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Jeju Weekly editor-in-chief Darren Southcott turns the mic around in a conversation with me about podcasting in Korea.
The Korea File will be on hiatus until mid September, with a new episode out on September 16th.
This episode's music:
San U-lim's 'It Was Probably Late Summer' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-6jssOe5Uo
Can’t think of a better thing to do when hanging out in a super modern city like Seoul, South Korea then to go for a bike ride. It’s a great way to see another side of life here besides the typical tourist things like visiting temples, museums and going shopping plus it’s so up close to everyday life here.
I actually got my idea for this ride from the latest Lonely Planet Korea guide with a few modifications to the route. Let’s call them accidental modifications. I started out from Yeouido Park where you can rent bikes starting at 3000 won an hour, about $2.50 USD. Yeouido is considered the mecca for cycling in Seoul.
First stop was the Mapo Bridge where there is a designated cycle path making it safe and convenient to check out the views.
The Han River is the fourth longest river on the Korean Peninsula with a total length of almost 500km. This river was once a very large trade route with China through the Yellow Sea however due to estuary location at the borders of North and South Korea the river is no longer actively used for navigation.
An exit ramp from the other side of the bridge takes you to the north side of the river with great cycling paths. Keeping to the left on this path will continue your journey along the Han River. The destination for this cycle is the Seoul World Cup Stadium, built for the FIFA World Cup in 2002.
A great view of the beautiful domed National Assembly Building across the river. the legislative branch of the South Korean national government.
Keep riding along the path past this cliff and under the Yanghwa and Seongsan Bridges.
Excerpts from "Cycling The Megalopolis Of Seoul".
The Vatican's formal recognition of Palestine went into effect on New Year's Day. The Roman Catholic Church has wanted control of Christian sites--and possibly all of Jerusalem's Old City--for decades.
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This week on Behind the Headlines, we’re interviewing – for the second time – freelance journalist and human rights activist Eva Bartlett, who was on this show two months ago. Bartlett was aboard the Dignity, one of five Free Gaza relief operations to successfully sail to the Gaza Strip in 2008. She ended up staying in Gaza for some time, reporting from there during Israeli Operations ‘Cast Lead’ in 08/09, and ‘Pillar of Defense’ in 2012.
In the last couple of years, Bartlett has been one of the few Western journalists to report truthfully on the situation in Syria, a country she has visited several times, including independently on a journalist visa. Bartlett recently returned from spending 8 days over Christmas in the war-torn country, where she attended conferences, visited recently liberated districts, and met Syrian officials, religious and community leaders.
Listeners can find Eva’s writings on Syria and Palestine at her blog, InGaza.wordpress.com, and support her continuing work as a voice for the voiceless through SyriaSolidarityMovement.org.
We hope you'll join us from 2-4pm EST / 8-10pm CET, this Sunday 10th January 2016, for an account of life in Syria you won't hear anywhere else.
Author Paul Williams joins Jim Paris Live to discuss his books Operation Gladio and Vatican Exposed. What financial secrets is the Vatican hiding? What links are there to money laundering and the Vatican bank? Who is really in control of the Catholic Church and its money? What unholy alliances exist between the Catholic church and the CIA. What is Operation Gladio and how has the church participated in this clandestine operation? Why has the Vatican charged two Italian reporters and put them on trial, and what secrets might they reveal?
A home in Gary, Indiana known locally as a 'portal to Hell' has been demolished, putting an end to a horrifying chapter in local history.
Also: North Korea tests long-range missile, anti-immigration protests across Europe, Russia says hands off Syria, and Hamas unveils its first battle tank -- that looks suspiciously like a parade float.