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Crossing North is a podcast about Nordic and Baltic society and culture, published by the Dept. of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Crossing North is a podcast about Nordic and Baltic society and culture, published by the Dept. of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Location:

United States

Description:

Crossing North is a podcast about Nordic and Baltic society and culture, published by the Dept. of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Language:

English

Contact:

6089990378


Episodes

CN16 On Wednesdays, I'll Go Dance

6/8/2020
Why is Seattle the best place to learn Scandinavian folk dance outside of Scandinavia? And what's it all about, anyway? UW undergraduate students Blue Palmer, Bill Cheung-Daihe, and Fanny Mestä-Tokila discuss how a dance course with the Skandia Folkdance Society gave them a new way to connect with their studies, make new friends, and have good fun. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at...

Duration:00:47:36

CN15 In A World That's Ever-Changing

5/22/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has many people worried about the future. Many people are eager for things to return to normal, but others are just as eager to take this crisis as an opportunity to reimagine and reshape what our idea of “normal” means. If you could rebuild your world right now, what kind of world would you build? Postdoctoral research fellow Toni Lahtinen discusses recent trends in Finnish eco-dystopian literature, and the role literature plays in exploring our anxieties about the...

Duration:00:54:57

CN14 Soviet Milk

4/15/2020
When author Nora Ikstena published her novel Soviet Milk in 2015, it became so popular that libraries had to create a special 24-hour loan policy for the book. Why was this novel about life in Soviet-occupied Latvia so popular? I discuss the novel with author Nora Ikstena and assistant professor Liina-Ly Roos. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at...

Duration:00:41:49

CN13 Don't Just Leave Footprints

3/16/2020
How is global warming affecting Greenlanders and what responsibilities do climate-scientists have to the peoples of the Arctic? UW seniors Lela Cooper and Katie Hearther discuss how a course in Greenland about climate change inspired them to study new languages and integrate the humanities into the sciences they love. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Email Dr. Koutnik: mkoutnik@uw.edu Read student blog posts from...

Duration:00:35:07

CN12 Searching for Utopia

2/14/2020
Why did so many African-Americans go to Denmark in the 20th century and what were their experiences while there? Professor Ethelene Whitmire answers these questions while discussing her upcoming book, Searching for Utopia. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Study with Dr. Whitmire: https://afroamericanstudies.wisc.edu/staff/ethelene-whitmire/ Read Dr. Whitmire's article, "Traveling While Black Across the Atlantic...

Duration:00:49:03

CN11 It's Illegal to Be Native

1/21/2020
What happens when sustaining a Nordic way of life disrupts sustaining a Sámi way of life? Assistant Professor Tim Frandy discusses the history and future of Sámi fishing rights on the Deatnu River, as well as a few hard truths about the ethnocentrism of Western environmental management practices. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at scandinavian.washington.edu/episode-11-transcript *** Order...

Duration:00:56:07

CN10 Myth & Fairytale in Frozen 2

12/21/2019
Director of Story Marc E. Smith discusses what it is like to work for Walt Disney Animation Studios and how a research trip to the Nordic countries inspired new artistic and thematic directions for the characters of Anna and Elsa in Frozen 2. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at https://scandinavian.washington.edu/episode-10-transcript *** Theme music used with permission by Kristján Hrannar...

Duration:00:31:05

CN9 See The Woman

12/1/2019
Sámi music legend Mari Boine discusses the origins of her musical career as an Indigenous woman in Norway. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby and John Prusynski. *** Transcript available at scandinavian.washington.edu/episode-9-transcript *** Learn more about Mari Boine and her music at: www.mariboine.no Watch these performances on Youtube: "Goaskinviellja" at the Oslo Opera House (2009) https://youtu.be/kprl0CECykA...

Duration:00:07:47

CN8 The Nordic Languages of Middle Earth (part 2)

11/15/2019
Continuing our interview in Episode 7 about The Lord of the Rings with linguist Dr. Matt Boutilier, we consider more broadly how we imagine the past in medieval fantasy, and how those perceptions translate into racial typecasting in film. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at scandinavian.washington.edu/episode-8-transcript *** Listen to more of Dr. Matt Boutilier on The Tolkien Heads podcast....

Duration:00:22:25

CN7 The Nordic Languages of Middle Earth (part 1)

11/1/2019
Linguist and co-host of The Tolkien Heads podcast Dr. Matt Boutilier discusses the Nordic languages of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, and the kinds of linguistic stereotypes that manifest in The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s other writings. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at https://scandinavian.washington.edu/episode-7-transcript *** Listen to more of Dr. Matt Boutilier on The Tolkien Heads...

Duration:00:37:26

CN6 Sex and Skam

7/10/2019
In 2019, Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn was asked to redevelop a course on sexuality in Scandinavia. Kristian Næsby and I interview her about new directions in Swedish sex education and Norwegian public television for teens with "Skam" (2015-2017), which achieved an international following and in 2017 was the most talked about television show on Tumblr (aka the Internet) and arguably in the world. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to...

Duration:00:38:25

CN5 An Army Of One

6/6/2019
Russia's willingness to exploit national tensions in former Soviet-occupied states has caused the Baltic countries to revamp their national defense policies over the past decade. Estonian Ambassador to the United States, Jonatan Vseviov, explains Estonia's national defense policy and how their reserve army model works. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at...

Duration:00:38:38

CN4 Good Day, Axe Shaft

5/2/2019
Saskia Vogel is an American writer and translator of contemporary Swedish literature. We discuss the intricacies of translation, the #metoo movement in Sweden, and her debut novel, "Permission." *** Learn more about Saskia's writing and Swedish translations at http://saskiavogel.com/ *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at scandinavian.washington.edu/episode-4-transcript *** Theme music used with...

Duration:00:22:06

CN3 Bermuda Triangle Of Music

4/1/2019
What does it mean to be a folk musician in a country with no folk instruments? Musician and folk music festival organizer Linus Orri Gunnarsson Cederborg discusses the mysteries of Icelandic folk music. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. *** Transcript available at scandinavian.washington.edu/episode-3-transcript *** Music used with permission by Linus Orri Gunnarsson Cederborg. SoundCloud...

Duration:00:31:12

CN2 There's No PTA In Finland

2/28/2019
In 2008, Professor Andrew Nestingen went on sabbatical to Finland with his pregnant wife and two-year-old daughter. It wasn’t his first trip to Finland—but it was his first trip as a father. Kristian Næsby and I sit down with Andy to discuss what he learned from his culture shock about Nordic approaches to parenting and schooling. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby for joining our interview with Andrew Nestingen. ***...

Duration:00:35:20

CN1 Werewolves On Campus

1/13/2019
Latvian folkband Vilkači (Werewolves) discuss their music and worldview while Professor Guntis Šmidchens discusses the role folk music played in ending the Soviet occupation. *** This episode was written, edited, and produced by Colin Gioia Connors. Special thanks to Kristian Næsby. Interviews feature Professor Guntis Šmidchens and the following members of Vilkači: Edgars Zilberts, Juris Tomašūns, Jumis Ločmelis, Andris Lejnieks, Eduards Krūmiņš, and Toms Grīnvalds. *** Transcript...

Duration:00:50:56