May 25, 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

Mount Paektu: North Korea’s sacred mountain and active volcano – Ep. 282

James Hammond discusses his research about the mountain and collaboration with North Korean scientists

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

The limits to what UN aid agencies can do to help North Korea – Ep. 281

Jerome Sauvage discusses his years leading humanitarian efforts in the DPRK, the root causes of food insecurity and more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsMarch 7, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsFebruary 10, 2023
North Korea News Podcast

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

Jacco ZwetslootJacco Zwetsloot | NK NewsJanuary 31, 2023
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