A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

August 5, 2021

The Most Dangerous Cult in the World: North Korea

The largest cult on earth has over 25 million followers, the 4th largest army in the world, and a nuclear arsenal. It also has bowling alleys and karaoke bars, and regularly hosts international marathons. Under three generations of iron-fisted dictators, the so-called Hermit Nation disconnected from the rest of the world, but with the rise of western-educated Kim Jong-un, North Korea is rapidly modernizing. Is the country bracing for change? What is life like in an isolated, rogue state? And is there any point in negotiating with a hostile, nuclear-armed enemy? Join Shane and Duncan for a nuanced exploration of the most feared and vilified country on earth.


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In this episode: 

  • The First Sino-Japanese War
  • The Military Police Reign Era
  • Kim Il-sung, the Tiger
  • Kim Joins the Soviet Army
  • World War II and Pearl Harbor
  • Establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea
  • The Korean War, 1950
  • Armistice, 1953
  • Syngman Rhee and South Korea
  • Juche
  • Kim-Il-sung's Cult of Personality
  • Kim and the Titanic
  • The Rise of Kim Jong-il
  • Cult of Kim Jong-il
  • Mount Paektu
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • North Korean Famine
  • The Rise of Kim Jong-un
  • Purging of Enemies
  • The Execution of Jang Song-thaek
  • The Murder of Kim Jong-nam
  • North Korean Economy
  • The Black Market
  • The Drug Trade
  • Counterfeiting
  • Cyberwarfare
  • Reforms 
  • Sanctions
  • Nuclear Capabilities
  • Life in North Korea
  • Life in Pyongyang
  • The DMZ (the 38th Parallel)
  • North Korean Myth Busting


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