Small Differences

Your favourite cultural exchange program

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.

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Episodes

  • Episode 52: It Comes Out When It Comes Out

    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.

  • Episode 51: Carring Around

    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™.

  • Episode 50: You Do What The Dog Wants

    September 15th, 2018  |  1 hr 49 mins
    beginner's mind, javascript, leaning languages, more puppies, programming, puppies

    Knut has a puppy. Chris has a new language to learn. 🎉 Extended summer holiday Small Differences to celebrate our 50th episode! 🎉

  • Episode 49: Tiny Diluted Train Track

    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.

  • Episode 48: Homeopathic Oreo

    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.

  • Episode 47: A Boiled Frog

    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.

  • Episode 46: The King Kong of Flies

    April 20th, 2018  |  1 hr 23 mins
    danes, flies, germany, nynorsk, sapir-whorf (again)

    Knut mulls Scandinavian conformity. Chris has an insect problem.

  • Episode 45: Protestant Ski Ethic

    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.

  • Episode 44: Horse Milieu

    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.

  • 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.