The media often portrays Sweden as a modernist utopia – where blond-haired trend makers export upbeat pop music, hip furniture and meat balls, and parents enjoy unparalleled family leave. On today’s show: debunking the myth of the Scandinavian utopia.
And we uncover a growing trend among the DIY set: Ikea hacking, where people use Ikea’s raw materials to create their own customized furniture.
And our series Good Gig continues with a meteorologist based on the beautiful, but often inhospitable, summit of Mount Washington.
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The Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
- Michael Booth’s new book The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia. Booth is British-born but has lived in Denmark for many years now, and in his book he wryly describes Swedes as a stiff and conformist people paralyzed by good manners, with a government that exists as a sort of “benign totalitarianism”.
- We came up with a few reasons Sweden isn't so perfect after all, check it out here.
- Instead of following the assembly directions to the
lettercartoon, some people are opting to use Ikea’s raw materials to create their own customized furniture. 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars enters the world of Ikea-hacking.
- You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.
Good Gig: Ryan Knapp Mt. Washington Night Meteorologist
- Meteorologist Ryan Knapp isn’t standing in front of a green screen, or talking into a microphone from our comfy studio in Concord. He’s reporting directly from one of the most hostile environments in the country – the top of Mount Washington.
- Read more and see photos at this link.
Refrigeration In China
- Nicola Twilley is a writer currently working on a book about refrigeration, her recent article for the New York Times poses the question, “What Do Chinese Dumplings Have To Do With Global Warming?"