Korea Times Podcast: 2015-01-02



Today on The Korea Times Podcast: President Park vows to improve the state of inter-Korean relations and the nut rage incident lands one sister in jail and another in hot water. Plus foot and mouth disease is detected in Gyeonggi Province and an app aims to keep women safe on the subway.

Korea Times Podcast: 2014-12-31



Today on The Korea Times Podcast: Seoul proposes high level talks with North Korea and meets with Japanese counterparts to discuss the sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II. Plus some feel changes are needed in the nation’s constitutional court to prevent bias and prosecutors seek an arrest warrant in “memo gate” scandal.

2014 In Review


2014 is only hours away from ending its run. Today, we take a look back at the year’s news. It’s one conversation taking place in Asia… now.

Today is literally the last day of 2014. In less than 12 hours, the clock will roll past midnight and with it, the year. To better understand what’s to come, it’s important to look back and reflect on what was. Joining the podcast this week is veteran broadcast journalist and host of the NKNews.org podcast, Kurt Achin.

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AirAsia Updates; Xiaomi Makes Money; China Blocks Gmail


Debris and bodies have been recovered from the downed Air Asia flight and China’s Xiaomi brings home the bacon. Plus the Great Firewall takes down gmail.

Debris and bodies have been recovered from the downed Air Asia flight and China’s Xiaomi brings home the bacon. Plus the Great Firewall takes down gmail.

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Search continues for QZ8501; ISIS Family?; Floods in Philippines; Bird Flu in Hong Kong


The search continues for the missing Air Asia flight and Indonesian authorities thwart a group bound for ISIS. Plus a flood hits the Philippines, forcing thousands to flee and bird flu warnings are issued in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The search continues for the missing Air Asia flight and Indonesian authorities thwart a group bound for Syria. Plus a flood hits the Philippines, forcing thousands to flee and bird flu warnings are issued in Hong Kong.

Missing Air Asia Flight

While the search for missing Air Asia flight 8501 was suspended Sunday night, it resumed early Monday morning with the addition of vessels and aircraft from a number of nations.

An Emergency Call Center is available for those seeking information about relatives or friends who may have been on board the flight. That number is +622129270811.

Reports have come in of debris being found, but nothing has been confirmed and the working hypothesis of those in charge of the search, is that the plane is at the bottom of the sea.

Authorities stop six from joining ISIS

Jakarta Police continued their crackdown on citizens it believes are attempting to leave the country and join the Islamic State. Authorities arrested six at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Saturday allegedly en route to Syria. Police say those attempting to travel, received their funds from an unknown source.

Philippines Floods

A tropical storm dumped rain in the Philippine’s Surigao del Sur province. The storm first struck early Monday morning around 4am local time. Some 4,000 people were moved to emergency shelters, Governor Johnny Pimentel told the press. This is one of the most flood-prone regions of the Philippines, and their effects are made worse by the impoverished life many farmers lead.

Hong Kong issues alert over Bird Flu

A woman infected with the deadly H7N9 bird flu transitioned into critical condition over the weekend in Hong Kong, prompting hospitals to raise alert levels. According to Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection, ten people had previously been diagnosed with the flu; three of which died.

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Korea Times Podcast: 2014-12-29



Today on The Korea Times Podcast: Korea joins the United States and Japan in an intelligence sharing agreement and the ministry may pardon jailed tycoons to boost the economy. Plus Seoul remains on high alert after nuclear reactor hacks and police hunt down a murder suspect in Incheon.

Air Asia Down; More Arrested in HK; 72 Dead in India; Korea and Japan to Share Intel; The Tsunami 10 Years On


Arrests in Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests return and over 70 die in India. Plus South Korea and Japan are to enter into an intelligence sharing agreement and the great tsunami, ten years later.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Air Asia down, arrests in Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests return and over 70 die in India. Plus South Korea and Japan are to enter into an intelligence sharing agreement and the great tsunami, ten years later.

Air Asia Flight Missing

AirAsia Flight QZ8501, lost contact with flight control operations about 42 minutes after take off. The plane was en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore when it asked for permission to deviate from its planned course because of inclement weather. 162 people were on board. The plane is believed to be downed somewhere in the area of Belitung.

Protests return to Hong Kong

Hong Kong police arrested 12 as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to the Mong Kok neighborhood where hundreds had camped out for more than two months. Police used pepper spray and batons in overnight clashes last week. They arrested demonstrators on charges ranging from assaulting a police officer to failing to produce ID.

Over 70 dead in India

It was a bloody Christmas in northeast India, where over 70 died and thousands fled their homes. According to officials, separatist rebels killed dozens of villagers, some children.

Officials say the death toll has climbed to 72 and parts of the region remain under curfew. Prime Minister Modi called the attack “an act of cowardice” while President Mukherjee condemned the attacks on his Twitter account, saying “such acts of terror and violence must be put down with a firm hand.”

East Asia Trilateral Security Agreement

South Korean officials say Seoul, the United States, and Japan have agreed on a trilateral intelligence-sharing pact to deal with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The proposed plan would enable the three allies to quickly respond to any North Korean provocation at a time of increasing tensions.

The Indian Ocean tsunami, ten years on

On December 26, 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 220,000 in 14 different countries. This past Friday, beach side memorials, moments of silence, and religious services were held across Asia commemorating the event’s tenth anniversary.

Shamika Sirimanne, who focuses on disaster risk reduction at the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific said, “End-to-end early warning systems need to be put in place. A lot more needs to be done. This is an unfinished agenda.”

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Korea Times Podcast: 2014-12-26



Today on The Korea Times Podcast: The Constitutional Court prepares to rule on a number of laws which could have wide ranging impact on Korean society and experts chime in on the four-rivers projects. Plus school owners feel the government’s plan to ban English teachers may hurt students and an unbelievable price for a bag of potato chips.

Korea Times Podcast: 2014-12-24


Today on The Korea Times Podcast: North Korea appears on the U.N. Security Council’s agenda and hackers penetrate a nuclear reactor. Plus host Steve Miller discusses fall-out from the dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party and answers questions if could KEPCO reduce electricity rates this winter?