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Crossing North Podcast

Crossing North is a podcast about Nordic and Baltic society and culture. Episodes feature interviews with authors, performers, and leaders from Scandinavia and the Baltic, as well as discussions with faculty in the Scandinavian Studies Department and Baltic Studies Program. Crossing North is produced and hosted by Colin Gioia Connors, with Kristian Næsby.

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Episode #8: The Nordic Languages of Middle Earth (part 2)

Dr. Matt Boutilier poses outside.

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.

Episode 8 Transcript & Show Notes


Episode #7: The Nordic Languages of Middle Earth (part 1)

Dr. Matt Boutilier poses outside.

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.

EPISODE 7 TRANSCRIPT & SHOW NOTES


    Episode #6: Sex and Skam

    Producer Colin Connors and Kristian Naesby sit around a microphone with Olivia Gunn.

    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.

    Episode 6 Transcript & Show Notes


      Episode #5: An Army of One

      Estonian Ambassador to the US, Jotanan Vseviov

      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.

      Episode 5 Transcript & Show Notes


      Episode #4: Good Day, Axe Shaft

      Saskia Vogel and producer Colin Connors pose in a university classroom.

      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."

      Episode 4 Transcript & Show Notes


        Episode #3: Bermuda Triangle of Music

        Linus Orri and his young son play accordions.

        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.

        Episode 3 Transcript & Show Notes


          Episode #2: There's no PTA in Finland

          Andrew Nestingen poses next to his children in a stroller.

          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.

          Episode 2 Transcript & Show Notes


            Episode #1: Werewolves on Campus

            Latvian folkband Vilkaci plays music in a classroom.

            Latvian folkband Vilkači (Werewolves) discuss their music and worldview while Professor Guntis Šmidchens discusses the role folk music played in ending the Soviet occupation.

            Episode 1 Transcript & Show Notes

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