The @CounterPosition Episode 165- An Open Letter to Apple, A Blinding Flash of the Obvious, and Skin in the Game
In this episode, after a hearty rant to Apple computer about 39.86 gigs of unfindable audio hogging his hard drive, Andrew goes into one of his more personal and existential shows in which he explores how the recent hope that has emerged in his life has turned to sheer terror at the thought of all the crazy stuff happening in the world becoming much much more real and less abstract if he has a child to raise and protect. One story in this episode is not really for the kids.
The @CounterPosition Episode 164 - Old People in Hot Tubs, Liberal Education, and The Recovery of Sanity
In this episode, after talking about the deep sanity of the old people who sit in his gym’s hot tub and steam room, Andrew, spurred by a conversation with his old friend and mentor Andrew Seeley of Thomas Aquinas College and the Institute of Catholic Liberal Education, explores the nature and history of liberal education, the deep need for it in K-12, the need to train people for engagement with reality, sanity as the real in you, and the relationship between the use of pop culture forms and these more classical interventions in the life of youth. For dessert, Andrew tells the story of how a cartoon bear taught him the notion of infinite regress.catholicliberaleducation.org
The @CounterPosition Episode 163 - Swimming as Zen, Byzantine Babies, and Liver & Onions as a Model for the New Evangelization
In this episode a jovial and energetic Andrew gives an update on the diet, then explores the Zen nature of swimming, bringing the “counter position” to the pool, gets his swimming stroke affirmed, and meets both beautiful and strange foreigners in the steam room. Then, after extolling the glories of meat, fire, and quads, he talks about a Byzantine baptism as one of the coolest things he has seen in some time. Finally, after a rant about the “man bun”, he tells the story of why he likes liver and onions, asks whether that matters to the New Evangelization, and, since he can’t help himself, rants about an article at salon.com that is so bad it is worth reading to know how stupid people are and what not to do.
In this episode Andrew sits down with his good friend and space plumber Zach Candler, after bumping into Timothy Putnam of Outside the Walls, his lovely wife, and his freakishly cute and chubby baby, to have a raucous and vigorous dialogue/verbal shindig about everything from space toilets, Lady GaGa, gradualism, Donald Trump, the glory of sidebars, Harvey the Energy Whaley, Moralist Therapeutic Deism, and teenage Andrew’s condom t-shirt.
In this episode, after the required diet update, an energetic and somewhat ranty Andrew comments on the recent "suggestions" from our glorious leader about bathrooms, locker rooms, and gender in our public schools, tracing the problem to Rene Descartes and Francis Bacon and partially blaming Protestant Charismatics and Pentecostals for making Platonism/Manichaeism popular for the masses. Then, Andrew talks about a great article by Sr. Theresa Alethiea Noble about the Catholic Right's reaction to Lady GaGa posting an Instagram with her pastor at lunch and talking about the Eucharist.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 160 - Patrick Coffin: Why Heathens Make the Best Christian Movies and More! 5/16/16
In this episode Andrew sits down with Patrick Coffin, host of Catholic Answers Live, and talks about how contraception ruined everything, how Patrick met Jimmy Kimmel and won Ben Stein’s money, why heathen make the best Christian films, how Andrew changed his name to Peter Parker, what Patrick would ask Caitlyn Jenner, and so so much more. You will laugh and cry. This is the feel good hit of the summer.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 159 - Update from the Cave, Political Rumblings & Ramblings, Ratzinger Studies Program, and Wisdom from Fr. Gawronski 5/12/16
Episode 159- Update from the Cave, Political Rumblings & Ramblings, Ratzinger Studies Program, and Wisdom from Fr. Gawronski.
In this episode an insufficiently caffeinated Andrew gives an update on his 30 Day Paleo Reset on Day 4, muses on the meeting between Paul Ryan and Donal Trump, talks (possibly again?) about an article on liberal bias in academia, then turns to a new program at the Patristicum in Rome offering a Master in Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict 16th’s life and thought, and finally, contemplates some wisdom on the life of prayer from Fr. Raymond Gawronski in his book A Closer Walk With Christ.
The @CounterPosition Episode 158 - Back on the Cavewagon, Catholics Drinking Together, and the Icon of Fire 5/10/11
In this episode Andrew talks about going on the Autoimmune Paleo Reset, going to Theology on Tap, the breakfast and smoking habits of Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, as well as why he should rebrand his brilliant podcast, and finally explores an insight while sitting by a fire this weekend.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 157 - Candidate Found, The Difference of Our Evil, and the Need to Hear Wear You’re Strong
This episode is a classic example of Andrew trying to do the show in his notes, fighting an emerging narrative, then giving in and going on the ride. Reflections on seeing Jonathan Reyes over the weekend, Fr. Riley leaving, the Reyes graduation speech, and his experience of being affirmed, all lead Andrew to cover everything from building for the 2020 election cycle, an exploration of ancient Roman exposure of infants and the games vs. our modern sins, his time with the Amator institute, his experience in confession, to how he accidentally wrote book that needs finishing. This is the thoughtful high level ADD that makes the Counter Position what it is.
In this episode Andrew finds some political hope again, at least enough to find the energy to rant and plead, examine why our country was designed to be different than others, and looks to some positive trends in millennials to give us hope and point to Catholic Social Doctrine/Pope Francis as possible unifiers. Basically, less dark but more of the same. @CounterPosition #millennials #politics #PopeFrancis
“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.