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Friday, May 3, 2019

Podcast 310: Closed for Maintenance

Credit: Visit Faroe Islands

This week, we talk about why some of the Faroe Islands' biggest tourist attractions were closed last weekend, and why 100 volunteers thought the best way to spend a vacation was to do free manual labor. We'll also talk about the threat of overtourism and how the Faroes is trying to balance tourism with preservation.

Then we visit a tiny village that nobody ever visits.

If you're interested in volunteering for next year's Closed for Maintenance weekend, you can get more information here.

As always, you can listen pretty much anywhere that quality podcasts are given away for free, or on the media player at the bottom of this post, or you can download the show directly here.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Podcast 307: Happy Birthday, Elin

Photo Credit: Kai Bergmann, Pi Performance Photography
This week, we sample the sounds from Elin Brimheim Heinesen's 60th birthday party. It was a wonderful night where everyone was asked to bring a dish to pass, or a song. A lot of people brought songs. We'll listen to the music, sing a little ourselves, and then dance until dawn... literally. The show is basically a love note to a woman who is a dear friend, and a champion of the podcast back in the days when we only had one episode and even fewer listeners.

Lots of links for this show. If you want to buy Elin's latest album, you can find it at the Tutl store and on iTunes.

If you'd like to see a great photo album from the night, you can find that here.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Smart Radio, Spotify, Google Play, or any place where quality podcasts are given away for free You can also download the show directly here or listen on the media player at the bottom of this post.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Podcast 306: Overtourism?

This week, we talk about tourism in the Faroe Islands, and the threat of overtourism in this small country keenly aware of the path Iceland took more than a decade ago. We'll drive to Saksun, which is a favorite of tourists, and talk about the changes this small village has seen over the past ten years. Then we'll give a short tutorial on how to drive on the Faroe Islands' notoriously narrow rural roads.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, and anywhere quality podcasts are found, and probably a few places where substandard podcasts are found as well. You can also listen on the media player at the bottom of this post or download the show directly here.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Podcast 305: From Soccer to Football, Darius Lewis Heads to the Faroes




On this week's show, we talk to Darius Lewis. He's a striker who played for the Philadelphia Union's academy team. But now he's done with being a soccer player and has moved on to playing football in the Faroe Islands. Turns out, that's not a huge adjustment because soccer in the USA and football in the Faroe Islands are the same sport.

But aside from that, there are other adjustments that are in store. We'll talk to Lewis about what brought him from Florida to signing a contract with KI Klaksvik.

Then we'll head underground and under the ocean to check on the progress of the subsea tunnel that will connect the greater Torshavn area with Runavik.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Smart Radio, Spotify, Google Play, and anywhere quality podcasts are given away for free. You can also hear the show on the media player in this post, or you can download the show directly here.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Podcast 304: In The Jailhouse Now

On this podcast, we tour the only prison in the Faroe Islands and find it differs greatly from prisons in the United States and elsewhere. We also talk about the Scandinavian theory of incarceration and how it is derived from restorative justice practices from (wait for it) Native Americans. This show is a fascinating look at the Faroes from an angle we don't usually see.

You can listen on Apple Podcasts, on our media player in this post, and just about anywhere you find podcasts, You can also download the show directly here.

If you want to hear the raw audio from our tour of the prison, you can get that here.

Finally, if you're interested in reserving a copy of the book Matthew has written, you can do that here. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Podcast 303: Filming the Faroes




On this week's podcast, we talk to Michael Raimondo, he's the director at Green Renaissance, a production company based in South Africa. Green Renaissance is in the process of producing a series of short films about people in the Faroe Islands and the first four are already out. The first is embedded at the top of this post, the other three can be found here, here, and here.

We talk to Michael about how he and his team became interested in the Faroe Islands and how he met the people featured in the films.

Then we travel to the northernmost village in the Faroes and wait for a fleeting moment of beauty.

During out interview, Michael makes reference to a blog called My Faroe Islands. You can find that blog here.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher Smart Radio, Spotify, the media player at the bottom of this post, and pretty much anywhere quality podcasts are given away for free. You can also download the show directly here.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Podcast 302: Faroese Olympic Dreams


On this week's podcast, we talk to Jon Hestoy about the Faroese campaign for recognition by the International Olympic Committee. While Faroese athletes can compete in scores of international competitions under their own flag, including World Cup qualifying football (soccer) matches sanctioned by FIFA, they can't compete in the Olympics. Hestoy is leading the drive to change that. We'll talk about the challenges involved with being a small nation trying to influence a large sportocracy .

After that, we'll go to Klaksvik and listen to the wind whistle through a chain-link fence.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher Smart Radio, Spotify, and really anywhere you get your podcasts. You can also listen on the media player at the bottom on this post, or you can download the show directly here.