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We get most of our visitors through our blogs and links on other sites. I get around 2000 unique visits on the website and almost 1000 on the podcast, more than doubling since last month. We have not developed Twitter outreach. Our segment doesnt like it. Letters from Norway is operated by Cortez Media Services LLC in America but broadcasts from Oslo, Norway. I would prefer to be in the international category but I did not see Norway as an option (but you had Sweden and Switzerland). Hence, I believe that this podcast could be a very valuable addition. If you have any questions, you can reach me at the business number above or on my personal phone +47 9480 6210. Thank you.






Scandinavia’s Elephant in the Living Room: Beggars and Gypsies

Living in Norway and Sweden, we see it every day but no one wants to talk about this? Letters from Norway goes there, sharing our observations, and asking the difficult questions about beggars and gypsies in the Nordics. Underneath the surface, there is an organization that lives in the shadows. Introduction The American perspective on Gypsies Cartoons and television portrayals Borat Movie Personal Gypsy Stories & Experiences Oslo, Norway The morning pep talk in front of the central train...

Duration: 00:23:10

Interviewing Erik Roberts: An American in Sweden – Part 2of 2

Erik Roberts, an American living in Western Sweden, continues to tell his story. My wife and I visited Erik in Gothenburg and we discuss what we saw and daily life. Housing, like everywhere else, is one of the main challenges. Although the politically correct culture is annoying, Sweden is still a good place to live. Introduction Our visit to Gothenburg KFC Chicken Hot that day The bus trips The Eagle Scouts What do you like most? Travel around Europe The beautiful women All man’s right...

Duration: 00:31:11

Interviewing Erik Roberts: An American in Sweden – Part 1 of 2

Erik Roberts, an American living in Western Sweden, tells his story and firsthand experiences. He came to Sweden five years ago for love but now he stays for the adventure. We discuss the ups and downs of life on the Scandinavian peninsula. Gothenburg is Sweden's second major city, situated in the west, just 2-3 hours south of Oslo. Introduction The Interview What brought you to Sweden? Where do you live in Sweden? Where did you live in the USA? How long have you been there? What do you do...

Duration: 00:19:44

The Norwegian 2017 Elections for Americans

The Norwegian Elections may not be the most interesting topic in the world but this year will be more so than all others. The sentiment is changing and people are more open about how they really feel about controversial issues. The smaller parties, living on th fringers, are witnessing increased interest and rise in membership, indicating that something could be awry. Introduction (0:00 – 1:10) Mainstream Media view of the Political Parties - Socialist vs. Nationalist leanings. But don’t...

Duration: 00:21:42

My Experience with Race Relations Part 3 of 3

Interacting with other American Minorities No matter where we come from, we are all Americans first and foremost. Personal preferences and taste are not racism. Being an American is a state of mind and character rather than a DNA configuration. It is a thought process on how to confront obstacles and challenges, setting us apart from all other nations. Blacks Jews Latinos Russians /Poles, /Eastern Europeans Asians, what I mean are Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese Southerners...

Duration: 00:21:31

My Experience with Race Relations Part 2 of 3

The Pre-Fix American Putting any word in front of the word "American" divides our country, isolates people, and alienates groups. It goes against all of our national principles and what we stand for. The concept of America is relatively new, depending on everyone working together towards a common goal. Multi-culturalism vs. Diversity America vs. Africa Affirmative Action vs. Equal Opportunity Explaining “the Indian who doesn’t like India” I am often called the Indian who doesn’t like...

Duration: 00:22:02

My Experience with Race Relations Part 1 of 3

Introduction (0:00 - 1:20) Welcome Most un-PC Episode ever Why am I talking about this? The Irrational Extremes are One in The Same. (1:21 – 10:18) Neither extreme presents economic or logical arguments that embrace scientific, mathematical, historical, and economic truths. It’s pretty cool that America defeated both the Nazi’s and the Communists. Communist Liberals Want to Kill Western Civilization Nazi Conservatives Want to Impose a Draconian Ethnocentric Society. They keep forgetting...

Duration: 00:20:50

Middle Aged Life in Oslo – Part 2/2

This is the second podcast of two, exploring life in Oslo. In addition to a vibrant singles scene, the city also has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts, including The Vigeland Park. The episode also discusses resources and groups for Americans. Intro (0:00 to 0:12) Single Scene (0:13 to 5:50) Oslo is quite good or corrupt, depending on your vantage point, when it comes to dating: Recommended Sites and Apps Sukker Tinder Match Middle Aged Escapades The Great Outdoors (5:51 – 9:24) Oslo...

Duration: 00:16:55

Our Trip to Vienna, Ukraine, and Poland

Intro (0:00 – 0:49) Short - Spontaneous podcast We took a short summer trip to the Ukraine Thank you for the support, we almost doubled listeners Vienna, Austria (0:49 – 8:27) AirBnB Experience The Canadian Embassy, police station, abortion clinic and Schnitzel house – all in one. Lviv, Ukraine (8:28 -23:11) History of Ukraine - Ukraine: A History 4th Edition The best steakhouse in Europe: Meat and Justice (Restaurant and Steak House) They raise their own beef, offering a very genuine and...

Duration: 00:33:15

Middle Age Life in Oslo

This two-part podcast explores life in Oslo. Part 1 covers the undeniable reality. Although cold and expensive, life is what you make of it. The episode recommends the American style restaurants, offers life hacks, and discusses social groups. PART I Introduction (0:00 – 2:00) Oslo through my eyes. Stereotypes Expensive & Cold The reality is what you make of it here. Places to Eat (2:01 – 7:14) Where to find American food in Oslo Nighthawk Diner McDonalds TGI Fridays is luxury here Burger...

Duration: 00:22:51

About Letters from Norway and Podcasting

Introduction (0:00 – 0:23) Starting the Blog & Podcast (0:24 – 4:28) Inspirations Combatting Fake News Promoting the concept of National Values The spoken word is far more powerful than the written one. Goals The Trump Factor (4:29 – 9:32) Washington, what matters, is now finally more important than Hollywood, which peddles escape from reality, Modern day Andrew Jackson, Key reasons why I voted for Donald J Trump, Where I disagree with the current US President. Podcasting Experience (9:33...

Duration: 00:18:05

Trump Care: How to Make America “Hot” Again – Part 2/2

Introduction: (0:00 to 0:43) Continued from last week’s podcast. Main Culprits to Health and Weight Issues: (0:44 – 6:00) The “Four Whites:” Flour Based Products Negative Effects of Refined Flour WebMD: The Truth About White Foods Sugar It is unavoidable but do your best, opting for fine chocolates over candy if possible (Lindt, Ritter, etc.) Harvard Medical School: Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease 11 Weird Things Sugar's Doing To Your Body Salt It...

Duration: 00:21:08

Trump Care: How to Make America “Hot” Again – Part 1/2

Introduction (0:00 – 1:36) Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I am only sharing my experiences. Compare and contrast healthcare and nutrition in both America and Norway. Lessons from Norway (1:37 – 5:53) One of the most positive experiences, living in Norway, has been the transformation in my health and well-being. Back in the USA, I was overwhelmed with junk food. Stress eating from a demanding job and anxiety about what the future will bring caused me to gain massive...

Duration: 00:21:02

Replying to Reader Mail

Introduction: This is a short and unedited podcast, responding to viewer mail. Matt, our sound editor, is off, enjoying the 4th of July Weekend. There are some pauses between sections where I took a break. I tried to remove those the best I could. Letter and Chocolates from Jim Jim, the name given to a Norwegian wishing to remain anonymous, wrote me a letter and even sent a donation that we are on the right track and I should keep up the good work. He listens to our podcasts while driving...

Duration: 00:26:49

Independence Day Special – Life in Norway as an American

Introduction (0:00 to 0:58) Life in Norway as an American. Nick Kamran’s Norway Story. Recognition of donors, making this podcast possible. Why Norway? (0:50 to 6:11) The first thing everyone asks me, “Why Norway.” There is a long and short answer to that question. The short answer will be answered in this podcast. The long answer is a book I am working on: “The Middle-Aged Man’s Guide to Divorcing in New York and Starting Over in Oslo.” I’m on page 278 or 86,000 words but still have a...

Duration: 00:35:24

Perspective on Money, Currency, Banks & Bitcoin Part 2/2

My Thoughts on Bitcoin (0:00 – 12:50) Bitcoin is reminiscent of the Dutch Tulip Mania of 1634-1637. There are at least 10+ crypto coins out there. Perspective and analogy to the history of Social Media and Search Engines. Blockchain’s sinister origins: Chinese Bitcoin Theories (not in the podcast – added later) Bitcoin is a sponge to divert people from gold, which is truly out of the government’s control. Gold and Silver (12:51 – 22:10) Precious Metals Overview An ounce no matter what is...

Duration: 00:23:19

Perspective on Banks and Bitcoin from Norway – Part 1/2

Introduction (0:00 to 58:00) Welcome message Acknowledgements Episode Inspiration What is Money vs. Currency: (0:59 to 6:06) Personal Definition – a medium in which to store work or time. Technical Definitions Reference: Hidden Secrets of Money by Mike Maloney The state and origins of paper currency. Currency at one time was a voucher for gold that you could redeem at the nearest bank. What is inflation? (6:07 – 11:05) The academic explanation (Refer to Peter Schiff and the Austrian School...

Duration: 00:22:36

My Trip to America – Part 2 of 2 Podcast Show Notes

Continued from Last Week: Episode 1: New York (0:00 to 11:33) Most of the listeners, especially those in Norway, know all about New York. It’s the city most frequented by Norwegian tourists to the USA. Then it’s Miami, LA, and San Francisco. I don’t need to give much explanation or description on this city. Uber works really well. How does something that works so well lose so much money? $700 million in one-quarter, rivaling NASA’s spending. Reminiscing my old Wall Street job with a former...

Duration: 00:29:21

My Trip to America Part 1 of 2 – Podcast Show Notes

Introduction (0 - :55) A brief overview Trip dates First trip home after two years. The Trip Home (0:56 – 9:37) Gardermoen Airport Watching the movie: “The Founder,” telling the story of Ray Kroc and McDonald’s origins. Heightened security at EWR (Newark Intl. Airport). An overview on Delaware including some obscure Swedish-American history. In the mid-1600’s Parts of Delaware, New Jersey and New York were Swedish. My experience at the Christiana Mall, named after Wilmington’s former...

Duration: 00:24:03

Reflections from the Oslo Freedom Forum 2017 – Defending Democracy

Podcast show notes 0:00 to 3:38: Introduction The Oslo Freedom Forum was held May 20-24, 2017 in Oslo. The theme for this year was “Defending Democracy.” 52% of the world’s population lives in oppressive regimes, Claim that democratic processes have slowed down. An annual conference to “brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe. The real question? What does “freedom,” “democracy,” and “forum” really mean when used in the same sentence? Discuss the...

Duration: 00:30:43

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