Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast

www.3kingdomspodcast.com
Retelling A Chinese Classic
Update: Water Margin Podcast Launch; Three Kingdoms Miscellany
Jan 7 • 3 min
An announcement about my new podcast project, and an update on a couple things I’ve been doing with the Three Kingdoms Podcast. * Transcript* Water Margin Podcast website* Internet Archive collection of the Three Kingdoms Podcast audio files* The Three…
154: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
May 14, 2018 • 16 min
A reflection on this four-year ride, and a glimpse of things to come. * Transcript Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 154. So, here we are, the end of a journey that started on April 9, 2014, when…
Supplemental Episode 020: Carousel of Characters
May 9, 2018 • 29 min
A rapid-fire look at a bunch of supporting players in the novel. * Transcript Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is a supplemental episode. So from time to time, listeners would write in and ask if I can do a…
153: Podcasts Under Heaven …
May 7, 2018 • 13 min
One hundred and fifty-three episodes later, we have finally reached the “long divided, must unite” part of the novel. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the…
Supplemental Episode 019: Three Kingdoms Food
May 2, 2018 • 25 min
A look at what they ate and drank during the Three Kingdoms era. * Transcript * Video: A Bite of China: The Story of Staple Foods Feast! Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is a supplemental episode. In this…
152: Mutual Loathing and Admiration
Apr 30, 2018 • 27 min
While their respective states are sizing each other up for conquest, the Jin and Wu commanders at the borders are getting along famously. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the…
151: How Quickly They Forget
Apr 16, 2018 • 28 min
Sure I just lost my kingdom, but look at all the fun stuff they have in the Wei capital! * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is…
Supplemental Episode 018: Sima Yi, Fact and Fiction
Apr 12, 2018 • 15 min
We look at the architect of the Sima clan’s rise to power. Transcript Sima Yi (Source: Wikipedia) Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is a supplemental episode. In this episode, we will take a look at the real…
150: Ulterior Motives
Apr 9, 2018
Everyone has a hidden agenda, except maybe for the guy suspected of hatching an insurrection. (Note: Special guest narrator this week) * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the…
149: We Ain’t No Fortunate Sons
Apr 2, 2018 • 28 min
A Shu commander tries to live up to his father’s legacy, while a Shu prince refuses to follow his father’s example. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
Supplemental Episode 017: Sun Quan, Fact and Fiction
Mar 28, 2018
A dive into the real life of the guy who ran the family business for 50-plus years. Transcript Sun Quan (Source: Dhugal Fletcher, via Wikipedia) Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is a supplemental episode.…
148: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Mar 19, 2018
While Jiang Wei scrambles to mount a last-ditch defense, his old nemesis searches for a way to go around his roadblock. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the…
Supplemental Episode 016: Learning to Delegate
Mar 14, 2018 • 11 min
Meet two statesmen who really mastered the art of saying, “That’s not in my job description.” Bing Ji (left) and Chen Ping * Transcript Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is a supplemental episode. In this…
147: The Empire Strikes Back
Mar 12, 2018 • 27 min
Tired of Shu’s perpetual encroachment on its borders, Wei decides to take the fight to its nemesis. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
146: Pyrrhic Victory
Mar 5, 2018 • 27 min
Jiang Wei finally gets the better of Deng Ai, but even that ends up backfiring. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 146. Last time,…
145: Even More Chaos at Court
Feb 19, 2018 • 28 min
Discord between lord and vassal simmers in the court of Shu, while things boil over in the court of Wei. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
144: Chaos at Court
Feb 12, 2018 • 28 min
While the Shu and Wei continue to slug it out in the West, the kingdom of Wu deals with internal unrest at the highest level. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of…
143: How the Southeast Was Won, Again
Feb 5, 2018 • 27 min
Sima Zhao takes the emperor on a buddy road trip to put down another insurgence in a particularly troublesome part of the kingdom. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
142: Mildly Wild West
Jan 22, 2018 • 27 min
Oh look: Another Northern campaign by the kingdom of Shu. Yawn. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 142. Last time,…
Supplemental Episode 015: Zhuge Liang, Fact and Fiction
Jan 17, 2018 • 33 min
We say so long to the novel’s pivotal player and wonder if he was really the genius the book made him out to be. Transcript “You know, you two would’ve been nothing without me.” Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
141: I Would Give My Left Eye for Google Maps!
Jan 15, 2018 • 28 min
A couple generals down South stir up trouble for Sima Shi. Now if only their forces knew the way to his camp …. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
140: A Familiar Script
Jan 8, 2018 • 27 min
Jiang Wei’s Northern invasion meets the same fate as Zhuge Liang’s, while Sima Shi borrows a few pages from Cao Cao’s playbook for how to deal with imperial puppets who don’t know their place. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters…
139: Chaos in the South
Dec 25, 2017 • 29 min
Things go well for the kingdom of Wu and its political leader … until they bite off more than they can chew. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This…
138: North by Northwest
Dec 18, 2017
Aided by an unexpected defection, Jiang Wei restarts the Northern campaigns by setting his sights first on the Northwest. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the…
137: Coups Are Back in Vogue
Dec 11, 2017 • 29 min
It’s been a while since someone made a play to seize power from within. That changes this week. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
136: King in the North
Nov 27, 2017 • 29 min
A new threat emerges on Wei’s northeastern borders, and he is just as bad at battle strategy as Jon Snow. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
135: Pursuit of Immortality
Nov 20, 2017 • 30 min
While Zhuge Liang sails off into eternal fame, the Wei emperor Cao Rui goes in search of eternal youth. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Podcast.…
134: The Shu Hits the Fan
Nov 13, 2017 • 29 min
The death of its indispensable man is just the start of the Riverlands’ troubles. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode…
133: When It Rains …
Oct 30, 2017 • 31 min
A stunning turn of events in the showdown between Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three KIngdoms Podcast. This is episode 133.…
132: Intellectual Property Theft Does Not Pay
Oct 23, 2017 • 26 min
Again and again, Sima Yi is made to rue the day he stole Zhuge Liang’s invention. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode…
Supplemental Episode 014: It’s Just A Flesh Wound
Oct 18, 2017 • 10 min
We delve into the story of the one-armed assassin and the guy who kicked his butt AFTER being assassinated. * Transcript Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is a supplemental episode. In this episode, we’re…
131: Wooden Oxens, Gliding Horses, and Copycats
Oct 16, 2017
Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi match wits over the latest in wheelbarrow technology. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 131.…
130: Goin’ Down the Only Road I’ve Ever Known
Oct 2, 2017
After another promising Northern campaign gets short-circuited, Zhuge Liang prays to his former lord for the strength to carry on, because he’s made up his mind and he ain’t wasting no more time. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key…
129: You Called Me Back for This?!!
Sep 25, 2017 • 27 min
Just as he was getting into a groove, Zhuge Liang is rudely interrupted in the field by an urgent dispatch from his emperor.
Supplemental Episode 013: Getting Sneaky
Sep 20, 2017 • 6 min
A brief explanation of the story behind the most famous secret crossing in Chinese history.
128: Smackdowns and Smack Talk
Sep 18, 2017 • 29 min
You’ve seen Zhuge Liang kill someone with just his tongue. Now watch him kill someone with the written word.
127: A Familiar Script
Sep 4, 2017 • 28 min
Zhuge Liang’s third Northern expedition gets off to a promising start, but what else is new? * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This…
126: Putting the “Three” in Three Kingdoms
Aug 28, 2017 • 28 min
Did you know that we had actually been rolling with just two official kingdoms all this time? Well, Sun Quan will fix that this week. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the…
125: Smoke and Mirrors
Aug 21, 2017 • 28 min
Zhuge Liang toys with Cao Zhen time and again on his second Northern expedition. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relations Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 125.…
Supplemental Episode 012: Liu Bei, Fact and Fiction
Aug 9, 2017
We delve into the life and career of the real Liu Bei to see if he is really as virtuous as the novel made him out to be (spoiler alert: No one can be as virtuous as the novel made Liu Bei out to be). Transcript Painting at the Summer Palace of Liu Bei…
124: Losing An Arm and A Pillar
Aug 7, 2017 • 28 min
Zhuge Liang prepares to take another shot at Wei, but one old friend will not be joining him.
123: The Price of Ignoring Good Advice
Jul 31, 2017
While Zhuge Liang picks up the pieces after his aborted Northern campaign, a Wei commander falls for a trick from the South.
122: If You Know that I Know that You Know that I’m Bluffing …
Jul 24, 2017 • 30 min
When his campaign takes a drastic turn for the worse, Zhuge Liang is forced to resort to a desperate gamble.
121: The Worst-Kept Secret
Jul 10, 2017 • 29 min
Meng Da totally misses the point of a SECRET rebellion. Can Zhuge Liang’s advice help him pull it off anyway?
120: The Enemy Within
Jul 3, 2017 • 29 min
While the Wei forces have their hands full with Zhuge Liang along the border, a new threat lurks deep inside their territory.
119: Gluttons for Punishment
Jun 26, 2017 • 29 min
Wei forces sent to stop Zhuge Liang first try to out-talk him, and then try again to outsmart him.
118: Yes, Let’s Try to Outsmart Zhuge Liang
Jun 12, 2017 • 27 min
Matching wits with Zhuge Liang sounds like a horrible idea, but that won’t stop multiple Wei officers from trying.
117: Go North, Old Man
Jun 5, 2017
Zhuge Liang sends a 70-something general and a tax collector to lead the way for his Northern expedition. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is…
Supplemental Episode 011: Zhang Fei, Fact and Fiction
May 31, 2017 • 8 min
We dive into the differences between the fictional and real-life Zhang Fei and ask, “Who really whipped that corrupt bribe-seeking government official?” * Transcript Qing Dynasty depiction of Zhang Fei (Source: Wikipedia) Transcript PDF version Welcome to…
116: Haute Cuisine with Zhuge Liang
May 29, 2017 • 29 min
How do you appease the angry souls of the damned? Feed them buns that look like human heads and tell them death is no escape from imperial subjugation, apparently.
115: Stop … Being … So … Nice!
May 15, 2017 • 28 min
After a couple more displays of over-the-top kindness by Zhuge Liang, imperial subjugation is starting to look kind of decent after all for Meng Huo.
114: Homewreckers
May 8, 2017 • 28 min
Zhuge Liang strolls into Meng Huo’s house and makes himself at home. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations (same as the map in episode 110) * List of Key Characters Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode…
113: So What Doesn’t Kill You Around Here?
May 1, 2017 • 29 min
Zhuge Liang’s army marches deeper into the heart of darkness and forgets to read the part in the travel guide about bringing bottled water.
112: Gift-Wrapped Victories
Apr 17, 2017 • 28 min
Zhuge Liang catches Meng Huo twice more with hardly any effort. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations (still the same map as episode 110) * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
111: Catch and Release
Apr 10, 2017 • 29 min
Zhuge Liang continues his campaign to win not only battles, but also barbarian hearts and minds.
110: That Was Easy
Apr 3, 2017 • 28 min
Zhuge Liang barely breaks a sweat while cruising through level 1 of his Southwestern quest.
109: Troublesome Neighbors
Mar 20, 2017 • 30 min
While Shu and Wu become best buds again, trouble pops up from the North and the Southwest.
108: Battle of the Nerds
Mar 13, 2017 • 31 min
An episode that starts with five armies bearing down on Shu somehow ends with nothing more than a showdown between pedants at a banquet.
Supplemental Episode 010: Cao Cao, Fact and Fiction
Mar 8, 2017
A huge episode where we bid farewell to our favorite villain by delving into his real-life counterpart’s life, career, and legacy.
107: Doleful, Doh-ful, and Du Fu
Mar 6, 2017 • 32 min
Liu Bei gets sad, Cao Pi botches an invasion, and we read a poem by one of China’s greatest poets.
106: Do I Smell Smoke?
Feb 20, 2017
The tide of battle — and history — turns in the span of one night.
105: Can’t Get No Respect
Feb 13, 2017
In his most desperate hour, Sun Quan puts his faith in Lu Xun, but will his officers obey orders from a man they see as a pedant and a coward? * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * Talking ROTK on the Sinica…
104: Out with the Old, In with the New
Feb 6, 2017 • 24 min
Liu Bei’s team of old warhorses takes another hit, but two young stallions are waiting in the wings. This episode is read by special guest Kaiser Kuo, host of the Sinica Podcast. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Relationships * Check out…
103: See, What Happened Was …
Jan 23, 2017
With Liu Bei bearing down on them, the Southlands try to tell him that they didn’t really mean to kill Guan Yu; it was all a simple misunderstanding. We swear! * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters Transcript PDF version Welcome to…
102: Oh Great, Who Died Now?
Jan 16, 2017 • 29 min
No, not him, too!! Another major character bites the dust. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 102. Last time, we left…
101: The Most Boring Episode
Jan 9, 2017 • 30 min
You would think the end of a 400-year dynasty would have more action than this, but it’s all just decrees, counter-decrees, speeches, humble brags, and an unusually strong gust of wind. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and…
100: Cao Zhi and the Beanstalk
Dec 26, 2016
Cao Cao’s third son finds out what passes for brotherly love in his family. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 100.…
099: Tears for a Villain
Dec 19, 2016
Cao Cao grapples with mortality and legacy. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 99. Last time, Cao Cao was suffering…
Supplemental Episode 009: Guan Yu, Fact and Fiction
Dec 14, 2016
We bid farewell to the Lord of the Beautiful Beard and talk about that time when Cao Cao stole the woman Guan Yu was going to steal from someone else. Transcript A ceramic statue of Guan Yu in a museum in Foshan, China. Transcript PDF version Welcome to…
098: Back from the Dead
Dec 12, 2016
Guan Yu’s ghost finds inner peace … and then starts killing and spooking people. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode…
097: War of Attrition
Nov 28, 2016
Defeated and leaking troops by the minute, Guan Yu makes a desperate dash for safety. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is…
096: Sneak Attacks
Nov 21, 2016
While Guan Yu is busy fighting Cao Cao’s forces, Lü Meng and Dongwu try to catch him unawares. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
095: Anesthesia Is for Wusses
Nov 14, 2016 • 29 min
After an arrow causes a festering wound, Guan Yu signs up for a bleeding-edge surgical procedure. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
094: Bringing a Coffin to a Knife Fight
Oct 31, 2016
With Guan Yu bearing down on a couple of his key cities, Cao Cao dispatches a general who pledges his life to victory and shows he means it. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to…
Supplemental Episode 008: Hands Off My Shortbread
Oct 27, 2016
We delve into the relationship between Cao Cao and his secretary Yang Xiu, a man with a keen understanding of his boss’s mind … and a death wish. * Transcript * Explanation of Yang Xiu’s wordplay Yang Xiu (Source: Wikipedia) Transcript PDF version Welcome…
093: The Man Who Didn’t Want to Be King
Oct 24, 2016
After punching Cao Cao in the mouth, Liu Bei tries his best to keep his men from declaring him king, to no avail. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
100th Episode Q&A
Oct 17, 2016 • 48 min
We’ve made it to 100 episodes! So let’s throw it open to some questions. * Transcript * Comparison of ROTK with Game of Thrones Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast 100th episode extravaganza. Yes, I know, we’re only…
092: Cao Cao’s River of Woe
Oct 3, 2016
Cao Cao can’t even get a good night’s sleep as he tries to dislodge Liu Bei from the banks of the Han River. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
091: Mighty Man of Power
Sep 26, 2016
Huang Zhong performs more heroic deeds, then Zhao Yun says to Cao Cao, “Hey, remember me?” * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is…
090: Take That, Young Punks!
Sep 19, 2016
With the battle for Hanzhong in full swing, Liu Bei sends a senior citizen to chase off some rowdy kids. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
089: They Chose … Poorly
Sep 5, 2016 • 28 min
You are a court official. Cao Cao just put down a coup, and now he’s asking whether you helped put out the fire started by the rebels or just stayed home. What would you say? * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships…
088: Digression and Prognostications
Aug 29, 2016 • 27 min
We make virtually no progress in the narrative this week as we get tangled up in mysticism, superstition, and oh yeah, another conspiracy to overthrow Cao Cao. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF…
087: Cuts Like A Knife … and Many Other Weapons
Aug 22, 2016 • 27 min
After a general risks life and limb to save him, Sun Quan makes sure everyone appreciates the sacrifice. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
086: You Killed My Father, Prepare to … Deal with My Butthurt Tantrums
Aug 8, 2016 • 27 min
Sun Quan tries to wrestle some territory away from Cao Cao, while at the same time playing peacemaker between two of his own officers. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the…
085: Another One Bites the Dust
Aug 1, 2016 • 27 min
Another foe bows to Cao Cao’s might. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 85. Last time, Cao Cao decided to go out…
Supplemental Episode 007: Zhou Yu, Fact and Fiction
Jul 27, 2016 • 12 min
A long overdue farewell to Dongwu’s military genius, who had the misfortune of being alive in the time of Zhuge Liang. Or at least, that’s how the novel tells it. * Transcript Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
084: On A Knife’s Edge
Jul 25, 2016 • 29 min
Guan Yu brings a really big knife to a land dispute. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 84. Last time, after Liu Bei…
083: IOU; IOU Not
Jul 11, 2016
Liu Bei comes into some new possessions, and then tries to wiggle out of having to pay back his creditors in Dongwu. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
082: Dueling Tigers
Jul 4, 2016
Zhang Fei and Ma Chao collide in a battle for the ages. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcripts PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 82. Last time, with Liu…
Announcement 2016-06-29: 100th Episode
Jun 29, 2016 • 2 min
I’m planning to make the 100th episode a Q&A session, so send in your questions to [email protected] by September 30, 2016. Transcript PDF version Hi everyone. I have a quick programming note. The podcast is steadily closing in on its 100th…
081: Honorable Men Slaughtering Women and Children
Jun 27, 2016 • 28 min
Liu Zhang looks for outside help to deal with the last outside help he brought in, while we hit pause to catch up with Ma Chao and his misadventures. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version…
080: Never Surrender! … Until They Ask Nicely
Jun 13, 2016 • 26 min
Zhang Fei discovers that all you need to do to get the Riverlands’ finest to switch sides is to say please. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF Version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
079: Should’ve Heeded the Warning Signs
Jun 6, 2016
Just as numerous omens portended, disaster strikes Liu Bei’s campaign in the Riverlands. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is…
078: The Die Is Cast
May 30, 2016
Having passed the point of no return, Liu Bei goes a-conquerin’ in the Riverlands. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode…
077: Land of the Rising Sun
May 16, 2016
Cao Cao gets a promotion, nine very nice pieces of swag, and a hint about Sun Quan’s imperial destiny. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
076: Thanks Bro
May 9, 2016
This week, overflowing brotherly affection is expressed through deception in the East and sword dances in the West. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
075: Treason: It’s the Honorable Thing to Do
May 2, 2016 • 28 min
Zhang Song and his friend decide that honor and ethics demand that they betray their master and give his land to Liu Bei. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the…
074: Going West
Apr 18, 2016 • 31 min
Cao Cao’s latest victory triggers a chain reaction in the western reaches of empire. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is…
073: The Brush Is Mightier Than the Sword
Apr 11, 2016 • 30 min
With a few strokes of his brush, Cao Cao sows dissent in Ma Chao’s inner circle. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode…
072: A Close Shave for Cao Cao
Apr 4, 2016 • 28 min
Cao Cao’s opening rounds against Ma Chao get a little hairy. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 72. Last time, Cao…
071: Loose Lips and Loose Women
Mar 21, 2016 • 28 min
Another week, another conspiracy against Cao Cao, and another evil-woman trope. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 71. Last time, we…
Supplemental Episode 006: Red Cliff, Fact and Fiction
Mar 17, 2016 • 14 min
A look at the most legendary battle of the novel and how the fictional account differs from the real showdown. * Transcript A painting of Red Cliff (photo by Yun Jie Dai via Flickr) Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
070: Weeping Dragon, Drunken Phoenix
Mar 14, 2016 • 30 min
Zhuge Liang delivers a heartfelt eulogy for a dearly departed friend, while Pang Tong shows how to advance your career by not doing your job. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to…
069: Try, Try, and Try Again
Mar 7, 2016 • 30 min
Zhou Yu devises yet again scheme to take Jing Province, because he’s a glutton for punishment. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
068: Escape from Dongwu
Feb 22, 2016 • 29 min
Liu Bei and his new wife try to flee from the murderously angry clutches of Sun Quan and Zhou Yu. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
067: Welcome to the Family
Feb 15, 2016 • 29 min
Sun Quan and Liu Bei are now brothers-in-law as the fake wedding becomes real. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 67.…
066: One Wedding and Three Funerals
Feb 8, 2016 • 28 min
ROTK goes in search of higher TV ratings: Several role players get killed off, and we have a surprise marriage proposal. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
065: Oldie but Goodie
Jan 25, 2016 • 27 min
After seeing his colleagues each conquer a county, Guan Yu wants in on the action, but an “old pawn” stands in his way. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the…
064: Liu Bei Builds His Base
Jan 18, 2016 • 28 min
While Dongwu and Cao Cao are busy fighting each other, Liu Bei expands his sphere of influence. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters Transcript PDF Version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 64.…
063: Circle of Lies
Jan 11, 2016 • 28 min
Zhou Yu fools Cao Ren; Cao Ren fools Zhou Yu; Zhou Yu fools Cao Ren again; Zhuge Liang fools everyone; Zhou Yu bursts a blood vessel. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the…
062: Close Encounters of the Guan Yu Kind
Dec 28, 2015 • 28 min
Routed and trapped, Cao Cao and his haggard troops throw themselves at the mercy of the man blocking their path. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
Supplemental Episode 005: Legendary Advisers
Dec 25, 2015 • 27 min
A little Christmas morning stocking stuffer: A look at some of the guys that Zhuge Liang keeps getting compared to. * Transcript Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is a supplemental episode. In this episode,…
061: Who’s Laughing Now?
Dec 21, 2015 • 27 min
The Battle of Red Cliffs goes badly for Cao Cao, but he still finds reasons to feel smug, much to his men’s chagrin. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
060: Blowin’ in the Wind
Dec 14, 2015 • 28 min
After Zhuge Liang moves heaven and earth, Zhou Yu and Liu Bei move their troops into position for the coming battle. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three…
059: Cao Cao the Poet
Nov 30, 2015 • 27 min
Delighted by his invincible fleet and moved by the scenery, Cao Cao shows off his literary chops … until someone decided to play critic. * Transcript * No new graph of key characters and relationships, since we meet no new characters this week * Still no…
058: Defections and Deceptions
Nov 23, 2015 • 29 min
Zhou Yu and a couple other wise men of Dongwu spin an elaborate ruse for Cao Cao to faceplant into. * Transcript * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * No new map this week; we’re still camped out in the Three Rivers area. Transcript PDF version…
057: Strawman Solution
Nov 16, 2015 • 29 min
Zhou Yu presents Zhuge Liang with an invented problem. Zhuge Liang delivers an outside-the-box answer. * Transcript * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * Text of the poem about the fog on the Yangzi River * No new map this week since we are still…
056: To Have Friends Coming In from Afar, How Delightful
Nov 2, 2015 • 28 min
Zhou Yu gets visits from Liu Bei and an old school chum, and he cannot not be happier to see them. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
055: The Best of Frenemies
Oct 26, 2015 • 28 min
Sun Quan formally declares war on Cao Cao, while his commander Zhou Yu secretly declares war on their supposed allies. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the…
054: A Bridge Too Far
Oct 19, 2015 • 30 min
Zhuge Liang has a little homonymical fun with Zhou Yu as they discuss whether the Southlands should fight or submit to Cao Cao. * Transcript * Text of the “Bronze Bird Tower Rhapsody” * Again, no map or key characters graph this week, as we are still in…
053: I Find Your Argument Illogical!
Oct 5, 2015 • 30 min
When Zhuge Liang finds himself in the same room as the Southlands’ foremost academics, the gloves come off and jabs fly. Verbal jabs, of course. * Transcript * No map or key characters graph this week since everything happens in basically one building in…
052: Zhang Fei’s Killer Bluff
Sep 28, 2015 • 29 min
Zhang Fei’s cunning is the only things standing between Liu Bei and Cao Cao’s army. Well, that and his really loud, really deadly voice. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the…
051: Zhao Yun Kicks Butt
Sep 21, 2015 • 31 min
All hell breaks loose as Cao Cao’s troops catch up to Liu Bei. Out of this hell rides his general Zhao Yun, with a precious package strapped to his chest. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Zhao Yun’s Fight…
050: It’s Just A Flesh Wound
Sep 7, 2015 • 30 min
Zhuge Liang burns another detachment of Cao Cao’s troops, but there are plenty more where that came from. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms…
049: Is It Getting Hot in Here?
Aug 31, 2015 • 28 min
Zhuge Liang blazes to victory in his first battle, but Cao Cao turns up the heat on Jing Province. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF version Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast.…
048: Prelude to Wars
Aug 24, 2015 • 28 min
While Sun Quan prepares for a retaliatory strike from Liu Biao, Liu Biao and Liu Bei brace for an invasion by Cao Cao. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF of transcript Welcome to the Romance of…
047: Meanwhile, In the Southlands
Aug 10, 2015 • 29 min
We leave Liu Bei with his new sage and check in on what the Sun clan has been up to. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Transcript PDF of transcript Welcome to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is…
Supplemental Episode 004: Yuan Shao and Yu Rang
Aug 5, 2015 • 14 min
We bid goodbye to the once-mighty warlord of the North and delve into the story of a determined assassin. * Transcript (PDF) Yuan Shao Yu Rang
046: Elusive Recluse
Aug 3, 2015 • 33 min
Liu Bei’s strategy for finding Zhuge Liang: Go up to anyone in Nanyang who can rub two words together and ask, “Are you Sleeping Dragon?” * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * Text of the songs sung by…
045: Parting Is Such Sweet Sor … Wait, Zhuge Who?
Jul 27, 2015 • 27 min
Liu Bei gets really broken up about Xu Shu’s departure, until he learns there’s someone much smarter. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * Poem describing the scenery around Sleeping Dragon Ridge
044: How to Get A Job with Liu Bei Inc.
Jul 13, 2015 • 29 min
Approach Liu Bei on the street, sing a song, get invited to his office, advise him to give his horse to an enemy, get C-suite job. * Transcripts (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
043: Party Foul
Jul 3, 2015 • 30 min
Liu Bei gets invited to a feast, but Lady Cai and her brother ruin the fun when they try to kill him. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * The poem about Liu Bei’s escape
042: Breaches in Etiquette
Jun 29, 2015 • 29 min
The surviving Yuan brothers get a cold reception from their host up north, and Liu Bei commits a dinner-table faux pas down south. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
041: How the North Was Won
Jun 15, 2015 • 29 min
Riding a wave of inevitability, Cao Cao sweeps the Yuan brothers out of their territories. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * The denunciation that Chen Lin wrote about Cao Cao and his forefathers back…
040: With Brothers Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
Jun 8, 2015 • 28 min
The eldest and youngest sons of Yuan Shao take on their most hated foe — each other. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
039: My Three No-Good Sons
Jun 1, 2015 • 26 min
Yuan Shao finally has enough of Cao Cao, and now it’s his sons’ turn to get stomped. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
038: Cao Cao Triumphant
May 18, 2015 • 29 min
Cao Cao puts a couple more smackdowns on Yuan Shao, but then gets distracted by a pesky old foe. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
037: Battles of Guandu
May 11, 2015 • 30 min
Night raids, catapults, tunnels, fires. All these and more in a CG-packed episode and one of the most important clashes in the novel. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
036: An Unhealthy Obsession
May 4, 2015 • 30 min
Sun Ce starts seeing his favorite Daoist priest here, there, and everywhere. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
035: Getting the Band Back Together
Apr 20, 2015 • 29 min
Liu Bei and his gang of loyal followers meet up for a reunion tour, with a few new faces in the mix. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
034: O Brother, There Thou Art!
Apr 12, 2015 • 29 min
Guan Yu unexpectedly discovers a lost brother, who gives him a surprising welcome. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
033: Organizational Communication Problems
Apr 5, 2015 • 29 min
Guan Yu leaves Xuchang with Cao Cao’s blessings. If only Cao Cao had bothered to tell the men guarding the checkpoints along the way …. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Notes * One of the checkpoints…
032: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Mar 23, 2015 • 30 min
Guan Yu does a couple huge favors for Cao Cao and then discovers Liu Bei’s whereabouts. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
031: Three Is the Number Thou Shalt Count
Mar 16, 2015 • 30 min
As Guan Yu prepares to fight to the death against Cao Cao, an old friend gives him three reasons why that is a bad idea and three reasons for surrendering instead. Guan Yu responds with three conditions. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph…
Supplemental Episode 003: The Deal with the Seal
Mar 9, 2015 • 15 min
We take a look at the history of the more-trouble-than-it’s-worth imperial hereditary seal that everyone wants and everyone seems to regret getting. * Transcript (PDF)
030: Forgetting the First Rule of Fight Club
Feb 22, 2015 • 30 min
Dong Cheng and company demonstrate how not to run a conspiracy. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
029: Cao Cao’s Nemesis
Feb 16, 2015 • 30 min
While one of Cao Cao’s old enemies submit, he gets trolled by a new thorn in his side who just won’t shut up. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Also, apologies for missing an episode last week. It wasn’t…
Supplemental Episode 002: Lü Bu, Fact and Fiction
Feb 2, 2015 • 10 min
We saw Lü Bu exit stage left a couple episodes back. In this supplemental episode, we take a look at the historical Lü Bu versus his fictional counterpart. * Transcript (PDF) * Picture of what is supposedly Lü Bu’s burial site * Map of location of…
028: So Long, Sucker!
Feb 2, 2015 • 29 min
Liu Bei gets out of the capital and does not look back. Yuan Shu becomes distraught after discovering the scarcity of honey. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * Full text of Chen Lin’s denunciation of…
027: Defining “Hero”
Jan 19, 2015 • 29 min
Liu Bei develops a sudden interest in horticulture, while Cao Cao wonders out loud, “Who’s a hero?” * Transcript (PDF) * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships * There is no map this week since everything happens in the capital Xuchang.
026: The Emperor’s Brother-in-Law’s New Clothes
Jan 12, 2015 • 30 min
With Cao Cao baring his imperial ambitions for all to see, the emperor does the only thing he can — give his brother-in-law a spiffy outfit. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Key Characters and Relationships
025: Keeping Up with the Chens
Jan 5, 2015 • 30 min
While Chen Gong tries to help Lü Bu hold off Cao Cao, Chen Deng and Chen Gui run circles around them. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
Announcement 2014-12-17: Holidays, Thank-Yous, and a Challenge
Dec 17, 2014 • 5 min
No new episodes until the new year, but listen to this brief announcement for some important info and holiday wishes. Transcript (PDF)
024: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
Dec 8, 2014 • 30 min
Cao Cao’s awesomeness draws much fawning from his adviser Guo Jia, while the people of Xu Province express their love for Liu Bei through cannibalism. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
023: Dangerous Jobs
Dec 1, 2014 • 30 min
Who’s more likely to lose his head in this episode: impostor emperor or granary officer? The answer may surprise you. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
022: Strange Bedfellows
Nov 24, 2014 • 30 min
Cao Cao decides that he hates Lü Bu more than he hates Liu Bei, so “Liu Bei and I are like brothers.” * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships
021: Arrow of Diplomacy
Nov 17, 2014 • 29 min
Sun Ce lifts off, Lü Bu shows off, and Yuan Shu gets ticked off. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Lü Bu’s feat in a painting at the Summer Palace (image by Shizhao)
020: How the South Was Won
Nov 3, 2014 • 28 min
Priceless imperial heirloom as collateral? Check. An old pal as your strategist? Check. Ability to kill by the mere sound of your voice? Check, check, and check. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Sun Ce…
019: When Tigers and Wolves Share a Den
Oct 27, 2014 • 30 min
Cao Cao deploys animal-themed schemes to sow discord between Liu Bei and Lü Bu. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Lü Bu as depicted in a Beijing opera performance (Image from dcbbs.zol.com.cn)
018: Cao Cao’s Big Break
Oct 13, 2014 • 31 min
The Han court hits rock bottom, at which point Cao Cao is all too happy to ride in and … umm … defend the honor and dignity of the throne. Yeah, that’s it. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships A mask of Cao…
017: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Not Scorned
Oct 6, 2014 • 30 min
Someone’s wife gets the wrong impression that her husband is cheating on her, and the next thing you know, we’re poisoning household pets, ingesting waste, burning palaces, and abducting everybody who’s anybody. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations *…
016: Respite, Restoration, Recap
Sep 23, 2014 • 26 min
After spending his down time picking off some ragtag rebels, Cao Cao moves to reclaim his territory, which brings us to a good point to look back at what we have covered so far. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and…
015: Battle of Brain and Brawn
Sep 15, 2014 • 28 min
Cao Cao and Lü Bu face off for control of Yan Province in a back-and-forth attempt to out-trick and outfight each other. And then the locusts came …. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships Bonk! (Image from…
014: Much Ado About Nothing
Sep 8, 2014 • 29 min
Everyone gears up for a fight with Cao Cao over Xu Province, and then all of a sudden it’s the province nobody wants. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships “No no no no. I don’t want your province.” (Image…
013: How to Get A Job with Cao Cao Inc.
Aug 18, 2014 • 29 min
Our old friend Cao Cao is expanding his operation. Want to join? You just need to either be a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of someone who already works there, or be a man-beast who kills dozens of coworkers with your bare hands…
012: But You Said They Were GOOD Omens …
Aug 11, 2014 • 30 min
Dong Zhuo learns that broken chariots, wild horses, and melancholy songs are, in fact, not auspicious signs. * Transcript (PDF) * Map of key locations * Graph of characters and relationships Quick Explanation of Another Omen In this episode, Dong Zhuo…
011: The Face That Launched A Thousand Halberds
Jul 28, 2014 • 30 min
Expertly manipulated by Diao Chan, Lü Bu and Dong Zhuo come to blows over who gets to go to bed with a 16-year-old. * Transcript * Graph of characters and relationships * No map this week, as the whole episode is set basically in one place — the capital…
010: Thanks A Lot, Dad!
Jul 21, 2014 • 31 min
Sun Jian leaves his son in charge, while Dong Zhuo leaves his son out in the cold for a pretty face. Note: To condense the lengths of each blog post, I am going to start linking to the map and the relationship graph instead of embedding the images in the…
009: Everywhere is War
Jul 5, 2014 • 28 min
Now that they are not fighting Dong Zhuo anymore, the former coalition leaders have to do something to occupy their time. What better way is there to avoid idleness than waging war against each other? Transcript (PDF) Gongsun Zan spends much of the…
008: So That’s Where I Put That Seal
Jun 25, 2014 • 29 min
Dong Zhuo moves the capital and turns the journey into a traveling horror show as only Dong Zhuo can, while the coalition becomes distracted when it discovers the one thing of value that Dong Zhuo left behind. Transcript Nobody makes the peasants wish for…
007: A Brawl for the Ages
Jun 13, 2014 • 31 min
The coalition forces are marching for the capital, but first, they will have to get past Dong Zhuo’s top generals. The result is two of the most famous battlefield encounters in Chinese lore. Transcript Key Locations Mentioned in Episode 7 Click for…
006: Ethics Lessons from Cao Cao
Jun 5, 2014 • 31 min
It’s a busy episode for Cao Cao. He gets out of a sticky situation, screws himself out of a delicious pork dinner, drops some life wisdom on his traveling companion, and then stirs up a whole lot of trouble for Dong Zhuo. Transcript “Well, he shouldn’t…
005: Dude, Check Out This Cool Knife I Got You
May 26, 2014 • 30 min
As Dong Zhuo rises to power, he bestows endless kindness on all mankind. He’s doing such a great job, in fact, that someone decides to give him a beautiful, bejeweled knife with a razor-sharp edge while he was lying down with his back turned. Transcript…
Supplemental Episode 001: Yi Yin, Chef and Kingmaker
May 19, 2014 • 10 min
“Only with Yi Yin’s talent can you act like Yi Yin.” So who is this Yi Yin? We dive into the story behind one line of dialogue from episode 4. Transcript
004: Enter the Fat Man; AKA the Novel Really Starts
May 12, 2014 • 29 min
We’ve had rebellions, palace intrigue, a deadly power struggle, and a bloodbath at the imperial residence. But all of that was just the warm-up act. We are finally getting into the meat of the story, starting with ascension of Dong Zhuo, who’s like Santa…
003: Oh C’mon! Kill Them Already!
May 5, 2014 • 27 min
He Jin makes his officers bang their heads against walls with his pathological inability to dispose of the eunuchs. Meanwhile, a bit character from episode 1, Dong Zhuo, drops by the capital with 200,000 of his best friends, just to say hi and see what’s…
002: Trials and Tribulations of Chinese Officialdom
Apr 20, 2014 • 40 min
Liu Bei discovers that landing a government job in the Han court takes connections, patience, and a lot of dead rebels. And that’s BEFORE the leeches start ransoming you for a bribe. Fortunately, Zhang Fei resolves the matter diplomatically. Transcript…
001: Bromance of the Three Warriors
Apr 10, 2014 • 40 min
The first episode finds the empire in turmoil and three men of valor vowing to do something about it. * Transcript * Map of Key Locations * Graph of Key Characters and Relationships From left: Zhang Fei, Liu Bei, and Guan Yu in the peach garden Zhang Fei…
000: Who Are You? What Are You Doing Here?
Apr 9, 2014 • 6 min
A quick overview of what I’ll attempt to do with this podcast. You can also read this explanation instead. Transcript A few resources for those who want to delve more deeply into the novel and the historical era on which it is based (and yes, they contain…