The Raisin at the Hot Dog's End
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Your homo/negro report from Iceland. Join Jonas and Lydia, two Texan-Americans living in Iceland, as they crack wise about what they find noteworthy about their adopted country. From gobbling pickled ram’s testicles and public pooping to social commentary and tips for visitors (what’s that lurking at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon? Nothing, but there totally used to be). Get to know Iceland—the good, the bad and the sheepy—with Jonas and Lydia.

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    #20 Too Sexy For Your Eagle

    Happy anniversary little raisins! It's been one year since Jonas and Lydia first plugged in the old Snowball mic and let you listen in on their therapy sessions cleverly disguised as a podcast. You're welcome. On this week's episode they talk Iceland’s disproportionate glut of holidays (First Day of Summer and 2nd Day of Easter followed by an all-you-can-Feast of the Ascension), the country’s grand plan to save the world, cars (they're terrible) vs. pedestrian streets and the sexy trouples of the avian world.

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    #19 Everything is Fine

    Spring has sprung in Iceland but the spring spirit has yet to take hold. Jonas and Lydia are a bit down in the doldrums but there are some bright spots, some metaphorical crocuses if you will, peeping through the dirt that is everyday (sometimes shitty) life— good food and literary festivals. Read a book. Happy Easter?

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    #18 Beyond Björk

    Don’t get us wrong, Björk, Sigur Rós, GusGus and Of Monsters and Men are great but there’s a lot more to Icelandic music. In this episode, we’ll begin our journey into the Icelandic music landscape and introduce you to some classics, what the kids are listening to and sprinkle in a touch of techno BDSM.

    We’re hoping to make this a recurring topic of discussion so don’t be dismayed if you’re not into or are already hip to the music we talk about this go around––we’ll circle back to this topic on the regular.

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    #17 The Year of Joy (no tidying necessary)

    Happy New Year and Gleðilegt ár! It's a new year and Jonas and Lydia are all about doing things that bring them joy. Find out how they (and Icelanders) ring in the New Year and their plans for The Raisin and the Hot Dog in 2019. Get excited Little Raisins! As usual, they veer off on a tangent or ten but it's part of their charm. Check out the links below to communicate with J-Mo and Lyd via the social media (they've both completed four decades on the planet and as is required now use "the" with reckless abandon).

    FYI Bill Withers is still alive and kickin' at 80-years-old.

    Takk, takk and bless, bless y'all!

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    #16 Jólin koma

    Jólin koma (Christmas is coming) and so is murder, mayhem, monstrous trolls and classist felines. It’s Christmastime in Iceland. Jonas and Lydia explore the figurative and literal darkness of winter, the aggressive, angry mirth of Icelanders and how to get your Yule on.

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    #15 Thanksgiving

    Christmas trees and lights are popping up all over Reykjavík, office Christmas parties are in full swing and children are whispering in delight, “jólin koma”...and it’s still November. Back in the old country, Christmas talk doesn’t really get going until, say, the week of Thanksgiving. But in Iceland, Christmasing begins well before that and we think that may be in large part due to the lack of a November holiday and the crushing darkness but it all feels a little rushed to us. We haven’t given ourselves over to the Icelandic Christmasy-ness just yet. We’re holding on to Thanksgiving, reflecting on the things we’re thankful for and sharing the minutes, if you will, from the latest Gorgeous American Ladies in Iceland meeting. It’s a hoot...strike’s a gobble-gobble. Happy Thanksgiving and bless, bless y’all!

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    #14 Back to the Dark Side

    The shadow of the cold, clammy hands of winter's dark is falling across Iceland and getting Jonas and Lydia in the mood--not that kind of mood, get your minds' out of the gutter--in the mood for scary stories. Jonas brings us the tale of a Deacon a little too determined to keep his date in "Deacon of Dark River/Djákinn á Myrká" and Lydia gets to the root of all evil in "Drangey Consecrated." Bless, bless and Happy Halloween y'all!

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    #13 The Isms

    We’re back from our summer break and ready to dig into a meaty topic as we launch season two of The Raisin at the Hot Dog’s End. We’re talking -isms. Lydia and Jonas have lived in the American South, New England and Iceland, and if there is one thing we know for sure it’s that where there be humans, there be isms and phobias. No place on earth, where humans live, is Mary Poppins level perfect, that is, practically perfect in every way, for those of you who somehow missed the motion picture starring the ever fabulous Julie Andrews (looking right at you, Jonas). We’re members of three of the top five traditionally marginalized groups (totally just made up the top five thing but it’s probably true, Google it), The Blacks, The Women Folk and The Gays and at times, that leads to having not so great experiences--even here in Iceland.

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    Mini #1 How to Vote While Living Abroad

    Visit the website for FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program), which will give you more specific instructions for your state and district. BUT DO NOT WAIT! Some state cut-off times to register are in early October and the process can take a while.

    So visit FVAP today and get 'er done!

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    #12 Reykjavík Night Life or Black Death and Fire Wine

    If Jonas and Lydia know anything, it's that a night on the town in Reykjavík doesn't have to include drunken debauchery cause, you know, they're too old for that shit. But if that's your thing they totally know about some places where you can debauch away–always with consent, #druslugangan–and then go for brunch after.

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    #11 Hidden Gems

    Jonas and Lydia talk hidden gems, sights to see off the beaten path and sing old American TV show theme songs.

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    #10 #notallicelanders

    We're into the double digits folks and now it's time to get down to the nitty and the gritty. This time we're taking off the gloves and talking Icelanders and their idiosyncrasies.

    NB: We’re making sweeping generalizations about an entire nation here, which is why we have (lovingly) called this ep “#notallicelanders, as these are our impressions and there are plenty of Icelanders who break the mold! So why talk about this? Because moving country and adapting to a new culture can make you feel like you’re being gas lighted or you're in the Twilight Zone (go ahead and Google Rod Serling, children). Up is down, 2+2=1, the people are doing weird shit and you seem to be the only one not in the know. It’s an odd experience and one worth talking about. Here we go.

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    #9 Going Medieval on Your Snæfellsnes

    Snufflegrass? Schnozzlefat? Snookerflip? No, it's Snæfellsnes week! Lydia and Jonas get real with the story of Guðríður the far-traveller, a 10th-century bad-ass Snæfellsnesian lady who went through husbands like kleenex, summered in Greenland, wintered in Manhattan, dropped in on her friend the pope in Rome, probably met an alien, and definitely pulled some legendary party tricks involving a freaky-deaky fortune-teller, some cat-skin gloves and a bowl of "goatmeal" (that's oatmeal with goat's milk, in case you were wondering). Later in the episode: Lydia and Jonas discuss what to do when visiting Guðríður's old stomping ground, Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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    #8 Lamb's Head and Licorice and Hot Dogs, Oh My!

    The food gauntlet has been thrown down. Who dares accept the challenge? Lydia and Jonas introduce you to the sometimes delish, often repulsive, but entirely unique world of Icelandic gastronomy. The all-you-can-listen buffet is open. Tie on your bibs, break out your puke buckets and bon appetit, y'all.

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    #7 Way Out West, Way Up North

    Lydia and Jonas take to the road this episode—Lydia to the Westfjords and Jonas to Akureyri—and discuss the trials, tribulations and pastries they encountered along the way. What dangers lie in the mountains and valleys of the Westfjords? What secrets does the sleepy town of Akureyri hold (hint: they bring local food to a whole, new, gruesome level)? And what is this ferming ritual you've heard so much about? Your endearing diamonds in the rough—Jonas and Lydia—answer these questions and more.

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    #6 LambVision

    In this week's episode, Lydia and Jonas talk about their weekend adventures including exploring the politically charged weirdness that is Eurovision, lambing season, bad swimming pool etiquette, Icelandic film and the Christian calendar. Oh boy.

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    #5 Icelandic 101: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

    Icelandic is just another Nordic language (like Swedish, Norwegian and Danish), but instead of moving into the modern era like its neighbors—with ABBA, minimalist design, open-faced sandwiches and all that—Iceland has a crazy death-grip on its ancient tongue. Sir Jo-Jo and Lady Lydz give us the lowdown on what it’s like living in their personal, linguistic renaissance fair: masochistic grammar, survival phrases, the world's most entertaining phonebook and much more.

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    #4 A Trip to the Dark Side: Hair-raising Stories from Iceland

    Now that the days are finally getting longer, Jonas & Lydia feel it’s safe to tell some dark stories from Iceland without hurling themselves into a deep depression. Lyd uncovers a grizzly chapter from the history of the Westfjords wherein the locals hunted down and mutilated a group of Basque sailors. And Jonas regales us with the bloody story of Iceland’s only serial killer (with the exception of mayonnaise).

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    Bonus #1: One Ring Road to Rule Them All!

    Traveling along the Ring Road (Route 1) is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Iceland. It takes you around the entire country, with the exceptions of the Westfjords and Snæfellsnes peninsula and you can do it in less than two weeks. If Jonas and Lydia can do it, so can you.

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    #3 Up, Down & Through Iceland, Part 2

    This is Lydia’s first time living in Iceland and Jonas’ second time. They’ve both lived here for almost a year now and are both married to Icelanders so they’ve visited often and have travelled up, down and through Iceland. They have recommendations, do’s and don’ts and tales of adventure to share. These are their stories. Insert Law & Order sound here. We had so much to say we had to split it into two parts (episodes 2 and 3). And then we still weren't done, so we served up a hot plate of bonus episode on our tips and recs for the ring road.

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    #2 Up, Down & Through Iceland, Part 1

    This is Lydia’s first time living in Iceland and Jonas’ second time. They’ve both lived here for almost a year now and are both married to Icelanders so they’ve visited often and have travelled up, down and through Iceland. They have recommendations, do’s and don’ts and tales of adventure to share. These are their stories. Insert Law & Order sound here. We had so much to say we had to split it into two parts (episodes 2 and 3). And then we still weren't done, so we served up a hot plate of bonus episode on our tips and recs for the ring road.

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    #1 A Mild, Mild Palate... Meet Jonas & Lydia in Iceland

    The first episode of The Raisin at the Hot Dog’s End finds Jonas and Lydia, two Texan-Americans living in Iceland, gabbing about what they find weird and interesting about Iceland—hello, pickled ram genitals—and trying to figure out how to record their podcast. Listen in and discover why Iceland, Icelandic and Icelanders are so damned fascinating.

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