The Faroe Islands Podcast
Faroe Islands news, culture, politics, and music.

This week, a tribute to our good friend Jennifer Henke. She was one of the first guests on this podcast back in 2009, and she also participated in our first Nordic Obsession Tour this past summer.

This show includes highlights from her several appearances on the podcast.

Direct download: Podcast_228.mp3
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This week, a debate between Hans Hermansen and Pete Bethune on the contentious subject of Faroese whaling. The debate is hosted by our own Heri Simonsen and was aired live on Ras 2. It is our hope that forums like this will help interested listeners on both sides of the issue to better understand what people on the other side of the divide think.

Direct download: Podcast_227.mp3
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This week, we sample music from day two of this year's G! Festival. We'll hear music from Allan Tausen, Eivor, Lover Lover, Swangah, and ORKA. Then we steal food from Eivor's grandma. Really.

Direct download: Podcast_226.mp3
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This week we listen in on a Q&A session Sea Shepherd leaders did at a democracy festival in the Faroe Islands. Sea Shepherd volunteers spent the summer "monitoring" beaches in the Faroes in an attempt to prevent any whale hunts from taking place. 


At this forum, SS volunteers attempted to explain their views to a crowd that, at times, was quite hostile.

Direct download: Podcast_225.mp3
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This week, we recap some of the action on the first day of this summer's G! Festival. We'll also talk to Greta Svabo Bech about her recent successes, including being nominated for a Grammy and getting an invitation to play this year's Iceland Airwaves festival.

Direct download: Podcast_224.mp3
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This week we talk to Woody Wright, an American gospel country singer who peformed in the Faroe Islands this summer. Then we'll offer a former apology to a hotel.

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This week, we talk about the new Faroese Academy of the Arts. Two of the school's directors talk to us about their plan to bring high-level art instruction to the Faroe Islands.

Then we'll visit a nearby village and think of a friend.

Direct download: Podcast_222.mp3
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This week, we talk to two Danish filmmakers about their documentary on Nordic music. The pair spent much of July talking to Faroese musicians and trying to figure out what defines the so-called Nordic sound. While their project isn't finished yet, they're already got some fascinating insights about Faroese music and the people who create it.

Then we head out to windmills that generate electricity and try to avoid flying liquids.

Direct download: Podcast_221.mp3
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This week, Heri Simonsen interviews podcast host Matthew Workman for a special Olavsoka edition of his radio program.

They'll talk about the national holiday, the recent Nordic Obsession Tour Workman led, and Heri even asks some questions about a certain group of activists calling the Faroes home this summer.

Direct download: Podcast_220.mp3
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This week, part two of our conversation with conservationist Pete Bethune. He founded Earthrace Conservation and hatched a plan to send hundreds of activists to the Faroes to interfere with whale hunts. He eventually abandoned the plan when he determined it would be counter-productive to his goals of ending Faroese whaling.

In the second half of our conversation, Bethune talks about why he objects to the whale hunts and how he believes they might eventually end. He'll also talk about the moment when he started to really like the Faroese people.

We'll end the show by standing outside and apologizing to a hotel.

Direct download: Podcast_219.mp3
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