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.
August 30th, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)