April 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

What’s next for the American soldier who crossed into North Korea – Ep. 298

The NK News team discusses possible outcomes of apparent defection and when DPRK shot down a US spy plane in 1969

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJuly 19, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

North Korean threats over US planes, DPRK internet access and more – Ep. 297

Bada Nam discusses why North Koreans are digital ‘hostages’ and how even elites have a hard time surfing the web

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJuly 12, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

An interview with John Bolton, hardliner on North Korea – Ep. 296

Controversial former US national security advisor weighs in on Korean unification, China’s role on DPRK issues and more

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJuly 5, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

The Wagner Group and North Korea, Seoul under DPRK rule and more – Ep. 295

Dr. Kim Kyung-jin shares his memories of the Korean War, plus the view of the Wagner uprising in Pyongyang

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJune 28, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

Seoul sues North Korea, inter-Korean naval tensions and more – Ep. 294

Christopher Green breaks down peninsula trends, plus South Korea pursues legal action over 2020 office explosion

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJune 21, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

Why North Korea barely moves the needle for South Korean voters – Ep. 293

Karl Friedhoff talks ROK polls, plus a new NK Pro analysis reveals China expanding prisons that hold defectors

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJune 14, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

What went wrong with North Korea’s spy satellite launch – Ep. 292

The NK News team talks shuttle diplomacy with Japan, live-fire drills near DMZ, methamphetamines at the border and more

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJune 8, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

How a US ambassador navigated North Korean tumult – Ep. 290

Kathleen Stephens discusses the DPRK’s 2010 attacks on South Korea, the breakdown of six-party talks and more

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

Helping North Koreans by promoting reform from within – Ep. 289

Joanna Hosaniak discusses the origins and politicization of the DPRK human rights movement and where it should go next

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

The bumpy road ahead for inter-Korean relations – Ep. 288

Andrei Lankov discusses how North Korea’s rapid weapons advances have brought it closer to goal of unifying peninsula

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsMay 9, 2023
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