In this episode, after driving all the way back to Denver from Lander, WY in strong wind, blowing snow, and icy spots, Andrew realizes that his first attempt at a mobile recording of the Counter Position are completely unusable do to road noise. So, he records a whole new late night show to replace it. He recounts his blessed and joyful weekend at WCC working on Crux Coffeebar, does copious shout outs, sings the praises of the town of Lander, WY, and recounts his harrowing journey home, complete with technical disappointments. Then inspired by Jason Farrar saying that customer service/hospitality is “not about pedagogy, but about relationship.” Andrew spends the better part of two segments musing on this and trying to put his finger on what it means and why it rings as so important to him. He doesn’t quite. There is fun along the way, which would also be a good title for this episode, “Fun along the way.”
“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.