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Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Korean Defamation Laws Silence Critics

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland discuss a New York Times article that makes the case that the Park Geun-hye administration is using the country’s defamation laws to silence critics.

The duo then finishes with a quick discussion of how bad Donald Trump would be for freedom of speech in the US.


Only In Korea Podcast: Parking & Driving In The ROK

Chance & Travis discuss the recent appearance of the Parking Vigilantes of Korea website (http://PVK.website) that sells stickers to place on horribly parked cars.

The duo then share their experiences dealing with the ROK’s unsafe driving conditions while also highlighting statistical data that shows Korea has the worst driving among developed nations.


South Korean Bobsled Wins First Gold Medal

South Korea’s two man bobsled team made history with the ROK’s first gold medal victory at this year’s International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation World Cup in Canada.

The ROK now holds the top spot in international bobsled rankings, & Korea FM spoke with Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics organizer Minson Kim & International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation Secretary General Heike Größwang to learn more about the victory & history of the sport in South Korea.


Foreigner Tax Advice For Filing In South Korea

More than 500,000 foreigners are expected to file year-end tax settlements in South Korea for their 2015 income.

Korea FM spoke with Seoul Global Center CPA Lee Jung-se & tax consultant Katie Klemsen to discuss tax tips & how foreigners can get free advice to avoid costly errors.


South Korea Has World’s “Most Innovative Economy”

Bloomberg Business says “in the world of ideas, South Korea is king” as the ROK is the world’s most innovative economy for the 3rd year in a row.

Korea FM spoke with Bloomberg’s Michelle Jamrisko & the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Cheng to learn which factors influenced the ranking & why South Korea “dominates” the index.


How Does The Death Of Internet Explorer Affect South Korea?

Microsoft has ended support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 & 10 in an effort to move users to IE’s final version & the company’s new web browser, Edge.

Korea FM spoke with SUNY Korea Professor James Larson & ZDnet reporter Philip Iglauer to find out what the change means for South Korea, a country where Internet Explorer has been adopted as the internet standard more than perhaps any other country in the world.


Only In Korea Podcast: Businesses Continue To Ban Foreigners

The excuse by Hongdae bar “Green Light” that it’s “not racist” to refuse foreign customers because employees “are not able to communicate in English” is just the latest example of discrimination by South Korean businesses.

Hosts Chance & Travis discuss the story as reported by the Korea Herald, detail the results of an opinion poll on the topic from OinK Facebook members, and play an audio clip of one listener who fears how discrimination in Korea will affect his biracial children.


Marmot’s Hole Podcast: War Of Words On The Korean Peninsula

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland continue last week’s focus on rising tensions between North and South Korea.

The ROK is now questioning North Korea’s UN membership, President Park Geun-hye has called on the nation to remain on high alert over possible terrorist attacks, THAAD deployment as been delayed, & even name calling is taking place as North Korea has printed that President Park is a “crazy old b—-.”


South Korea Barely Makes Top 20 In “Best Countries” Ranking

South Korea barely made the top 20 in a new “Best Countries” ranking by US News & World Report.

Korea FM asked US News executive editor Tim Smart why South Korea was ranked lower than neighbors Japan & China, and how the ROK can improve its score.


Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Kaesong Closure & Conan O’Brien

Robert Koehler joins Chance Dorland to discuss the recent closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex & late night TV icon Conan O’Brien’s trip to South Korea.

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