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Otto Warmbier's DPRK Travel Company 'Young Pioneer Tours'

ConsumerAffairs.com writer Amy Martyn recently wrote a piece titled "Booze, bribes and propaganda: The company that promises 'safe' travel in North Korea" regarding the tour company American college student Otto Warmbier took (Young Pioneer Tours) before being detained for allegedly stealing a poster. After being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, the world didn't get an update on his case until recently when North Korea allowed Warmbier, by then in a coma, to return to the US where he...

Duration: 00:16:26

More North Korean Defectors Supporting Moon Jae-in, Shifting View On Pyongyang

The Nikkei Asian Review recently published a piece on rather surprising Moon Jae-in supporters leading up to the special election he won to replace former President Park Geun-hye who current remains jailed following her impeachment. Moon's support from this group was so suprising, it's even been dubbed "the great sensation". Who are they? North Korean defectors. Melbourne-based reporter John Power has spent several years living in & writing about the Korean Peninsula & continues to cover...

Duration: 00:17:54

Q&A With "The New Koreans" Author Michael Breen At The "Seoul Book & Culture Club"

Barry Welsh's "Seoul Book and Culture Club" recently played host to author Michael Breen, who discussed his newly released book "The New Koreans". To better understand the text & the Q&A session contained in this podcast, in our previous episode, Korea FM spoke with Breen about "The New Koreans" & why it was written. Now, in the final chapter of that discussion, we bring you audio of the Q&A with author Michael Breen & those in attendance at the Barry Welsh's public meeting of the Seoul...

Duration: 00:54:01

Michael Breen On His New Book, "The New Koreans"

Michael Breen is a writer & consultant who first came to South Korea as a correspondent in 1982. He's covered North & South Korea for several newspapers, including the Guardian, The Times & the Washington Times. Few are more knowledgeable about Korea than Michael Breen, a trained journalist who's lived here for many years & whose connections go right to the very heart of the country. His new book, The New Koreans, explains the history, the business a& the culture of South Korea, as well as...

Duration: 00:19:33

Teacher Pay vs Work Hours - Which Is Better For South Korean Teachers?

A 2016 education report from The Economist asks if higher wages or less working hours make a better teacher. While South Korea has one of the highest wages for public teachers in the OECD, public teachers in the ROK also spend double the average amount of time on administrative tasks. Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland spoke with Economist data journalist Slavea Chankova & Ellen Sherratt, the co-Deputy Director of the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders & senior researcher at American...

Duration: 00:10:02

Young South Koreans Turning Away From Religion

Seoul-based reporter Steven Borowiec recently wrote an article for Aljazeera English titled "Why young South Koreans are turning away from religion". Borowiec spoke with Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to discuss the personal stories & data from his research, as well as the educational & job pressures that appear to be behind the trend. Read more about the issue in Steven Borowiec's article at...

Duration: 00:11:57

Peace Activist Yoh Kawanaka On Improving South Korea-Japan Relations

Recently, Seoul-based think tank The Asia Institute held a peace march in the capital. The event was open to the public, & peace activist Yoh Kawanaka was invited to travel to Seoul from Japan to participate. Kawanaka spoke with Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to discuss the peace march, her wish for better relations between South Korea & Japan, & new Japanese laws she says prevent activists' voices from being heard. Find more info on the Asia Institute's peace march at...

Duration: 00:15:26

Asia Institute's "Korea Peace March" This Sunday, May 14th In Seoul

The Asia Institute is a Seoul-based think tank that addresses global issues with a focus on Asia, committed to presenting a balanced perspective that takes into account the concerns of the entire region for current trends in technology, international relations, the economy & the environment. Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland has covered several of their talks & lectures over the last few years & recently spoke with Asia Institute Director & Kyung Hee University professor Emanuel Pastreich...

Duration: 00:15:10

President Trump "Seriously Undermining" South Korea-U.S. Alliance

Recently a column appeared on NKNews.org that directly made light of how US President Donald Trump has influenced what’s going on here on the Korean Peninsula, & it didn’t paint the new president in a very good light. Under the title “How Donald Trump is seriously undermining the South Korea-U.S. alliance”, the article begins with a description of how things generally operate here regarding North Korea, noting that “As long as North Korea is able to make life a living hell for whoever...

Duration: 00:36:30

Running The Pyongyang Marathon As A Foreigner

Recently, over 1,000 foreign runners participated in the Pyongyang, North Korea Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. Held every year since 1981, the race only began accepting participants from outside North Korea in 2014, & the very next year, Laura Imkamp was one of those who traveled to North Korea to participate. The Shanghai-based German expat spoke to Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to describe her experiences & what she learned while running the event. Stream this episode...

Duration: 00:24:09

Does Eating Too Much White Rice Cause Diabetes?

Last year, the head of Singapore's Health Promotion Board announced new plans to fight diabetes that focus on educating the public on the health risks of eating white rice based on research data from the Harvard School of Public Health that links daily consumption of white rice to an increased risk of developing diabetes. Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland spoke with Harvard Professor Dr. Qi Sun & University of Sydney researcher Dr. Bruce Neal to learn more about how white rice has been...

Duration: 00:09:37

The Glass Zoo: Women In South Korean, US Journalism

Earlier this month, a panel discussion titled “The Glass Zoo: Women in Journalism” was jointly organized by media start-ups Korea Exposé & Mediati, moderated by Korea Expose managing editor Haeryun Kang & Mediati manager Mijin Lee. Much of the audio of that discussion is contained in this podcast episode as well as a brief interview with panel moderator & Korea Expose managing editor Haeryun Kang. Find more about the event at...

Duration: 01:28:55

US Aircraft Carrier Finally En Route To Korea, College Grad Unemployment Rate All Time High [Korean News Update]

A US aircraft carrier & other vessels appear to finally be on their way to the Korean Peninsula, a human rights group is calling on China to not force 8 North Korean refugees back to the DPRK, and a South Korean company has come under fire for their depiction of differences between Korean and foreign intestines. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast episode from Korea FM. Stream the episode online at...

Duration: 00:07:51

Young Koreans Challenging Politicians & Their Role In South Korean Society

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s presidential career began & ended with firsts, & while countless pieces have been written on the protests that led to her removal from power, one recent writeup from the Canadian weekly current affairs magazine Maclean's makes the case that that South Korean youth, & the forces they control, are perhaps behind it all. Maclean's writer Dave Hazzan, formerly based in Seoul, joins Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland to discuss his article & what it...

Duration: 00:19:58

"March For Science" Taking Place Saturday, April 22nd In Busan & Seoul

This Saturday, April 22nd the “March For Science” will take place around the world as “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in… health, safety, economies, and governments.” It’s no coincidence that date is also Earth Day, & alongside the main march in Washington, D.C., more than 500 cities around the world will also participate. Seoul & Busan will hold their own marches, & Korea FM reporter Chance Dorland recently spoke with March For Science Busan...

Duration: 00:15:21

China warns “No Winner” In North Korean Conflict, Vice President Pence Coming To Seoul, ROK Exports To China Increase [Korean News Update]

China warns there will be “no winner” in an armed North Korean conflict that could start “at any moment”, Vice President Mike Pence will arrive in Seoul on Sunday, & despite an economic boycott over THAAD, South Korean exports to China have risen. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast episode from Korea FM. Stream the episode online at http://www.spreaker.com/user/seoulitup/china-warns-no-winner-in-north-korean-co Download the full episode at...

Duration: 00:06:06

Tensions Rising On Korean Peninsula, Overseas Voting Increase, Park Geun-hye Indictment Near [Korean News Update]

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are rising with the arrival of a US aircraft carrier, overseas voting is up, ex-president Park Geun-hye could soon be indicted, & coffee is king. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast episode from Korea FM. Stream the episode online at http://www.spreaker.com/user/seoulitup/tensions-rising-on-korean-peninsula-over Download the full episode at http://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/11603711/2017_04_11.mp3 Rate & Review this podcast at...

Duration: 00:05:56

Korean Air Pollution At 2 Year High, ROK Tests New Missile, Expat Alleges Police Discrimination [Korean News Update]

The concentration of fine dust particles in South Korea’s air is the worst since 2015, the ROK has test fired a new long range ballistic missile, a Busan-based expat has been thrust into the spotlight after alleging discrimination by South Korean police, & an iconic Hollywood symbol will soon be replicated in Seoul. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast episode from Korea FM. Stream the episode online at...

Duration: 00:05:10

Colombian Accuses Busan Police Of Discrimination After Costco Assault

Colombian Leo Mendoza has lived in South Korea for 16 years. He's married to Korean & is a well known member of the Busan community for his work with a local dog shelter. Recently, he & his wife were shopping at Costco, & according to Mendoza, he was attacked by an older Korean man after a disagreement over how he & his wife spoke to the man's family after their young daughter was almost hit by a car. After police arrived on the scene, it became clear to Mendoza that he & his wife's...

Duration: 00:44:37

Korean News Update - Park Arrested, Sewol Arrives At Port, Seoul Air Worst Ever

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been arrested, the salvaged Sewol ferry has arrived at port, Seoul’s air quality is the worst ever recorded, & the monthly pay gap between Korean workers has reached an all time high. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast episode from Korea FM. Stream the episode online at http://www.spreaker.com/user/seoulitup/korean-news-update-park-arrested-sewol-a Download the full episode at...

Duration: 00:04:40

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