Our Voices Matter Podcast

Our Voices Matter Podcast

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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May 12, 2022 31 min

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 new...

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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 

Ka...

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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 tim...

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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 Listening

My guests this week personify how the simple, yet cour...

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April 7, 2022 32 min

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 Regret

Assigned 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'...

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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 rese...

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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 o...

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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 Activists

If you...

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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 st...

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February 17, 2022 36 min

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...

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February 3, 2022 39 min

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, ...

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January 20, 2022 50 min

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, “T...

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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 TEG...

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December 30, 2021 39 min

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 Immigration

Much of that time is spent putting a...

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December 16, 2021 43 min

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 ...

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December 2, 2021 39 min

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. ...

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November 18, 2021 45 min

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 ...

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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 Artists
You might not recognize his name, but you will surely know the names of the A-list artists he work...

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October 21, 2021 67 min

Raise your hand, say "yes" and work hard.   Shawna Thomas did all of that and more on the road to her role as Executive Producer of  CBS Mornings.

Shawna's journey begins in Houston where she grew up, and we first met.  For me, our conversation is a full circle moment.

A  local TV anchor at the NBC affiliate (me) awards a college scholarship to a 13 year-old middle school student (Shawna).  Who could have imagined the pro...

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October 7, 2021 43 min

Leading in the age of DEI is a hot topic in corporate circles these days.  

My guest this week has earned her place in those circles as a leader and mentor to those finding their way up the corporate ladder. 

Including those traditionally left at the bottom.

Tell Me What the Team Looks Like

Monica Cole's path to Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo is paved with lessons learned on a college basketball court.  

Skills she acquired...

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