The Parker Edison Project What comes to mind when you think of American culture? The Parker Edison Project works to expand the cliché answer to that question. It's a podcast that zooms way in on what really makes a culture — food, music, style, sex, fashion and more. Join host and co-creator Parker Edison for insightful conversations about creativity and community, all through the lens of Black America. This is the Parker Edison Project, a sonic exploration of what's considered American, where each episode starts with a thought-provoking talk and ends with a musical bang.
The Parker Edison Project

The Parker Edison Project

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What comes to mind when you think of American culture? The Parker Edison Project works to expand the cliché answer to that question. It's a podcast that zooms way in on what really makes a culture — food, music, style, sex, fashion and more. Join host and co-creator Parker Edison for insightful conversations about creativity and community, all through the lens of Black America. This is the Parker Edison Project, a sonic exploration of what's considered American, where each episode starts with a thought-provoking talk and ends with a musical bang.

Most Recent Episodes

Healthy Mental

To close out season two we hear from author and psychiatrist Judith Orloff on the subject of good mental health and NY's Al Tariq walks us through some highlights of his illustrious emcee career. Music - DevvLov https://devvlov.bandcamp.com/releases Guests: • Jared Morgan https://therapyforblackmen.org/therapists/jared-morgan/ • Judith Orloff https://drjudithorloff.com/ • Al Tariq https://mailchi.mp/0a2535d16407/altariq Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Gene Flo (Music Supervisor)

Bookwork

This episode discusses the works of Black sci-fi author QJ Zephyr & Canadian graphic novelist Francois Vigneault. Plus we check-in with Chicago's Philmore Greene for insights on his track 'TIME' featuring Skyzoo. Guests: • Miki Vale, playwright https://mikivalethemc.com/ • King Dice http://www.kingdicesays.com/ • Q.J. Zephyr https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-nine-orders-q-j-zephyr/1141543382 • Francois Vigneault https://francois-vigneault.com/ • Philmore Greene https://linktr.ee/OneofOneMG Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Gene Flo (Music Supervisor)

Heaters & Lighters

In this episode we hear the unique part drugs and guns play in the lives of three West Coast creatives. Music: Noa James - No Games Guests: Carleton E. Overstreet Jr. aka 'CEO' https://instagram.com/sdhiphop5k?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= • Noa James https://www.noajames.net/links • 7Octoberz https://lnk.bio/7Octoberz • Micheal Davis https://instagram.com/we_b_toys_ca?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Gene Flo (Music Supervisor)

The Talk

Our risqué reporter Miss Lolly returns to hijack another episode. This time we delve into the infamously uncomfortable 'birds and the bees' talk. Music: Cosmic Collective - Transcendent Love • Time Socks • Searchin • Library of the Universe https://linktr.ee/cosmicollective Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Cosmic Collective (Score Producers)

Live From Mesa College

Recorded in front of a live audience during Mesa Colleges Cultural Unity Week, we'll hear from two giants of the campus on the topic of education and it's importance outside of the classroom. Music: Good Question (rapper Skinny Veny & beatmaker .EDU) - Fricassee • Guests: Veronica Gerace (https://www.rssconsulting.org/dr-veronica-gerace) • Dr. Ashanti Hands (https://www.sdccd.edu/about/departments-and-offices/communications-and-public-relations/newscenter/articles/2016-17/ashanti-hands-student-services-mesa-college.aspx) • Professor Starla Lewis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/starla-lewis-162ab912) • Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Gene Flo (Score Producer)

The Innercity Freeway Conspiracy

Was the Coronado Bridge built to disrupt Sherman Heights? Muralist Victor Ochoa gives us some insights, and block-celebrity Lexi Valentino schools me on the secret role freeways play in race. Music: • Surefire Soul Ensemble - Step Down Guests: • Lexi Valentino https://www.instagram.com/ValentinoBoas/ • Victor Ochoa Sr. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Ochoa • J. Smith https://www.linkedin.com/in/jsmith1019 • Tim Felton https://www.sfsemusic.com/ Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Gene Flo (Score Producer)

Trolls, Bots, and Robocalls

Political ads, bot-farms, solicitor calls and tips on how you can beat them. Plus King Dice and a young film fan discuss movies boomers should movie. Music: • Thea the Band - Crybaby (demo mix 2.0) Guests: • Madeline Twomey https://www.madelinevtwomey.com/ • Will Maxson of the Federal Trade Commission • Mauricio B, student • King Dice http://www.kingdicesays.com/ • Thea the Band https://theatheband.com/ Show Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Gene Flo (Score Producer)

The Land

In this episode Ranger Julie Aeilts shares why Cowles Mountain is a healthy highpoint of San Diego, comedian Dustin Nickerson suggests a Movie Millennials Should Movie and multi-award winning drummer Nathan Hubbard closes the show with an original jazz composition. Music: • Nathan Hubbard - Walled Garden, Hummingbirds, Geraniums & Honeysuckles, Semper Aliquid Haeret... https://nathanhubbard.bandcamp.com/music Guests: • Ranger Julie Aeilts https://mtrp.org/contact-us/ • King Dice http://www.kingdicesays.com/?m=1 • Dustin Nickerson https://www.dustinnickerson.com/ • Dr. Mamie Parker https://mamieparker.com/ Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Nathan Hubbard (Score Producer)

Tricks of the Phrase

For this episode we hear from pilot Anne Marie Barry on how her profession utilizes language and new artist Elijah E. Wright competes in a game of 6° of Seperwayans. Music: Opoetik & Evolve One - Yes Yes Y'all Guests: • Chef Kelston Moore Bad Boyz of Culinary • Anne Marie Barry https://sistersoftheskies.org/ • Opoetik https://opoetik.bandcamp.com/ • Elijah E Wright https://instagram.com/elijahewright?utm_medium=copy_link Show Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Tres GeneFlo Beats (Score Producer)

The B.I.G. Opener

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Biggie Smalls' passing we hear from artists about the impact of his 'Ready to Die' album. Plus we talk to show promoter 60East about what it's like throwing live shows in the pandemic. Music: • Odessa Kane & Tres 'Sojourn' Hodgens - Gimme the Loot (freestyle) 
Guests: • Joey "60 East" Atilano https://www.sixtyeast.net/ • Wackoe Vincent Enriquez • DJ Alex Lopez https://supremedjent.com/ 
 Show Credits: Parker Edison (Host), Kurt Kohnen (Co-creator), Chris Reyes (Head Editor) and Tres "Sojourn" Hodgens (Score Producer)