April 06, 2020

Morning Chorus: Pyongyang’s 6 am wake up call
Why does an eerie electronic ballad play across North Korea’s capital every morning?
It was early in the morning, but Mark Fahey had been awake for hours. A biomedical engineer turned North Korean propaganda expert, he had spent most of the night tinkering with a radio in his room at the Yanggakdo International Hotel, secretly recording the opening moments of Pyongyang FM Pangsong.While he listened to the station’s typical offering of classical music and propaganda, another