March 01, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jacco Zwetsloot

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.

North Korea News Podcast

How a ‘new Cold War’ is making North Korea more risk-averse – Ep. 331

Professor Ruediger Frank discusses why the DPRK is closing embassies but may not actually have abandoned reunification

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsFebruary 28, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

What Kim Jong Un’s appearances can tell us about the DPRK regime – Ep. 330

Researcher Martin Weiser discusses his work tracking North Korean officials, Kim Jong Un’s daughter and more

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsFebruary 21, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

Analyzing the US-ROK alliance’s impact on North Korea’s policies – Ep. 329

Korea Economic Institute of America’s new president discusses his role assessing inter-Korean relations and latest book

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsFebruary 14, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsFebruary 7, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

Has Kim Jong Un really made a strategic decision to go to war? – Ep. 327

Robert Carlin and Siegfried Hecker discuss their viral article on North Korea’s war rhetoric and respond to skeptics

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJanuary 31, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

Covering North Korea and Kim Jong Un’s elite female entourage – Ep. 326

Journalist Chun Sujin discusses her experiences writing about the DPRK and her book on powerful women in the country

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJanuary 24, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJanuary 17, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJanuary 10, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJanuary 3, 2024
North Korea News Podcast

What over 100 experts think about North Korea’s next steps – Ep. 322

Chad O’Carroll discusses survey results on influencing Pyongyang, prospects for reopening, inter-Korean policy and more

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsDecember 27, 2023
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