The Counter Position Episode 276- Paul McCusker: An Impromptu Conversation on Political All or Nothing and the Use of the Horror Genre to Communicate Spiritual Themes
Paul McCusker stops into the studio and starts a conversation with Andrew while he is setting up his gear but deadlines put Paul to a decision to "shut up or take a mic". He took a mic. What ensues is an engaging dynamic conversation between two people who consider conversation a hobby, ranging from the recent executive orders, the extremes of the reaction, the nature of balancing safety and openness, culture, race, The Wall, dairy workers, and many other political matters. Then, exasperated by politics, they turn to the realization that the supernatural as real, the role that plays in conversion and what subsequent options that leave, and the role of magic, fantasy, and horror to communicate those themes and ideas.
The Counter Position Episode 275- Virtual Reality Musings, A Dead Greek Warrior Redefines Western Civilization, and Fishing for Guests
In this episode, after a chatty first segment including insomnia, trolling rock stars by text, Trump and torture, and the March for Life actually got some coverage. Then, based on a breakfast conversation with Chris “Special Treat” Stefanick, Andrew explores the emergence of VR, the dangers and opportunities, the role of the porn industry in innovation in general, a muse on whether the future is backlash or embrace of technology, and then an “ad” for a cutting edge “app” and then a tease of a real app he is working on. Finally, a warrior’s grave near the Palace of Nestor has shown very early interaction and collaboration between the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations in roughly 1600 BC, which gets interrupted by a surprise visit to the Counter Position by Zach “The Space Plumber” Candler and Adam “The Guy Who Almost Got Shot By Wendell Berry” Beach.
The Counter Position Episode 273- Straussian Trump and the Deal as Rhetoric, Explaining Birds & Bees to Planned Parenthood, and The Liberal Identity Politics Snake Eats Its Own Tail.
The Counter Position Episode 273- Straussian Trump and the Deal as Rhetoric, Explaining the Birds and the Bees to Planned Parenthood (Spoilers for kids), and The Liberal Identity Politics Snake Eats Its Own Tail.
In this episode, after exploring how Trump is breaking down the hard fast Saved By The Bell level stereotypes of Right and Left, Andrew explores how Trump’s knowledge of deals might be a hermeneutic for reading between the lines to understand him by looking at the executive orders for the two pipelines, the role of the unions, the cost of steel, and what that all means. Then, he explores the story of Lila Rose from Live Action calling a bunch of Planned Parenthood locations and being told they don’t do prenatal care. In response to this clear revelation that parenthood is not what they are planning, Andrew explores the nature of the concept “health” and “healthcare” in the big picture and explains to PP that when a mommy and daddy love each other very much, they make a special hug and the mommy, if their healthy, gets a baby in her belly and that that is what they are supposed to be “planning”. That should clear things right up for them. Finally he explores how the trans activists are made at the Women’s March for making things so vaginal and making them feel like a woman just because they don’t own one.
In this episode, after a quick chatty weekend recap involving candles, mass, bourbon, Werner Herzog, CL, Dr. Holly Peterson, pizza, wine, and sinus headaches, Andrew dives into the first couple days of the Trump administration, wonders why Republicans always start so awkwardly, but gives Trump props on the Mexico City Policy reinstatement. Then, he talks about the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the division in our country by talking about the big women’s march in DC, Walk for Life West Coast, and the upcoming March for Life, and by using some concepts from the movie Silence, including concepts vs. encounter, conversion vs. sharing our recipe, the nature of acts vs. the results, and the obscurity of some acts in their essence. Finally, he makes a plea for us to break out of our bunkers, ideological, digital, and otherwise and do the hard vulnerable work of learning the language and life of our opponents to the point that we can longer demonize them and have a shot at being understood.
In this episode a punchy and tired Andrew finishes the week and very a long stretch of work and travel, by talking about how hard he is going to do nothing this weekend, how El Chapo moved to NYC, Trump moved to DC, and Obama should move to Mexico to keep things in balance. Then, he turns to the assorted goings on in our nations capitol talking about the concert, inauguration, protests, and speech. Finally, he moves to talking a bit about the Betsy DeVoss Grizzly Bear debacle and what charter schools and farmer’s markets might have in common.
The Counter Position Episode 270- Life Hitting You in the Face, Brushes with Bureaucracy, Gender Philosophy in an Austrian Bar, and An Outburst of Political Frustration
In this episode Andrew talks about getting hit in the face with life after his NYC trip, the deep frustration of buying insurance, the pleasant surprise of an empty DMV office, and his new car happy dance. Then, he delves into two experiences of language on the radio and how they reflect gender and relationship ideology, with the added bonus of one of his better stories about watching the Eurovision song contest in an Austrian cafe. Finally, he frustratingly rants and pleads for a new political situation in which a sane decent normal human being does the right thing after listening to Obama’s final press conference.
The Counter Position Episode 269- New York Encounter, Life Changing Pastrami, The Love of Reality, and Throwing your Shoes Under the Bed
In this episode Andrew does a whirlwind show to recap a whirl wind weekend in NYC for the New York Encounter of Communion and Liberation, including but not limited to: hailing a cab makes you feel like a man, cabbies use near collisions instead of turn signals, honking does not replace physics, Katz’s Deli has life changing pastrami, Richard Cabral, Helen Keller, Emily Green is a genius and an amazing human being, an ex-alcoholic Irish rock star journalist talks to the guy 20th in line to the Holy Roman Empire, You should read Flannery O’Connor, RR Reno and David Brooks understand limiting your freedom is freedom, cardamon buns exist and you should have one, La Colombe NoHo has designed a truly original coffeebar, bodegas are for breakfast, got to Eataly and eat things, and finally, entertaining angels or Haitian ex-seminarian cab driver.
The Counter Position Episode 268- Paul McCusker on Personal Particularity in the Saints and the Supernatural as a Vehicle for Narrative
In this episode Andrew sits down again with his friend Paul McCusker, the man behind Adventures in Odyssey, author of the Fr. Gilbert Mysteries, and the creative force behind the new AIR audio dramas St. Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi and a new project about St. Patrick to explore the history of Christian fiction and music, the nature of narrative in exploring the person, the reason he writes supernatural mystery, and so much more.
The Counter Position Episode 267- New York Encounter Stoke, Obama and Streep on the Stump, and…(can’t believe this is being said)…Trump’s Genius
In this episode Andrew talks about his upcoming weekend in New York for the New York Encounter of Communion and Liberation, what the Encounter is like, and how stoked he is about the whole thing. Then, at the request of Michael Miley, Andrew dives into the Meryl Streep political speech and combines it with his reflections on the final Obama speech, including the riffs on the people needing to hate who they disagree with or like who they agree with, or approve of their actions in a certain sphere, as well as Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Merton in relation to the American Founding and the essence of our republic. Finally, Andrew reluctantly refers to the “genius” of the Trump machine in putting out an economic agenda that unites and excites Wall Street big shots, small business owners, and classical Democrat union workers.
In this episode, after a random opening segment in which Andrew talks about his travels to New Mexico for a wedding, pitches a cheap hotel, and has a long rabbit trail about his wife’s lack of being, Andrew sits down for a fun random chat with his friend moral theologian Pia De Solenni about Christian marriage, the current state of crisis, the idea of union, how we got into the mess we are in, the role of nature, the definition of health, and so much more, along with a revealing opening segment that outs Pia as a Starbucks customer who has not seen The Get Down or Stranger Things. (Scandal!)
“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.