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Joe Rogan's Interview With North Korean Defector Is Being Called His 'Best Episode Ever'

Stewart Perrie

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Joe Rogan's Interview With North Korean Defector Is Being Called His 'Best Episode Ever'

Joe Rogan has had many guests on his top-rated podcast, but few compare to Yeonmi Park.

The North Korean defector sat down with the podcaster to talk about the harrowing life she led in the Hermit Kingdom, the things she endured, the horrors she witnessed and the daring escape that she made.

The more than three-hour interview is certainly not for the faint hearted and she goes into detail what the conditions are like inside the most secretive country in the world.


In one section Yeonmi spoke about the vast amounts of starvation that occurs in parts of North Korean.

"The hardest thing as a child for me was when my mum goes away to find food. We don't have phones, we don't have letters. If I say goodbye to her, I don't know when I'm going to see her again or if I'm ever going to see her again," she said.

"Because she could have [been] killed, and raped and starved."

She said she was never taught to feel bad for all the dead bodies she would see every day scattered around the place.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Seeing bodies on the street is an every day thing," she said. "They are floating in the rivers. Train stations have a lot of dead bodies."

She recalled one horrific time when she was fetching fresh drinking water and saw a teenage boy with his intestines 'hanging out his back' and was really malnourished.

Yeonmi said dogs started hovering around the boy thinking he would be their next meal.


"I felt nothing and that still haunts me to this day," she said. "Like I don't know how I feel nothing...that was a daily life thing."

She also explained the time she was taken to hospital for a bad stomach ache that turned out to her appendix being on the verge of rupturing.

Doctors did the surgery without anaesthesia, which is apparently common, and Ms Park said there's no real sense of sterilisation of medical equipment for each patient.


But the worst part is when she said she went outside and saw more piles of dead bodies and noticed rats were eating their eyeballs. But even more harrowing was that she then saw children catch the rats with their hands to eat.

Sometimes they would cook the meat over a fire, if there was one, and sometimes they would eat it raw.

That is just on excerpt in a very long story and people have been absolutely horrified by what Yeonmi said.

Many believe, after more than 1,600 episodes, this is Joe's best ever interview.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

One person wrote: "By far now my favourite episode! She is the most impressive person you've had on and I'm overjoyed that you shared her emotional and brave story. Bravo!!"

Another added: "This is one of the most important stories that needs to be told right now. So grateful for your bravery, Yeonmi!"

A third said: "This was the most riveting podcast I've ever heard. I legit had my face in my hands sobbing. Yeonmi is powerful and brilliant. A true mighty leader and a voice of reason desperately needed in today's culture."

Yenomi also detailed how she had to leave North Korea without telling her father.

She was worried that if he knew anything about her plan, the government would torture him to death to get information about how to find her.

Ms Park said it was terrifying trying to leave as she knew there were land mines placed in strategic locations and one misstep could prove fatal.

The whole episode is available to listen to on Spotify.

Featured Image Credit: Joe Rogan Podcast/YouTube

Topics: News, joe rogan, North Korea

Stewart Perrie
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