Korea 24 brings you in-depth news coverage and expert analyses on current affairs in and around the Korean Peninsula.
Last updated : 2022.08.15 Korea 24 is a daily current affairs show that covers all the biggest stories coming out of South Korea. Every weekday, Korea 24 brings you the latest news updates, as well as in-depth analysis on the most important issues with experts and special guests, providing comprehensive insight into the events on the peninsula.
Korea24 – 2022.08.12. (Friday) News Briefing: The Yoon Suk Yeol administration has announced Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong is among the list for the upcoming Liberation Day presidential pardons. Former President Lee Myung-bak has not been included. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): The government announced plans this week to ease the financial burden on the public and combat inflation ahead of the Chuseok holiday. They include boosting stocks of key vegetables and fruits by up to one-point-four times the usual amount. Professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio to give his assessment of the measures, and reaction to the latest US inflation numbers. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The South Korean police have announced plans to use a restraint belt, instead of rope, when transporting suspects being held in jail. ('밧줄 호송' 사라진다…경찰, 이달까지 '벨트 포승' 보급 마무리) 2. A quick-thinking bus driver in Seoul stopped a woman who appeared to be getting ready to jump off a bridge as he was driving on his route. (빗속 양화대교 난간에 올라선 시민…버스기사와 승객이 구조) 3. Star volleyball player Kim Yeon-koung could play her first game in Korea in 17 months this Saturday at the 2022 Korean Volleyball Federation Cup. (김연경, 13일 KOVO컵 개막전으로 국내 복귀 기대) Movie Spotlight: Hot off the success of the smash hit series “Squid Game”, actor Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut hit Korean theaters this week, “Hunt (헌트)”. Critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet give their thoughts on the espionage-action movie, as well as a new Netflix action movie, “Carter (카터)” by director Jeong Byeong-gil. Next Week From Seoul with Richard Larkin: - Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates will visit South Korea from Monday and meet with President Yoon Suk Yeol. - On Tuesday, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) will launch an investigation into whether Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and ONE store violated the country's in-app payment laws. - South Korea and the U.S. are set to start preliminary military drills from Tuesday ahead of their combined Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise later this month.
Korea24 – 2022.08.11. (Thursday) News Briefing: The death toll from this week's record rainfall that pummeled the central region has climbed to twelve while seven others remain missing as the rain front moves south. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): Two young politicians, Lee Jun-seok of the People Power Party and Park Ji-hyun of the Democratic Party, were meant to herald a new era in Korean politics, but both now find themselves on the political fringes. We discuss where it went wrong for them, and what their situation says about Korean politics with Affiliate Professor Kim Byoung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hong-ik University. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. Starbucks Korea has announced an official recall of its recent giveaway summer bags after they were found to have contained formaldehyde. (스타벅스 '발암물질 검출' 증정품 공식 리콜) 2. UK health authorities are offering an additional dose of the polio vaccine to children aged 1 to 9 in London after the virus was detected in city’s sewage. (영국, 40년만에 소아마비 바이러스 검출) 3. The South Korean women's under-18 handball team have become the first Asian team to win the Women’s Youth World Championship. (한국, 덴마크 꺾고 U-18 세계여자핸드볼선수권 우승 쾌거) Explore Korea: Composer, violinist, conductor and educator, Hong Nan-pa (1897-1941), best known for writing “Bongseonhwa (봉선화)”, was one of the most influential musicians in early 20th century Korea. But his legacy has come under question in recent years over allegations that he was a pro-Japanese sympathizer. Our history and travel contributor Allison Needels from Pinpoint Korea tells us about his story. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon writes about the upcoming World Heritage Festival, an annual event celebrating UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Korea. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an interview by Lee Gyu-lee with Choi Na-young, the founder and CEO of “Moryham”, which makes a custom-made shadow boxes using "pyogu", a traditional Korean framing technique.
Korea24 – 2022.08.10. (Wednesday) News Briefing: President Yoon Suk Yeol has extended his condolences for those who died from this week's heavy rains and apologized to the public. Meanwhile, the death toll has climbed to ten, with six others remaining missing. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: The Justice Ministry announced last week that the government plans to expand the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) system to Jeju island, as part of efforts to curb illegal immigration. This plan, however, has been met with strong opposition by the local Jeju government and the island’s tourism industry. To help us better understand the situation, we are joined on the line by Lee Hae-rin, a reporter for the Korea Times. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A revised bill that seeks to prevent minors from taking on all debts incurred by their deceased parents was passed at a Cabinet meeting. (‘빚 대물림 방지법’ 국무회의 통과) 2. Police have detained a teenager who stole 20 million won using banking app IDs and passwords saved on stolen phones. (고교생, 훔친 휴대폰으로 2천만 원 빼내… ‘비밀번호’가 메모장에) 3. An 18th century ceramic bowl has been discovered at Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province. (불당 색칠하다 깜빡…260년 지나 발견된 물감 도자기) Korea Book Club: Literary critic Barry Welsh introduces us to 'Maya in Tokyo (도쿄의 마야)', a short story by Jang Ryu-jin (장류진) and translated by Sunnie Chae. It tells the story of two friends in college, a Korean and an ethnic Korean from Japan, and they are challenged with the definition of what it means to be “Korean” as they grow older. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon reports on nineteen cultural heritage sites in Seoul that were damaged as a result of the recent historic downpours. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features a report by Ko Dong-hwan on the 'Great Sunset Han River Project' by Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon to create new attractions along the Han river.
Korea24 – 2022.08.09. (Tuesday) News Briefing: At least 8 people have died and 6 more are reported missing after downpours pounded the central region on Monday. Seoul saw the highest daily rainfall on record. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: North Korea reported zero suspected cases of COVID-19 for the 11th day in a row on Tuesday, according to the regime’s state media. A national meeting to review antivirus measures is reportedly set to take place this month, and there is speculation that Pyongyang could declare an end to the epidemic at the meeting. To learn more about the coronavirus situation in North Korea, reporter Ifang Bremer from NK News joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. A man clearing a clogged street gutter with his bare hands near Gangnam station to reduce flooding on Monday night has attracted attention online. (홀로 비 맞으며 배수관 청소… 침수된 강남역 등장한 ‘슈퍼맨') 2. The Korea Skating Union has suspended Olympic medalist speed skater Kim Min-seok for 18 months for a drunk driving accident last month. ('음주운전 사고' 김민석, 자격정지 1년6개월 징계) 3. A feature-length animated film of “Baby Shark” will be released next year, according to The Pinkfong Company. ('핑크퐁 아기상어' 극장판 애니메이션 내년 개봉) Touch Base In Seoul: How can we argue and disagree better to improve our relationships and society? That is the question that the two-time world debate champion, Korean-Australian Bo Seo explores in his book “Good Arguments”, which was published earlier this year. We connect with him via video to talk to him about the book and his experiences as a competitive debater. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon reports on a controversy over a promotional video for a sofa filmed at various locations in Cheong Wa Dae. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an interview by Jon Dunbar with Australian artist Casey Tosh who moved to South Korea in 2019.
Korea24 – 2022.08.08. (Monday) News Briefing: On his return from vacation and amid falling approval ratings, President Yoon Suk Yeol has said he will uphold the people’s wishes while maintaining the original intentions for his presidency. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: Tensions around Taiwan have ramped up to unprecedented levels following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. China has carried out days of military exercises, imposed various trade sanctions, and also cut ties with Washington over various cooperation initiatives. Meanwhile, South Korea’s foreign minister is set to hold talks with his Beijing counterpart in China this week. To discuss the current regional tensions, Professor David Arase of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The Cultural Heritage Administration plans to take legal action against Gimhae city for damaging one of the world's largest dolmen in recent restoration work. (문화재청 "세계 최대 고인돌 훼손, 김해시에 법적조치") 2. Two subway train operators in Seoul are facing disciplinary action for waving at each other while operating their trains near a station. (마주 오던 열차와 '손 인사'…기관사들 징계 '안전운전 소홀’) 3. Around 50 Nomura’s jellyfish appeared in waters off Gijang County in Busan last Saturday, stinging dozens of visitors at a beach. (해수욕장에 나타난 대형 해파리 50마리…피서객 수십 명 쏘여) Monday Sports Round-up: 20-year-old Kim Joo-hyung claimed his first PGA Tour title in North Carolina on Sunday. He is the 9th Korean player to win on the tour and the youngest. We learn more about the rising star with sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency, as well as the latest from the Premier League, K League and the KBO. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald has a feature by Yim Hyun-su on the debate among scientists over the safety of radiation in electronic neck fans. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Lee Hae-rin reports on the 2022 World Taekwondo Junior Championships where South Korea secured 14 medals, including 10 golds.
Korea24 – 2022.08.05. (Friday) News Briefing: South Korea’s first lunar orbiter, Danuri, has successfully been launched into outer space. It is now on its designated trajectory to the moon. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): Economics Professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio to discuss South Korea's 6.3% inflation in July, the steepest rise in almost 24 years. We also discuss the government and dairy farmers being at odds over a pricing system for milk. And we also look at the government's controversial plan to end the mandatory shutdown rules for large supermarkets. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Lee Yong-soo, a survivor of Japan’s wartime sex slavery, was injured as she was dragged away by security personnel at the National Assembly on Thursday, as she attempted to meet with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (펠로시 만나려던 이용수 할머니 부상) 2. An Iraqi man reportedly threw a bundle of cash worth 22 million won into the air in a street in Seoul’s Nowon District on Thursday night. (노원구 거리서 현금 2200만 원 뿌린 외국인…직접 분실신고) 3. Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt will be visiting South Korea for the first time in 8 years later this month to promote his latest film “Bullet Train.” (브래드 피트, 8년 만에 내한) Movie Spotlight: The Korean blockbuster season is in full swing, and we review two out now in cinemas this week. Film critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet provide their thoughts on “Hansan: Rising Dragon (한산: 용의 출현)”, a prequel to the 2014 smash hit “The Admiral: Roaring Currents”, and the air-disaster movie “Emergency Declaration (비상선언)”. Next Week From Seoul with Richard Larkin: - The South Korean government is expected to announce next week measures to tame inflation in preparation for the Chuseok holiday. - Foreign Minister Park Jin will visit China next Monday and meet with his counterpart Wang Yi. - High jump star Woo Sang-hyeok will compete in a Diamond League event in Monaco next Thursday.
Last updated : 2022.08.04 Korea 24 is a daily current affairs show that covers all the biggest stories coming out of South Korea. Every weekday, Korea 24 brings you the latest news updates, as well as in-depth analysis on the most important issues with experts and special guests, providing comprehensive insight into the events on the peninsula.
Korea24 – 2022.08.03. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea’s presidential office has called for peace and stability through dialogue and cooperation in relation to the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: Following on from South Korea’s successful launch of its first homegrown space rocket, Nuri, in June, the nation’s first-ever lunar orbiter, named Danuri, is set to be launched into space on Thursday, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, US at 7:08PM local time. To learn more about the significance of this launch and Danuri’s mission, Professor Ahn Jae-myung from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Ads offering services to confirm whether an individual visited businesses providing sexual services have resurfaced after four years. ("남친·남편 유흥업소 출입 확인해준다"…'유흥탐정' 다시 성행) 2. A sinkhole has partially destroyed a convenience store in Yangyang County, Gangwon Province. (양양 낙산해수욕장 인근 싱크홀…편의점 붕괴) 3. Former President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook were spotted vacationing at a beach in Jeju. (휴가 중 문 전 대통령, 제주도 해수욕장 포착) Korea Book Club: Literary critic Barry Welsh brings us the highly-anticipated translation of “Korean Teachers” by Seo Su-jin (translated by Lizzie Buehler). The Hankyoreh Literature Prize winning novel follows the trials and tribulations of four Korean language teachers as they deal with their workplace and societal pressures. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Song Seung-hyun reports that Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho has started shooting his latest film in the UK. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an article by Lee Gyu-lee on novels related to popular films and TV shows, as well as screenplays, are seeing a surge in sales.
Korea24 – 2022.08.02. (Tuesday) News Briefing: Consumer prices in South Korea rose by 6.3% last month, the steepest jump in nearly 24 years. The Bank of Korea has said inflation will likely remain in the 6% range for the time being. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: The Education Ministry made a surprise announcement last Friday, proposing lowering the age children start school from six to five years old, as early as 2025. However, the proposal has drawn strong backlash from teachers, parents and civic groups. To brief us on this controversial policy and the public response, reporter Lee Hyo-jin from the Korea Times joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. A local court has ordered the parents of a five-year-old boy, who allegedly sexually molested a female classmate at a daycare center, and the director of the daycare center to pay damages to the victim’s family. (어린이집 원아끼리 성추행...법원 "부모·원장이 배상해야") 2. A dog that seriously injured an 8-year-old boy in Ulsan has been handed over to an animal protection group, after the police were unable to find a veterinarian willing to put it down. (8살 남아 물어뜯은 개, 안락사 피했다…동물단체 인계) 3. Students from a South Korean Girls' High School took the top prize at the National High School Manga Championships in Japan, aka Manga Koshien. (日 최대 고교 만화 경연대회 한국 전남여고 우승) Touch Base In Seoul: Musical theater director Dimo Kim came into the spotlight in 2015 for “Comfort Women: A New Musical”, which he wrote, directed and produced. His latest project finds him charting new territory. He has created a series of short form musicals, called “Mosaical (모지컬)”. He joins us in the studio to tell us more about the project and his career. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Hwang Dong-hee reports on the Korea Foundation World Cinema week, which will focus on films from Latin America this year. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an article by Kwak Yeon-soo on star writer Kim Eun-hee and her next project “Rebound”, a film about a high-school basketball team.
Korea24 – 2022.08.01. (Monday) News Briefing: South Korea logged a trade deficit for the fourth consecutive month in July, the longest streak in 14 years, despite record exports for the month of July. (Eunice Kim) In-Depth News Analysis: South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin announced last Friday an agreement to expand joint military drills and resume the strategic dialogue on extended deterrence. It came after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un used fiery rhetoric to threaten the allies in a speech to mark the 69th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. For expert analysis on the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Dr. Bruce Bennett, an adjunct international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The number of people in South Korea living in non-family households (living with people who are not relatives) exceeded 1 million for the first time last year. ('친구나 애인끼리 거주'…친족 아닌 가구원 100만명 돌파) 2. A Mongolian man in his 20s has died while dismantling the stage of singer Psy’s annual concert “Summer Swag” on Sunday. (싸이 '흠뻑쇼', 이번엔 무대 철거 사망 사고) 3. K-pop girl group Blackpink have announced that their highly-anticipated second studio album will be released in September. (블랙핑크, 8월→10월 컴백 프로젝트 공개) Monday Sports Round-up: Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to help preview the new Premier League season for Son Heung-min at Tottenham Hotspur after his last Golden Boot winning campaign. We also look at defender Kim Min-jae’s transfer to Napoli and the latest updates from the K League and KBO. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Chae Jae-hee reports on “Hachi Patrol”, a neighborhood patrol squad made up of dogs and their owners in Seoul’s Gangdong-gu District. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an article by Park Han-sol on “Poet’s Room”, a VR film about the acclaimed poet Yun Dong-ju, which has been invited to compete in the 79th Venice International Film Festival.
Korea24 – 2022.07.28. (Thursday) News Briefing: South Korea’s finance minister Choo Kyung-ho said that the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest 0.75 percentage point rate hike is expected to have limited impact on the domestic financial market. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): The minor opposition Justice Party is facing an unprecedented crisis. After a string of poor election results since the 2020 general elections, last week the party revealed that it amassed 3.6 billion won in debt, and that party lawmakers had personally taken out loans to pay the wages of its officials. To discuss the progressive party’s difficulties, both financial and political, we connect with Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hong-ik University and Affiliate Professor Kim Byoung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. Mobile versions of driver's licenses have begun to be issued in South Korea, after a successful six-month pilot period came to an end. (오늘부터 모바일 운전면허증 전국 발급 개시) 2. The former governor of South Chungcheong Province, An Hee-jung, who was convicted of sexually assault, will be released from prison next week. (안희정 前지사, 내달 4일 형기 마치고 출소) 3. Singer-songwriter IU is set to become the first Korean female act to hold a concert at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in September. (아이유, 9월 올림픽주경기장 콘서트..韓 여자 가수 최초) Explore Korea: A rare solo exhibition by acclaimed contemporary painter Roh Hyuntark (노현탁) is on view at the Songwon Art Center. Titled “The Night Hunt (야간 사냥)”, it explores themes on the pressures of chasing success in modern society. Our arts contributor joins us in the studio to tell us more about the artist and the exhibition. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Dong Sun-hwa reports on “NewJeans”, a new K-Pop girl group launched by All Doors One Room (ADOR), a label under Hybe corporation. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald informs us of the “2022 Han River Festival”, a series of 20 cultural programs and activities at 11 riverside parks starting this Friday.
Korea24 – 2022.07.27. (Wednesday) News Briefing: President Yoon Suk Yeol has been caught criticizing the suspended People Power Party chair, Lee Jun-seok, in a text message exchange with the acting chair Kweon Seong-dong that was captured on camera. (Jenny Na) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): According to figures released by the government earlier this week, South Korea posted a better than expected 0.7% economic growth in the second quarter. However, the International Monetary Fund downgraded South Korea’s 2022 growth forecast from 2.5% to 2.3%. To help look closer at these numbers, Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The government is holding a controversial referendum on scrapping the rule requiring large supermarkets to close two days every month. (대형마트 의무휴업 폐지 움직임에 노동계 집단반발) 2. An employee at a four-star hotel in Gyeonggi Province has come under fire for posting photos of a room left by a customer online, complaining of its untidiness. (방 더럽게 썼다며 고객 비방한 호텔 직원…결국 사과문) 3. A married couple of firefighters were awarded the LG Humanitarian Award for saving a person drowning at sea. (휴가 중 바다 빠진 관광객 구한 소방관 부부…'LG의인상' 수여) Korea Book Club: Literary translator Anton Hur joins us once again for our special monthly edition of the club. He introduces us to a non-fiction book by the renowned academic, Professor Lee Jeong-dong (이정동), called “Original Questions: The Preconditions for a First-World Economy (최초의 질문: 기술 선진국의 조건)”, which stresses that “original questions” drive innovation. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Kim Hae-yeon on how a historic Korean artifact called “borok (보록)” has been returned to South Korea. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol explains how 12 award-winning Korean writers will travel across the world this year to talk about their works, in an event hosted by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
Korea24 – 2022.07.26. (Tuesday) News Briefing: The government has passed an enforcement decree to establish a police oversight bureau under the interior ministry, despite strong protests from the police force. (Jenny Na) In-Depth News Analysis: Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern" - the highest level of alert that the WHO can issue. To discuss the designation, Dr. Alice Tan from MizMedi Women’s Hospital in Seoul joins us on the line. We also take a look at the COVID-19 situation in South Korea, where almost 100,000 cases were reported on Tuesday. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. Police are investigating an apparent case of murder-suicide after a family of three, including a 6-year-old boy, were found dead in their home in Gyeonggi Province. (또 일가족 3명 숨진채 발견… 유서 “빚 많아 힘들다”) 2. Gwangju police have booked two students at a high school for hacking their teachers’ computers to obtain test questions and answers in advance. (악성코드 이용해 시험지·답안지 유출…고등학생 2명 입건) 3. Arizona has become the second US state to recognize October 21 as Korean Hanbok Day. (애리조나, '한복의 날' 선포…"아름다운 한복은 韓전통") Touch Base In Seoul: The Korean-American author of acclaimed YA romance novels, Maurene Goo, joins us via video this week. She tells us about how she began writing, her works centered around Korean-American protagonists, and what it was like to learn that two of her works had been picked up by Netflix, as well as being invited to write for Marvel’s Korean-American superhero, “Silk”. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kim Rahn reports that the culture ministry has named actor O Yeong-soo from “Squid Game” an honorary ambassador to promote South Korea’s performing arts. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Park Ga-young on dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet, including Korean dancer Park Sae-eun, who will take the stage this week in Seoul.
Korea24 – 2022.07.25. (Monday) News Briefing: Interior minister Lee Sang-min has hinted that the National Police Agency will investigate the "illegality" of a recent meeting of police station chiefs, held in opposition to the ministry's launch of a new unit to oversee the police. (Jenny Na) In-Depth News Analysis: Washington has reportedly given Seoul until the end of August to decide on whether to join an alliance of chip-making nations and regions, dubbed "Chip 4" or "Fab 4", which also include semiconductor powerhouses Japan and Taiwan. However, holding up Seoul’s decision is China’s opposition to the alliance. To brief us on the situation, we are joined on the line by reporter Kan Hyeong-woo (간형우), from the Korea Herald. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Seoul officials have warned local residents to stay clear of raccoon dogs that have been terrorizing people in the city in recent months. (서울 도심 너구리 습격에 주민 피범벅 상처..."공존 대책 필요") 2. Olympic gold medalist and figure skating legend Kim Yuna and vocal quartet Forestella's Ko Woo-rim announced their engagement on Monday. (피겨퀸 김연아, 10월 결혼…성악가 고우림과 웨딩마치) 3. A hackberry tree featured on the popular ENA TV series “Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” is being considered to become a national natural monument. (드라마 ‘우영우’에 나온 팽나무, 천연기념물 지정 조사 나선다) Monday Sports Round-up: South Korea’s men’s and women’s football teams have had contrasting fortunes at their respective EAFF E-1 Championships in Japan so far. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to brief us on their progress. We also look at the latest from the KBO, and controversy over Olympic speed skater Kim Min-seok allegedly driving under the influence last week. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon reports on an online royal palace tour program called “Gung On,” hosted by The Cultural Heritage Administration and the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation.
Korea24 – 2022.07.22. (Friday) News Briefing: Rival political parties reached an agreement on the organization of standing committees for the second half of the 21st National Assembly, ending a 53-day vacuum in parliament. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): The Yoon administration unveiled their tax reform plan on Thursday, proposing sweeping cuts, including corporate tax and the first income tax cut in 15 years. Economics Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio to give his assessment of the proposal. He also gives his thoughts on the prolonged strike by unionized subcontract workers at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, which was finally resolved on Friday. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The operator of the nation's largest prostitution brokerage website has been extradited to Korea 10 months after being arrested in the Philippines. (‘70만’ 성매매사이트 ‘밤의 전쟁’ 운영자, 필리핀서 강제 송환) 2. The South Korean national men’s basketball team failed to advance to the semifinals of the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup after losing 78-88 to New Zealand. ('이대성·최준용 퇴장' 남자 농구, 뉴질랜드에 분패…아시아컵 4강 좌절) 3. The number of buses operating on a route to Iseltwald village in Switzerland is set to increase due to demand after appearing on the hit K-Drama series, “Crash Landing on You.” (“사랑의 불시착 효과”… 스위스 호수마을, 버스까지 늘렸다) Movie Spotlight: The sci-fi fantasy action film “Alienoid (외계+인 1부)” hit theaters this week, kick starting the local summer blockbuster season. Our critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet join us in the studio to give their review on the ambitious film, as well as a new US$200 million Netflix action film, “The Gray Man (그레이맨), starring Ryan Gosling. Next Week From Seoul with Richard Larkin: - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will arrive in South Korea next Wednesday for a bilateral summit with President Yoon Suk Yeol. - The National Assembly will hold a three-day interpellation session on government policies from Monday. - Veterans Affairs Minister Park Min-shik will travel to Washington DC next week to attend the unveiling of a new Korean War memorial monument.
Korea24 – 2022.07.21. (Thursday) News Briefing: The Yoon Suk Yeol government has unveiled a sweeping tax cut plan to spur growth and ease people’s livelihoods, including a reduction in corporate tax and the first income tax cut in 15 years. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): The Yoon Suk Yeol administration has come under fire in recent weeks, first for questions that have been raised about how certain personnel appointments were made at the presidential office, and also a controversial financial support scheme for young people with low credit. To discuss these issues, Affiliate Professor Kim Byoung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hong-ik University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. Minor opposition Justice Party member, Chin Joong-kwon, has called on public support to help deal with the party’s mounting debt. (정의당 재정난에 진중권 후원 호소) 2. The South Korean men’s national football team beat China 3-0 in the EAFF E-1 Championships on Wednesday. (벤투호, 동아시안컵 중국전 3-0 완승) 3. Four members of BTS have collaborated with producer Benny Blanco and rapper Snoop Dogg for a track titled “Bad Decisions” to be released on August 5. (방탄소년단 진·지민·뷔·정국, 베니블랑코x스눕독과 협업..8월 5일 공개) Explore Korea: This week, our history and travel explorer Allison Needels from Pinpoint Korea takes us back to the ancient Baekje Kingdom (18 BC - 660 AD). She tells us about the history and the many sites and relics that remain today in Buyeo county, such as the Neungsanri Royal Tombs, Gungnamji pond and the Jeongnimsaji Temple. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Byun Hae-jin reports on the ‘No-spend challenge’, a money-saving trend that is gaining popularity among young people in Korea. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an interview by Jon Dunbar with the all-girl punk band “Rumkicks”, who have been invited to “Rebellion Fest” in the U.K.
Korea24 – 2022.07.20. (Wednesday) News Briefing: A new daily high of 429 imported COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday. The daily total reached over 70-thousand for a second straight day. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: South Korea’s Foreign Minister Park Jin wrapped up his trip to Tokyo and returned to Seoul where he said he believes Japan is willing to respond to South Korea's efforts to resolve the issue of compensation for wartime forced labor. During his trip, he met with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. To discuss the significance of these meetings and what lies ahead for the troubled bilateral relationship, Dr. Bong Young Shik from the Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A prototype of South Korea’s first homegrown KF-21 fighter jet made its first successful flight, flying for 33 minutes on Tuesday. (첫 국산 전투기 KF-21, 초도비행 성공) 2. Police have caught a man on the run after he secretly filmed a female colleague at her home and then cut off his electronic monitoring anklet. (여성 불법촬영뒤 전자발찌 끊은 50대男, 렌트카서 잠자다 검거) 3. Hybe Corporation and Source Music announced that K-pop group Le Sserafim’s Kim Garam has had her contract terminated, after allegations of school bullying surfaced. (르세라핌, 김가람 전속계약 전격 해지) Korea Book Club: This week, literary critic Barry Welsh brings us one of the most significant works by one of Korea’s most influential writers: ‘Wings (날개)’ by Yi Sang (이상). First published in 1936, the short story centers around a man who is living with his wife in the brothel where she works. Various interpretations of the work have emerged over the years, as well as several English translations. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon writes about Hanbok, the traditional Korean clothing, and a recent recognition from the Cultural Heritage Administration. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an interview by Dong Sun-hwa with Robin Jenssen, the co-founder of EKKO Music Rights Europe, a sister company of the K-pop powerhouse SM Entertainment, on SPAWRK, a metaverse platform to help match songwriters.
Korea24 – 2022.07.19. (Tuesday) News Briefing: South Korea reported 73,582 new COVID-19 cases, nearly doubling from a week ago, with the BA.5 omicron subvariant on the verge of becoming the dominant strain in the country. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: Starting this month, the Seoul city government began granting pregnant women transportation cost subsidies worth 700,000won (approx. US$540). However, this voucher program has come under fire, as it is limited to Korean nationals only, with no foreign nationals eligible. To learn more about this program and the controversy surrounding it, we speak to Esther Chung, a reporter for the Korea JoongAng Daily. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. High jumper Woo Sang-hyeok has become the first South Korean to win a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships. (높이뛰기 우상혁, 한국 육상 첫 세계선수권 '은메달') 2. Traveler complaints have been growing due to canceled flights, as airlines struggle to meet demand after eased COVID-19 measures. (항공편 취소 속출에 여행객 피해 급증) 3. South Korea finished second at this year’s International Physics Olympiad. (한국, 국제물리올림피아드 종합 2위) Touch Base In Seoul: In May this year, ‘Richiman and Groove Nice’, a band from South Korea, made it to the top five of the International Blues Challenge, an annual blues music competition in Memphis, Tennessee. The lead singer and guitarist, Richiman, joins us in the studio to tell us about that experience, how he got into blues music and the scene in Korea. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon reports that the 2022 World Heritage Festival on Jeju Island is looking for applicants for their expedition teams. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an interview by Lee Hae-rin with Son Woong-jung, the father of star footballer Son Heung-min, about the future of South Korea football.
Korea24 – 2022.07.18. (Monday) News Briefing: The Unification Ministry has released video footage of the controversial 2019 repatriation of two North Korean fishermen, following photos that were released last week. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: Last Thursday, the Constitutional Court held an open hearing on whether the death penalty is constitutional. This comes after a district court handed down a rare death sentence last month for a double murder case. Although capital punishment is still permissable under Korean law, an execution has not been carried out for 25 years. Thursday’s hearing was the first of its kind in 12 years after it was twice ruled constitutional in 1996 and 2010. To learn more about the situation, Law Professor Park Yong-chul at Sogang University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A student at Inha University in Incheon has been arrested for the alleged rape and death of a female classmate. ('인하대 여대생 추락사' 피의자 구속…도주 우려) 2. The body of a 9-month-old baby was found in the Imjin River in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Saturday, thought to have drifted downstream from North Korea. (보름새 3명째 아이 시신 둥둥…北서 떠내려 왔을 가능성도) 3. The Hollywood couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck tied the knot on Saturday, 18 years after they called off their initial engagement. (제니퍼 로페즈·벤 애플렉 결혼…파혼 18년만에 재결합) Monday Sports Round-up: Son Heung-min and Tottenham Hotspur wrapped up a memorable preseason tour in South Korea, bringing enjoyment to the fans both on and off the pitch. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to look back on their trip, as well as preview the EAFF E-1 Football Championships and the second half of the KBO season. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an interview by Kwak Yeon-su with Director Choi Dong-hoon on his new movie "Alienoid”, a sci-fi action fantasy. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Park Yuna previews the Busan Biennale 2022, and its unveiled theme “We, on the Rising Wave” embodying the turbulent history of Busan.
Korea24 – 2022.07.15. (Friday) News Briefing: The South Korean won has fallen to the lowest point against the US dollar in 13 years, amid concerns over inflation and tightening monetary policies. It closed at 1,326.10 won per dollar. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): Earlier this week, the Bank of Korea raised its key interest rate by a historic 50 basis points. Meanwhile, South Korea and the US are reportedly considering a currency swap deal as the Korean won continues to depreciate against the US dollar. And latest government figures show South Korea’s job growth slowed moderately in June. To provide analysis on these topics Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. South Korea ranked 40th out of 52 nations in a survey on the best places to live in the world for foreigners. (“한국, ‘외국인 살기 좋은 나라’ 52개국 중 40위…의료는 2위”) 2. 24 visitors to an amusement park in Gyeongju were trapped on a roller coaster at a height of 55 meters for almost 50 minutes after the ride malfunctioned. (아파트 20층 높이서 멈춰선 롤러코스터…공포의 '50분') 3. A previously unknown self-portrait by artist Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered hidden behind another painting via X-ray. (반 고흐 미공개 자화상 137년만에 발견) Movie Spotlight: Film critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet join us in the studio to review a new Korean action film starring Jang Hyuk, called “The Killer: A Girl who Deserves to Die (더 킬러: 죽어도 되는 아이)”, as well as “Elvis (엘비스)”, Baz Luhrmann’s biopic on the legendary rock and roll star, Elvis Presley. Next Week From Seoul with Richard Larkin: - The Bank of Korea Governor Rhee Chang-yong will meet the U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday in Seoul to discuss global economic issues. - South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin is reportedly planning a visit to Japan next week to meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss bilateral ties. - High jumper Woo Sang-hyeok will be aiming to become the first Korean to win gold at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Monday.
Korea24 – 2022.07.14. (Thursday) News Briefing: President Yoon Suk Yeol said the central bank's recent rate hike must not place a burden on the socially vulnerable. He pledged an active state response to help protect people’s livelihoods. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): This week President Yoon Suk Yeol called for his government to come up with plans to help lower the tax burden for middle and working class people. This comes after criticism that his tax plans will only benefit conglomerates and the rich. Meanwhile, the new US ambassador to South Korea has courted controversy after his decision to speak at the Seoul Queer Culture Festival this weekend. To discuss these stories Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hong-ik University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. Ukraine has cut ties with North Korea after Pyongyang recognized the independence of two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine. (우크라이나, 북한과 단교) 2. Several people have fallen ill with a mystery illness, dubbed “The Gangnam Plague”, after visiting nightclubs in Seoul’s Gangnam District. (“클럽 갔다가 피가래 토했다”…‘강남역병’ 정체는) 3. “Extraordinary Attorney Woo”, a Korean TV series about a lawyer on the autism spectrum, has topped Netflix’s global chart for non-English language shows. (우영우, 일 냈다…넷플릭스 공식차트 '글로벌 1위') Explore Korea: The festival season is in full swing and this week, our travel explorer Hannah Roberts joins us on the line to take us to the Boryeong Mud Festival, the most popular cultural festival in Korea, which is returning in full for the first time in three years. She also tells us about the Daegu Chimac Festival which took place earlier this month. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Yim Hyun-su on the various ways Seoul city is preparing to help citizens during heat waves. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Yi Whan-woo, writes about the illegal practice of people in Korea buying weapons online from overseas.
Korea24 – 2022.07.13. (Wednesday) News Briefing: The Bank of Korea has raised the key interest rate by an unprecedented “big step” of 50 basis points, in response to the rapid inflation. The benchmark rate now stands at 2.25%. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: South Korea’s daily COVID-19 case count topped 40-thousand for the first time in two months on Wednesday, fueled by the BA.5 omicron subvariant. In response, the government has decided to expand the eligibility for a second COVID-19 vaccine booster to those in their 50’s or adults with underlying conditions. To brief us on the situation and the latest government measures, Dr. Bryan Kim from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The South Korean presidential office said it will investigate the repatriation of two North Korean fishermen in 2019, after photos appear to show them resisting their return. (대통령실, 탈북어민 북송 사진에 “반인륜 범죄…진실 낱낱이 규명”) 2. The Korean smash hit series “Squid Game” has been nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, including 'Outstanding Drama Series' and 5 acting awards. (오징어게임 에미상 14개 부문 후보 선정) 3. South Korea’s men’s basketball team beat China in its first group game of the 2022 FIBA Asia Cup. (한국 남자농구, 아시안컵 첫 경기서 만리장성 넘어) Korea Book Club: A young man makes eye-contact with a young woman on a train in 1920s Korea, but then he spots another young man also trying to catch her attention. This sets up a beguiling short story by Chae Manshik called “In Three Directions (세 길로)” that also provides a compelling snapshot of the times. Literary critic Barry Welsh joins us in the studio to tell us more. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Kwak Yeon-soo writes about a local production of “The Pope” at the KEPCO Art Center in Seoul starting next month. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Park Ga-young on “The Peace and Life Zone Festival”, a three-month-long music festival held at the DMZ.
Korea24 – 2022.07.12. (Tuesday) News Briefing: New COVID-19 cases in South Korea climbed to a 62-day high at 37,360. In response, health authorities have raised the COVID-19 risk level from ‘low’ to ‘intermediate’. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: South Korea's Ministry of Interior and Safety raised the country's heat wave risk alert level to the second-highest 'orange' on July 2, 18 days earlier last year. Meanwhile, 689 patients were treated for heat-related illnesses between May 20 and July 10, four times as many as the same period last year. To learn more about heat-related illnesses and how to prevent them, Professor Jason Kai Wei Lee from the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. Hyundai Motor announced that it will be building its first domestic automobile factory in 29 years, dedicated to electric vehicles. (현대차, 29년만에 국내에 공장 짓는다) 2. South Korea is preparing to introduce a law enabling children to remove content related to their personal information. (부모가 SNS에 올린 아이 사진·영상, 자녀가 요청하면 삭제 가능해진다) 3. The first pictures from NASA’s next-generation James Webb Space Telescope have been unveiled. (NASA, 제임스웹 우주망원경 촬영 풀컬러 우주사진 첫 공개) Touch Base In Seoul: Earlier this year, New York became the third US state to designate November 22 as Kimchi Day. Leading that resolution was Korean American Assemblymember Ron Kim. He joins us via video to tell us about how he brought Kimchi Day to the Big Apple, as well as his career in public service. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol writes about how South Korea will take center stage at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) later this month. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Park Ga-young on the lineup for the 2022-23 season at the National Theater of Korea.
Korea24 – 2022.07.11. (Monday) News Briefing: President Yoon Suk Yeol appointed Kim Joo-hyun as the new chief of the Financial Services Commission on Monday. Kim is the fourth person to be appointed by Yoon without a confirmation hearing. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving former prime minister, died last Friday after he was shot whilst giving a campaign speech in the western city of Nara. Despite this tragedy, the country went ahead with its upper house elections on Sunday, where the ruling Liberal Democratic Party won comfortably. To talk more about Abe's legacy and the impact his loss will have on the Japanese political scene, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, the Washington Post's Tokyo and Seoul bureau chief, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The year’s biggest supermoon is expected to be visible on Wednesday night. (14일 새벽 올해 가장 크고 둥근 보름달 뜬다) 2. Residents at an apartment complex in Gyeonggi province caused controversy after they set up an inflatable swimming pool in the communal area for their personal use. (경기 동탄 아파트에 워터파크 연 주민) 3. Renowned pianist Cho Seong-jin will hold a concert in Seoul next month, where he will perform both Chopin Piano Concertos No 1 and 2 for the first time in South Korea. (조성진, 내달 연세대 노천극장서 쇼팽 피아노협주곡 전곡 선보인다) Monday Sports Round-up: Korean football fans are eagerly awaiting a series of exhibition matches set to take place in Seoul this week, featuring national team captain Son Heung-min’s club team, Tottenham Hotspur. They will take on Team K League and Sevilla FC. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to preview the series. He also updates us on the latest from the KBO, and high jumper Woo Sang-hyeok looking to make history at the World Athletics Championships. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol writes about Daeseong-dong, the most secluded village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), will appear in an upcoming online comedy-drama series. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Lee Si-jin on the surge in popularity of LGBT content in South Korea that is influencing perceptions of sexual minorities.
Korea24 – 2022.07.08. (Friday) News Briefing: The ethics committee of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) has handed down a six-month suspension on leader Lee Jun-seok over allegations of destroying evidence related to a sexual bribery case. However, Lee has said he will not be stepping down. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): It was announced this week that South Korea's consumer prices rose 6% on-year in June, which is the fastest growth in nearly 24 years. Meanwhile, the Yoon administration announced that it will rein in the fiscal deficit to within 3% of the nation's GDP. And the head of the IMF warned that the risk of a global economic recession is on the rise. Economics Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio to discuss these developments. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. South Korea’s first monkeypox patient has been discharged from the hospital after being in quarantine for 15 days. (국내 원숭이두창 첫 확진자 격리해제…"건강상태 양호") 2. Prosecutors are seeking a six-month prison sentence for Park Kyung-seok, the co-chair of a civic group representing people with disabilities, for disrupting bus operations during an undeclared protest last year. ('버스운행 방해' 박경석 전장연 공동대표, 징역 6개월 구형) 3. South Korea has been grouped with Japan for next year's World Baseball Classic. (돌아온 WBC, 시작부터 한일전…본선 조편성 발표) Movie Spotlight: The 26th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival opened on Thursday, one of the largest film festivals in Asia focusing on genre films. This is the first time the event is being held fully in person after the last two editions were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Film critic Darcy Paquet joins us on the line from Bucheon to tell us about the lineup and the opening night. Next Week In Seoul with Chris Welsh: - The Bank of Korea is expected to raise the key interest rate by 50 basis points at its policy meeting next Wednesday. - Some Korean convenience stores will begin the testing of delivery drones. - Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspurs will play in two exhibition matches in Korea next week.
Korea24 – 2022.07.07. (Thursday) News Briefing: The Yoon government announced it will rein in the fiscal deficit to within 3% of GDP, reversing expansionary policies of the past administration. It is set to implement a belt-tightening policy starting with next year's budget. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): President Yoon Suk Yeol has come under for attending the recent NATO summit and potentially damaging relations with China. Meanwhile, a controversy involving a civilian who accompanied President Yoon and his wife, Kim Keon-hee, to Spain has led to a debate on the need for an official First Lady’s Office. And this comes as President Yoon’s disapproval rating overtook his approval rating in the past two weeks. To discuss these issues, Affiliate Professor Kim Byung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hong-ik University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. Health authorities are investigating a popular kimbap restaurant on Jeju island after 20 people showed symptoms of food poisoning. (제주 유명 분식점 김밥 먹은 20명 식중독 의심 증세) 2. Authorities in Vietnam have banned the hit South Korean film “The Roundup” citing excessive violence. (베트남서 '범죄도시2' 상영 금지 조치) 3. The roster for the K League All-Star team, that will be taking on the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur in Seoul next week, has been announced. (팀 K리그, 토트넘전 명단 발표) Explore Korea: Arts contributor Ahn Jae-woo introduces us to an exhibition featuring two contemporary artists of Korean descent. Multi-disciplinary artists Sara Sejin Chang and Young Joon Kwak explore a more broader definition of love in a show called “All About Love” at the ARKO Art Center in Seoul. Morning Edition Preview with Chris Welsh: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Byun Hye-jin reports on the rise of social media influencers as marketing superpowers. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features a report by Lee Hye-jin on Korean Studies in universities struggling for funding despite the growth of Korean media.
Korea24 – 2022.07.06. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea reported 19,371 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily tally in 42 days, further signaling a resurgence of the pandemic in the country. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: The Yoon Suk Yeol administration unveiled a new energy blueprint on Tuesday, which included plans to expand nuclear power to more than 30 percent of the nation’s energy supply by 2030. It signals a dramatic reversal from the previous government, which planned to phase-out nuclear power. To discuss the feasibility of the new plans and possible concerns, Nuclear Engineering Professor Suh Kune-yull (서균렬) from Seoul National University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. An employee at Andong City hall in North Gyeongsang Province was stabbed to death in the city hall parking lot on Tuesday morning. (안동시 공무원, 동료 직원 흉기에 찔려 숨져) 2. A new cafe in Jeju Island owned by Lee Sang-soon, the husband of singer Lee Hyori, caused a stir online after it drew huge crowds during its opening week. (이상순 제주 카페 논란에 예약제로 변경) 3. K-pop girl group Blackpink have announced that they will make a comeback with a new album next month. (블랙핑크, 이달 뮤비 촬영·내달 컴백) Korea Book Club: A celebrated artist wakes up to find that his wife has vanished, leaving behind a mysterious novel that threatens to destroy his career. This is the set-up for a new novel by best-selling author J.M. Lee called “Broken Summer (부서진 여름)”, translated by Brother Anthony (An Son Jae). Our literary critic Barry Welsh gives us his thoughts on this on the latest literary thriller by Lee. Morning Edition Preview with Chris Welsh: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Ko Dong-hwan writes about how the Seoul government is planning to promote veganism and its benefits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Korea24 – 2022.07.05. (Tuesday) News Briefing: Consumer prices rose 6% on-year in June, the highest growth in nearly 24 years. Meanwhile, President Yoon Suk Yeol pledged to personally oversee issues related to improving people’s livelihoods. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: Japan's triennial upper house election is set to be held on July 10. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is on track for a landslide victory, and with no major national elections scheduled until 2025, it could allow the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to push for his policy goals, uninterrupted, over the next three years. To discuss what’s at stake, as well as what the results could mean for the relationship with South Korea, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, the Washington Post's Tokyo and Seoul bureau chief joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. At least six people have died and some 30 have been injured after a gunman opened fire during a Fourth of July parade in Illinois, US, on Monday morning. (미국 독립기념일 거리행진, 옥상서 총기난사로 6명 사망) 2. A 24-year-old woman in Seoul has been missing since last week. Kim Gaeul was last seen at Gayang Station in Gangseo district on her way home from work. (미용실 갔다온다던 20대 여성, 가양역 인근서 실종) 3. South Korea’s first lunar orbiter Danuri began transport to the US ahead of its launch next month. (우리나라 첫 달 궤도선 ‘다누리’ 발사장 이송 시작) Touch Base In Seoul: It has been ten years since Ricardo Ratliffe left the US to start his professional basketball career in South Korea. Over the years he has won four championships, three foreign MVP awards, and he even represented the South Korean national team after he became a naturalized citizen in 2018, adopting his Korean name Ra Gun-a (라건아). He joins us on the line to tell us about his story, his career highlights and how the national team is preparing for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Choi Jae-hee on the popular media personality Sujan Shakya and his work interpreting for Nepalese asylum seekers. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Jon Dunbar writes about some of the earliest filmed images of Korea that will be shown at the Royal Asiatic Society in Seoul next week.
Korea24 – 2022.07.04. (Monday) News Briefing: Rival political parties broke a month-long deadlock in negotiations, agreeing on terms to elect a new National Assembly speaker and formation of parliamentary committees. Kim Jin-pyo, a five-term lawmaker of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) has been elected as the new speaker. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: Following the US Supreme Court's controversial decision to overturn abortion rights last month, in South Korea questions are being asked about the country’s own situation on the issue. Despite the Constitutional Court decriminalinizing abortion in 2019, public confusion continues as relevant laws have yet to be devised. Reporter Kim Arin from the Korea Herald joins us on the line for an overview on the situation. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. South Korea has started a pilot program for paid sick leave in 6 regions across the country. ("아프면 쉬어도 돼요" 4일부터 6곳서 '상병수당' 시범사업) 2. An infestation of Plecia nearctica, commonly known as lovebugs, has struck areas in northwest Seoul. ('러브버그' 도시 점령) 3. More than 30,000 people have unsubscribed from YouTube star Park Makrye’s channel “Korea_Grandma”, due to controversies related to her granddaughter’s fiance. (하루에 1만 명 빠져...박막례 할머니, '구독 취소' 왜?) Monday Sports Round-up: In the football K League, Ulsan Hyundai FC’s lead at the top has dropped to 5 points with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on their tails once again. Meanwhile, in baseball, the starters for the KBO All-Star Game have been announced. And in volleyball, Korea went winless in the Women’s Nations League. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency updates us on these stories. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol reports on how a hand-woven vessel made by artist Jeong Da-hye was awarded the prestigious Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Lee Seung-ku on plans by the National Police Agency to deploy robots, automated cars, and exoskeleton suits by 2050.
Korea24 – 2022.07.01. (Friday) News Briefing: A heat wave has struck most parts of South Korea with monsoon rains subsiding. But Typhoon Aere is forecast to hit the peninsula next week. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Weekly Economy Review): The Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) announced it was raising electricity rates by the maximum level under the current pricing system this week. This has raised concerns over its potential impact on inflation. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for next year is set to be raised by 5%, and the Yoon administration has negatively assessed government funded “job projects”. For analysis on these topics Professor Yang Jun-sok from the Catholic University of Korea joins us in the studio. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. Food delivery drivers are quitting their jobs as demand for food deliveries have dropped since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. (집콕 끝난 배달 시장 라이더 이탈 가속) 2. Customs authorities booked a delivery worker who attempted to smuggle marijuana in parcels sent from the US, with the drugs hidden in small dolls. (인형 뱃속에 무언가?…택배기사가 고객 정보로 마약 밀수) 3. Fire service authorities are trying to determine what led a 20-story building in downtown Seoul to shake for some five minutes on Friday. (종로 르메이에르 빌딩 흔들림 신고) Movie Spotlight: Film critics Jason Bechervaise and Darcy Paquet join us to review “Decision To Leave (헤어질 결심)”, which won Director Park Chan-wook the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. They also review “TopGun: Maverick”, the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster starring Tom Cruise, which has already grossed over $1billion worldwide. Next Week From Seoul with Richard Larkin: - The Democratic Party (DP) is set to elect a new National Assembly speaker next Monday. - An internal ethics panel of the People Power Party (PPP) is set to make its ruling on party chairperson Lee Jun-seok(이준석) in relation to allegations of sexual bribery. - Spanish football team Sevilla FC is arriving in Seoul next Friday ahead of a friendly with the English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur.
Last updated : 2022.06.30 Korea 24 is a daily current affairs show that covers all the biggest stories coming out of South Korea. Every weekday, Korea 24 brings you the latest news updates, as well as in-depth analysis on the most important issues with experts and special guests, providing comprehensive insight into the events on the peninsula.
Korea24 – 2022.06.29. (Wednesday) News Briefing: The first trilateral South Korea-US-Japan summit in almost five years is set to take place before the start of the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday. (Emilee JENNINGS) In-Depth News Analysis: President Yoon Suk Yeol is in Spain to attend the NATO summit. This is the first time that South Korea, along with three other non-member Asia-Pacific countries, has been invited to the summit, to the displeasure of China. Meanwhile, President Yoon is set to hold a trilateral summit with the US and Japan on the sidelines. To discuss the key points to look out for from Madrid, Brad Glosserman, deputy director of and visiting professor at the Center for Rule-Making Strategies at Tama University in Japan, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A missing family of three, including a 10-year-old girl, are thought to have been found dead, after their car was discovered in waters off Songgok Port in Wando County. (인양 승용차 탑승자 3명 확인…조유나양 가족 추정) 2. A 4-year-old boy almost drowned at a water park in Daegu, after his arm was sucked into an uncovered drain at the bottom of a pool. (‘물놀이 시설’ 배수구에 4살 아이 빨려 들어갔다 구조) 3. South Korea and Japan resumed flights between Seoul’s Gimpo and Tokyo’s Haneda airports on Wednesday, for the first time in more than two years. (2년3개월만에 김포-하네다 노선 운항 재개) Korea Book Club: Literary translator Beth Eunhee Hong joins us as a guest contributor for our special monthly edition of the Club. She introduces us to “적어도 두 번 (At Least Twice)”, a daring short story collection by Kim Mela (김멜라). Kim is known as an up-and-coming queer female writer, and this collection is takes on various issues related to gender, patriarchy, disability and queerness. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Ko Dong-hwan reports on “Try Everything 2022”, an annual conference for global startups that will be held in Seoul in September. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Park Yuna about RM of K-pop group BTS opening a space for his art collection one day.
Korea24 – 2022.06.28. (Tuesday) News Briefing: Prime Minister Han Duck-soo has urged the Cabinet to find ways to help stabilize consumer prices. Amid the growing inflation, he also called for the swift implementation of finalized policies. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: Last Tuesday, the Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced plans to set up a new bureau that will oversee the operation of the national police. However, in apparent protest to this announcement, the chief of police offered to step down, just 26 days before his term ends. To discuss the controversy around this planned bureau and the growing feud between the Yoon administration and the police, Law Professor Park Yong Chul from Sogang University joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. A group claiming to be the international hacktivist group Anonymous vowed to bring the disgraced CEO and co-founder of Terraform Labs Kwon Do-hyung to trial. (해커집단 어나니머스 "권도형, 심판대에 세우겠다") 2. For the third time this month, a vehicle has gotten stuck in the tidal flats of Incheon. (인천 선재도 갯벌에 차량 또 빠졌다…한 달 사이 3번째) 3. A mural of Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung Min has appeared on a street in North London. ('찰칵 세리머니'… 영국 런던에 손흥민 벽화 등장) Touch Base In Seoul: South Korea and New Zealand celebrated the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year. To mark the occasion we invited the New Zealand Ambassador to South Korea, Philip Turner, to the studio. He joins us to discuss the relationship, as well as his concurrent role as Ambassador to North Korea, and what it meant to be the first openly gay ambassador in Seoul. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Kim Da-sol on how the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is aiming to build a test version of an air taxi by 2024. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol writes about an exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art featuring work by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, dubbed "the master manipulator of glass.”
Korea24 – 2022.06.27. (Monday) News Briefing: President Yoon Suk-yeol has departed for Spain to attend the NATO summit. He will be meeting with various world leaders, including a three-way summit with the US and Japan on the sidelines. (Emilee JENNINGS) In-Depth News Analysis: The first case of Monkeypox was reported in South Korea last week. A South Korean national, who arrived at Incheon International Airport from Germany, tested positive for the virus. In response, health authorities raised the infectious disease alert level by one notch to the second-lowest in its four-tier scheme. To learn more about the virus and the risk to South Korea, Dr. Kim Seung-taek (김승택), the head of the Zoonotic Virus Lab at Institut Pasteur Korea, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A family of three, including a ten-year-old girl, has been reported missing after last being seen on Wando Island in South Jeolla province in late May. (완도 실종 가족 바다 수색까지 확대) 2. The South Korean government has issued a warning to Korean nationals to steer clear of cannabis while in Thailand after the country legalized its use. (대마초 합법화된 태국…“한국인 관광객 조심해야”) 3. “Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area,” the Korean adaptation of the Netflix Spanish hit series “La casa de papel” debuted as the third most popular show in the world on Sunday. (한국판 '종이의 집', 공개 하루 만에 글로벌 3위) Monday Sports Round-up: Golfer Chun In-gee ended a LPGA title drought by winning her third career major on Sunday at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency joins us on the line to tell us how it went down. He also briefs us on K League top-scorer Stefan Mugosa leaving for Japan, and the KBO’s reigning MVP, Ariel Miranda, being let go by the Doosan Bears. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol writes about an exhibition on the Korean traditional paper, Hanji, in the Italian port city of Bari. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Yim Hyun-su about cruises on the Han River promoting the feeding of seagulls to attract customers.
Korea24 – 2022.06.23. (Thursday) News Briefing: The Korean won has closed at a 13-year low, at 1,301.80 won against the US dollar. Korean stock markets also fell to their lowest this year. This comes amid growing concerns over high inflation and a global economic slowdown. (KOO Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis (Korean Politics Digest): The death of a South Korean fisheries ministry official at the hands of the North Korean military in 2020 has been at the heart of a political storm in recent days. Affiliate Professor Kim Byoung-joo from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Law Professor Cho Hee-kyung from Hongik University join us on the line to provide their thoughts on the issue. They also comment on the decision by the ruling People Power Party’s ethics committee to defer its disciplinary proceedings on party chair Lee Jun-seok over allegations of sexual bribery and cover-up. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing more than a thousand people. (아프가니스탄 규모 6.1 지진, 최소 1000명 사망) 2. A group of musical theater actors released a statement on Tuesday, calling for a change in the industry, after a high-profile defamation case. (옥주현·김호영 고소전에 뮤지컬 1세대 호소문) 3. Popular singer-songwriter You Hee-yeol has canceled the release of his latest project album “Life Music” amid allegations of plagiarism. (표절 논란 유희열, 음반 발매 취소) Explore Korea: Our travel contributor Hannah takes us to Seoul Dream Forest this week. Located in Gangbuk-gu district, it is the third largest park in Seoul. It is less popular than some of the other parks in the capital due to its location, but it still offers beautiful natural views, as well as spaces for art and culture. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Song Seung-hyun on films depicting the Korean war and whether they are sustainable in the long run. - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Lee Hae-rim writes that the Seoul city slogan “I.Seoul.U” is set to be retired.
Korea24 – 2022.06.22. (Wednesday) News Briefing: South Korea has reported its first case of Monkeypox. Authorities confirmed that the patient was a Korean national who had arrived from Germany. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: It has been almost four months since Russia invaded Ukraine, and as the fighting continues, questions are growing about how long the war could go on. Some analysts have suggested that it could settle into a situation akin to the Korean peninsula, where the two sides agree to stop fighting, but fail to declare an official end to the war. To discuss this possibility and the overall situation, Neophytos Loizides, Professor of International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent, joins us on the line. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A woman in her 20s who attacked a man on a Seoul subway train with her phone will be facing trial, with prosecutors seeking a two-year prison sentence. (지하철 폭행女, 작년엔 1호선서 난동…징역 2년 구형) 2. Pregnant women who reside in Seoul will be able to get 700,000won worth of support in transportation fees starting next month. (서울시, 모든 임산부에 교통비 70만원…자차 유류비로도 가능) 3. Retired legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is set to compete in a special boxing match against Korean martial artist DK Yoo in Seoul in December. (파퀴아오 12월 서울에서 무술가 DK 유와 맞대결) Korea Book Club: This week, literary critic Barry Welsh brings us a short story from 1939 called "Into the Light (빛 속에)" by Kim Sa-ryang (김사량). It tells the story of a teacher hiding his Korean identity while living under Japanese colonial rule. Currently there are at least two English translations available, by Jane Kim and Christopher D. Scott, pointing to the significance of this classic work. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Kim Hae-yeon reports on how a painting made in the Joseon era has returned home to South Korea after 490 years. - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features a report by Dong Sun-hwa on the plagiarism allegations surrounding Korean singer-songwriter You Hee-yeol.
Korea24 – 2022.06.21. (Tuesday) News Briefing: South Korea has successfully launched its homegrown space rocket, Nuri, after a failed attempt last fall. South Korea has become only the seventh nation to have successfully developed its own space launch vehicle. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: Last week, Foreign Minister Park Jin called for the “normalization” of the intelligence-sharing pact between South Korea and Japan, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA). The pact was almost terminated during the Moon administration in 2019, after Tokyo imposed export curbs on Seoul, and has remained underused since. To discuss the prospects of the normalization of the pact, we are joined on the line by Lim Eun-jung (임은정), an associate professor at the Division of International Studies of Gongju National University. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. The government is set to introduce various measures to curb the growing trend of unhealthy eating habits. (복지부, '제3차 국민영양관리기본계획' 수립) 2. South Korean teen swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo won a silver medal in the men’s 200m freestyle at the 2022 FINA World Championships. (황선우, 세계선수권 자유형 200ｍ 은메달) 3. Volleyball superstar Kim Yeon-koung will be returning to Korea after re-signing with the Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders of the women’s V-league. ('배구여제' 김연경, 1년 만에 V-리그 컴백) Touch Base In Seoul: In May, the South Korean women’s national handball team appointed its first ever foreign head coach, Kim Rasmussen, with an eye on the Asian Games and the 2024 Paris Olympics. He joins us via video to talk about why he took on this challenge and what he hopes to develop the team. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - Tomorrow’s Korea Times features an interview by Park Han-sol with 26-year-old designer Youn Hye-jun (윤혜준) on how she hopes to serve as a bridge between engineers and non-engineers in soft robotics. - In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Park Ga-young reports on the new LG Arts Center Seoul opening in the Magok district in October this year.
Korea24 – 2022.06.20. (Monday) News Briefing: The nation’s economic misery index, which measures the sum of the unemployment and inflation rates, reached the highest level in 21 years in May, adding to the spiraling economic concerns fueled by factors home and abroad. (Jenny NA) In-Depth News Analysis: To mark World Refugee Day today, James Lynch, the head of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Korea joins us via video to tell us about the global refugee situation with a record 100 million people forcibly displaced currently. He also discusses the contributions that South Korea has made to helping refugees, as well as what more the nation could do moving forward. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. A full government investigation into yeolmu kimchi suppliers is set to be conducted after a dead frog was found in a school lunch for the second time in a month. (교육부, '개구리 급식 논란' 열무김치 납품업체 전수조사) 2. South Korean Pianist Lim Yunchan became the youngest winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Saturday at 18 years old. (18살 임윤찬, 반 클라이번 국제 콩쿠르 최연소 우승) 3. A Florida woman who pepper sprayed and shouted racist abuse at a group of Asian women in New York City last week is now facing hate crimes charges. ("너희 나라로 돌아가" 후추 스프레이 뿌린 女, 증오 범죄로 기소) Monday Sports Round-up: Korean teen swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo has reached the final in the men’s 200m freestyle at the world championships in Budapest. Sports reporter Yoo Jee-ho from the Yonhap News Agency helps us preview the race. He also briefs us on the latest from the K League 1, which has restarted after the long international break, and the latest from the KBO as well. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: - In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Park Han-sol reports on the Seoul Sculpture Festival, which is transforming plazas, parks, and islands in Seoul into a sculptural wonderland. - Tomorrow’s Korea Herald features a report by Yim Hyun-su on why some subway stations in Seoul have two names.
Korea24 – 2022.06.17.(금) News Briefing: President Yoon Suk Yeol spoke on the phone with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday, and urged the UNSC to sternly respond to N.Korea's nuclear and missile threats. (Koo Hee-jin) In-depth News Analysis(WeeklyEconomy Review): Economics professor Yang Jun-suk from the Catholic University of Korea joins the show to help us digest the week’s hottest economic issues. We discuss the US Federal Reserve biggest interest rate hike in 28 years and the outlook for the Bank of Korea's rate decisions in the coming months, the Yoon Suk Yeol administration's economic policy directions, and more. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. The defense ministry will begin a six-month trial program next week, extending the hours conscripts can use their mobile phones. Three types of time slots will be tested, from minimal hours to 24/7. (병사도 24시간 휴대전화 소지하나...연말까지 시범운영) 2. The KDCA emphasized the proper way to wear a face mask during Thursday's regular briefing, including changing to a new one when a mask gets wet. This comes as some raised concerns over the spread of COVID-19 at concerts known to spray water at the audience. (싸이 흠뻑쇼, 젖은 마스크 위험"… 다시 보는 올바른 마스크 착용법) 3. "American Song Contest" winner AleXa will perform at a red carpet event for “Top Gun: Maverick” in Seoul in Sunday. Tom Cruise will make his tenth visit to South Korea, along with other cast members of the highest grossing movie of the year in the US. (알렉사, 톰 크루즈 환영한다…'탑건' 레드카펫 축하 무대) Movie Spotlight: Director Park Hoon-jung is back with “The Witch: Part 2. The Other One(마녀2),” a sequel to the 2018 film which launched Kim Da-mi's successful acting career. In the sequel, rookie actor Shin Shi-a comes in as the new lead. Film critics Darcy Paquet and Jason Bechervaise also review the animated film “Lightyear(버즈 라이트이어),” a Toy Story spin-off by Pixar. Next Week from Seoul with Richard Larkin: Richard shares some events to look out for in the coming week, including teen swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo’s medal quest at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest.
Korea24 – 2022.06.16. (Thursday) News Briefing: Top finance and economic officials met on Thursday to discuss the U.S. Federal Reserve’s biggest interest rate hike (0.75%p) in 28 years. The government also announced the Yoon administration's economic policy direction. (Koo Hee-jin) In-Depth News Analysis(Korean Politics Digest): Professors Kim Byoung-joo and Cho Hee-kyung join the segment to discuss President Yoon Suk Yeol's most recent approval rating which dropped to the 40% range, and the DP-proposed bill on strengthening parliamentary oversight of the government. Korea Trending with Jenny Suh: 1. The police announced that they apprehended 59 people for the illegal purchase, use, or possession of appetite suppressing narcotics. Side effects of the drug include addiction and hallucination. 47 of those caught were teenagers, and sales were made through social media. (마약류 식욕억제제 '나비약' 불법 판매·구매 59명 검거) 2. South Korea's first bill on physician-assisted suicide has been proposed at the National Assembly. 12 lawmakers signed the bill, which seeks to allow terminally ill people in unbearable pain who wish to end their life do so with a doctor's prescription and guidance. (‘조력 존엄사법’ 국내 첫 발의) 3. Lastly, FIFA released a video highlighting some of the players from the 32 countries that made it to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, with the roster of participating countries being finalized earlier this week. Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan and Hwang Ui-jo were featured for Team Korea. (FIFA, 월드컵 진출 32팀 소개 영상 공개) Explore Korea: Arts contributor Ahn Jae-woo delves into the world of visual artist Na Jeom-soo(나점수). While mainly a sculptor, he also has two-dimensional works. Na's solo exhibition "The Position of Being Nameless(무명_정신의 위치)" is currently on view at Art Space 3, located in the Seochon area. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: -The Korea Herald has a piece by Yoon Min-sik who delves into the fierce debate over “cat moms.” -In the Korea Times, Lee Hae-rin writes about the Korea Tourism Organization unveiling new sports tourism programs in Gangwon Province.
Korea24 – 2022.06.15. (Wednesday) News Briefing: Unionized cargo truckers have returned to work on Wednesday after reaching a deal with the government. This ended their eight-day strike demanding an extension of the safe trucking freight rates system, among others. Now, the ball is in parliament's court. (Emilee Jennings) In-Depth News Analysis: Global stock markets have been shaky ahead of an FOMC meeting where another rate hike is expected. In Korea, KOSPI and KOSDAQ have plunged while the won has been sliding against the USD. Rajiv Biswas, Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence, joins the show to discuss the issue in-depth. Korea Trending with Walter Lee: 1. BTS announced on Tuesday that they would take a break as a group, while exploring various projects as individuals. This came as the group celebrated the 9th anniversary of their debut. J-Hope is set to be the first member to release a solo album. (BTS, 그룹활동 잠정중단 전격 선언…"개인적 성장 필요") 2. The Taeguk Warriors finished all four friendly matches for June, with the team beating Egypt 4-1 on Tuesday at Seoul World Cup Stadium. Hwang Ui-jo, Kim Young-gwon each scored a goal in the first half, with Cho Gue-sung and Kwon Chang-hoon scoring in the last minutes. The next international match for the team led by coach Paulo Bento is set for July, at the EAFF Championship in Japan. ('황의조 1골1도움' 벤투호, 이집트 완파…6월 A매치 2승 1무 1패) 3. Lastly, Netflix announced a new reality competition based on the hit series “Squid Game.” 456 people will fight to win the prize money of 4.56 million dollars, playing games that appeared in the original series as well as new ones. (넷플릭스, 상금 60억원 걸고 진짜 '오징어 게임' 열어) Korea Book Club: Barry Welsh brings us the short story "The Young Zelkova Tree(젊은 느티나무)" by Kang Shin-jae, translated by Shin Hyun-song. Published in the 60s, it revolves around a teenage girl beset by powerful feelings of love and desire for her stepbrother. Morning Edition Preview with Richard Larkin: -The Korea Times has a piece by Ko Dong-hwan, who writes about a survey finding that Seoul is the tenth best city for startups. -Song Seung-hyun of the Korea Herald writes about an interview on the cast and staff of the documentary “Please Make Me Look Pretty,” shot by a father showing a young woman with Down syndrome.