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.

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July 27, 2021 21 min

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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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 min

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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June 16, 2021 28 min

Michael Jones makes a difference every day.   As Managing Director for Campaigns at Change.org he gets to shepherd projects that really do change lives.  Meet a righteous warrior with amazing stories.


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Eric Feinberg was an ad man who found himself in the battle to combat the evils of Google, Facebook, and Instagram.  Hear how my friend and fellow internet warrior helps me fight the good fight.

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Her grandmother was a WASP whose last request was to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.  Erin Miller talks about her successful grassroots campaign to get a law passed in congress making it happen.  

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May 11, 2021 32 min

Washington Post veteran jounalist Laura Vozella talks about her career in the business and what it's like covering politics in Virginia.    

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Have you ever known a real boxer?  How about a female boxer?  Meet Alicia Doyle, author of A Fighting Chance.  She's got more to throw at you than just a solid left hook.  

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April 27, 2021 27 min

Ben Williams is a gifted writer, storyteller, and pinball wizard.  He captured my voice as the co-author of my book, For Alison, and now provides a voice for the curators at Virginia Museum of Natural History. 

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April 20, 2021 24 min

Fair warning.  After you hear Professor Elliot Engel on this episode, you'll be downloading his lectures.   Forget what you had to suffer through in school--You'll be laugh-out-loud entertained and will never have the same opinion of the likes of Dickens, Shakespeare, Poe, or his 100+ subjects ever again.

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JOSHUA M. GREENE is a popular lecturer on Holocaust history and the spiritual quest, and a brilliant, entertaining communicator. A former instructor at Hofstra and Fordham Universities, Greene is the recipient of numerous awards for his historical biographies and documentary films.  And he's even got a great story about jamming with George Harrison.

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Michael Levine has represented 58 Academy Award winners, 34 Grammy Award winners, and 43 New York Times best-sellers,] including Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and George Carlin.   His work has included non paid media counsel to former presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.   It's been an interesting journey.   

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Acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley has spent the last decade fulfilling his mission to bring educational theatre to young audiences and communities across the country. In the early days of his career, Wiley found few theatrical resources to shine a light on key events and figures in African-American history. To bring these stories to life, he started his own production company, and singlehandedly brought all his characters t...

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March 16, 2021 33 min

I continue with Brad & Jenny as they talk about their journey from Broadway to Charleston.  

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March 10, 2021 33 min

I catch up with my old pal Brad Moranz and his wife Jenny on what the road was like from being a  Broadway triple threat to creating Charleston's greatest show.  There are some great tales along the way!

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Hamlet Vineyards—A Virginia vineyard by Virginia natives with an old Virginia farmhouse and a farmhand named “Virginia”.  In this episode, we’ll talk to that "farmhand" about her brainchild.

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Alfredo Huerta is an American success story.  He was brought to this country as a child and faced one calamity after another.  Now he is the embodiment of the American dream.

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February 17, 2021 24 min

He's the Mandalorian of the whitewater universe.  Travis Overstreet II is a badass that knows running a river or creek can be exhilarating and therapeutic.  And he can show you--The Way.

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February 10, 2021 18 min

No, it's not deadly like Covid, but it is degrading the English language.  I'm joined by Professor Ryan Parkhurst in an attempt to understand the consequences of always sounding like you're asking a question.

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