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Friday, May 20, 2016

Episode 262: Love Wins

Eiler Fagraklett Outside the Law Thing, April 29, 2016
On April 29th, the Faroese parliament legalized same sex unions, making the Faroe Islands the final Nordic country to do so.

On this week's podcast, we talk to Eiler Fagraklett, the leader of LGBT Foroyar and one of the people who helped push for this change to Faroese law. We'll talk about the recent history of gay rights in the Faroes, the celebrations that took place in Torshavn after the law passed, and what's next for Eiler an the organization he heads.

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Faroe Pride: History Made.

On Friday morning, the Law Thing voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the Faroe Islands. This historic vote was a long time coming, and in honor of that we're reposting one of our favorite episodes of the podcast.

In 2012, LGBT Foroyar organized a Pride march that seemed quite ambitious at the time. They wanted to get 1,000 people to march for gay rights in a country that only has a total population of around 49,000.

Previous marches were much smaller affairs. One person described them as, "A few dozen people shuffling down the sidewalk staring at their shoes." With that in mind, 1,000 people seemed like a lot to ask for, and if you talked to organizers off mic, they'd say that they'd be pleased if 500 people marched.

On the day of the march, 5,000 people showed up. There was a feeling that history was being made.

As luck would have it, we got an excellent recording of what happened at the march and the surprise of participants and journalists alike at the large turnout.

Take a listen and relive that moment Turns out, it's even more fun to listen to when you know how the story ends.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Podcast 261:Stora Dimun, Part 1

Photo credit: Johannes Johannesen
On this week's show, we visit Stora Dimun. This small island is home to just two families and most Faroese people have never been here.

We'll ride a helicopter across some spectacular scenery before taking a hike down to the shore and putting away some waffles and bacon.

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

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Podcast 260: The Immigrant Experience, Kinga

This week, we talk to Kinga Eysturland. She's from Poland, speaks perfect American English and is married to a Russian man obsessed with Uruguay who is a Faroese citizen. While Kinga certainly is a citizen of the world, we asked her what it's like to be a foreigner in a small, close-knit society.

Then we visit a living room in Gota to hear Eivor (pictured above) perform.

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

Kinga Eysturland runs a guesthouse in Klaksvik, and it's a great location to stay. You can learn more at the guesthouse website.

Also, time is running out to sign up for this summer's Nordic Obsession Tour to the Faroe Islands. The final deadline is Monday, April 4th. Learn more and reserve your spot at the Nordic Obsession website.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Podcast 259: G! Festival 2015, Saturday, Campground Invasion

This week, we wrap up our coverage of the 2015 G! Festival. On the last day of the fest, we finally take our first timid steps onto the campground. Will our intrepid survive the squalor around him? (Hint: yes.)

Then we'll hear a little music from Teitur and Eivor before going on an early morning ramble about the future of the festival.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, the media player at the top of this blog, or you can download the show directly here.

The G! Festival has already started announcing acts for the 2016 festival, and it's already shaping up to be a great time. Check out the lineup here.

Also, time is running out to sign up for our Nordic Obsession Tour to the Faroe Islands. We'll be touring the Faroes from July 5th to the 13th in what promises to be the trip of a lifetime. Learn more and reserve your spot at the Nordic Obsession website.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Podcast 258: Chris Ould and The Blood Strand

Photo by: Selfie
This week, we talk to Chris Ould. He's the author of The Blood Strand, a crime novel set in the Faroe Islands. We'll talk about why this Englishman set his story in the Faroes, and what it was like to imagine a crime in a place with almost no crime.

Then we'll walk to a corner of the Faroes that is... in the opinion of this program... the most beautiful place on the planet.

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

Also, time is running out to sign up for the 2016 Nordic Obsession Tour. We'll be touring the Faroes From July 5th until the 13th. To learn more, head on over to the Nordic Obsession website.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Podcast 257: G! Festival 2015, Day 2

Friday Beach Flooding in Gota
This week, we brave the elements on day 2 of the 2015 G! Festival. We'll hear music from Marius, Monkey Rat and the Hackney Colliery Band. We'll also have a conversation with Faroese bluesman Uni Debess.

And we'll dodge the floodwaters as they threaten the Playground Stage.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on our media player at the top of the page, or on Stitcher Smart Radio.

You can also download the show directly here.

Also, there's limited registration for this summer's Nordic Obsession tour. Sign up before the end of March to join us on the ultimate tour of the Faroe Islands. More details can be found on the Nordic Obsession website.