North Korea In Transition
Dec 29, 2011 — Robert Siegel talks to B.R. Myers, author of the book The Cleanest Race: How the North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, who takes an unorthodox look at the North Korean regime and its people. They discuss the expressions of grief displayed by North Koreans for their leader.
Dec 29, 2011 — Ceremonies in North Korea continued into a second day Thursday, following the funeral for Kim Jong Il on Wednesday. While Wednesday's funeral march focused almost entirely on North Korea's former leader, Thursday morning's event was as much about his son and successor: Kim Jong Un
Dec 29, 2011 — The North Korean Central News Agency apparently deployed its latest weapon — Photoshop — to digitally remove a small group of mourners from the left edge of the funeral photo. The people watching Wednesday's procession were replaced by pristine snow.
Dec 29, 2011 — The young heir to the familial dynasty that has ruled the nation since 1948 was very publicly proclaimed to have taken his father's place. Kim Jong Il died on Dec. 17.
Dec 28, 2011 — For analysis of the political dynamics at play during the funeral of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Steve Inskeep talks to Stephen Bosworth, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University. From 2009 until October 2011 he was the U.S. Special Envoy to North Korea.
Dec 28, 2011 — North Korea staged a dramatic state funeral for its late leader Kim Jong Il. Leading the ceremonies was Kim's third son and apparent successor, Kim Jung Un. North Korean media reports portray the young Kim in full control of the impoverished, nuclear-armed country. But while consolidating his political power may be easy, establishing his legitimacy will be tougher.
Dec 27, 2011 — The funeral of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is expected to begin Tuesday night, East Coast time. NPR's Anthony Kuhn is watching events from South Korea, and speaks to host Robert Siegel from the capital, Seoul.
Dec 27, 2011 — As North Korea prepares for the funeral of leader Kim Jong Il, attention is being focused on the country his son, heir apparent Kim Jong Un, will inherit. Like almost everything to do with North Korea, the picture of how the country's economy works is cloudy.
Dec 23, 2011 — As North Korea prepares for a new leader, China, South Korea and the other nations are recalibrating their policies and weighing new security concerns. The job is difficult because so little is known about Kim Jong Un, the son and presumed successor to Kim Jong Il.
Dec 22, 2011 — The death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il puts his son and heir apparent in the spotlight, even as preparations for next week's state funeral are still under way. The younger Kim inherits a country in dire economic straits, and faces a tough fight to consolidate his political power and legitimacy.