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The Korea Now Podcast #32 – Paul Kyumin Lee – ‘Divided Relatives, Defector Communities and Family Reunions’

12/6/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Paul Kyumin Lee. They speak about the issues faced by people with family members inside North Korea, the time-sensitive need to secure a formal mechanism for family reunions between America and North Korea, the political and security landscape that such an agreement is being stifled by, the challenges and issues being faced by the North Korean defector community, and primarily the work that is being...

Duration:00:58:51

The Korea Now Podcast #31 – Terence Roehrig – ‘Conflict at Sea - The Korean Northern Limit Line’

12/1/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Terence Roehrig. They speak about the history of the Northern Limit Line that delineates the ocean boundary between the two Korea’s, the circumstances under which it was created, its standing under international law, the nature of the dispute surrounding it, what is at stake for both countries, and the ongoing skirmishes and naval conflicts concerning the line. As well as being a past president of...

Duration:01:06:38

The Korea Now Podcast #30 – Joseph Wright – ‘The Nature of North Korea’s Autocracy’

11/25/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Joseph Wright. They speak about the nature of North Korea’s autocratic regime, its unique longevity, the importance of having two significant early international patrons, the control asserted over the military and political institutions by the Kim dynasty, and the highly ‘personalistic’ nature of the regime. Beyond this core structure, they talk through other aspects of Joseph’s research on coups,...

Duration:01:04:39

The Korea Now Podcast #29 – Jieun Baek – ‘Information and Change in North Korea’

11/20/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Jieun Baek. They speak about the information landscape inside North Korea, the limitations and punishments imposed upon the consumption of outside media, the ways in which knowledge of the outside world has managed to bypass these restrictions since the famine-years, and the impact that such new sources of information is having on both individuals and the broader North Korean society. Jieun Baek is...

Duration:01:02:36

The Korea Now Podcast #28 – Clint Work – ‘Operational Control (OPCON), Troop Withdrawals and the Carter Years’

11/10/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Clint Work. They speak about the history of Operational Control (OPCON) between South Korean and American forces, the issue of potential troop withdrawals, the difficulties that have arisen over the years in trying to find a solution to this issue, the inherent risk that such actions might embolden North Korea, and importantly the Presidential years of Jimmy Carter and how they help to contextualize...

Duration:01:20:03

The Korea Now Podcast #27 – Sam Wells – ‘The Decision for War in Korea - Stalin, Mao and Kim’

10/29/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sam Wells. They speak about the events leading up to the Korean War, the roles played by Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung, the strategic interests of these three actors, the different calculations they made, the personal interactions between the three men that led to war, and the long-term ramifications of their ultimate decision to launch the Korean War. Sam Wells is a former Deputy and...

Duration:01:25:59

The Korea Now Podcast #26 – Daniel Wertz – ‘Talking to North Korea - A History of Nuclear Diplomacy’

10/25/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Daniel Wertz. They speak about the history of North Korea’s nuclear program, how this program has evolved over the years, North Korea’s motivation in developing a nuclear capability, the challenges of American-North Korean diplomacy over the issue, the reoccurring themes of the negotiations, and the prospects of a peaceful outcome. Daniel Wertz is a foreign policy professional focussing on the...

Duration:01:25:13

The Korea Now Podcast #25 – Urs Gerber – ‘Monitoring the Peace inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone’

10/20/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with retired Major-General Urs Gerber. They speak about the Korean Armistice Agreement, how this agreement governs the ceasefire between the two Korea’s, the nature of the Demilitarized Zone, what life is like working in the border village of Panmunjom, how border tensions should be properly contextualized, and the difficulties in monitoring and enforcing the Korean Armistice Agreement. Major-General...

Duration:01:18:20

The Korea Now Podcast #24 – Ned Forney – ‘Operation Christmas Cargo - The Hungnam Evacuation’

10/15/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ned Forney. They speak about the 1950 Hungnam Evacuation, the events leading up to the mission, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the long retreat to Hungnam, the overwhelming scope of the evacuation, the constant difficulty of holding Chinese forces at bay, and how the operation morphed into a humanitarian rescue mission for 100,000 North Korean refugees. Ned Forney is a Seoul based writer, with...

Duration:01:02:09

The Korea Now Podcast #23 – Matt VanVolkenburg – ‘1960’s-70’s Youth Culture in South Korea and its Suppression’

9/23/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Matt VanVolkenburg. They speak about the rise of youth culture in South Korea during the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Western influences behind this movement, the challenge this represented to traditional values and ways of life, the crackdown on this youth culture by the Park Chung-hee government, and the centuries old fear that the import of Western technology might also bring about the end of Korean...

Duration:01:07:36

The Korea Now Podcast #22 – Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein – ‘Surveillance, Control and Change - The North Korean Economy’

9/9/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein. They speak about the changing economic landscape within North Korea, the social changes that are visible on the ground, the challenges this poses for the traditional structures of surveillance and control, and the long-term risk that is being confronted by the Kim regime. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is the co-editor of North Korean Economy Watch (www.nkeconwatch.com),...

Duration:01:03:11

The Korea Now Podcast #21 – Michael Kirby – ‘Human Rights in North Korea - Looking Back on the Commission of Inquiry’

8/29/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Michael Kirby. They speak about the 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry report into North Korean human rights abuses, how the inquiry came about, the difficulties involved in collecting evidence for the report, the challenges and opposition to the entire process posed by the North Korean regime, and the impact that the report has had in the years since its publication. Michael Kirby is a...

Duration:00:42:10

The Korea Now Podcast #20 – Sandra Fahy – ‘The Language of Suffering - Life and Struggle during the North Korean Famine’

8/26/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sandra Fahy. They speak about the North Korean famine of the mid-to-late 1990’s, the stories told about this period by defectors, and, importantly, the unique insight that can be gained into their suffering and the social dynamics of North Korea through the censorship, peculiarities and changes in everyday language that occurred at this time. Sandra Fahy completed her doctorate in Anthropology at...

Duration:01:12:41

The Korea Now Podcast #19 – Scott LaFoy – ‘A Silent Conflict - North Korea’s Cyber Warfare’

8/19/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Scott LaFoy. They speak about the background of North Korea’s warfighting capabilities, their development of asymmetric threats, the place that cyber-warfare now holds in this regard, the history of North Korea’s cyber-operations, the strategic value of this type of warfare, as well as looking into the different motivations for such conflict through analysing a series of actual North Korean...

Duration:01:16:20

The Korea Now Podcast #18 – William Mako – ‘The IMF in Korea - Crash, Crisis and Recovery’

8/11/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with William Mako. They speak about the impact of the Asian Financial Crisis on South Korea, the structure of the Korean economy leading into the late 1990s, the historical reasons for many of the unsustainable business practices, the role of the Chaebol, the nature of the IMF’s bailout package, the impact on Korean society, and the long-term legacy of the crisis. William Mako advised Korea’s Financial...

Duration:01:16:23

The Korea Now Podcast #17 – Kathryn Weathersby – ‘Dividing Korea - Politics, War and Fear’

7/28/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Kathryn Weathersby. They speak about the events surrounding the division of the Korean peninsula, the decision-making processes of the key actors, the security considerations of the occupying powers, the impact of the Korean War over the issue, and how this division will continue to look into the future. Kathryn Weathersby is a Visiting Scholar at the US Korea Institute at the School of Advanced...

Duration:01:17:32

The Korea Now Podcast #16 – Alexis Dudden – ‘Dokdo or Takeshima - The Ruse of History’

7/14/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Alexis Dudden. They speak about the ongoing island dispute between Korea and Japan over Dokdo/Takeshima, the validity of each sides claim, the frame this issue now provides for the modern national identity of both countries, and the insight it offers to lingering Japanese-Korean tensions and questions of wartime guilt, apologies and reparations. Alexis Dudden is a Professor of History at the...

Duration:01:20:53

The Korea Now Podcast #15 – Robert Boynton – ‘State Sponsored Kidnapping - The Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project’

7/6/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Robert Boynton. They speak about the North Korean abduction of Japanese citizens beginning in the late 1970s, the lives these abductees were forced to live in Pyongyang, the devastation for the families left behind who never stopped searching, the deep wounds of Japanese nationalism and identity that were pulled open by the issue, and the reasons for the abduction project itself. Robert Boynton...

Duration:01:23:44

The Korea Now Podcast #14 – David Mason – ‘The Origins and Ends of Korean Buddhism’

6/30/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with David Mason. They speak about David’s work on the distinctive nature of Korean Buddhism, its origins in Korea with the Three Kingdoms, the impact it had over the peninsula, its downfall under the early Choson dynasty, and the place it has found for itself in post-independent and contemporary Korean society. David Mason has been a Professor of Cultural Tourism Studies at Gyeonghui University in...

Duration:01:13:32

The Korea Now Podcast #13 – Laurel Kendall – ‘Korean Shamans – Supernatural Capitalism’

6/25/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Laurel Kendall. They speak about Laurel’s anthropological field work since the late 1970’s with Korean Shamans, the shifting dynamics of the religion in a rapidly changing nation, and the impact that capitalism and intense market competition has had on its practice. Laurel Kendall is the Curator of Asian Ethnology and Division Chair at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), as well as a...

Duration:01:02:31