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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  • Episode 36: That's Fine For Chris

    October 27th, 2017  |  1 hr 7 mins
    disadvantage, peace, privilege, remarkable, sugar, tablet

    Knut and Chris discuss Norwegian privilege in the world, and how Norway treats its own disadvantaged people. Knut attempts Scottish candy.

  • Episode 35: Reds!

    September 29th, 2017  |  1 hr 11 mins
    communism, ferries, maps, photoshop, rfid, sms, the economy, wallets

    Knut and Chris discuss the recent parliamentary election in Norway, tinfoil hat products, and the Labour Party's secret plan to improve Norway's landscape.

  • Episode 34: Box Intolerance

    September 18th, 2017  |  1 hr 2 mins
    balconies, besseggen, bidding, cake, happy birthday, hugging, tiles

    Chris relates adventures in apartment-bidding; Knut considers modding his bike. Some of Norway's many hundred Norwegian birthday songs are recommended. Bonus topics: hugging at work, tile paint, and dumping your landlord.

  • Episode 33: What Do You Call The Outside of a House?

    September 10th, 2017  |  1 hr 23 mins
    ants, buried money, houses, knock knock jokes, tooth meat, vultures

    Knut restarts his doctoral thesis; Chris contemplates buying a house. Knut tells jokes.

  • Episode 32: Catalyser of FOMO

    August 30th, 2017  |  1 hr 5 mins

    As Knut and Chris struggle to get back on the work bandwagon after the summer, they are invigorated by machine learning, Javascript, idiots, and Michael Cera.

  • Episode 31: It Tastes Foreign

    August 22nd, 2017  |  1 hr 27 mins
    caramac, gluten, irn bru, kitkat, kvikk lunsj, post office, salt, sunset yellow

    Chris surprises Knut with a package of traditional British foods. Knut tries everything - even the Marmite. And the question is finally settled: which is better, KitKat or Kvikk Lunsj? Bonus topic: Norwegian vs. UK supermarkets.

  • Episode 30: Norwegian Boat People

    August 9th, 2017  |  1 hr 14 mins
    brunost, harrytur, jotunheim, matpakke, puffins, sailing, sea kayaking, shetland

    Knut and Chris are back from their summer holidays: Chris's holiday was (largely) Norwegian; Knut's was (partly) Scottish. We take this podcasting thing seriously, folks.

  • Episode 29: Turning Off The Slack Jailitor

    July 11th, 2017  |  1 hr 30 mins
    banknotes, books, divas, emoji, paint rollers, reading, shetland, slack, summer

    As Knut and Chris brace themselves for an implausibly long summer holiday, Knut conducts a crucial A/B test, Chris laments how nobody fixes anything anymore, and holiday plans — and reading — are discussed. Knut proposes a novel way of sending listener feedback.

  • Episode 28: Origin Stories 5: A Small Career Suicide

    June 29th, 2017  |  1 hr 29 mins
    academia, mental health, psychopathy, teaching, troll dicks, underground railroads

    In the fifth (of three, and definitely final) episode in our academy miniseries, it's Chris's turn to explain why she ditched the academy, and why she's probably not going back.

  • Episode 27: Origin Stories 4: Knut 2.0

    June 22nd, 2017  |  1 hr 15 mins
    barrels, holberg prize, mic drops, tellekantsystemet, the academy, windmills

    How and why Knut got out of the academy.

  • 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.