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A North Korean dictator, bags of heroin, drug lords, spooks, sailors, Australian cops and a web of lies: Come aboard The Last Voyage of The Pong Su.
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When a dead body and bags of heroin washed up on the southern coast of Australia, a dark tale began to unfold... Richard Baker investigates the final journey of the Pong Su in a new podcast from The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts, and look out for episode 1 on October 8. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald.Support the show.
Launching Tuesday, October 8 - Richard Baker investigates the final journey of the Pong Su in a new podcast from The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. When a dead body and bags of heroin washes up on the southern coast of Australia, a dark tale begins to unfold... Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald.Support the show.
"This f---ing boat"

"This f---ing boat"

2019-10-0700:31:2619

Episode one. North Korean cargo ship the Pong Su comes dangerously close to Australia’s Great Ocean Road shoreline as part of a high-risk, high-reward operation to import a record amount of heroin. Coastal locals have never seen anything like it. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional Audio from: Largo International N.V, World Surf League and Sky NewsThe poem you heard at the start of this episode is titled ‘Waves’ by South Korean poet Cho Oh-hyun, read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
Master Sun's big gamble

Master Sun's big gamble

2019-10-1400:37:3414

Episode two. Pong Su skipper Song Man Sun embarks on his final journey before retirement, while Australian police get a big break as they covertly track suspected Asian crime syndicate foot soldiers around Melbourne’s casino and the nearby Great Ocean Road coast. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional film audio from: Narcos Productions LLC and MMDP Munich Movie Development & Production The reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
Going fishing

Going fishing

2019-10-2100:25:1610

Episode three. Secretly bugged conversations give Australian police clues about the immense scale of the heroin import. On board the Pong Su, two men prepare to risk everything to make it happen. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional audio from: Reuters, Associated Press and the Australian Liberal Party. The reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
"Do you believe in luck?"

"Do you believe in luck?"

2019-10-2700:43:336

Episode four. Tension among the Asian crime syndicate members is at breaking point, while Australian police keep finding their best laid plans are going astray.A dead body on the beach throws everyone off their game. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangExtra production - Tim MummeryHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting The reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from The Wasteland by T.S Eliot, read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
Hot pursuit

Hot pursuit

2019-11-0400:42:1910

Episode 5. A dramatic chase at sea unfolds to stop a fleeing Pong Su. The North Korean crew fears the worst for their Master after they are told by their superiors in Pyongyang to stop and fight.Age & SMH subscribers can listen to an extended interview with former SAS soldiers Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis here: https://bit.ly/36s4szb The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangExtra production - Tim MummeryHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional audio from: Channel Seven The reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from The Old man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway- read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
Hidden forces

Hidden forces

2019-11-1100:42:277

Episode 6. Was Kim Jong Il’’s secretive money-making agency behind the Pong Su heroin importation? A high-profile North Korean defector speaks out. Age & SMH subscribers can listen to an extended interview with former clearance diver Nicholas Martin here: https://bit.ly/2Kackvx The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangAssistant Producer - Margaret GordonHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional audio from: Time Magazine, C-SPAN, Alux.com, Vidello Productions, NBC, Associated Press, Sky News UK, Journeyman pictures, Channel 10, Channel 9, ABC, ABC America and CNN The reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from the poem Midnight Sun by Kim Hyesoon - read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
You need a lawyer

You need a lawyer

2019-11-1800:45:455

Episode 7. The legal battle begins to save the Pong Su crew and a special relationship builds between a suburban Melbourne solicitor and a mysterious North Korean man who has everyone guessing. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangAssistant Producer - Margaret GordonHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional audio from: Channel Nine, NBC and Asia Brief. The reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich - read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
The defector's choice

The defector's choice

2019-11-2500:32:044

Episode 8. Australian prosecutors travel to Seoul to meet North Korean defectors as they try to understand the power structure on board the Pong Su. While laboratory results tell police there is something different about the Pong Su’s heroin. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangAssistant Producer - Margaret GordonHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional audio from: Associated Press, ABC news America and Richard Rogers. The poem you heard at the start of this episode is called I go down to the shore by Mary Oliver - read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
Episode 9. Nerves are frayed on all sides as a marathon courtroom case concludes. The Australian government plans for a spectacular end to the Pong Su. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangAssistant Producer - Margaret GordonHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional audio from: Channel Nine and the AFL. The reading you heard at the start of this episode was from Law of the Jungle by Rudyard Kipling - read by Jason Chong. Support the show.
Reckoning

Reckoning

2019-12-0900:44:294

Episode 10. After 16 years, the truth finally emerges about the tight bond between three of the key players in the heroin import and their ties to North Korea. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is  a 10-part series brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald.  If you enjoyed this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. To read more, and to watch the videos referenced in this episode, head to our websites. Our supporters power our newsrooms and are critical for the sustainability of news coverage. Click on the links to subscribe to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangAssistant Producer - Margaret GordonHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickActors:Chin Kwang Lee is played by Andy SongKiam Fah Teng is played by Anthony TingYau Kim Lam is played by Jason ChongCasting - Catapult Casting Additional audio from: CNNThe reading you heard at the start of this episode was an excerpt from The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton - read by Jason Chong.Support the show.
In episode 5 of 'The Last Voyage of the Pong Su', we hear from Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis - two men who were part of the Special Air Service Regiment tasked with a dramatic capture of the Pong Su.In this extended interview you’ll hear about what happened before, during and after the day of this dramatic operation - as well  as their memories of the infamous Tampa affair of 2001 and conflict overseas.Check out Ben and Tim's own podcast 'The Unforgiving60'. The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangProduction assistance - Margaret GordonHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickSupport the show.
Nicholas Martin had a very important role in the Pong Su story, but it’s one he’s never talked publicly about until now.  Nicholas was a navy clearance diver who boarded the Pong Su with the SAS troops. After clearing the ship for improvised explosive devices, Nicholas took command of the bridge and working with one of the captured North Koreans steered the Pong Su back to Sydney Harbour.In this interview you’ll also hear about what it’s like to skipper a navy patrol boat in Australia’s northern water at the age of 20, and what it takes to be a clearance diver.  The Last Voyage of the Pong Su is brought to you by the newsrooms of The Age & Sydney Morning Herald. A new episode of this 10-part series drops on Tuesdays. If you’re enjoying this series, leave a review on iTunes and recommend us to a friend. Reporter - Richard Baker (Get in touch: rbaker@theage.com.au )Executive Producer - Rachael DexterNarrative Consultant - Kate Cole-AdamsConsulting Producer - Siobhan McHughMusic & Composition - Vicki HansenSound design & mixing - John GreenfieldScript translations - Yan ZhuangProduction assistance - Margaret GordonHead of Audio - Tom McKendrickSupport the show.
Comments (5)

Anna Jones

this series is so great - it just got better and better. five stars!

Dec 12th
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Kylie Osterfield

So good! I thought the drug bust would be where it ended..

Nov 26th
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Bob Marty

th LP llli nov immediate my thel

Oct 21st
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Donna Dicks

love it - real aussie description and story that I cant help but wonder how overseas audiences will enjoy but I certainly do and I remember that f**king boat from just down the coast at warrnambool

Oct 12th
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