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The Faroe Islands Podcast

Published: Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:45:36 +0000

Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:06:06 +0000

Copyright: Friends of the Faroes

EP 295: Maurice Ross and Vikingur

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:45:36 +0000

This week, we talk to Scottish footballer Maurice Ross. When we last spoke in 2017, Ross was manager of the new Suduroy United team on the south island. Now he's got a new job as Vikingur's manager. Ross talks to Ras 2's Trondur Arge about the move to managing in Gota and why he moved to the Faroe Islands in the first place.

This is an edited version of the original Ras 2 interview. You can hear the whole unedited interview here.

On this show, we also visit a construction site in Klaksvik, talk about TYR's upcoming North American tour, and tip our hats to Visit Faroe Islands and Atlantic Airways for winning a major international advertising award.

You can learn more about Tyr's upcoming North American dates here.

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EP 294: Mikkeller Comes to Torshavn

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:28:41 +0000

This week, we visit the grand opening of Mikkeller in Torshavn. The Danish brewery operates just a handful of bars, mostly in large cities like Tokyo and San Francisco. But now there's one on Torshavn.

We'll talk about how the Faroe Islands ended up with such an attraction, and talk about the massive changes the Faroese capitol has seen over the past few years.

If you want to see some photos of the Mikkeller opening, you can see a great gallery from Pi Performance Photography here.

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EP 293: Icelandic Manager, Faroese Team

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:10:11 +0000

This week, we talk to Heimir Guðjónsson about moving from Iceland and taking over the reigns of HB Torshavn, perhaps the most storied football (soccer) club in the Faroe Islands. After that, we'll hang out where teenagers do (but not while the teenagers are there).

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EP 292: Faroese Footballer of the Year

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:19:04 +0000

This week, we talk to two of the best footballers in the Faroe Islands*. Heidi Sevdal and Adeshina Lawal won lots of trophies at the most recent Faroese Footballer of the Year ceremony. We'll talk to them about playing the game in the Faroes and the joys and struggles that come with it.



*Note to Americans: we're talking about soccer.

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EP 291: HOYMA, Part 2

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:15:26 +0000

On this episode, we return to the HOYMA festival and talk to Benjamin about his music and forming Son of Fortune. We also hear music from TOS, Elinborg and, of course Son of Fortune.

Then we dance late into the night.

If you want to see a great gallery of images taken during the festival, you can find that right here.

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EP 290: HOYMA, Part 1

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:50:39 +0000

This week, we go to the HOYMA festival in Gota. We'll hear music and conversation with Lyon, and also from Flemming Peterson, and Martin Joensen. 

This show was recorded to be the last show of 2017, but ended up being the first show of 2018. These things happen.

As a reminder, if you want to travel with us to the Faroe Islands this July, head on over to the Nordic Obsession page and put down your deposit for next summer's tour. Early Bird registration ends on January 15th.

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EP 289: Christmas, Elinborg, and the Nordic Obsession Tour

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:45:04 +0000

Christmas is here, and as a gift to our listeners, we're sharing a song from Elinborg. She's recorded a version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" that will melt even the coldest heart. We'll talk to Elinborg about Christmas in the Faroes and what it's like to have a famous Faroese song (written by her sister) that mentions Elinborg by name.

Also, the Nordic Obsession Tour is returning for 2018. To learn more and put down your deposit for the 2018 tour, head on over to the Nordic Obsession website to learn more.

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UPDATED EP 288: Faroese Bodybuilding

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:21:59 +0000

On this week's podcast, we talk to Jórun Mørkøre about being the only female bodybuilder in the Faroe Islands, and her upcoming competition at the world championships in Boston.

Then we'll stand at the marina in Torshavn and reflect on this year's visit to the Faroes.

Update: Jórun made the top 5 in Boston. While the bad news is that she didn't finish on top, the good news is that this means she'll compete for at least another year. Congratulations, Jórun!

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EP 287: Halloween Past and Present

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:35:28 +0000

This week, we celebrate Halloween in the Faroe Islands. We'll go back and listen to the famous spooky screams in the tunnels north of Klaksvik, then go to a Halloween party and get an education on what is truly frightening in 2017.

And, of course, there will be singing.

To listen to the entire, unedited audio recorded in the tunnel, you can get that here.

Also, the tunnel sounds first appeared on a podcast in 2010. Listen to that show, go here.



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Faroese Travel, Before and After

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:02:58 +0000

On this short podcast, we update everyone on our fundraising goals, plans for the Nordic Obsession Tour in 2018, and our record-breaking year for downloads.

Then we listen to some Faroese poetry and magically find ourselves in an airport parking lot trying to defog a car's windshield.

If you want to sign up for the Nordic Obsession mailing list, you can do that here.

If you want to donate to our gofundme campaign, you can do that here.

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EP 286: Faroese Handball

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:15:51 +0000

This week, we talk to Scott Harrington, the outgoing coach for the Faroese Women's National Handball Team. He'll talk about his time in the Faroes and what's next for him.

We also play with the awesome new tool, Translate Faroe Islands. The tool allows you to enter a sentence into the site, then it sends you back a video of a real, live Faroese person saying that sentence in Faroese. It's super cool and you should all try it.

And finally, we visit Saksun, one of the most photographed villages in the Faroe Islands

Also, we're still raising money for the next season of the podcast. If you have the means, please visit our fundraising page and toss us a few dollars or kroner or whatever currency you please. We are VERY close to reaching our goal.

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Faroe Islands Podcast: Telethon Edition

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:59:34 +0000

This week, we're raising money to fund another season of the podcast. We'll talk about our fundraising goals, what we plan on doing during this year's reporting trip to the Faroes,and how you can help out. 

It's really easy, you can just donate here.

Also, because it's not really a show without some sound from the Faroes, we stand on an industrial estate and look at... well... industrial things. 

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EP 285: Mikael Blak, Of Every Faroese Band

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:52:45 +0000

This week, we speak with Mikael Blak, probably the most sought-after bass player in the Faroe Islands. He plays with so many bands he actually has trouble listing them all. We talk about his music, growing up in a house with one of the most important figures in Faroese music (his dad) and how playing punk influences how he plays jazz.

Then we'll dry off in a library.

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EP 284: American Eclipse, Faroese Style

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:42:17 +0000

This week, we talk to Faroese people in the USA for the Great American Eclipse including Elin Brimheim Heinesen. We'll also talk to a couple who met at the Faroese eclipse in 2015, and then traveled to the US for this one. We'll also hear some audio from the eclipse. 

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EP 283: Olavsoka Special 2017, Part 2

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:07:28 +0000

On day 2 of Olavsoka, we hear some poems, get lost, sing, dance, and eat some Spanish ham. Lots and lots of Spanish ham. Have we mentioned the ham? It was really good.

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EP 282: Olavsoka Special, 2017

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:12:07 +0000

It's Olavsoka time again. The two day celebration kicks off on July 28th, and in honor of that, we're listening to recordings we made on Olavsoka a couple of years ago but have never shared until now.

On day one of Olavsoka, we watch some football, hear some music, and observe a lot of horse poop.

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EP 281: Olsen Siblings' World Record

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:06:19 +0000

When we last checked in with the 12 Olsen siblings in 2012, they were celebrating their combined 1,000th birthday. You may have thought, "Is that a world record?" Turns out, it is. 

On this week's podcast, we hear the story of how the siblings came to be recognized as the oldest (in combined years) by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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G! Festival mini-pod #2

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:56:36 +0000

It's the second night of the G! Festival and we've got two interviews recorded by Jóna Nicolajsen for Ras 2. First, we'll hear from a Finnish woman who is volunteering at the festival, then we'll hear three members of Daughters of Reykjavik, an all-woman hip-hop collective.

Special thanks for Heri Simonsen for helping us get these interviews.

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G! Festival mini-pod #1

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:55:59 +0000

The first in a series of short podcasts from the 2017 G! Festival. Ras 2 journalist Jóna Nicolajsen talks to an American and Italian who are attending the festival for the first time. Check this space for more interviews as the festival continues. 

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EP 280: Football and Marius

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:43:00 +0000

This week, Heri Simonsen talks to Maurice Ross about managing the new Suduroy United football (soccer) team. The team is a merger of three clubs on the southern island that haven't had much success in the past, but are now contending for the Europa League spot in the EFFO League.

Then we'll hear a live recording of Marius singing "Shades," which is a song so beautiful it will just rip you to shreds. 

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EP 279: Maggie's on Nolsoy

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:23:08 +0000

This week, we travel to Nolsoy to visit a cafe that has turned the tiny island into a live music destination. Maggie's is located in the basement of Terji Rasmussen's house, but this small venue is attracting some big names in Faroese music. We'll talk to Terji about the cafe, and listen to a little music.

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EP: 278: The Gay Whale Podcast

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:31:33 +0000

We've noticed that our podcasts about whales get big download numbers, as do our shows on gay rights. So, we thought, how about doing a show about gay whales? Consider it done!

We talk to Eiler Fagraklett, the head of LGBT Foroyar about a Faroese children's book that features... wait for it... a gay whale. OK, maybe it's gay. It's probably gay. So we read from the book and talk a little about how life has changed for LGBT people (sorry, whales) in the Faroes over the last ten years.

Then we stand in a new tunnel that definitely is not haunted. 

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EP 277: Road to the World Cup (Sort Of)

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:56:30 +0000

This week, we attend a World Cup Qualification match in Torshavn The Faroese take on Hungary in a surprisingly exciting match.


Then we go out into the parking lot and swap scarves.

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EP 276: Soccer and Ice Cream

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:19:36 +0000

This week, we hitch a ride to the World Cup qualifying match between Hungary and the Faroe Islands. And we get some surprising results from various Faroe Islands football (soccer) matches.

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EP 275: Mary Zahorsky: Return to Faroe Islands

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:42:07 +0000

This week, we talk to Mary Zahorsky. She was an exchange student in the Faroe Islands back in the 1970s and stayed with our own Elin Brimheim Heinesen. More than 40 years later, Mary returned to the Faroes to see the country again and reconnect with Elin. We ask Mary about her experiences back in the '70s and what it's like to be back. Then we go out dancing.

Also, we tip our Faroese cap to KOKS. The restaurant recently became the first Faroese dining establishment to win a Michelin star.

NOTE: Just before we posted this, we got word that the Faroe Islands U17 football team just qualified for the European Championship in May. Congratulations to the team and we'll have a special podcast about the victory soon.

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EP 274: Ove Logmansbo, Revealed!

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:29:27 +0000

Last November, we discussed the curious case of Ove Logmansbo. He claimed to be a half-Polish, half-Faroese author who set a trio of crime novels in his "native" Faroe Islands. The books, written in Polish, contained some serious factual errors that suggested Ove wasn't who he said he was and that he may not have ever been to the Faroes.

This week, it was revealed that Ove Logmansbo is actually Remigiusz Mroz, a famous Polish author who has written 30 books. And yes, he had never been to the Faroes before writing his three Ove Logmansbo books. But he made his first trip to the Faroe Islands this week, and it did not go as planned.

On our show, Heri Simonsen confronts Remi (in a polite Faroese way) about the inaccuracies in his books and the errors in how he portrayed the Faroe Islands and Faroese people. Then Heri and Matthew Workman talk about Remi's answers and the limits of fiction set in a real place.

We end with original music from Bryn Lidel. He's a musician from Portland, Oregon who wrote a song inspired by the Faroes.

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EP 273: Nordic Lights and Faroese Film

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:28:23 +0000

This week, we travel to Seattle to attend the Nordic Lights Film Festival. For the first time ever, the festival is playing a selection of Faroese shorts. We'll talk to festival organizers and to Heidrik, who had two selections playing.

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EP 272: The State of Tourism 2016-2017

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:12:57 +0000

This week, we talk to the head of Visit Faroe Islands to learn about the state of tourism in the Faroes today. Not long ago, many questioned why people would want to visit the Faroes at all. Now many are asking, "how much is too much?" Gudrid Hojgaard talks about the opportunities and challenges of this new tourism landscape.

We'll also congratulate the U21 Handball team on their recent successes and visit one of the most touristed villages in the Faroes.

If you're interested in visiting the Faroe Islands, check out Visit Faroe Islands' website, and if you're interested in booking a tour, visit Greengate Incoming, 62N, and Atlantic Airways

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EP 271: Storm of the Century... So Far

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:55:46 +0000

As Christmas approached the Faroe Islands, so did a massive storm that brought winds as strong as a category 3 hurricane. Thousands of buildings were damaged and cars were thrown into the sea by the violent winds.

We talk to KVF reporter Svein Magnason about the storm and its aftermath, and one small bit of good news that came from it.

Then we'll go for a rainy walk in Torshavn and think about the year that has past.

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EP 270: Christmas 2016

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:20:41 +0000

As our Christmas present to you, we're sharing a new song recorded by our own Elin Brimheim Heinesen. We'll talk about Christmas in the Faroe Islands, and how she came to record this new Christmas song.

While recording this show, Elin talked about a severe storm that was coming to the Faroe Islands. Since then we've been getting reports of winds up to 166 miles per hour. To all our friends in the Faroes: we love you, and stay safe.

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EP 269: Music and conversation with Jogvan

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:30:48 +0000

This week, a special studio session and conversation with Jogvan. He became known to most people when he reached the finals of Denmark's X Factor a few years ago, but he's anything but a preening pop idol. Instead, he's performing raw, emotional music. We also have an emotionally raw conversation between songs.

(Bonus: If you listen closely in the background during the interview, you can hear the new Hamferd album being mixed.)

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EP 268: No Place like HOYMA

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:47:01 +0000

This week, we talk to Jon Tyril about HOYMA. Tyril conceived of it as an "un-festival" where acoustic concerts were staged in people's living rooms. The idea has caught on in the Faroe Islands and in other countries.

Then, we'll sit on a bench at the harbor in Torshavn and wonder where all the action is on on Wednesday night. (Hint: inside)

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A Note To The Faroes From The USA

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:36:39 +0000

Strictly speaking, this isn't an episode of the Faroe Islands Podcast. Instead, it's an answer to the questions a lot of Faroese people have been having lately. Mainly: "What is going on in the USA right now?" We'll take a snapshot of life in one corner of America following the presidential election, and perhaps download some immigration forms.

A new episode of the podcast about the Faroe Islands is coming soon.

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EP 267: The Curious Case of Ove Logmansbo

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:03:05 +0000

This week, we learn more about Ove Logmansbo, who may be a half-Polish, half-Faroese man who has written a crime novel set in the Faroes, or may be something else entirely. Heri Simonsen talks to Kinga Eysturland about Logmansbo's book, "The Enclave" and why it appears to be written by someone who has never been to the Faroe Islands.

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EP 266: Heri Joensen: Music, Morality, and Whaling

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:43:44 +0000

This week we talk to Tyr frontman Heri Joensen. His band is about ready to tour Europe, but several shows have been cancelled after activists called threats into venues that booked Tyr. Learn why the threats were made, and Joensen's reaction to them.

Also, we visit a film noir bus shelter and learn about the Faroe Islands' surprising start to 2018 World Cup qualifying. (not at the same time)

If you want to see Heri's video reacting to his cancelled shows, you can see it here.

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Podcast Extra: Mattthew and Heri Talk Football (Soccer)

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:27:13 +0000

A short interview following the Faroe Islands National Team's 0-0 draw with Hungary.

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EP 265: The Winds of Migration

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 02:03:47 +0000

A short update as we travel the Faroe Islands looking for new stories. We hunker down inside as 50 MPH winds batter the 150 year-old home we're staying in. Then we'll talk to Olga Loburak, who is from Ukraine but has lived in the Faroe Islands for 15 years.

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Jogvan Walking, Revisited

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:33:50 +0000

On this week's show, an update on our Gofundme campaign, and a look back at one of our favorite episodes.

We follow a Faroese man who talks Torshavn each morning and walks his dog. While he does so, he takes bout 60 photos from the same location and posts them to Facebook. We follow Jogvan A Dul as he makes his rounds and find out why he started this unusual habit. You can see the photos he took that day at his Facebook gallery.

We're replaying this show on the occasion of the passing of Jogvan's dog, Mikki.

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EP 264: Mike Day and Heri Simonsen

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:06:54 +0000

This week, our good friend Heri Simonsen talks to Scottish filmmaker Mike Day about his documentary "The Islands and the Whales." The film got it's Faroese premiere this week. Then, we'll chill out at the post office for a few minutes.

Also, we're headed back to the Faroes to record more stories for the podcast, and we need your help to make it happen. Head on over to our GoFundMe page and toss a couple of bucks into the tip jar.

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EP 263: Stora Dimun, Part 2

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:04:28 +0000

This week, we complete our visit to Stora Dimun. We'll hike to its highest peak, and speak to the woman who's family has inhabited this island for more than 200 years.

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So what's up with the podcast?

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:50:12 +0000

On this episode of the podcast, we talk about where the podcast has been for the past 2 months, and what you can expect on the show in the future. If you've found yourself asking, "what's up with the podcast lately?" then this show is for you.

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EP 262: LGBT Rights 2016: Love Wins

Thu, 05 May 2016 23:30:25 +0000

On April 30, 2016, the Faroese parliament legalized same-sex marriage in the Faroe Islands. In the wake of this historic vote, we talk to Eiler Fagraklett, the head of LGBT Foroyar. We'll talk about what it was like to be in the Law Thing when the vote was cast, and we'll revisit some of the important moments in the fight for gay rights in the Faroes over the past five years.

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Faroe Pride 2012 Revisited

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:03:30 +0000

The Law Thing has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the Faroe Islands today In honor of that historic vote, we take a look back at the first large scale LGBT Pride march in the Faroes. Believe it or not, it was only four years ago. Now you can relive the moment and get a little misty now that you know how the story ends.

We'll have full coverage of the vote and the celebrations that followed soon.

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Stora Dimun, Part 1

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:36:51 +0000

This week, we travel to an island many Faroese people have never been to: Stora Dimun. The small island is home to two families, lots of sheep, a few horses and cows, and a lot of jaw-dropping scenery.

We'll take a helicopter out to the island and then take a hike that's not for the faint of heart.

Also, bacon and waffles.

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EP 260: Immigrant Experience, Kinga

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:13:53 +0000

This week, another in our series on the immigrant experience in the Faroe Islands. We talk to Kinga Eysturland, who was raised in Poland, speaks perfect American English, and is married to a Russian who is a Faroese citizen who is obsessed with Uruguay. We'll talk about the joys and struggles of being a foreigner in close-knit society structured mainly around families.

Then we'll go to a living room in Gota and hear the beautiful and haunting voice of Eivor.

As a reminder, this is the last week to sign up for this year's Nordic Obsession Tour. To learn more, visit the Nordic Obsession Website.

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EP 259: G! Festival 2015, Saturday

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:30:01 +0000

This week, we wrap up our coverage of the 2015 G! Festival by venturing into the campground and speaking with the hearty souls who sleep and party there. Then we'll listen to a little music from Teitur and Eivor and engage in an early morning ramble about the festival.


Also, time is running out to sign up for this July's Nordic Obsession Tour. The deadline is April 4th. Learn more and reserve your place at the Nordic Obsession website.

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EP 258: Chris Ould and The Blood Strand

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:54:53 +0000

This week, we talk to Chris Ould about his crime novel set in the Faroe Islands: The Blood Strand.

We'll talk about why this English author set his novel in the Faroes, and what he learned while writing it.

Then we'll stroll to the most beautiful place on earth and just soak in the atmosphere. 

Reminder: Time is running out to sign up for this summer's Nordic Obsession Tour. To learn more and travel to the Faroe Islands with us this summer, visit the Nordic Obsession website.

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EP 257: G! Festival, 2015, Day 2

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:15:31 +0000

This week, we hear music from Uni Debess, Marius, Monkey Rat, and the Hackney Colliery Band.


Also registration is still open for this year's Nordic Obsession tour of the Faroe Islands. Learn more at the Nordic Obsession website.

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EP 256: G! Festival 2015, Day 1

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:46:32 +0000

This week, we review the first day of the 2015 G! Festival. We're hear an interview with Franka, and music from Hogni, Sakaris, and Elinborg Pálsdóttir.

Also, registration for this year's Nordic Obsession Tour continues. Go to the Nordic Obsession website to learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

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EP 255: Janus Rasmussen of Kiasmos and Byrta

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:20:04 +0000

This month, Kiasmos played a packed show in Portland, Oregon. We caught up with the Faroese half of the electronic duo (Janus Rasmussen) following the show. If you'd like to see a live set from Kiasmos, you can see it here.


Also, early registration for the 2016 Nordic Obsession tour ends when the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve. Save $250 when you register before the year ends. Learn more at the Nordic Obsession website.

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Christmas With Stanley Samuelsen, Revisited

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:12:33 +0000

Christmas music and conversation with Stanley Samuelsen, first recorded in 2011.

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EP 254: Faroese Ham

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 19:42:02 +0000

This week, we visit the Faroese Ham Radio Club and talk with an American and Faroese Ham radio operator. We'll learn just what ham radio is and why people travel all over the world to broadcast.

Ray Higgins is the president of Remote Ham Radio

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EP 253: Brandur Patursson: Glass Art

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 22:32:18 +0000

This week, we talk to Brandur Patursson about his glass art exhibit during Olavsoka, we'll also hear some improvised music from Knut, Sakaris, Hedin Ziska Davidsen, and Mattias Kapnas.

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EP 252: July 23rd

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:13:01 +0000

On this week's show, we document the events of July 23rd in the village of Bour, which made international headlines. Note: this episode may not be suitable for all listeners.

This episode contains the song "Danse Morialta" by Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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EP 251: The Immigrant Experience, Part 1

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:10:24 +0000

On this week's show, we talk about what it's like to be an immigrant in the Faroe Islands. We'll talk to David Im, who's from Korea, but has lived all over the world. He'll tell us why he decided to make the Faroes his home, and what adjustments a foreigner has to make when living in a small society.


Then we'll walk alone late at night.

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EP 250: Driving from Vagar to Torshavn

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:33:24 +0000

This week, we arrive in the Faroes to record material for a new season of the podcast. we'll narrate our journey into the city and even stumble upon the subjects for an upcoming podcast.

If you've never heard what jet lag sounds like, this is it.

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Fugloy Preview

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:32:53 +0000

On this bite-sized version of the show, we preview an upcoming show on Fugloy, and get updates on our successful Kickstarter campaign, and the Faroe Islands-Greece match.

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EP 249: Mykines, Part 2

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:15:35 +0000

This week, part two of our visit to Mykines. We'll try (and fail) to get a ferry off the island, and listen to music in the streets and in a cramped basement. That may not sound like a fun time, but it's a blast.


Also, time is running out to contribute to our Kickstarter campaign. Just head on over to our Kickstarter page before June 4th to contribute.

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EP 248: Mykines, Part 1

Fri, 22 May 2015 08:43:38 +0000

This week, we head to the beautiful island of Mykines. It's an island many Faroese consider to be the most beautiful in the country. In the first half of our visit, we'll travel on the ferry, look at an unusual home, and take a hike.

Also, our Kickstarter campaign needs your help. We're about 33% through the campaign and only about 25% of our way to our goal. If you like our show and want it to continue, please consider showing us some support before the campaign ends on June 4, 2015. You can visit our Kickstarter page here.

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EP 247: Immigration, Kickstarter, and Hov

Sat, 16 May 2015 20:23:29 +0000

On this week's show, we launch our third Kickstarter campaign. We're trying to raise $2,500 USD in less than three weeks, and we're going to need your help. You can view our Kickstarter campaign and help support this show here.

Also on the show, Heri Simonsen will interview David IM, he immigrated to the Faroe Islands from South Korea and he's now helping other immigrants adjust to life in the Faroes.

We'll wrap up in the southern village of Hov. It's a small village, but it's seen a lot of history over the last 1,000 or so years.

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Olavsoka Preview

Fri, 08 May 2015 21:18:21 +0000

This week, a short preview of our special show we'll do on Olavsoka this July. Join us as we walk the streets and stumble into the middle of maybe the funnest Olavsoka party ever. Put on your headphones, close your eyes, and take a trip to the islands.

Also, look out for our Kickstarter campaign that will launch in a few days.

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EP 246: Eclipse Recap, Part 2

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:49:04 +0000

This week, the last part of our coverage of the 2015 total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands. We talk to eclipse chaser Kate Russo about her experience watching the eclipse, and her impressions of the Faroe Islands now that she's returned home to Northern Ireland.

Also, we visit a village on Vagar that gets lots of traffic but little tourist love, and we'll see who won this year's Podcast Awards.

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EP 145: The Island and the Whales

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:58:49 +0000

This week, we talk to filmmaker Mike Day. He's working on a documentary about the Faroese whaling called "The Island and the Whales." Unlike most work on the subject, "The Island and the Whales" is quite good and tackles a difficult subject in a fair and thoughtful way. We'll talk about the origin of this project and when the film might hit screens.

Mike is raising money on Kickstarter to help get this film finished. You can learn more by visiting his Kickstarter page. The campaign ends on April 17.

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EP 244: Eclipse Recap, Part 1

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:53:37 +0000

This week, we get two Faroese perspectives on last week's total socal eclipse in the Faroe Islands. It was a moment when the whole country stopped for just a minute.


Also, time is running out to sign up for this summer's Nordic Obsession Tour. Head over to the Nordic Obsession website and reserve your spot by April 4th.

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EP 243: Faroese Music Awards, 2015

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:39:26 +0000

On this week's show, we talk to Rolant Waag Dam. He's one of the organizers of the Faroese Music Awards. The show is in its second year and handed out more than a dozen awards to Faroese musicians last weekend. We'll talk about how the show went, and the state of Faroese music.

Then we'll sit on a bench that may or may not be a musical instrument of some sort.

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EP 242: Eclipse Preview

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:58:11 +0000

This week, we talk to Kate Russo, she's an Australian eclipse chaser who's in the Faroe Islands in advance of next week's solar eclipse. Hosts Matthew Workman and Heri Simonsen ask Russo about her intense interest in eclipses, and what the Faroese can expect when the big event happens there on March 20th.


You can learn more about next week's eclipse at Visit Faroe Islands' special eclipse website.

Also, we're up for Podcast Award in the "travel" category. Go to the Podcast Awards website and give us your vote. You can vote once a day, every day, until March 24th.

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EP 241: Ghetto Foroyar

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:32:11 +0000

This week, we visit what some call the second-largest Faroese settlement, but it's not in the Faroe Islands. Instead, we're heading to a rather bland looking concrete housing complex that scores of Faroese students call home. 

What's it like living in this little slice of the Faroes hidden in Denmark? We'll ask someone who lives there.

Also, we've been nominated for a Podcast Award. Please head to the Podcast Awards website and vote for us in the "Travel" category (it's way at the bottom of the page).

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EP 240: Solar Eclipse... 1954

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:17:40 +0000

The Faroe Islands will witness a total solar eclipse in just one month, but this isn't the first time an eclipse like this has been visible in the Faroes. This week, we talk to three Faroese women who have childhood memories of the 1954 solar eclipse.

While it has been widely reported that all the hotel rooms have been booked in the Faroes for years, there are still some places to stay. To learn more about that you can check out Visit Faroe Islands' eclipse page, and the site for Faroese travel agency 62N.

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EP 239: Skuvoy Part Two, Angry Birds

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:48:00 +0000

This week, we're back on the island of Skuvoy and we're looking for birds. We'll learn about the great skua, and head out to a skua breeding colony to help identify and measure baby chicks.

Note: This show was recorded in heavy wind conditions. Adjust your ears accordingly.

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EP 238: Skuvoy, Part 1

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:50:59 +0000

This week, we travel to the island of Skuvoy. We're there to spend the day with a field biologist who's studying the birds Skuvoy is named after. We'll take a choppy boat ride, then stroll through the islands only village before preparing to head up into the hills outside the village.


Reminder: There's still time to sign up for the Nordic Obsession Tour this July. To learn more just head over to our website.


Also, we're putting out hat into the ring for this year's Podcast Awards. Please go the Podcast Awards website and nominate us under the "Travel" category.

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EP 237: Faroe Pride 2014

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:32:44 +0000

This week, we look back at last July's Faroe Pride march. It has been two years since Faroe Pride drew massive (by Faroese standards) crowds to Torshavn to march in favor of LGBT rights. This year, the crowds are a bit bigger, but has the atmosphere turned... routine? And if so, is that a good or a bad thing?

We'll hear some sound from the march, then talk to Eiler Fagraklett about the march and what it all meant. 

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EP 236: Faroe House, Copenhagen

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 06:35:47 +0000

This week, we visit the Faroe House in central Copenhagen. The house helps provide services for the thousands of Faroese people living in Denmark's capitol. We'll talk to the homes director, then we'll head off to Torshavn and see if a grinding billboard motor can tell us anything about the Faroese economy.

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Christmas Revisited

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 18:20:32 +0000

This Christmas Eve, we're listning to a conversation we had with Heri Simonsen on December 24, 2009. We talk about Christmas in the Faroe Islands and New Year's celebrations as well.


Merry Christmas to you and the people you love.

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EP 235: Football and Lonely Roads

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:32:28 +0000

This week, Heri Simonsen talks with Hungarian journalist Gaor Lantos. They talk about football (soccer) and how sports can be good advertisement for a country.

Then we'll travel to the heart of Torshavn and feel a little like Omega Man.

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EP 234: Americans In Cars

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:16:39 +0000

This week, we talk to American journalist and masters student Miranda Metheny about her research on how the Faroese are portrayed in international media, and how the Faroese present themselves to the rest of the world. The results may surprise you.

Then we'll watch as the Norrona, the massive ferry that connects the Faroes with Iceland and Dermark, glides out of the harbor.

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EP 233: Diary of a Middle Aged Hitchhiker

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 06:39:59 +0000

The Faroe Islands is a place where hitchhiking is both safe, legal, and socially acceptable. So this week, we give it a whirl. We'll hitch from Torshavn to Gota. It's normally about a 45 minute drive, and that's about how long this podcast goes. But happiness is a journey, not a destination, right?

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EP 232: Faroe Islands Beats Greece!

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:16:08 +0000

This week, a short report on the historic upset in the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Greece and the Faroe Islands national football (soccer) team.

The Faroe Islands won the match and, depending on how you measure it, the match may be the biggest upset in international football history. We'll talk a little about the match and how people in the Faroe Islands reacted to it.

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EP 231: Requiem for Hygee

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:44:11 +0000

This week's show is our entry for this year's Hear Say Festival in Ireland. It details a run in we had with a feisty turkey last year.

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EP 230: G! Festival 2014, Day 3

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:18:47 +0000

This week, our coverage of Day 3 of the 2014 G! Festival. We'll hear some music from Marius, Ave, and Confect. We'll sing along on the beach and then evacuate from an oncoming flood. It's another soggy, late night at the coolest music festival in the world.

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EP 229: Manor

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:02:51 +0000

This week, we talk to Birgir Kruse and Eiler Fagraklett about the short story, "Manor." It was written 130 years ago by a German man considered the world's first gay activist. "Manor" is a vampire story set in the Faroe Islands. We'll talk about how this work finally got translated into Faroese and about the groundbreaking life if its author.

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EP 228: Jennifer Henke

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:26:20 +0000

This week, a tribute to our good friend Jennifer Henke. She was one of the first guests on this podcast back in 2009, and she also participated in our first Nordic Obsession Tour this past summer.

This show includes highlights from her several appearances on the podcast.

UPDATE: Jennifer Henke passed away on December 27, 2014, about two months after this show posted. She was 68 years old.

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EP 227: The Great (Whaling) Debate

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:54:12 +0000

This week, a debate between Hans Hermansen and Pete Bethune on the contentious subject of Faroese whaling. The debate is hosted by our own Heri Simonsen and was aired live on Ras 2. It is our hope that forums like this will help interested listeners on both sides of the issue to better understand what people on the other side of the divide think.

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EP 226: G! Festival 2014, Day 2

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:43:13 +0000

This week, we sample music from day two of this year's G! Festival. We'll hear music from Allan Tausen, Eivor, Lover Lover, Swangah, and ORKA. Then we steal food from Eivor's grandma. Really.

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EP 225: Q&A With Sea Shepherd

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:48:20 +0000

This week we listen in on a Q&A session Sea Shepherd leaders did at a democracy festival in the Faroe Islands. Sea Shepherd volunteers spent the summer "monitoring" beaches in the Faroes in an attempt to prevent any whale hunts from taking place. 


At this forum, SS volunteers attempted to explain their views to a crowd that, at times, was quite hostile.

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EP 224: G! Festival, 2014 Day 1

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:16:39 +0000

This week, we recap some of the action on the first day of this summer's G! Festival. We'll also talk to Greta Svabo Bech about her recent successes, including being nominated for a Grammy and getting an invitation to play this year's Iceland Airwaves festival.

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EP 223: Gospel Country and Hotel Apologies

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:30:05 +0000

This week we talk to Woody Wright, an American gospel country singer who peformed in the Faroe Islands this summer. Then we'll offer a former apology to a hotel.

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EP 222: Back to School

Sat, 06 Sep 2014 06:59:23 +0000

This week, we talk about the new Faroese Academy of the Arts. Two of the school's directors talk to us about their plan to bring high-level art instruction to the Faroe Islands.

Then we'll visit a nearby village and think of a friend.

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EP 221: Finding the Nordic Sound

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:52:00 +0000

This week, we talk to two Danish filmmakers about their documentary on Nordic music. The pair spent much of July talking to Faroese musicians and trying to figure out what defines the so-called Nordic sound. While their project isn't finished yet, they're already got some fascinating insights about Faroese music and the people who create it.

Then we head out to windmills that generate electricity and try to avoid flying liquids.

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EP 220: Heri and Matthew on the Radio

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:36:00 +0000

This week, Heri Simonsen interviews podcast host Matthew Workman for a special Olavsoka edition of his radio program.

They'll talk about the national holiday, the recent Nordic Obsession Tour Workman led, and Heri even asks some questions about a certain group of activists calling the Faroes home this summer.

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EP 219: Pete Bethune, Part 2

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:04:03 +0000

This week, part two of our conversation with conservationist Pete Bethune. He founded Earthrace Conservation and hatched a plan to send hundreds of activists to the Faroes to interfere with whale hunts. He eventually abandoned the plan when he determined it would be counter-productive to his goals of ending Faroese whaling.

In the second half of our conversation, Bethune talks about why he objects to the whale hunts and how he believes they might eventually end. He'll also talk about the moment when he started to really like the Faroese people.

We'll end the show by standing outside and apologizing to a hotel.

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Pete Bethune and the Faroe Islands

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:55:18 +0000

This week, part one of our conversation with Pete Bethune. Bethune is a conservationist and animal rights activist. A couple of years ago, Bethune was preparing to assemble a group of 150 activists to patrol the beaches of the Faroe Islands and disrupt any whale hunts. But when Bethune traveled to the Faroe Islands to do some advance work, he abandoned those plans, even though he still strongly opposed the whale hunts. This week, Bethune talks about his first impressions of the Faroe Islands and what convinced him to change his plan to end Faroese whaling.

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EP 217: Faroe Beer

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:56:50 +0000

This week, we talk to the brewmaster for Faroe Beer. The brewery started in 1888, and alcohol was banned in the Faroe Islands about a dozen years later. But Faroe Beer is still around and they're back to brewing one of their signature beers.

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Uruguay Meets Faroe Islands

Thu, 29 May 2014 09:52:49 +0000

This week, we talk to three people from Uruguay who traveled to the Faroes to make an ad for a South American credit card. They'd heard of a Faroese man named Ivan who is a mad supporter of Uruguay's national football team and decided to feature him in their ad.

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EP 215: Airport, 2014!

Thu, 22 May 2014 09:34:46 +0000

This week, we talk to a former CEO of Vagar Airport, the only airport in the Faroe Islands.

We'll talk about the challenges of operating an airport in the Faroes, and about the change that is coming to the facility.

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EP 214: Orkney 2014

Thu, 15 May 2014 07:22:42 +0000

About once a year, we like to check in with the neighbors, namely Shetland and Orkney. The island groups are the closest neighbors to the Faroes, and they share a lot of history. So we talk to Tom Ordeman about his experiences in Orkney and how that culture compares to the Faroe Islands.

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EP 213: Brynjolfur and Faroese Electronic Music

Thu, 08 May 2014 21:25:42 +0000

This week, we talk to Faroese musician/producer/DJ Brynjolfur. He's been a fixture in the Copenhagen electronic music scene for several years, but the past few months have seen his career really take off. We'll talk about his newfound success, being Faroese in Copehnagen, and the early days of the Faroese music scene in the late 1990s.

Then we'll watch a family play on a chilly beach.

Also an update on our Kickstarter campaign.

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EP 212: The Kickstarter Singalong!

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:15:52 +0000

This week, we launch our second annual Kickstarter campaign. We're raising money to return to the Faroes to record more episodes of our award-winning podcast. If you like what you've heard over these past 200 shows or so, please head over to our Kickstarter page and show us a little love.


And because we're still about having fun, we'll play a rowdy singalong from last summer's G! Festival.

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EP 211: Johan Í Kollafirði and Famara

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:03:40 +0000

This week, we search for an abandoned city called Famara and talk to the man who started living there. We'll hear about his utopian vision for Famara, and the Faroese government's attempts to remove him from the land. 

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EP 210: G! Festival 2013, Day 3

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:05:59 +0000

This week, we remember the final day of the 2013 G! Festival. We'll hear music from Hogni, Lover Lover, and a Faroese supergroup wearing gold lame suits. We'll also hear what is perhaps the silliest interview ever recorded with Teitir. It's all part of one of our most epically long podcast.


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EP 209: G! Festival 2013, Day 2

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:33:24 +0000

This week, we check out some of the action on day two of the G! Festival. We talk to people in hot tubs, row out to a boat reserved for VIPs and then settle in for some great music from Teitur, Eivor, and Brynjolfur.

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