In light of recent news, we thought we’d repost the podcast about Julie’s visit to North Korea fro 2010. Her description of life there is just as chilling today as it was 4 years ago. And a reminder of what Julie has been saying since then: there is nothing funny about North Korea…


You can listen here:


And here is Julie’s original blog post: 


Satellite Sisters go everywhere! Here I am outside the “deluxe” Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea.  I snuck out the front door and flashed my official Satellite Sisters T-shirt.  I was advised that t-shirts with political statements are not allowed in North Korea.  While Satellite Sisters stands for fun, friendship and family, I was afraid to wear my shirt. That’s how weird things are in NK. I thought my shirt might make trouble with one of our guides or minders.   So, one quick flash, picture snapped, and then I buttoned back up.

The Koryo Hotel with its two revolving restaurants was the second hotel our tour group stayed in.  Our group started out at the Yanggakdo Hotel ( only one revolving restaurant) but was suddenly moved to the Koryo in anticipation of the first meeting in 30 years of the country’s Workers’ Party.  We were bumped so that the  delegates could enjoy the many amenities of  Yanggakdo.   You can hear more of my description of this deluxe hotel on our podcast below.. 

Kim Jong Il, through his state news agency announced today that his third son and sister would become four-star generals, the highest rank in the Korean People’s Army. FYI- Kim Jong Il has not spoken publicly since 1994.  Many observers are viewing these promotions as a sign by Kim Jong Il to maintain family control over North Korea.  I had asked my guides last week about Kim Jong Il’s son and they had no information to share.  There was a lot of that.

I also read that the Party delegates were going to enjoy the spectacular Mass Games where 100,000 participants dance, do acrobatics, flash cards, twirl banners and  streamers and make seemingly thousands of costume changes to tell the story of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ( DPRK).  While watching this incredible display, I kept thinking of the London 2012 Olympic Organizing Committee.  The London Olympics is going to have to work hard to beat the Beijing Opening Ceremonies and perhaps the DPRK could assist.


The Tuesday Podcast Holiday Party–!!

Check out the Cherpumple we made just for the show! Well, not really. But you’ll hear all about the Cherpumple Kerfuffle and more…

Listen to the show here:


Julie Taste Tests Bulletproof Coffee

Lian has advice for her college son after his first semester in college: Go Away

Customer Service: What happened to the 800 numbers and is there such a thing as too much customer service

How to Blow Your Nose & Super-Spreaders

Tuesday Trends: Snowga, Scroosers and Growlers

From the Facebook Page:


Weird Things in the Mail

and The Cherpumple Kerfuffle


The Tuesday Show is on Holiday! But listen to the archives here:


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