Archipelago

Archipelago Podcast

An English-language podcast about arts, culture, and ideas in Denmark — Scandinavia's smallest (mostly) island nation.

Stories Behind Bars
Danish "song kindergartens" hit the right notes, while a 19th-century prison provides an unsettling location for an overnight stay.In this episode, we visit Trekroner Børnehus, a kindergarten outside Roskilde, to hear about Sangglad — a scheme to "increase and improve" singing in Danish pre-schools.Then we head to Horsens Prison Museum, in Jutland, to discover how a notorious jail has been transformed into a popular tourist attraction.Further reading:SanggladHorsens Prison MuseumArchipelago is produced for ...

Stories Behind Bars
Danish "song kindergartens" hit the right notes, while a 19th-century prison provides an unsettling location for an overnight stay.In this episode, we visit Trekroner Børnehus, a kindergarten outside Roskilde, to hear about Sangglad — a scheme to "increase and improve" singing in Danish pre-schools.Then we head to Horsens Prison Museum, in Jutland, to discover how a notorious jail has been transformed into a popular tourist attraction.Further reading:SanggladHorsens Prison MuseumArchipelago is produced for ...

School Bells, Church Bells, Alarm Bells for the Planet
Two Danish institutions have discovered eye-catching ways to go green.From Greta Thunberg’s school strike to the Fridays for the Future movement, there’s no shortage of children taking a stand against climate change.But while their activism takes place outside the school gates, some say that what kids are taught while they’re at school is just as important — if not more so.In this episode, we visit the Green Free School, in Amager, and talk to co-founder Phie Ambo about how the school is preparing pupils fo...


The Light Fantastic
In the bleak midwinter, the sun scarcely seems to rise in Denmark at all.Is it any wonder, then, that the Danes are so obsessed with good lighting? That Denmark has produced many of the world’s most iconic lights? That Danes have the world’s highest consumption of candles? Or that light is fundamental to the country’s best known cultural phenomenon, hygge?In (hopefully) the most illuminating episode of Archipelago yet, we discuss the light fantastic with three Danish design devotees: artist Morten Ravn, who...

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Blixen En Pointe
“Those who wish to relive their lives, never lived them in the first place.”The words of Karen Blixen — the acclaimed Danish writer whose life story is the basis of a brand-new ballet created exclusively for the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen.Blixen sketches the writer's life story from her childhood years in Denmark through her unhappy marriage to her half-cousin Bror Blixen, her years running a coffee plantation in Kenya—where she embarked on a doomed love affair with Denys Finch Hatton—and the final ...

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Memory Palace
Meik Wiking is one of the world’s leading happiness experts.The founder of the Happiness Research Institute, he’s also the author of two New York Times bestsellers — The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke — which have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide.Little wonder, then, that he's been dubbed “probably the world’s happiest man”.But when Meik turned 40, he realised that, statistically speaking, as a Danish man, he’d lived half his life.Which ...

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Pieces of Aidt
We kick off season two of Archipelago with a very special guest indeed.Naja Marie Aidt has been described as “one of the most intelligent writers of the contemporary literary world” and as “one of the compassionate voices in fiction”.Born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen, she’s the author of ten poetry collections and three short-story collections — including Baboon, which won the Nordic countries’ most prestigious literary award, the Nordic Council's Literature Prize, as well as the Danish Critics Pri...

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The Porn Supremacy
We end season one with a bang — on the little known Danish island of Pornø. To mark half a century since Denmark became the first country to legalise visual pornography, we take a deep dive into arty porn and pornographic art.Up first, we meet Rasmus Steenbakken, the curator of a major new group exhibition at the ARoS art museum in Aarhus which looks at cultural creativity, freedom of expression and art in the age of pornography.Then we talk to Anne Sofie Steen Sverdrup of Copenhagen-based porn production c...

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Mad World
Once a foodie wasteland, Copenhagen is today a major gastronomic destination.It is, of course, the epicentre of New Nordic cuisine — the culinary movement that championed hyper-local, seasonal ingredients and elevated foraging and fermentation to art forms.But it’s also a global food city — one where savvy diners can find everything from Surinamese peanut soup to Ethiopian injera, Vietnamese banh mi to Cantonese dim sum.Even the local government has gone gourmet. There are honey bees on the roof of one town...

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Chair Necessities
We try to solve one of the greatest mysteries of all time.Why are the Danish so crazy about chairs? Why are there so many Danish chairs? And does the world really need any more of them?Ahead of 3 Days of Design — Denmark’s biggest annual design event — we meet a trio of design devotees and discuss the past, present and future of Danish design.Up first is Christian Holmsted Olesen, the head of exhibitions and collections at the Danish Design Museum and the author of The Danish Chair: An International Affair....

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Born To Be Wild
CPH:DOX is one of the world’s largest documentary film festivals — and a highlight of Copenhagen’s cultural calendar.In this episode we talk to the directors of two films that were screened in competition at the 2019 festival. Two very similar — and yet very different — documentaries about children growing up in Copenhagen today.Phie Ambo’s REDISCOVERY is a beautifully shot film about the 10 weeks that almost 50 children from the Green Free School in Amager spent building camps on an overgrown patch of land...

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Booze and Bouquets
Episode two is about two Danish companies that have developed creative ways to employ people who often struggle to pick up work.First we meet People Like Us — a brewing company run by people who have been diagnosed with autism and social anxiety, and war veterans with PTSD.Then we meet Bike & Bloom, a florist that hires and trains people who are among the most invisible members of any society or labour market — refugee women.Further reading:People Like Ushttps://peoplelikeus.dk/Bike & Bloomhttps://www.bikea...

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You Say Yes, I Say No
Two very different takes on what our default response to life's opportunities ought to be. Based on a pair of words that we all use every day. A pair of words with the power to change your life, alter the course of history, or simply stop you leaving the house. Those words, of course, are Yes and No.First we hear from Aalborg University psychology professor and bestselling author Svend Brinkmann about the importance of wearing "the No hat", the tyranny of positive thinking, and the "joy of missing out".Then...

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Archipelago Trailer
A preview of the brand-new podcast about arts, culture and ideas in Denmark. Produced by Mothertongue Media....

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