The Balanced Voice with Rania Mankarious

The Balanced Voice with Rania Mankarious

Hosted by Crime Stoppers of Houston’s CEO, the mission of this podcast is to have balanced conversations with local and national newsmakers that offer real solutions to our nation’s most pressing issues.


January 11, 2023 23 min
Rania and Jenn talk with Anna Reger (@annaregerofficial), founder of Fliplok (@fliplok.usa), a hardware device easily installed within door hinges to add additional protection.

Initially, Anna created Flip Lok to protect women within their homes, but now Flip Lok is used to aid schools and office buildings stay safe from intruders.

Anna is also actively working with school districts and governments to implement Flip Lok in sc...
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Rania and Jenn sit down with Houston’s hometown hero, Mattress Mack and his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale to talk about their family values, mantras, and passing down traditions of service and philanthropy.

From helping Houstonians in times of need, natural disasters, and the pandemic to stepping up in big ways to help fight crime and reduce the stigma of mental illness – don’t miss this incredible conversation!

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Do you know how to keep your child safe from online predators or sextortion? This Wednesday, on The Balanced Voice podcast, Rania and Jenn chat with @yamipence , Former Special Victims Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce Detective, on what advice, tips or strategies parents should know when talking to their kids about CSAM (child sexual abuse material) and how to keep them safe while using technology and online platforms.

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Holiday shopping is officially underway in-stores and online. Do you know the dangers of online phishing and identity theft?

Rania sits down with Alysa Erichs, National Spokesperson for USA-IT, and Jeni Zuercher, Director of Global Brand Protection and Brand Integrity Expert for Yeti, to talk about how Americans take more risks when shopping online during the holiday season and have fallen victim to holiday shopping scams.

Tips, wh...
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Today on The Balanced Voice Podcast, Rania and Jennifer continue the conversation about the fentanyl crisis in America.

They welcome Special Agent in Charge, Bill Bodner from the Drug Enforcement Administration about fears from the community, how fentanyl laced candy could make its way into the hands of children, and what they are doing about the crisis.

Tune in on Instagram, on the @crimestoppersofhouston Facebook page, YouTube...
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November 9, 2022 46 min
Today on The Balanced Voice we welcome Navy SEAL veteran and founder of Veterans for Child Rescue, Craig Sawyer to discuss his documentary Countraland. This documentary exposes the multi-billion-dollar industry of child sex trafficking and educates on how we can empower and safeguard all children. In today’s conversation, Rania and Jenn speak with Craig about the making of Contraland and the horrific industry of child sex trafficki...
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Welcome to our Season 5 premier! Today’s episode is the first episode of a multi-part series on the fentanyl crisis in America. In this episode, Rania and this season’s co-host Jennifer interviewed @hcsotx Deputy Leggett about her near-death experience after being exposed to fentanyl while on a service call. Together, they dive into what happened and the immediate action she took that saved her life.

Special thank you to our Sea...
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Rania and Sydney break down the highlights of The Balanced Voice Podcast, Season 4.

Look out for news regarding Season 5 in the next few weeks, we will be back after a short break!
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Today on The Balanced Voice we welcome a woman who blew our entire team away with her strength, and humble forgiveness.

Kim Case's life trajectory was tremendously changed when she was abducted and abused by 4 unknown men, very early in her life.

Kim is an ambassador for survivors of traumatic experiences, a resounding speaker, and a reminder of hope within this broken world.

With the realization of the immense blessing that it is...
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Here at Crime Stoppers of Houston, we recently had an encounter with the New York Times, which interestingly led us to the talented Ashley Rindsberg.

Ashley is an investigative journalist and the author of "The Gray Lady Winked".

His book on how the New York Times misreporting influences history is now at the very center of the global conversation on media, journalism, fake news, and free speech.

We are grateful to have spent ...
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In 2021 our beloved Houston Texan’s mascot, Toro won “NFL Mascot of the Year”. After our conversation today on The Balanced Voice we are sure that our guests Andrew Johnson and Ryan Records played an enormous role in achieving that incredible award.

“When I first got here with the Texans I wrote a mission statement for our program that is to be a Character with Character making memories worth repeating.”

As a community based organ...
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Joshua Webb, Crime Stoppers of Houston's Program Coordinator, joins Rania on today's episode to share his experience with intimate partner violence, and his insight within today's culture regarding men who are impacted by violence, whether as a victim or a perpetrator.

Join Crime Stoppers of Houston every Wednesday at 10AM Central for new episodes of The Balanced Voice!
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Today on the Balanced Voice Rania welcomes Daniel Shepley and his therapist, Dr. Harvey Rosenstock to discuss Shepley’s transformation from psychosis and madness to sanity.

Dr. Rosenstock, a local Houston psychiatrist, argues that everyone can be helped and that Shepley is living proof of that.

Join us on Wednesday, March 30th @ 10AM!
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Emmy Award winner and long time Anchor at KPRC-TV in Houston, Linda Lorelle joins us to talk about human connection in society, as well as the realities of what happens when previously established cultural barriers are broken. As an African American woman in the media landscape, Linda breaks down the realities of being in front of and behind the camera, and how it has led to her ultimate success in today's world.

This episode i...
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As the narrative of defunding the police has grown across the nation, Austin has been a city that has severely reduced their police funding.

On this episode, Rania is joined by Mackenzie Kelly of Austin's City Council, District 6, to talk about the real world impacts of defunding the police.

Join us on Wendesday, March 9th @ 10:00AM Central Time on our YouTube and Facebook Pages!
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You won’t want to miss this week’s episode with legal commentator and TV journalist, Nancy Grace! Our 40-minute interview went in more directions than we could ever have predicted… we even had a surprise guest bomb our podcast!

Nancy is best known for being an outspoken, tireless advocate for victims' rights. When she was 19 years old, her life was marked by the tragic loss of her fiancé. Her resilience and determination led to ...
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From becoming one of Hawaii’s most promising golfers to Hawaii’s most wanted, Kyle Quilausing’s story of success, addiction, incarceration and humility is an incredible journey of how there is always hope.

Join us on February 23rd at 10AM Central to view Part 2 of our interview with Kyle.

To learn more about Kyle or book him to speak visit:
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From becoming one of Hawaii’s most promising golfers to Hawaii’s most wanted, Kyle Quilausing’s story of success, addiction, incarceration and humility is an incredible journey of how there is always hope.

Join us on February 16th at 10AM Central to view Part 1 of our interview with Kyle.

Join us on IG live, on the Crime Stoppers of Houston Facebook page or on your favorite podcast platform.
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Episode 45 airing this February 8th at 10am. Watch/listen to our sit-down with Teresa Helm, one of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s early victims.

“Ghislaine Maxwell is a master manipulator” she said to host Rania Mankarious who had a 40-minute conversation with Teresa about her experience with Maxwell and Epstein. Teresa also shares her vision for a world without exploitation, a vision Crime Stoppers strives for as well.

We h...
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December 15, 2021 20 min
Concluding season 3 with a very special sit down with our host Rania Mankarious and our Executive Producer Sydney Zuiker!! ☎️🎙✨

In this episode, Rania and Sydney reflect on the critical conversations we had with parents from across the nation who joined us on the podcast to share their personal stories involving hardships with their children. Every story was important and offered solutions and resources to keep other familie...
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