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Interview with Alessandro Ford

29th April 2018 | Politics

Interview with Alessandro Ford

Alessandro Ford went on a gap year with a difference.

Instead of travelling the world, or finding a job, he spent four months studying Korean at Kim Il Sung University in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang. He was the first Westerner to study in North Korea, and he’s been back several times since, most recently completing the Pyongyang Marathon.


His tale is one that few others share, and given his unique experience, he is well placed to give us an incredible insight into everyday university life in North Korea, the aspects of society, the peoples’ attitudes to the West, and – at this particularly turbulent yet fascinating time in global affairs – the politics of the nation that so few know about.

Alessandro Ford joined Benji Hyer on One-To-One with Benji Hyer, on Thursdays on W!ZARD Radio Station to dig deeper into North Korea and find out what life is actually like in the Communist state.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

Benji Hyer interviews Alessandro Ford

Benji Hyer interviews Alessandro Ford about North Korean politics and what life is actually like in the Communist state. (32 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: Windrush Scandal

27th April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Windrush Scandal

About 70 years ago, thousands of people (are known as the Windrush generation) arrived in the UK as children in the first wave of Commonwealth immigration.

The citizens already living in the UK were given indefinite leave to remain. Additionally, they came from British colonies that had not yet achieved independence, so they grew up here believing that they were British citizens.


However, the Home Office did not keep a record of those granted leave to remain or issue any paperwork confirming it, meaning it is difficult for the individuals to now prove they are in the UK legally. Recent changes to immigration law by Theresa May from 2012 require people to have documentation to work, rent a property or access benefits; these have consequently highlighted the issue and left 10s of 1000s of people fearful about their jobs, healthcare rights and status in the UK.

On Benji Hyer's Sunday radio show, Daniel, along with others, feels that this is “a disgrace”, blaming previous governments as well. Benji acknowledges that Labour bears some responsibility too, calling for an immediate cross-party approach.

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Benji Hyer on the Windrush Scandal

Benji Hyer responds to listener Daniel about the government's role in the Windrush scandal. (3 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: North Korea Denuclearisation

27th April 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: North Korea Denuclearisation

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he has suspended all intercontinental ballistic missile tests and will shut down a nuclear test site.

After six nuclear tests, North Korea may feel it does not need to upgrade its existing designs. The surprise announcement comes as North Korea prepares for historic talks with South Korean counterparts for the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade, and Kim Jong-un is also due to meet US President Donald Trump by June. Both South Korea and the United States have been pushing Pyongyang to denuclearise and they reacted positively to the latest development Trump, who took credit for developments, tweeted that “this is very good news for North Korea and the world”.


Additionally, whilst foreign governments have become used to North Korea’s way with words when it comes to insulting its foes – previously calling Trump a “dotard”, Obama a “pimp”, and a former South Korean leader “an old witch and a prostitute” – the insults have now largely faded. Some experts therefore point to a potential softening in tones from North Korea.

On Benji Hyer's Sunday radio show, listener Mikey messaged in to say that he feels that all this still won’t lead to peace in the region, because all it means is that North Korea are satisfied with their nuclear arsenal. And Benji agreed that this is a win-win scenario for the Kim regime.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

Benji Hyer on North Korean Denuclearisation

Benji Hyer responds to listener Mikey about whether North Korea is ready for denuclearisation. (3 minutes)