Podcasts

nordics.info has three podcast series available here or on our Knowledge of the Nordics podcast platform. They can also be found on your preferred podcast provider, such as, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

If you are a researcher and would like to make a podcast with us, please get in touch: nordics.info@cas.au.dk.

See the bottom of this page for longer introductions to all of our podcasts and to find out who the participants are etc.

Series 3: The Nordics Uncovered: Critical Voices from the Region

Our new podcast series! Series 3: Interviews with researchers from the Nordic countries and elsewhere on welfare, education, literature and film, integration and more (between 30 and 60 minutes, from February to June 2021).

Series 2: Nordics.info Spoken

Series 2: Information and critical analysis written by researchers on the Nordic countries is read out in English and one of the Nordic languages (between 12 and 25 minutes).

Series 1: An Evolving World: Conversations on Norden

Series 1: Researchers and experts within the social sciences and/or humanities discuss or are interviewed about a certain topic to do with the Nordics (between 30 and 45 minutes).


Please note!:

Many of our podcast participants do not always speak in their native language. This means that pronunciation and sometimes the occasional word may not be 100% perfect. We think that this adds to the charm of our series. If you do have any comments/feedback, please get in touch!: nordics.info@cas.au.dk.

Descriptions of the podcasts:

The podcasts that have been published so far are shown here with an introduction on pages on nordics.info:  

Elisabeth Staksrud is professor in media and communications at the University of Oslo.

2021.03.04 | Podcast, Elisabeth Staksrud, Media, Education, University of Oslo

Norway: Uncovering Nordic Childhood in an Online World with Elisabeth Staksrud

Children being exposed to a certain level of risk is not always seen as a bad thing in the Nordics; exposure can give children the tools to deal with risk and help them to become resilient and independent. The attitude of caregivers, teachers and children in the Nordics to online risk also reflects this approach - while elsewhere in the world a…

Janne Holmén is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

2021.02.15 | Podcast, Janne Holmén, Education, Public policy, Södertörn University

Sweden: Uncovering Nordic Education and Society with Janne Holmén

This podcast tackles a wide-range of factors about the educational systems of the Nordic countries, focusing primarily on Sweden and comparisons with Finland. On the way, it answers the following questions: Why does the Finnish education system have such a good reputation around the world? After decades of reform, is the Swedish education…

Stefán Ólafsson is a Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology, Anthropology and Folkloristics, University of Iceland. Photo: S. Ólafsson.

2021.02.03 | Podcast, Stefán Ólafsson, Public policy, Economy, University of Iceland

Iceland: Uncovering the Nordic Welfare State with Stefán Ólafsson

Interested in the Nordic universal welfare systems and how effective welfare can be in times of crisis? How has Iceland fared compared to the other Nordic countries, before and after the Great Recession of 2008? Can this teach us anything about how to tackle Covid? Join the editor of nordics.info, Nicola Witcombe, on her virtual visit around the…

The interplay between schooling, religion, and political decision-making at the local and national level is complex. Listen to Mette Buchardt providing a historical overview of how all these issues weave together from 1950 to today. Photo: Yadid Levy, Norden.org (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

2021.01.28 | Podcast, Mette Buchardt, Education, Multiculturalism

Podcast: Migrant Children in the Nordics: A Conversation on Schooling

In current times, schools are often hot spots for education policy initiatives driven by party politics. Encounters between the majority ethnic group and newcomer children can be exaggerated or underplayed depending on the political context, and it can be a highly contested area. In this podcast, the head of Aalborg University’s Centre for…

Can traits from the conquering Vikings be found in modern capitalism? Photo: York Archaeological Trust.

2021.01.14 | Podcast, Richard Cole, Reputation, Business, Aarhus University

Podcast: The Vikings and Capitalism

In the ninth century, the word ”viking” in many parts of Europe would have conjured up a terrifying image of violent maurauders teeming forth from their longships and inflicting unspeakable carnage. Today, the word ”viking” is invoked in all sorts of contexts, from underwear and hand-dryer brands to the fantasies of business and management leaders…

2020.12.15 | Podcast, Sally Salminen, The arts

Podcast: Is Daddy coming home for Christmas?

Listen to a short story by Sally Salminen in either English or Danish! This podcast is part of a series where existing material on nordics.info is read out in assorted languages by colleagues and friends. Great for learning Danish or English. / Lyt til en historie af Sally Salminen på engelsk eller dansk! Denne podcast er del af en serie af…

Is the bubble of the Nordic Model being shattered by persistent questions over universal welfare and outside forces? Picture: Denny Müller, unsplash.

2020.12.11 | Podcast, Caroline de la Porte, Jonas Felbo-Kolding, Nicola Witcombe, Governance, Globalisation, Public policy, Copenhagen Business School, Aarhus University

The Nordic Model at Risk?: Conversations on Regulation

An ageing population, immigration, tax evasion and incoming foreign workers are frequently cited as threats to the Nordic Model. The universal welfare state is built upon citizens and the state fulfilling their particular roles: the state providing childcare, healthcare and benefits in return for people working and paying their taxes (’the social…

Pia Majbritt Jensen and Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen in conversation with nordics.info at the department for media and journalism studies at Aarhus University. Photo: nordics.info.

2020.12.01 | Podcast, Film, Pia Majbritt Jensen, Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen, Media, Nordic Noír, Aarhus University

Global Audiences of Danish TV Drama

The global success of Danish TV drama in the late 2000s and early 2010s was surprising because of the relatively small number of people who can understand the Danish language and because the programmes were produced largely for a domestic audience by public broadcasting corporations. Audiences around the world appear to have responded to the…

Photo: Fredrick Tendong on unsplash.

2020.11.18 | Podcast, Heidi Rautalahti, Lysiane Lasausse, Ylva Grufstedt, Media, University of Helsinki

Podcast: Gaming the Nordics

There is no doubt that gaming is important when about a third of the world’s population play video games. But how are video games used to explore images of the Nordic region? What place do video games occupy in terms of cultural representations? To what extent can video games be considered part of a cultural hegemony from a historical culture…

The website nordics.info is based at Aarhus University and is a part of the University Hub Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World (ReNEW).

2020.09.28 | Podcast, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Nordic Noír, Literature

Podcast: Nordic crime fiction

Listen to an overview of nordic crime fiction in either English or Danish! This podcast is part of a series where existing material on nordics.info is read out in assorted languages by colleagues and friends. Great for learning Danish or English. / Lyt til artiklen om nordisk krimi fiktion på engelsk eller dansk! Denne podcast er del af en serie…

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