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Did North Korea Execute Four Orchestra Musicians?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered the execution of four members of Pyongyang's Unhasu Orchestra last month.
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The Takeaway

Planting the Seeds of Revolution with Smuggled Episodes of 'Friends'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

So no one told you life was gonna be this way...in North Korea.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Steal a Soviet Jet Fighter Plane, in North Korea

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The youngest fighter pilot in the North Korean Air Force deceived the government, stole a Soviet MiG-15, all while Kim Il Sung grabbed power and plunged his country into war. 

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WNYC News

Fearless New York Theater to Host Reading of 'The Interview'

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Treehouse Theater on West 29th Street is doing a free reading of the comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco about a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

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The Takeaway

Who's Responsible For N. Korea's Internet Blackout?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Just days after the U.S. laid blame on North Korea for hacking Sony's computer network, the Internet went dead in the communist state for nine hours.

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The Takeaway

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,' 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,' 'Annie,' 'The Interview'

Monday, December 22, 2014

Two sequels, one remake, and a film you may never see. It's a bizarre and exciting Movie Date podcast!
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The Takeaway

Doubt Begins to Swirl Around Sony Hack

Monday, December 22, 2014

The FBI say that North Korea is behind the Sony hack, but the country hasn't claimed responsibility. Wired's Kim Zetter has looked at the cyber trail. She says that it's a dead end.

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The Takeaway

Hollywood 'Cowardice' & Washington's Dilemma

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sony Pictures canceled "The Interview" after the company's systems were hack. The U.S. says North Korea was "centrally involved," but has yet to formally accuse the nation.

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Money Talking

Back to the Future – Cold War Style

Friday, December 19, 2014

If you miss nuclear standoffs and assassination plots, this was your week. A cast of Cold War foes dominated the news cycle. And now the U.S. needs to figure out what's at stake. 

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WNYC News

Industry Fall Out After 'The Interview' Release is Cancelled

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Movie makers are up in arms over the cancellation of the comedy about a plot to assassinate the dictator of North Korea.

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The Takeaway

Sony Has Set a 'Horrible' Precedent

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cyberwar expert Peter Singer says that Sony and American cinema companies that refuse to show the movie have done everything exactly wrong.

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The Takeaway

Sony Hackers Threaten '9/11-Like' Attack Over Franco-Rogen Flick

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This week, hackers promised "a bitter fate" to those who attend screenings of "The Interview," which North Korea has called "an act of war." Will Sony pull the film from distribution?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Teaching English Under Kim Jong-Il

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign.

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The Takeaway

Revelations of an Undercover Teacher in North Korea

Monday, December 08, 2014

Suki Kim went undercover in North Korea, posing as an English teacher at the nation's most elite university. Here's what she found.

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Studio 360

Did Seth Rogen Cause the Sony Pictures Cyber Attack?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

North Korea’s regime hates the new Seth Rogen movie. Did they hack Sony Pictures’ computer systems in retaliation?

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The Takeaway

Secretive Talks Free Two Americans in North Korea

Monday, November 10, 2014

The New York Times' David Sanger has new details about the secretive talks that led to the release of two American prisoners, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, held in North Korea.

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The Takeaway

Missing: Kim Jong-Un

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Maybe there was a coup. Maybe he has gout from eating too many cheeseburgers. We're not sure. But the head of North Korea hasn't been seen in public in five weeks, and rumors are flying.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

North Koreans Have Wedding Photographers, Too

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

They also have smiling school kids and synchronized dance festivals. A professional photographer shares her view of everyday life in the world’s most isolated country.  

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The Takeaway

Obama Walks Tightrope Between Asian Allies

Thursday, April 24, 2014

President Obama is walking a tightrope—he must balance U.S. relationships with China, Japan, and South Korea as a huge trade deal hangs in the pendulum. Can the president keep his footing steady?

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The Takeaway

'Crimes Against Humanity' Rampant in North Korea

Monday, February 17, 2014

Urgent action is needed by the international community to address wide-ranging "crimes against humanity" in North Korea, a scathing 400-page report released today by the United Nations (U.N.) has found. The U.N.'s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea details "unspeakable atrocities" committed in the country and a wide array of "crimes against humanity" that arise from "policies established at the highest level of State." Michael Kirby, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights, joins The Takeaway to explain the Commission's findings.

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