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Monday, January 26, 2015

Podcast 238: Skuvoy, Part 1



This week, we travel to the islands of Skuvoy. It's not the easiest island to get to, so it's often neglected by tourists. But we're getting a special look at the place from a field biologist who studies birds on Skuvoy.

We'll take a choppy boat ride (see video above) before heading into the village and preparing for adventures in the outfield.

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.

Reminder: There's still room on this July's Nordic Obsession Tour to the Faroe Islands. To learn more, head on over to the tour's website.

Also: We're throwing our hat into the ring for this year's Podcast Awards. Please go to the Podcast Awards website and nominate the Faroe Islands Podcast under the "Travel" category. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Podcast 237: Faroe Pride, 2014

This week, we look back at Faroe Pride, 2014. It was just two years earlier that more than 10% of the Faroese population took to the streets of Torshavn in support of LGBT rights. It was a historic event that changed the way people viewed LGBT issues in the Faroe Islands.

Two years on, the crowds are somewhat bigger, but has the event become... routine? And if it has, is that really a bad thing?

We'll hear sound recorded at last summer's march and talk to LGBT Foryar leader Eiler Fagraklett about what it's all supposed to mean.

As always, you can listen on our media player at the top of the page, on iTunes, on Stitcher Smart Radio, and really anywhere quality podcasts can be found.

You can also download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_237.mp3

On this episode, we talk about a series of photos taken at the march, you can see those pictures here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Podcast 236: Faroe House, Copenhagen

On this week's show, we visit the Faroe House in Copenhagen. The house is set up to meet the needs of the thousands of Faroese people who live in Denmark's capital. The house has a bar, a performance space, and room for schools, social workers, health providers, clubs, and even a baptist church.

We'll talk to the director of the Faroe House, and afterwards, we'll travel over to Torshavn and listen to the sound of a mechanical billboard in an attempt to gauge the Faroese economy.

As always you can 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:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_236.mp3

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Podcast 233: Diary of a Middle-Aged Hitchhiker

The Faroe Islands is a place where hitchhiking is both safe, legal, and socially acceptable. So why not give it a whirl? This week, we stick our thumb out and ride with strangers from Torshavn to Gota. We'll meet some new friends on the way, and do a lot more walking than we had expected.

But happiness is a journey, not a destination, right?

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on the media player at the top of the page, and on Stitcher Smart Radio. Or you can download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_233.mp3

Friday, November 21, 2014

Podcast 232: FAROE ISLANDS BEATS GREECE!!!



This week, a brief discussion of the Faroe Islands' historic victory over Greece in their Euro 2016 qualifier match. According to an article in the Guardian, the 1-0 win may count as the biggest upset in international football (soccer) history, at least in the history of the FIFA rankings.

Enjoy the show,and if you need to be cheered up, to watch the embedded video above. It's very fun.

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:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_232.mp3

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Podcast 230: G! Festival 2014, Day 3, The Singalong

Ave performing at the G! Festival
This week, a report from day 3 of the G! Festival.

We'll hear music from Ave, Marius, and the world's best cover band, Confect.

The final day of the festival was filled with a lot of great music and the threat of flooding. Festival organizers had to evacuate the performance area at the beach after high waves and high tide threatened to overwhelm the venue.

But adjustments were made and the music continued until the early, early hours of the morning. It was all par for the course at the coolest music festival in the world.

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:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_230.mp3

If you're interested in seeing next year's G! Festival, you can join us for next year's Nordic Obsession Tour. We'll be touring the Faroes, and you'll have the option to stick around for the G! Festival if you want. Early registration is open now.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Podcast 229: Manor

This week, we talk about "Manor." It's a short story written 130 years ago and set in the Faroe Islands. The author, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, was German and never traveled to the Faroes, but his story was rediscovered by two of our favorite Faroese people (Birgir Kruse and Eiler Fagraklett, to be exact) and translated into Faroese for the first time.

We'll visit the release event for the book, talk about the gay themes in the book, and learn more about "Manor's" author, who is considered by many to be the world's first gay rights activist.

As always, you can 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:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_229.mp3

While the Faroese translation of "Manor" is new, an English translation has been around for many years. You can read the English translation of "Manor" here.