The Counter Position Episode 226 - Sushi & Chorizo, Weird Babies, Materialist Magic, and Musk Makes Mars Mission
In this episode Andrew, drunk on sushi from lunch, gushes over Chipotle adding chorizo to their menu, spends a whole segment trying to sound smart while basically being weirded out by a three parent baby, explores the world view implications of Neil Degrasse Tyson watching David Blane put an ice pick through his hand, and finally, wonders whether believing we are in a simulation is Elon Musk’s strategic innovation advantage.
The Counter Position Episode 225 - Techno-Idiot, Party as a Verb, Musings on the First Debate, and Man and Woman Have a Baby
In this episode, after an unplanned excursion into how bad he is with technology, Andrew tells of being encouraged to “party” by two different random guys at karaoke last weekend. Then, he attempts to find some interesting insights and distinctions from the horrible experience that was watching the Trump/Clinton debate. Finally, Andrew corrects the headlines from “Transgender man gives birth to his OWN baby in world’s first!” to what actually happened- “Man and Woman Have a Baby!”.
The Counter Position Episode 224 - Weekly Wrap Up, Tim Ferris/History as Design, and Who Are “My People”?
In this episode: Tech mea culpas, baseball voodoo, semi-apology to Xena, Mile High Maggie, baby snuggles, Calix blowing up, getting Clear, coffee connection, Should Andrew vote?, a change in prediction, that documentary Idiocracy back in theaters, Clinton between two ferns, Tim Ferris, cold and heat, gelatin, history as our design, “My people”, Charlotte, race and tribe, the glory of humanity, smallness and being made, contingency as worth, gratitude, and the return to the big picture.
The Counter Position Episode 223 - Cardinal Game at Rockies Stadium, Meeting Brad Pitt & the Nature Story Memory, and a Reluctant Re-engagement with the Topic of Race and the Police
In this episode, after a shout out to Rosalie Contrite, jubilation over finding 2 roommates in time, jokingly implicating himself in the Brangelina break up, and excitement over a Cardinals game taking place in Rockies Stadium, Andrew tells the story of meeting Brad Pitt and muses on the nature of memory and story. Then, he reluctantly wades into the dangerous territory of race, police, the use of deadly force, system, training, history, and culture.
The Counter Position Episode 222 - The Difficulty of Removing Yourself From the Vision, Over There Keeps Coming Over Here, and Bad Answers vs. “What Question?”
In this episode, after the obligatory weekend recap, a tired, unsettled, and flustered Andrew recaps the process of looking at the vision for his project Calix from the outside and with all causality, strategy, and himself removed to get a real feel for what the desired outcome isa and the deep difficultly of removing ego from a closely held vision. Then, he muses on how this latest terrorist bombing in NYC feels different, since it happened on a block he has stayed in and spent time in, how perception is linked to the psychological effect of terrorism, and how weirdly personal it can feel. Finally, he goes on a bit of a political rant about one side having their head in the sand and the other having bad ideas and reactions to real problems.
The Counter Position Episode 220 - Morning Thoughts, Reason and Religion 10 Years After Regensburg, Elon Musk and Bank of America in the Matrix, and The Sugar Pulled Over Our Eyes
In this episode, after various musings about traffic, faith and road construction, the weather shift, and gratitude of not having to show up early to defend a cubicle job, Andrew talks about a friend’s ordination, a trip to St. Louis, and his love of Fall in MO. Then, he looks at the role of reason and our ability to know reality in light of Pope Benedict’s Regensburg Address, Bank of America analysts taking a cue from Elon Musk and saying there is a 20%-30% chance we live in a simulation, and the exposure of a payoff in the 1950s that led to a journal article that let sugar off the hook and implicated saturated fat in relation to heart disease.
The Counter Position Episode 219 - Miley Rocked Denver, Letting Someone Hold the Baby, Brown U Puts the “Men” in “Menstruate”, and Thoughts on the Nude v The Naked
In this episode Andrew recounts hanging with Michael Miley of Rival Sons and the strangeness of having friends who are amazing public performers. Then Andrew talks about a stressful meeting for Calix, the apostolate he’s launching, and the fear of moving something that has lived inside you into the world where others can act on it or question it. After that he moves on to a story about Brown University putting tampons in the men’s room because “Both Sexes Menstruate”, rants a bit about Hillary, her sickness, and her seeming continued misunderstanding of the word “public” in the phrase “public servant”, plugs The Patrick Coffin Show which launched a crowdfunding campaign yesterday, and finally muses on some ideas from a Simcha Fischer article on the difference between the Nude and the Naked in art, based on his own experience in Life Drawing Class.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 218- Miley is Coming to Town, United Colors of Benetton vs. FUBU as a model for race relations, and Whether the Benedict Option “Monastery” Should Have Walls On It
In this episode Andrew gets super excited about playing Michael Miley’s pro drum kit on Saturdayduring sound check, then inspired by an interview with British rapper MIA, he looks at our current racial tension and possible answers to it by looking at two clothing brands, United Colors of Benetton and FUBU. Finally, coming off a pre-show conversation with Zach Candler about the Benedict Option, Andrew muses over what is a reactionary presence vs. an original presence in light of the desire to strengthen and rebuild Catholic culture.
In this episode, back in his old stomping grounds of Ventura, CA, Andrew escapes the wind noise by retreating to his rental car to record, gripes about LA traffic, muses on Bar Nine Collective’s decision to cut tips, raise prices, and pay a living wage, rejoices over the fact that Mercy smiled at him, and basically does the travelogue that is the Beachisode.
#TheCounterPosition Episode 214 - LAX vs. SBA + Voodoo, Communism, and Karma in the Coffeehouse + Stand in the Place Where You Are/Ding!
In this episode Andrew rants about having to fly into LAX vs. Santa Barbara when he goes to Ventura County, talks about the three aspects of his life that, though a fairly traditional Catholic, he practices voodoo, karma, and communism, then looks at the state of the Church before Vatican II and our current situation in light of a video of psychology experiment in a waiting room.
“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.