Name of Podcast: 김영하의 책 읽는 시간 (Youngha Kim’s Book Reading Hour) (Phonetic: Kimyounghaui chaek ingnun shigan)
Topics covered: The host introduces and talks about other writers and various genres of books such as fiction, non-fiction, short stories etc.
Why is it good to listen to? This is a great Korean podcast to listen to a passionate author discussing books and reading excerpts from works of himself and other authors. He speaks softly and clearly.
This podcast can be found on iTunes here.
Length of each podcast: One episode is about 20 minutes to 50 minutes.
Podcast update: It’s supposed to be updated once a month but it depends on the host’s schedule.
Description: The famous fiction writer Youngha Kim looks on his book shelves and chooses one book to read out for the listeners. He talks about the book author and the backstory of the book. Books covered include not only Korean literature, but also Japanese, Chinese, American, French, Russian, and Portuguese literature. The host explains why the book is well written and what is the writing style of the author. A few times Youngha Kim introduces the entire text of his own short-story in this podcast. That allows the listeners the rare chance to hear the author reads out his book himself.
As you listen to this podcast, you can experience how the life is of a writer.
The host talks with a standard Korean accent (Seoul accent). He has a normal talking speed and very clear pronunciation. His vocabulary use is formal and professional. Still it is a conversational language, not many difficult words are used. When he reads out the actual book part, his speed is a bit faster than normal talking.
Summary: Interesting stories about books and excerpts from books in Korean.