In this episode, after trying to talk about the end of manufacturing VCRs, the new show Stranger Things, and other trivial topics, Andrew gets frustrated, abandons his show plan, and talks from his heart about the rise of terrorism as the norm, how he is getting used to seeing a daily attack on TV, his frustration in trying to figure out the relation between normal mainstream Islam and the radical strain, how to fight a foe dispersed around the world with self radicalizing memes going around Twitter, and finally exploring how these young men, who recently were not particularly religious, are suddenly willing to kill and be killed, what that tells us, and whether or not that gives us some insight into what we are doing and how to reach these young men.
“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.