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The Annual North Korean Missile Crisis

Friday, April 05, 2013

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s escalating threats against the US earned him a prominent spot in this week’s news cycle. Charles Armstrong, Director of Columbia University’s Center for Korean Research, tells Brooke that North Korean threats are not only cyclical - they’re seasonal.

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The Takeaway

Is Increased Communication the Secret to Deescalating North Korea?

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Here's a recipe for global domination: Insult nearly all of your neighbors, cancel a cease fire, promise to teach lessons to old enemies, and then turn New York City into a sea of fire.

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WNYC News

North Korea Warns Military Cleared to Wage Nuke Attack

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Ratcheting up the rhetoric, North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tough Talk From North Korea

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Charles Armstrong, director of the center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), discusses Kim Jong Un's threats to South Korea and U.S. and whether it's just bluster or poses a real threat to the region and the United States.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Political Conversations and Politial Prisoners

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien talk about how the Supreme Court has shaped the death penalty. We’ll look back at the debate over whether the United States should enter World War II—before Pearl Harbor changed everything. Blaine Harden tells the story of a man who managed to escape one of North Korea’s political prison camps. Dr. Mamphela Remphele on her frustration with South Africa’s ANC.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Escape from Camp 14: North Korea's Political Prisoners

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Blaine Harden tells his story of Shin Donghyuk, who was born and raised—then escaped from—one of North Korea’s political prison camps. In Escape from Camp 14, he offers a narrative of Shin's life and remarkable escape and offers an inside account of one of the world's darkest nations.

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The Takeaway

North Korea Announces Plans to Restart Reactor

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Mysterious and disturbing provocations from North Korea gained a possible new twist today. North Korea announced it would restart all of its nuclear facilities to expand the availability of plutonium and enriched uranium for what it says is a growing nuclear arsenal.

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The Washington Report

How Serious is the Bluster from North Korea?

Monday, April 01, 2013

In the 60 years since the end of the Korean war, it’s hard to remember a time when the United States seemed more on edge about North Korea. The U.S. has sent B-2 stealth bombers over the peninsula in recent days and Kim Jong Un, the North's young leader, has threatened the destruction of American cities. This week on The Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan discusses the ratcheting up of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The Washington Report

Missile Defense Expansion and President Obama Goes to Israel

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been mounting. The North Koreans scrapped the 60-year armistice that ended the Korean War and threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. would spend a billion dollars expanding its missile defense sites in Alaska and California, in part because of North Korea’s “irresponsible and reckless provocations.” This week on The Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan discuss if the missile defense system will deter the North Koreans.

The Takeaway

North Korea Ups the Ante

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Is it time to start to take North Korea more seriously? Karin Lee, executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Special Coverage of New Pope, Blaming Sugar

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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The Takeaway

North Korea Threatens Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Reacting to the prospect of more UN sanctions, North Korea is, for the first time, threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea -- an attack that would turn Washington and Seoul into "a sea in flames." Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University explains what's behind these threats and how the international community should respond.

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The Washington Report

The Great Sequester and Basketball Diplomacy

Monday, March 04, 2013

The sequester — $85 billion in across the board spending cuts — has begun.  In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan about what people can expect and whether the real impacts can still be avoided.

The Takeaway

North Korea Conducts Most Powerful Nuclear Test Yet

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

North Korea conducted their third, and largest, nuclear test today, in a move that has provoked neighboring China and the rest of the world. An English translation of the announcement North Korean's heard today begins: "The scientific field for National Defense has succeeded in the third underground nuclear test at a site in the north part of our country on February 12th, 2013."

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The Takeaway

North Korea Makes New, More Explicit Threat

Friday, January 25, 2013

While North Korea has repeatedly threatened to strike the United States, a threat made yesterday to target the United States was significantly more explicit. A statement from the North Korean National Defense Commission referred to the United States as the "sworn enemy of the Korean people."

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The Takeaway

Google C.E.O. Travels to North Korea

Monday, January 07, 2013

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea today. He's in the country as part of a private delegation led by Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico. Karin Lee, the executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, explains what Schmidt and Richardson will be doing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

China and US: War?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When last we spoke, I tried to sound an optimistic note and explain why, despite the warning signs -- like China and Japan's recent squabbling over the ownership of the Senkakau/Diaoyu islands -- I think the chances of a real-live shooting war between Beijing and Washington (Tokyo's sworn protector) remain small.

Since then, events in the region have conspired to make me look bad.

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Studio 360

Inside North Korean Cinema: Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Friday, September 28, 2012

North Korea is such an insular nation that almost any glimpse of life in the country makes news. This week is the country’s Pyongyang Film Festival, drawing crowds of North Koreans to the rare opportunity to see foreign film. But also screening is the film Comrade Kim Goes Flying ...

Video: Comrade Kim Goes Flying trailer

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On The Media

Softening North Korea's Image

Friday, August 10, 2012

In his first months in power, North Korea's new 20-something leader Kim Jong Un seems like he is on a mission to differentiate his regime from that of his father's before him, from speaking in public to stepping out with his fashionable young wife. Brooke speaks to reporter Blaine Harden, who says that the images coming out of North Korea show a friendlier, softer dictator, despite the fact that North Korea remains uniquely oppressive.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Impossible State: North Korea

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Victor D. Cha, the former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council discusses North Korea, the world's most controversial and isolated country. His book The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future documents the rise of the Kim family dynasty, and the obsessive personality cult that empowers them, and he illuminates the repressive regime's complex economy and culture.

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