Korea Kontext podcast “ North Korea Tourism Special” with Simon Cockerell (23/11/2011)
Ever wondered why someone might be motivated to spend their summer vacation in the DPRK, or interested to learn about the guides that accompany visitors during a stay in North Korea? Perhaps you'd like to know more about the legalities of visiting Mount Kumgang, a resort originally developed by South Korea's Hyundai Asan, expropriated by DPRK authorities in early 2011. If so, then this special-length podcast is definitely for you!
About the film "Centre Forward" and film in the DPRK
Simon Cockerell (Koryo Tours) talks briefly about North Korean films and about the film "Centre Forward" in That's Shanghai's Urbanatomy's podcast on 07/04/2010. You can download the podcast here
The most beautiful singer on earth
BBC RADIO 3 WORLD MUSIC The most beautiful singer on earth. Award winning show (2 x 40 minute programmes) with Andy Kershaw presenter. We sought permission for the first ever radio programme in DPRK and had incredible access listening to songs from the Schoolchildrens's Palace to a soldier on the DMZ...but the star of the show was without doubt the singing waitress whose voice would go beyond borders. Broadcast in 2004. Nominated for a Sony award.
"As Kershaw discovered, there's a beating heart behind the façade of the average soldier or spokesman, and often real musical talent. One of the waitresses he coaxed into song had a vibrato spanning half an octave but other singers were bewitching. Most children in this "uncivilised" land learn an instrument. The Axis of Evil may not be buried yet, but this documentary represented one more nail in its coffin." (Michael Church, The Independent, 06/01/04)
BBC RADIO 4 TRAVEL SHOW Critics choice (2 x 30 minute programmes) on one of our tours to Pyongyang... but we are turned back at the border... do we get back in?! A very eventful tour. Broadcast 2005. Nominated for a Sony award - please contact us if you wish for more details.