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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 22nd, 2017 | 1 hr 29 mins
brains, ceiling height, curling pants, doors, heptapod, jante, tunnels
This week, Knut and Chris talk about the movie Arrival, and what learning a new language might or might not do to your brain. Also under the microscope are doors, Janteloven, and Norwegians' unfavourable assessment of their own rudeness.
February 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 14 mins
bears, electrical wiring, folk statistics, introducing oneself, liv tyler, norwegian bikers, vowels
In which Knut and Chris make a lot of sounds, especially vowels. This week's episode includes intra-Norwegian racism, the bleak post-coffee podcasting future, and bonus Liv Tyler shivers. Under no circumstances fiddle with the wiring.
February 7th, 2017 | 58 mins 16 secs
bathtub, black death, doctor who, gore-tex, hytte, pinnekjøtt, sauna
Knut and Chris talk about school trips, dødsing, the company hyttetur, Norway's Gore-Tex™-based class system and why Norwegians may be well-placed come the zombie apocalypse. Chris has issues with David Tennant, while Knut tries not to Hulk out over quote marks.
February 1st, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
beatles, fjords, harpoons, hover boards, john lennon, loo, lunch, reindeer, socialists, trump, tutting
In this short, sweet episode, Knut and Chris tie up a bunch of loose ends — including a deep dive into the toilet, or at least English and Norwegian euphemisms for using it. Other topics include the socialist slant to Norwegian work lunches, and ordering reindeer meat on Amazon.
January 23rd, 2017 | 1 hr 30 mins
dialects, early bird, jaga jazzist, language, norwegian, noses, nynorsk, steve van zandt, ålesund
Knut and Chris get out of bed utrolig tidlig to try and add a different flavour (coffee) to the podcast. This week: language. Topics include the appropriateness of choosing one's own accent or dialect in Norwegian and English, and why spoken Norwegian sounds like someone trying to put on their other shoe.
January 18th, 2017 | 1 hr 38 mins
body parts, bubble bath, dreich, drinking, fitness, introversion, racism, russia, saunas, socialization, word lists
Knut and Chris talk about body idealism, when it's okay to touch your colleagues, and why Norwegians can't quite bring themselves to mix up their social circles. Knut wonders if Norwegians are lonely; Chris can't pronounce 'operationalise'.
January 9th, 2017 | 1 hr 31 mins
brunost, coffee, drizzle, max weber, rain, sokketroll
Chris and Knut attempt to bottom out the difference between drizzle and rain, and whether it's really necessary to cover your shoes at the fitness center. Knut recommends Max Weber in the original German.
January 4th, 2017 | 1 hr 19 mins
Knut and Chris discuss Norway's obsession with spending time outdoors, including road skiing and kappgang. Knut has pigs in his decks; Chris is excited about Skam.