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.... Show More

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October 14, 2020 42 min

It starts with dehumanizing "the other."   It can lead to domestic terrorism.   Recent headlines out of Michigan provide yet another horrifying example of how far we've gone astray.  Those accused of plotting to kidnap and do harm to Governor Gretchen Whitmer put her humanity aside, to prove a point.  Their point.  Those who disagree be damned.

Are we listening, America?  This is our wakeup call.  Choice Number 1:  Demon...

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September 30, 2020 46 min

Getting out the vote is front and center as the U.S. Presidential election draws near.  But what if you're an ex-pat living overseas?  Do you know what to do and when to do it to ensure that your vote counts?  It's a question some forward-thinking, civic-minded pro athletes decided to answer. They are using their visibility and influence to inform and educate their overseas colleagues, especially the younger ones, about exe...

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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 som...

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Five years ago this week, Sandra Bland was found hanging in her Texas jail cell.  Three days earlier, a Texas State trooper had stopped her for failing to signal a lane change.  Following their heated exchange, the trooper hauled her off to jail.  Questions continue to surround Bland's death which was ruled a  suicide.  

A Grand Jury indicted trooper Brian T. Encinia for making a false statement about why he ordered Bland out of...

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Humans across the globe are finally talking about race.  Not in whispers, but out loud.  Real, raw talk that requires self-examination while giving others #permissiontospeak and having the #couragetolisten with an open mind.  What happens when those dialogues are among family members?  And what happens when those family members are multi-racial?  In part 2 of our series "#Courageous Conversations" we find out.

In the wake of...

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If ever there were a moment in history when we are in dire need of diverse dialogue that leads to solutions, this is it. Most of you probably haven’t heard of Convergence, but you need to know about its work and how its methodology can help all of us have #courageous conversations in our everyday lives.

For more than 11 years, this Washington, DC non-profit has brought together people with opposing points of view to talk about issue...

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For White Americans seeking to understand the depth of Black America’s pain and anger, the Tulsa Race Massacre is a good place to start. My guest today, Reggie Turner, produced and directed a documentary with first person accounts from survivors. They lived to tell the story of a thriving community that was a bastion of Black economic independence and wealth — until it was burned to the ground by a mob of angry White people.

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The events of the last few weeks have been a catalyst for humans around the world to engage courageous conversations that have the capacity to change our culture.   Open, raw, necessary and difficult dialogue about racism, discrimination, police brutality, prejudice and privilege.  White privilege, to be exact.  

Rarely discussed in "mixed company" and typically relegated to the ranks of "we don't talk about this"...

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June 10, 2020 41 min

For decades he struggled to find the words. They were always there, bubbling up just beneath the surface, but they had to stay hidden for the sake of his safety and his sanity. It took the murder of George Floyd and the resulting, massive outcry for the words to finally come tumbling out. He could no longer hold them in. He put them on paper, but that wasn't enough. He needed to speak them out loud. And now he has. 

Dr. Ron Inge...

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The intersection of art, history, medicine, society and culture can teach us a lot.  Especially in the midst of crisis.  Especially if we ask the right questions. 

What will it take for us to come together?  In whose interest is it for us to come together?  In whose interest is it for us to remain divided?  Provocative questions posed by Dr. Marcia Brennan, Modernist Art Historian and Professor of Humanities at Rice University.

In t...

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Lockdown, social distance, wear a mask.  Protest, open up, ditch the mask.  As our divisions deepen, the death toll continues to rise.  Nearly 100,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. 

"How can we expect people to care about one another when we've built a society that's like...you make it on your own or you fail on your own?"  Excellent, insightful question posed by this week's guest, Dr. Kari Nixon, a scholar of M...

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May 20, 2020 29 min

An event.  A person.  A kind word.  All have the power to encourage and change a person's life.  If anyone can attest to that, it's James Brown.  I first interviewed him about a year ago as his new digital platform, EncourageX, was just launching.  I don't have to tell you how much our world has changed since then.  But what hasn't changed is the need for what James has built, and his vision of a world where encoura...

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What are your rights during a pandemic?  The global death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise.   The push to reopen economies is gaining momentum.  The rights of the individual versus what's deemed best for the common good, are on a collision course.  Who has the constitution on their side?  We thought it a question worth exploring, so we invited Justin Dyer, Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, to hel...

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When The Virus takes a loved one, what happens next? How does one grieve through quarantine? How is a life celebrated when social distancing is in effect? How does a family come to grips with death in the age of COVID-19?

They weren’t ready to say goodbye.  The 88-year old beloved husband, father of 5 and grandfather/great-grandfather of 34, had a lot of life yet to live.   More church services and birthday parties to celebrate.  Mo...

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 The stress is real. The question is: “How do we cope in a healthy way that leads to resilience in the age of COVID-19?” As Our Voices Matter continues its focus on helping us get through this crisis together, today we highlight resources available through The Women’s Fund in Houston. The 40-year old non-profit champions women and girls, but the online tools it is now providing can help all of us advocate for our health. Let’s vow ...

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This is the story of one woman's Coronavirus journey.  "There's no cure for COVID-19.  Go home and take care of yourself," said the healthcare worker.  Sick, alone and determined not to give into the fear, one Houston area woman heard those terrifying words and took them to heart.  She went home and did everything in her power to rid her body of Coronavirus. From symptoms, to diagnosis to tips on what is working for...

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April 9, 2020 20 min

Like so many small business owners, Jerry Lasco is fighting for his family, his employees and his community during this age of COVID-19.   Forced to furlough many of the 500 workers who keep his popular Houston restaurants going, Jerry started looking for ways to help them and other hospitality workers survive.  This isn't the first time he's had to pick up the pieces and re-think how to move forward.  The last time was on ...

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April 6, 2020 12 min

I'm right there with you, Dr. Dalmia Manoj.  That's why I'm sharing your story with the Our Voices Matter audience.  Your voice matters, along with those of every healthcare worker and first responder on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.   Along with every person on this planet now living under a shroud of uncertainty previously unthinkable until a few short weeks ago.  This is a place where all of you ca...

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COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. Wash your hands. Self-quarantine. Stay home, where the assumption is you are safe. From the virus. Not your abuser.

As of this writing the Coronavirus pandemic is in approximately 110 countries. Domestic violence is in every single country, and has been, long before the virus upended our lives. “It’s been a pandemic for decades,” says Indrani Goradia. “And now we have a pandemic inside a pand...

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My conversation with Melody Meyer, is a great way to kick off Women's History Month on OVM.   Meyer is a trailblazer for women in energy and started in the industry 40 years ago.  You could count her female colleagues on one hand -- or less.  Talk about feeling like "the other!"  Today, after retiring from a stellar career at Chevron, Meyer is embracing her second act, advocating for parity and transparency in the indus...

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