Season 1, Episode 8: Pyongyang Style

Inspired by yet another period of heightened tension with North Korea, Cafe Seoul kicks it Pyongyang Style. Featuring mundane news stories, covered the way Western Media covers North Korea, honeymooning in Pyeongyang… gone wrong, and a grim cooking corner. For more mass-starvation jokes (oh yeah, we went there, not once but twice,) meet some new characters in the North Korean version of Kimchi Kim and the Spicy Trinity: Tree-Bark Toby and the Famished Family.

In other segments, Girls’ Talk in the Bathroom takes a detour, and our replacement for the Weekly Update, “The Supreme Leader in All His Benevolence Updates his Subjects Weekly with Love and Respect” has trouble holding onto anchors, and a North Korean propagandist on a blind date gives new meaning to achieving… unification.

Producer’s note: This episode was rushed as we tried to be very current as North Korea was in the news. However, this is the first (and last) episode where editing became a team effort. Logistically this was a nightmare and the content was subpar. This blemish on our first season almost killed the podcast. Tensions within our own group flared, and we rushed the ending of the season in the next episode before nearly calling it quits. Apologies for anything in this episode that is in poor taste.

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Season 1, Episode 1: New Year’s Expectations

If this is your first time listening to Café Seoul..

DO NOT START WITH THIS EPISODE!!!

Frankly we are very embarrassed by the end result here, because we had no idea what we were doing. If this is your first listen, I would highly recommend skipping to season 2. Season 1 had this awful first episode and a bunch of sketch comedy. Frankly I’ve not taken it down because I think it is good to have a record of our history. Everything has to begin somewhere. We get better!

Café Seoul began as a round table with six members, and this episode is notable for the first and last appearance of Dan, who was instrumental in getting Eugene to actually pull the podcast cast together. Thanks, Dan, for being Walter White to our Grey Matter Technologies.

In this episode, we discuss Korea’s first female president elect, Pres. Park Geun-hye, who had just entered office at the time of recording. We discuss our hopes and expectations, and what it will and won’t accomplish for Korea to elect its first female president.

The original founding six members of Café Seoul were:
Rob Ouwehand – Author of popular blog Roboseyo and radio personality.
Christine Shin – Broadcast media veteran and radio personality.
Olivia Lim – Actress and radio personality.
Michael Jones – Public speaking consultant and radio personality.
Dan Shin – Radio newscaster and radio personality.
Eugene Hwang – Radio show writer and radio personality.

Well, not exactly a PILF in this picture, but what the hey!