May 26, 2024

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Jacco Zwetsloot

Jacco Zwetsloot has been the host of the NK News Podcast since episode 1 in February 2018. He has interviewed a wide range of guests about their knowledge of and experience in North Korea, from celebrity defectors to high-ranking U.S. government officials. His goal is to help as wide a cross-section of North Korea-related stories as possible be told, in order to build up a fuller picture. Jacco has a Master of Arts from Leiden University, for which he wrote a thesis on North Korean graphic novels.

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

The surprising similarities between North Korea and Taiwan – Ep. 343
How North Korea uses feature films as a social weapon – Ep. 342
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How North Korea uses feature films as a social weapon – Ep. 342

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

How North Korea uses feature films as a social weapon – Ep. 342
What Russia has to gain by killing the UN panel on North Korea – Ep. 341
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What Russia has to gain by killing the UN panel on North Korea – Ep. 341

Christopher Green and NK News reporters discuss Moscow’s veto, Day of the Sun changes, Kim Jong Un’s new song and more

What Russia has to gain by killing the UN panel on North Korea – Ep. 341
Why North Korea has embraced sustainable development – Ep. 340
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Why North Korea has embraced sustainable development – Ep. 340

Sojin Lim discusses the DPRK’s compliance with some international standards and disregard for others

Why North Korea has embraced sustainable development – Ep. 340
One man’s mission to map all of North Korea – Ep. 339
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One man’s mission to map all of North Korea – Ep. 339

Jacob Bogle discusses his work analyzing open-source imagery to decipher what others overlook

One man’s mission to map all of North Korea – Ep. 339
The ups and downs of negotiating with North Koreans – Ep. 338
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The ups and downs of negotiating with North Koreans – Ep. 338

Retired US Air Force Lt. Col. Aaron Trimble recounts his work engaging with DPRK officers at Panmunjom

The ups and downs of negotiating with North Koreans – Ep. 338
North Korea’s impact on the South Korean general election – Ep. 337
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North Korea’s impact on the South Korean general election – Ep. 337

The NK News team talks about voter indifference to DPRK issues, why anti-aircraft guns are on Seoul skyscrapers and more

North Korea’s impact on the South Korean general election – Ep. 337
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News April 10, 2024
The challenges of archiving North Korea’s volatile media – Ep. 336
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The challenges of archiving North Korea’s volatile media – Ep. 336

Emil Boivin of the North Korean Archives and Library discusses his project to preserve DPRK media prone to disappearing

The challenges of archiving North Korea’s volatile media – Ep. 336
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News April 3, 2024
How North Korea rinses the dirty proceeds of its cyber heists – Ep. 335
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How North Korea rinses the dirty proceeds of its cyber heists – Ep. 335

Geoff White discusses the DPRK’s use of the dark web, Nigerian influencers and crypto mixers to launder stolen funds

How North Korea rinses the dirty proceeds of its cyber heists – Ep. 335
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 27, 2024
How dictatorship shapes the politics of the North Korean diaspora – Ep. 334
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How dictatorship shapes the politics of the North Korean diaspora – Ep. 334

Sheena Chestnut Greitens discusses how defectors navigate democracy and the regime’s efforts to control those who leave

How dictatorship shapes the politics of the North Korean diaspora – Ep. 334
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 20, 2024
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