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Reality TV Diplomacy: Pageantry Trumps Tension as US-NK Summit Proceeds

6/6/2018
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Former U.S. diplomat, speechwriter, and commentator on U.S. foreign policy in Asia Mintaro Oba joins host Andre Goulet to discuss this month’s on again off again US-North Korea meeting how the Moon administration’s heroic heavy lifting has kept the summit on track. Plus: a risk-free template for how to be a North Korea pundit. This conversation was recorded on June 1st, 2018. Music on this episode is from the album 'The Best of Yi Moon-sae'.

Duration:00:26:03

The Promise of Peace vs. The Doomsday Machine

5/4/2018
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John Carl Baker, a fellow with Washington, DC think tank The Ploughshares Fund joins host Andre Goulet to talk about peace, nuclear proliferation and this historic week on the Korean peninsula. This conversation was recorded on May 2nd, 2018. Music on this episode, 'But I Like You' is from Busan indie rock band Say Sue Me. Find their new album 'Where We Were Together' on Bandcamp. Mastered by Chris Hernandez at Studio Petite Palais in Montreal.

Duration:00:36:50

Summit Spring: DPRK, ROK, US + PRC in Diplomatic Dialogue

4/5/2018
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Jenny Town (Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies/Managing Editor at 38North.org) joins host Andre Goulet to discuss Washington's reaction to the surprise announcement of a Donald Trump/Kim Jong-un summit and- what can we expect from this month’s upcoming inter-Korean talks. How do the conditions surrounding the summit compare to the Roh Moo-hun/Kim Jong-il meeting of 2007? Plus: John Bolton as White House National...

Duration:00:35:43

Peace Olympics Lead to Shock Diplomatic Breakthrough

3/9/2018
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Steven Denney (Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto/Senior Editor at SinoNK.com) joins host Andre Goulet to discuss the diplomatic delegation's visit to Pyeongyang and how Korean nationalism and American obstructionism continue to clash in the wake of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. Plus: January's weird Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, organized by the Canadian government and the U.S. State Department, comes under...

Duration:00:37:37

Ilbe and the alt-Right: Fascism and Conservative Politics in South Korea

2/3/2018
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In this conversation with prominent blogger Ask A Korean, we unpack the spy-ops and psy-ops that have informed more than a decade of alt-Right agitation in South Korea. Plus: a look into the anti-democratic overreach of the National Intelligence Service and a deep dive into the origins of Ilbe, Korea’s nihilistic proto-Reddit web forum and 4chan and Breitbart predecessor. And, an analysis of the diminished status of South Korea’s political right-wing today. Also, three fundamental...

Duration:00:42:35

2018 a Year of Possibility: Inter-Korean Talks and the Pyeongchang Olympics

1/10/2018
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As the Koreas begin high level diplomatic talks, host Andre Goulet is joined by photojournalist Jules Tomi for a wide-ranging conversation on the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympic Games and the confluence of factors, including chaotic American political leadership, that may be leading to an easing of tensions on the peninsula. Plus: critiquing voyeuristic journalism, apocalyptic diplomacy by Twitter and debating the perilous potential of possible reunification. This conversation was recorded on...

Duration:00:40:22

20th Century Diaspora: Korea's Transborder Identity Politics

12/1/2017
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Academics have long examined the relationship between nation-states and their "internal others," like immigrants and ethnic or racial minorities. Now, with her award-winning book ‘Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea’ Jaeeun Kim shifts this focus to look at how a state relates to people it sees as diasporic "external members". In this conversation, Kim shares some of the ideas behind her comparative, historical, and ethnographic study of the complex...

Duration:00:32:40

American Political Instability and the North Korea Nuclear Crisis

10/31/2017
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The Nation magazine’s resident Korea expert Tim Shorrock discusses American political instability, assesses the unthinkable cost of a new Korean civil war and examines the international community's role in resolving the nuclear crisis. Become a sustaining patron of this podcast at https://www.patreon.com/thekoreafile Music on this episode includes the national anthems of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Duration:00:30:11

Tributary Twilight: The Qing Dynasty in Late 19th Century Korea

2/24/2017
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Joshua Van Lieu is a historian of 20th century East Asian politics and international relations and an authority on the histories of Joseon Korea and Late Imperial China. In this conversation, Van Lieu discusses the diplomatic intrigue of the Qing-Korea relationship and explains how the pageantry of tributary practice successfully manipulated Western preconceptions of the “unknowable orient”. This episode was produced in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Nam Center for Korean...

Duration:00:26:57

TKF in Washington, DC: Behind the Mic at the Korean Kontext Podcast

2/26/2016
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Jenna Gibson is the Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington DC, a think tank working to promote dialogue and understanding on economic, political and security relations between South Korea and the United States. Gibson also hosts and produces the KEI’s Korean Kontext podcast, a weekly selection of interviews focusing on the experts, artists and opinion makers that shape the US-Korea policy world. Here, Gibson talks about her own background with South Korea,...

Duration:00:18:59

A History of Korean Social Movements

5/30/2015
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Matt VanVolkenburg's prolific blog 'Gusts of Popular Feeling' celebrates it's 10th year of analysis on Korean society, history, urban space, film and current events this month. In the first of a 3-part interview, Matt discusses his ongoing research on all things Korean, as well as the history of social movements in the south half of the peninsula. For an epic 10 year run of writing check out VanVolkenburg's archived work athttp://populargusts.blogspot.kr/ Musicon this episode: ? ? ?- ? ? ?...

Duration:00:26:29

On Korea's Cults

4/15/2015
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In part one of a two-part interview, writer and journalist Jon Dunbar discusses the seedy reputation of Korean cult culture, including Cheonghaejin Marine, the company behind the sinking of the MV Sewol. For more on Cheonghaejin Marine's alleged culpability in the Sewol's sinking, go to http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140421001183 Jon Dunbar's writing and photography can be found at http://daehanmindecline.com/

Duration:00:12:59

Jeju's 4.3 Massacre Remembered

4/8/2015
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On April 3rd, 1948, Jeju Island was caught in a civil war-like time of violence and human rights abuses. This is when the period known as the Jeju Uprising and Massacre began. The Korea File spoke with participants at the Jeju 4.3 Commemorative Street Festival last Friday to hear their impressions of this tragic event in Jeju's history. Live music performances include Hallasanhoe's Songs for Jeju 4.3, Dedicated to 4.3/Antiwar Peace by the Parkbo Band and The Changwon Grandmothers Singing...

Duration:00:23:30

BEN SPENCER: Chuja Exit Interview

3/25/2015
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Ben Spencer made it through 6 months on the biggest hardship posting in Korea's EPIK public school program, the rapidly shrinking fishing community of 2000 on Chuja Island, 2 hours north-west of Jeju by ferry. I spoke with him in October and agreed to catch up again at the end of his contract to see how he had maintained morale and motivation in such an isolated environment. In this exit interview two days prior to leaving Korea forever and returning to life, love and home in Ireland,...

Duration:00:25:30

BROTHER ANTHONY: Korea's 20th Century

3/11/2015
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Brother Anthony (???) is President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Korea, an academic organization which has participated in Korean intellectual and cultural life since 1900 . He`s also a scholar of Korean studies, a translator of Korean poetry and an expert on The Korean Way of Tea. In the 2nd of a two-part conversation he speaks about his work translating poet Ko Un (??), the changes he's witnessed firsthand in Korean society in the last 35 years and the unreality created by the division...

Duration:00:25:00

BROTHER ANTHONY has eclectic interests

3/3/2015
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Brother Anthony, or ???, is President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Korea (http://www.raskb.com/), an academic organization which has participated in Korean intellectual and cultural life since 1900 . He`s also a scholar of Korean studies, a translator of Korean poetry and an expert on The Korean Way of Tea. In the first of a two-part conversation he speaks about the Society's history and it's relationship with the country, discusses his 37 years as a member of Seoul`s academic community...

Duration:00:20:30

MOUNTAINS live show + interview

2/24/2015
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Math-rock trio MOUNTAINS on Daegu's thriving music scene, the joys of playing Seoul and the fight to promote live music in the south of the peninsula. Live music recording from their performance at Itaewon's Thunderhorse Tavern, 1/30/2015

Duration:00:20:00

TBS 101.3FM journalist CHANCE DORLAND

2/17/2015
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On this episode: musician and journalist Chance Dorland on the ups and downs of being a working journalist in Seoul and how the Peacecorps nearly (literally) killed him. Check out Chance's work online at http://www.seoulitup.com/, and at groovekorea.com, download his podcast 'Chance and Dan Do Korea' on iTunes and listen to him live on the airwaves with his segment 'Chance Encounters' Monday Through Friday from 18:10-20:00 on TBS 101.3 FM's 'Primetime' in Seoul. A recording of music from...

Duration:00:22:30

MICHAEL BREEN: On a Unified Korea

2/11/2015
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Michael Breen has been working in Korea for more than 30 years as a journalist with The Guardian, The Korea Times and others. He's the author of 'The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want and Where Their Future Lies' and the CEO of Insight Communications Consultants. In the second of a two-part interview he discusses life under South Korea's 1980's dictatorship, the perils and possibilties of Korean unification and what the future holds for the country and its people.

Duration:00:23:29

MICHAEL BREEN: Origins of the Korean War

2/8/2015
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Michael Breen has been working in Korea for more than 30 years as a journalist with The Guardian, The Korea Times and others. He's the author of 'The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want and Where Their Future Lies' and the CEO of Insight Communications Consultants. In the first of a two-part interview he discusses what brought him to South Korea, the Origins of the Korean War and the work of Korean Historian Bruce Cummings.

Duration:00:19:36