In this episode Andrew sits down in a somewhat sketchy roadside park for a chat with his good friend designer/brand architect & Counter Position fanboy Wes Bancroft about good design, branding, and strategy, what all that might have to do with Catholicism and the spiritual life. For a special bonus, Wes tells a bit about his adventures doing design work for Kanye West and how to make it “swish”.
In this episode, after having dug out from a Spring blizzard, a frustrated and restless Andrew tries to put a finger on some kind of meaningful response to a meaningless act of terror, then goes on to use a Bernie Sanders tweet and a video of a former ISIS fighter, who was raised as an altar boy in Belgium, as icons of the position we are in, that is we are not at war with a religion, but we are not really at war with a group or organization- we are at war with an ideology. In this ideological war, Andrew sets forth the call to something higher than oneself and the call to sonship as two key fronts in this ideological battle.
In this episode Andrew takes another shot at a conversation with his good friend Chris “Special Treat” Stefanick, after their last attempt fell pray to tech gremlins. They cover Chris’s 80’s rapper name, how to hack United for 1st class seats, their need for private jets, Andrew’s incredible brussel sprouts and need for a wife, along with the role of craft and taste in seeking the kingdom of God, the core of the gospel message, Andrew’s status as a “man of substance”, Chris’s new event Reboot! Live!, their amazing plot to get EWTN to send them surfing in Costa Rica, and so so so much more.
In this episode Andrew relays and interesting insight into the moments captured in scripture, recalls being in his favorite place (which can be in many places), relays to beautiful stories of God becoming present to someone through those around them, then teases an upcoming topic by posing for consideration a question from a new interview with Pope Benedict about salvation, mission, and conversion.
In this episode, after apologizing for the recent reruns, Andrew examines the current political situation in light of the exit of Marco Rubio, explores Rubio’s critique of Trump’s relation to the anger in the populace, and looks at the likely outcomes for the Fall election. Then, he makes a plea for a third party candidate that can pull votes from both sides in Ron Paul fashion if we have nothing to lose. Finally, he makes a brief proposal for a new political movement to begin now, in which all men of good will return to the table and begin to look at the core principles at play, using the Declaration, Constitution and Catholic Social Doctrine as a framework in which to find the maximum level of agreement and enter a substantive conversation about the underlying issues in areas of disagreement.
In this episode, after offering some hopeful political gossip and return to Michael Pollen and our relationship to cooking, Andrew continues his current trend and looks at our relationship to reality, as beings marked by a desire for meaning, by contrasting a TED Talk on the fear of death with pp. 108-109 of The Religious Sense by Msgr. Luigi Giussanni.
In this episode Andrew heads back into his favorite stream and explores his recent experience of a person recoiling at the word “Catholic” through a quotation from Madeleine L’Engle in light of Giussani, Fr. Carron, and Fr. Jose Medina, all an answer to the question of how we should live. This episode is pretty much what the Counter Position is all about.
In this episode a restless and melancholy Andrew, after his seemingly requisite daily rant about the current political state in our country, explores a conversation in which a person looked at him suddenly like he was evil when he used the word “Catholic” and an article from Salon warning people of the danger of calling breastfeeding “natural”. After taking too long to explore ugly reality of where we are and how we got there, Andrew affirms and explores the reality of reality, our collective hunger for it, and the hope that comes with that situation.
In this episode Andrew goes into full on old man rant mode after seeing a nice young girl sit feet from the stage, through two sets of music, by two incredible artists, with her back to the band on her laptop. Bringing insight and stories from a magical wonderland called “the 90s”, Andrew tells of a time when food, coffee, booze, and music were all communal endeavors and people went out and……..actually spoke to each other. In the process he covers busy academics as bullets, cappuccino as wormholes to Italy, and considers how spiritual experience is time travel.
In this episode Andrew talks about a frustrating weekend and about his relationship with frustration as a influence in his life. Then, he shifts to looking at an idea he picked up from Michael Pollen over the weekend, that man is the only being that cooks, then explores the meaning and ramifications of that concept.
“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.