February 21, 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 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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsOctober 11, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsOctober 4, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsSeptember 27, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsSeptember 20, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsSeptember 13, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsSeptember 6, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsAugust 30, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

How one activist helps North Koreans grow their own food – Ep. 303

Tim Peters of Helping Hands Korea talks about sending seeds to the DPRK and supporting North Koreans escapees

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsAugust 23, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

North Korea’s imitation of foreign brands, from Choco Pie to Dior – Ep. 302

UniKorea staff discuss the DPRK’s copycat products, plus a tour company says DPRK will soon open its borders

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsAugust 16, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

The FBI investigation into Virgil Griffith, crypto guru to North Korea – Ep. 301

FBI agent Brandon Cavanaugh discusses how Griffith ignored US warnings and helped the DPRK evade sanctions

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsAugust 9, 2023
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