The Counter Position Episode 152 - Adam Beach: On Eating, Drinking, and Conversation, Late Babies, and Almost Getting Shot By Wendell Berry
In this episode Andrew has a great conversation with his friend, fellow eater, drinker, and interlocutor Adam Beach, as he awaits the birth of his third “over due” child, about the power of food and drink to embody conversation and relationship, an Agrarian cosmological vision of reality, and how Adam almost got himself shot for trespassing by noted writer Wendell Berry. Not to be missed.
The Counter Position Episode 151 - Katie Hile of Totonga Bomoi: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Friendship
In this episode Andrew sits down for a chat with his friend Katie Hile, founder of Totonga Bomoi, an innovative Congolese artisan cooperative. They cover how a native of Lincoln, NE ended up founding a project in the Congo, the gift of innovation, the ability of entrepreneurship to pull people out of poverty with dignity, and the role of true friendship in helping others.
The Counter Position Episode 150 - State of the Position Address, The Death of Prince, & Pop Music as Biographical Soundtrack
In this episode Andrew takes the milestone of 150 episodes to muse on what this show has meant to him in the context of his life and history. Then, he turns to the death of #Prince at age 57, talks about Prince’s journey as a sort of Augustinian figure, the moment that Prince’s path coincided with his own, and explores the nature of #PopMusic and how it attaches to us in a deep way as the embedded soundtrack to moments in our life and development.
In this episode Andrew makes a shocking confession, gripes and muses about the availability of online movies in digital format, and pays homage to the recently passed Fr. Raymond Gawronski, S.J. Then, he delves into a fascinating interview by Terry Gross of a John Elder Robison, author of the new book Switched On, about his experience of being autistic, having experimental Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and the emergence of feeling, emotion, and empathy in his life.
In this episode Andrew gets all fired up and musing over reading a blog at Sick Pilgrim about the sacramental nature of writing. He then goes on to talk about making as the struggle to express the inexpressible, his history with making and metaphor as a way of living, and the connection between making and the spiritual life.
In this episode Andrew talks about Denver’s weird snowstorms, rants about the complexity of doing your own business taxes, raves about finding proper TX style brisket at Roaming Buffalo BBQ in Denver, then explains why everyone is on their phone, why he hadn’t given Ted Cruz and real chance, and what those things have to do with each other.
In this episode Andrew shuts down the week by clearing his head of everything he’s been thinking about and that has been going on. After rejoicing over finding his 1099 needle in his backlog haystack, he goes on a rabbit trail consisting of the big picture of the GTD system and publicly claims he is getting back on the GTD bandwagon. Then, after the weather report (go home Denver, you’re drunk), relaying hearing the most New Age conversation ever overheard, and doing a quick review of Vert Kitchen and Overt Coffee on South Pearl, he returns to proposing Catholic Social Doctrine as a place of dialogue where Left and Right could meet, via an article about the new Gilder book, the Bernie Sanders comments for a Vatican conference, and a revisit of the Authur Brooks TED talk. Finally, influenced by his GTD work and reading Body by Science, he riffs on the concept of minimum effective dose. (MED) This is a very Counter Position episode of the Counter Position.
In this episode an annoyed Andrew tries to move above the day he’s having and instead vents his frustration with the reception of and commentary on Amoris Laetitia. In response, he tries to lay out a big picture schema through which to view the Church, ministry, doctrine, discipline etc., in particular that it is all a means to the end of encounter and communion with the living God, now and in Heaven. In that context, he lays out an order for mercy to happen in which we embody the goodness and grace of God, that “goodness calls us to repentance”, then real mercy can respond to the penitent heart.
In this episode an exhausted insomniac Andrew uses his sleep-deprived state of being as an excuse to do a show length rabbit trail on all his various interests regarding sleep, including biphasic sleep, sleep phases, sleep debt, sleep apnea, polyphasic sleep, the nature of dreams, and lucid dreaming. So, get your pillow and your headphones and snuggle up with a blanky and listen to the best show that ever made you yawn!
In this episode a heavily caffeinated Andrew, after an impromptu muse on the glory and nature of gloomy days, proceeds with the Monday tradition of a weekend recap involving his catering a lecture for 140, putting on a serious brunch feast, brainstorming a pilot for a new “TV” show, and going to Williams and Graham for crazy good cocktails and bone marrow. Then, he dives into the commentary around the new papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and tries to put his finger on the big picture of ideal theological reality vs. the messiness of real human family life, with the help of an article from Fr. Dwight Longnecker, his memory of an article he lost, and a very heart on sleeve exploration of what it would look like if his prayers were answered and his own father returned to the Church.
“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.