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North Korea News Podcast by NK News

North Korea News Podcast by NK News

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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 ...Show More
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What exactly did North Korea test over the weekend? – NKNews Podcast Ep.70

49:43 | May 6th

North Korea watchers were rudely awoken Saturday morning by news that the DPRK had launched a series of so-called “projectiles” off its east coast. And as state media footage emerged the following morning, it became clear that one of the weapons test...Show More
Unpacking the mystery of North Korea’s “ghost ships” – NKNews Podcast Ep.69

35:22 | Apr 30th

There’s no shortage of “weird North Korea” stories, but few are as unsettling as the ghost ship phenomenon, wherein dozens of North Korean fishing vessels reach the west coast of Japan, Russia, and sometimes South Korea everywhere without a crew. If ...Show More
How to read the North Korean media – NKNews Podcast Ep.68

49:26 | Apr 23rd

Interpreting what and how North Korea says about its nuclear weapons program, foreign policy, and the domestic economy is one of the hardest tasks for Pyongyang-watchers. Minyoung Rachel Lee, recently hired as an analyst for NK News‘s sister site NK ...Show More
To Pyongyang and back again – NKNews Podcast Ep.67

41:02 | Apr 16th

This week on the podcast, Jacco Zwetsloot, the Fearless Host of the NK News Podcast, gives us a debrief of his recent trip to North Korea and his eventful return to Seoul. Also discussed? NK News Managing Editor Oliver Hotham and correspondent Colin ...Show More
How inter-Korean diplomacy impacts South Korea’s military – NKNews Podcast Ep.66

41:06 | Apr 9th

Last September saw the two Koreas sign what was described at the time as a “de facto” peace treaty: a comprehensive agreement by their two militaries to seek to reduce tensions and establish trust. But what impact might these changes have on the grou...Show More
Open for business? Law and litigation in North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep.65

43:09 | Apr 2nd

Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is such a thing as rule of law in North Korea, with lawyers, litigation, mitigation, and other familiar proceedings. In fact, Mike Hay argues that the North takes law very seriously when it comes to foreign busi...Show More
Made in Chosun: exploring North Korean ephemera – NKNews Podcast Ep.64

0:00 | Mar 27th

In a special video podcast, Koryo Tours's Nick Bonner takes readers around his Seoul exhibition
Getting creative about the future of Korean unification – NKNews Podcast Ep.63

27:28 | Mar 19th

Holly Kang is the international programs manager at the UniKorea Foundation, which helps facilitate cross-border understanding, generate research and solutions on North Korea-related issues, and aims to improve global awareness of North Korea-related...Show More
Why Jim Rogers wants to invest in North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep.62

26:21 | Mar 12th

Where many see threat in North Korea, Jim Rogers sees opportunity. The legendary investor has maintained for years that the DPRK, along with a unified Korean peninsula, presents tremendous opportunities for investors willing to step in at the ground ...Show More
How to talk to North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep.61

56:35 | Mar 5th

The breakdown in dialogue at last week’s Hanoi Summit was driven, in part, by the inability for both sides to communicate clearly what their objectives and timelines were. As Glyn Ford explains in his new book, however, poor communication between Was...Show More
Making sense of the no-deal summit – NKNews Podcast Ep.60

24:13 | Mar 1st

The second summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump is over, concluding, much to everyone’s surprise, with the two sides failing to come to an agreement. In a special round-table podcast recorded on the ground in Hanoi, NK News CEO and founder Cha...Show More
Women and human rights in the DPRK – NKNews Podcast Ep.59

50:20 | Feb 26th

As Trump and Kim Jong Un prepared for their second summit in Hanoi, we sat down with Jay Song, a Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies at the University of Melbourne, last week, to talk about the increasingly salient role that women have in helping the o...Show More
The messy history of U.S.-North Korea nuclear diplomacy – NK News Podcast ep.58

1:01:16 | Feb 19th

With a second U.S.-North Korea summit just a week away and growing speculation among experts that the meeting will lead to a major agreement between the two countries, it’s more important than ever that observers study the past. Ambassador Joseph R. ...Show More
How to engage North Korea on human rights – NK News Podcast ep.57

40:05 | Feb 11th

The release of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in 2014 represented a significant milestone in human rights documentation and reporting in North Korea. Five years later, we look at t...Show More
North Korea: a month in review – NK News Podcast ep.56

46:54 | Feb 7th

NK News‘s sister site NK Pro has for several months now been putting out the “Month in Review” feature, a comprehensive guide to all the most critical goings-on in and around the peninsula over the previous 31 days. This week, that report’s author an...Show More
How to talk so North Korea will listen – NK News Podcast ep.55

38:40 | Jan 29th

With a second summit between North Korea and the U.S. looming and plans for Kim Jong Un to visit Seoul in the coming months, it feels like the days of fire and fury are far behind us. But, as pointed out by a recent report by the International Crisis...Show More
Kim and Trump’s pen pal diplomacy: a roundtable – NK News Podcast ep.54

41:42 | Jan 23rd

U.S.-North Korea diplomacy got a much-needed shot in the arm over the weekend, with officials from both sides sitting down for long-awaited talks in Washington DC and on the outskirts of Stockholm. Those meetings saw, among other things, the delivery...Show More
Ambassador Mark Lippert on U.S.-Korea relations – NK News Podcast ep.53

49:11 | Jan 7th

The U.S.-South Korea relationship has a long and complex history, with the issue having gained particular importance last year amid talk of a “decoupling” in the alliance. In this episode, former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert discusses ...Show More
Ringing in a new year in North Korea – NK News Podcast ep.52

42:13 | Jan 2nd

Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s address this week was hotly-anticipated, with DPRK watchers across the world keeping a close eye on a speech expected to define North Korean policy for 2019. Just a day after the speech, NK News journalists Oliver Hotham, Dag...Show More
What women’s health teaches us about gender equality – NK News Podcast ep.51

45:18 | Dec 24th, 2018

Women face extraordinary hardship in North Korea, including little to no access to sanitary products and basic health services. Indeed, these challenges are ingrained into the DPRK’s highly patriarchal society, that endures despite the presence of h...Show More
Our top 5 most popular episodes in 2018 – NKNews Podcast Ep. 50

14:29 | Dec 17th, 2018

It’s the 50th of the NK News podcast! To celebrate this landmark number, we did something a little special this week. As such, we present you snippets of the five most-listened-to episodes from this year, with commentary from our host Jacco Zwetsloot...Show More
Will Kim Jong Un come to Seoul this year? – NKNews Podcast Ep.49

44:09 | Dec 10th, 2018

Speculation is rife in Seoul about when to expect a visit from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and whether that historic trip will take place before the end of the year. In this week’s roundtable episode, we’re joined by NK News CEO Chad O’Carroll, ...Show More
North Korea: the case for optimism – NKNews Podcast Ep.48

58:41 | Dec 3rd, 2018

As inter-Korean relations continue to improve, many believe that this time is fundamentally different than past episodes of détente. This is primarily driven by the decision-makers at the top, especially Kim Jong Un, argues Yonsei University’s John D...Show More
Reading the tea leaves of North Korean culture – NKNews Podcast Ep.47

42:49 | Nov 26th, 2018

Geopolitical policy and nuclear wonks continue to try and wrap their minds around what North Korea is trying to do and how it will get there, but perhaps the most revealing medium through which to understand the Hermit Kingdom is through its literatu...Show More
How international agencies in North Korea get things done – NK News Podcast ep. 46

33:57 | Nov 19th, 2018

During his four years in-country with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Thomas Fisler saw more of the “real,” unfiltered North Korea than just about any foreigner. In an interview, he shared with us his experiences working to br...Show More
Change from below? Empowering the North Korean people – NKNews Podcast ep.32

41:39 | Aug 13th, 2018

There is real change in North Korea, but it’s not due to sanctions, summits, or cogent statecraft, says Liberty in North Korea’s Sokeel Park. Instead, he says, change is driven by the 25 million North Koreans not named Kim Jong Un, with the people ta...Show More
Roundtable: war remains, sanctions, and N. Korean movies – NKNews Podcast ep.31

36:40 | Aug 6th, 2018

This week, the NK News team explores the implications of war remains returned to the U.S., the contentious restaurant worker defector issue, and ongoing sports and film exchanges between the two Koreas. Also discussed? Pyongyang’s ongoing constructio...Show More
What fish prices teach us about the North Korean economy – NKNews Podcast ep.30

37:34 | Jul 31st, 2018

Peter Ward spent the last three and a half weeks traveling around North Korea, observing first-hand the increasing marketization of the country and its impact on society. Whether this will lead to reform and opening up is another question, he says, b...Show More
An eight-step guide to North Korean provocation – NKNews Podcast ep.29

39:59 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Escalating tensions on the peninsula, followed by a last-minute diplomatic “breakthrough” to cool things down, then headache after headache as a long-term deal seems just out of reach. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Tharp has seen this all before. In this ...Show More
A Conversation with Two North Korean Refugees – NKNews Podcast ep.28

38:30 | Jul 16th, 2018

Often overlooked in the pomp and circumstance of summit diplomacy are the millions of North Koreans that have the most to gain and lose from how those negotiations play out. In this episode of the North Korea News Podcast, we sit down with two former...Show More
Bypassing information control in North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep.27

26:48 | Jul 10th, 2018

North Korea may be the most isolated nation on Earth, but its population (and state) are more tech-savvy than would appear. For this episode of the North Korea News Podcast, we bring you an important conversation on surveillance and censorship in Nor...Show More
Political risk and investment in North Korea – NKNews Podcast ep.26

43:38 | Jul 2nd, 2018

With genuine reform and opening up being discussed seriously in policy circles in Seoul and elsewhere, what investment opportunities and risks exist in North Korea? South Korean wealth managers are scrambling to take advantage of the recent détente b...Show More
Live from Pyongyang, it’s… daily life! – NKNews Podcast ep.25

36:12 | Jun 25th, 2018

Ambreen Mustafa of the Pakistan embassy to the DPRK calls us live from Pyongyang to discuss the mood in North Korea, share what daily life is like for a foreign diplomat, and explain why the country may be the most serene place on Earth. This month m...Show More
Feminism, gender norms, and etiquette in North Korea – NKNews Podcast ep.24

31:32 | Jun 18th, 2018

In a purportedly egalitarian society like North Korea, classes or hierarchy outside of the Paektusan lineage should technically not exist. But there is a clear dissonance between this idea and the expectations placed on women to use honorifics and sp...Show More
What happens in Singapore… – NKNews Podcast ep.23

27:38 | Jun 15th, 2018

A sitting U.S. president has just met the leader of North Korea for the first time, in Singapore no less. But what does this mean for the United States, the Koreas, and Asia more broadly? In this week’s episode of the North Korea News Podcast, we are...Show More
Thae Yong-ho on prospects for peace and denuclearization – NKNews Podcast ep.22

43:31 | Jun 4th, 2018

When then-deputy DPRK ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-ho arrived in South Korea in 2016, he was one of the highest-ranking North Korean officials to ever defect. In this very special episode, we talk with Thae about life as a North Korean diplomat, h...Show More
The week of on-again, off-again summitry: NKNews Podcast ep.21

22:49 | May 28th, 2018

It was quite a week for North Korea watchers. With U.S. President Donald Trump’s shock decision on Thursday to withdraw from a planned summit with Kim Jong Un, it felt to many that a return to the days of “fire and fury” was all but inevitable. But ...Show More
Reporting on North Korea as a foreign correspondent – NKNews Podcast ep.20

49:59 | May 21st, 2018

Anna Fifield, now with the Washington Post, has been covering goings-on on the Korean peninsula on and off since 2004. Her story “Life under Kim Jong Un,” published late last year, was the first-ever story by the paper to run in both English and Kore...Show More
North Korea plays hardball? – NKNews Podcast ep.19

41:06 | May 18th, 2018

North Korea has begun to voice displeasure with what they perceive as South Korean enablement of bad behavior–in this case, war games with the U.S. and inviting high-profile defector Thae Yong-ho to speak at the National Assembly. The NK News team ta...Show More
It’s a trap! What past talks with N. Korea have taught us – NKNews Podcast ep.18

40:04 | May 14th, 2018

Despite what appears to be a promising rapprochement between the two Koreas, North Korea’s scheduled dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, and an upcoming summit between the POTUS and Kim Jong Un, to many this seems like a bad case of dé...Show More
Show me the money: dealmaking and development in the DPRK – NKNews Podcast ep.17

37:01 | May 7th, 2018

Until about the mid-1970’s, North Korea’s economy actually outpaced that of the South. Since then, it has been on a downward spiral, somewhat from the collapse of the communist bloc but more than anything, due to the DPRK’s poor decision-making. In t...Show More
Inter-Korean summit recap extravaganza – NKNews Podcast ep.16

44:37 | Apr 30th, 2018

What a week! In just a few days, we witnessed South Korean President Moon Jae-in and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un attempt to break the 73-year conflict by signing the joint Panmunjom Declaration, and North Korea announcing the dismantlement of their Pungg...Show More
What the EU can do about North Korea – NKNews Podcast ep. 15

31:29 | Apr 24th, 2018

What role can the European Union play in northeast Asia, and can it really contribute to negotiations for peace on the Korean peninsula? In this week’s episode of the NK News Podcast, Dr. Tereza Novotna explains what this role can and should look lik...Show More
What Kim Jong Un really wants – NKNews Podcast ep.14

33:28 | Apr 20th, 2018

It is difficult to parse reality and rhetoric from North Korean propaganda, but Dr. Daniel Pinkston believes they really mean what they say when it comes to realizing a unified Korean peninsula under DPRK rule. As the two Koreas prepare to meet for t...Show More
Mission impossible? Assessing intelligence on N. Korea – NKNews Podcast ep.13

35:10 | Apr 17th, 2018

What do we really know about North Korea, and what mysteries are the world’s top intelligence agencies still trying to solve? This week, NK News CEO Chad O’Carroll interviewed Dr. Sue Mi Terry, a former senior analyst on Korean issues at the Central ...Show More
The Korean Wave washes over Pyongyang – NKNews Podcast ep.12

25:43 | Apr 13th, 2018

Spring has sprung on the peninsula, and the two Koreas are now in summit mode. As the DMZ prepares to host an inter-Korean summit on April 27, North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho is making the diplomatic rounds in Asia and Europe, and in D.C., ...Show More
Destination DPRK: the ethics of North Korea tourism – NKNews Podcast ep.11

39:53 | Apr 9th, 2018

North Korea is a controversial travel destination. While considered a relatively safe place if one abides by local rules and customs, the ethics behind tourism to the DPRK remains a topic of wide debate. While some argue that it is a form of positive...Show More
Why the Korean War matters today – NKNews Podcast ep. 10

32:38 | Apr 2nd, 2018

With a South Korean art troupe currently in Pyongyang for a series of historic inter-Korean concerts and a third DPRK-ROK summit set to start on April 27, it feels like the two Koreas might – slowly but surely – be taking steps to solve the conflict ...Show More
Mr. Kim goes to Beijing – NKNews Podcast ep. 9

31:57 | Mar 30th, 2018

After days of speculation that DPRK leader Kim Jong Un had made an impromptu visit to China, Xinhua News on Wednesday confirmed that Kim Jong Un traveled to Beijing for his first trip abroad as head of state. In the latest roundtable – recorded hours...Show More
20,000 sanctions over the sea: N. Korea’s illicit networks – NKNews Podcast ep. 8

34:05 | Mar 26th, 2018

North Korea is no stranger to unilateral and international sanctions, and in recent years has developed a range of tricks to avoid scrutiny and guarantee much-needed flows of hard currency into its coffers. In this episode of the “North Korea News Po...Show More
FHRNK: Cold War agitprop in the age of social media – NKNews Podcast ep. 7

31:49 | Mar 19th, 2018

In this episode of the “North Korea News Podcast,” we switched gears from the buzz of inter-Korean and DPRK-U.S. developments to discuss something a little more leftfield: a mysterious social network of agitprop cartoons and animations critical of th...Show More
Diplomacy from down under – from Canberra to Pyongyang – NKNews Podcast ep. 6

41:05 | Mar 14th, 2018

In this episode of the North Korea News Podcast, NK News invited Dr. Adrian Buzo, a former Australian diplomat and now a lecturer in Korean at Macquarie University in Sydney, to discuss Australia-DPRK relations, his assessment of the current state of...Show More
Fire, fury and diplomacy: A breakthrough in Washington? – NKNews Podcast ep. 5

36:05 | Mar 9th, 2018

Reflecting increasingly warm inter-Korean relations, U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed (via Twitter) his willingness to meet face-to-face with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un this year in what would be the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. pre...Show More
Peace Olympics? Inter-Korean rapprochement at PyeongChang – NKNews Podcast ep. 4

37:27 | Mar 5th, 2018

With a South Korean delegation currently in Pyongyang and the Winter Paralympics set to start on Thursday, it is certainly an interesting time for inter-Korean and DPRK-U.S. relations. In this episode of the North Korea News podcast, NK News Managing...Show More
Frenemies? DPRK-Russia relations over the years – NKNews Podcast ep. 3

49:25 | Feb 26th, 2018

Back in December 2017, most people would have found it hard to believe that North Korea would be participating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, let alone inviting President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang at “an early date” or expressing their openness t...Show More
On thin ice: the U.S. and the two Koreas in PyeongChang – NKNews Podcast ep. 2

39:20 | Feb 15th, 2018

With U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korea’s high-level delegation back in their respective home turf after their weekend at the PyeongChang Olympics, it’s time to discuss the state of inter-Korean and U.S.-Korea relations. In the second epi...Show More
NK News launches new weekly podcast – NKNews Podcast ep. 1

1:02:26 | Feb 12th, 2018

There are thousands of news podcasts out there in the audio world, hosted by some of the world’s leading news agencies and think tanks. But there is one topic that has yet to be covered with any depth or regularity: North Korea. To fill this void, NK...Show More