In this episode, a tired and road weary Andrew posts up in what ends up being a slightly sketchy park in Topeka, KS to recap his trip to the Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, and while focusing on not getting mugged discusses hard lessons about SD cards, how much he loved Sharon from Frisco, TX’s email, how he idealizes things but then doesn’t actually like them, long drives, small towns, big chains, McDonalds, Daisy Chain Atlantic, owning a coffeehouse, eating gas station chicken livers like his spirit animal Anthony Bourdain, AI peeps out of context, shout out to the Logans, 8th Day Institute, Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option, Patrick Deneen, David Schindler, 30,000ft context, what have lost and don’t know we lost, how he was largely wrong about the Benedict Option, how Zach is a Space Plumber, and talking to Bishop Conley about the Grateful Dead.
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“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.