Smuggled stories from North Korea – On this episode, recorded when the panel was giddy over the French election results, Pat and Sam delve into the recently published short stories of Bandi.

The pseudonym of an unknown North Korean author (which means firefly), Bandi wrote the stories at great personal risk. They were smuggled out of the country by others and have now been published in English as “The Accusation”. The panel discusses their favorites of the stories, the work’s damning portrayal of the North Korean government, and the steps taken to protect the identity of this dissident writer, offering us the first fiction from someone still living in the country.

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