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Jokes from near and far, and how one Finnish word sparked a global movement

The language of humor: is German humor really an oxymoron? Of course not, unless you don’t get the jokes. Germans are trying to break out of their unamusing — and unamused — past. They’re even making fun of the Nazis.  On the subject of horrifying but ridiculous regimes, are Soviet jokes still funny?  They certainly set the bar for dark. And why does the humor of say, The Office overcome language barriers while other comedies remain imprisoned within their own languages?
Also this week, I take a look at how two video artists turned an obscure Finnish word meaning “complaints choir” into a worldwide phenomenon.  Listen to the podcast in iTunes or here.

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