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Monday, June 23, 2014

Podcast 218: Pete Bethune and the Faroe Islands

This week, an interview with conservationist and animal rights activist Pete Bethune. A few years ago, Bethune hatched a plan to bring hundreds of volunteers to the Faroe Islands to monitor the beaches and intervene in the event of a whale hunt.

Now that another group has actually executed this plan, we talk to Bethune about why he abandoned the idea and why he thinks it would have been counter-productive to the cause of anti-whaling in the Faroe Islands. Bethune also talks about how he fell in love with the Faroese people and culture while still maintaining his steadfast opposition to the Faroese whale hunts.

If you've been hearing a lot of news reports from the Faroe Islands lately and you don't quite know what to make of it, this special edition of the podcast is for you.

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_218.mp3

Monday, June 16, 2014

Podcast 217: Faroe Beer

This week, we'll talk to the brewmaster for Faroe Beer (Föroya Bjór). They've been around since 1888, and most alcohol sales have been illegal during a substantial portion of their history. But they've hung on and the laws in the Faroes have loosened up and they can finally brew their signature beverage again.

We'll hear about the fun and the struggles of making beer in a country with a complicated history with alcohol, then we'll stare at a glass of beer we weren't really able to drink.

As always, you can listen on our media player, on iTunes, and on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_217.mp3

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Podcast 216: Faroe Islands Meets Uruguay



This week, we talk to the film crew from Uruguay who traveled to the Faroes to produce this commercial. It features a Faroese man who may be the ultimate fan of the Uruguayan national football team who isn't actually from Uruguay.

Our good friend Heri Simonsen caught up with the producers who found Ivan Eginsson Eysturland on Facebook, and decided he should be the face of the World Cup-themed ad campaign for a South American credit card.

You can listen to those interviews on our media player at the top of the page, on iTunes, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_216.mp3

The ad at the top of this post is just one in a series OCA is producing. One even features our very own Heri Simonsen. That spot hasn't been released yet, but when it is, we'll post a link to it right here. Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Podcast 215: Airport, 2014



This week, we talk to the former CFO of Vagar Airport about the changes coming to the only airport in the Faroe Islands. And we'll take one last stroll through the old, cramped terminal before it ends up (literally) on the scrap heap.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on the media player at the top of the page, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. Or you can download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_215.mp3

Above is a video presentation about the new airport that we reference during the podcast.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Podcast 214: Checking In With The Neighbors, Orkney 2014

About once a year, we like to check in with the neighbors, specifically Shetland and Orkney. The two island groups are the Faroe Islands' closest neighbors, and they share a lot of history with the Faroes.

This week, we talk to Tom Ordeman about his relationship with Orkney, and the similarities between Orkney and the Faroes. If you want to read more about Tom's travels on the islands, you can find more on his blog.

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_214.mp3

And watch out, because we've got BONUS MATERIAL. This week's show is pretty long, so we didn't have time for all the fun stuff in our interview. But here are two more fun bits. The first is about a comic strip that is essential to unlocking the secrets of Orkadian culture, and the other is about a sporting event called the Kirkwall Ba, which is something between a rugby match played between teams of a few hundred people, and a street riot in slow motion. You can listen to the bonus stories here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Podcast 213: Brynjolfur and Faroese Electronic Music

This week, we talk to Faroese musician/producer/DJ Brynjolfur. He's been prominent in the Copenhagen electronic music scene for some time, but his career has really taken off in the past year with tours of Europe, an upcoming set at Roskilde, a mention in Mixmag, and notice from the tastemakers at KCRW.

We'll talk about the early days of the electronic music scene in the Faroe Islands, and his transition to living in Denmark.

Then we'll head out to the beach on a cold, cloudy day and (surprisingly) find people playing in the water.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on our media player at the top of the page, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. Or you can download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_213.mp3

EXTRAS;

Don't forget our Kickstarter campaign. We're trying to raise $2,000 by May 21st, and we don't be able to do it without your help. We'll use the money to finance our next reporting trip to the Faroes and upgrade our aging sound equipment.

Check out Brynjolfur's Soundcloud page. It's got both the songs we played on our podcast, plus original material, remixes, and mixtapes.

And finally, here's the music video to Brynjolfur's single, "I Love You." Enjoy.

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: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_212.mp3