - Kara Rubinstein Deyerin
May 5 2022
Right To Know - Kara Rubinstein Deyerin
We all have a right to know who we are and where we come from.  And in this day of over-the-counter DNA tests, it's easier than ever to find out.But what happens when your DNA discovery reveals secrets that rewrite the story of your life?In the case of Kara Rubinstein Deyerin, it shattered her identity and sent her on a quest to answer a simple, yet complex question:  "Who am I?"Life Changes with the Click of a Mouse Kara reached out to share her most extraordinary story that strikes at the very core of our humanity.  It begins with a desire to visit the part of Africa where her paternal family tree traced back to three enslaved brothers. But when the test results from Ancestry.com came in, Kara's life changed with the click of a mouse. She is not half Black.  She is half Jewish.The same questions you are asking yourself right now, I ask Kara in our conversation that is at once painful, enlightening, humorous and hopeful.In the beginning, she thought she was alone.  As she wrote in her note to me, "I mean who else grows up half Black, only to learn they're half Jewish?"Well, it turns out an estimated 1 in 20 people will learn they have misattributed parents.  That percentage will, no doubt, increase as the over-the-counter DNA testing industry booms.Turning Pain Into PowerAfter realizing she is not alone in her shattered identity, Kara set out to turn her pain into power.  She co-founded the non-profit, Right To Know, to advocate for people impacted by DNA surprises and misattributed parentage experiences (MPE).Kara and her colleagues work to promote understanding of the complex intersection of genetic information, identity and family dynamics.Repercussions Across GenerationsAnd speaking of those family dynamics, Kara is candid in sharing the repercussions across generations of her own family, including the impact on her husband and three sons.She is also candid about race and the role it plays in her story -- and ours as a nation.Yes, we all have a right to know who we are and where we come from.  We also have a right to be accepted and respected simply as human beings, DNA be damned.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
Changing Corporate Culture - Allie Danziger
Apr 28 2022
Changing Corporate Culture - Allie Danziger
What does it take to change corporate culture?   It's a question countless corporations are asking as diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging take center stage.This week, my guest and I explore this topic from multiple perspectives.Allie Danziger is a whip smart, young entrepreneur whose insight is gleaned from her experience in the world of internships -- and the C-Suite.Allie had eight internships under her belt by the time she graduated from UT-Austin in 2007.  She started her first business at age 24.  Integrate was one of the first agencies in Texas that specialized in this new thing called social media.After growing that business, Danziger sold it and started a new one.  During the pandemic.Enter Ampersand Professionals.  The company is on a mission to democratize access to that first, hard-to-get internship.  Often an important stepping stone to a successful career.And because the company concentrates on eliminating barriers to include those often left behind, Ampersand is also building diversity in corporations of all sizes.Embracing "The Other"Danziger and her team have a front row seat to current changes in corporate culture.  However slow it might be, Danziger says smart companies are embracing change.Because they realize if they don't, employees will walk out the door."Culture no longer means a ping pong table and beer at 4 o'clock on Fridays, right?," says Danziger. "Culture now means a place where I can show up and be myself and be respected no matter what "other" I'm coming from."Changing Corporate MindsetThat changing corporate mindset now extends to the recruitment of entry level talent and the desire for more diversity.   And that is Ampersand's sweet spot. A new crop of graduates is about to enter the workforce.   If you're in that category, Allie offers some valuable perspective as you embark upon your new life as a young professional.Wherever the journey takes you, it will help to remember this.  The stepping stones on your path to success are part of a changing corporate culture that is also seeking to find its way.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
America Talks -  Joan Blades & John Gable
Apr 21 2022
America Talks - Joan Blades & John Gable
As I write this on April 21, 2022, America Talks is underway.  Americans with different backgrounds and beliefs are firing up their computers, turning on their cameras and talking to each other, face-to-face.  On purpose.  And with a purpose.  Creating connections to build bridges across our divides, find a path forward, and remind us of our common humanity.Talking and ListeningMy guests this week personify how the simple, yet courageous acts of talking and listening, are a key part of the solution to our country's challenges.Joan Blades is a liberal icon.   She co-founded MoveOn. org, the champion of progressive values.John Gable is a a former Republican operative and once worked for three Senate majority leaders, including the current one.On the surface, there's no way these two could be friends.But a funny thing happened on a walk in the parking lot:  they discovered they care about the same things.  What they didn't agree on was a path to get there.  But that didn't stop them.  And the next thing you know, a friendship was born.Their walks are now weekly.  They routinely seek each other's perspectives on all sorts of issues.   And they are working together to help bridge our country's divides.Living Room Conversations, the non-profit Joan co-founded, and AllSides.com, the company John co-founded, have partnered with each other.  And they are both partners of America Talks.Join the ConversationI invited Joan and John to join me live on Instagram to talk about their collaborative work, their friendship and their hopes for our future. That conversation is this week's podcast.Please watch or listen and then join the conversation.  There's still time.  America Talks is underway through Saturday, April 23rd, the next online event. And this year's National Week of Conversation is April 24th through 30th, powered by the #ListenFirst Coalition of 400+ organizations, America Talks Co-creators and allies across the country.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
It's Not a Choice - Liam Paschall
Apr 7 2022
It's Not a Choice - Liam Paschall
Being Liam isn't always easy.   But it's not a choice.  It's his truth.Just like all of us, Liam Paschall wants to be accepted for who he is.  A loving husband and father, DEIB advocate, keynote speaker, passionate volunteer -- and transgender man.Only One RegretAssigned female at birth, Liam can't remember feeling comfortable in his body as a young child.  Long hair and pink dresses felt foreign to him.He didn't have the words to describe it, but he knew it to be true.As an adult, he found the courage to stand in that truth, beginning his transition journey in 2020.Liam says he has only one regret:  that he didn't transition sooner, because he would have been able to help even more transgender youth as his own journey unfolds.Rise in Anti-Trans ViolenceHis passionate work in the transgender community is driven not only by his personal story, but the alarming rise in anti-trans violence.  2021 was the deadliest year on record for transgender and gender non-conforming people in the U.S. At least 50 were killed last year, but the full number of fatalities is likely higher.  That's because the deaths of trans and gender non-conforming people are often underreported.In order to address this wave of hate and violence, and change people's perceptions, conversations like this must happen.  Listen with an Open MindNot that long ago many of us didn't know or understand what it means to be transgender.  Many still don't.  And for far too many, a transgender person is "the other".If that is you, or someone you know, I invite you both to listen to this conversation with an open mind.   My guess and my hope is that you will see a loving human being who wants and deserves the same thing out of life that we all do -- to be loved and accepted simply for who we are.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Beyond the Digital Divide - Larry Irving
Mar 31 2022
Beyond the Digital Divide - Larry Irving
When Larry Irving coined the term "digital divide" in the early 1990s, he was fighting for those being left behind. He stood on the shoulders of mentors who came before him, advocating for what he knew was right.  No matter the cost.The pushback was real -- from the U.S. Department of Commerce all the way to the White House.Irving was President Bill Clinton's Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Communications.  His research on the nascent internet revealed a stark divide.  "One group of kids, connected to the internet, was living in the future," he says.  "The other group didn't know this future even existed."21st Century ChallengesFast forward 30 years.   Irving, President of the Irving Group, now sits in the Internet Hall of Fame, the first African-American to do so.But as far as we've come, the digital divide persists, with a new set of 21st century challenges.  Social media.  Disinformation.  Political polarization.  Social and racial justice movements.  And the internet's role in all of the above.A lot is on the line, and Irving is still in the trenches, determined to do the hard work, and give a voice to the voiceless.A New RoleIn December of 2021, Irving took on a new role as Board Chair of PBS, the venerable public broadcasting institution revered by so many.As we recorded our conversation, Irving had yet to hold a board meeting in his new position, but he has a clear vision.   Using the power of story and technology to bring our nation together, at a time when so many processes are tearing us apart.Representation MattersA common theme throughout our wide-ranging dialogue is the necessity of having diverse voices at the table.  Multiple perspectives in the room as decisions are made.   Especially at the highest levels.Yes, representation matters.  And Larry shares several stories that show us how and why.Waiting in the WingsIt's a long way from Brooklyn public housing to PBS Board Chair, and multiple momentous roles and accomplishments in between. Irving's new role at PBS builds upon his continued, strong presence at the intersection of technology and media.  And we need his expertise now, as much as we did 30 years ago.The backstory is inspirational, and the chapters yet to be written are sure to carry on an already storied legacy.Just as Larry Irving stood on the shoulders of those who came before him, I have no doubt there's a new generation, waiting in the wings, to stand on his.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
Let's F*#!ing Talk to Each Other - Manu Meel
Mar 17 2022
Let's F*#!ing Talk to Each Other - Manu Meel
Leave it to Gen Z to cut to the chase.   "Let's f*cking talk to each other!"The perfect name for a campaign to get Americans, and especially our politicians, out of their silos for the greater good -- namely solving the problems that face our democracy and our very existence.Manu Meel and his fellow Gen Z colleagues at BridgeUSA are painfully aware that they will inherit today's problems tomorrow.  And they're on a mission to give themselves a fighting chance. The first step:  Change the way we engage and figure out how to f*cking talk to each other!Forbes 30 Under 30Meel launched the flagship Bridge chapter in 2016 while pursuing a degree in political science at UC Berkeley.   He catapulted BridgeUSA into national news within 3 months.   He is now CEO of the non-profit, one of Forbes 30 Under 30 2022, and has been featured in the New York Times and Washington Post.Manu is passionate about empowering young people to bridge divides and fight polarization. The organization he leads aims to improve political culture on college campuses.   More than 40 campuses in 19 states now have BridgeUSA chapters.Hitting the RoadAs I write this, Manu and his colleagues are hitting the road to visit many of those college campuses and kick off the Let's F*cking Talk to Each Other campaign.Over the next three weeks they will explore why 60% of college students avoid talking about issues like politics, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.Step 2 is to figure out how to talk to each other.  As the BridgeUSA website states, "We can’t continue to let our differences divide us. We must learn how to communicate across our differences, and demand the same from our leaders.  Let's just f*cking talk to each other!"Amen.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
The Intersection of Activism and Joy - Karen Walrond
Mar 4 2022
The Intersection of Activism and Joy - Karen Walrond
My guest this week takes us on a journey that leads to the intersection of activism and joy.  And what a wonderful ride it is!The journey unfolds in the pages of Karen Walrond's new book, "The Lightmaker's Manifesto:  How to Work for Change Without Losing Your Joy".   Our guide is the author herself, who is also an activist, speaker, leadership coach and photographer extraordinaire.Tips and Tools for ActivistsIf you're like me, when you think of the word "activist", the next word that comes to mind probably isn't "joy."  But reading Karen's latest book changed my perspective and opened my mind to new possibilities.In our wide-ranging conversation, we explore how the book came to life and why it is resonating with so many at this moment.She reflects on her personal backstory and how her Trinidadian heritage informs her life and current work as an activist.  That work now includes a new role at the Brené Brown Education and Research Group.  Karen's good friend, Brené, recently tapped her to be the Senior Director of Global Engagement for the organization.And for all you activists out there, I've got you.  We can all use a bit of advice to implement our strategies for making the world a better place.  So I asked Karen to offer a few tips and tools to help you find and maintain your joy in the midst of the struggle.Bright Life. Big Heart. Can't Lose.Bright Life.  Big Heart. Can't Lose.  Each year, Karen chooses a word or phrase to guide her.Bright Life, Big Heart, Can't Lose is this year's guidepost.  Something she calls upon to navigate the twists and turns that inevitably come her way.Listen to Karen connect her truth to her values.  Allow yourself to be inspired.  Go out and change the world.  Then meet me at the intersection of activism and joy.  www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
Olympic Gold Medalist Rises Above With Joy - Scott Hamilton
Feb 24 2022
Olympic Gold Medalist Rises Above With Joy - Scott Hamilton
If anyone can show Olympic figure skater, Kamila Valieva, how to rise above with joy, it’s Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton.The 2022 winter games that just wrapped up were devastating for the 15 year-old Russian phenom.  She went into the games as a gold medal favorite and finished 4th in the midst of a doping scandal.Hamilton brought not only his expertise, but his humanity, to his role as a commentator for NBC Sports.  He stood firm in his belief that Valieva should not be allowed to compete after testing positive for three banned substances.But he was just as firm in expressing his compassion for a young athlete — a minor — whose coaches and other adults failed to protect her.That is Scott.  Compassionate.  Warm.  Vulnerable.  Inspiring.All of that and more are on full display in this emotional conversation we had almost a year ago.As you will see, Scott was undeterred and undaunted by the inevitable ups and downs of life.  Time after time, it would have been so easy to quit.But that is not in his DNA.One can only imagine the emotional turmoil Valieva is experiencing — and how she will come out of it.It will not be easy.  But if she is looking for a roadmap to begin this difficult journey, she need look no further than the Olympic Champion who can give us all a master class in how to rise above with joy.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show
Side Hustle - Jacque Reid
Feb 18 2022
Side Hustle - Jacque Reid
Jacque Reid is a walking, talking example of the power of a good side hustle.Yes, she’s an Emmy award-winning TV and radio journalist with national network experience.  CNN. BET. NBC (Oscars Red Carpet team).  Tom Joyner Morning Show.  But she is also her own powerhouse brand, creating content to feed what ignites her passion.As an animal advocate, Jacque’s biggest passion right now is the Vegan Sexy Cool brand.  She uses her voice to promote veganism through a digital lifestyle magazine, influencer dinners and a podcast.She is also co-host of another popular podcast, Reid This Reid That, with MSNBC’s, Joy Reid.  The backstory Jacque shares about how they got started is hilarious!Our conversation runs the gamut from why she became a Vegan — to a career pivot to preserve her mental health — to her “other” experiences in the media business.  And why she consistently pours into aspiring journalists as they launch their careers.Jacque got her start in local TV after graduating from Clark Atlanta University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  Our paths crossed at KPRC-TV in Houston.I had booked her for the podcast during a planned visit to Houston in 2020, just as Covid hit and shut everything down.Two years later, we finally made it happen!  www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Lofton & Moon Talk Football, Fun & Life
Feb 11 2022
Lofton & Moon Talk Football, Fun & Life
Are you ready for some football?  NFL Hall of Famers James Lofton and Warren Moon weigh in on COVID and the gridiron.  What are the odds we'll truly have a season?  Is it safe to play?  Would they take the field if they were still playing?  What about the role of professional athletes in the racial justice movement?  And yes, we talk about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee, all that followed, and so much more.Are you ready for some fun?  I am, and so are they!  Football fans know Lofton from his stellar career as a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.  Fans know Moon as the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, and of course, the Houston Oilers.  And if you happen to be a fan of the Oilers or the Bills, and you know your football history, you know where I'm going -- the 1992 season.  We even talk about that, so be sure and watch until the end!  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, Google "biggest blown lead in NFL history" and then listen until the end of the podcast.  You won't be sorry.This is the perfect episode to put a period on our summer season as we go on hiatus for a few weeks.  We tackle (pun intended) the issues of the day, but we also laugh a lot.  I needed that.  I'll bet you do, too.  So enjoy, and please promise me this in the midst of all we are facing -- promise that you'll keep looking for the bright side of life and cherish every laugh, every tear, every moment that reminds us how magical it is to be alive and part of the human race. www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
AllSides - John Gable
Feb 4 2022
AllSides - John Gable
I’m always looking for ways to better connect us as humans.  That includes getting us out of our filter bubbles.  My guest today quit his day job over 10 years ago and dedicated himself to that mission.  What John Gable came up with is AllSides, a media technology company that rates bias and identifies different perspectives.The goal — to provide balanced news and information and enable civil dialogue. When you go to AllSides.com, the first thing you see is three points of view about the same news topic.  One from the right, one from the left and one from the center.  Read all three and get a more thorough, balanced understanding of the subject matter.As Founder and CEO of AllSides, Gable brings a robust technology background to the table.  Both Netscape and Microsoft are on his resume from the early days of the internet.Before his move to Silicon Valley, he was a political aid for the Republican party.  He has a B.A. in philosophy from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Duke.Gable and I met a few years ago when I moderated a panel about bridging our divides, hosted by Convergence.  We connected instantly and I knew I wanted to share his perspective with the Our Voices Matter Podcast audience.He talks about the early days of AllSides, the twists and turns along the way, and why he feels hopeful about our future, even in the face of the daunting challenges to our democracy.It’s an important conversation that I’m proud to share with you.Website References:• America Talks- Helping Americans talk through their differences.• Living Room Conversations- Healing divides starts with conversations.• TED Talk with John Gable and Joan Blades- Free Yourself From Your Filter Bubbleswww.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
RACE To Be Human - Scilla Andreen
Jan 21 2022
RACE To Be Human - Scilla Andreen
What is race?  What is racism?  How can schools and companies address racism?Scilla Andreen is on a mission to answer these questions and more in her soon to be released documentary, “RACE To Be Human”.Andreen is an award-winning producer, director and CEO/Co-Founder of IndieFlix.  The global streaming and screening service provides content for a purpose. She is also an Emmy-nominated costume designer for the original TV series, “The Wonder Years”.That was the beginning of a long and storied resume that now includes creating films to engage, empower and teach communities, schools and corporations. The goal:  to help us lead happier, healthier and more connected lives.Tackling Tough TopicsConnection, of course, is key.  That ever-elusive element when tackling tough topics — like race. Andreen’s approach is rooted in the belief that you must meet people where they are.  From there, you can foster conversations that lead to trust and understanding.“RACE To Be Human” shows us the impact of racism on our mental health through the lens of students, experts and educators.It’s a powerful film that is meant to open discussions in the classroom, the workplace and at home, promoting empathy, healing and compassion.What Does It Mean To Be Human?In January of 2021, I did an Our Voices Matter podcast episode called “What Does It Mean To Be Human?"I was compelled that day to share my raw, unfiltered thoughts in response to the assault of a previous podcast guest.One year later, Andreen's brilliant documentary addresses that same question in a different way.The courage and vulnerability of the young people who share their stories is breathtaking.Our job is to listen and believe what they say.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Meaningful Journalism & Why It Matters - Brendan Keefe
Jan 7 2022
Meaningful Journalism & Why It Matters - Brendan Keefe
The reason I became a journalist is the same reason I started this podcast:  to tell stories that matter.  To help make the world a better place.I would argue that’s what investigative reporter Brendan Keefe does every time he takes on a topic, always with one goal in mind:  to uncover the truth.Brendan is the Chief Investigator for WXIA, 11Alive in Atlanta, and co-founder of The Reveal, a weekly investigative show on Atlanta’s TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate.He’s one of the most decorated investigative journalists in the country.  At last count, he has a Peabody Award, a DuPont Columbia Award, six Edward R. Murrow Awards, a national Emmy Award and more than 100 regional Emmys to his name.Changing Laws & Saving LivesThe hardware is nice, but for Brendan, it’s about the freedom that hardware buys him — the freedom to choose and follow his stories wherever they might lead.As a result, his stories have changed laws and saved lives.He shares several of the backstories here, including the role of 911 in the Parkland school shooting, and why he looked where other reporters didn’t.I was eager to sit down with my former colleague from KPRC-TV to talk about the industry we both love, and to which we have dedicated our lives.  An industry that is vital to a fully functioning democracy.  An industry that is rapidly changing.  An industry under attack.The Future of JournalismWhy are so many young journalists leaving the business?  Is media consolidation on the horizon and what would that mean for our democracy?  What are journalists getting right, and where can we do better?  How do we educate and engage the public about the making of good journalism so they can make informed media choices?And as a husband and father of two, how does Brendan see the future for his children and yours?It’s an important conversation that I hope will shed light on how meaningful journalism is crafted and delivered.  And why it matters.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Fixing Immigration - Stan Marek
Dec 31 2021
Fixing Immigration - Stan Marek
What will it take to fix our broken immigration system?  It’s a contentious, highly partisan issue U.S. lawmakers have grappled with for decades.  And it’s one that is deeply personal to this week’s guest on Our Voices Matter podcast.Stan Marek has spent the last 30 years working with local, state and national leaders to find a sensible solution to immigration reform.The Human Face of ImmigrationMuch of that time is spent putting a human face on those at the center of the storm.  Fathers, mothers and children — thousands of whom he has employed through the years as President and CEO of Marek Construction.It is their faces that drive Stan to work across deep political divides.It is their stories that drive him to seek a fair resolution to immigration reform for Americans and immigrants, including the millions who live and work in the shadows.The Rational MiddleBeyond his work in the political arena, Marek has put his support behind documentary filmmakers at The Rational Middle.  The award-winning documentary and podcast series examines controversial topics, including immigration, “ensuring that the information brought to bear is accurate and surrounded by the proper context, while presenting reasonable arguments and rejecting extremist rhetoric.”Marek is also the co-author of a new book, “Deconstructed: An Insider’s View of Illegal Immigration and the Building Trades”.Immigrant RootsStan’s passion is rooted in his own immigrant story, which he shares in our conversation.  He also offers his top three suggestions for reforming our broken system in a manner that recognizes the humanity of those who are seeking a better life.It’s painfully clear that there are no easy answers. In fact, Stan worries that “people have given up on immigration.  They’re just waiting to see what happens next.  But I can’t give up.  I’ve got all these employees who have families…and I can’t give up for the kids…”We can’t give up either, Stan.  The voices of those kids and their families matter.  So let’s keep this conversation going until we find a solution that works for everyone.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Representation Matters - Pam Perry
Dec 17 2021
Representation Matters - Pam Perry
Motown Magic was a part of every day life for award-winning PR professional, Pam Perry.  She grew up in Detroit, counting the Four Tops and the Temptations among her neighbors.  Diana Ross is her high school’s most famous alum.“If they can do it, I can do it” Pam remembers thinking as a young girl.Yes, representation matters.  Pam’s “it” turned out to be public relations, marketing and branding.  Today, she runs a boutique PR firm working with speakers and authors to help them attract major media.  Her clients have been featured on CNN and NBC, and in Essence, Ebony and Black Enterprise Magazines.  Pam is also the publisher of Speakers Magazine. As a young, Black girl growing up in the 1960’s, Pam had to navigate a bumpy road to achieve the success she currently enjoys.Her rich backstory explores the lonely days of her early career in an industry designed to keep Blacks at the bottom.  She used that loneliness to help transform the industry she loves and has devoted her life to.Pam’s lessons learned along the way are jewels for us all.  And for young, aspiring communications professionals, she offers invaluable advice on how to turn your goals into the career of your dreams.  Spoiler alert:  relationships are key.Pam’s own brand of Motown Magic is on full display in our conversation as she pays it forward — and pays homage to “The Greats” who walked in her midst and showed her what’s possible.www.PamPerryPR.comwww.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Keep Going - Nina Grae
Dec 3 2021
Keep Going - Nina Grae
It wasn’t easy, but Musical Artist, Nina Grae,  found a way to keep going through her darkest days, starting with the healing power of music.   If you are searching for a way to keep going when it feels like it’s all falling apart (hello world!), this episode is for you.Full disclosure.  It’s also for me.There is something about Nina that pulls you into her space, shakes you to your core, and calms you down.  All at the same time.  All while showing, by example, how to reignite our own flickering light.Me Too MomentThe tools and survival skills she has honed through the years were born of a ”Me Too” moment at a formative age...a moment that brought Nina to her knees.It took her shine and her enthusiasm for life.  What should have been a joyous, carefree time turned into an 8-year journey to reclaim her light.  And reclaim it she did, with the help of a loving family and her love of music.Overcoming ”The Other”Once you’re made to feel like ”the other”, you never forget it.  That feeling of being different, excluded, someone who doesn’t belong. But here’s the good news, as Nina so beautifully expresses in our conversation:  “If you have been brought to your knees, if you have been made to feel like you don’t matter, it’s because you actually have the potential to rise so high, and you matter so much; and whatever happened to you actually has the capacity to build in extra power, extra life force and ability…if you can ride out these dark days…”HealingNina rode it out.  And so can you.  Healing is possible and that’s what Nina and her music are all about.  Healing our broken souls and our broken world through the power of music, empathy and kindness.We all just have to keep going.If you know someone who is struggling to keep going, please share this conversation with them.  Nina’s words and her angelic voice, which she shares in the episode, might be just what they need to hear…To keep going…www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Walk With Purpose - Toni Harrison
Nov 19 2021
Walk With Purpose - Toni Harrison
Toni Harrison was raised to walk with purpose.  As the Chief Marketing Officer of a new fin tech company, she is doing just that -- on a mission to help solve the racial wealth gap.She's the proud granddaughter of a civil rights activist who helped bring Texas Southern University to Houston.  Her father, Charles "Tex" Harrison, was an OG of the famed Harlem Globetrotters -- his consolation prize for being denied a shot at the NBA.The self-described “creative disruptor” is now making her own mark.  As CMO of Fair Fintech, Toni is using her considerable communication skills to help solve the racial and opportunity wealth gap.An Offer She Couldn't RefuseThe CEO of the new firm, Khalid Parekh,  was well aware of Toni's award-winning PR campaigns and strategies .  He was her client at Etched Communication, the agency she founded, along with global powerhouses Pepsi, Polaris and McDonald's.Toni's expertise in the diversity and multicultural space is exactly what Parekh was looking for to help put the first multilingual neobank on the map.So, when he started Fair, he made Toni an offer she couldn't refuse.Purpose and IntentionFor Toni, it's all about purpose and intention.   It's about bringing her personal perspective to the table, even when it's painful.I'm always grateful when a guest is willing to "go there".   Because that's where growth happens.  And that is what Our Voices Matter podcast is all about.  Sharing the stories that help remind us of our common humanity.So, thank you, Toni, for being open and vulnerable and showing us what it looks like to walk with purpose.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics per se; it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (
Mental Health and the Music Industry - Rob Knox
Nov 4 2021
Mental Health and the Music Industry - Rob Knox
My first introduction to an in depth exploration of mental health and the music industry was the summer of 2021 in San Francisco.Josh Donaldson, founder of When the Music Stops, invited me to moderate a panel discussion about the topic.  That's where I met today's guest,  Grammy-nominated music producer, Rob Knox.A-List ArtistsYou might not recognize his name, but you will surely know the names of the A-list artists he works with:  Justin Timberlake, TI, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Rhianna, Ciara and many others.His first collaboration with Justin and TI on the hit record, Dead and Gone, earned them a Grammy nod in 2009.Rob and I had an instant connection and I knew he would have a lot to offer to the Our Voices Matter Podcast audience.I was right.  How to Live Your Best LifeMental health and the music industry is certainly an area we explore, but there is so much more to our wide-ranging conversation.His upbringing as a Coptic Orthodox Christian raised in an Egyptian household.  His leap of faith into the high pressure music industry, determined to follow his passion.  How and when he understood the true power of music and its place in our world.  Even the ability to help save a life.Through it all, what emanates is Rob's humanity and his clarity about how to live one's best life with grace and empathy.   Hard learned lessons along the way that he is courageous and vulnerable enough to share.The Soundtrack of Our LivesFor most of us, there's a soundtrack of our lives.   Music, songs that evoke a specific memory of a time, a place, an emotion.  What a gift!Producers like Rob Knox and the incredible artists he works with are those we must thank.For putting into beats and words what is in our hearts.And for making us smile while giving us respite from the chaos of our world.So, more, please!  We know you and Justin are working on new music, and we can't wait to hear it!In the meantime,  thank you, Rob, for, sharing your heart with our audience.www.ourvoicesmatterpodcast.comwww.lorellemedia.comThis podcast is devoted to empowering us all to better understand each other's differences...one story at a time.  Emmy Award-winning journalist, Linda Lorelle, guides guests through insightful, unexpected conversations that reveal our common humanity.  This show is not about politics;  it is about finding a way to reclaim civility in the context of the contentious times in which we live, by sharing our personal and professional stories, in hopes that others might find a glimpse of themselves.Support the show (