April 21, 2024


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.


How Chinese, Japanese, and Russian media cover North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep 42

Three analysts examine how the DPRK is covered elsewhere

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootOctober 21, 2018

Purges, détente, and spy games: N. Korea, past and present – NKNews Podcast Ep.41

Ambassador Ra Jong-yil shares his thoughts on the DPRK leadership and prospects for peace

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootOctober 14, 2018

A diplomat’s life in Pyongyang – NKNews Podcast Ep.40

Martina Aberg Somogyi shares her thoughts on a two-year posting in the DPRK

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootOctober 8, 2018

Summits, sanctions, and diplomacy: the past month in the DPRK – NKNews Podcast ep.39

Korea Risk Group's managing director Chad O'Carroll breaks down recent developments in the DPRK

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootSeptember 28, 2018

Moonwalking in Pyongyang: the third Moon-Kim summit – NKNews Podcast Ep.38

The Seoul NK News team discusses what to make of President Moon's trip to Pyongyang

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootSeptember 22, 2018

Back from Pyongyang: a rough-and-ready round table – NKNews Podcast Ep.37

NK News journalists share initial impressions from an eight-day press trip to the DPRK

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootSeptember 13, 2018

How did you get into the NK field? Subscriber interviews – NKNews Podcast ep.36

Three NK News subscribers share their own DPRK stories

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootSeptember 10, 2018

Navigating North Korean human rights in Washington – NKNews Podcast Ep.35

Greg Scarlatoiu discusses the weaponization of human rights and how things have changed under KJU

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootAugust 31, 2018

What’s so funny about North Korea? NKNews Podcast ep.34

Historian David Shuster explores humor, the limits of satire, and sex symbols in DPRK culture

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootAugust 27, 2018

How women are driving change in North Korea – NKNews Podcast ep.33

Bronwen Dalton discusses gender and social transformation in the DPRK

Jacco ZwetslootJacco ZwetslootAugust 19, 2018