Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News
July 22, 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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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News February 14, 2024
How North Korea started spat between Moscow and Seoul – Ep. 328
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How North Korea started spat between Moscow and Seoul – Ep. 328

The NK News team talks back and forth between Russia and ROK, the DPRK’s expanded coastal fencing and a new luxury mall

How North Korea started spat between Moscow and Seoul – Ep. 328
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News February 7, 2024
Has Kim Jong Un really made a strategic decision to go to war? – Ep. 327
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Robert Carlin and Siegfried Hecker discuss their viral article on North Korea’s war rhetoric and respond to skeptics

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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 31, 2024
Covering North Korea and Kim Jong Un’s elite female entourage  – Ep. 326
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Journalist Chun Sujin discusses her experiences writing about the DPRK and her book on powerful women in the country

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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 24, 2024
Collecting evidence of North Korea’s human rights violations – Ep. 325
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Collecting evidence of North Korea’s human rights violations – Ep. 325

Head of UN Human Rights office in Seoul discusses forced abductions, plus why the DPRK is shutting down propaganda sites

Collecting evidence of North Korea’s human rights violations – Ep. 325
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 17, 2024
The role of translation in shedding light on North Korea – Ep. 324
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The role of translation in shedding light on North Korea – Ep. 324

Retired CIA officer Stephen Mercado discusses how analysts can mine non-Korean sources for insights into DPRK life

The role of translation in shedding light on North Korea – Ep. 324
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 10, 2024
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Dissecting Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech on North Korea’s 2024 plans – Ep. 323

The NK News team discusses the DPRK’s overhaul of inter-Korean policy, future satellite launches and more

Dissecting Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech on North Korea’s 2024 plans – Ep. 323
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 3, 2024
What over 100 experts think about North Korea’s next steps – Ep. 322
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Chad O’Carroll discusses survey results on influencing Pyongyang, prospects for reopening, inter-Korean policy and more

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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 27, 2023
Communicating with North Korea through faxes and phone calls – Ep. 321
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Communicating with North Korea through faxes and phone calls – Ep. 321

Michael Bosack discusses how the UN Command engages the DPRK and its role in incidents like Travis King’s defection

Communicating with North Korea through faxes and phone calls – Ep. 321
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 20, 2023
What we know about Kim Jong Un’s daughter, one year after her reveal – Ep. 320
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News December 13, 2023
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