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The Korea File

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Interviews on music, history and society from across the Korean peninsula and around the world.

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Ben Spencer came to Korea expecting modernity on steroids. What he got was the most isolated teaching post in the country--a sleepy fishing settlement on Chuja-do, a small group of islands in the Jeju Strait. He talks to The Korea File... more

In this episode, Jung discusses her oral history project recording the stories of the grandmothers of Jeju. From an essay on aamora.com: "For the last couple of years, I've taken photos and written essays of sweet grannies in my island... more

In this episode: Kentucky-native and Fulbright scholar Tanner Jones loves banjo, bourbon and Korean traditional sounds. In this conversation, Jones discusses his ongoing research and passion for Korean traditional music on Jeju-do. This... more

Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, MO in August of this year. Brown's death, and the events that followed in Ferguson have stirred intense debate in the United States touching... more

Live, from Strange Fruit: After more than 3 years of performing all over the country, Table People are gearing up to record a final album before moving on to other projects. I caught up with guitarist and songwriter Eric Davis to discuss the... more

"Big Jay" Motz has lived on Jeju-do forever. He's also developed an extraordinary and unique relationship with the island's female divers, the Haenyo. In this interview, he discusses his participation in their diving tradition, the ??'s role... more

Live from Club Bbang in Hongdae, MINERI guitarist ??? and bassist Blair Lee talk about the band's humble beginnings and what it's like to rock hard as the most consistently amazing live band in Seoul.

With excerpts from a 10/18/2014 performance at Hongdae's Strange Fruit in Seoul, Lauren Walker and Mark Lentz discuss improvisation, motivation and the band's origin story.

Spirits: The Story of Jeju Island's Shamanic Shrines/??? ??; ??? ??? ?? ?? ??? had its local premiere on September 27th at the 15th annual Jeju Women's Film Festival. The following is an interview with the director, Joey Rositano, along... more

Sannakji, culture shock redux and the mysterious power of Jeolla province.

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