In this episode, after a rumination on becoming callous to seeing terror on screens, a tired, kicked, and beaten Andrew tells a late night saga of his day involving coffee, a Grace tune-up, burnt ends, meat candy, a broken and unresponsive iPhone, the universe laughing at his phone-based contingencies, ironic nomophobia, getting kicked by Verizon, being kicked while he was down by Google while down in Verizon, a trip to the mall, malls as casinos without the pure oxygen but with airplane air and no free scotch, being kicked while he was down in mall by Apple, an attempt at phoneless work, a second trip to the mall, being kicked by Apple again, brisket and the momentary solace of REM at Whole Foods, malls from his youth full of new games, cute girls, and dudes who looked like Duran Duran, Agua Preta Brazilian coffee, two Arabic dudes yelling at each to be heard over the music in their ear buds coupled with terror tension, a super loud phone talking guy sits right next to him in an empty cafe courtyard, a third…trip…. to the mall, 4 strikes at trying to buy a Santa Cruz hat, $138, a new screen on the iPhone, more information that he’s ever heard about Raider football, a scary and comforting story about a study on our brains, and………a shout out to Michael Miley. Boom!!
“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.