The Creamcast, Ep.15: North Korea, Or “Do Animals Cry?”

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Welcome to the reboot of The Creamcast! From the studio of Popup Chinese, RFH and I welcomed Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director at Choson Exchange, and Simon Cockerell, general manager of Koryo Tours, to talk about all things North Korea — spying, journalism (7:35 mark), coffee (21:43), reunification (27:30), and whether animals cry (this was really a predominant theme).

Obviously we also discussed The Interview (35:20) and the merits of Katy Perry.

Other topics included: the Daily Mail’s profile of Simon, beginning with this headline –

A love of killer high heels, dog ribs in gravy and why Bend It Like Beckham is a smash: Man who’s been to North Korea 140 times shares his unrivalled insight into ‘normal’ life in the world’s most secretive nation

– Andray’s insightful editorial in the Wall Street Journal, and a book recommendation, the forthcoming North Korea Confidential by Daniel Tudor and James Pearson.

A quick note: this episode wasn’t without its technical difficulties, and for that I offer my apologies. But we’ll try again this week, and promise to do better.

We offer our sincerest thanks to Popup Chinese for letting us use their studio, and Great Leap Brewing for their generous support.

Download Episode 15 of The Creamcast — THE REBOOT – here, or listen to it on iTunes.

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