In this episode Andrew welcomes his new producer Lennon, while bemoaning the loss of his nerdy producer Jennifer, then proceeds with sinus headaches, organic urbanism, Benedictine monasteries as schools of hospitality, The Benedict Option, corned beef canon shenanigans, didgeridoo, putting a cheap bed together and feeling like building a frontier cabin, cleaning his room, adulating like a boss, revisiting a breakdown, St. Jospeh’s feast, reflections on alcohol and numbness of heart, a lesson in spin, a trans person growing allergic to reduction, low rise vs. mom jeans, picking up chicks at wells in the OT, Ba’al worship, verification, encounter, and soooooo much more.
In this episode, after a establishing himself as throughly Irish all year long, Andrew says good-bye to his long time producer Jennifer Longworth as she packs up her Pokemon and Star Trek uniform and leaves Breadbox Media for other media pursuits. Then, Andrew sits down with his friend Jon Ervin to talk about how much better the Cardinals are than the Cubs, growing up in a small town, legal drinks, college conversions, FOCUS, the “smell of money” (it’s not what you think), tubing in TX, having Jesus down the hall, and so much more.
In this episode a weary and still recovering Andrew, recording from a cool new booth, explores being haunted by one sided conversations, reading on the front porch, real conversation with the guy next door, reminiscing about what cafes used to be like in the stone age of the 90s, scientists who have found order in DNA and are claiming it is alien, revisiting Elon Musk on the us living in a simulation and how he’s not allowed to bring it up to his brother in the hot tub, Kimbal Musk’s new project The Kitchen and the attempt to bring real food to the masses, rescuing factory farms one acre at a time, what flying into SBA, oxygen masks, truck stops, and coffeehouses have in common, and a muse on what it would look like if our churches were real places, with real people, actually present to God and each other.
In this episode a sick but recovering Andrew does a freewheeling episode on sickness, NyQuil, sinus medicine vs. meth heads,a commercial for chicken stock, corned beef, his “erotic” relationship to meat, St. Paddy’s Day, Irish immigrants, diocesan borders, the Divine localism, subsidiarity, John Senior, parishes as geographic reality, parish bells, The Angelus, how CL does the Angelus, wellness vs. not sick, snowstorms, the forceful impingement of the primacy of nature, stress, porn, fish’s relationship to water, Gary Wilson, cavemen in tennis shoes, and so so much more.
In this episode a sushi-coma-fied and over caffeinated Andrew talks about sushi, Indonesian waiters, Catholic News Agency peeps, being betrayed by babies, the challenges of not drinking on single Catholic social life, the British espresso nap, the reboot shower, liturgical imagination, ENFPs vs ISTJ in prayer, Stations of the Cross, Depeche Mode vs the Alt Right, Unlimited Data vs Wifi, the bots in your Twitter feed, trying to learn to use emojis, Esperanto, Werner Herzog, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Lo and Behold, universal emotional states, a queer cafe on Kickstarter, the Third Place, Goths in Ventura, what is means to be welcome or safe, and…..he threatens to put tin foil in the ceiling of his cafe so people can talk again!
In this episode, after a chatty segment including Spring springing, a Lent update, how he has given up reacting to one small slip in his Lenten practice and just quitting like he used to, how Mark from Over the Counter lost his voice, and an apology over skipping a couple days of shows, a cheery but tired Andrew gets sidetracked on what was supposed to be a passing point on his outline and explores the ramifications of Wikileaks, the problems with digital attribution, the loss of belief in our senses, what this all has to do with Trump, how the RNC is a dog who caught up with the car they were chasing and don’t know what to do with it, and much much more political musing and ranting, despite his intentions for the show. Finally, spurred by a recent conversation, Andrew delves into a couple of insight from a talk by RR Reno and David Brooks about life, decisions, freedom, limits, and how to figure out what to do with your life. This show had a mind of its own evidently. https://BreadboxMedia.podbean.com/mf/web/es9mtr/Counter_Position_292.mp3
In this episode Andrew, in a bit of a punch mood, after a weekend recap including laments over food and booze, Logan, great conversations, mentoring, 12 monkeys, Cardinal Stafford, and CL, turns to the fact that his Check Engine light came on. He uses this metaphor to explore our own physical and spiritual life, the current Tweeting presidency, the Gary Wilson TED talk on Porn, caveman brains, the availability of sugar, and sexual attraction. Finally, he looks very briefly at an idea in John Senior about “human scale” and “human pace”, along with Senior’s pessimism on technology, but instead of disagreeing wonders if Senior is going back far enough.
Andrew sits down with his friend Jeremy Rivera, founder of The Little J Marketing Company to talk about how Jeremy went from a cultural Catholic party kid at CU Boulder, to a Protestant pastor, then after a confrontation with Archbishop Charles Chaput, to return to his Catholic faith, work for FOCUS, and found an innovative new marketing firm.
In this episode Andrew, after a quick Ash Wednesday recap, wades into the topic of the digital effect on our lives and the way we communicate and relate, including a kid taking selfies in the hot tub and gripping his Jordans like “The Precious”, a restaurant that analyzed why dining took so much longer now vs. earlier in their space, an article in The Week about new tech-induced brain disorders, a story about Andrew getting surprised by the vibration of a new beeper and thinking it was something that crawled up his leg, Andrew’s mom hearing phantom drive-thru bell rings, the off-putting nature of someone’s full attention in a distracted society, and finally, a rapid fire walk through a bunch of stuff we think is normal but that is brand new in a coffeehouse and the we relate their.
In this early morning episode a tired insomniac Andrew talks about people’s reaction to Trump deciding for once not to act like a divisive cartoon figure, talks about Ash Wednesday and why people like getting ashes on their forehead, muses on the word possessions and the distinction between what you have and what has you, and finally discusses his intended Lenten practice of Auto-Immune Paleo Protocol, less screen time, and a more analog life and uses that to give some principles you can use to tune your Lenten practice.
“The Counter Position” is a new show by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.