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 15: Norwegians Are Superior
March 22nd, 2017
1 hr 8 mins
audiences, bum hooking, bunk beds, night train, nowhere, trolls
In which Chris travels around Norway a lot using as many different kinds of public transport as possible, and Knut and Norwegians everywhere preen as the latest figures are released showing that Norway is the best at yet another thing.
Episode 14: A Good Recipe For Wind
March 15th, 2017
1 hr 3 mins
Marmite, Xeno, empathy, kjerring, luksusproblem, rødgrød med fløde, sidemål, wet feet
This week Chris and Knut tackle carrot peeling (and end up putting instructional videos on YouTube), Marmite, a surprising twist on the British National Anthem, and what to do about that awkward last slice of cake. Chris ducks the opportunity to have a two-minute hate; Knut gets wet feet.
Episode 13: Glottal Free Bakery
March 9th, 2017
1 hr 22 mins
beans, coffee, damp, danish, danishes, ladies, lilyhammer, meat, snus, starbucks, steve van zandt, waldo
Knut explores Copenhagen the city; Chris deplores Copenhagen the tobacco product. Also discussed this week: meat, coffee, Scandinavian interoperability, Lilyhammer (not Lillehammer), and which of Norway's many uncanny valleys Chris might actually be from.
Episode 12: Too British To Be Useful
February 28th, 2017
1 hr 23 mins
Dutch, Holland, May 17th, comedy, fast show, germans, ja vi elsker, monty python
Knut and Chris compare Norwegian and British TV comedy, with a side-order of national anthems and personal space. Chris has a theory about why Americans love British television; it's Knut's turn to spill the coffee.
Episode 11: Die-Hard Door Holder
February 22nd, 2017
1 hr 29 mins
brains, ceiling height, curling pants, doors, heptapod, jante, tunnels
This week, Knut and Chris talk about the movie Arrival, and what learning a new language might or might not do to your brain. Also under the microscope are doors, Janteloven, and Norwegians' unfavourable assessment of their own rudeness.
Episode 10: Phonetic Swiss Army Knife
February 16th, 2017
1 hr 14 mins
bears, electrical wiring, folk statistics, introducing oneself, liv tyler, norwegian bikers, vowels
In which Knut and Chris make a lot of sounds, especially vowels. This week's episode includes intra-Norwegian racism, the bleak post-coffee podcasting future, and bonus Liv Tyler shivers. Under no circumstances fiddle with the wiring.
Episode 9: Unashamed Belly Flopping
February 7th, 2017
58 mins 16 secs
bathtub, black death, doctor who, gore-tex, hytte, pinnekjøtt, sauna
Knut and Chris talk about school trips, dødsing, the company hyttetur, Norway's Gore-Tex™-based class system and why Norwegians may be well-placed come the zombie apocalypse. Chris has issues with David Tennant, while Knut tries not to Hulk out over quote marks.
Episode 8: Gather Ye Entropy While Ye May
February 1st, 2017
1 hr 1 min
Trump, beatles, fjords, harpoons, hover boards, john lennon, loo, lunch, reindeer, socialists, tutting
In this short, sweet episode, Knut and Chris tie up a bunch of loose ends — including a deep dive into the toilet, or at least English and Norwegian euphemisms for using it. Other topics include the socialist slant to Norwegian work lunches, and ordering reindeer meat on Amazon.
Episode 7: Lingo-Existential Crisis
January 23rd, 2017
1 hr 30 mins
dialects, early bird, jaga jazzist, language, norwegian, noses, nynorsk, steve van zandt, ålesund
Knut and Chris get out of bed utrolig tidlig to try and add a different flavour (coffee) to the podcast. This week: language. Topics include the appropriateness of choosing one's own accent or dialect in Norwegian and English, and why spoken Norwegian sounds like someone trying to put on their other shoe.
Episode 6: The Bathtub Distribution
January 18th, 2017
1 hr 38 mins
Russia, body parts, bubble bath, dreich, drinking, fitness, introversion, racism, saunas, socialization, word lists
Knut and Chris talk about body idealism, when it's okay to touch your colleagues, and why Norwegians can't quite bring themselves to mix up their social circles. Knut wonders if Norwegians are lonely; Chris can't pronounce 'operationalise'.
Episode 5: Long Tail of Socialism
January 9th, 2017
1 hr 31 mins
Rain, brunost, coffee, drizzle, max weber, sokketroll
Chris and Knut attempt to bottom out the difference between drizzle and rain, and whether it's really necessary to cover your shoes at the fitness center. Knut recommends Max Weber in the original German.
Episode 4: Consensual Wilderness
January 4th, 2017 | 1 hr 19 mins
Knut and Chris discuss Norway's obsession with spending time outdoors, including road skiing and kappgang. Knut has pigs in his decks; Chris is excited about Skam.
Episode 3: Christmas Special: the Nisse-industrial complex
December 29th, 2016
2 hrs 5 mins
TV, akvavit, christmas, hygge, lapland, nisse, pinnekjøtt, rap, ribbe, storm, the youth, urd
After Christmas storm Urd blows through Norway, Knut finds himself wedged in a horizontal position. Knut and Chris discuss Norwegian rap music, and how in Norway, Christmas gifts are brought by something or someone not entirely human.
Episode 2: Bittelillejuleaften
December 23rd, 2016
1 hr 25 mins
Bergen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jon Fosse, Yeti, black metal, bokmål, cinderella, dialects, nynorsk, weather
It's hailing in Bergen, there's Norwegian dialects and posh vowels everywhere, and Chris has a new microphone setup. Knut won't tell you where the cloudberries grow.
Episode 1: The Almonds of Walter
December 16th, 2016
1 hr 11 mins
christmas, duty free, milk chocolate, patti smith, picknmix, pinnekjøtt, ribbe, weather
Knut and Chris talk about first impressions of Norway, being on Team Ribbe or Team Pinnekjøtt, and eating candy on Saturdays. Knut has issues with Duty Free.