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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

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.