Behind the political success of Iceland's 'Pirate Party'

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Iceland may seem remote to most Americans, but it’s subject to political forces just like the rest of Europe — and to social media, just like the rest of the world.  That’s one reason for the rise of the Pirate Party, whose 49-year old leader, Birgitta Jonsdottir, speaks a familiar populist language. “It is a people’s movement. Ordinary people can change the world being able to go into parliament to change laws that give more people more power. It’s a message of hope.” 

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The Pirate Party is expected to do well in this week’s parliamentary election, as we hear from Paul Fontaine, news editor at Iceland’s Reykjavik Grapevine.

Credits

Guest:
Paul Fontaine - Reykjavik Grapevine - @pauldfontaine

Hosts:
Warren Olney, KCRW

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Paul von Zielbauer, Evan George