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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

#31 I Spy Something That Rhymes with Wolcano

4/19/2021
Jonas and Lydia munch on blue berries, talk knitting, Lydia’s crazy cat lady potential, the c-word (no, not that c-word), and the latest on the volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Links mentioned in this episode: Lydia’s scarf Foxes Afloat YouTube channel Link to live feed of the eruption MBL (Icelandic newspaper, not major league baseball) time lapse of the eruption taken on a camera that was eventually swallowed up by the lava flow. Sounds of the eruption Barbra Streisand sings Somewhere...

Duration:00:40:56

#30 Eruption in Castration Valley

3/20/2021
Jonas and Lydia talk about the recent volcanic eruption near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur (Castration Valley), Iceland opening its borders to tourists once again, explore the wonders of knitting and provide their live and direct commentary on the music video for Iceland’s 2021 entry for Eurovision, 10 Years by Daði og Gagnamagnið. Featured in this episode: Sound of Silence Wednesday Morning, 3AM Simon and Garfunkel 1964 10 Years Iceland- Eurovision 2021 Daði og...

Duration:00:37:36

#29 You Won’t Believe What Iceland Charges for Cheese!

1/12/2021
They’re ba-ack! Just like the ghosts that kidnapped little Carol Anne in the movie Poltergeist. Jonas and Lydia review what went well and what went terribly wrong in 2020, all the while trying desperately to remain positive despite the bad taste 2020 and the first seven days of 2021 have left in their mouths. Explosive diarrhea can have that effect. And as expected, everything eventually comes back to drag, ‘wrastling,' books and cheese. Can't get enough? Check out Lyd the SBW's...

Duration:00:59:39

#28 Vicarious Vacays: Part 2

9/7/2020
Take a vicarious virus-free vacay with the Raisin at the Hot Dog's End as your fearless hosts explore this ghost town of an island (cue tumbleweed) after the tourist pipe got shut off in this two-part episode. So dust off your virtual luggage and come take a trip with us around Iceland. In Part 2, Jonas and friends explore the northern and southern reaches of Iceland, including the Sardinia of the North (if you kind of blur your eyes), Ólafsfjörður, and Iceland's very own volcanic (and...

Duration:01:17:40

#27 Vicarious Vacays: Part 1

8/31/2020
Take a vicarious virus-free vacay with the Raisin at the Hot Dog's End as your fearless hosts explore this ghost town of an island (cue tumbleweed) after the tourist pipe got shut off in this two-part episode. Part 1, in which Jonas and Lydia do some light, requisite whining about the locals' distaste for following rules set out to combat Iceland's second Covid wave. But changing gears they regale you with the details of their extravagant, extensive travels this summer on the island that...

Duration:00:42:29

#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