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  • Documentary Window (The Moles)

    During Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945), Korean independence activists established the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Provisional Government. Even to this day, Korea and Japan are in constant conflict over unresolved historical issues, most notably the comfort women. Hence, the pro-Japanese issues remain an important agenda for the Korean government. Although various research has been conducted on these pro-Japanese groups, there is a dearth of studies on Korean spies who hid their identity and collaborated with the Japanese, with very few academic papers on the subject. The KBS documentary seeks to illuminate the true nature of the Korean spies who had infiltrated the independence movement camp and sold out their own people to the Japanese.
  • Tracking the Manipulation of Public Opinion in the Presidential Campaign

    This is a series of investigative reports on the reality of online media manipulation during the 18th Presidential Campaign in South Korea in 2012, dubbed as the first social media election of the country. The reports employ a scientific census of 900 million tweets as part of the investigation.
  • Comfort Women: Ep1. War Crime, Ep2.The Nation Gave Them Up

    For the 73rd anniversary of the National Liberation Day of Korea, this program aims to report the Japanese government’s denial of forced recruitment comfort women and operation of comfort station by the Japanese military during the Japanese ruling of Korea. This program also traces the whereabouts of the 20 Korean comfort women found in Myitkyina, Myanmar, to suggest how to solve the current comfort women issues. Through the recorded voice files of the interrogations of 4 Japanese officers and soldiers, this program analyses their views on comfort women. The program also found out that Japanese military was solely responsible for forced recruitment and control of comfort women, and the establishment and operation of comfort stations through 783 interrogation reports about 1105 Japanese POW during the three years from 1942. Also, the program offers plans on how to solve the comfort women issue such as international solidarity measures by tracing the 20 Korean comfort women that were dragged to Myitkyina, Myanmar, by the Japanese military to find out whether they are still alive or where they have died, and what our government has done for them.
  • 50 Years since the Chinese Cultural Revolution and North Korea: Does the Hydrogen Bomb Test Signal the North Korean Version of the Cultural Revolution?

    North Korea ran a hydrogen bomb test in January, 2016. Some think this signaled the start of Kim Jong-Un’s version of the Cultural Revolution because China’s Cultural Revolution began around the time of their nuclear bomb test in 1964 and their hydrogen bomb test in 1966. The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a sort of power struggle by Mao Zedong where he used the power of the public to get rid of his opponents within the Communist Party and climb back to the top over a period of 10 years starting in 1966. Chinese society ended up with deep scars from hatred and vengeance because of it. For the 50th year anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, we explore the current state of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un’s regime, which is carrying out deep-rooted idolization tactics internally while running nuclear weapons and missile tests externally, and try to predict the future of North Korea.
  • Smart Consumer Reports

    "Smart Consumer Reports" is a weekly show that provides consumers with credible information for them to make rational choices through comparative experiments and analysis of consumer goods and services as consumers are the weak compared to producers and distributors. This episode covers the worst case of manufactured product in Korea, the humidifier sterilizer incident. The official recorded deaths are 146 from this incident and it's already been 5 years since the incident occurred. However, the government has been neglecting this incident and there has been no punishment for the manufacturer and compensation for the victims. This program reports such results and seeks for an institutional solution that can save the victims.
  • The Pentagon’s $10-Billion Bet Gone Bad

    This body of work is the result of reporter David Willman’s investigations of the nation’s dauntingly complex missile-defense programs. The articles reveal how program after program was sold to Congress based on false and misleading claims – ultimately amounting to waste on a grand scale. The U.S. spent $2.2 billion alone for a giant, floating radar that was supposed to scan the skies for long-range missiles from North Korea or other “rogue” nations. But the radar spends most of the year mothballed at Pearl Harbor – and has never docked at its intended Alaskan berth. The “SBX” radar, Willman reported, will never fulfill its intended strategic mission.
  • The War Over Continental Shelves

    Around the Korean peninsular, there are huge continental shelves which potentially possess excess amounts of valuable and natural resources such as gas and oil. In the Joint Development Zone, Korean and Japanese governments acquiesced to share this territory. Despite the agreement between Korea and Japan to develop underwater resources of the region jointly, skeptics have suspicions that when the treaty expires in 2028, the entire zone will become Japan's.
  • Sony Hack

    Electronic infiltration has become the signature crime of the 21st century, and Fortune’s “Inside the Hack of the Century” tells the story of the most devastating attack to date: the cyberassault that brought Sony Pictures to its knees. Later attributed to the North Korean government, it spread terror not only throughout the movie industry, where theaters refused to show Sony’s The Interview for fear it would prompt reprisals from North Korea (which was furious that the movie depicted the assassination of its leader), but throughout corporate America.
  • Nuclear Radiation and Food Safety

    Although the agricultural products from regions near Fukushima, Japan are still tainted by radiation, the South Korean government is looking to resume imports, adding to the fear of radiation exposure among Korean citizens, Rumors are rife on the internet, amplifying the atmosphere of terror. Our team carried out a full investigation of the actual situation in Japan to help address the widespread fear. The real radiation levels of agricultural products from the 8 prefectures near Fukushima were tested and revealed. The message of the program was that the import decisions of the Korean government has to give top priority public food security
  • Who's Behind Newsweek?

    Mother Jones published the findings of an investigation uncovering evidence of a close business relationship between the media company International Business Times (IBT)-the owners of Newsweek-and the Community, a Christian sect led by Korean pastor David Jang. Journalist Ben Dooley conducted dozens of interviews with former employees of IBT and other Community organizations and scoured thousands of pages of public records and internal documents, ranging from emails to budget and strategic plans.