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: 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.
In this episode: back on planes, getting swoll, a recipe for meta beef stock, didn’t blind trust of the intelligence community get us into Iraq?, the irony of guys in Che Guevara shirts protesting a rich white capitalist not taking a former KGB agent to task like Ronald Reagan did the USSR, Obama’s speech on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mandela, Obama vs. the shout down culture, Fox shout down culture, callout/shoutdown vs. wonder on FB, poop vs a kosher cafe, what happened to anti-Semitism, designer babies, Gattaca, mutant zombie baby army, Alexander the Great, mummies, The One, death metal sign language, vibration as hearing, reality over experience, the Great Electric Fish Fiasco of TAC, the value of the other if understanding is your goal, the necessity of doors that lock for hospitality to be meaningful, a repeated call for a generous and orderly embrace of the refugee and the alien as a good to be welcomed, and so…much…more.
In this episode: 30 days on the diet, nightshades are shady, ugly vs. fat, a scandalous story of Andrew accidentally picking up a model in a bar, fashion advice for historical Steve Jobs, Mac purging as a spiritual discipline, being accosted by beauty with affection at Aldi and other public places, Facebook questions about toilet paper, climate’s effect on worldview, and the Jaques Maritain/Saul Alinksky correspondence, Thai soccer boys buried hidden in a cave are valuable and to be saved, Elon Musk is the awkward Tony Stark, Brett Kavanaugh is evidently a Catholic boy scout, babies hidden in wombs are not valuable and not to be saved evidently, NPR women don’t believe your really pro-life and they might be right, blinding flash of the obvious and CSD is the answer, a correction from last week, hacking StoryBrand for a before the brand soul searching process, website building as discernment, millennials are magic, distributed cognition, a crazy La Guardia coincidence story, God’s weird method of getting Andrew’s attention, St. Benedict poking Andrew, mathematics as metaphor, the Limit as the spiritual life, and On the Assignment of Impossible Tasks, and shout outs.
In this very Whaley episode with something offend or confuse everyone: mea culpas for a week off, DNA and humidity, lemons as transporter/kick in the gut, Mom report = Mom is killing it, diet on track, massive shout out to Shrine Coffee, StoryBrand, Unrepeatable, narrative as a pattern, political rant with border babies, abortion, defending Trump by saying Obama did it, the last honest journalist at NPR, ICE, Obamas immigration record in contrast, Independence Day narrative rant with a reflection on America being wrong, but so was everyone, a short history of the world, and the beauty of the American Experiment, at least on paper, freedom and religion, what is freedom for, open borders being exploited gets you taken over and your culture supplanted- we did it- its called America. Finally, after a long aside…your story to sainthood, sucking air = a story for your sainthood, Thomas Merton, Aquinas, ideas in the mind of God, the search for self, functioning as designed = sainthood, recap of the structure of story, the hero’s journey, being aware of where you are in your story, awareness and frustration in desire, Disarming Beauty by Julian Carron, The Religious Sense, the awakening of desire, persons are stories, you are a story, evangelization as the crossing of stories, The Zone as metaphor for sainthood, finding Luke Skywalker and being Obi-Wan, outreach as an information gun.
In this episode, after an update on keto, weight loss and hope, Missouri weather acclimation, The Long Cut, Father’s Day grub getting, the joy of horseradish, annoying giggly girls, the new office, StoryBrand, Fr. Leo and Shoot the Shiitake, and a super huge birthday shout out to Hope Schneir, with epilogue on Catholics making good music, Andrew settles in for a good old fashioned rant, with moments of musing, but still ranting….”rant-musing?” in his usual frustrated, worked up, and non-linear way about the Border issue. Including…whether or not the last honest journalist out the door shut off the lights, on seeking reality and just telling the truth, CGI, blinding flashes of the obvious, just because it’s legal doesn’t make it moral, people are persons, you can make a tacky table out of a stuffed coyote, but you can’t make a table out of people, borders are legitimate, people have the right to migrate to feed their family, CSD taking people to the woodshed, don’t build a wall, build a wall, what kind of wall, could policy be a wall, Oculus Rift, cows, be generous, the need for sushi in MO and more tacos everywhere, The Teacher Formerly Known as The Farmer Formerly Known as Zack the Space Plumber, Adam Beach, Denver Faith and Culture Meeting, and Joe Marocco and his move to Mill City roaster. Something to make everyone cheer and something to tick everyone off. Boom!