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 26: Origin Stories 3: Nipple On The Science Boob
June 17th, 2017
1 hr 18 mins
animals, interrogation, loneliness, nipple, plato, rabbit holes, sausages, sisyphus, the academy
In the third episode about what it's like to be former academics, Knut and Chris go deep: statistics, uncertainty, why science is wrong, Guinness, having animals thrown at you, and Sisyphus Cliff's Notes.
Episode 25: Origin Stories 2: Intellectual Honeymoon
June 11th, 2017
1 hr 11 mins
liam neeson, philosophy, powerpointless, science, statistics
In the second episode covering Small Differences' tales from the academy, Chris and Knut chat about nerding out on your study subject, PowerPoint, and Liam Neeson.
Episode 24: Origin Stories 1: Hipster Precocious Nine-Year-Old
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.
Episode 23: Hat On A Stick
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.
Episode 22: The Waiting Sausage
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.
Episode 21: Remedial Troll
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.
Episode 20: Renaissance Potato
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.
Episode 19: Inverse Marshall Plan
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.)
Episode 18: Bear Pictionary
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).
Episode 17: Norwegian Language Vehicle
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.)
Episode 16: Correction Fatigue
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.
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
empathy, kjerring, luksusproblem, marmite, rødgrød med fløde, sidemål, wet feet, xeno
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
comedy, dutch, fast show, germans, holland, ja vi elsker, may 17th, 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.