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  • 00:24

    MICHAEL BREEN: On a Unified Korea

    in Travel

    Michael Breen has been working in Korea for more than 30 years as a journalist with The Guardian, The Korea Times and others. He's the author of 'The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want and Where Their Future Lies' and the CEO of Insight Communications Consultants.

    In the second of a two-part interview he discusses life under South Korea's 1980's dictatorship, the perils and possibilties of Korean unification and what the future holds for the country and its people.

  • 00:25

    Adventures in Vietnam and South Korea

    in Travel

    This week I decided to do a special episode where I talk a little about my vacation trip to Vietnam and South Korea, as well as the experience of visiting a new country. 

  • 00:08

    Cycling The Megalopolis of Seoul, South Korea

    in Travel

    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".

  • 00:49

    NORTH KOREA IS NOT OUR ONLY THREAT

    in Politics

    North Korea tests an H-bomb. Iran launches missiles. Saudi Arabia inflames the Middle East.  And the liberal band played on. 

  • 00:22

    Neoliberalism, Imperialism and Urban Development pt. 2

    in History

    In 2004, an agreement was reached between the United States and South Korean governments to relocate the United States Forces Korea from the heart of Seoul to Camp Humphreys, outside the mid-sized city of Pyeongtaek, and to a second major garrison outside of Daegu 

    The process, scheduled to be completed next year, will consolidate more than 28,000 troops into two regional hubs and will transform Camp Humphreys into the largest U.S. Army garrison in Asia.

    As the population of the garisson increases from 12,000 Soldiers, Family Members and contractors to 37,000 in 2016, the city of Pyeongtaek, in co-operation with the central South Korean government, have developed ambitious plans. 

    These include a major Samsung semiconductor chip plant, the world’s largest fuel cell power plant, an expanded maritime port, a free economic zone as well as tens of thousands of new housing developments. 

    UC Berkley’s Bridget Martin is researching the links between Militarism and Urbanization in South Korea. In the second of our two-part conversation, she talks about the intensity of South Korean urban redevelopment, the goals behind USFK base consolidation and restructuring and the historical relationship between American military bases and South Korean society.

    Music on this episode is the Pearl Sister's 'Love House' (????? ??? ??)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AAvLhCeUwc

  • 00:59

    Iran vs Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, North Korea & other stories of the week

    in Politics

     


    Guest:  Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger,  joins me for a look at the Saudi Arabia vs Iran feud.....the latest from Afghanistan where US special forces saw action a few days ago.......North Korea and hydrogen bomb..............plus some reaction to President Obama's latest gun control proposals.......

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  • 00:20

    Neoliberalism, Imperialism and Urban Development pt. 1

    in History

    In 2004, an agreement was reached between the United States and South Korean governments to move all U.S. forces in the country south of the Han River. This move will relocate the United States Forces Korea from the heart of Seoul to Camp Humphreys, outside the mid-sized city of Pyeongtaek, and to a second major garrison outside of Daegu. 

    The process, scheduled to be completed next year, will consolidate more than 28,000 troops into two regional hubs and will transform Camp Humphreys into the largest U.S. Army garrison in Asia.

    As the population of the garisson increases from 5,000 Soldiers and 7000 civilians, family members and contractors to more than 37,000 by 2016, civic authorities for the city of Pyeongtaek have developed ambitious plans for the expanding city including a major Samsung semiconductor chip plant, the world’s largest fuel cell power plant, an expanded maritime port, a free economic zone and tens of thousands of new housing developments. 

    Bridget K. Martin, a PhD student in Geography at UC Berkley, is researching the links between Militarism and Urbanization in South Korea. 

    In the first of a two-part interview she explains how American imperialism and Korean development, heavily connected since the end of the Korean War, are continuing to work together in new and surprising ways. 

    Music on this episode: ????-??https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66fPqqAtyEw

  • 00:39

    “Running in North Korea”

    in Current Events

    S3productions proudly presents “Running in North Korea”  


    May 31 2015 at 1:30 PM California time (PST) 


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    Today we are talking with Chris Sturdevant who recently returned from a trip in North Korea


    Has you know North Korea is probably the most Secretive Country on the face of the planet and Chris had the chance to participate in an international Track meet, Visit the USS Pueblo and see other sights while there.  I heard about Chris via Armando F. Sanchez’s series on Cold War Spying and could not pass up the chance to have this show. 


    Below is a Channel 4 Milwaukee news interview and provides context on Chris’s visit to North Korea.


    https://youtu.be/2useEcbMgp0


    By Steve Chamraz. CREATED Apr 24, 2015 - UPDATED: Apr 24, 2015


    MILWAUKEE - It's one of the few places Americans supposedly cannot go, but Chris Sturdevant ran through the streets of North Korea earlier this month as a welcome tourist.


    "The people of North Korea are very warm, they're very genuine, they are very welcoming," Sturdevant said of his brief trip to the capital city of Pyongyang.


    The librarian and competitive runner ventured into the communist nation as part of a running tour group. Some ran in the Pyongyang marathon, Sturdevant raced the 10K, finishing second in his group.


    Some biographical data about our Guest


    Children's Librarian at the Waukesha Public Library
    Air Force veteran 1995-97, Satellite and Wideband Repair
    Competed in masters level world track & field championships for Team USA since 2012
    Chairman, Cold War Museum Midwest Chapter


    Thank You


    DC Hahn


    S3productions


    www.blogtalkradio.com/s3production

  • 00:28

    10 Years of The Jeju Peace Forum: From Activism to Cynicism

    in History

    The Jeju Peace Forum was founded in 2001 with the goal of contributing to world peace and international cooperation in the East Asian sphere through multilateral dialogue and community building. 


    The 2003 edition of the conference included President Roh Muu-hyun's official apology to Jeju Island for the 4.3 massacre and the 2007 Jeju Declaration envisioned a regional peacekeeping diplomatic role for South Korea based on the Helsinki Process. 


    In 2008, with the election of the hardline right-wing Lee Myung-bak government, the foreign affairs ministry changed the name of the conference to The Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity and shifted focus away from co-operative agreements, bringing in big name speakers on themes unrelated to the peace process.  


    A glance at the list of events, workshops and speakers from the 10th Forum held last May, full of washed-up politicians and discredited neoliberal economic themes, suggests a conference in search of an identity.  


    Darren Southcott, editor-in-chief of The Jeju Weekly magazine, joins The Korea File to discuss whether or not the Forum has stayed true to it’s roots as a regional peace initiative.  

  • 00:25

    North Korea? Time for Defense Stocks

    in Business

    North Korea’s test of a hydrogen bomb has us taking a closer look at Lockheed Martin and defense industry stocks.  Chipotle’s same-store sales are even worse than expected, and we discuss when to use different stock screens.

  • 00:17

    12 Years of STEPPING STONE, Jeju's Indie Rock Festival

    in History

    From humble beginnings in a Tapdong parking lot 12 years ago, the Stepping Stone indie rock festival celebrated another success in 2015 in spite of heavy rain, intense winds and a washed-out beach due to Typhoon Chan-hom. 


    The Korea File was at the festival's Plan B, Daemyung Resort's Diamond Ballroom on Hamdeok Beach, to speak with festival organizer Kim Myoung-su and some of the bands, including Romantiqua's guitar-heavy post-rock, the Mogwai-esque soundscape harmonics of Apollo 18 and the dynamic folk punk of Jeju's own Zen Alone. 


    For more on the festival check out Ann Bush's eyewitness account at


    http://www.jejuweekly.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=4846