Birgitta Jonsdottir on Iceland’s Pirate Party.

What Can We Learn From Iceland’s Pirate Party?

What Can We Learn From Iceland’s Pirate Party?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 1 2017 10:45 PM

Talk Like a Pirate (Party) Day

Birgitta Jónsdóttir explains what Iceland’s Pirate Party is all about.

Politician and co-founder of Iceland's Pirate Party Birgitta Jonsdottir in Reykjavik, Iceland on Oct. 25, 2016.

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Listen to Episode 861 of Slate’s The Gist:


Birgitta Jónsdóttir has an unusual background for a politician: She’s a poet and a free-speech activist. Since 2013, she’s been a member of the Icelandic parliament representing the anti-establishment Pirate Party. Jónsdóttir talks to Mike about what it’s like to work within a fledgling political party and why she’s disappointed with what WikiLeaks has become.

In the Spiel, how not to respond to a terrorist attack.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.