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Monday, January 30, 2017

Podcast 272: The State of Tourism 2016-2017


Visit Faroe Islands winter film from Visit Faroe Islands on Vimeo.

From the very start, we've been interested in tourism in the Faroe Islands. In fact one of our first guests on the show was the head of the organization now known as Visit Faroe Islands. And every couple of years, we like to check in with the head of VFI to see how things are going. Unlike in previous years, tourism officials aren't thinking as much about how to bring lots of people to the Faroes so much as how to accommodate the ones that are coming in record numbers. And some are even asking a question that would have seemed unthinkable when this show started eight years ago: how much tourism is too much?

We'll discuss those questions with Guðrið Højgaard, the head of Visit Faroe Islands about the increased tourism volume, and the Sheep View campaign that made headlines around the world.

We'll also talk about the Faroe Islands U21 Handball Team's qualifying for the world championships this summer. If you want to see the winning, match, it's here.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on Stitcher Smart Radio, or on our media player at the top of the page, Or you can download the show directly here

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Podcast 269: Music and Conversation with Jogvan

Photo Credit: Studio Bloch
This week, a special episode of the podcast. We've got a studio session and conversation with Jogvan. He's a Faroese singer who made it to the finals of Denmark's X-Factor in 2015. But Jogvan is a far cry from the type of pop singer you'd usually see on a televised singing competition. In fact, he's really not a pop singer at all. Instead, Jogvan is doing something more simple, more honest, and far more difficult.

On the show, he'll play two songs he's recording from his upcoming album, and talk about what drives him to create music. This is one of our very best shows. Enjoy.

(Bonus: If you listen carefully during the interview portion of the podcast, you can hear the new album from the doom metal band Hamferð being mixed.)

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on the media player at the top of the page, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. Or you can download the show directly here.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Podcast 267: The Curious Case of Ove Logmansbo.

This week, we learn about Ove Logmansbo, he's an author who has set a Polish-language crime novel in his native Faroe Islands. But the real mystery may be the author himself.

While Ove claims to be half-Polish and half-Faroese and to have spent much time in the Faroe Islands, details contained in the novel suggest these claims might not be true. We'll talk to Kinga Eysturland, who is from Poland, but also reads Faroese and speaks flawless English. She'll explain what details in Logmansbo's book raised red flags for her, and her unsuccessful attempts to contact the author.

Then we'll travel to Gota and visit a very nice soccer pitch.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on the media player at the top of this page, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. Or you can download the show directly here

Monday, October 17, 2016

Podcast 266: Metal, Whaling, and Phone Booths

This week, we talk to Tyr frontman Heri Joensen about his upcoming tour of Europe. The tour became a target for activists after Joensen posted a photo of him cutting meat off a slaughtered whale. Some called for boycotts and others called in anonymous death threats to venues where Tyr was scheduled to play. We talk to Joensen about the controversy and how he chose to react to it.

Then we'll take shelter at a bus stop that has a film noir quality to it.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on Stitcher Smart Radio, or on our media player at the top of the page. You can also download the show directly here..

Also, below is the video Heri made explaining Faroese whaling, the photo he posted, and the boycott against his band.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Podcast 265: Wind and Migration.


This week, we listen to the winds howling in the Faroe Islands, then we pay a brief visit to International Day in Klaksvik. We talk to a woman from Ukraine who has lived in the Faroes for 15 years. She'll share some of her experience and give advice for newcomers to the islands.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on Stitcher Smart radio, or you can download the show directly here.

On this week's show, we reference a video time lapse of a drive from the airport to Klaksvik. You can watch it here. Also there's a video from the inside of the plane as it landed.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Podcast 264: Mike Day and Heri Simonsen




This week, our good friend Heri Simonsen talks to Scottish filmmaker Mike Day about his new film, "The Islands and the Whales." The film had it's Faroe Islands premiere this week, and Heri caught up with Mike in advance of the first screening. They'll talk about the difficulties in making a documentary like this, and how Day hopes the film is received in the Faroes.

Then we'll hang out in a post office.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on Stitcher Smart Radio, or you can download the show directly here.

Also, we're headed back to the Faroes to record more episodes of the podcast. Please head on over to Go Fund Me and throw a couple of dollars into the tip jar. A little help from you can make it possible to make an entire year's worth of shows.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Podcast 263: Stora Dimun, Part 2

This week, part two of our journey to Stora Dimun. We'll tour a slaughterhouse, then hike to the top of a mountain. Finally, we'll talk to the woman who runs the show on this small island. Is she the queen of Stora Dimun? No. But she's not far from being that.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on Stitcher smart radio, or you can download the show directly here