North Korea

Crimes Against Humanity
1:53 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Inside The State Of North Korea

The most recent United Nations report accuses North Korean leadership of violations of freedom.
Flickr Photo/Gabriel Britto (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Clark Sorenson, director of UW's Center for Korea Studies, following a United Nations report accusing North Korean leadership of crimes against humanity.

Detained in North Korea
3:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

North Korea Calls Off Envoy For Kenneth Bae

Kenneth Bae has been able to send some correspondence, including this letter, to his family in Edmonds, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The Seattle-area family of Kenneth Bae, an American man held in North Korea, said their hopes fell again this week. For the second time, North Korea rescinded its invitation for a U.S. envoy to discuss Bae’s possible release.

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North Korea
2:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Obama: Kenneth Bae Deserves To Be Free

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea since Nov. 2012, and his mother Myunghee Bae were able to meet at a Pyongyang hospital last October.
AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

President Obama said Thursday the United States is still trying to win the release of former Lynnwood, Wash., resident Kenneth Bae from North Korea.

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Diplomacy
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kenneth Bae's Sister, Mother Attend State Of The Union

Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae has been imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months.
Bae family Freekennow.com

David Hyde hears from Terri Chung about her experience attending Tuesday’s State of the Union address. She is the sister of Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea for 15 months.

Free Agent
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Role Of 'Basketball Diplomacy' In North Korea

Dennis Rodman bows to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with US and North Korean players at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon

When former basketball star Dennis Rodman implied to CNN that Kenneth Bae, a Lynnwood, Wash., man imprisoned in North Korea, had committed a crime, Bae’s sister lashed out.

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International Relations
9:27 am
Mon November 4, 2013

A Year Later, Kenneth Bae Remains Imprisoned In North Korea

Kenneth with North Korean Children
Bae family Freekennow.com

It’s been a year since Kenneth Bae, a missionary who once hailed from Lynnwood, Wash., was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea. Over the weekend, his family quietly marked the anniversary of his arrest.

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Family Reunion
3:03 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Kenneth Bae's Mother Describes 'Heavenly' Reunion

In North Korea, prisoners don't get to see their families; going to prison means disappearing for a long time. But authorities there made a rare exception Kenneth Bae and his mother, Myunghee Bae.
AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

The mother of a Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea has spoken about their emotional reunion when she visited him in prison.

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North Korea Prisoner
1:34 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Kenneth Bae And Mom Embrace In Tearful North Korea Hospital Reunion

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months, and his mother Myunghee Bae met at the Pyongyang hospital where Bae has been receiving care.
Credit AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

When Myunghee Bae stepped into the hospital room in North Korea on Friday, she wept as she embraced her son.

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International Diplomacy
12:03 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Family Reunion Program Postponed By North Korea

The border fence between North Korea and South Korea in the demilitarized zone.
Flickr Photo/CJ_Supreme

The Korean War ended 60 years ago. It caused many hardships, including the separation of  family members between the North and the South. To this day, there is no official contact between citizens of the two countries. No phone calls. No letters.

But finally in 2000, North and South Korea agreed to hold family reunions. The last one took place in 2010. Another reunion was scheduled to take place today at a North Korean resort, but it was abruptly postponed over the weekend by the North Korean government.

Why did this happen? And what does it mean for diplomacy between the two countries? Charles Armstrong is professor of Korean studies at Columbia University. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Basketball Diplomacy
12:17 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Dennis Rodman Returns To North Korea

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrives at Pyongyang airport, North Korea, Tuesday.
AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin

Former pro basketball player Dennis Rodman has returned to North Korea for another so-called “basketball diplomacy” tour. Yet just last week, North Korea canceled the visit of US envoy Robert King, who was attempting to secure the release of Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae.

In the past, North Korea has attempted to use detentions of Americans to win diplomatic concessions. Why did they cancel King’s trip? And what does North Korea gain by inviting Dennis Rodman back? David Hyde spoke with Charles Armstrong, professor of history at Columbia University, to find out.

Dennis Rodman: Kim Jong Un is "awesome."

Does Rodman's attitude toward the North Korean leader help legitimize his regime? North Korean media has been playing up the unlikely duo's relationship, but Armstrong had this to say about Rodman's testimony:


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8:21 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kenneth Bae, American Imprisoned In North Korea, Moved To Hospital

Lead in text: 
Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. Bae had been telling his family that his health was failing, possibly from diabetes-related complications. Bae is now suffering from severe back and leg pain and has lost more than 50 pounds, his sister Terri Chung told CNN late Sunday.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Kenneth Bae, the American citizen sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp, has been moved to a hospital after a serious deterioration in his health, his sister said.
Detained In North Korea
4:51 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Kenneth Bae's Family: "Don't Forget This American"

Kenneth Bae's mother, Myunghee Bae, holds the most recent letter from her son. North Korea has sentenced American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Kenneth Bae, an American man from Lynnwood, Wash., has spent more than nine months imprisoned in North Korea. That’s longer than any other American recently held there. Bae’s family members say their frustration and worries grow as each day passes.

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Wrongful Conviction Legislation
9:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Paying Exonerated Prisoners, Carter's Fight For Bae, And The Pope's Press Conference

Alan Northrop in May waiting outside the office of Gov. Jay Inslee before Inslee signed a measure that would allow people who have been wrongfully convicted to seek state compensation for the years they were imprisoned.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Compensating The Wrongfully Convicted
Imagine you’re wrongfully convicted of a violent crime and sent to prison. After many years, you’re exonerated by DNA evidence and released. When you leave prison, you get zero compensation from the state for the time you spent in jail. That used to be a probable scenario, but thanks to a new law that went into effect on Sunday, people wrongfully convicted of crimes are now allowed to file a claim for damages up to $50,000 against the state. We talk with Alan Northrop, who was convicted of rape, burglary and kidnapping in 1993 and exonerated and released from prison in 2010.

Former President Carter Plans North Korea Trip
Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly planning a trip to North Korea. The White House confirmed Carter’s plans on Monday. He’s expected to try to win the release of Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “committing hostile acts” against the North Korean government. We talk with Professor Charles Armstrong of Columbia University about Kenneth Bae and the delicate dance of diplomacy with the North Korean regime.

The Pope's Performance Abroad
Pope Francis spent his first week abroad in Brazil. When asked about homosexual clergy, Francis said, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" What did Francis reveal about his character and agenda during his travels? National Catholic Reporter's Jamie Mans  on and Father Paul Janowiak of Santa Clara University join us.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

Family Hopes For Release
4:46 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Will Jimmy Carter Help Free Lynnwood Man Held In North Korea?

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Several news outlets reported Monday that former President Jimmy Carter may travel to North Korea to secure the release of Kenneth Bae, who's been imprisoned in North Korea for nine months.

The unconfirmed reports raised hopes for Bae's family members, though they said they had not been informed of any specific plans to seek his release.

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International News
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Latest News From Egypt, Escape From Camp 14, And Paula Poundstone

Crossing over the North Korea border to escape is a dangerous prospect. Shin Dong-Hyuk managed a rare escape from Camp 14.
Flickr Photo/Kimmo Raisanen

The Continuing Unrest In Egypt

The ousting of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was not popular with all Egyptians. Over 50 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a clash between protesters and the military earlier this week. Interim President Adly Mansour has begun appointing new cabinet members and has moved forward with a roadmap to a democratic election. What does the future hold for Egypt and what is happening there now? Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times joins us for an update.

Escape From Camp 14: From North Korea To The West
Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in Camp 14, a political prison camp in North Korea. No one born inside the camp has ever escaped, except for Shin. Katy Sewall talks with journalist Blaine Harden about the story of a remarkable escape.

A Conversation With Paula Poundstone
Comedian Paula Poundstone is widely known for her stand-up act and formidable trivia chops on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! She has a new comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes” and will be performing at Tacoma’s Pantages Theatre on Friday. She joins us from the studios of NPR West in Los Angelas.

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