Cultural Dysphoria… with Katie and Berin This week’s topic: Feeling at odds with your own cultural heritage. Berin jokes that he was assigned American at birth, but doesn’t feel American. He doesn’t conform to the norms of the society he grew up in. But he’s not Finnish, either, even though he loves living in Finland. What happens when your sense […]

Proof of Life… with Katie and Berin This week’s topic: the fate of this podcast! Katie and Berin talk about where they’ve been for the past several weeks, and why they put the podcast on hold. They discuss the arts, entrepreneurship, and the intersection of the two. Support us on Patreon!  Katie’s Instagram (see her artwork!) Dancing Lights Press (Berin’s business!) […]

Our 4th Anniversary in Finland Four years! In this episode, Katie and Berin reminisce about how they came to live in Finland and what their first day in the country was like. They discuss why they would like to stay, and talk a bit about how they plan to celebrate on the actual anniversary day. Rakastan Suomea! Special Thanks Pertti […]

Explaining “Fake News” to Non-Americans In this episode, Katie and Berin discuss the real and imagined problems with journalism in America. They talk about why news is so sensationalized, how it can get away with being factually inaccurate, and where that’s led American culture. It’s a mostly apolitical show, covering just the facts and the law with just a […]

How To Ruin A Vacation It’s Rally time in central Finland, and Jyväskylä is packed with tourists! In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about vacations and tourists. They discuss the cringey sense of entitlement some Americans seem to have when traveling. Do people from the US behave this way because they’re trying to cram a year’s worth of […]

How to Talk to Americans In this episode, Katie and Berin compare and contrast Finland and the United States some more. Discussion includes slang terms and expressions, the need for personal space, and how Americans have managed to weaponize basic manners and etiquette. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Support Our Patreon Berin’s Blog Katie’s […]

Summer Vacation in Finland In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about the Finnish heat wave and their summer shopping spree. They discuss how satisfying and meaningful it is to acquire that one “just right” right thing, rather than a lot of random mediocre things. There’s also a conversation about unicorns. Why I Paint My Nails Vito […]