December 01, 2023

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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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North Korea’s strategy for coping with the consequences of nukes – Ep. 287
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North Korea’s strategy for coping with the consequences of nukes – Ep. 287

Foreign ministry official Taeho Uhm explains Seoul’s inter-Korean policies and why DPRK will have to return to talks

North Korea’s strategy for coping with the consequences of nukes – Ep. 287
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News May 2, 2023
What the US-ROK summit means for North Korea – Ep. 286
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What the US-ROK summit means for North Korea – Ep. 286

The NK News team discusses the top-line takeaways on nuclear security, deterrence, missile defense and more

What the US-ROK summit means for North Korea – Ep. 286
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News April 28, 2023
The ‘nuclear warrior’ making the case for ending the Korean War – Ep. 285
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The ‘nuclear warrior’ making the case for ending the Korean War – Ep. 285

Dan Leaf explains why a peace treaty with North Korea is the best option to reduce the risk of nuclear conflict

The ‘nuclear warrior’ making the case for ending the Korean War – Ep. 285
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News April 25, 2023
How learning English empowers North Korean refugees – Ep. 284
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How learning English empowers North Korean refugees – Ep. 284

Eunju Kim and Eunkoo Lee discuss defectors’ difficult journeys to freedom and how they overcome prejudice in the ROK

How learning English empowers North Korean refugees – Ep. 284
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News April 18, 2023
Will North Korean missiles rain down on the Day of the Sun? – Ep. 283
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Will North Korean missiles rain down on the Day of the Sun? – Ep. 283

The NK News team discusses DPRK’s responses to US-ROK springtime drills and short-term prospects for weapons development

Will North Korean missiles rain down on the Day of the Sun? – Ep. 283
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News April 11, 2023
Mount Paektu: North Korea’s sacred mountain and active volcano – Ep. 282
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Mount Paektu: North Korea’s sacred mountain and active volcano – Ep. 282

James Hammond discusses his research about the mountain and collaboration with North Korean scientists

Mount Paektu: North Korea’s sacred mountain and active volcano – Ep. 282
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News April 4, 2023
The limits to what UN aid agencies can do to help North Korea – Ep. 281
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The limits to what UN aid agencies can do to help North Korea – Ep. 281

Jerome Sauvage discusses his years leading humanitarian efforts in the DPRK, the root causes of food insecurity and more

The limits to what UN aid agencies can do to help North Korea – Ep. 281
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 28, 2023
The North Korean victims of US atomic bombings on Japan – Ep. 280
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The North Korean victims of US atomic bombings on Japan – Ep. 280

Lauren Richardson discusses the politics of victimhood and how the DPRK co-opted the atomic bombings for its purposes

The North Korean victims of US atomic bombings on Japan – Ep. 280
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 21, 2023
An inside look at the Joint Security Area, ‘freedom’s frontier’ – Ep. 279
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An inside look at the Joint Security Area, ‘freedom’s frontier’ – Ep. 279

The NK News team visits the inter-Korean border at a time of rising tensions and reports of starvation in North Korea

An inside look at the Joint Security Area, ‘freedom’s frontier’ – Ep. 279
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 14, 2023
Why North Korea’s state ideology appeals to some in Africa – Ep. 278
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Why North Korea’s state ideology appeals to some in Africa – Ep. 278

Alhassan Mamman Muhammad discusses Nigeria-DPRK ties and why he has embraced Kim Il Sung’s Juche thought

Why North Korea’s state ideology appeals to some in Africa – Ep. 278
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 7, 2023
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