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This is one of my first fashion / glamour shoots with Yvonne Madrid, who is exceptionally talented.
I feel that, instead of senidng physical radios which can undoubtedly be identified by North Korean officials, send information on how to fix their already-approved radios. I’m not knowledgable about the availability of soldering irons or electronic components, but I’m sure that if people outside the DPRK were able to figure out just what modifications were made to N.K.’s radios, it shouldn’t be too hard to reverse or re-mod.If they’ve been senidng baloons with radios within, they should instead send schematics and instructions on how to mod their radios to receive outside transmissions. This way the knowledge of happenings in the outside world doesn’t disappear with a physical object.
Most North Koreans won’t want to risk being sent to a gulag by modifying radios, but you make a good point and some North Koreans are doing this very thing to connect to South Korean radio stations and break the bubble.
Cyrus is an avid traveler, author and publisher. He enjoys going places other people don't. He works as an independent writer and marketer.
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