40+ hour podcast interview tour of South Korea

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For more than seven years now, I've hosted and produced long-form interview podcasts. On Notebook on Cities and Culture, which I began a little over three years ago, I've taken the concept worldwide, traveling not just all over Los Angeles, where I live, but to cities like Portland, Vancouver, London, Mexico City, Osaka, Copenhagen, and Toronto. In each of them, I've interviewed all the cultural creators, internationalists, and observers of the urban scene I could find.

Last summer, I decided to put together a season of Notebook on Cities and Culture focusing on just one country: South Korea, which at the moment strikes me as the most fascinating place going in Asia. So I packed up my trusty Zoom H4n recorder, headed across the Pacific, and spent six weeks talking with all sorts of people — Koreans, foreigners, Korean foreigners, and so on — about the work they do and the Korean cities they do it in.

(I also, while there, seized the chance to write a series of essays for the Guardian on Korean urbanism, featuring cities like Seoul, Songdo, Changwon, and Busan.)

The resulting series, which I call Notebook on Cities and Culture's Korea Tour, began airing in November. Episodes so far available include:

  • Hyunwoo Sun, founder of the Talk to Me in Korean language-learning podcast empire
  • Bernie Cho, president of DFSB Kollective, a creative agency that provides digital media, marketing, and distribution services to Korean pop music artists
  • Laurence Pritchard, writer, teacher, enthusiast of Korean literature, and "English gentleman"
  • Mark Russell, author of the books Pop Goes Korea, K-Pop Now!, andYoung-hee and the Pullocho
  • Mipa Lee, proprietor of Itaewon's vegan (!) bake shop and café PLANT and author of the blog Alien's Day Out
  • Marc Raymond, film scholar, teacher at Kangwoon University, and author of Hollywood's New Yorker: The Making of Martin Scorsese
  • Adrien Lee, French-Korean host of Arirang TV's Showbiz Korea and Arirang radio's Catch the Wave
  • Michael Breen, author of The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies
  • Stephen Revere, CEO of 10 Media, co-founder and managing editor of 10 Magazine, author of two Survival Korean books, and for three years the teacher on Arirang television's Let's Speak Korean
  • Open Books acquiring editor Gregory Limpens
  • Charlie Usher, author of the blog Seoul Sub→urban and the book 찰리와 리즈의 서울 지하철 여행기 (Charlie and Liz's Seoul Subway Travelogue)
  • Danny Crichton, researcher and writer on regional innovation hubs and a contributing writer for TechCrunch
  • Darcy Paquet, critic of Korean film, founder of koreanfilm.org and the Wildflower Film Awards, author of New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves, teacher, and occasional actor
  • Stephane Mot, "conceptor," writer of fiction, nonfiction, "nonsense," and author of the blog Seoul Village as well as the collection Dragedies
  • Jon Dunbar, urban explorer, editor of long-running Korean punk zine Broke in Korea, and author of Daehanmindecline
  • Nikola Medimorec, co-author of Kojects, an English-language blog on transport, urban planning, and development projects around Korea
  • Chance Dorland, host of TBS eFM's "Chance Encounters" segment and the podcasts Chance and Dan Do Korea
  • Keith Kim, creator of the travel and culture site Seoulistic
  • Steve Miller, creator of the Asia News Weekly podcast and the vlogger formerly known as QiRanger
  • Charles Montgomery, editor of the site KTlit.com and global ambassador of Korean literature in translation
  • Alex Jensen, host of weekday news show This Morning on TBS eFM
  • Daniel Gray, creator of the site Seoul Eats, proprietor of craft beer restaurants Brew 3.14π and Brew 3.15π
  • Barry Welsh, host of the Seoul Book & Culture Club and Seoul Film Society
  • Writer Krys Lee, author of the acclaimed short story collection Drifting House
  • Literary translator Bruce Fulton
  • North Korea analyst B.R. Myers, author of A Reader's Manifesto and The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
  • James Turnbull, author of The Grand Narrative, a blog on Korean feminism, sexuality, and popular culture.

The Korea Tour will continue into March, with a new interview available every three days. Guests still to come include Busan-based Argentine film critic Sofia Ferrero Carrega, Korea: The Impossible Country author Daniel Tudor, architect Minsuk Cho, and Modern Korea: All that Matters author Andrew Salmon. You can download episodes directly from the show's site or subscribe on iTunes. 들어 주셔서 감사합니다, 여러분!