The Counter Position Episode 254- Gluttony or Feast, An Attitude of Gratitude, Time Travel via Journal, and Stand Up Straight.
In this episode Andrew riffs on eating way too much at Thanksgiving, what that might have to do with C.S. Lewis getting drunk with his friends, and explores the power of gratitude in light of Thanksgiving. Then, Andrew recounts spending the weekend hanging out with his 26 year old self by reading his old journals. Finally, inspired by a sermon he heard, he talks about the way we are shaped and in light of the Sundayreading in the Eastern Church.
The Counter Position Episode 253- Heart Burn, 6 Segments, and Musing on Nature, Liturgy, Contingency, and Gratitude
In this episode, after a copious amount of being chatty about his weirdly having heart burn, the big snow that didn’t last, brussel sprouts as a love language, and his epic quest to find a cheap flight giving him six segments so he can achieve United Silver Status, Andrew shifts gears into one of the more musing and speculative couple of segments in a while, covering our contingency, relationship to nature, the ramifications for liturgy and the spiritual life, and ultimately the nature of humility, gratitude, and…..thanksgiving.
In this episode Andrew talks about getting tagged by Kenn Cramer to do the 22 Day 22 Push Up Challenge for Veteran Suicide Awareness, gripes about being a fat guy having to do push-ups on the internet, then talks about his own experience of a close friend who was suicidal and his own experiences with depression and feeling unable to go on. Finally, based on a conversation with a friend in AA, Andrew explores how CL is the same as AA, but for addiction to concepts and abstractions instead of chemicals to numb us and shield us from reality.
The Counter Position Episode 251- Weekend Re-cap, Race Relations in the Steam Room, and Musings on Hospitality
In this episode Andrew talks about two separate birthday parties and how much he lives for those moments when food, wine, and conversation create a place for wonder and connection. Then, he recounts a conversation at the gym that started as overhearing a strained conversation between a black man and an older white man, and the subsequent conversation he had with the same man about the differing culture’s approach to hospitality. Finally, he gets off his notes and muses on the history and nature of hospitality as a default way of relating to people from Abraham and Homer to St. Benedict to his Southern side of the family.
In this episode Andrew sits down for a chat with his new friend Natalie Scott from The Ezer Project to talk about drinking games, lay ministry, and what to do when God smashes you in the face with an adorable little 2x4. TheEzerProject.com
The Counter Position Episode 249- Insomnia, Phone Rant, Contra Cubicles, Polyface Farms, Soma, and The Application of Liberal Education
In this rambling and gestalt episode, a post-insomnia Andrew does what he does best when he’s half asleep- rant and muse. This time he goes off people who talk on cell phones in coffeehouse, putting people in cubicles, and cubicle workers who turn wherever they are into a cubicle. Then, he muses about meeting up with his friend from college and talking about how classically educated people can be intellectually hipster, in that they set up ideals and then settle if they can’t reach them. Finally, after watching two random videos in the middle of the night, one from Soma and one on Joel Salatin and Polyface Farms, he muses on what they might have in common.
The Counter Position Episode 248- Monday Suffocation, SNL Goes Cheap, Spaghetti Squash Casserole, and Arrival Movie Spoilers/Language as Connection
In this episode of The Counter Position, Andrew relays being awakened by being suffocated by his CPAP machine during a power outage, how it seems the Super Moon has made this Super Monday, and shares a new go-to recipe template for Caramelized Onion and Spaghetti Squash casserole. Then, he takes SNL to task for using the memory of one of the greatest songwriters to ever live, Leonard Cohen, for a cheap political bit. Finally, he explores the new movie Arrival and uses it to muse on the nature of language and it’s relationship to experience and communication.
In this episode, at the urging of Michael Miley and others, a frustrated and worn out Andrew does a very personal and unscripted show sharing his experience of the last week in which we’ve seen Donald Trump elected president, a nation divided even more, half the nation cast as racist, misogynist, xenophobes, and friends of different political stripes turning on each other. Then, after an attempt at levity talking about how the old men at the club think he’s crazy for taking cold showers, Andrew finishes with a stream of consciousness plea for us to live in a different way and repair the divisions by letting the wise insight of our Church’s social doctrine guide us into living in a different and compelling way.
In this episode Andrew, in an attempt to save himself and you from another show of political ranting, snags his friend Sean Dalton and makes him come on the show. They talk about growing up Catholic, performance as self worth, mentoring making a difference, along the experience of encounter, along w/ Flight of the Concords, Spinal Tap, Football, Skateboarding, FSU, TAC, concepts vs. reality, raising daughters, FOCUS, burning cars, reaction vs. proaction, and the role of the father in the development and spirituality of young people.
The Counter Position Episode 245- Post Election Decompression, Lobsters and Catholic Social Doctrine, and a Chill Pill
In this episode Andrew muses on the election of Donald Trump, explores post-industrialism, the Rust Belt, and whether half of America is now racist and misogynist. Then he looks to a video he saw about lobsters and their shells and uses it as a metaphor for the constraints of the Liberal/Conservative dichotomy and proposes Catholic Social Doctrine as a new fresh optic on these issues. Finally, he talks about a song and playlist designed to reduce anxiety. (link below) http://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/neuroscience-says-listening-to-this-one-song-reduces-anxiety-by-up-to-65-percent.html
“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.