9 episodes

Kim Jong-nam should be the ruler of North Korea. Instead, he was the victim of the 21st century’s most bizarre assassination plot. A deep look inside a decades-long saga broiling with deceit, palace gossip, and political backstabbing—shedding light on the machinations of the most secretive nation on the planet.

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    • 4.8 • 170 Ratings

Kim Jong-nam should be the ruler of North Korea. Instead, he was the victim of the 21st century’s most bizarre assassination plot. A deep look inside a decades-long saga broiling with deceit, palace gossip, and political backstabbing—shedding light on the machinations of the most secretive nation on the planet.

    Hit and Run

    Hit and Run

    North Korean spies recruit two unwitting women to kill Kim Jong-nam, going through elaborate means to avoid detection. But the ensuing calamity triggers a daring rescue — one that could, someday, change the face of North Korea. 

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    • 48 min
    Deadly Agents

    Deadly Agents

    When Kim Jong-nam meets a mysterious American, were his brother's henchmen hiding in the shadows? How North Korea’s poisonous relationship with the United States contributed to Kim Jong-nam’s death — in more ways than one.

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    • 47 min
    To Make a Killing

    To Make a Killing

    Plunge into the murky underworld of North Korea's dirty financial dealings, and you'll realize: Kim Jong-nam was not in exile. Inside the prince's secret get-rich scheme—and the mob-like motivations that made him ... a target.

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    • 43 min
    The Prince and the Paper

    The Prince and the Paper

    After a spontaneous encounter, the scoop of a lifetime falls into the lap of a Japanese journalist. The surprising friendship that follows reveals much more than just Kim Jong-nam's thoughts on succession. But did his big mouth get him in big trouble?

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    • 42 min
    The Screen

    The Screen

    In a regime where image means everything, Kim Jong-nam's trip to Disneyland was a PR disaster. But is that why he was skipped over as successor? A deep dive into the country's history suggests that Kim Jong-nam and his family might have actually been punished for doing ... the unthinkable. 

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    • 43 min
    Like Father, Unlike Son

    Like Father, Unlike Son

    In the cutthroat world of Pyongyang’s palaces, a pair of manipulative mothers drives two generations of Kims to claw for their father’s affection, sparking a ruthless succession race. Plus, the embarrassing mistake that may have cost Kim Jong-nam the crown—and his life.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
170 Ratings

170 Ratings

Forget about privacy! ,

Very well done.

I crack out on any podcast I can find about North Korea, and this one taught me quite a bit. Very well done !

*liz* ,

So. Good.

Amazing! Very well-researched, the host is amazing, and the whole thing is just really well done.

jdtangney ,

Good storytelling marred by a hyperactive narrator

Every other word does not have to be ALL CAPS. just chill, and read the well-written text

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