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    Korea 24 - 2022.01.24

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.24. (Monday) News Briefing: Omicron has officially become the dominant variant in South Korea as it accounted for more than 50 percent of new infections in the country. This as new COVID-19 cases exceed 7-thousand for a third consecutive day, despite the weekend effect of less testing. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: In response to the omicron variant becoming the dominant strain in Korea, President Moon Jae-in has called for a swift transition to a new priority-based quarantine system. This includes limiting PCR testing on a trial basis in four regions where omicron is already prevalent to those in high-risk groups, while others will be given rapid antigen tests. For an overview of the government’s response to this latest COVID-19 wave, we speak to Dr. Bryan Kim, an epidemiologist from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Starting from June, a deposit system for disposable cups will be implemented in Korea. (6월 10일부터 1회용컵 음료 구매하면 보증금 300원 낸다) 2. Vibrations that were detected at a high-rise building in Seoul last week are said to have been resonance caused by dancing practice sessions taking place in the building. (SM 연습생 춤에 33층 건물이 흔들?…아크로서울 '공진' 가능성 제기) 3. Fire authority officials have confirmed that the man who helped an unconscious driver involved in a car accident was trot star Lim Young-woong. (교통사고로 쓰러진 운전자 구한 ‘히어로’, 알고 보니 임영웅) Monday Sports Round-up: South Korean figure skaters have picked up medals in their last international competition before Beijing 2022. We’ll discuss how their preparations are shaping up with sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency. We also look at short track speed skater Kim Ji-yoo protesting her exclusion from the Olympic team, as well as preview the football World Cup qualifier against Lebanon this week. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Choi Jae-hee reports about the welfare of horses in Korea, after the recent death of a horse on the set of a TV drama sparked public outcry. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo has a feature with the Mexico Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Bruno Figueroa, ahead of the 60th anniversary of South Korea-Mexico diplomatic ties.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.21. (Friday) News Briefing: The government has announced several changes to its COVID-19 response system ahead of an expected surge in cases, with omicron about to become the dominant strain next week. In four targeted regions, PCR tests will only be offered to those at high risk for infection. Others will be offered antigen test at home or private medical clinics. (KOO Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): Retail investors swarmed to the initial public offering (IPO) of LG Energy Solution this week, setting a new record for IPO subscriptions. Meanwhile, China’s Xi Jinping has warned the world’s major economies against raising interest rates too quickly. And finally, South Korea’s tax revenue for last year is estimated to have exceeded the government's earlier forecast by about 60 trillion won. Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea helps us dissect these headlines. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. From next month the government plans to publicly disclose information on delivery fees set by food delivery applications amid surging prices. (‘배달료 1만원 시대?’ 정부 극약처방… “2월부터 배달비 공시제 시행”) 2. A woman in South Jeolla province has been reunited with her long-lost son after 44 years. (44년 만에 다시 만난 모자…실종 아들 찾게한 ‘유전자’) 3. Netflix CEO, Ted Sarandos, has confirmed that the smash-hit Korean series Squid Game will be back for Season 2. (넷플릭스, '오징어 게임' 시즌 2 제작 공식 확정) Movie Spotlight: Critics Marc Raymond and Molly Kim join us in the studio this week to discuss veteran director Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” (하우스 오브 구찌), as well as last year’s Oscar winner for Best International Feature, Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round” (어나더 라운드) Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - Rapid antigen tests will be introduced at COVID-19 test centers starting next week, amid various changes to the nation’s pandemic response system. - The Serious Accident Punishment Act goes into effect next Thursday.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.20

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.20. (Thursday) News Briefing: North Korea has hinted that it may end a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests. Such considerations were reportedly discussed at a politburo meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party, which was presided by leader Kim Jong-un. (KOO Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): This week, we delve into how two leading presidential candidates of the ruling and main opposition parties - Yoon Suk Yeol and Lee Jae-myung - are faring in recent polls. We also discuss controversy over the first one-on-one television debate between Yoon and Lee set to take place later this month, as well as minor opposition Justice Party's presidential candidate Sim Sang-jung's sagging poll numbers. Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies provides the analysis. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. The Busan City government is threatening to close down the Lotte Department Store in Gwangbok, citing continued delays in the completion of the Busan Lotte Tower. (부산 롯데百 폐점 위기?…부산시, 롯데타워 답보에 최후통첩) 2. Shoo of the 90’s K-Pop group SES posted a handwritten apology letter on her social media, marking some 4 years since she was convicted of habitual gambling. (슈 "도박으로 패가망신…반찬가게 일하며 빚 갚아" 4년 만에 자필사과) 3. Restoration of renowned artist Paik Nam June’s work, “The More, The Better” at the MMCA Gwacheon is almost complete after four years. (가동 중단된 백남준 다다익선, 4년만에 복원 마치고 시험운전 돌입) Explore Korea: Arts contributor Ahn Jae-woo joins us this week to introduce another pair of exhibitions. The first is called ‘Soft-morphic’ at PLACEMAK2 featuring works from 5 up-and-coming abstract artists. The second is called ‘Love Is All About Timing’ at the Elephantspace, featuring works by Hyewon Kwon and three sculptures by Haneyl Choi. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Jie Ye-eun writes about the “2022 Camping Music Festival,” that’s set to happen next month. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Dong Sun-hwa asks “Is K-pop merchandise too expensive?”

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.19

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.19. (Wednesday) News Briefing: Health authorities have announced two more exemptions to the COVID-19 pass system, even as they reiterate the omicron variant stands to become the dominant strain in the country. Daily caseloads, meanwhile, have jumped back above 5-thousand. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: The ‘Serious Accidents Punishment Act’, that aims to prevent serious workplace accidents by holding business owners and senior management responsible, is set to come into effect on January 27. This law is gaining renewed attention in light of the deadly collapse of a building under construction by the HDC Hyundai Development Company last week. However, there has been criticism that the details of the new law are too vague and open to interpretation. To learn more about the law, David Park, an attorney at Yoon & Yang LLC, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Experts in the US have forecast that COVID-19 could become endemic in the country in April and that South Korea could see the daily case count reaching 145,000 in February. (“미국, 4월에 풍토병 전환…한국은 2월 25일쯤 정점” 예측도) 2. A bus company has issued an apology after one of its drivers yelled at a blind passenger for not having their guide dog muzzled. ("나가" "내려" 문전박대…개가 아니라 누군가의 '눈' 입니다) 3. Andy, a member of the longest-running K-pop boy band Shinhwa has announced that he is set to tie the knot. (신화 앤디 결혼 발표) Korea Book Club: Literary critic Barry Welsh joins us in the studio to introduce a children’s picture book called “Magic Candies” (알사탕) by the celebrated illustrator and animator Baek Heena (백희나), about a boy who discovers magical candies that allow him to hear the thoughts of people, animals and even inanimate objects. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Lee Gyu-lee reports on the controversy surrounding local reality star/influencer Song Ji-ah wearing counterfeit luxury goods. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon writes about “Irworobongdo(일월오봉도)” a 19th century folding screen that has now been fully restored after six years of work.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.18

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.18. (Tuesday) News Briefing: North Korean state media has reported that the missiles launched on Monday were tactical guided missiles. Meanwhile, South Korea has described the North’s recent provocations as a “direct and serious military threat”. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: A study in the UK has shown that a vaccine certificate system could increase vaccination uptake, but in countries where the vaccination rate is already high there is no significant effect. The study’s co-author, Dr. Tobias Ruttenauer from the University of Oxford, joins us on the line to tell us more about the findings and how it applies to South Korea. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. Preliminary findings from a study conducted in Israel is showing that four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is not proving to be effective in fully protecting people from the omicron variant. (이스라엘 연구진 "백신 4차 접종, 오미크론에 효과 크지 않아") 2. Police in Gangwon province are investigating a 25-year-old male ski instructor on charges of sexually assaulting a minor in elementary school. (초등생인 줄 알면서도‥무인모텔 끌고 가 성폭행) 3. A recent survey has found 'Kim Ji-young, Born 1982' by Cho Nam-joo to be the best-selling work of Korean Literature abroad for the past 5 years. ('82년생 김지영', 최근 해외서 가장 많이 팔린 韓문학) Touch Base in Seoul: The women’s volleyball team Gimcheon Korea Expressway Corporation Hi-Pass currently sit second in the local V-League, and leading the team in points is American Kelsie Payne, aka ‘The Payne Train’. She joins us on the line to tell us her story of how she came to Korea, and what she hopes to achieve. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwak Yeon-soo writes about literary works that have gained renewed interest due to recent films based on them. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Yoon Min-sik has a piece that asks “Is Korea a tsunami-free zone?”

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.17

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.17. (Monday) News Briefing: Starting Tuesday, the COVID-19 pass will no longer be required for entry into facilities deemed as low-risk, including department and large discount stores, movie theaters, museums, study rooms, libraries, and cram schools. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: North Korea test fired two short-range ballistic missiles towards the East Sea on Monday morning, according to South Korean military authorities. This marks the fourth missile test launch in two weeks. For analysis on this sudden flurry of missile activity, and what it could mean for negotiations with the US and the inter-Korean peace process, Dr. Bruce Bennett, senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Chairman of the Hyundai Development Company, Chung Mong-gyu, has announced that he is stepping down, after two buildings under construction by the company collapsed with fatal consequences over the last year. (정몽규 HDC 회장 “사고 아파트 완전철거·재시공…회장직 사퇴”) 2. An underwater volcano erupted off the coast of Tonga last Saturday, which initially led countries nearby to issue tsunami warnings. (통가 인근 화산서 대규모 분화) 3. A couple residing in Changwon discovered a large pearl, 1.3cm in diameter, inside an oyster that they had bought to eat at home. (굴찜 먹다 발견한 커다란 진주…"행운의 징조 되길") Monday Sports Round-up: In football, the Korean men’s national team swept aside Iceland 5-1 in a friendly match on Saturday, despite the absence of their Europe-based stars. Meanwhile, the ‘royal family of Korean hoops’ lit up the KBL All-Star game on Sunday. And disgraced short track speed skater Shim Suk-hee is set to find out her fate for Beijing 2022. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency brings us the updates. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo writes about foreign missions showing support for those behind the Seoul Queer Culture Festival(SQCF). - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Park Ga-young writes about the Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), requesting historical errors made in popular U.S. publications be corrected.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.14

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.14. (Friday) News Briefing: North Korea has fired what the South Korean military believe to be two ballistic missiles. It is the third test launch by the regime in 9 days. This comes after Pyongyang publicly warned earlier in the day of a "stronger and certain" response to the announcement of new sanctions by the US. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): For this week’s Review, we take a look at some of the key economic policies by the four main party candidates and assess their feasibility with Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea. They include the ruling Democratic Party’s Lee Jae-myung promising to make South Korea the world’s fifth strongest economy, and the main opposition People Power Party’s Yoon Suk Yeol pledging to introduce a system for rent to be shared by the lessor, lessee and the state for small businesses. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The Supreme Court has sentenced a former HR manager of KB Kookmin Bank to one year in prison for tampering with the company’s hiring process to hire more men. ('여성 112명 점수 조작해 남성 합격' 국민은행 전 인사담당자 징역 1년 확정) 2. The Legoland Korea Resort is set to open on May 5th (Children’s Day) in Gangwon Province, 11 years after it first broke ground. (‘레고랜드’ 5월 개장 앞뒀지만…수천 억 부채 상환은 ‘걱정’) 3. The “Baby Shark Dance” video has become the first video on YouTube to surpass ten billion views. ('핑크퐁 아기상어 체조’ 세계 최초 100억뷰 영상 등극) Movie Spotlight: This week our critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet review director Steven Spielberg’s take on the classic musical ‘West Side Story (웨스트 사이드 스토리)’, as well as local action film ‘Special Delivery (특송)’, starring Park So-dam, best known for her role as Ki-jung or Jessica in the Oscar winning film Parasite. Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - From next Monday private gatherings will be allowed to be up to six people from the current four, in updated COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. - President Moon Jae-in will embark on a three nation tour of the Middle East from January 15 to the 22. - Next week, a Seoul court will rule on Olympic speed skating champion Shim Suk-hee’s(심석희) last-ditch effort to compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.13

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.13. (Thursday) News Briefing: The number of imported COVID-19 cases has recorded another new daily high of 391. This had led the government to ban the use of public transport for travelers when first arriving in the country. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): With 55 days remaining until the presidential elections, we speak to representatives from the two main political parties for a special KPD, to discuss the presidential candidates and their policies. Dr. Choi Ji-eun, the spokesperson on international affairs for ruling Democratic Party’s candidate, Lee Jae-myung, and Lee Jae-young, former National Assembly member of the main opposition People Power Party, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. New research has shown that those who were born after 1990 may not be able to receive a national pension. (한경연 "연금개혁 없으면 1990년생부터 국민연금 한푼도 못받을수도") 2. A letter of support sent by a female high school student to a soldier has sparked controversy for its seemingly sarcastic, insincere tone. (여고생의 '무례한 위문편지'..."편지 강요가 문제" 국민청원 올라와) 3. The original Korean Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ has picked up 4 SAG Award nominations, including best ensemble in a drama series. (‘오징어 게임’, 美 배우조합상 4개 부문 후보) Explore Korea: Allie from Pinpoint Korea joins us to tell us about the history of the Gaya Confederacy, one of the smallest kingdoms in Korean history, and where to visit in Gimhae city to experience and learn more about it, including King Suro’s tomb, Bunsanseong Fortress and the Gimhae National Museum. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwak Yeon-soo has a piece on South Korean naturalist Park Soo-yong, who has dedicated his life to protecting the Siberian tiger. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Son Ji-hyoung reports on the recently revamped and renovated Seodaemun Museum of Natural History in central Seoul.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.12

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.12. (Wednesday) News Briefing: North Korea has reported that Tuesday’s missile launch was of another hypersonic missile. The test was also said to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, unlike the previous two reported launches of hypersonic missiles. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: President Moon Jae-in will embark on an 8-day tour of the Middle East from Saturday, taking him to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The presidential office said the visit will serve to solidify cooperative ties in areas of energy, construction and infrastructure, as well as promising future sectors, such as public health, science, hydrogen and climate. To look at the significance of the trip, as well as assess the Moon administration’s diplomacy in the Middle East over the past five years, Professor Park Hyon-do (박현도) from the Euro-MENA (Middle East & North Africa) Institute at Sogang (서강) University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. All projects by HDC Hyundai Development Company have been suspended in Gwangju after a second building under construction collapsed in less than a year. (광주시, 현대산업개발 모든 건축 · 건설 현장 공사 중지 명령) 2. A group of Samsung Electronics employees who had tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week have returned home on chartered flights. (CES 출장서 코로나 확진된 삼성전자 임직원 전세기로 귀국) 3. Lee Jun-ho, the actor and member of K-Pop group 2pm, is set to hold an in-person fan meeting for the first time in over three years next week. (이준호, 단독 팬미팅 양일 전석 매진) Korea Book Club: Literary critic Barry Welsh introduces ‘River of Fire’ (불의 강) by O Chonghui (Oh Jung-hee / 오정희), a short story collection by one of Korea’s most influential female writers of the post-war generation. Translated by Bruce and Ju-chan Fulton, this collection brings together works from across four decades of her career, including her first published story, 'The Toy Shop Woman (완구점 여인)' from 1968. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Ko Dong-hwan writes about the Korea Forest Service(KFS) offering the ‘forest healing program’ to help those suffering mental stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly front-line medical staff. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon has a piece on “Pyeongsaengdo(평생도)” an 8-panel folding screen painting from the late 19th to early 20th century, which has been digitally restored.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.11. (Tuesday) News Briefing: North Korea fired off another suspected ballistic missile into the East Sea. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that it traveled at a speech of Mach 10 and appeared to be a ‘more advanced missile’ than the one Pyongyang tested last Wednesday. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: North Korea claimed to have successfully launched a “hypersonic” missile last week. South Korea has, however, expressed doubt over those claims, saying it appeared to be a slightly upgraded version of a ballistic missile. For further analysis on the missile and the implications of the latest launches, Ankit Panda, a Stanton Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. The Jeju District Court has sentenced 7 teenagers to up to 4 years in prison for attempting to blackmail men with underage prostitution. ("불쌍한 척하면 돼" 낄낄 댄 10대…판사는 "천만에" 징역형 줬다) 2. Shin Yu-bin, the rising table tennis star, has been ruled out of the 2022 Asian Games, after she missed the national team qualification match due to an injury. (제2의 신유빈 찾으려 바꾼 룰…신유빈이 막혔다) 3. US biopharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna will be releasing a specific COVID-19 vaccine to combat the omicron variant this year. (3차 접종 필요없다? 화이자 3월에 오미크론 전용 백신 출시한다) Touch Base in Seoul: This week we meet Jinyoung Lee, a journalist in Hawaii telling the stories of the local Korean community through a documentary series, called ‘Words of Wisdom from the Rainbow State’. She joins us via video to tell us why she quit her job to pursue this project and what she learned along the way. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Jon Dunbar writes about “Collective Behavior”, a collaborative dance performance between South Korea and Denmark. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Song Seung-hyun reports on the conspicuous absence of female leads in the top Korean films of 2021.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.10

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.10. (Monday) News Briefing: The COVID-19 entry pass system has been expanded to more facilities, including large supermarkets and department stores. Meanwhile, COVID indicators are showing clear improvement, opening up the possibility that social distancing measures could be eased by next week. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: Calls to lower the age for someone to be held criminally responsible have been raised again, after a 13-yr old was caught joyriding in a stolen car twice in one week. That includes the minor opposition People's Party presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, who pledged on Sunday to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 from the current 14. Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hongik University joins us on the line to discuss the issue. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. An online shopping mall has appeared claiming to sell COVID-19 antiviral pills via direct purchase overseas, which the government has stressed is illegal. (코로나 먹는 알약 ‘직구’ 등장… 식약처 “매매 불법”) 2. From late June children aged 4 years or older will not be allowed to accompany parents of a different sex to gender segregated areas in public bath houses. ("만 4세 이상 남아, 엄마 따라 여탕 금지"…19년 만에 규정 변경 3. O Yeong-su has become the first South Korean actor to win an award at the Golden Globes, for his supporting performance in the Netflix hit series ‘Squid Game’. (‘오징어게임’ 오영수, 골든글로브 남우조연상) Monday Sports Round-up: Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho joins us on the line to give us the latest news on Son Heung-min injury that is set to sideline him for the rest of the month, meaning missing games for club and country. Meanwhile, alpine snowboarder Lee Sang-ho has picked up another medal on the international circuit ahead of Beijing 2022. And in the women’s volleyball league, Hyundai E&C Hillstate continued their winning form to set a new record on Saturday. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwak Yeon-soo has a piece on “Sewing Sisters”, a documentary that delves into the dark history of textile and garment factories of 1970’s Seoul. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Jo He-rim writes about how the presidential candidates are trying to go “viral” online.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.07

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.07. (Friday) News Briefing: The government is seeking to revamp COVID-19 antivirus measures, taking into account the possibility of the omicron variant becoming the dominant strain. Meanwhile, the government has also asked its courts to make a swift ruling on its COVID-19 pass system to help minimize confusion. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): South Korea announced on Thursday a range of measures to lessen the financial burden on the public ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. Economics Professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio to take a closer look at those measures, as well as delving into the country's consumer prices last year and the economic growth outlook for this year. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Police have caught the Osstem Implant employee who embezzled over 188 billion won in company funds. (오스템 횡령 직원 윗선 개입 주장, 사측은 개입 부인) 2. The price of coffee at Starbucks in South Korea is set to go up starting next Thursday. (스타벅스, 커피값 결국 올린다…‘아메리카노 4500원’) 3. The Korean volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung has been ranked the number 1 female player in the history of the sport, according to the volleyball news and database site, Volleybox. (김연경 '전세계 전-현직 여자 선수 4만3831명중 TOP 1') Movie Spotlight: Two local releases are up for review for the first time in a while. Our critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet provide their verdict on the ensemble holiday romcom ‘A Year- End Medley (해피 뉴 이어) and a gritty police thriller ‘The Policeman’s Lineage (경관의 피)’ Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - Anti-viral COVID-19 pills are set to arrive in Korea Thursday. - Korail’s train tickets for the Lunar New Year holiday will go on sale from next Tuesday to Thursday. - The final round of the national team trials in figure skating will take place on Sunday, to see who will represent Team Korea at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.06

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.06. (Thursday) News Briefing: North Korea said Thursday that it test-fired what it called a “hypersonic” missile a day earlier. The South Korean government has said they are closely communicating with major UN Security Council (UNSC) members. Meanwhile the UNSC is widely expected to convene a meeting to discuss the launch. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): Polls this week showed the ruling Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung gaining a significant lead over the main opposition People Power Party’s Yoon Suk-yeol, but Ahn Cheol-soo of the minor opposition People's Party has also seen his numbers rise. We take a closer look at the polls and the latest from the respective camps with Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. A pharmacist in Daejeon is causing controversy after charging every item in the pharmacy at 50,000 won, which is said to be technically within the law. (마스크 한 장에 5만 원 '황당 약국'‥경찰, 사기죄 검토) 2. Triple Olympic gold medalist South Korean archer An San has climbed to the top of the archery world rankings. ('양궁 3관왕' 안산, 2021년 세계랭킹 1위 등극) 3. The 2022 Grammy Awards have officially been postponed, due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. (BTS 후보 그래미 어워즈, 오미크론 변이 확산에 연기) Explore Korea: This week’s edition is for the bookworms! We introduce ‘Book City’ in Paju, Gyeonggi province. The cultural complex houses bookstores, printing plants, publication houses, coffee shops and libraries. Our travel contributor Hannah Roberts tells us all about it. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol has an extensive feature on Tim Peters, an American humanitarian worker who founded Helping Hands Korea(HHK), which has helped over a thousand North Koreans safely reach third countries after crossing the China-North Korea border.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.05

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.05. (Wednesday) News Briefing: The South Korean military confirmed that North Korea fired a projectile – believed to be a ballistic missile – into the East Sea on Wednesday morning. The presidential office said that while the National Security Council committee members expressed concern, they also reaffirmed the need to resume dialogue with the North. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: Wednesday marked the 30th year of weekly rallies in Seoul that calls on Japan to formally apologize and compensate victims of the Japanese military's sexual slavery program during World War Two, also known as comfort women. The rallies have been a powerful symbol in the on-going struggle to find justice for the victims. But with Seoul-Tokyo relations remaining frosty, there seems little hope of significant progress in the near future. To reflect on the significance of the rallies and the future of Seoul-Tokyo relations, South Korea’s former Ambassador to the United Nations Oh Joon joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The CEO of South Korea’s largest dental implant manufacturer, Osstem Implant, has apologized for one of its employees embezzling 188 billion won in company funds. (오스템임플란트 직원, 1880억원 횡령 뒤 잠적) 2. Controversy is growing about a popular shampoo, over the use of an ingredient which the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has decided to ban in cosmetic products. ("머리만 감아도 염색, 신기술인데…" 식약처 제동 논란) 3. A Korean-American TV anchor’s response to a racist message she received after she mentioned on air that she ate dumpling soup on New Year’s Day has gone viral. (미국 한인 앵커, ‘만둣국’으로 인종차별 화두 던졌다) Korea Book Club: For the Club’s first return in 2022, Barry Welsh introduces us to a poetry collection called 'Feeling Never Stops' (느낌은 멈추지 않는다) by Ahn Joo-cheol (안주철). These melancholic poems explore the hardships and darkness of life, raising questions about the meaning of existence and dealing with painful memories. The collection was translated by Brother Anthony of Taize, and published in 2020 by Asia Publishers as part of their K-Poet series. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kang Seung-woo features Kim Dong-hwa, a young tattoo artist, who began her trade in 2017. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Park Ga-young writes that renowned South Korean conductor Chung Myung-whun(정명훈) is expected to be appointed as honorary music director of the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.04

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.04. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients has fallen below one-thousand for the first time in two weeks. Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in has called for continued vigilance against COVID-19, noting that the government's readiness should be at its highest in the remaining months of his term. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: South Korean health authorities revealed on Tuesday that they are considering providing a second COVID-19 booster shot for people with weak immune systems. One country that has already started such a program is Israel. Additional shots were given to the immuno-compromised from last Friday, and that was extended to people over 60 and to medical staff from Monday. To find out more about the situation in Israel and what South Korea can learn from it, Dr. Eyal Leshem, the director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases, at Sheba Medical Center joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. Less than a million tourists are thought to have visited South Korea last year, which is the lowest since such records were first compiled in 1984.(작년 방한 외래관광객 100만명 하회…1984년 통계 집계 후 처음) 2. The owner of a children's sports center in Seoul has been detained for the murder of an employee on New Year’s Eve. ('막대기로 직원 찔러 살인 혐의' 스포츠센터 대표 구속) 3. A new COVID-19 variant has been discovered in France. It carries 46 mutations, which suggest it could be more resistant to vaccines and more transmissible. ('돌연변이 46개' 보유 새 코로나 바이러스 발견…12명 확진) Touch Base in Seoul: Winter Kim (김겨울) is a former singer-songwriter who has become one of Korea’s leading literary YouTube influencers, also known as ‘BookTubers’. She joins us in the studio to tell us about how she started her channel, how she manages her time and her advice for those who want to read more. Morning Edition Preview with Gaby Magnuson: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Lee Ji-yoon writes about the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show and the record number of Korean exhibitors participating.

    Korea 24 - 2022.01.03

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022

    Korea24 – 2022.01.03. (Monday) News Briefing: President Moon Jae-in delivered the last New Year’s address of his presidency, where he expressed hope that the upcoming presidential election will be an opportunity for national unity. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: In his New Year’s address, President Moon also pledged to do everything he can to bring sustainable peace on the Korean peninsula. This comes after North Korea made little mention of South Korea or the US after wrapping up a key party meeting last week. For analysis on the situation on the peninsula, as well as prospects for the peace process in the year ahead, Professor Park Won-gon (박원곤) from the Department of North Korean studies at Ewha Womans University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Starting from 2023, veterinary hospitals will be obligated to inform pet owners the cost of surgeries, and other treatments, before conducting such procedures. (동물병원 진료비 미리 알린다…수의사법 개정·공포) 2. Local scientists have developed a wearable tactile tone system that allows deaf people to ‘feel’ live music. (청각장애인도 국악 공연 즐긴다!) 3. A kind stranger helped an elderly woman wandering the streets in freezing temperatures return to her family. (영하 10도 거리 떨던 치매 노인, 외투 건네고 구한 이웃) Monday Sports Roundup: Three major international sporting events are scheduled for this year: The Beijing Winter Olympics, the Qatar FIFA World Cup and the Hangzhou Asian Games. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to preview the events and assess South Korea’s expectations. Morning Edition Preview with Gaby Magnuson: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, a feature by Lee Si-jin discusses the Metaverse and its rise in cultural mainstream use in South Korea. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo reports on a photo exhibition by Belgian photographer, Frederik Buyckx, as part of the 120th anniversary celebrations of Korean-Belgian diplomatic ties.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.30

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.30. (Thursday) News Briefing : The South Korean government will focus on reducing critical COVID-19 cases and deaths in 2022, and related plans were announced during a joint policy briefing by related ministries and the KDCA on Thursday. Further distancing guidelines will be determined by ICU occupancy rates, COVID variants, and the vaccination rate. (Heejin Koo) Top News of 2021 : Editors Mark Wilson-Choi and Eunice Kim share eight topics that sum up the year 2021 in Korean news, ranging from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Korean artists and content making waves again. (Eunice Kim, Mark Wilson-Choi) In-Depth News Analysis : Professor Kim Byung-joo from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies wraps up the year in domestic politics, which can be defined by three keywords – young male voters, outsiders, and voters’ dilemma.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.29

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.29. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea has announced that it has completed the development of a method that can quickly detect the omicron COVID-19 variant through a PCR test and will put it to use from Thursday. This comes as the number of daily new omicron cases hit triple-digits for the first time. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: Electricity and gas bills in South Korea are set to go up next year, but not until April. The government said it had decided to freeze prices until then in consideration of the financial burdens placed on the public during the pandemic. But that decision has drawn criticism, saying it was made due to political considerations rather than economic, as the price hikes come after the presidential election in March. Economics Professor Shin Se-don from Sookmyung Women's University joins us on the line to provide analysis on the situation. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A man in his 20’s was given a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the men's bathroom of a retail store. (대형매장 화장실서 여학생 성폭행한 20대 집행유예 논란) 2. A 22-year-old man in Japan who was charged with arson is said to have set fire to a house in the Utoro District of the Kyoto prefecture because he “hates South Korea”. (교토 조선인 마을 '우토로' 방화 용의자 27일 기소) 3. Two-time KBO MVP Park Byung-ho has left the Kiwoom Heroes to join the KT Wiz in a three-year contract worth three billion won. (키움 박병호, KT 간다…3년 총액 30억원) Korea Book Club: Literary translator Anton Hur joins us for our final edition of the Club for 2021 to take a look back at the literary trends of 2021, including high-profile works reflecting on the Korean War and speculative fiction. We’ll also discuss what to look forward to in 2022 for Korean Literature. Morning Edition Preview with Gaby Magnuson: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Choi Jae-hee writes about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected charitable organizations being able to supply coal-briquettes to low-income households in Korea.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.28

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.28. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The government said that COVID-19 infections in South Korea seems to be on a downward trend, after the daily case count dipped below 4,000 for the first time in 4 weeks. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: On Monday, South Korea approved an emergency authorization of Pfizer's oral treatment for COVID-19, called Paxlovid. It is the first treatment for the virus that will be available in pill form, and such a method of medication is being considered a game-changer in how the world fights back against pandemic. To find out more about the drug and its potential impact, Dr. Kim Seung-taek (김승택), the head of the Zoonotic Virus Lab at Institut Pasteur Korea joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. The Korea Consumer Agency has concluded that certain mask guards, which are used to prevent the inner side of the mask from coming in direct contact with the skin, reduce the efficacy of masks. (마스크 가드 착용 때 주의..마스크 방역효과 떨어질 수도) 2. Police have arrested a food delivery driver for running their car over a woman, who was lying on the ground, and then fleeing the scene. (성탄절 새벽, 쓰러진 여성 밟고 지나간 배달 차량…고의? 과실?) 3. The culture and sports ministry has decided to provide a special subsidy of 10 million won to basketball legend Kim Young-hee, who is suffering from acromegaly. (문체부, 전 농구 국가대표 김영희에 특별보조금 1000만원 지급) Touch Base in Seoul: The Camarata Music Company, a non-profit music organization in Seoul, has been a pillar of the local expat community, putting on over 300 performances over the past 12 years. However, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the group hard, effectively putting all activities on hold. The founder and conductor Dr. Ryan Goessl joins us on the line to tell us how they survived through this most difficult period in the group’s history, and what he hopes for the future. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Lee Si-jin covers how the country will celebrate year-end traditions amid the on-going COVID-19, including which events have been canceled and which will be online.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.27

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.27. (Monday) News Briefing: The government has granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer's COVID-19 pill, the first domestic approval for an oral treatment. They could be introduced as early as mid-January, along with another pill made by Merck. This comes as the number of daily new infections fell below 5,000 for the first time in 20 days. (Eunice KIM) In-Depth News Analysis: The post of US Ambassador to South Korea has remained vacant for almost a year. Despite the US Senate recently confirming ambassadors for Korea’s neighbors, China and Japan, after similarly long absences, there is not even a nominee yet for South Korea. This has raised concerns about Seoul’s place on Washington’s priority list. To discuss this situation in more detail, Dr. James Kim, research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The US chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, has warned against complacency over the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. (파우치 “오미크론 폭증하면 ‘증상 경미’ 의미 없어”) 2. ‘The Silent Sea’, the latest original Korean series on Netflix starring Bae Doona and Gong Yoo, has been receiving mixed reviews both at home and abroad. (배두나·공유 SF '고요의 바다' 넷플릭스 전 세계 4위) 3. The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, has chosen the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang among its list of the world’s worst “white elephants”. ("105층 모두 텅텅"…北 류경호텔, 세계 최악의 건물 꼽혔다) Monday Sports Round-up: For our final Roundup of 2021, sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency helps us wrap up the year in Korean sport, with highlights including the first Korean Series title for the KT Wiz, another stellar year for footballer Son Heung-min, and a fifth straight K-League title for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, as well as Olympic glory and disappointment for Team Korea. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Ji-won reports on The National Theater Company of Korea announcing its 2022 play lineup, including an adaptation of Han Kang’s acclaimed novel “The Vegetarian.” - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kang Jae-eun writes about a survey that asked Korean people, “Is Korean-style Fried Chicken Korean?”

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.24

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.24. (Friday) News Briefing: President Moon Jae-in has granted a special pardon to former President Park Geun-hye, who has served four years and nine months of her combined 22-year prison term on charges of abuse of power, bribery and embezzlement. Presiden Moon is said to have taken into consideration her deteriorating health and a need for national unity. Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung also joins us on the line to provide analysis on the political ramifications, especially concerning next year’s presidential elections. In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): A Bank of Korea report this week revealed that household and corporate debt soared to a record high level, amounting to nearly 220 percent of nominal GDP at the end of the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Bank of Korea also announced this week that South Korea will be able to borrow up to US$60 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve's so-called "repo facility." Economics Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us on the line to provide analysis. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Police have caught a woman in her 20’s, after her newborn was found dead in a clothing donation box. (신생아 의류수거함에 버린 친모 찾았다 “남편이 알까봐”) 2. The Korea Meteorological Administration has forecast a white Christmas for some parts of the country this year, including Gangwon Province, but not in Seoul. (성탄절 ‘폭설’에 ‘한파’…‘화이트 크리스마스’ 지역은?) 3. The first televised concert for trot singer, Lim Young-woong, will be aired on KBS on the last Sunday of the year. (KBS, 26일 임영웅 첫 단독쇼 방송) Movie Spotlight: 18 years after the original trilogy concluded, we go down the rabbit hole once again, as the new Matrix movie hit theaters this week. Our critics Jason Bechervaise give their verdict on ‘The Matrix Resurrections’, as well as the latest in the ‘Kingsman’ franchise, ‘The King’s Man’. Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is expected to decide on the emergency authorization for antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 patients next week. - On Monday, the government will begin to provide one million won in COVID-19 relief funds to some 3.2 million small businesses. - Unionized delivery workers of the nation’s top logistics firm, CJ Logistics, will launch a general strike next Tuesday, calling for better working conditions and prevent overwork.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.23

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.23. (Thursday) News Briefing: The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients and deaths have continued to rise to reach new highs. Meanwhile, authorities have decided to purchase 20 million additional doses of the Moderna vaccine, as the country strives to speed up the administration of booster shots. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): A recent KBS poll showed the two leading presidential candidates essentially neck-and-neck, less than 80 days out until election day. Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies helps us take a closer look at this poll, as well as provides his analysis on the latest developments from the two campaigns. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. The South Korean military has posthumously promoted a soldier's rank after he succumbed to his injuries from an accident during a training session. ("후임과 함께하겠다" 전역 휴가 앞두고 훈련중 숨진 박정우 하사 순직·추서) 2. All-star slugger Na Sung-bum has left the NC Dino’s and signed a free agent contract with the Kia Tigers, worth 15 billion won. ( 'NC->KIA' 나성범 "NC 팬들에 죄송...팬들 마음 잊지 않겠다") 3. Football star Son Heung-min has been praised for his kind gesture, giving his shirt to a young fan in tears who had invaded the pitch.('역시나 스윗 가이'...손흥민, '난입' 꼬마팬에 유니폼 선물 화제) Explore Korea: Arts contributor Ahn Jae-woo introduces us to a pair of exhibitions this week. The first, called ‘Lost Places 2.0’ at AlterSide, features several artists reflecting on the changing face of the Mapo District. The second, called ‘Social Voice’ at Onsu-gonggan, is a new solo show by media artist Lee Hak-seung, exploring ideas around communication and its social implications. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Lee Hae-rin features Kim Eun-sook, a red bean porridge restaurant owner, who has been selected for Seoul City’s Hall of Fame as a “Face of Seoul” for her lifelong contributions to the city. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Hong Yoo writes about how young Koreans plan to spend the holidays, particularly with a growing trend in house parties.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.22

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.22. (Wednesday) News Briefing: The government plans to secure an additional 6,900 beds for severe COVID-19 patients by next month to ensure that the nation's health care system can accommodate ten-thousand daily new cases. The pool of medical staff for these patients is to be expanded by inserting military and public health doctors. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: South Korea announced plans this week to spend 2.4 trillion won next year to double the number of eco-friendly cars on the road. The government’s plans come amid a recent rise in domestic sales of electric vehicles. They are on track to surpass 100-thousand units by the end of the year, which would be more than double compared to the previous year. To take a closer look at the government’s plan, and the current state of South Korea’s EV market, we are joined on the line by Cho Jae-hwan, reporter for Daily Car. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Significant progress has been made on the construction of a house in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, where President Moon Jae-in will take up residence after he leaves office next year. (文 퇴임 후 머물 ‘양산 사저’ 모습 드러내...내년 3월쯤 준공) 2. Double Olympic gold medalist short track speed skater Shim Suk-hee has been handed a 2-month suspension for making derogatory comments about her coaches and teammates, putting her at risk of missing Beijing 2022. (쇼트트랙 심석희, 자격정지 2개월…베이징올림픽 출전 무산 위기) 3. The K-Pop acts TVXQ and Super Junior have collaborated on a song for the first time in 16 years, titled ‘Magical’. (동방신기·슈퍼주니어 16년 만에 신곡 '매지컬' 27일 공개) Korea Book Club: This week, literary critic Barry Welsh introduces a short story called 'Human Decency' (인간에 대한 예의) by Gong Ji-young (공지영), a renowned writer of the so-called '386 Generation'. Translated by Bruce and Ju-chan Fulton, and published several times over the years, it is a work that asks questions about what remains after Korea’s turbulent modern history. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Jung Da-min writes about Ezzeldin Elhassan Soliman, a veteran guide in Egypt, with a Korean tour interpreter license, who has been giving tours in fluent Korean to countless groups since 1999. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Lee Si-jin reports on the latest original Korean series coming on Netflix, a sci-fi thriller called “The Silent Sea.”

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.21. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients rose back up to over a thousand once again. Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in called for a thorough reinforcement of the nation's medical system, saying that the omicron variant could become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in South Korea as well. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: Last Friday, North Korea marked the 10th anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il, and the ascension of his son Kim Jong-un. Despite doubts over his grip on power, he remains the leader of the regime, which remains deeply isolated, and better armed than ever with its nuclear arsenal. To take a look back at the first 10 years of Kim Jong-un’s rule and what lies ahead for him going forward, Dr. Bong Young-shik, Research Fellow at the Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. The government has decided to abolish the duty-free purchasing limit for Korean outbound travelers. (면세점서 명품시계 살 수 있다…내국인 구매한도 43년만에 폐지) 2. A recent survey has found that more than half of Koreans did not read any literature last year. ("국민 1인당 문학책 1.3권 구매하고 2.3권 읽는다") 3. The SSG Landers have announced the signing of former major league pitcher Iván Nova, on a contract worth 1 million US dollars. (SSG랜더스, '빅리그 90승 투수' 이반 노바 영입...총액 100만달러) Touch Base in Seoul: K-Pop group Exo, feature films Pitch Perfect 2 and Sing 2, are just some of projects that music producer Ester Na has been credited in. She joins us on the line to tell us about her story, going from being a classically trained musician in Vienna, to becoming a hot pop music producer in LA. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Jon Dunbar writes about ways to enjoy the festive mood for the holidays, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Lee Si-jin writes about the inclusion of the Korean word “aegyo” in the Oxford English Dictionary, and how it has become implemented in the Korean entertainment industry.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.20

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.20. (Monday) News Briefing: President Moon Jae-in has instructed national university hospitals to focus their medical resources on treating critically ill COVID-19 patients. This comes after the nation reported over a thousand critical cases for the first time over the weekend. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of workers at Korea’s largest shipbuilding company, Hyundai Heavy Industries, who demanded that their regular periodic bonuses be included as part of their ordinary wages. This essentially brings to an end a 9-year legal battle, with the ruling estimated to cost the company as much as 630 billion won. But there are also wider implications about the legal precedent it sets. For analysis on this case, we have joining us on the line law professor Song Se-ryun (송세련) from Kyunghee University. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, declared that the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has started in the nation. (이스라엘 총리 “5차 유행 시작…4차 접종 임상 돌입”…유럽은 다시 빗장) 2. South Korean authorities have made public the personal information of two non-custodial parents who have neglected to pay child support. (10년 넘게 양육비 안 준 아빠 2명 첫 명단공개…이름·나이·근무지 등) 3. Over 200,000 people have signed a petition on the presidential website to cancel a new drama series called ‘Snowdrop’ for distorting history. (역사 왜곡 논란 '설강화', 방영 중지 청원 하루만에 '20만명' 동의) Monday Sports Round-up: The South Korean women’s curling team, affectionately known as ‘Team Kim’, finally booked a place in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics over the weekend, to try and compete for a second successive Olympic medal. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency brings us the details, as well as the latest free agent movers and shakers in the KBO. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Ji-won reports on the immersive media artwork “Royal Banquet: Connecting the Times of 120 Years” at the National Gugak Center. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Ko Jun-tae features Rep. Kim Ye-ji who is calling for more awareness for those with disabilities.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.17

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.17. (Friday) News Briefing: The government has announced a 4.3 trillion won plan to help support small businesses following the decision to tighten social distancing rules. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum apologized on Friday for once again forcing small business owners to bear the brunt of the financial impact caused by the latest measures. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): The government’s plan for small businesses begins with cash handouts of 1 million won for some 3.2 million small business owners who have suffered a decline in sales. Economics Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us to take a closer look at the plan, as well as review the Bank of Korea’s forecast that inflation will remain in the two-percent range for longer than expected, and the end of Korea’s currency swap deal with the US. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A military court has handed down a 9-year prison sentence to a noncommissioned officer (NCO) in the Air Force for sexually assaulting a fellow NCO who later died in an apparent suicide. (군법원, 공군 이중사 성추행가해자에 징역 9년…유족 반발) 2. Convicted child rapist Cho Doo-soon was attacked at his home in Ansan by a man in his 20’s, who made his way into Cho’s house by pretending to be a police officer. (조두순, 집에 침입한 20대 남성에 피습) 3. An off-duty veteran police officer in Busan caught a member of a voice phishing organization as the criminal was depositing money at an ATM machine. ("나 ATM 급해" 다짜고짜 시비 건 경찰, 피싱범 잡았다) Movie Spotlight: The highly anticipated Marvel blockbuster ‘SpiderMan: No Way Home’ has hit theaters in Korea, with already over a million admissions in the first two days. Our critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet discuss whether it lives up to the hype, as well as review director Jane Campion’s acclaimed Western, ‘The Power of the Dog’. They also discuss what the latest COVID-19 restrictions in Korea could mean for the local film industry. Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - Schools in the capital region will go back to more online classes from next week until winter vacation begins later this month. - Defense Minister Suh Wook will visit Thailand and Singapore next week to meet with his counterparts and boost bilateral defense cooperation. - Next week the finance ministry plans to unveil its 2022 economic policy directions.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.16

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.16. (Thursday) News Briefing: The government has decided to tighten caps on private gatherings to four nationwide and revive a 9 p.m. curfew on business hours for restaurants and cafes, in response to continuing surge in COVID-19 cases. This comes as health authorities reported over seven-thousand new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day, with the number of critically ill patients nearing one-thousand. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): Kim Keon-hee, the wife of the main opposition People Power Party’s presidential candidate Yoon Suk Yeol, has been in the headlines this week, accused of exaggerating and falsifying credentials on her resume when she applied for positions in universities in the past. This situation is threatening to become a major headache for Yoon’s campaign, but it has also raised questions about the role that spouses play in presidential elections. Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies joins us to help look closer at this issue, as well as developments concerning the ruling Democratic Party’s candidate Lee Jae-myung, including the return of a notable party figure. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. Police are investigating gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Shin Jae-Hwan, for an alleged assault of a taxi driver while under the influence. (‘도쿄 깜짝 금메달’ 신재환, 택시기사 폭행 혐의 경찰 조사) 2. The battle of the Korean coaches at the AFF Suzuki Cup ended in a stalemate, with Vietnam and Indonesia, coached by Park Hang-seo and Shin Tae-yong respectively, played out a goalless draw. ('박항서 매직'과 '신태용 매직'의 맞대결은 무승부) 3.Hwang Chan-sung from the K-Pop group 2PM announced that he is getting married next year, and that his wife-to-be is expecting. (2PM 황찬성, 결혼 발표→JYP 떠난다) Explore Korea: Travel contributor Allison Needels from Pinpoint Korea joins us on the line to introduce the Gyeongui Line Forest Park. Built around a railway line that had been left derelict for several decades, the park stretches out over 6 kilometers, cutting through some of the trendiest areas of Seoul, and providing much sought after green spaces in the bustling city. Morning Edition Preview: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwak Yeon-soo introduces the “Curious 12 Tales” digital media art exhibition at the Insa Central Museum, and discusses how the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new technologies in virtual media art. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim So-hyun and Lee Kwon-hyoung write about the Korea Forest Service(KFS) hosting the 15th World Forestry Congress in May next year.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.15

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.15. (Wednesday) News Briefing: Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum confirmed that the government is considering further lowering the size of private gatherings and restricting business hours of multi-use facilities as part of efforts to contain a recent surge in COVID-19 infections in the nation. This comes as the nation recorded new highs in the daily infection count and the number of critically ill patients. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: The so-called ‘Nth Room Prevention Law’ came into effect on Friday, requiring major online platforms to monitor and filter illegal content. This came in response to the ‘Nth Room’ digital sex crimes scandal that made headlines last year, but there has been criticism that the measures fail to address the problem, as well as concerns that it promotes censorship. The debate has spread to the election race as well, with presidential candidates attacking and defending the new law. Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hongik University joins us on the line to look closer at this issue. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. More details on the 4.9 magnitude earthquake that struck waters off the coast of South Korea’s southern island of Jeju on Tuesday have been confirmed. (규모 4.9 지진, 수평 단층 이동으로 피해 줄어…원인은 추가 연구 필요) 2. New data has shown once again that Koreans in their 30s are delaying or giving up on marriage altogether, and avoiding childbirth. (결혼 안하는 30대초…혼인율 83년생 67%-88년생 37%, 30%P차) 3. BTS has set a new record for an artist with the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Digital Song Sales Chart, after their hit song ‘Butter’ re-took the top spot. (BTS, 빌보드 ‘디지털 송 세일즈’ 최다 1위) Korea Book Club: We once again dive into the mind-bending worlds of the science-fiction writer Kim Bo-young, as our literary critic Barry Welsh, introduces her latest short story collection titled 'On the Origin of Species and Other Stories’, exploring themes on AI, time travel, virtual worlds and more!

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.14

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.14. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The number of critically-ill COVID-19 patients reached another new high of 906. Health authorities warned that if the rising trend continues it could begin limiting ICU access to non-COVID patients. Meanwhile, the recently expanded vaccine pass system experienced technical glitches for a second day. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: South Korea and Australia celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relations this year. Coinciding with that, President Moon Jae-in embarked on a state visit to Australia on Sunday, the first by a South Korean president in 12 years. He held summit talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra on Monday, where the two sides agreed to upgrade the countries' bilateral ties to "a comprehensive strategic partnership." To assess the current and future state of the relationship, with one eye on China, Hayley Channer, Senior Policy Fellow at the Perth USAsia Center joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. The UK reported its first death with the omicron COVID-19 variant on Monday. (영국 첫 오미크론 사망자…“가벼운 바이러스 생각 버려야”) 2. Medical staff have voiced complaints about robocalls being made to hospitals and by the controversial minor presidential candidate Huh Kyung-young. ("중환자실에 울린 전화, 15대 중 10대가 허경영"…불만 폭발) 3. The Korean Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ has been nominated for 3 Golden Globe awards. (‘오징어게임’, 美 골든글로브 작품상 등 3개 부문 후보) Touch Base in Seoul: 21-year-old pianist Lee Hyuk added another accolade this year to his rising star career, making the final round of the final round of the International Chopin Piano Competition. He joins us via video to tell us about how he began his journey in music, what it was like to take part in the prestigious event, and what his goals are as a musician. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwak Yeon-soo writes about actress Park So-dam who is now recovering from surgery after she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Lee Si-jin reports on the three winners of the 18th Korea Image Award, including Hwang Dong-hyuk, director of “Squid Game”, celebrated soprano Sumi Jo, and Tokyo Olympics gold medalist archer Kim Je-deok.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.13

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.13. (Monday) News Briefing: With a one-week grace period expired, the expanded COVID-19 pass system went into full force on Monday, requiring proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test at restaurants, cafes and 14 other multi-use facilities. This comes as the nation reported 5,817 new daily cases, with severe cases remaining in the 800’s for a sixth consecutive day. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in South Korea, the government began enforcing the expanded vaccine pass system, as well as accelerate the uptake of booster shots, by shortening the minimum interval between the second and third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to three months for adults. The health system is currently being stretched to its limit, particularly when it comes to ICU beds for critically ill patients. To get a further sense of the situation on the ground, and discuss what more needs to be done, Professor Lee Han-sung, doctor of internal medicine at Severance Hospital joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Police have arrested a man for the murder of his ex-girlfriend’s mother, as well as the attempted murder of her brother. (‘신변보호 여성 가족 살해’ 20대 남성, 불법으로 주소 파악) 2. Seoul citizens walking along the Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway on Sunday morning were left baffled as they saw two cows tied to the sidewalk eating fodder. (덕수궁 가로수에 묶인 채 17시간 넘도록 방치된 소 두마리) 3. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has come under criticism after celebrating his latest rocket launch, while a deadly tornado in Illinois killed several employees at an Amazon warehouse. (토네이도로 아마존 직원 사망… 베이조스는 “우주여행 행복”) Monday Sports Round-up: K League 2’s Jeonnam Dragons made history on Saturday, defeating the K League 1’s Daegu FC to win the FA Cup. They have now become the first second-division team to win the tournament, as well as qualify for the AFC Champions League. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to bring us the details, as well as the latest from the K-League relegation-promotion playoffs and more! Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo reports on 19-year-old Zara Rutherford, who is aiming to be the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, as she made a pit stop at Gimpo International Airport this past Saturday. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Jie Ye-eun has a feature on Kim Ye-ri, better known as B-girl Yell, who recently secured a ticket for next year’s Asian Games.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.10

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.10. (Friday) News Briefing: South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said nations need to develop a capacity to purge fake news in order to safeguard democracy. He made such comments at the Summit for Democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden. The virtual international conference is taking place as Seoul is trying to manage a diplomatic balancing act amid the growing US-China rivalry. (KOO Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): This week we take a look at some new data that painted a grim picture of South Korea’s declining population, a slowdown in South Korea’s bank loans to households in November, and reports that the US Federal Reserve is considering speeding up the bond tapering timetable. Economics Professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic University of Korea joins us once again to dig deeper into these issues. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. KDCA chief Jeong Eun-kyeong has stressed the importance of COVID-19 vaccines in response to two petitions on the presidential office’s website. (‘방역패스 반대’ 여론에 靑 조기 답변 “청소년 안전성 인정받아”) 2. The Supreme Court has upheld the 13-year prison sentence for the disgraced former national speed skating coach Cho Jae-beom. ('쇼트트랙 국가대표 성폭행' 조재범 전 코치 징역13년 확정) 3. A special performance video of ‘Super Tuna’, a trot song by BTS member Jin, has taken the internet by storm. (방탄소년단 진 '슈퍼참치' 빌보드 핫 트렌딩 송) Movie Spotlight: This week our critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet review two international features. First up is the latest from writer-director Adam McKay in a star-filled satire called ‘Don’t Look Up’ (돈룩업). The second is the Palme D’Or winner at the 2021 Cannes Films Festival, titled ‘Titane’ (티탄), a horror-thriller written and directed by French filmmaker Julia Ducournau in only her second feature. Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - President Moon Jae-in will make a state visit to Australia, leaving on Sunday. - The President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, will pay a three-day state visit to South Korea starting from Thursday. - COVID-19 inoculation programs will begin at schools from next week, as part of efforts to pick up the pace of vaccinations among teenagers.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.09

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.09. (Thursday) News Briefing: Health authorities reported more than seven-thousand new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day on Thursday, with the number of critically ill patients hitting a new high. Government experts also projected the daily infection count could soar to up to 12-thousand during the winter holiday season. Meanwhile, the government has once again urged adolescents to get vaccinated, citing growing infection risks. (KOO Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): What a difference a week makes! The main opposition People Power Party launched their election campaign committee on Monday, in a dramatic turnaround after their presidential candidate Yoon Seok-youl mended fences with key party figures last week. We ask Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies how big a change in momentum this could be for Yoon’s campaign, and how much these events have overshadowed his rival, the ruling Democratic Party candidate Lee Jae-myung, this week, as he tried to distance himself from the Moon administration. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. The results of the College Scholastic Ability Test, or suneung, were announced on Thursday, which showed that it was much more difficult than usual this year. (채점결과 역대급 '불수능' 확인…수능 만점자 단 1명) 2. Seoul Milk, the largest dairy company in South Korea, has issued an apology for an online commercial that came under fire for depicting women as cows, and for showing a man secretly filming women without consent. (서울우유, ‘여성 젖소에 비유 광고’ 공식 사과) 3. Tottenham Hotspur football club have postponed their Europa Conference League match with Rennes because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the club. (진행 불가...'코로나 확진 13명' 토트넘, 렌전 취소) Explore Korea: Our travel contributor Hannah Roberts joins us this week to introduce us to some winter light festivals to get us in the Christmas holiday spirit! She will be taking us to the Santa Village display at Pocheon’s Herb Island, the Suyanggae Light Tunnel in Danyang, as well as the winter light display at the Boseong Green Tea Fields. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol writes about Marie Ann Yoo, an 85-year-old Hawaiian-born Korean American photographer and the color photos that she took of Korea in the mid-1950s. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Park Yuna shares Christmas gift ideas of Korean craftworks, provided by foundations and non-profit organizations.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.08

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.08. (Wednesday) News Briefing: Daily new COVID-19 cases surpassed seven-thousand for the first time ever, with the number of critically ill patients also hitting a new high. The government said it is vital to curb the rising number of critical COVID-19 cases within the next one to two weeks, acknowledging that such cases have surpassed government projections. (KOO Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis: US President Joe Biden is set to host the Summit for Democracy this week, bringing together leaders from more than 100 countries, including South Korea. However, notably NOT invited to the event were China and Russia. It comes after the US announced this week that it will carry out a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics next February, in protest of human rights issues in China. For South Korea this further souring of relations between the US and China is once again leaving it with a lot to consider over how to balance its own relations with the two superpowers. To discuss political science Professor Robert Kelly from Pusan National University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The government has decided to re-allow the online sale of imported urea water solution, also known as diesel exhaust fluid, from Wednesday. (오늘부터 요소수 온라인 판매…‘아이디 당 20ℓ 씩’ 제한) 2. A 77 year-old man in Iksan City, North Jeolla Province, was rescued by emergency services 15 days after being trapped in his own bathroom. (욕실에 갇힌 70대 독거노인, 보름 만에 구조) 3. A US baseball statistics website has ranked the Kiwoom Heroes’ outfielder Lee Jung-hoo 2nd highest in its list of the top international prospects. (미국도 인정한 이정후의 미래 가치, ‘ML 포스팅’ 日대표팀 4번타자보다 더 낫다) Korea Book Club: This week our literary critic Barry Welsh introduces us to the unconventional and unique writings of Bae Suah (배수아) through her book ‘Time in Gray' (회색 시), translated by Chang Chung-hwa and Andrew James Keast, and published in 2017 as part of Asia Publishers Modern Korean Literature series. Eschewing a traditional narrative format, the book begins with an exploration of ideas on time, memories and dreams of the future, before telling a story of a lost love. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Lee Hae-rin writes about a bar in Busan that has caused a stir after putting up a sign banning professors from a local university. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Park Yuna reports on how the enforcement of the 10-day quarantine period for travelers due to the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant is affecting the local art scene.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.07

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.07. (Tuesday) News Briefing: South Korea reported 4,954 new COVID-19 cases, the highest record for a Tuesday. The number of critically ill patients also reached a new high of 774. The total number of omicron variant cases increased to 36, up by 12 from a day earlier. Meanwhile, President Moon Jae-in sought public understanding and cooperation for the government's decision to reintroduce special quarantine measures. (KOO Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis: The omicron variant has already spread to dozens of countries around the world. Governments have responded by adopting differing levels of containment measures, with some closing their borders entirely. However, there is still much that is unknown about the variant. Although it is believed to be particularly contagious, some early evidence has suggested that the symptoms are much milder than other strains of the virus. To find out more, Professor Willem Hanekom, Director of the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. Video has emerged of a 3 year-old child being bullied and physically assaulted by other children at a daycare center while their teacher briefly left the room. (어린이집 만 3살 반에서 집단 괴롭힘) 2. Authorities in major economies around the world have issued a warning against ‘Dark Patterns’ or online tricks and methods that lead users to make unintended choices. ("1박 23만원, 결제하니 26만원"…속아도 모르는 '어둠의 상술') 3. A video inspired by the Korean folk song Arirang is set to be on display at New York’s Times Square, as the final part of the Cultural Heritage Administration’s "Visit Korean Heritage" campaign. (뉴욕 타임스퀘어서 한 달간 '아리랑' 펼쳐진다) Touch Base in Seoul: Kaden Kim (김우석) aka B-Boy Found, a member of the world championship winning breaking crew ‘Fusion MC’ joins us in the studio today. He is also a Korean-American adoptee. He tells us about how breaking changed his life, but also how it also led to him moving to Korea and helping him discover more about his Korean roots. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Ji-won introduces an exhibition of Buddhist artwork called “Monk Artisans of the Joseon Dynasty” at the National Museum of Korea. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon writes about another exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the excavation and restoration of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.06

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.06. (Monday) News Briefing: South Korea reported record COVID-19 infection figures for a Monday, with 4,325 new cases. Authorities also confirmed that the number of omicron variant cases found had doubled to 24 cases. Meanwhile, the government doubled down on its decision to expand COVID-19 vaccine pass requirements for minors next February, citing the need to protect the greater public from the virus. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis: The last regular parliamentary session under the Moon Jae-in administration is set to end this Thursday, and once again an anti-discrimination law will have failed to be passed. It will be the latest setback for the law since it was first proposed in 2007, but calls for its adoption have grown particularly loud this year. To talk more about the need for the law and its future, we have joining us on the line, Erik Minkyu Lee, a practicing lawyer in New York, and author of ‘차이 차별 처벌’ (trans. - ‘Difference, Discrimination and Discipline’). Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The Korea Space Forum 202 kicked off its two-day run on Monday, hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT. (코리아 스페이스포럼 2021 오늘 개최…세계 우주산업 조망) 2. Footage of elementary school children selflessly assisting a waste cardboard collector has been attracting attention online. (횡단보도서 쏟아진 폐지..."할아버지 도운 초등생들 칭찬합니다") 3. Artist Kwon Ji-an, who is also known locally as singer Solbi, received the 'Grand Artist Award' at the '2021 Barcelona International Art Awards’ (PIAB21) (솔비 바르셀로나 국제 예술상 대상) Monday Sports Round-up: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were crowned K-League champions for the fifth consecutive year on Sunday. It was their ninth league title overall in 13 years. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to sum up their remarkable achievement, as well as the latest from the drama surrounding the IBK Altos in the women’s volleyball league, and the appointment of a new manager for the Kia Tigers. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo writes about a pitch contest held by the ASEAN-Korea Centre(AKC) for startups in Southeast Asia in cooperation with the Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kang Jae-eun writes about the growing popularity of oat milk in South Korea.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.03

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.03. (Friday) News Briefing: The government has decided to tighten gathering restrictions and expand entry passes in a bid to curb the latest COVID-19 resurgence and prevent a further spread of the new omicron variant. Private gatherings will be limited to six people in the capital region and eight people elsewhere. Entry passes for those fully vaccinated will be required at restaurants and coffee shops, among others. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): South Korea posted a record monthly high in exports last month, passing the 60 billion US dollar mark for the first time. Meanwhile, South Korea's consumer prices grew at the steepest on-year pace in almost a decade. And the OECD revised up South Korea’s growth forecast for next year by 0.1 percent to now 3 percent. To help explain what these numbers mean for South Korea’s overall economic health, Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Police in South Korea will introduce a domestically-developed taser in the first half of next year, in response to the mishandling of a knife-attack incident last month. (경찰, 3연발 가능한 ‘한국형 테이저건’ 도입…‘원터치’로 병력 요청도) 2. Footballer Son Heung-min was voted ‘King of the Match’ after he led Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-0 win over Brentford on Thursday. ('EPL 5호골' 손흥민, 시즌 5번째 '킹 오브 더 매치') 3. People in Korea were looking up reports on Greece’s plans to make vaccinations mandatory for older age groups. (그리스, 60세 이상 백신 안 맞으면 벌금형) Movie Spotlight: Our film critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet join us to review Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night In Soho (라스트 나잇 인 소호)’, the British filmmaker’s dark love letter to London, as well as a Korean animation ‘Chun Tae-il (태일이)’ that tells the story about the life of the revered labor activist who died in 1970. Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - New restrictions on private gatherings and the expansion of the vaccine entry pass system will begin next Monday. - President Moon Jae-in will attend the Summit for Democracy next Tuesday and Wednesday. - The environmental ministers of South Korea, China, and Japan will hold their annual meeting next Tuesday in Seoul. - The K-pop industry’s largest annual year-end music awards show, the Mnet Asian Music Awards(MAMAs), will take place next Saturday.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.02

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.02. (Thursday) News Briefing: The first cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in South Korea. 5 cases have been found, but their previous movements are already raising concerns of a greater spread. Meanwhile, South Korea reported another record number of daily new COVID-19 infections, of 5,266. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): A KBS poll on Monday to mark 100 days until the presidential elections showed that the two leading candidates were neck-and-neck, down to the decimal point. This comes as internal strife within the main opposition People Power Party and Yoon Seok-youl’s election camp is making headlines. Meanwhile, the ruling Democratic Party’s candidate Lee Jae-myung has said he is ready to roll back on some of his major policies, citing the need for public consensus. Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies joins us on the line to give his analysis on these developments. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. An incident involving a group of middle school girls assaulting a foreign classmate for several hours has been belatedly revealed. (동급생 묶어놓고 6시간 폭행한 여중생 4명… 2명은 촉법소년) 2. A heartwarming gesture by the famous TV chef Baek Jong-won for a sick stranger craving kimchi has touched people online. ("백종원이 김치 3통 보내줬다…눈물이 펑펑” 무슨 사연) 3. YouTube announced on Thursday that solo artist IU’s appearance on Dingo Music’s ‘Killing Voice’ series was the most watched video by South Korean users this year. (올해 최고 인기 유튜브 영상은 아이유…뮤비는 임영웅) Explore Korea: Arts contributor Ahn Jae-woo introduces us to two exhibitions this week. The first features three top ceramicists and three non-ceramic artists in a show called ‘사물사물 Inimitable (Minds) Traversing’ at the KCDF Gallery. The second showcases works from 20 of Korea’s most talented young artists in a show called ‘Masque.pa.rade’, being held at the Seoul Arts Center’s Hangaram Design Museum. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon delves into the idea and growing popularity of collaboration products and projects between different kinds of businesses.

    Korea 24 - 2021.12.01

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.12.01. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea has hit a new high in its daily COVID-19 case count of 5,123. The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients also hit an all-time high of 723. Meanwhile, authorities are also waiting to confirm the first suspected cases of the omicron variant in the country. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: On Monday, South Korea announced a comprehensive plan for next year to strengthen its crack down on the use of illegal drugs. According to data released by the government, the country caught a total of 753 kilos of illegal drugs being imported into the country from January to September this year, which was up more than four times the same period last year. Such data has reinforced concerns over the rapidly growing rate of illegal drug use in Korea. To help us get a better understanding of the current situation reporter Haley Yang from the Korea JoongAng Daily joins us in the studio. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Two police officers have been dismissed for their mishandling of a violent dispute that broke out over a noise complaint between neighbors, which resulted in a woman being stabbed. (칼부림 현장서 도망친 6개월차 여경, 19년차 남경 결국 해임) 2. The family of a 96 year-old woman suffering from dementia have called on the authorities to reinvestigate a case of sexual assault, after a neighbor in his 80’s was cleared of rape charges, despite his DNA being found on the woman’s body. (치매 앓는 96세 할머니 성폭행한 남성… DNA 나왔는데 '무혐의') 3. The Korean Series champion KT Wiz have recruited the former major league slugger Henry Ramos on a one-year contract worth one million US dollars. (KT Wiz, 헨리 라모스 영입) Korea Book Club: Barry Welsh joins us once again to introduce a short story collection by the famed poet and writer Jeong Ho-seung (정호승). Published by Seoul Selection, 'Lonesome Jar: Poetic Fables' (trans. Brother Anthony) tell simple but profound, life-affirming stories, accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Park Hangryul. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Nam Hyun-woo covers a story about two staffers at a Hospital in Incheon who saved a patient by directly transfusing their own blood. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Yoon Min-sik writes about the turbulent drama that has been going on within the Hwaseong IBK Altos of the Korean women’s volleyball V-league.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.30

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.30. (Tuesday) News Briefing: South Korea’s health system is continuing to come under strain, with more than 90% of ICU beds for critically ill COVID-19 patients in Seoul now occupied. Meanwhile, the government says the rising number of elderly COVID-19 patients at high risk of developing severe symptoms is the biggest concern at this point. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: Last Wednesday, the education ministry announced an ambitious package of reform measures for schools at all levels from elementary to high schools. The measures include the introduction of a selective curriculum at the elementary level, as well as strengthening career education in middle school. This comes as high schools in the country are set to adopt a credit system, currently on a trial basis, starting in 2025. To take a closer look at the proposed changes and their potential impact, Professor Hong Won-pyo, from the Department of Education at Yonsei University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. A student from a prestigious university who had been working as a private tutor to a 7 year-old girl was caught on CCTV physically assaulting her tutee. ("목이 뒤로 꺾이도록 때렸다"…서울대 과외선생이 7살 아이 학대) 2. A taxi driver has been hailed a hero for saving a child by performing CPR after he saw the child collapse on the street. (심정지 아이 살린 택시기사, 택시비 계산도 마다했다) 3. The Korean Netflix series Squid Game has won a Gotham Award for ‘Breakthrough Series – Long Format’, becoming the first Korean-made content to win one. ('오징어 게임' 美 고담어워즈 첫 트로피…황동혁 "기적, 정말 감사") Touch Base in Seoul: Seven years ago, our guest today, Koo Nadan (구나단) was an English language tutor at a famous academy in Korea. Today he is the interim head coach of the Incheon Shinhan Bank S-Birds in the Women’s Korean Basketball League, and since he was appointed in the Summer he has already impressed. Coach Koo joins us via video call to tell us about his story. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol has a piece on the late modern sculptor Kwon Jin-kyu (1922-1973) and a photo exhibition celebrating the artist. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Park Yuna writes about how the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism will expand its international projects in 2022, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Templestay program.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.29

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.29. (Monday) News Briefing: President Moon Jae-in says the next phase in the transition to living with COVID-19 will be put on hold for now, replaced by special quarantine measures that will be implemented over the next four weeks. This comes as the government assessed last week's nationwide risk level for COVID-19 as "very high," the top level of its five-tier system and one notch up from "high" a week earlier. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: In the last week South Korea has seen a record number of daily new COVID-19 cases and a record number of related deaths, and the surge shows no sign of slowing down. Of particular concern is the fact that hospital beds for the critically ill are running out fast. In addition, a new variant has emerged overseas, Omicron, that has left experts worried. To get an overview of the situation, Dr. Bryan Kim, an epidemiologist from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A new global survey by the Korean government has found that Korean-style fried chicken is the most popular dish among foreigners. (외국인 선호 한식 1위는 '한국식 치킨') 2. Eight people were seriously hurt on Sunday after a monorail derailed in Yokjido, Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province. (통영 욕지도 모노레일 추락 8명 부상) 3. K-Pop group BTS held a press conference just ahead of their second concert performance in LA. (BTS, 콘서트 중인 LA에서 기자회견) Monday Sports Round-up: Doosan Bears’ ace, Ariel Miranda, was announced the MVP of the KBO 2021 season on Monday, after his record-setting year. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency brings us more details, as well as a wrap-up of the KBO season. We also take a look at the penultimate weekend of the K-League football season, and how Team Korea’s short track speed skaters are shaping up for Beijing 2022. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol writes about artist Lee Kang-seung’s exhibition at the Gallery Hyundai, “Briefly Gorgeous”, which focuses on inter-generational queer narratives through history. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Yim Hyun-su has a piece about how South Korea and the world are experiencing a taxi shortage while their demand has increased with the “living with COVID-19” plan.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.26

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.26. (Friday) News Briefing: The list of patients waiting for hospital beds topped one thousand in the metro area, as the country added a record high of critical COVID-19 cases. New quarantine measures will be announced next week. (Koo Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): Professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic University of Korea gives his thoughts on the Bank of Korea(BOK) raising its key interest rate to one percent, the U.S. possibly accelerating its tapering of bond purchases, and new data released by Statistics Korea on national transfer accounts. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: The Seoul High Court orders a 35-year sentence for the adoptive mother who fatally abused her 16-month-old daughter (정인이 양모, 2심서 무기→유기징역 감형…징역 35년), the Constitutional Court rules that a law that calls for aggravated punishment for repeated DUI offenders, dubbed the “Yoon Chang-ho Act,” is unconstitutional(헌재, '2회 이상 음주운전 가중처벌' 윤창호법 위헌 결정), and the World Health Organization(WHO) calls an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the risks of a new coronavirus variant(남아공서 '돌연변이 32개' 새 변이 발견..WHO, 긴급회의 소집). Movie Spotlight: Film critic Jason Bechervaise shares “Spiritwalker(유체이탈자),” a sci-fi action-thriller starring Yoon Gye-sang(윤계상). He also reviews the romantic-comedy “Nothing Serious(연애 빠진 로맨스)” starring Jeon Jong-seo(전종서) and Son Suk-ku(손석구). Next Week from Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: Mark brings us stories and events to look out for the following week including the live taser gun firing drills with some 70-thousand front-line police officers as part of a massive overhaul of the nation’s police force.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.25

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.25. (Thursday) News Briefing: The Bank of Korea raised its key interest rate to the one percent range for the first time in 20 months. The bank’s monetary policy board raised the rate by zero-point-25 percentage points to one percent during a meeting on Thursday. The BOK meanwhile maintained the country's economic growth outlook at four percent. (Koo Heejin) In-Depth News Analysis: The KDCA reported on Wednesday that a woman 24 weeks in to her pregnancy delivered a stillborn baby. She had tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Dr. Kang Hyun-Mi from Seoul St. Mary's Hospital joins the show to discuss how the disease could affect expecting mothers and their babies, among other issues, such as vaccination in children and teenagers. Korea Trending with Jung Ye Won: 1. The Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that had sided with an importer of sex dolls that resemble minors. The importer had took legal action against customs after authorities didn't clear the dolls in 2019. (미성년 '리얼돌' 수입 막은 대법원…"아동 성착취물만큼 폐해") 2. The defense ministry announced the completion of its excavation project in White Horse Ridge, where a battle broke out during the Korean War. They found remains of 22 soldiers, including those of a South Korean soldier maintaining defense posture. (백마고지서 6·25 전투태세 그대로 유해 발굴) 3. A 90-year-old woman promised to bequeath around 850 million won, money she had saved by living frugally, to Seoul National University. She had been touched by the story of a 93-year-old Haenyeo donating 100 million won to a university last year. (‘물티슈 4등분해 사용’ 검소한 90세 할머니, 서울대에 8억 유증) Explore Korea: Allison Needels from the travel blog Pinpoint Korea takes us to the Seoul Museum of Craft Art(서울공예박물관), which opened earlier this year near Anguk Station. At the newly opened museum, visitors can learn all about Korean handicraft and its craftspeople. The museum offers three exhibition halls, a children's museum, ample seating areas, as well as a centuries-old ginkgo tree. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - Jun Ji-hye from the Korea Times shares four spots in the capital worth visiting, for those who want to avoid crowds. - In the Korea Herald, Yoon Min-sik writes about the Suneung, or the annual College Scholastic Ability Test and how it’s been met with criticism over the years.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.24

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.24. (Wednesday) News Briefing: Daily new COVID-19 cases have exceeded four-thousand for the first time in South Korea since the pandemic began. 4,115 cases were reported on Wednesday, compiled throughout the previous day. The number of critically ill patients hit a record high of 586. In response, the government began to consider taking emergency action to suspend the transition into living with COVID-19 in the capital region. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: When it was announced on Sunday that the K-Pop sensation BTS had won Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, it was hailed as a major breakthrough in the US music industry. But the celebrations were short lived, as just two days later the nominees for the highly coveted Grammy Awards were announced, and although the group picked up their second consecutive nomination for the best pop duo or group performance category, they were once again snubbed for the major awards, such as Record of the Year and Song of the Year, despite the huge success of their single ‘Butter’ this year. Esteemed music critic, Dr. Kim Young-dae, joins us on the line for reaction and analysis. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The Ministry of Education revealed reform measures for elementary to high schools, including selective courses to be made available from elementary school. (초등학교도 선택과목 도입…초6·중3 진로교육 강화) 2. Some of the remains of Korea's first Catholic priest Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gon will be enshrined at a newly built cathedral in Burkina Faso. (부르키나파소에 김대건 신부 유해 안치) 3. Six courageous citizens came to the rescue at a car accident in Busan, as the vehicle caught on fire with unconscious passengers inside. (불타는 차량으로 뛰어든 시민영웅들···대형사고 막았다) Korea Book Club: In our special monthly edition of the club looking at Korean works that have yet to be translated, literary translator Anton Hur joins us to introduce a short story collection, 0%를 향하여 (‘Towards 0%’) by Seo Ijae (서이제). The title story won the 2021 Munhakdongne Young Author Award, which deals with the dreams and realities of those in the Korean film industry. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Jung Da-min writes about architect Lee Jun-hyung who launched “The Project HUAM(후암)”, aimed at improving the quality of life for those who live in one-person households in Seoul. - In Tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Song Seung-hyun has a piece on a documentary called “I am From Chosun”, about the ethnic Korean population who live in Japan, known as Zainichi.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.23

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.23. (Tuesday) News Briefing: Former President and dictator Chun Doo-hwan has died. The 90-year-old, who had been suffering from chronic ailments, died at his home in Seoul’s Seodaemun district at around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. The Presidential office said it sends condolences to the bereaved family, but also expressed regret that Chun did not reveal “the truth of history” about the brutal crackdown on the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Pro-democracy Movement. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): The former military general-turned-president of South Korea, Chun Doo-hwan, leaves behind a legacy marked by a military coup that pushed him to power and the bloody clampdowns of pro-democracy protests. His failure to show contrition for his past wrongdoings, as well as unwilling to cooperate in investigations, leaves behind unresolved questions on a dark chapter in South Korea’s democratic history. To look back at Chun’s place in history, Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and the former President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club Michael Breen joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. Police have arrested 16 individuals and detained another 76 in a massive bust of a prominent gang that has grown in Gyeonggi province. (경찰, 경기남부지역 신흥 조폭 7개 파 92명 검거) 2. The defense minister congratulated a couple, both soldiers, who welcomed a healthy set of quintuplets last week. (국내서 34년 만에 다섯쌍둥이 태어나…의료진 30명 투입) 3. Actor Seo Kang-joon has enlisted in the army today to fulfill his military service. (서강준, 오늘(23일) 현역 입대… “두렵고 설레는 마음”) Touch Base in Seoul: Musical actor Brad Little is known as a legend in the musical theater world, having played the title role of The Phantom of the Opera over 2,500 times, more than anyone else in the show’s entire history. Now living in Seoul, he still performs, but he is also involved in musical theater education for young children with ‘Brad Little’s Star Academy’. He joins us in the studio to tell us about his story. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Ji-won writes about the original French production of the musical “Notre Dame de Paris” that is currently touring Korea. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon has a feature on Seoul Book Bogo, also named the Seoul Treasure Den for Books, a secondhand bookstore and cultural space run by Seoul City.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.22

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.22. (Monday) News Briefing: The government has assessed last week's COVID-19 risk level for the nation as "high” and the Seoul metro region as "very high," in a new five-point scale system. This comes as the nation reported 2,827 new cases on Monday, the highest number for a Monday. The number of severe cases stayed above 500 for the third straight day. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: President Moon Jae-in held a town hall meeting with members of the public on Sunday to answer questions about his major policies. This was only the second such event during his presidency, and with less than 6 months left of his time in office, it was likely his last. Most questions were centered around the coronavirus situation and people’s livelihoods, but as this meeting came during election campaign season, no questions related to politics or the presidential candidates were allowed, which led to criticism that it did not serve to answer questions that the public most wanted to ask. Law professor Kim Ki-chang (김기창) from Korea University joins us on the line to provide his review of the event. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The police are facing strong criticism for failing to save a woman under police protection from her ex-boyfriend, who stabbed her to death. (흉기 찔려 숨진 신변 보호자, 경찰 대응 논란) 2. The Supreme Court overturned lower court rulings to find a bus driver liable for injuries that a passenger received when they fell as the bus stopped. (버스 정차 전 일어나 다친 승객…대법 "기사 책임") 3. The new Korean fantasy horror series ‘Hellbound’ was reportedly the most-watched show on Netflix on Saturday. (넷플릭스 '지옥' 공개 하루 만에 전 세계 드라마 1위) Monday Sports Round-up: Last Thursday, the KT Wiz completed their sweep of the Doosan Bears in the KBO Korean Series, securing their first ever championship. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency wraps up the series for us, as well as the latest twist in the football K League 1 title race, and golfer Ko Jin-young’s win in the final championship of the LPGA season to capture both the Player of the Year and money titles. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo writes about “The Republic of Color” exhibition that showcases the vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a piece by Kan Hyeong-woo that delves into why politicians in Korea often visit graves and national cemeteries.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.19

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.19. (Friday) News Briefing: Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum convened an emergency meeting with the heads of 22 general hospitals in the capital region to secure additional beds for critical COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, health authorities reported more than three-thousand new COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): Statistics Korea announced on Thursday that the nation’s household income in the third quarter this year grew at its fastest on-year pace since the government began compiling such data in 2006, due to recovery from the pandemic, as well as the government's emergency relief funds. Meanwhile, a survey found six out of ten adults in Korea do not feel they will be able to climb the socioeconomic ladder. And another report found that the employment rate for university graduates in South Korea ranked 31st among 37 OECD members. For a deeper analysis of these figures, Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. New research has traced the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic back to a female seafood vendor at the Huanan Market in Wuhan, China. ("코로나19 최초 환자는 中우한 수산시장 노점상") 2. Exiled Korean-American singer Steve Yoo (Yoo Seung-jun) continues his case requesting the South Korean government to allow him to enter the country, with his lawyers claiming there is no evidence that he had received notification of his mandatory military service. (유승준, 소송서 새 주장 "입영통지서 받았는지도 불분명") 3. The KT Wiz have won the KBO Korean Series, sweeping the Doosan Bears in four games to claim their first championship title. (‘막내’ KT, 두산과의 한국시리즈 4전 전승…통합우승 금자탑) Movie Spotlight: Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet join us to review the debut directorial feature by actress Jo Eun-ji (조은지), called PERHAPS LOVE (장르만 로맨스), a comedy about a washed-up writer and his complicated relationships. They also review Wes Anderson’s latest, THE FRENCH DISPATCH (프렌치 디스패치), a love letter to The New Yorker magazine in its heyday. Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - President Moon Jae-in will hold a televised town hall meeting with members of the public on Sunday evening. - Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada will make a state visit to South Korea next week to hold talks with President Moon Jae-in. - A formal discussion on whether to prohibit dog meat consumption will take place at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum next Thursday.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.18

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.18. (Thursday) News Briefing: Daily new COVID-19 cases in South Korea hit a record high of 3,292, on the day that high school seniors across the nation are holding their annual college entrance exams. Critically ill patients remained over 500 for the second consecutive day but dropped from the day before by 16 to 506, while the occupancy rate for ICU hospital beds in the Seoul metropolitan area is nearing 80%. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): The uncertainty over whether veteran politician Kim Chong-in will head the election campaign committee for the main opposition People Power Party’s presidential candidate Yoon Seok-youl, despite a recent meeting between the two, is casting a shadow over Yoon’s campaign. Meanwhile, the ruling Democratic Party’s candidate Lee Jae-myung has dropped his push for an additional universal COVID-19 relief payout amid resistance from opposition parties and the Moon administration. Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies joins us on the line to provide his analysis on these developments, as well as discuss whether President Moon will stay in his party after his term is over. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. Financial support for pregnant women and childbirth in South Korea is set to be expanded starting next year. (내년부터 임신·출산 진료비 지원 대폭 는다…한자녀에 100만원) 2. South Korea’s largest internet portal Naver has appointed Choi Su-yeon, a 40-year old woman, to be their next CEO. (네이버, 신임 CEO로 '하버드 출신' 81년생 최수연 파격 발탁) 3. The online video streaming service Netflix will be raising the rate of their subscription plans for South Korea for the first time since entering the country over 5 years ago. (넷플릭스, 5년 만에 가격 인상…프리미엄 1만4500원→1만7000원) Explore Korea: Earlier this month, the Korea Tourism Organization released two more episodes from their popular tourism video series, ‘Feel The Rhythm of Korea’, featuring the historical city of Jeonju and the port city of Mokpo. Our travel contributor Hannah Roberts introduces us to the latest videos and the locations featured. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kim Hyun-bin writes about a local government worker who received the LG Humanitarian Award for saving people from a collapsing ceiling. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Yim Hyun-su writes about the annual Seoul International Cafe Show, which is showcasing a trend towards unmanned cafes.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.17

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.17. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea recorded its second highest daily COVID-19 case count of 3,187 on Wednesday, while the number of critically ill patients reached a new high of 522. Meanwhile, the government said it will monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate the country's risk level week-by-week to decide whether to continue or suspend the gradual transition to a more normalized life. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: Earlier this month, HYBE, the parent company behind the K-Pop sensation BTS, announced its plans to enter the business of non-fungible tokens, also known as NFTs. The response has been mixed, with many fans criticizing the environmental impact of blockchain technology. Nevertheless, HYBE is not the only company getting involved, with other entertainment agencies, such as YG and SM announcing their own projects in the works. Tamar Herman, senior culture reporter at South China Morning Post joins us to tell us more about this trend. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. South Korea took another step towards Qatar 2022, defeating Iraq 3-0 in the latest World Cup Qualifier. (손흥민 A매치 30호골 ‘쾅’…벤투호, 이라크에 3-0 압승) 2. The social network service Cyworld is set to resume services December 17, after having been suspended for over two years. (싸이월드, 내달 17일 공식 오픈…메타버스로 돌아온 미니홈피) 3. World-renowned soprano Sumi Jo has become the first Korean national to be inducted into the ‘Asian Hall of Fame’. (소프라노 조수미, 한국인 최초 '아시아 명예의 전당' 헌액) Korea Book Club with Barry Welsh: Barry introduces another classic collection of short stories, called 'Lost Souls' (잃어버린 사람들) by Hwang Sun-won (황순원), translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton. Hwang is one of Korea's most celebrated writers, and this collection brings together three of Hwang's short story collections, one from each decade from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Bahk Eun-ji writes about a farmer’s market event in Seoul that is returning after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Song Seung-hyun has a piece on the time capsule that BTS presented to President Moon Jae-in, which is on display at the National Museum of Contemporary History.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.16

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.16. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients climbed to a new high of 495 reported on Tuesday, with an intensive care bed occupancy of 76.1% in the greater Seoul area. However the health ministry said it believes that it is not yet time to activate emergency measures and suspend the living with COVID-19 system. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: When South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun arrived at Dulles International Airport last Sunday, ahead of his meeting with his American and Japanese counterparts, he told reporters that he expects a good result to be produced soon in the pursuit of declaring a formal end to the Korean War. For analysis on Choi's trip to the US and where things stand in terms of the end of war declaration, Dr. Woo Jung-yeop from the Department of Security Strategy Studies at The Sejong Institute joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won: 1. A medical intern is found to have moved to a new hospital and continued his internship training, despite a trial pending over charges of sexually assaulting a female patient under anesthesia. (‘환자 성추행’ 인턴, 서울대병원서 수련 중…병원 “몰랐다”) 2. Gangwon FC have appointed ex-national team striker Choi Yong-soo as manager, as the team battles relegation from the K-League 1. (프로축구 강원, 새 사령탑에 '독수리' 최용수 감독 선임) 3. The first Korean American muppet, named Ji-young, will be making her debut on a special Thanksgiving Day episode of Sesame Street. (美 세서미스트리트 새 캐릭터는 ‘지영’…“유색인종 차별은 잘못”) Touch Base In Seoul: In August, it was announced that the Korean-born Canadian conductor Earl Lee had been appointed Assistant Conductor of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of the so-called ‘Big Five’ orchestras in the US. Originally a promising young cellist before a medical condition led him to conducting, he has risen the ranks quickly, receiving awards as one of the most exciting young conductors in Canada. He joins us on the line to tell us about his story and his future hopes. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a piece by Lee Si-jin on a pilgrimage that parents take to Palgong Mountain to pray for their children to do well on the upcoming Suneung exam. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Lee Hyo-jin writes about the growing number of South Koreans in their 20s opting to move out of their parent’s house, to seek financial and personal independence.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.15

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.15. (Monday) News Briefing: 76.4% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds for severe COVID-19 patients are being used in the Seoul metro area. Earlier in the day, senior health ministry official Son Young-rae said on a radio program that, although bed occupancy in the capital region is rising, there is still room in the nation as a whole. He said the government will consider taking emergency quarantine measures if the nation’s ICU capacity tops 75 percent. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: It has been two weeks since South Korea adopted the first of its three-stage transition to "living with COVID-19.” But with ICU beds running out, and the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients at an all time high, questions are being asked about how the nation should continue that transition. To discuss the nation’s latest measures, as well as look at the potential impact of new antiviral treatments, Dr. Kim Seung-taek (김승택), the head of the Zoonotic Virus Lab at Institut Pasteur Korea, joins us in the studio. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A travel bubble agreement between South Korea and Singapore came into effect today. ('트래블 버블' 맺은 싱가포르서 관광객 첫 입국…무격리 관광) 2. A college student spent 10 hours trapped inside a broken elevator at a university dormitory in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province. (기숙사 승강기에 갇힌 여대생 10시간만에 구조) 3. Actor Lee Jung-jae is set to make his directorial debut, starring alongside his longtime friend Jung Woo-sung for the first time in 22 years. (이정재×정우성 22년 만에 만남 '헌트', 촬영종료) Monday Sports Round-up: The KT Wiz have taken an early lead in the KBO Korean Series beating the Doosan Bears in Game 1. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency brings us the latest updates, as well as provide previews of Korea’s next World Cup Qualifier against Iraq on Tuesday, and the winding down of the LPGA season. Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Hong Yoo writes about the growing trend of insect-based pet foods. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo writes about Ecuador hoping to learn from South Korea’s expertise in technology and attract investments, especially in the green sector.

    Korea 24 - 2021.11.12

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021

    Korea24 – 2021.11.12. (Friday) News Briefing: An expert panel to analyze the possible link between COVID-19 vaccines and adverse effects was launched on Friday. The independent vaccine safety committee, consisting of 22 members from the National Academy of Medicine of Korea, will conduct a comprehensive review of local and overseas cases and clinical studies. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): Last month marked the second consecutive month that more than 600-thousand jobs were added according to government figures. Meanwhile, another round of COVID-19 relief payouts have been discussed in political circles. And a US request from Korean chipmakers for data pertaining to the global chip shortage has caused controversy. To provide analysis of these developments, Economics Professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The US Embassy in Seoul has vowed to closely cooperate with local police on suspicions that a diplomat had been involved in a hit-and-run incident. (정부, 美외교관 차량사고 이탈 논란에 "미, 긴밀히 잘 협조키로") 2. The South Korean men’s national football team defeated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. (‘골대만 세 차례’ 벤투호, 황희찬 PK 골로 UAE에 1대0 승리) 3. Two pensive Bodhisattva statues are now on permanent display at the National Museum of Korea in an exclusive exhibition room. ('한국 대표 유물' 국보 반가사유상 2점 한자리서 본다) Movie Spotlight: Darcy Paquet joins us this week to introduce the 16th edition of the London Korean Film Festival, recognised as the biggest showcase of Korean cinema outside of Korea. This year’s programme features a Special Focus section on the Oscar winning actress, Youn Yuh-jung, showcasing several films from her career. Next Week From Seoul with Mark Wilson-Choi: - High school seniors are set to take the college scholastic ability test, or Suneung (수능), next Thursday. - On Sunday, the Doosan Bears will face off against the KT Wiz in Game 1 in the Korean Series of the Korea Baseball Organization(KBO). - U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting next Monday.

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