This is an interesting story from NPR's producer Ann Kim, a Korean-American woman who has relatives in North Korea. She gives first-hand experience about what the life is like in North Korea today based on her recent trip to North Korea with her mother.
Listen to the story, please click the link
http://www.theworld.org/?q=taxonomy_by_date/1/20070117 (Inside North Korea)
It's about 12-minute long.