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June 2nd, 2017 | 1 hr 22 mins
bicycles, carrots, coincidences, hallingdans, hipster nine-year-olds, sophie's world
In the first of three related episodes, Knut and Chris explore how they came to be former academics, and what exactly is wrong with the academy in their respective countries. This week: where it all started.
May 28th, 2017 | 1 hr 22 mins
breivik, bunads, burritos, nationalism, norsk, parades, semicolons, small boys
Chris and Knut celebrate Norwegian National Day with bunads, songs for small boys, parades, choirs, and the right to celebrate however one damn well pleases. Detours include punctuation pedantry, terrorism, and how to be more Scandinavian. Bonus 'After Dark' session: Knut and Chris chat about learning Norwegian, in Norwegian.
May 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 17 mins
adele, ballroom, berlin, burritos, cash, google design sprint, hallo, smoking in bars
Knut and Chris report back after a week in Berlin that featured design sprints, trees, bicycles, burritos, cigarette smoke, and plenty of ballroom. Also covered: cash, privacy, and big government. And Knut finally mentions the war.
May 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 19 mins
askeladden, billy goats, bro, fairies, kelpies, pick'n'mix, selkies, trolls
In an episode that deals — more or less — with folklore, Knut and Chris tackle traditional Norwegian fairytales and Scottish mythical creatures. Chris resolves only to communicate using emoji; Knut is oppressed.
April 27th, 2017 | 1 hr 31 mins
bagpipes, cheese-slicer injuries, conformity, rebell i kjellerleilighet, reindeer, russ
This week Knut and Chris discuss cheese-slicer injuries, bagpipes, drinking outdoors, unparliamentary speech, school leavers going nuts, Norwegian conformity (or lack thereof), reindeer migration, and basement trolls.
April 19th, 2017 | 1 hr 52 mins
digital heads, easter, jesus, kvikk lunsj, moddi, rabbits
Knut and Chris go large for Påske. Obviously there is some food talk, but the real meat is discussing foreigners who don't know how to behave on the traditional Easter cabin trip, or dress for mountain weather. Advisory: this episode contains New Testament rapping (though mercifully not by us. Although Chris does sing.)
April 12th, 2017 | 1 hr 30 mins
bear, brave, follow up, magic, skam
Knut reads from a Norwegian book of spells. Chris questions the bare necessities of cabin life. John Siracusa’s Follow-up is named checked for citation purposes. The Pixar movie Brave is discussed (here be spoilers).
April 6th, 2017 | 1 hr 22 mins
cheese, cohorts, frost, frozen, musicals, nynorsk, socialism, trolls
Knut and Chris discuss the little-known Norwegian animated movie/musical Frost. Chris cannot grasp the idea of people actually speaking Nynorsk, a written language; Knut has an identity crisis. (Bonus cover art: Knut singing while wearing a traditional sweater by Norwegian knitwear company Devold.)
March 30th, 2017 | 1 hr 17 mins
cold showers, feedback, horses, new age, rants, stuffed animals, trenches, van hœt
This week, Chris and Knut discuss dugnad inefficiency, the annoyingness of feedback you have actually asked for, and FINN.no. Knut gets published; Chris just wants to eat breakfast.
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.