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.
March 4th, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
christmas, cookies, dried fruit, norway, uk, wafers
In Knut's first white Christmas for a while, baking vocabulary is tested, the LD50 of sugar is explored, and crispy vs. soggy biscuits are debated. Chris struggles to defend British Christmas desserts' heavy dependence on dried fruit.
September 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
airstrips, bank holiday, cars, driving, motorway, running a red light, service station, shetland, speed limits
In an episode inspired by listener emails, Knut and Chris talk about driving behaviour in Norway vs. the UK, and why Norwegian sheep prefer to be on the road. This week’s episode is presented in SurroundLingo™.
September 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 49 mins
Knut has a puppy. Chris has a new language to learn. 🎉 Extended summer holiday Small Differences to celebrate our 50th episode! 🎉
August 30th, 2018 | 57 mins 13 secs
Knut learns how to be a train commuter; Chris hides from the sun; nobody grills. The Small Differences Social Club gets a very exclusive carpet.
June 3rd, 2018 | 1 hr 1 min
crisps, don't be creepy, eastern europe, flags, fomo, surveillance
Knut and Chris pack in Norwegian national day, contrasts between Norway, the UK and Estonia, how to make digital government non-creepy, and strange flavours of UK snack food. Nobody makes any announcements.
April 24th, 2018 | 1 hr 59 secs
consent, facebook, gdpr, moon hooch, public transport, sanity, the eu
Knut and Chris chew over the whole Facebook thing. Knut has another announcement.
April 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 23 mins
danes, flies, germany, nynorsk, sapir-whorf (again)
Knut mulls Scandinavian conformity. Chris has an insect problem.
April 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 11 mins
chocolate, extremes of human performance, halt and catch fire, winter olympics
The problem: Norway is too good at winter sports.
March 11th, 2018 | 52 mins 26 secs
big dirty cities, butter, epiphanies, google design sprints, post-its, skis
Chris has a new hobby; Knut has an announcement.
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.
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.
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 🍆.
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.
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.
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.
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.