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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Podcast 212: The Kickstarter Singalong!

This week, we launch our second annual Kickstarter campaign. We're raising funds so we can return to the Faroe Islands and record more episodes of our award-winning podcast. We are the only show in the world that covers the Faroe Islands in English. If you like you what you hear, please show us some support, and we'll go back to making more episodes of the show you love.

And we've got singing on this week's show. We've got more audio from the singalong portion of last summer's G! Festival. And as a special bonus to you, our blog readers, we've got some video from that event, too.

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kickstarter is Live

Our Kickstarter campaign is live. Go on over to our Kickstarter page and check it out. And you can watch this video of me looking very tired and explaining the goals of this year's campaign. We got overwhelming support from our listeners last year, and we hope to see similar success again this year. Thanks in advance to everyone who listens and supports our show.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Coming Soon: Kickstarter

Just as a heads up: We'll be launching this year's Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday. Check back here then for more information on how you an help support this podcast.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Podcast 211: Johan Í Kollafirði and Famara

This week, we talk to  Johan Í Kollafirði. He's a Faroese actor, radio host, and farmer and a celebrity in a country that typically doesn't allow celebrities. Johan spent several hears homesteading (or squatting, if you take a different view) in an abandoned farm called Famara. It was the start of a plan to create a place that was a unique mix of Utopian retreat, artist's colony, and maybe even halfway house.

We start the show by driving down a treacherous road searching for Famara and Johan. Once we catch up with Johan (spoiler alert: he wasn't at Famara), we learn of the years-long project to restore the abandoned farm, and the Faroese government's attempts to evict him.

We spoke with Johan just as the eviction battle was heating up and making front-page headlines throughout the Faroes. So, we'll end with an update on what happened 10 months later. It's a tale that is at turns funny and heartbreaking.

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

And we've got some bonus material as well this week. First, here's another picture of Johan that we liked...

Also, here's a video Johan made of his early days at Famara:

 And finally, here's what Famara looks like now.
Credit: Solborg Bordoy
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Podcast 210: G! Festival 2013, Day 3: Here Comes The Sun

On this week's show, we review all the action from the final day of the 2013 G! Festival. The final Saturday of the festival was arguably the most beautiful in the 12 year history of the event. Daytime temperatures soared to nearly 80 degrees (F) and it was even possible to get a sunburn  amid all the festivities.

So on this unusually sun-drenched episode of the podcast, we hear music from Lover, Lover, Laid Back, Hogni, and the reunited Boys in a Band. Also, we've got what may be the silliest interview with Teitur you'll ever hear.

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 if you're interested in going to the G! Festival this summer, they're started announcing acts for the 2014 event, you can learn more at the G! Festival website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Podcast 209: G! Festival 2013, Day 2

On this week's show, we explore the festival grounds on the second day of the G! Festival. We talk to some people in a hot tub, sail out to a VIP boat, then return to the beach for a night of music from Teitur and Eivor and Faroese producer Brynjolfur.

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

And as a reminder, time is running out to sign up for our tour of the Faroe Islands this July. Registrations end this weekend. So check out the Nordic Obsession website and register while there's still time.