About the Show
Chris A. has recently immigrated (or *brexited) from the UK to Norway and finds herself in the process of acquiring a new language and culture. Knut M. is a native Norwegian who never has a good answer to the question "where're you from"? In this podcast they investigate all the minor differences that may bring their worlds closer together.
Episode 43: Everything's (Not) Fucked
February 12th, 2018
1 hr 7 mins
det norske teatret, mesmerism, sandwiches, things that are fucked, trolldom, whales
Chris has inadvertently stumbled on a ground truth about the difference between the UK and Norway, and it's making her uncomfortable.
Episode 42: Rolling Your Eyes While Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
February 11th, 2018
1 hr 10 mins
big history, cultural ignorance, germs, guns, history, japan, jesus, slingshots, steel
Knut and Chris welcome 2018 — and technically their third consecutive calendar year of recording Small Differences — by discussing Big History, Vikings, and Jesus.
Episode 41: Internal Class Struggle
December 31st, 2017
1 hr 3 mins
anniversaries, bankid, dugnadsvarer, easter eggs, german numbers stations, loo roll
To celebrate a year of co-hosting, Knut and Chris discuss what it was like to grow up alongside people with more money, and one seminally Norwegian solution for evening out financial inequality. Chris also celebrates making Knut uncomfortable for the second episode in a row. Skype is a 🍆.
Episode 40: How Do You Make A Scottish Cringe?
December 24th, 2017
57 mins 41 secs
chips, crisps, inferiority complexes, inferiority complices, potatoes generally, tarmac, teabags, whisky
Knut and Chris discuss chips on shoulders, and what it's like to have a crushing sense of inferiority while simultaneously feeling superior. The official Small Differences drink is invented, and Knut considers whether to use the small or large fake.
Episode 39: Denmark 2.0
December 19th, 2017
58 mins 4 secs
chatbots, football, mayonnaise, norwegian guy, piggsko, satnav
It's Chris's turn to visit Copenhagen, this time as a pseudo-Norwegian. Notes on football, mayonnaise, and the behaviour of Norwegians and the English abroad is compared. Knut hires a chatbot; Chris does culture.
Episode 38: A Byproduct of Mastery
December 3rd, 2017
55 mins 34 secs
abysses, language, learning, mastery, mindfulness, tractors
Knut and Chris discuss why learning a new language doesn't get any easier, and the costs of pursuing mastery. Knut also gives an important tractor update.
Episode 37: A Crack in the Facade
November 20th, 2017
49 mins 11 secs
#meetoo, cultural appropriation, delorean, dystopian dinners, hangovers, sexism, the 80s, the 90s, time machines
A slightly-the-worse-for-wear Knut and Chris record from Webdagene 2017. Discussed this week are retro sexism, cultural appropriation, and whether Norway is less ‘woke’ than expected. Knut’s Gruberesque pauses are left in, mostly just to troll listener Even.
Episode 36: That's Fine For Chris
October 27th, 2017
1 hr 7 mins
disadvantage, peace, privilege, remarkable, sugar, tablet
Knut and Chris discuss Norwegian privilege in the world, and how Norway treats its own disadvantaged people. Knut attempts Scottish candy.
Episode 35: Reds!
September 29th, 2017
1 hr 11 mins
communism, ferries, maps, photoshop, rfid, sms, the economy, wallets
Knut and Chris discuss the recent parliamentary election in Norway, tinfoil hat products, and the Labour Party's secret plan to improve Norway's landscape.
Episode 34: Box Intolerance
September 18th, 2017
1 hr 2 mins
balconies, besseggen, bidding, cake, happy birthday, hugging, tiles
Chris relates adventures in apartment-bidding; Knut considers modding his bike. Some of Norway's many hundred Norwegian birthday songs are recommended. Bonus topics: hugging at work, tile paint, and dumping your landlord.
Episode 33: What Do You Call The Outside of a House?
September 10th, 2017
1 hr 23 mins
ants, buried money, houses, knock knock jokes, tooth meat, vultures
Knut restarts his doctoral thesis; Chris contemplates buying a house. Knut tells jokes.
Episode 32: Catalyser of FOMO
August 30th, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
Episode 31: It Tastes Foreign
August 22nd, 2017
1 hr 27 mins
caramac, gluten, irn bru, kitkat, kvikk lunsj, post office, salt, sunset yellow
Chris surprises Knut with a package of traditional British foods. Knut tries everything - even the Marmite. And the question is finally settled: which is better, KitKat or Kvikk Lunsj? Bonus topic: Norwegian vs. UK supermarkets.
Episode 30: Norwegian Boat People
August 9th, 2017
1 hr 14 mins
brunost, harrytur, jotunheim, matpakke, puffins, sailing, sea kayaking, shetland
Knut and Chris are back from their summer holidays: Chris's holiday was (largely) Norwegian; Knut's was (partly) Scottish. We take this podcasting thing seriously, folks.
Episode 29: Turning Off The Slack Jailitor
July 11th, 2017
1 hr 30 mins
banknotes, books, divas, emoji, paint rollers, reading, shetland, slack, summer
As Knut and Chris brace themselves for an implausibly long summer holiday, Knut conducts a crucial A/B test, Chris laments how nobody fixes anything anymore, and holiday plans — and reading — are discussed. Knut proposes a novel way of sending listener feedback.