Breadbox Media
The Counter Position Episode 270- Life Hitting You in the Face, Brushes with Bureaucracy, Gender Philosophy in an Austrian Bar, and An Outburst of Political Frustration

The Counter Position Episode 270- Life Hitting You in the Face, Brushes with Bureaucracy, Gender Philosophy in an Austrian Bar, and An Outburst of Political Frustration

January 18, 2017

In this episode Andrew talks about getting hit in the face with life after his NYC trip, the deep frustration of buying insurance, the pleasant surprise of an empty DMV office, and his new car happy dance. Then, he delves into two experiences of language on the radio and how they reflect gender and relationship ideology, with the added bonus of one of his better stories about watching the Eurovision song contest in an Austrian cafe. Finally, he frustratingly rants and pleads for a new political situation in which a sane decent normal human being does the right thing after listening to Obama’s final press conference. 

 

The Counter Position Episode 269- New York Encounter, Life Changing Pastrami, The Love of Reality, and Throwing your Shoes Under the Bed

The Counter Position Episode 269- New York Encounter, Life Changing Pastrami, The Love of Reality, and Throwing your Shoes Under the Bed

January 17, 2017

In this episode Andrew does a whirlwind show to recap a whirl wind weekend in NYC for the New York Encounter of Communion and Liberation, including but not limited to: hailing a cab makes you feel like a man, cabbies use near collisions instead of turn signals, honking does not replace physics, Katz’s Deli has life changing pastrami, Richard Cabral, Helen Keller, Emily Green is a genius and an amazing human being, an ex-alcoholic Irish rock star journalist talks to the guy 20th in line to the Holy Roman Empire, You should read Flannery O’Connor, RR Reno and David Brooks understand limiting your freedom is freedom, cardamon buns exist and you should have one, La Colombe NoHo has designed a truly original coffeebar, bodegas are for breakfast, got to Eataly and eat things, and finally, entertaining angels or Haitian ex-seminarian cab driver. 

The Counter Position Episode 268- Paul McCusker on Personal Particularity in the Saints and the Supernatural as a Vehicle for Narrative

The Counter Position Episode 268- Paul McCusker on Personal Particularity in the Saints and the Supernatural as a Vehicle for Narrative

January 12, 2017

In this episode Andrew sits down again with his friend Paul McCusker, the man behind Adventures in Odyssey, author of the Fr. Gilbert Mysteries, and the creative force behind the new AIR audio dramas St. Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi and a new project about St. Patrick to explore the history of Christian fiction and music, the nature of narrative in exploring the person, the reason he writes supernatural mystery, and so much more. 

The Counter Position Episode 267- New York Encounter Stoke, Obama and Streep on the Stump, and…(can’t believe this is being said)…Trump’s Genius

The Counter Position Episode 267- New York Encounter Stoke, Obama and Streep on the Stump, and…(can’t believe this is being said)…Trump’s Genius

January 11, 2017

In this episode Andrew talks about his upcoming weekend in New York for the New York Encounter of Communion and Liberation, what the Encounter is like, and how stoked he is about the whole thing. Then, at the request of Michael Miley, Andrew dives into the Meryl Streep political speech and combines it with his reflections on the final Obama speech, including the riffs on the people needing to hate who they disagree with or like who they agree with, or approve of their actions in a certain sphere, as well as Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Merton in relation to the American Founding and the essence of our republic. Finally, Andrew  reluctantly refers to the “genius” of the Trump machine in putting out an economic agenda that unites and excites Wall Street big shots, small business owners, and classical Democrat union workers. 

The Counter Position Episode 266- Pia De Solenni on Christian Marriage and the role of Nature

The Counter Position Episode 266- Pia De Solenni on Christian Marriage and the role of Nature

January 9, 2017

In this episode, after a random opening segment in which Andrew talks about his travels to New Mexico for a wedding, pitches a cheap hotel, and has a long rabbit trail about his wife’s lack of being, Andrew sits down for a fun random chat with his friend moral theologian Pia De Solenni about Christian marriage, the current state of crisis, the idea of union, how we got into the mess we are in, the role of nature, the definition of health, and so much more, along with a revealing opening segment that outs Pia as a Starbucks customer who has not seen The Get Down or Stranger Things. (Scandal!)

Episode 265- Blizzard Driving, More Road Trip Reflections, and Confused by Terror

Episode 265- Blizzard Driving, More Road Trip Reflections, and Confused by Terror

January 5, 2017

In this episode Andrew talks about driving his new car in the snow, the challenges and advantages of stick shifts for the job, and thinking Google was way smart than it is. Then, he finishes up some thoughts from his long drive back from KS including Walking Dead blankets, Truckers Against Trafficking, surfing classic rock radio, dancing in the car, and strategic road trip caffeination. Finally, he turns serious and talks about the 4 young people who kidnapped a mentally disabled kid, including a caveat on being too old to know the PC terms for such things, and then tries to wrap his head around the level of narcissism that makes someone do something so evil and then broadcast it live on Facebook.

The Counter Position Episode 264- A Whole Foods guy in a Cracker Barrel World, Stick Shifts as Flow, and Mormon Girls vs. The Reality of the Early Church

The Counter Position Episode 264- A Whole Foods guy in a Cracker Barrel World, Stick Shifts as Flow, and Mormon Girls vs. The Reality of the Early Church

January 3, 2017

In this episode a road weary Andrew recounts his adventures of flying to KS to buy a car from his family, feeling culturally out of place, Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel, how driving a car with a stick shift is like swimming laps, begging God for a tree,  Masstimes.org as the Yelp of religion, Alchemy Coffee in Lawrence, PTs Coffee in Topeka, Mormon Girl Squad, and finally, a long rant/muse on the primacy of the experience, the fact of the Incarnation, and how all that makes for a rebuttal to the claim that there was a “great falling away.”

The Counter Position Episode 263- Weekend Recap, Representational Republic, Your Daily Dose of Death, and Rogue One Spoilers

The Counter Position Episode 263- Weekend Recap, Representational Republic, Your Daily Dose of Death, and Rogue One Spoilers

December 20, 2016

In this episode, after an extended weekend recap involving a TMI report on eating Indian food without having his stomach destroyed (avoid the chickpea flour), popcorn gluttony, Denver turning into Siberia overnight, a brisket recipe, an impromptu section on box wine, the three things he buys from restaurant supply stores for the home kitchen, and Tools for Titans by Tim Ferris, Andrew talks about the electoral college and how we are not a strict democracy, how numb he is getting to terrorism and death, how news is becoming entertainment, that the headlines struck him as something out of the sci-fi of his youth again. Then he talks about seeing Rogue One, the diversity in it, flashbacks to Eddie Izzard, and how Kylo Ren will be the new Steve Jobs. Finally, he sends the show off for the year with a quick riff on Christmas and the motive of gift in the Incarnation. 

The Counter Position Episode 262- Jim “Duckie” Laurent on Anxiety, Dating, and Barry White

The Counter Position Episode 262- Jim “Duckie” Laurent on Anxiety, Dating, and Barry White

December 16, 2016

In this episode Andrew sits down for a raucous and fun conversation with his friend Jim “Duckie” Laurent  about anxiety, OCD, counseling vs. spiritual direction, grace and nature, the struggle of being a single man, and the glories of Barry White as a motivational tool. 

 

The Counter Position Episode 261- Insomnia, Storage Room Confessions, and An Atheist Walks Into a Catholic Coffeebar

The Counter Position Episode 261- Insomnia, Storage Room Confessions, and An Atheist Walks Into a Catholic Coffeebar

December 15, 2016
In this episode Andrew talks about working a 12 hour shift on 2 hours sleep, having his confession heard in the storage/dish room, on having friends as priests who hear your confession, and going through an entire dinner and hot tub sessioin without speaking English. Then, he relays the story of a nice atheist guy with a philosphy background who came into his shop, talking about abortion from a philosophy perspective, how to "move the conversation backward" to more fundamental presuppositons where a real conversation can take place, and a rabbit trail on how man can be defined as "the animal that can't be encapsulated by where or how it gets it's nutrition."
The Counter Position Episode 260- Run Andrew Run, Homo Screenibus, Go Blue!!, and Tyranny is the New Freedom

The Counter Position Episode 260- Run Andrew Run, Homo Screenibus, Go Blue!!, and Tyranny is the New Freedom

December 13, 2016

In this epsisode Andrew recounts more drama-laden travel experiences, including a flashback to the Open Mile. Then, he talks about a guy watching naughtiness on the plane, his experience of finding it nearly impossible not to look at a screen in his site in the dark space, and how we evolving into Man the Screenwatcher. After talking about his  purchase of a Michigan hat accidentally enrolled him into a cult he never really knew about, Andrew explores how the Russia’s popularity among the Alt-Right is evidence of a movement away from Libertarianism to Nationalism on the right. 

The Counter Position  Episode 259- Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Two Remarkable People, and Andrew Gets Raw

The Counter Position Episode 259- Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Two Remarkable People, and Andrew Gets Raw

December 9, 2016
In this episode Andrew is in Flint, MI and talks about an Odyssean journey to the airport involving a missed train, a broken track, Katie Hile being half frozen, and using his power of small talk to hold an airplane door open. Along the way Andrew meets Jeremy his Uber driver, college basketball player, and PhD student and Joe, a guy who has been shining shoes in Flint for 38 years, has the best military shoe shine in America, and who makes his own polish. Finally, Andrew tells of being invited to an old school "raw bar" at a golf club with some donors, eating a ton of shrimp and oysters, and discusses time travel via hair products, with an added bonus of mathematical prophecy for next year. 
The Counter Position Episode 258- Snow Traffic, Titan Tweeting, Worship on The Voice, and Musings on P&W

The Counter Position Episode 258- Snow Traffic, Titan Tweeting, Worship on The Voice, and Musings on P&W

December 7, 2016

In this episode Andrew rants about the snow and its ironic effect on traffic, shares how he got a Twitter response out of Tim Ferris about his new book Tools of Titans, and relays how Christian Cuevas did a full on praise and worship song on The Voice, predicting he moved on, checking live, and being wrong on the air. Then, Andrew explores the history of his relationship with worship music, the nature of it, it’s place in the mass, and his recent reengagement with it when he visited Bloom in Denver. Along the way he defines a new tradition of doing “PSA/Blinding Flash of the Obvious”. https://toolsoftitans.com

The Counter Position Episode 257- CA Recap, Dead Batteries & Beautiful Work, Normal  Psychology, and Can You Fell it?

The Counter Position Episode 257- CA Recap, Dead Batteries & Beautiful Work, Normal Psychology, and Can You Fell it?

December 5, 2016

In this episode Andrew recaps the rest of his trip to CA, details his non-surprise of a dead battery and the joy of watching the skilled guy check and change it, then turns to Susan Baars’ lecture series The Abode of Love and recounts a couple of ideas, including the fact that there is a “normal psychology” and the relationship between feeling and emotion, plus that relation’s affect on the spiritual life. 

 

The Abode of Love: Developing the Heart

The Counter Position Episode 256- The Beachisode- Ventura!! 

The Counter Position Episode 256- The Beachisode- Ventura!! 

December 1, 2016

In this episode a happy, but rode weary and underslept Andrew posts up next to the beach in Ventura, CA to talk about travel fun, LA traffic, dead espresso machines, the lessons we can learn from little kids, how parents have super powers, and the next installment of his long time love affair with Over the Rhine. 

The Counter Position Episode 254- Gluttony or Feast, An Attitude of Gratitude, Time Travel via Journal, and Stand Up Straight.

The Counter Position Episode 254- Gluttony or Feast, An Attitude of Gratitude, Time Travel via Journal, and Stand Up Straight.

November 28, 2016
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 Sunday reading in the Eastern Church. 
The Counter Position Episode 253- Heart Burn, 6 Segments, and Musing on Nature, Liturgy, Contingency, and Gratitude

The Counter Position Episode 253- Heart Burn, 6 Segments, and Musing on Nature, Liturgy, Contingency, and Gratitude

November 23, 2016

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. 

The Counter Position  Episode 252- Girly Push-ups, Thoughts on Suicide & Warriors, and AA vs. CL

The Counter Position Episode 252- Girly Push-ups, Thoughts on Suicide & Warriors, and AA vs. CL

November 22, 2016

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

The Counter Position Episode 251- Weekend Re-cap, Race Relations in the Steam Room, and Musings on Hospitality

November 21, 2016

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. 

The Counter Position Episode 250- Natalie Scott from The Ezer Project

The Counter Position Episode 250- Natalie Scott from The Ezer Project

November 17, 2016

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