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Raised in Northern Minnesota. BA in Radio/Business & Entrepreneurship. Painfully average marathoner. Spends too much time on Spotify, in search of the best record store in the world, and dreams of returning to Reykjavík.

Iceland 2014 Documentary [LISTEN]

The Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland class wrapped up, and that means our documentary about Icelandic culture is now available for YOUR listening pleasure. Check it out right here, right now for stories about Icelandic sports, how climate change is affecting Iceland, the LGBT community, gender equality, and the whaling controversy. Want more behind-the-scenes action? Check out our main blog for links to all our work, including a trailer, photos, blooper reel, links to our interviews and show reviews, and more. Thanks to Iceland Airwaves and Columbia College Chicago’s Radio Department for a spectacular trip!



Icelandic Culture: Coffee Shops, Coffee Culture, Coffee Competition? (LISTEN)

We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.

Coffee shops come in all shapes, sizes, colors and personalities. Especially in Iceland. Some are one story, and built for tourists to load up and out; or regulars to stay all day and sip away. Maybe they’re two stories where part is a coffee shop and part is a bar. There’s even a two story cafe that the tourists enjoy the first floor, and the second floor acts almost as a hidden, cozy den for the regulars. To put how much Icelanders love their coffee into perspective, think of it this way: the United States averages about 4.2kg consumed per person per year of coffee beans, but in Iceland, it’s more than double that at 9kg per person per year. If you’re wondering how else it’s different, here’s the owner of Café Babalú, Glenn Barkan.

But in some ways co-owner of Stofan, Ása Dyradóttir says it doesn’t seem so different from the US:

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Iceland Airwaves Day Six (11/10): Looking Back (Reflection)

It’s insane looking back on everything that has happened in the past week here in Reykjavík. It’s crazy to think that this whole adventure started out as ten college students and our teacher in a classroom, excited that we got in the class, but also a little bit terrified as to what was going to happen next. This Covering International Festivals: Iceland class has been an amazing experience, even though it’s not  completely done yet.

Ericka, Jessica Braun and Dan hanging out before a show
Ericka, Jessica Braun and Dan hanging out before a show

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