The Whaley Show is a podcast 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.
In this episode: The Mom Report: Mom turns “41”, gets a shot, and eats a bunch of fried fish; 40lbs down, Calix blowing up, what happened to last week’s podcast, the early Church, it’s been worse, can’t do commentary on the darkness anymore, and shifting to beauty. Then, Andrew interviews Dr. Beau Braden about his attempt to build a small community hospital near Ave Maria, FL, the resistance from a larger hospital 45 miles away, saving lives with cell phones, caring for immigrants and one point of light, 92 babies born in 2017 in the back of an ambulance on the way to Naples, free activist marketing advice, Dr. Braden is overqualified, and links to send money and/or shame. Finally, Andrew bemoans his rusty interview skills, directs the angry mob, Learning in Wartime, battle questions, Mordor vs. the Shire, Keep Calm and Carry On, enemy occupied territory and the internal battle, the pecking order of value, encyclopedias, Guernica, 2002 and the echo chamber, Dead Poet’s Society, Israel and God’s hand vs. His face, searching the rubble, Rod Dreher and strength in distance, a place of fresh air. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/us/rural-florida-hospital.html https://bradenhospital.com
In this episode: cold and rainy is good, a very religious Sunday, visiting the Orthodox, forgotten seeds all sprouted, funerals as the memory of fire, campus ministry blowing up in here, big fat birthday shout out to Miley, recap and new rules for the drinking game, John Senior and the Restoration of Realism, guilt and reading, Is is, Augustine + Kerouac = Merton’s Seven Story Mountain, a muse of the good of being, going back to grad school, sex scandal and Trump fatigue, a rant on the politicization of everything, common sense before procedures, the Pope should have snapped way harder, the pendulum and survivor’s guilt, power vs. sex vs. homosexuality = false dichotomies, Bill Donahue is the Al Sharpton of Catholicism and is good at apologetics, but now is not the time, good priests and the Truth are why I’m still Catholic, and Catholic Stuff You Should Know is not to be missed this week, these are good priests and the future.
Chat: Mom’s on Team Altra, going out, Ebb & Flow Fermentations, Dewayne Schaaf and being German as a superpower, Tanya’s fresh eyes, in praise of long country drives, American Grassfed Beef, Family Friendly Farm, back to being an almost college town, in praise of Fall, Chesterton and Pimlico, loving discontent, The One Thing You Really Need to Know, and getting the itch. Chat/Muse: Andrew embarks on a confusing and possibly ill advised discussion searching for a larger cause of what he sees as a increase in Southerness in the racial demographics, fashion, food, music, accents, and even wildlife of his area while he was in Denver. Rant: Andrew dives back into the sex abuse scandal, including: the horror is too horrible, addiction to the institution, looking up his abuser online and seeing his face, how his own silence and apologetics after 2002 was of the same motive as the bad bishops and most likely either sin or at least selfishness and addiction to ideology, covering your mother’s shame vs. her sickness, an embargo on the phrase “policies and precedures”, and the Left and Right using the crisis with a take down of both. Muse: obsessing over how to move forward, fear for his business, felix culpa, letting go of the baggage of Christendom, respect vs. clericalism, catholicity vs. institution, celibacy vs. marriage, truth vs. wonder, the 3 Es, the 3 Rs, and so much more. Final Rando Thoughts: The Japanese have a work for buying more books than you can read and male platypi are venomous. Chat. Rant. Muse.
In this episode, after an extended chatty travelogue about his trip to Denver including: feeling like a Hertz big shot, STAAAAHHHHGAAAZZZUUUUHHH, “goging”, a beautiful wedding for beautiful people, “chubbahockas”, digits, the Divine Liturgy, suuuuushiiiiii-ish, getting loved on, being surprised by getting to hang with his best friend Justin Schneir (drink.), and travel karma. Then, he addresses his last show, revisits married priests, affirms the celibate vocation, does the math on tithing, and explores the benefits of breathing with both lungs. Finally, in response to some advice given on a dance contest TV show, he explores how people listen and read through lens of ideology by comparing the same advice from NeYo, Jordan Peterson, and Amy Cuddy on her TED talk, followed by an extended muse/rant on why people are drawn to Peterson, Trump in the rust belt, the alt right, reality as a clash of tribes, why vegans shape their food like meat, and so. much. more.
In this episode: travel mea culpas, Denver plans, priests as wingmen,Northeast Minneapolis reflections, Edith Stein, vocation and waiting, coffeehouse reports, Gamay in Burgundy, ethnic parishes, and a lot more. Then, Andrew talks about the current flare up of scandals in the Church, McCarrick, the new PA grand jury report, abuse in the Church, the tone deaf responses from bishops, and frustration over this all again. Finally, he kind of snaps, calls for collars and mitres to pulled from anyone who knew about any of this, calls for the burning and salting of seminaries that still have the culture that produced this stuff, shares publicly for the first time his own clerical abuse history, and makes a pitch for a married priesthood in the Roman Rite as a way to get an infusion of firm natural masculine character in the pulpit and at the alter.