Work in progress

Perspectives on social change in Iceland and beyond

Seeking the opinion of people with different backgrounds, who share with us their unique perspectives on every day social matters, domestic and international.

Hosts: Jeffrey Guarino and Asantewa Feaster

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Work in Progress – Knee deep in the cake

Work in Progress – Knee deep in the cakearrow_forward

S03 E008 — maí 8, 2022

Jeff and Sante discuss recent events in Iceland and beyond.

Work in Progress – Mixed bag

Work in Progress – Mixed bagarrow_forward

S03 E007 — apríl 10, 2022

– Icelandic ministers bigoted comments and societal response

– Massacre in the Ukraine, media responses and what the end goal could be

– What are we taking away from the current state of the world?

Work in progress – Will Smith slap

Work in progress – Will Smith slaparrow_forward

S03 E006 — apríl 2, 2022

Jeffrey Guarino discusses his take on Will Smith’s slap, and other things.

Work in progress – All refugees matter

Work in progress – All refugees matterarrow_forward

S03 E005 — mars 26, 2022

Jeff and Sante are joined by Olari Tudor from Moldova for a discussion on the current war and refugee crisis in Ukraine. A reflection on how things are covered and the questions asked or not asked in media. Why should we care?

Work in progress – Speak viking

Work in progress – Speak vikingarrow_forward

S03 E004 — mars 12, 2022

A conversation with educator and YouTube personality Óskar Bragi about the importance of language in immigrating and connecting in Icelandic society. We discuss personal experiences as well as Óskar´s thoughts on the way forward in a homogeneous and yet multicultural society.

Work in progress – The weather

Work in progress – The weatherarrow_forward

S03 E003 — febrúar 12, 2022

Sante and Jeff talk about the weather and other things.

Work in progress – A talk with Aspen Powers

Work in progress – A talk with Aspen Powersarrow_forward

S03 E002 — janúar 29, 2022

Jeffrey talks to Aspen Powers, founder and CEO of Vargo media and Executive producer for a show called Travelpolitans, about his upcoming project, which will be filmed in Iceland.

Work in progress – Becoming an Icelander

Work in progress – Becoming an Icelanderarrow_forward

S03 E001 — janúar 15, 2022

Today’s talk is with Teitur H. Syen on being a foreign born naturalized Icelandic citizen, negotiating working styles, cultural norms, issues and opportunities for foreigners or those wanting to immigrate into Icelandic workforce. Host: Jeffrey Guarino

Work in progress – Multiculturalism

Work in progress – Multiculturalismarrow_forward

S02 E010 — desember 18, 2021

As foreign workers we have a unique way of looking at things such as morale ,cooperation and management styles. Sometimes they come in to conflict with our native employers knowing these differences can be invaluable to both employer and employee.

We will also discuss celebrating the holidays in Iceland coming from different perspectives and how we celebrate what we celebrate when we celebrate.

Hosted by Jeffrey Guarino Sante Feaster and joined by special guest Phoenix Ramos

Work in progress – Thanksgiving is for mourning

Work in progress – Thanksgiving is for mourningarrow_forward

S02 E009 — nóvember 20, 2021

Work in progress is in english and is run by english speaking hosts. This weeks topic is Thanksgiving and how it looks through the lens of Sante Feaster and Jeffrey Guarino.

– What does it mean historically, who it affects and why is it being celebrated in Iceland?

– The cultural impacts of film, diversity and ignorance in Iceland

– We discuss our first Thanksgiving in Iceland and what the holiday means to us from an American gaze.

Work In Progress – From laughs to life

Work In Progress – From laughs to lifearrow_forward

S02 E008 — september 4, 2021

From Laughs to Life: The Journey to Iceland for Jewells Chambers Living, working, creating

Created and Hosted by Jewells Chambers; All Things Iceland: YouTube and Podcast Embracing the 15% Discovering your new home and its nature Book mentioned: Íslenskir Matþörungar (Edible Seaweeds of Iceland) by Eydís Mary Jónsdóttir

Work in Progress- Why should I care?

Work in Progress- Why should I care?arrow_forward

S02 E007 — maí 1, 2021

Verdict in George Floyd murder case

• Taking on the system

• The tree is poisonous not the apple

– What happens to good cops?

– Will there ever be a new system?

– One sided justice Who is the person to be feared?

• The myth of Black pain tolerance

• Police in fear of their life

• Historically, who is to be feared?

Hosts: Jeffrey and Paula

Guests: Nichole Katrín Salinas and Derek T. Allen.

Work In Progress – Real Talk On Asian Hate

Work In Progress – Real Talk On Asian Hatearrow_forward

S02 E006 — apríl 10, 2021

-BLM standing up for/stepping in for Asian people during the recent rash of hate crimes

-Asian cultural silence

-Where does Asian oppression fit into White supremacy?

-Why is there doubt only in Black trauma?

-Media‘s response

-Different Asian cultures and why it matters to know them

– Asian discrimination in Icelandic culture

Work In Progress – Cancel Culture

Work In Progress – Cancel Culturearrow_forward

S02 E005 — mars 6, 2021

This week Sante talks to Jeffrey, Paula and a special guest, Andie Sophia Fontaine, news editor at the Reykjavík Grapevine, about various aspects of cancel culture.

Is the response different from generation to generation?

-Missed opportunities to fix structural issues

-Using cancel culture to facilitate change

-How does this affect Iceland and does it happen in Iceland?

-Being silent for the sake of gaining power and not burning potential bridges

Work in Progress – Generational Changes

Work in Progress – Generational Changesarrow_forward

S02 E004 — febrúar 20, 2021

In today’s episode, Sante, Paula and Jeffrey speak to Elizabeth Guarino and Bianca Hallveig about growing up in Iceland.

Does language blind Icelandic society from the rest of its culture?

– Icelandic society could be alienating its younger generations

– Iceland is diversifying but can the culture accept that

– What does belonging mean to the younger Icelandic generations

– How can Icelandic culture embrace the diversification happening?

Work In Progress – „Language Gate“

Work In Progress – „Language Gate“arrow_forward

S02 E003 — febrúar 13, 2021

Host: Paula Gould

Guests: Kathryn Gunnarsson, Phoenix Ramos Proppé and Miriam Petra Ómarsdóttir Awad, with Jeffrey Guarino and Laufey Ólafsdóttir.

The language blame game; how does language start a fire that blinds accomplishment?

– The op-eds that falsified three times the charm

– Are immigrants the torch bearers of the Icelandic language?

– Prejudice in Iceland/ Being Icelandic enough in the eye of who? Does Iceland want diversity or numbers?

– Are the ideas to measure diversity and inclusivity being used for numbers and not to implement action?

– Foreigners being drilled by Icelandic society to be enough when their Icelandic counterparts are not being demanded the same. The sense of belonging

-What does it mean to be Iceland from micro to macro-level?

– How does the Icelandic measurement of belonging deny one’s experiences?

Work in progress – Microaggressions through the lens

Work in progress – Microaggressions through the lensarrow_forward

S02 E002 — janúar 23, 2021

-Microaggressions in Icelandic politics

-Heritage disbelief

-When microaggressions become aggression

-Where do microaggressions start?

-Microaggression in children

Special guest: Sanna Magdalena Mörtudóttir, with Paula Gould, Jeffrey Guarino and Laufey Ólafsdóttir.

Host: Asantewa Feaster.

Work in Progress – Toxic Masculinity and Current Events

Work in Progress – Toxic Masculinity and Current Eventsarrow_forward

S02 E001 — janúar 9, 2021

Is the storming of the U.S capital rooted in toxic masculinity? The 1898 coup in North Carolina shows that history truly repeats itself. What will be the consequences of what happened at the U.S capitol and to whom?

The lack of consequences fuels toxic masculinity and it starts in the upbringing of children.

The size of Iceland leads to suppressed toxic masculinity even in the political sector.

Work in progress – Toxic masculinity

Work in progress – Toxic masculinityarrow_forward

S01 E006 — desember 19, 2020

Jeff, Laufey and Paula discuss toxic masculinity and related issues from a cultural as well as social perspective.

Jeff, Laufey og Paula ræða eitraða karlmennsku og málefni í kringum hana menningarlega og félagslega.

Work in progress: More food

Work in progress: More foodarrow_forward

S01 E005 — ágúst 29, 2020

It’s the 2nd episode in the food series. We will be discussing foodie culture/fads in Iceland, the new ethnic foods in, and how they are received by Icelandic people and foreigners alike.

Work in progress: Topic: Food

Work in progress: Topic: Foodarrow_forward

S01 E004 — júlí 18, 2020

In this first instalment about the cultural implications of food and dining the discussion proves to be more than can be snugly fit into a single episode… more to come.

Work in progress: Band aid solutions

Work in progress: Band aid solutionsarrow_forward

S01 E003 — júlí 11, 2020

What are band aid solutions and how are they being used throughout history in a racial and cultural context? How are we using these band aid solutions to address and further the reach of the real solution?

Work in progress: 4th of July

Work in progress: 4th of Julyarrow_forward

S01 E002 — júlí 4, 2020

In this episode, Jeffrey Guarino one of our hosts speaks about being an American and a member of the human race at a meeting of the Socialist Party of Iceland on the fourth of july.

Work in progress: The tragic fire at Vesturgata

Work in progress: The tragic fire at Vesturgataarrow_forward

S01 E001 — júní 27, 2020

Structural aspects of the tragic fire at Vesturgata

In our first episode, we discuss the tragic fire at Vesturgata, and delve into the deeper structural and intersectional aspects of why things like this happen.

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