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The surprising similarities between North Korea and Taiwan – Ep. 343

Journalist Yang Chien-hao compares and contrasts Taiwan’s relationship with China and South Korea's ties with the North

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Benjamin Joinau discusses his database of some 800 DPRK movies and what we can learn from the country’s cinema

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