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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Podcast 201: Faroese, Anti-Whaling, Part 1

This week, we talk to Runi Nielsen. He's a Faroese conservationist and a leading voice against Faroese whaling. In part one of our interview, Nielsen makes the case against Faroese whaling and the long term effect of "Whale Wars, Viking Shores" on the debate in the Faroe Islands (hint: none).

While we recorded this interview last July, we released it this week in response to the old "Denmark is a Big Shame" email going viral over the weekend. The post is so full of inaccuracies that we're not going to get into it here. But if you would like to read some rebuttal and fact-checking from Russel Fielding, an academic who has been a guest on our show, you can find it here. The Huffington Post also has an opinion piece offering a different perspective on the whole "Big Shame" post.

Also on this week's show, we listen to some music from the first five acts announced for this year's G! Festival. And we listen to the sound of fireworks in Torshavn on New Year's Eve (see video above).

And if you're interested in seeing all five of those bands this summer, you can sign up for the tour we're leading of the Faroe Islands this summer. Just go to Nordic Obsession Tours to learn more and reserve your spot. Remember, space is limited to 8 people and we've already had our first couple of sign ups.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Podcast 200: Happy Birthday to Us!

Us, in 2009.
This week, we mark our 5th birthday, and the 200th episode of the podcast. So we're pulling out all the stops with an extra-long double episode. We'll revisit some of our favorite moments from the last 100 shows, and look forward to our next set of adventures.

We'll explore the origin story of the podcast, which actually starts with this post about British sailors being taken hostage in Iran. We'll also take in highlights of our show where I just wander the streets of Torshavn in the morning, our show where Heri does a comedy routine, and our accidentally great coverage of 2012's historic Faroe Pride rally.

We also talk to a Danish man who is on a quest to visit every country in the world. We caught up with him as he passed through the Faroe Islands, and you can keep up with his journeys by following him on Facebook, Twitter and on his blog.

And finally, we'll unveil our new adventure, Nordic Obsession Tours. We'll be leading a tour of the Faroe Islands this coming July. You can get all the details on the Nordic Obsession website, and you can keep updated by  following Nordic Obsession on Facebook.

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