The Cultural Scavenger

Andy Parker

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.”

All Episodes

It's a quick thank you with a cryptic nugget tucked in there!  Support the show (

Nov 22

3 min 17 sec

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.  Support the show (

Nov 10

20 min 13 sec

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.  Support the show (

Nov 3

24 min 55 sec

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.comSupport the show (

Oct 6

28 min 14 sec

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

Sep 22

25 min 28 sec

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.Support the show (

Sep 8

19 min 41 sec

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: Support the show (

Sep 1

31 min 34 sec

On what would have been her 30th birthday. Support the show (

Aug 19

4 min 41 sec

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.Support the show (

Aug 11

33 min 19 sec

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: the show (

Aug 4

19 min 11 sec

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  Support the show (

Jul 28

21 min 35 sec

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

Jul 7

24 min 18 sec

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!Support the show (

Jul 1

24 min 13 sec

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.  Support the show (

Jun 23

35 min 59 sec

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

Jun 16

28 min 9 sec

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.Support the show (

Jun 9

29 min 26 sec

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.  Support the show (

May 19

33 min 4 sec

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

May 12

32 min 54 sec

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.  Support the show (

May 5

22 min 34 sec

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. Support the show (

Apr 28

29 min 28 sec

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.Support the show (

Apr 21

26 min 3 sec

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.Support the show (

Apr 14

28 min 15 sec

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.   Support the show (

Mar 31

26 min 37 sec

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 to life.  Support the show (

Mar 24

25 min 41 sec

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

Mar 17

33 min 42 sec

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!Support the show (

Mar 10

33 min 35 sec

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.Support the show (

Mar 3

18 min 27 sec

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.Support the show (

Feb 24

22 min 53 sec

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.Support the show (

Feb 17

24 min 14 sec

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.Support the show (

Feb 10

18 min 48 sec

How do you sustain a career as an actor?  You’ve got to be good, resourceful, and sometimes have bit of the luck of the Irish.  My friend Joe Hart talks about his serendipitous journey as an actor.Support the show (

Feb 3

34 min 22 sec

You’ve seen her as national correspondent reporting from the White House, the Pentagon, and Capital Hill for ABC and NBC, and more recently with WUSA9 in Washington DC.  Andrea McCarren was an award winning journalist for over 20 years.  And now she’s gone to the dogs—in a good way.  Support the show (

Jan 27

24 min 23 sec

I didn't believe they existed before Alison's death.  Then I believed.  This is a tale of those "uncoincidental coincidences" that many of us have experienced.  You can't make this stuff up.Support the show (

Jan 20

22 min 41 sec

Before the Eagles became household names, there was a band called Poco.  I talk to its founder Rusty Young who inspired a whole new genre of music—country rock.  Support the show (

Jan 13

37 min 13 sec

How do those great stories get to CBS Sunday Morning every week?  Award winning producer, Jay Kernis gives you the backstory on what it takes to air a segment.  Support the show (

Jan 6

26 min 13 sec

The only thing he’s got in common with the Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman character is that he’s a very clever attorney.  A former member of the Virginia House of Delegates for almost 20 years, Ward Armstrong is more like one of the witty country lawyers straight out of a John Grisham novel. Support the show (

Dec 2020

28 min 44 sec

Yes, at first glance, I'd have thought the same thing.  My guest, Brenna McDonough, has appeared in movies, television, commercials, and print ads.  She also has some of the hardest working hands in show business.Support the show (

Dec 2020

23 min 14 sec

Being a Covid case investigator was like the proverbial box of chocolates--you never knew what you were going to get on any given day.   It could be heartbreaking, and believe it or not-- hilarious, and everything in between.  Support the show (

Dec 2020

21 min 15 sec

He may not be a household name, but his song sure it.  It's a blast having a conversation with my old friend Randy Brooks as we talk about our shared history and how Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer came to be.Support the show (

Dec 2020

32 min 33 sec

As you find your greater purpose in life, sometimes you've got to be a son-of-a-bitch.  As they say, it's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it! Support the show (

Dec 2020

13 min 22 sec