When Robert E. Kelly’s two young children interrupted his BBC interview about South Korea last year, he thought his career as a talking head was over. Little was the political science professor to know that the embarrassing family blooper would be watched 100 million times on Facebook alone and that it would hurtle him into the international spotlight. Hear Robert talk about the surprising ramifications of going viral – from unwanted scrutiny about his family to dealing with the world media’s gaze.
Robert E. Kelly (International)
Robert E. Kelly lives in South Korea, where he is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan National University. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Ohio State University. Dr. Kelly comments frequently on North Korea and U.S. foreign policy for outlets including the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, and Foreign Affairs. He briefly became famous as “BBC Dad” when, in March, 2017, his children interrupted him live on BBC News.
Jadey O’Regan (Australian)
Jadey O’Regan loves the Beach Boys so much, she wrote her PhD on them. A music fanatic, she’s an accomplished artist, writing and performing her own awkward pop songs, as well as working as a session musician on many records. She helps to run the Contemporary Music Major at the at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, teaching music history, analysis, songwriting, recording and performance. Her research interests span many parts of popular music studies, including musicology, record production and pop music analysis.