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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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Podcast 228: Jennifer Henke

Jennifer Henke in the Faroe Islands, July 2014
This week, a tribute to Jennifer Henke. She was one of our first guests on this podcast back in 2009, and has appeared on the show many times since. In 2010, she wrote a book about her experiences in the Faroe Islands, and the search for her father's family.

This week's show features highlights from her appearances on this show, and some stories of our experiences with her as well.

As always, you can listen to the show in 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_228.mp3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Podcast 227: The Great (Whaling) Debate

Hans Hermansen (left) and Pete Bethune. Photo by: Heri Simonsen
This week, we bring you a debate between Hans Hermansen, a vocal proponent of Faroese whaling, and Pete Bethune, a conservationist and animal rights activist from New Zealand. The debate aired live on Ras 2 and is moderated by our own Heri Simonsen.

While the podcast maintains a resolutely neutral editorial stance on Faroese whaling, we encourage honest debate on the subject.

Heri set up this debate to give people on both sides of the issue to put forward their ideas in a forum less heated than, say, a street corner Q&A session. Both Hans and Pete were given the questions ahead of time, and people listening on Ras 2 could send in questions via text message.

You can listen to the debate on our media player at the top of the page, on iTunes, or on Stitcher Smart Radio. Or you can download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_227.mp3

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Podcast 226: G! Festival 2014, Day 2



This week, we sample the music from day two of this year's G! Festival. It includes an intimate performance by Eivor, an innovative set by avant-rockers ORKA, and the day ends with an excursion to steal food from the grandma of the most famous singers in the Faroe Islands.

As always, you can listen on our media player at the top of the page, on iTunes, and on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_226.mp3

In this week's show, we talk about the HOYMA festival the G! Festival people will be staging on November 1st. To learn more about that, you can check out the G! Festival website.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Podcast 225: Q&A With Sea Shepherd

This week, we're featuring a question and answer session with Sea Shepherd organizers who spent the summer in the Faroe Islands. The animal rights group had several volunteers stationed throughout the Faroes to monitor the beaches and try to prevent any whale hunts from happening.

Fourteen Sea Shepherd volunteers were arrested when one such hunt happened in August, and another three were arrested on animal cruelty charges a few weeks later. Other volunteers were arrested on DUI and drug charges and still others were implicated incidents including assault, vandalism, and petty theft.

Over time, many Faroese began to view Sea Shepherd volunteers as an army of occupation in their country.

So at the end of the summer, the leaders of the Sea Shepherd campaign participated in a question and answer session at the Democracy Festival in Runavik. There they faced often hostile questioning from their Faroese hosts.

Both sides mostly talked past each other during the session and it's safe to say both the Sea Shepherds and the Faroese left the session with their individual opinions intact. But we're offering up this audio so people who weren't there can hear both the Sea Shepherd's rationale for this summer's campaign, and how that campaign was received by the Faroese.

As always, you can listen on iTunes, on our media player at the top of the page, and on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_225.mp3

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Podcast 224: G! Festival, Day One

Malk de Kiojn. Photo by Regin Dalsgaard Courtesy: G! Festival
This week, part one of our annual coverage of the G! Festival. Thursday is the shortest day of the G! Festival, but they still packed a lot of good music in. We'll hear music from a groundbreaking Danish Hip Hop group, then talk to a Faroese singer who made a big impression at this year's festival.

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_224.mp3

Friday, August 22, 2014

EP 221: The Nordic Sound



On this week's podcast, we talk to Danish filmmakers Frederik Kyhn and Matias Tolstrup about their project "Out In The North: Finding the Nordic Sound." The project isn't complete yet, but the footage they've already released from the Faroes is pretty great. We'll link to all four videos here and we strongly urge you to heed the advice at the start of each video and put on some headphones. The sound and the video will really transport you to the Faroes. (Also, for English, press the "CC" button on the videos)

Kyhn and Tolstrup spent much of July filming Faroese musicians and talking to them about the creative process and how their homes are a part of that.

After that high-minded chat, we head out to some windmills and try not to get peed on by a stranger.

As always, you can listen on iTunes or our media player on on Stitcher Smart Radio. You can also download the show directly here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/faroepodcast/Podcast_221.mp3

Want more videos? Oh, we've got them. Here's ORKA:



And a lovely bit of music from Eivor:



And as if that's not enough, in this final video, you get to see music and conversation with the insanely talented Sakaris... and almost every tree in the Faroe Islands.




If you want more from Out in the North, you should "like" their Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter, and check out their other work on Vimeo.