South Korea


Fri October 12, 2012
Planet Money

Gangnam Style: Three Reasons K-Pop Is Taking Over The World

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:16 pm

Gangnam Style is, among other things, a high-tech, sophisticated export.

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Tue September 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Korean Eunuchs Lived Long And Prospered

A mural in an ancient tomb in China shows a troupe of eunuchs. How long did they live?
Wikimedia Commons

Tell people you're doing a story about the life spans of Korean eunuchs, the typical reaction is a giggle or a cringe.

But if you can overcome your visceral response to the topic, a study scientists in Korea did is quite interesting, both for what they found, and the way they found it.

Several scientists have shown that there is a link between longevity and reproduction: the greater the fertility, the shorter the life span. This has been fairly well established in nonhuman animal species, but proving it's the case for humans has been tricky.

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Mon September 17, 2012

South Korean Men Embrace Makeup, Skin Care

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:52 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. South Korea is a conservative society where men are dominant and also wear lots of makeup. A market research firm finds that this one small nation consumes more than 20 percent of the world's male skin care products. An AP reporter describes women applying lipstick to men, security guards behind layers of makeup and male flight attendants attending makeup class. A popular South Korean catch phrase is: Appearance is power. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.



Sat September 15, 2012

In South Korea, K-Pop Gets New King

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 10:24 am

Korean rapper PSY is responsible for the song Gangam Style, whose flashy and humorous video has brought K-pop to new ears.
Courtesy of the artist


Sun September 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Founder Of Unification Church, Dies

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 3:44 pm

Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, has died in South Korea. He was 92.

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