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Korea Blog Podcast: Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian” & Increased Interest In Korean Authors

Chance Dorland & Seoul-based essayist, broadcaster, & Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog writer Colin Marshall discuss the attention Han Kang’s English translation of “The Vegetarian” is getting & the spotlight that has slowly begun to shine on South Korean authors.


North Korea’s Growing Statue & Monument Business

While recent news reports on North Korea have focused on nuclear & rocket programs, the DPRK is also making headlines for its expertise in large statues & monuments both for domestic use & an increasing number of international clients. Korea FM spoke with Italian art collector & North Korean Mansudae Art Studio representative Pier Cecioni & Washington Post Tokyo Bureau Chief Anna Fifield to learn more about how Pyongyang’s monuments & statues have found increasing demand around the world.


Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Otto Warmbier Sentenced & Korea Invests In Artificial Intelligence

Chance Dorland & Robert Koehler discuss North Korea’s sentencing of Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor & the South Korean government’s new emphasis on artificial intelligence after Google computer program AlphaGo Lee Se-dol in the “ancient” board game Go.


Only in Korea Podcast: Seoul 8th Most Expensive For Cost Of Living

The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Seoul as the 8th most expensive city in the world for cost of living. Chance & Travis discuss their thoughts & this week’s poll results from the Only In Korea Facebook group. Travis also gets called out by a listener’s voicemail message for his comment from last week’s show that it’s not a good idea to put your car in neutral when stopped at a red light.


Busan Int’l Film Festival Chair Resigns, Industry Pros Send Support

The Busan International Film Festival recently made headlines with news of its chairman’s resignation & a show of support from industry professionals across the world. Korea FM spoke with veteran film festival member & KoreanFilm.org writer Darcy Paquet to learn more about Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo’s decision to step down from the BIFF organizing committee & also with French film producer Isabelle Glachant who gathered with others at the Berlinale Film Festival to send messages of support to Busan.


93% Of Votes In Korea Gives Sanders Highest Ratio Of Support In Democrats Abroad Global Primary

With 682 out of 735 votes cast be Americans living in South Korea, Bernie Sanders won a landslide 93 percent of support – his highest in the entire Democrats Abroad global primary.


South Korea Wins Baking World Cup

In February, a team of South Koreans won gold at the Bakery World Cup in France. Korea FM spoke with previous Baking World Cup gold medal winner & American team coach Jeff Yankellow & Louis Lesaffre Cup project manager Nadine Debailis to learn more about the competition & South Korea’s surprise victory.


Should Jeju Build An Underwater Train Tunnel To Solve Flight Problems?

After high winds & the biggest snowfall in three decades canceled flights & stranded thousands of passengers at Jeju’s only airport in January, an old but still untested idea resurfaced. Could problems related to weather delays & increasing travel to Jeju Island be solved by an underwater train tunnel? Korea FM spoke with Kojects construction & urban development writer Nikola Medimorec & Jeju Tourism Organization representative James Shin to find out.


Seoul’s Financial Hub Dream Outshined By Startup Success

With the recent wave of global financial groups leaving or downsizing their South Korean presence, government efforts to establish Seoul as one of Asia’s three financial hubs have clearly come up short. However, a mixture of public & private initiatives have put Seoul in the spotlight for its burgeoning startup scene. Korea FM spoke with Kyle Ferrier, the Director of Academic Affairs and Research for the Korea Economic institute of America (KEI), & Forbes entrepreneurial ecosystems writer Amy Guttman, to discuss Seoul’s current financial & startup atmosphere.


Why Do South Koreans Underreport Their Health?

While South Koreans are living longer than ever before, new OECD data shows South Koreans consistently underreport their health.
Korea FM spoke with OECD health researcher Gaetan Lafortune & Cornell Medical College Professor Corinna Loeckenhoff to find out why.


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