A BACKHANDED compliment to Donald Trump lurked in a recent editorial in the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North Korean Workers’ Party. A splenetic call to lock America’s president in an asylum, the piece described Mr Trump as “dolt-like” and an “old lunatic”. But it also called him “the boss of gangsters”, hinting at a different view. As rulers of a literal gangster-state, three generations of the Kim dynasty have yearned to be treated as equals by America. If they must deal with the West, they want to talk to the boss.

That explains the mixed emotions of diplomats, spies and foreign officials who work on North Korea after Mr Trump accepted an invitation to meet the country’s 36-year-old leader, Kim Jong Un. Mike Malloy discusses this.

Mike Malloy produces a two-hour podcast that can be heard online Monday through Friday from 9P until 11P ET. His radio experience includes two 50,000 watt blow-torches: WSB-AM in Atlanta and WLS-AM in Chicago. He was one of the original hosts on Air America Radio, and he wrote and produced for CNN (1984-87) and CNN-International (2000). He is the only radio talk show host in America to have received the A.I.R (Achievement in Radio) Award in both Chicago and New York City, the nation’s number three and number one radio markets respectively.