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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Podcast 245: Eclipse Recap, Part 2



On this week's show, we wrap up our coverage of the 2015 solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands. We'll catch up with Kate Russo. She's an eclipse chaser who spent the past month in the Faroe Islands helping the tourism board and others prepare for the eclipse.

Now Kate's home in Northern Ireland, but her thoughts still turn to the Faroe Islands. We'll talk to her about eclipse day, and what things have been like since.

Then we'll visit a village that gets a lot of traffic (by Faroese standards, anyway) but not much tourist love. Also, we'll check out the Podcast Awards and see who won this year's competition.

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.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Podcast 245: The Island and the Whales



This week, we talk to filmmaker Mike Day about the documentary he's been shooting in the Faroe Islands for the past 4 years. The film is about the traditions and controversy surrounding Faroese whaling. Unlike much work on the subject, "The Island and the Whale" avoids sensationalism and instead portrays a nuanced picture of a complicated subject.

We'll talk to Mike about what it was like to shoot this film, and the challenges he faced along the way.

The film is currently in post-production and Mike has a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money to complete the film. You can support his efforts by visiting his Kickstarter page and donating before April 17th.

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

Friday, March 20, 2015

Eclipse Time Is Here!

Eclipse coverage from the Faroese state broadcaster has begun. You can watch all the action right here:



Also, there's an English language webcast covering the eclipse as well. You can see it here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Podcast 243: Faroese Music Awards, 2015

This week, we talk to one of the organizers of the Faroese Music Awards. The second annual event honored more than a dozen Faroese artists, and showcased 15 Faroese bands during the three-hour show. Rolant Waag Dam tells us how the show came to be, who the big winners were, and what's next for the fledgling awards show.

Then we'll head to the southern tip of Eysturoy and sit on a bench (pictured, above) that may or may not also be some sort of musical instrument.

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.

And, of course, the eclipse is almost upon us. If you're not lucky to be in the Faroe Islands for it, you can watch it online in many places. The BBC will have a webcam covering the eclipse. The Faroese national broadcaster will also have full coverage that will stream online. Check back later for the link to that broadcast.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Podcast 241: Ghetto Foroyar

This week, we head to the Faroese ghetto in Copenhagen. While the student housing complex the Danish capitol doesn't really fit how we use the term "ghetto" today, it is home to a large number of Faroese students, making it one of the largest groups of Faroese people outside of Torshavn.

Our charming tour guide, Suni Joensen (pictured, above) will take us through a series of rather charmless buildings (also pictured above) where he and other Faroese students live.

You can listen to the show 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, we've been nominated for a Podcast Award. Winners are determined by popular vote, so please go to the Podcast Awards website and vote for us in the "Travel" category. You can vote for us once a day for the duration of the voting period, so vote early and often for the Faroe Islands Podcast. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Podcast 240: Solar Eclipse, 1954 Style

An image of the 1954 eclipse.
One month from today, the Faroe Islands will host people from around the world who want to see the total solar eclipse that will be visible from the islands. Many people say an eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event, but this week, we talk to three Faroese women who remember an earlier eclipse on the islands in 1954.

All three women live in America now, but they have vivid memories of the summer day more than 60 years ago when the sky went dark. (Spoiler alert: chickens do NOT like this.) We'll talk to the women about those memories and ask what advice they have for people viewing the 1954 eclipse.

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

Also, despite reporting to the contrary, there are still places to stay in the Faroes during the eclipse. If you think you can swing a last minute eclipse-watching trip to the Faroe Islands, check out the special page Visit Faroe Islands has created for the eclipse, and the webpage for 62N.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Podcast 239: Skuvoy Part 2, Angry Birds.

This week, we head out into the outfields of Skuvoy and look for skua chicks. Spoiler alert: we find some, and their parents are none too happy about it. We'll also learn more about the birds and why studying them can give clues about pollution in the environment.

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