Our interview with Kurt Esslinger in the last show was too good to leave any on the cutting room floor. As a refresher, Kurt Esslinger works on behalf of the Presbyterian Church USA with an ecumenical council of churches in Korea to help bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. A Texas native, he has been living and working in Korea for ten years. This conversation is a look at then President Donald Trump’s part in the beginning of peace talks between North and South Korea, the vastly different perceptions of him and his role in those talks between progressives in Korea and the US, outcomes then, and what is possible in the future.
This is part two of this in-depth conversation. If you haven’t yet, please listen to Korean War and Peace, Part 1 (Episode 140) for the first portion of the discussion.
This time in the Geekscape, Robin Renée schools Wendy Sheridan in essence of music genres including new wave, yacht rock, sophistipop, “Cookie Monster” death metal, classic country, and more. Earlier in the show, the Random Facts cover a possible cure for hangovers and Robin begins the Geekscape vibe early with a definition of witch house. In News, Turkish President Erdoğan and challenger Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu appear headed to a runoff, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vetoes a bill banning most abortions after 12 weeks (the veto was overridden after recording time), a roundup of Trump legal tanglings including the liable verdict in the sexual abuse case brought by E. Jean Carroll, and Swedish singer Loreen wins her second Eurovision title for the song, “Tattoo.” In You Got Questions? We Got Answers!, Wendy and Robin respond to “What is a widely accepted belief that needs to be dead and buried?”
Things to do:
Sign the Korea Peace Appeal.
Check out a history of electronic music mapped out to the circuit board of a theremin.
Watch Loreen – “Tattoo” – Eurovision 2023 Winner
Sound engineering by Wendy Sheridan
Show notes by Robin Renée
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