Comparing the US and Finland

https://youtu.be/V8e9bC-Xr-g In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about little differences between the United States and Finland. They discuss food, coffee, dining out, tipping culture, and more. Hopefully, Finns will appreciate how great they have it, and Americans will understand that there are other (sometimes better) ways to do things. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri […]

Favorite Finnish Things

https://youtu.be/nWPccbbCvQo In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about things they’ve come to love about Finland. They discuss their hope that Finns don’t take these things for granted. It’s also their hope that Americans can appreciate that there’s sometimes a better way to do things. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Support Our […]

The US Immigration Crisis, Explained

https://youtu.be/se60lMwgas8 In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin talk about what’s going on at the US/Mexico border. They try to sift through the rhetoric and get to the facts about illegal immigration, indefinite detention, and kids separated from their parents and placed into tent cities and empty warehouses. Special Thanks […]

Life in a Socialist Hellhole

https://youtu.be/DvJtkecTyDk In this episode of the Proof of Life podcast, Katie and Berin discuss why Finland and most of Europe seems better at capitalism than the United States at the moment. They theorize that it has to do with putting people before profits, or at least balancing human rights with property rights. It’s not socialism, […]

Angels and Ministers of Grace, Defend Me from Foreigners Riding Bicycles in the Snow

This article originally ran in Issue 1 of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror, December 2017.  Today on my morning walk I was almost run down by foreign students riding their bikes in the snow. “But Berin,” you ask, “how do you know they were foreigners?” Finns who are not adept at riding in the […]