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Your homo/negro report from Iceland. Join Jonas and Lydia, two Texan-Americans living in Iceland, as they crack wise about what they find noteworthy about their adopted country. From gobbling pickled ram’s testicles and public pooping to social commentary and tips for visitors (what’s that lurking at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon? Nothing, but there totally used to be). Get to know Iceland—the good, the bad and the sheepy—with Jonas and Lydia.

Your homo/negro report from Iceland. Join Jonas and Lydia, two Texan-Americans living in Iceland, as they crack wise about what they find noteworthy about their adopted country. From gobbling pickled ram’s testicles and public pooping to social commentary and tips for visitors (what’s that lurking at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon? Nothing, but there totally used to be). Get to know Iceland—the good, the bad and the sheepy—with Jonas and Lydia.

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Iceland

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Your homo/negro report from Iceland. Join Jonas and Lydia, two Texan-Americans living in Iceland, as they crack wise about what they find noteworthy about their adopted country. From gobbling pickled ram’s testicles and public pooping to social commentary and tips for visitors (what’s that lurking at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon? Nothing, but there totally used to be). Get to know Iceland—the good, the bad and the sheepy—with Jonas and Lydia.

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English


Episodes

#26 The “Horses” are Definitely Not Too Small & Other Icelandic Problems

7/10/2020
Turmoil is still the watchword of 2020. Lydia and Jonas give updates on how things are going in Iceland during this turbulent time, including the local media’s shitty coverage of the fire that claimed the lives of three immigrants, how Black Lives Matter (and don’t) on the island, a little Iceland pride month stocktaking (spoiler: meh) and what the Netflix film “Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga” gets right and wrong about Iceland. All Things Iceland with Jewells Erlendur Magazine Hin...

Duration:00:48:36

#25 Maybe the Sheep are Too Picky

6/10/2020
#25 MAYBE THE SHEEP ARE TOO PICKY Well, shit, 2020 sure took a turn for the worse, but Jonas and Lydia soldier on. Iceland is approaching Covid-19-free status and gasoline has been thrown onto the dumpster fire that is their homeland (that's the US of A). With all of that in mind, in this episode, they dig in to what's really been happening in Iceland. Has Iceland beat the pandemic? Is it because the prime minister is a woman? How many black people actually live in Iceland? Is racism a...

Duration:00:46:11

#24 It Has Nothing to Do With the Age of the Plane

2/14/2020
#24 IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGE OF THE PLANE Jonas and Lydia are hunkered down for winter and in Iceland, winter never seems to end. The weather is shit, there’s little to no sunlight and sickness is inescapable. The hopes and dreams of the new year are dashed having barely taken their first breaths. The winter wonderland effect quickly wears thin once the smoke from the fireworks clears. But there are upsides. There’s the Winter Festival and the Lenten season with it’s cream puffs...

Duration:00:47:36

Mini #2 Christmas Time is Here

12/20/2019
Hear more about the Icelandic Christmas Spirit in episode 16 Jólin koma. Intro: "Winter Wonderland" by Bing Crosby Outro: "Christmas Time is Here - Vocal" by Vince Guaraldi Trio The song Jonas is singing and wanted to make the intro but Lydia forgot to add in while editing (oops): "Jólin jólin" by Svanhildur Jakobsdóttir The Swedish Christmas tea Jonas picked up while visiting Daniel in Sweden is called rooibos julknäck. The hand lotion Lydia got at Hrím is No. 195 Grapefruit Leaf by...

Duration:00:40:15

#23 Gender Snaps/Crampons by Crampax

11/15/2019
#23 GENDER SNAPS/CRAMPONS BY CRAMPAX Jonas and Lydia bring you the signs of Icelandic winter to come and discuss how they prepare for the impending Christmas mirth and post holidays gloom. Along the way they delve into Swedish and Danish (languages and food packaging), gender havoc, etymology, Jonas’ favorite tea and sprinkle in some ASMR treats. Hashtag ASMR (that’s how hashtags work right?). Flowers commonly used in blooming/flowering green tea: globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine,...

Duration:01:01:25

#22 ½ Troof Hurts Tangents

9/4/2019
THIS IS NOT SPONSORED CONTENT, Y'ALL. FER REAL.Just so you know, we are absolutely not getting paid for any of this. None of this is an advertisement or sponsored content or a "collaboration" (can you sense our collective eye roll?) with any companies or organizations or whatever other euphemism you have for getting paid to pretend something is your honest opinion. This is pure, unadulterated solid gold from our brainses. Enjoy. Wanna say thank you? Rate us and/or leave us a review. GO...

Duration:00:19:37

#22 The Troof Hurts

8/28/2019
#22 THE TROOF HURTS In the light of some pretty schlocky "guides to Iceland" we've seen in some publications that could do better (we're lookin at you, Guardian!) Jonas and Lydia give you their no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes, boxing-gloves-off guide to Iceland! No quaint bistros and museum tips here. Your favorite Texans-on-ice get down to the nitty-gritty: the good, the bad and the insular Nordic. Jonas and Lydia share their top 10 (and bottom) in a messy, not-so-listicle style, with...

Duration:01:36:56

#21 Thickly Settled

6/2/2019
#21 THICKLY SETTLED On a beautiful day in sunny Reykjavík, Iceland, Jonas and Lydia talk whale carcasses, the effectiveness of tourism boycotts, Eurovision, abortion bans and what it really means to be thickly settled. Summer 2019 is off to a simply smashing start! THIS IS NOT SPONSORED CONTENT, Y'ALL. FER REAL. Just so you know, we are absolutely not getting paid for any of this. None of this is an advertisement or sponsored content or a "collaboration" (can you sense our collective eye...

Duration:00:56:37

#20 Too Sexy For Your Eagle

5/3/2019
#Episode #20 #20 Too Sexy For Your Eagle Happy anniversary little raisins! It's been one year since Jonas and Lydia first plugged in the old Snowball mic and let you listen in on their therapy sessions cleverly disguised as a podcast. You're welcome. On this week's episode they talk Iceland’s disproportionate glut of holidays (First Day of Summer and 2nd Day of Easter followed by an all-you-can-Feast of the Ascension), the country’s grand plan to save the world, cars (they're terrible) vs....

Duration:00:59:30

#19 Everything is Fine

4/15/2019
#Episode #19 #19 Everything is Fine Spring has sprung in Iceland but the spring spirit has yet to take hold. Jonas and Lydia are a bit down in the doldrums but there are some bright spots, some metaphorical crocuses if you will, peeping through the dirt that is everyday (sometimes shitty) life— good food and literary festivals. Read a book. Happy Easter? Iceland Writers RetreatReykjavik International Literary FestivalHöfði Mathöll THIS IS NOT SPONSORED CONTENT, Y'ALL. FER REAL. Just so...

Duration:00:41:35

#18 Beyond Björk

2/15/2019
#Episode #18 #18 Beyond Björk Don’t get us wrong, Björk, Sigur Rós, GusGus and Of Monsters and Men are great but there’s a lot more to Icelandic music. In this episode, we’ll begin our journey into the Icelandic music landscape and introduce you to some classics, what the kids are listening to and sprinkle in a touch of techno BDSM. We’re hoping to make this a recurring topic of discussion so don’t be dismayed if you’re not into or are already hip to the music we talk about this go...

Duration:01:09:38

#17 The Year of Joy (no tidying necessary)

1/18/2019
#Episode #17 #17 The Year of Joy (no tidying necessary) Happy New Year and Gleðilegt ár! It's a new year and Jonas and Lydia are all about doing things that bring them joy. Find out how they (and Icelanders) ring in the New Year and their plans for The Raisin and the Hot Dog in 2019. Get excited Little Raisins! As usual, they veer off on a tangent or ten but it's part of their charm. Check out the links below to communicate with J-Mo and Lyd via the social media (they've both completed...

Duration:00:54:27

#16 Jólin koma

12/19/2018
#Episode #16 Jólin koma Jólin koma (Christmas is coming) and so is murder, mayhem, monstrous trolls and classist felines. It’s Christmastime in Iceland. Jonas and Lydia explore the figurative and literal darkness of winter, the aggressive, angry mirth of Icelanders and how to get your Yule on. THIS IS NOT SPONSORED CONTENT, Y'ALL. FER REAL. Just so you know, we are absolutely not getting paid for any of this. None of this is an advertisement or sponsored content or a "collaboration" (can...

Duration:00:51:16

#15 Thanksgiving

11/22/2018
#Episode #15 THANKSGIVING Christmas trees and lights are popping up all over Reykjavík, office Christmas parties are in full swing and children are whispering in delight, “jólin koma”...and it’s still November. Back in the old country, Christmas talk doesn’t really get going until, say, the week of Thanksgiving. But in Iceland, Christmasing begins well before that and we think that may be in large part due to the lack of a November holiday and the crushing darkness but it all feels a...

Duration:00:49:53

#14 Back to the Dark Side

10/29/2018
#Episode #14 BACK TO THE DARK SIDE The shadow of the cold, clammy hands of winter's dark is falling across Iceland and getting Jonas and Lydia in the mood--not that kind of mood, get your minds' out of the gutter--in the mood for scary stories. Jonas brings us the tale of a Deacon who is a little too determined to keep his date in "Deacon of Dark River/Djákinn á Myrká" and Lydia gets to the root of all evil in "Drangey Consecrated." Bless, bless and Happy Halloween y'all! THIS IS NOT...

Duration:00:34:59

#13 The Isms

9/21/2018
#Episode #13 The Isms We’re back from our summer break and ready to dig into a meaty topic as we launch season two of The Raisin at the Hot Dog’s End. We’re talking -isms. Lydia and Jonas have lived in the American South, New England and Iceland, and if there is one thing we know for sure it’s that where there be humans, there be isms and phobias. No place on earth, where humans live, is Mary Poppins level perfect, that is, practically perfect in every way, for those of you who somehow...

Duration:01:05:35

Mini #1 How to Vote While Living Abroad

7/31/2018
#Mini Episode #01 How to Vote While Living Abroad Visit the website for FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program), which will give you more specific instructions for your state and district. BUT DO NOT WAIT! Some state cut-off times to register are in early October and the process can take a while. So visit FVAP today and get 'er done! On the right hand side of the screen will be a red box and inside the box is a pull down menu where you may select your voting residence state. You’ll be...

Duration:00:06:47

#12 Reykjavík Night Life or Black Death and Fire Wine

7/28/2018
#Episode #12 Reykjavík Night Life or Black Death and Fire Wine If Jonas and Lydia know anything, it's that a night on the town in Reykjavík doesn't have to include drunken debauchery cause, you know, they're too old for that shit. But if that's your thing they totally know about some places where you can debauch away–always with consent, #druslugangan–and then go for brunch after. THIS IS NOT SPONSORED CONTENT, Y'ALL. FER REAL. Just so you know, we are absolutely not getting paid for any...

Duration:01:02:17

#11 Hidden Gems

7/13/2018
#Episode #11 Hidden Gems Jonas and Lydia talk hidden gems, sights to see off the beaten path and sing old American TV show theme songs. THIS IS NOT SPONSORED CONTENT, Y'ALL. FER REAL. Just so you know, we are absolutely not getting paid for any of this. None of this is an advertisement or sponsored content or a "collaboration" (can you sense our collective eye roll?) with any companies or organizations or whatever other euphemism you have for getting paid to pretend something is your...

Duration:01:03:34

#10 #notallicelanders

6/22/2018
#Episode #10 #NOTALLICELANDERS We're into the double digits folks and now it's time to get down to the nitty and the gritty. This time we're taking off the gloves and talking Icelanders and their idiosyncrasies. NB: We’re making sweeping generalizations about an entire nation here, which is why we have (lovingly) called this ep “#notallicelanders, as these are our impressions and there are plenty of Icelanders who break the mold! So why talk about this? Because moving country and adapting...

Duration:01:07:12