Season 3, Episode 15: Looking Outward

In this episode we switched things up a bit. Rob is doing News of the Weird, with Eugene doing On the Pulse. The show is about how Korea sees the outside world, and how it relates to them. We had planned to make the show about 사대주위, or the Korean tendency to idolize powerful countries, but it didn’t quite work out the way we planned.

An image depicting Korea's "shrimp complex"  in which Korea is the shrimp and China, Japan, Russia and the U.S. are whales. Essentially suggesting Korea's weakness means that stronger powers get to dictate its destiny. (Image credit: Busan Haps)

An image depicting Korea’s “shrimp complex” in which Korea is the shrimp and China, Japan, Russia and the U.S. are whales. Essentially suggesting Korea’s weakness means that stronger powers get to dictate its destiny. (Image credit: Busan Haps)

News of the Weird w/Rob

  • The Korea Times reports on the Chicago BEARS (a football team) winning the Stanley Cup (an ice hockey championship)
  • Korean student in U.S. claims to have been accepted to both Harvard and Stanford, except she wasn’t
  • Lighting Round: MERS Mania!!!

Ask Blossom Rob & Eugene

  • Which countries does Korea look up to, and is that relationship volatile? If so, why?

On the Pulse w/Eugene

  • An Interview with Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, Director of the Asia Institute, discussing his book “The Korea Unknown Only to Koreans.”
Dr. Emanuel Pastreich

Dr. Emanuel Pastreich

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Season 3, Episode 14: Gone Teachin’

It’s Blossom’s first episode as permanent cohost! She did very nicely for her first time out, and this episode was mostly about teaching English in Korea, a topic we have not quite touched despite being around for so long.

News of the Weird w/Eugene

(Edit – a new development in the story about Itaewon gentrification)

Ask Blossom Rob & Eugene and On The Street w/ Michael
Is teaching English in Korea rewarding?

Yes, sometimes it's really like this. (Ripped from Roboseyo without his permission)

Yes, sometimes it’s really like this. (Ripped from Roboseyo without his permission)

 

Skit: The Hagwon crew lose a teacher and have to hire a replacement.

All your English Teaching Job Seeking Needs!

On the Pulse w/Rob

  • We spoke to Ben Goldie and Jason Kifer of ESLROK.com about the state of the English teaching industry in Korea. Be sure to check out their website and submit your resume if you feel so inclined.