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The “North Korea News Podcast” is a weekly program covering all things North Korea: discussion on the latest news, extended interviews with leading specialists, and insight from our very own staff. We welcome both generalist and specialist audiences interested in knowing more about the Korean Peninsula.

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The “North Korea News Podcast” is a weekly program covering all things North Korea: discussion on the latest news, extended interviews with leading specialists, and insight from our very own staff. We welcome both generalist and specialist audiences interested in knowing more about the Korean Peninsula.

    Back from the inter-Korean breakdown brink? – NKNews Podcast Ep.135

    Back from the inter-Korean breakdown brink? – NKNews Podcast Ep.135

    We may be witnessing a step back from the brink of serious provocations on the Korean peninsula, following an abrupt shift in North Korea’s official rhetoric last week.

    But is demolishing the liaison office as far as Pyongyang will go, or will things get worse before they get better?

    Join Korea Risk Group CEO Chad O’Carroll, NK News Managing Editor Oliver Hotham, NK News correspondent Jeongmin Kim, and host Jacco Zwetsloot in this roundtable discussion on current inter-Korean tensions.

    About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interviews with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.

    • 50 min
    A journey across the globe to remember the Korean War – NKNews Podcast Ep.134

    A journey across the globe to remember the Korean War – NKNews Podcast Ep.134

    This week marks 70 years since the start of the Korean War, a truly international conflict with dozens of countries involved.

    In an effort to honor and remember the sacrifices of those that fought on both sides of “The Forgotten War,” Hannah Y. Kim traveled across six continents to 26 countries that participated in the war. She then followed up on that journey in 2018, ultimately visiting all 50 U.S. states.

    Kim joins the NK News Podcast to talk about her journey and how she promotes awareness and appreciation for Korean War veterans through her work, which is featured on koreanwarmemorials.com and remember727.org. Kim’s website archives her many interviews with Korean War veterans, as well as photos and videos collected on her journey.

    Hannah Y. Kim is the founder of Remember 727, an organization dedicated to remembering the sacrifices of soldiers who fought in the Korean War and the armistice that was signed on July 27, 1953.

    About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interviews with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.

    • 51 min
    Inter-Korean tensions: Live from Yeonpyeong-do – NKNews Podcast Ep.133

    Inter-Korean tensions: Live from Yeonpyeong-do – NKNews Podcast Ep.133

    Tensions are rising between the two Koreas as increasingly vicious rhetoric from Pyongyang suggests serious provocations could be imminent.

    Live from the ferry from Yeongpyeong Island right on the edge of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the NK News team talks about North Korean pressure tactics, cross-border provocations, and what Seoul may and may not do to try and de-escalate the emerging situation.

    Join Korea Risk Group CEO Chad O’Carroll, Professor Andrei Lankov, Professor Andray Abrahamian and fearless host Jacco Zwetsloot in this exclusive roundtable discussion.

    About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interviews with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.

    • 45 min
    Depictions of North Korea in South Korean pop culture – NKNews Podcast Ep.132

    Depictions of North Korea in South Korean pop culture – NKNews Podcast Ep.132

    Tropes and plot devices used in South Korean movies, television shows, and music depicting North Korea and interactions with North Koreans have changed over time, and often reflect attitudes and relations of a given era.

    Stephen Epstein, Director of Asian Languages and Cultures and Victoria University of Wellington, joins the NK News Podcast to talk about how inter-Korean politics and identity are reflected in popular culture, gender, and media representation of North Korean defectors, and how some of them are even becoming media stars in their own right.

    He also discusses collaborations with researchers like Christopher Green, and what the hit K-drama “Crash Landing on You” has to say about today’s North-South relations.

    Stephen Epstein’s paper, “The Axis of Vaudeville: Images of North Korea in South Korean Pop Culture,” can be found here.

    NOTE: the Korean word talbukja (탈북자) is often used in the show. It means North Korean defector.

    About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interviews with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.

    • 54 min
    Bringing American pro wrestling to North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep.131

    Bringing American pro wrestling to North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep.131

    “Collision in Korea” set a new world record for the largest pro wrestling attendance ever that still stands today — and it happened in the middle of Pyongyang in 1995.

    Former head of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Eric Bischoff joins the NK News Podcast to discuss the international wrestling business, how it reached North Korea, Muhammad Ali, Antonio Inoki, 2 Cold Scorpio, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and the prospects for sports diplomacy.

    Eric Bischoff has written a book about his life in wrestling called “Controversy Creates Cash.”

    Plus! Nick Bonner joins (01:00:09) to talk about what it was like to plan a 100-plus person tour to Pyongyang just for Collision in Korea.

    About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interviews with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The U.S.-ROK alliance in the “fire and fury” era – NKNews Podcast Ep.130

    The U.S.-ROK alliance in the “fire and fury” era – NKNews Podcast Ep.130

    The U.S.-ROK alliance has served as the linchpin for regional security for over 70 years and continues to be among the most important and consequential institutions and partnerships in Asia.

    General Vincent Brooks was the Commander of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), as well as United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command, from 2016-2018, a period of extraordinary tension and summit diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.

    He joins the NK News Podcast to discuss those escalating tensions, the demonstration of capabilities, deterrence, THAAD, U.S. security objectives, and more.

    About the podcast: The North Korea News Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted exclusively by NK News, covering all things DPRK: from news to extended interviews with leading experts and analysts in the field and insight from our very own journalists.

    • 54 min

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