Our Voices Matter Podcast

Our Voices Matter Podcast

This 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.This launch episode with Neil Bush was recorded on October 31, 2018, one month before the death of his father, the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.... Show More

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January 15, 2020 24 min

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“Being able to get over yourself and listen to a different perspective is important, not just from a social perspective but also in business.”  Add an insatiable love of learning and a work ethic on steroids, mixed with a heavy dose of empathy, and you have all the ingredients necessary to create a  career as one of the most successful General Managers of a BMW dealership in the country.  Never mind that you started as a recepti... Read more

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December 18, 2019 37 min

“This isn’t about being against Trump or for Trump; this is about saying ‘folks, this political theatre we’re in is dysfunctional.  It helps no one.’”  Joseph Kopser is all about being part of the solution.   A U.S. Army veteran, successful entrepreneur and one-time candidate for Congress, Kopser is now heading up an Austin, Texas-based non-profit dedicated to creating a safe space where Americans don’t have to worry about being... Read more

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As I write this on December 10, 2019, we Americans are in the midst of a real-time, real-world, real-consequences lesson on the privileges and challenges of living in a constitutional democracy.  Perhaps you didn't pay attention to civics when you were in school; or perhaps you were never taught civics in school (that's a whole other episode).  Whatever the circumstance, as our President faces impeachment (articles were ... Read more

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"They're picked for one thing only which is empathy, being able to connect to another human being."   Empathy, connection and humanity are at the core of how Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle is disrupting healthcare, one clinic, one patient at a time.  The attributes described by the Co-Founder and CEO of Iora Primary Care are prerequisites to being a Health Coach i... Read more

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November 27, 2019 33 min

As we gather around the table with friends and family to give thanks for our many blessings, this is the perfect week to revisit one of my favorite Our Voices Matter interviews.    Sitting at Sarah Harmeyer's table in Dallas has been described as "feeling like love".   A hand-crafted wooden table, lovingly made and beautifully set, where people from all walks of life are welcome, no matter who they are or what they b... Read more

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November 20, 2019 30 min

“I know how much this ruined my life. The last thing I want is for someone to go down the same road.” That is why Asher Khan agreed to this interview, during which he lays bare his soul. His is a cautionary tale for anyone in search of purpose and a sense of belonging, especially a young person still in the formative years, who can easily be guided down a road from which there might be no return.

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There was a time when Shannon Foley Martinez and I would never have been able to sit down and have a conversation. She embraced white supremacy. I am black. I have often wanted to speak frankly with someone who has openly expressed hatred for African Americans, or for that matter, hatred for anyone. In September of this year, I got my chance. 

I interviewed Shannon as part of a larger video project Lorelle Media is produci... Read more

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When President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria in early October, there was immediate concern among many that the decision would lead to the resurgence of ISIS.   Nonsensical conjecture or reality-based concern?  I reached out to a previous OVM guest who is uniquely qualified to help answer that question and provide much needed context.  After all, he is a former recruiter for ISIS and Al Qaeda who helped... Read more

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October 16, 2019 33 min

What does love feel like to you?  To a man named Russ, love feels like sitting at Sarah Harmeyer’s table.  A hand-crafted wooden table, lovingly made and beautifully set, where people from all walks of life are welcome, no matter who they are or what they believe.  A Neighbor’s Table.   Could it be that something so simple has the power to help bridge our divides?   Table by table, person by person, state by state, that’s exactl... Read more

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October 9, 2019 32 min

Is there someone in your family with whom you disagree politically?  How do you handle that?  Do you allow them to speak freely while you listen with an open mind?  As you know, that’s the Our Voices Matter mantra. It’s one this week’s guest actively practices in his own family, as well as among the 500 employees who staff his restaurant business, including its signature concepts, The Tasting Room and Max’s Wine Dive.  Jerry Las... Read more

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October 2, 2019 31 min

Tarek Mounib is the Creator and Producer of Free Trip To Egypt, an inspiring film about the power of human connection. Born and raised in Canada to Muslim Egyptian parents, Tarek was a Senior Manager at a large Canadian Software Enterprise (Nortel), until he moved to Switzerland in 2003 where he received Swiss citizenship and build up various companies. Moti... Read more

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September 25, 2019 41 min

“If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.”  I probably read that line thousands of times over the course of my career as an evening news anchor in Houston.  I recently had the good fortune to sit down with the highly accomplished, passionate woman who now leads that venerable non-profit and is expanding its reach.  For Rania Mankarious, the road to Crime Stoppers CEO was a circuit... Read more

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September 18, 2019 32 min

Seems like a no-brainer.  People are at the core of every business.  So it just makes good sense to “Take Care of Your People”.  That is the mantra of Paul Sarvadi, CEO of Insperity.  It is also the title of his new book that chronicles his company’s rise from laying the groundwork for an industry that didn’t exist — HR outsourcing — to international powerhouse with $3.3 billion in revenues.  And it’s all about the people. 
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September 11, 2019 59 min

I didn't know what to expect.  It isn't every day that one gets to sit down and talk with a  former recruiter for Al-Qaeda and ISIS.  What led him down that path; why did he ultimately leave that life; what is he doing now to make amends, if one can make amends for such heinous acts committed; and perhaps most important, what can we learn from him to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our nation?

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September 4, 2019 30 min

 

“We are paying for the Care, not the Health.”  And that’s the problem, says Elena Marks, President and CEO of Episcopal Health Foundation.  In just about every poll that asks what Americans most care about when deciding who will get our vote, healthcare is at or near the top of the list.  It will most certainly be a major topic during next week’s Democratic Presidential debate here in Houston.  Although no one can argue ... Read more

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August 27, 2019 29 min

“America is in the redzone.  The question is, do we know it.”  You don’t have to know football to understand what SpencerTillman is talking about, or his perspective on how we as a nation get into the end zone.   He wears a SuperBowl ring from his days as a running back with the San Francisco 49ers, he sits in the OrangeBowl Hall of Fame and he’s a college football game analyst for FOXSports.  He’s also thoughtful, insightful, e... Read more

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August 21, 2019 34 min

"Technology cannot replace human interaction." Seems like a no brainer, but it's a message technology guru, Crystal Washington, knows bears repeating. As Our Voices Matter continues to explore human connection and its role in civil discourse, we're eager to add Crystal's perspective as a social media marketing strategist and international keynote speaker to our ongoing conversation.

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August 8, 2019 44 min

The tragic events that unfolded this past weekend have thrown our country once again into sorrow and turmoil. Tomorrow, I’m going live to share my thoughts about the crisis of humanity we are facing, followed by a recent episode of @Our Voices Matter podcast with guest Hannah Adair Bonner.

As an LGBTQ pastor in the United Methodist Church who lives on the Arizona/Mexico border and works with immigrants, Hannah has a mu... Read more

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July 31, 2019 33 min

Light and Love. Those are the two words that immediately come to mind when I think of Grammy Award-wining Gospel singer, Yolanda Adams. Yes, she has the voice of an angel that can bring one to tears with its power and its glory. And yes, that voice resonates around the globe, gifting her with millions of fans and awards too numerous to count. But to me, it is her luminescence that lifts her God given talents into a higher strato... Read more

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