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Friday, June 23, 2017

Podcast 280: Football and Marius

This week, our good friend Heri Simonsen talks to Maurice Ross. Ross is a Scottish football (soccer) manager who is coaching the united Suduroy team, which merges three clubs on the southern island. While the three teams individually haven't had much success in the upper division of Faroese football, the merged team currently sits at fourth place in the EFFO league.

Then we'll hear some music from one of our favorite artists: Marius. He'll play "Shades", then we'll listen for a curious applause pattern common in the Faroe Islands.

As always, you can listen on Apple Podcasts, on the media player on our page, on on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Podcast 279: Maggie's on Nolsoy

This week, we travel back to Nolsoy to visit a cafe that has turned the small island of Nolsoy into a music destination.

Maggie's is actually located in the basement of a house on the island, and would seem like an unlikely place for a music venue. But, like so many other things on the Faroe Islands, it works brilliantly anyway.

We'll talk to the bar's owner and listen to some music and basically have a lot of fun.

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

If you're interested in seeing the top-notch music lineup for this summer, you can see it here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Podcast 278: The Gay Whale Podcast

We've been doing this show for more than 8 years, and one thing we've learned is that the most popular podcasts are either about whales or gay rights. (Polish authors falsely claiming to be Faroese also do well, but that's another story.) So for years, the goal has been to do a podcast about gay whales because it would, we assume, produce amazing download numbers. This week, we find out if that's true.

On this episode, we talk to Eiler Fagraklett, the head of LGBT Foroyar about a children's book that features a whale that is... well... probably gay. We can't say for sure but, you know, probably. We'll read from the book and then talk briefly bout the state of LGBT rights in the Faroe Islands.

After that, we'll visit the newest tunnel in the Faroe Islands and see if its haunted. (Hint: it's not)

As always you can listen on our media player, on Apple Podcasts, and on Stitcher Smart Radio. Or you can download the show directly here.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Podcast 277: Road to the World Cup (Sort Of)




On this week's show, we attend a World Cup soccer (or football, if you're not American) match in Torshavn, The Faroe Islands took on Hungary in a surprisingly competitive match. We meet up with Skansin, the supporter's group for the national team, and march to the stadium before watching the match on a windy September evening.

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Podcast 276: Hitching to the Match


On this week's podcast, we thumb a ride to a World Cup qualifying football (soccer) match in Torshavn after unsuccessfully trying to take the bus to the stadium. The whole thing ends up with two grown men eating ice cream in the rain.

We also talk a bit about the recent international success various Faroese national teams have been having in recent months, including a stunning victory by the U17 football team (see video above).

As always, you can listen on our media player, on iTunes, or on Sticher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Podcast 274: Ove Logmansbo, Revealed!

Heri Simonsen (left) interviews "Ove Logmansbo"
Last November, we discussed the curious case of Ove Logmansbo. He claimed to be a half-Polish, half-Faroese author who set a trio of crime novels in his "native" Faroe Islands. The books, written in Polish, contained some serious factual errors that suggested Ove wasn't who he said he was and that he may not have ever been to the Faroes.
This week, it was revealed that Ove Logmansbo is actually Remigiusz Mroz, a famous Polish author who has written 30 books. And yes, he had never been to the Faroes before writing his three Ove Logmansbo books. But he made his first trip to the Faroe Islands this week, and it did not go as planned.
On our show, Heri Simonsen confronts Remi (in a polite Faroese way) about the inaccuracies in his books and the errors in how he portrayed the Faroe Islands and Faroese people. Then Heri and Matthew Workman talk about Remi's answers and the limits of fiction set in a real place.
We end with original music from Bryn Lidel. He's a musician from Portland, Oregon who wrote a song inspired by the Faroes.
As always, you can listen on iTunes, on our media player or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Podcast 272: The State of Tourism 2016-2017


Visit Faroe Islands winter film from Visit Faroe Islands on Vimeo.

From the very start, we've been interested in tourism in the Faroe Islands. In fact one of our first guests on the show was the head of the organization now known as Visit Faroe Islands. And every couple of years, we like to check in with the head of VFI to see how things are going. Unlike in previous years, tourism officials aren't thinking as much about how to bring lots of people to the Faroes so much as how to accommodate the ones that are coming in record numbers. And some are even asking a question that would have seemed unthinkable when this show started eight years ago: how much tourism is too much?

We'll discuss those questions with Guðrið Højgaard, the head of Visit Faroe Islands about the increased tourism volume, and the Sheep View campaign that made headlines around the world.

We'll also talk about the Faroe Islands U21 Handball Team's qualifying for the world championships this summer. If you want to see the winning, match, it's here.

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