March 02, 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 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
Promoting creative engagement with North Korea – Ep. 277
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Promoting creative engagement with North Korea – Ep. 277

Keith Luse explains how a lack of information on all sides diminishes opportunities for breakthroughs in talks

Promoting creative engagement with North Korea – Ep. 277
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News February 28, 2023
An unprecedented look inside North Korea’s nuclear facilities – Ep. 276
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An unprecedented look inside North Korea’s nuclear facilities – Ep. 276

Siegfried Hecker discusses his tour of Yongbyon in 2004 and the history of the DPRK’s nuclear program

An unprecedented look inside North Korea’s nuclear facilities – Ep. 276
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News February 21, 2023
Why the Korean War was actually two separate conflicts – Ep. 275
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Why the Korean War was actually two separate conflicts – Ep. 275

David Cheng Chang discusses how the fight over territory morphed into one over prisoners of war

Why the Korean War was actually two separate conflicts – Ep. 275
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News February 14, 2023
New missile and Kim Jong Un’s daughter steal show at military parade – Ep. 274
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New missile and Kim Jong Un’s daughter steal show at military parade – Ep. 274

The NK News team discusses what to make of North Korea’s latest nighttime spectacle

New missile and Kim Jong Un’s daughter steal show at military parade – Ep. 274
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News February 10, 2023
Imagining worst case scenarios on the Korean Peninsula – Ep. 273
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Imagining worst case scenarios on the Korean Peninsula – Ep. 273

Security experts David Walsh and Andrew Gilholm discuss risks on the peninsula and what to do if North Korea attacks

Imagining worst case scenarios on the Korean Peninsula – Ep. 273
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 31, 2023
Distinguishing between North Korea humanitarianism and human rights – Ep. 272
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Distinguishing between North Korea humanitarianism and human rights – Ep. 272

Danielle Chubb and Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings discuss how the two camps find common ground in promoting disability rights

Distinguishing between North Korea humanitarianism and human rights – Ep. 272
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 24, 2023
The defector who snuck into North Korea to save his mother – Ep. 271
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The defector who snuck into North Korea to save his mother – Ep. 271

Reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee discusses the story of Kim Kang-woo and the dangers and heartbreak of escaping the DPRK

The defector who snuck into North Korea to save his mother – Ep. 271
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Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 17, 2023
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