In this episode Andrew, after regrettably giving away the recipe for the Curry Pumpkin Chicken Soup on Monday, continues his sickness induced generosity and, after musing on the nature of being sick, the emergence of the cravings of childhood, and the role that rituals and their development play in being sick, gives out recipes for his quick fast chicken stock, hot toddy, and the famous and fabled Coffeeboy Sick Tea, with a bonus of the role of bourbon in all this. Then, he defends it being within the bounds of Charity for a Cardinals fan to hate the Cubs and root for Cleveland, looks at the role Google plays in what political mail lands where in our inboxes, and finishes with the impression of having witnessed a liturgy that comes from watching an Apple keynote.
The Counter Position Episode 238- Morning of Frustration, Tramontina vs. Le Creuset, Curry Pumpkin Chicken Soup, Very ADD Rant/Muse on Political Hope, and the Power of a Dinner Table
In this episode a frustrated and possibly getting sick Andrew attempts to do his weekend recap segment, including the epic yearly event that is Crocktoberfest, but gets distracted and does an impromptu buying guide on dutch ovens, followed by an even more impromptu and ill-advised tutorial, giving away his most popular soup recipe. (He must be getting sick.) Then, inspired by the Facebook post of an eccentric priest, he muses on whether we can just punt from now on in the political realm and just expect martyrdom from one side or the other, but fights that idea/impulse with his newfound optimism with Catholic Social Doctrine, his reading of Loaves and Fishes by Dorothy Day, and a NYT article on the “The Power of a Dinner Table.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/opinion/the-power-of-a-dinner-table.html?_r=0
The Counter Position Episode 237- Working for the week-END, CA Town Attacked by Giant Nude Woman, New Tolkien Book and the Loss of Monumental Genius, and Boots Against Mediocrity in Flint, MI
In this episode Andrew records a show on his last day before his first day off in a long time. After some random shenanigans he settles into talking about a controversy over a giant mesh nude sculpture in San Leandro, CA, muses on why we are so squeamish about nudity in the modern world, and relays his experience of being surrounded by nude sculpture in Vienna, Austria. Next he explores the fact that a new book by J.R.R. Tolkien is coming out thanks to the editing work of his son Christopher, musing on the nature of that particular form of genius that can hold attention on one thing for long periods of time while having a deep deep understanding of the big picture of reality. Finally, Andrew applies this ruminating on his experience of meeting and visiting with Tim Goodrich, the founder and boot maker at Sutorial in Flint, MI, and how beautiful it is to pay for something that will last forever if cherished because it is the record of a few days of one mans sustained attention to a skill he is mastering more and more all the time.
The Counter Position Episode 236- Possible Craters, Avoiding the Dumpster Fire, Promotion vs. Connection, Digital Addiction & Numbness, and A Huge Huge Discovery
In this episode a well-rested and less bedraggled (it is a word) Andrew tells of almost being blown up by a gas leak, recounts all the healthy fun things he did instead of watching the debate last night, talks about a Catholic trying to reduce him to a Like, explores some ideas in Andrew Sullivan’s “I Used to be a Human Being” and muses on digital addiction, then finally celebrates a new discovery that turns Carbon Dioxide back into Ethanol in one easy room temperature step.
In this episode, a bedraggled Andrew records an early morning edition after his marathon of Calix travel through 3 cities in three weeks. As best as caffeine would allow, he attempted to tell the story of his amazing providence-haunted trip to Flint, MI, including: a singing bus driver, White Castle, an amazing singer/songwriter who’s a priest and totally Andrew’s new BFF for ever, the stark beauty and decay of post-industrialism, bumping into a roaster, bumping into a farm, bumping into his old roommate, bumping into an OT prophetess/Dorothy Day, and returning an entire city’s Church to the model in the New Testament. He forgot to mention almost being blown up by a gas leak. And so so so much more.
The Counter Position Episode 233- Antonette Golesh: A Big Scary Monster Tries to Interview a Shiny Disney Princess While She Uses His ADD Superpower Against Him
In this episode, in something akin to The Beast trying to interview Beauty, Andrew chats with dedicated listener and frequent mention/shout-out recipient Antonette Golesh aka Shiny aka Xena the Disney Princess about basketball vs. boy crazy, photography as business and spiritual practice, voodoo in baseball, Disney movies as a mode of engagement with reality, being an old soul and “very single”, her hug addiction, and what it’s like to be a girl. https://www.facebook.com/AntonetteGoleshPhotography/?fref=ts
The Counter Position Episode 232- Lowering the French Press Bar, iPhones and FOMO, Blowing Up Lightbulbs, and the Slippery Teleological Slope of The Matrix
In this episode Andrew gets up early, loads up on a french press coffee, and does a show. After getting his new iPhone in the mail, he works through whether to keep it or get a PlusOne like the Google fellow he met on the plane. Then, while talking about why he is going to Flint, MI this weekend, he tries to explain how he began his love of the business “blank slate” of empty buildings and gets sidetracked by one of his best childhood stories about burning trash and exploding florescent light bulb tubes. Finally, he explores the evidence being offered for why we are in a simulation by Elon Musk etc. and shows that much of it is religious evidence in a context where faith is not acceptable.
The Counter Position Episode 231- Lucretius on Security Lines & First Class, Santa Cruz Recap, Innovation at Cat & Cloud, and Devout vs. Disciple
In this episode an under slept and travel haggard Andrew compares using Clear and getting a First Class upgrade to being Lucretius’ man on the secure cliff watching a ship founder in the waves, recaps an amazing weekend in Santa Cruz for a Shrine Coffee mass presentation and donor event, goes nuts over Jared Truby and Chris Bacca’s new innovative shop and roaster Cat & Cloud, and muses on the different reactions you get when you tell people you are going to build a coffeehouse at their Church, most of which are amazing support.
The Counter Position Episode 230- Rainy Day Catharsis, An Appeal for a Check-in, The Role of Foreign Policy in the Election Decision, and An Enlightening Encounter on a Train
In this episode Andrew explores his love of rainy days, gives an extended repeat shout out/pitch for Shrine Coffee, begs his listeners to take part in a check-in experiment to let him know who is listening, muses on another side of the Trump/Hillary debacle by considering the role of foreign policy vs. abortion and other issues, then finally talks about an enlightening encounter at the airport train station in which he was given something unexpected.
In this episode, from the St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, MO, Andrew muses on his different experience of St. Louis from when he was young, then turns to his friends’ wedding on Friday, his friends’ loss of their infant son over the weekend, and his friend’s ordination, all under the theme of a quote from theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar, “Love wants to make a vow.” Then, he turns to an article sent to him by Michael Miley about Millennials not having kids and looks at why that is so based on what we just mused on about his weekend. And, in classic fashion, the end of the show sneaks up on him.
“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.