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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

The Korea Now Podcast #12 – Jonson Porteux – ‘The Korean Mafia – Violent State Builders’

6/22/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Jonson Porteux. They speak about the spectrum of organised crime in South Korea, its ancient origins, its development through time, the important role mafia-type groups have played in the state building efforts of modern Korea, and importantly, the current structure, reach and activities of the Korean mafia. Jonson Porteux is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansai Gaidai University...

Duration:01:03:13

The Korea Now Podcast #11 – Bruce Bennett – ‘Getting Ready for Unification – The Problem of the North Korean Elite’

6/2/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Bruce Bennett. They speak about the prospect of Korean reunification, the scenarios under which this might occur, the various concessions that South Koreans will need to undertake, and importantly the degree to which North Korean elites will need to be appeased in order to make it a success. In part this discussion revolves around Bruce Bennett’s article, ‘Preparing North Korean Elites for...

Duration:01:02:09

The Korea Now Podcast #10 – Ben Young – ‘Friends in Strange Places - Cold War Allies’

5/11/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ben Young. They speak about North Korea’s outreach efforts to the Third World, and other small non-state actors, during the Cold War. Touching on various case studies – from Puerto Rican independence activists, to the Black Panthers, Fidel Castro in Cuba, German Neo-Nazi’s, Grenada, and large sections of the African continent – a picture comes together of North Korea selling its cult of personality,...

Duration:01:07:24

The Korea Now Podcast #9 – David Fields – Activism, Diplomacy and Division - The Early Years of Syngman Rhee (Pre-1945)’

5/8/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with David Fields. Discussing the lesser known, but foundational early period of Syngman Rhee’s life – South Korea’s first President – they walk through his childhood influences, independence activism, imprisonment, exile and education in the United States, his position as President of the Korean Provisional Government, international diplomacy, and the unintended impact he had on the eventual division of...

Duration:01:11:35

The Korea Now Podcast #8 – Daniel Sneider – ‘Summit Talks – A Peace That Leads To War’

4/29/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Daniel Sneider. In the wake of the Inter-Korean summit, they speak about the dangers inherent in such high-level talks, the strategic risk of jumping straight to a meeting of heads-of-state, and the very real prospect that these talks, despite lofty declarations, will lead to war. Daniel Sneider is a visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University,...

Duration:01:04:51

The Korea Now Podcast #7 – Steven Borowiec – ‘The Sewol Disaster – Exposing the Cracks in Korean Society’

4/21/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Steven Borowiec. On the four year anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster, they speak about the events on the day, the expanding chain of calamities that deepened the crisis, and importantly the sharp divisions, contradictions and societal hangovers that were pulled to the surface by the tragedy. Steven Borowiec is a Seoul based journalist, who has worked for The Guardian, The Toronto Star,...

Duration:01:01:11

The Korea Now Podcast #6 – Leszek Buszynski – ‘Negotiating with North Korea – The Six Party Talks’

4/16/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Leszek Buszynski. They speak about the history of North Korea’s nuclear program and the collapse of the 1994 Agreed Framework; all leading into the events of the Six Party Talks. This is an in-depth look at the various actors, domestic influences, evolving positions, and importantly the failures of these tense multilateral negotiations. Leszek Buszynski has been a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic &...

Duration:01:06:32

The Korea Now Podcast #5 – Steven Denney – ‘Korean Nationalism’

4/1/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Steven Denney. They speak about the evolving face of Korean national identity, its historical roots, the factors that have influenced its development, and the place for North Korean migrants within a new South Korean nationalism. Steven Denney is a doctoral candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, a Fellow of the Asian Institute, a senior editor at SinoNK.com,...

Duration:01:01:52