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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...

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...

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...

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

The Korea Now Podcast #4 – Mitchell Lerner – ‘Capturing the Pueblo’

3/16/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Mitchell Lerner. They speak about the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo, an American spy ship, in international waters by North Korea. Walking through the details of the attack, the North Korean motivations, the failures of planning by the US Navy, as well as the broader historical and political significance of the incident, a fascinating story of both farce and tragedy develops Mitchell Lerner is...

Duration:00:59:46

The Korea Now Podcast #3 – John Sweeney – ‘Strange Bedfellows - Ceausescu and the IRA’

3/14/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with John Sweeney. They speak about the strange cold war links between the North Korean Regime under Kim Il-sung, and both Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and the socialist branch of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). John Sweeney is a career journalist and author. With numerous books and documentaries under his belt, John has reported from conditions of war and revolution in countries such as...

Duration:01:14:24

The Korea Now Podcast #2 – Donald Kirk – ‘Sunshine And Beyond’

3/14/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Donald Kirk. They speak about Kim Dae-Jung, the Sunshine Policy, the legacy of inter—Korean diplomacy, the prospects of future summits, and the diplomatic side-shows of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Donald Kirk is a journalist and author who has covered conflict and human rights in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Vietnam, amongst others. Working for the Chicago Tribune, The...

Duration:00:57:52

The Korea Now Podcast #1 – Blaine Harden – ‘Spies, Pilots and Gulags’

3/14/2018
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This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Blaine Harden. They speak about Blaine’s three books on North Korea: ‘Escape From Camp 14’, ‘The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot’, and ‘King of Spies’; as well as broader issues concerning human rights and the Korean War. Blaine Harden is an American journalist with over 30 years’ experience writing for The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time Magazine, amongst others. He is also a...

Duration:01:02:52