December 05, 2022

About the author

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. Follow him on Twitter @JaccoZed

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Park Hyangsu shares how she left Chongryon and the tragic story of her family members in the DPRK

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North Korea’s invented histories – NKNews Podcast Ep. 242
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Katie Stallard discusses how the DPRK and other authoritarian regimes use the past as an instrument of power

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The untold story of Kim Jong Un’s older brother – NKNews Podcast Ep. 241
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Emilia Brock and Lucas Reilly discuss the life and murder of Kim Jong Nam, North Korea’s ‘forgotten prince’

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Lured to North Korea on false promises – NKNews Podcast Ep. 240
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Marcus Bell discusses the thousands of ethnic Koreans who left Japan for the DPRK in search of a ‘Workers’ Paradise’

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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News June 14, 2022
Debating nukes a stone’s throw from North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep. 239
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Jacco Zwetsloot guides listeners through the DPRK discussions at Korea Risk Group’s recent conference near the DMZ

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Geoff White discusses the DPRK’s global campaign of cyberattacks, from Sony Pictures to WannaCry and more

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Exploring North Korea from south of the DMZ – NKNews Podcast Ep. 237
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North Korea specialists and tour guides discuss what one can see and learn about North Korea on the inter-Korean border

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North Korea reports first-ever COVID-19 outbreak – NKNews Podcast Ep. 236

The NK News team discusses the country’s health care and how the current outbreak might affect a possible nuclear test

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Researcher Onejoon Che hopes to amplify African voices in new photo book documenting DPRK-built statues and artwork

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