May 29, 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 intertwined histories of the two Koreas, and what the future holds – Ep. 313
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The intertwined histories of the two Koreas, and what the future holds – Ep. 313

Victor Cha and Ramon Pachero Pardo discuss their new book and share anecdotes from their time on the peninsula

The intertwined histories of the two Koreas, and what the future holds – Ep. 313
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News November 1, 2023
Korean Americans’ messages to long-lost relatives in North Korea – Ep. 312
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Korean Americans’ messages to long-lost relatives in North Korea – Ep. 312

Paul Kyumin Lee of Divided Families USA discusses a project to create a registry of divided families in America

Korean Americans’ messages to long-lost relatives in North Korea – Ep. 312
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News October 25, 2023
North Korea’s rapidly changing media landscape – Ep. 311
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North Korea’s rapidly changing media landscape – Ep. 311

Tatiana Gabroussenko discusses how state media portrays Kim Jong Un, plus reports that Hamas is using DPRK weapons

North Korea’s rapidly changing media landscape – Ep. 311
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News October 18, 2023
How North Korea is weighing in on Hamas attacks on Israel – Ep. 310
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How North Korea is weighing in on Hamas attacks on Israel – Ep. 310

The NK News team discusses the Hamas attacks, the Asian Games, a DPRK-Russia crypto ‘shadow economy’ and more

How North Korea is weighing in on Hamas attacks on Israel – Ep. 310
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News October 11, 2023
How outside information spreads in North Korea – Ep. 309
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How outside information spreads in North Korea – Ep. 309

Steven Denney talks about how relationships impact the sharing of foreign media, and how the government tries to stop it

How outside information spreads in North Korea – Ep. 309
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News October 4, 2023
Driving change in North Korea through people, not the regime – Ep. 308
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Driving change in North Korea through people, not the regime – Ep. 308

Sokeel Park of Liberty in North Korea discusses need to focus more on DPRK citizens and not just country’s nukes

Driving change in North Korea through people, not the regime – Ep. 308
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 27, 2023
What to make of Kim Jong Un’s second summit with Vladimir Putin – Ep. 307
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What to make of Kim Jong Un’s second summit with Vladimir Putin – Ep. 307

The NK News team reviews North Korean leader’s whirlwind tour through Russian Far East, the potential fallout and more

What to make of Kim Jong Un’s second summit with Vladimir Putin – Ep. 307
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 20, 2023
Lessons from four decades shaping US policy on North Korea – Ep. 306
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Lessons from four decades shaping US policy on North Korea – Ep. 306

Sydney Seiler discusses his work as a negotiator and intelligence officer, plus Kim Jong Un travels to Russia

Lessons from four decades shaping US policy on North Korea – Ep. 306
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 13, 2023
Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305
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Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305

The NK News team discusses North Korea-Russia military cooperation, US-ROK drills, DPRK easing border controls and more

Why Kim Jong Un might want to discuss weapons sales with Putin – Ep. 305
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 6, 2023
Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304
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Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304

Former panel head Eric Penton-Voak explains how to decipher its reports on violations of DPRK sanctions regime

Inside the UN Panel of Experts overseeing North Korea sanctions – Ep. 304
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News August 30, 2023
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