The Cultural Scavenger

The Cultural Scavenger

Andy Parker has worn numerous hats in life. Professional actor, corporate headhunter, and elected official to name a few. He's also known as a gun-control activist who has appeared countless times in major news outlets, and in 2019 he added “author” to that list, with the publication of “For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father’s Fight for Gun Safety.” With that colorful history comes many backstories from music, theatre, and politics. Some serious, some hilarious, some outrageous, but Andy and his guests are all guaranteed to keep you thinking and engaged. andyparker.substack.com

Episodes

August 8, 2023 38 mins

My old pal Joe Hart is back with more great show biz stories.  



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Brian Stelter bypassed the traditional route and became a successful journalist at The New York Times and anchor at CNN.  We cover a range of subjects from AI to Fox News to politics.  

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How do you become a Twitter influencer?  Here's how.  

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February 22, 2023 29 mins

He's another name you might not recognize from the acting world, but boy has he succeeded in an industry where on any given day, 95% of the union is unemployed.  My dear old pal, John Leslie Wolfe shares his story.


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February 15, 2023 39 mins

My second episode involving gun violence publishes on a horrible anniversary.  February 14, 2018 is a day as tragic for Fred Guttenberg as it was for me on August 26, 2015.

He and I are a couple of pissed off dads who lost their beautiful daughters to unspeakable gun violence.  What follows is a conversation on how we’ve dealt with the aftermath, how we’ve found purpose, and how we learned to live again.


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February 8, 2023 28 mins

My next two episodes are a departure from the usual fare as I bring you some serious subject matter.  

Witnessing a mass shooting is an experience no one should have.  But fate transformed this senior citizen and true badass from a bystander and possible victim into a hero who helped prevent a horrific tragedy from becoming even worse.   

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February 1, 2023 33 mins

You’ve seen political ads that make candidates look heroic and others that make them look like ax murderers.  What kind of person creates political ads, how does he do it and why?   Find out from my next guest as I start the new season.  

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It was difficult to not get really emotional during this interview.  It certainly got me as I listened during the post-production editing.  When you hear Aderson you'll know exactly why.  

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How does a kid from Haiti with his only support coming from the guidance of brave parents become a force at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country?  Hear his inspiring story, mixed with humor and humility in the next two episodes.  

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Gail Rubin a certified Thanatologist and self described "Doyenne of Death" tackles the how to's of planning for the ultimate destination with humor, grace and food for thought you'd never think of.  

Check out her website after the episode:  http://agoodgoodbye.com

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September 22, 2021 25 mins

Meet Bill McCarren, the Executive Director of a tabernacle, of hallowed ground--the National Press Club. 

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September 8, 2021 19 mins

Tessa Sullivan and her husband Brendan can't get back to their home away from home in Stanleytown, VA.  So while she's stuck down under, hear how this brave woman became the face of the #MeToo movement in Australia.

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It took New York Times best-selling author,  Judge Martin Clark 20 years to become that overnight sensation.  And once he did, he became a prolific writer in the John Grisham mold.  Enjoy the episode with this funny and thoughtful writer, who has become my new favorite author, and check out his body of work here:  

http://martinclark.com

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August 19, 2021 4 mins

On what would have been her 30th birthday. 

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August 11, 2021 33 mins

Amanda Simpson talks about her career as a test pilot and the challenges she faced as a transgender woman.  Her amazing story, like many of my guests, is pretty badass.

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When he ran as Hilary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, one astute journalist coined the nickname for him-- “America’s Dad”-- because of his kind demeanor among other attributes.  Tim Kaine is one of the most decent people I know, a devoted public servant, and now with his music, he's got a fallback in case politics don't work out!  Here's his latest hit:

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Shawn Harper grew up with learning disabilities and in poverty.  And even when he got to the NFL, he was still taunted with "you're not supposed to be here".  He persisted and proved the doubters wrong.  He is now a  motivational speaker coaching business on overcoming disadvantages and succeeding.    

Hear his inspirational story and for more great stuff go to www.ShawnHarper.org.  

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July 7, 2021 24 mins

He's back with another amazing story of getting an innocent man released from prison following a wrongful murder conviction.   And there's more!

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July 1, 2021 24 mins

Dan Casey is quite a character who has lived a life with enough eclectic stories to fill many a podcast episode.  He's also an example of how one journalist can do amazing things and change lives.  Here's Part 1.  You'll definitely want to return for Part 2!

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Some of my progressive friends will go "What!?  You're giving someone at Fox News a forum?"  Yes, I am.  Dana Perino is quite accomplished.  And she's also a kind soul like Alison was.  

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