On today’s show our guest is John Sweeney, author of North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State (Pegasus, July 2015). Sweeney, a journalist, posed as a professor taking students on a tour in order to get into North Korea. While there, he wasn’t able to see much—but even the absence of certain fundamentals (no students in the university, no animals at the farm) were a clear picture of what is going on in this authoritarian country. Later in the hour, Emma Bryce joins us to talk about the dead man with a briefcase who may have helped the Allies win World War II.

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