Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast

Imagine if half of the world had never heard of Shakespeare. That is the case with the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Part Game of Thrones and part Homeric epic, it is considered one of the four great classic Chinese novels. Set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, starting in 169 AD and ending with the reunification of the land in 280, the novel deals with the plots, personal and military battles, intrigues, and struggles of these states to achieve dominance for almost 100 years.You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in China or East Asia who is not acquainted with the novel or its cultural significance. Yet, this seven-century-old work is relatively unknown in the West. Part of the reason is that diving into its English translation— with thousands of unfamiliar names, places, events, and references—can be a daunting task.

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast, produced by John Zhu, retells the novel in a colloquial, more easily accessible fashion to help listeners enjoy the story without getting turned away by the minutiae. Instead of cutting out the complexity (part of the novel’s appeal), the podcast aims to cut through it by explaining the numerous historical and cultural references and providing supplemental material to help listeners navigate this rich tapestry of colorful personalities, battlefield heroics, and political intrigue.

All Episodes

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 May 2019

A conversation about the historical era, the novel, and the video game. Continue reading “Appearance on Podcast about “Total War: Three Kingdoms””…. . .

  Direct Link   Download 228 Minutes 07 Jan 2019

An announcement about my new podcast project, and an update on a couple things I've been doing with the Three Kingdoms Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 14 May 2018

A reflection on this four-year ride, and a glimpse of things to come.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 14 May 2018

A reflection on this four-year ride, and a glimpse of things to come.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 14 May 2018

A reflection on this four-year ride, and a glimpse of things to come.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 09 May 2018

A rapid-fire look at a bunch of supporting players in the novel.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 07 May 2018

One hundred and fifty-three episodes later, we have finally reached the "long divided, must unite" part of the novel.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 02 May 2018

A look at what they ate and drank during the Three Kingdoms era.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 30 Apr 2018

While their respective states are sizing each other up for conquest, the Jin and Wu commanders at the borders are getting along famously.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 16 Apr 2018

Sure I just lost my kingdom, but look at all the fun stuff they have in the Wei capital!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 12 Apr 2018

We look at the architect of the Sima clan's rise to power.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 Apr 2018

Everyone has a hidden agenda, except maybe for the guy suspected of hatching an insurrection. (Note: Special guest narrator this week). . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 02 Apr 2018

A Shu commander tries to live up to his father's legacy, while a Shu prince refuses to follow his father's example.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Mar 2018

A dive into the real life of the guy who ran the family business for 50-plus years.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Mar 2018

While Jiang Wei scrambles to mount a last-ditch defense, his old nemesis searches for a way to go around his roadblock.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 14 Mar 2018

Meet two statesmen who really mastered the art of saying, "That's not in my job description.". . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 12 Mar 2018

Tired of Shu's perpetual encroachment on its borders, Wei decides to take the fight to its nemesis.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 05 Mar 2018

Jiang Wei finally gets the better of Deng Ai, but even that ends up backfiring.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 19 Feb 2018

Discord between lord and vassal simmers in the court of Shu, while things boil over in the court of Wei.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 12 Feb 2018

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 05 Feb 2018

Sima Zhao takes the emperor on a buddy road trip to put down another insurgence in a particularly troublesome part of the kingdom.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 22 Jan 2018

Oh look: Another Northern campaign by the kingdom of Shu. Yawn.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 17 Jan 2018

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 15 Jan 2018

A couple generals down South stir up trouble for Sima Shi. Now if only their forces knew the way to his camp ..... . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 08 Jan 2018

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 25 Dec 2017

Things go well for the kingdom of Wu and its political leader ... until they bite off more than they can chew.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 18 Dec 2017

Aided by an unexpected defection, Jiang Wei restarts the Northern campaigns by setting his sights first on the Northwest.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 11 Dec 2017

It's been a while since someone made a play to seize power from within. That changes this week.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 27 Nov 2017

A new threat emerges on Wei's northeastern borders, and he is just as bad at battle strategy as Jon Snow.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 20 Nov 2017

While Zhuge Liang sails off into eternal fame, the Wei emperor Cao Rui goes in search of eternal youth.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 13 Nov 2017

The death of its indispensable man is just the start of the Riverlands' troubles.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 30 Oct 2017

A stunning turn of events in the showdown between Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 23 Oct 2017

Again and again, Sima Yi is made to rue the day he stole Zhuge Liang's invention.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 18 Oct 2017

We delve into the story of the one-armed assassin and the guy who kicked his butt AFTER being assassinated.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Oct 2017

Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi match wits over the latest in wheelbarrow technology.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 02 Oct 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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 25 Sep 2017

Just as he was getting into a groove, Zhuge Liang is rudely interrupted in the field by an urgent dispatch from his emperor.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 20 Sep 2017

A brief explanation of the story behind the most famous secret crossing in Chinese history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 18 Sep 2017

You've seen Zhuge Liang kill someone with just his tongue. Now watch him kill someone with the written word.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 04 Sep 2017

Zhuge Liang's third Northern expedition gets off to a promising start, but what else is new?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 28 Aug 2017

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 21 Aug 2017

Zhuge Liang toys with Cao Zhen time and again on his second Northern expedition.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 Aug 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).. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 07 Aug 2017

Zhuge Liang prepares to take another shot at Wei, but one old friend will not be joining him.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 Jul 2017

While Zhuge Liang picks up the pieces after his aborted Northern campaign, a Wei commander falls for a trick from the South.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 24 Jul 2017

When his campaign takes a drastic turn for the worse, Zhuge Liang is forced to resort to a desperate gamble.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 10 Jul 2017

Meng Da totally misses the point of a SECRET rebellion. Can Zhuge Liang's advice help him pull it off anyway?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 03 Jul 2017

While the Wei forces have their hands full with Zhuge Liang along the border, a new threat lurks deep inside their territory. 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 120. Last time, Zhuge Liang continued to … Continue reading Episode 120: The Enemy Within →. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 26 Jun 2017

Wei forces sent to stop Zhuge Liang first try to out-talk him, and then try again to outsmart him. 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 119. Last time, Zhuge Liang’s Northern campaign had gotten off … Continue reading Episode 119: Gluttons for Punishment →. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 12 Jun 2017

Matching wits with Zhuge Liang sounds like a horrible idea, but that won't stop multiple Wei officers from trying.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 05 Jun 2017

Zhuge Liang sends a 70-something general and a tax collector to lead the way for his Northern expedition.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 31 May 2017

We dive into the differences between the fictional and real-life Zhang Fei and ask, "Who really whipped that corrupt bribe-seeking government official?". . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 29 May 2017

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 15 May 2017

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 08 May 2017

Zhuge Liang strolls into Meng Huo's house and makes himself at home.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 01 May 2017

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 17 Apr 2017

Zhuge Liang catches Meng Huo twice more with hardly any effort.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 10 Apr 2017

Zhuge Liang continues his campaign to win not only battles, but also barbarian hearts and minds.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 03 Apr 2017

Zhuge Liang barely breaks a sweat while cruising through level 1 of his Southwestern quest.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 20 Mar 2017

While Shu and Wu become best buds again, trouble pops up from the North and the Southwest.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 13 Mar 2017

An episode that starts with five armies bearing down on Shu somehow ends with nothing more than a showdown between pedants at a banquet.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Mar 2017

A huge episode where we bid farewell to our favorite villain by delving into his real-life counterpart's life, career, and legacy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 06 Mar 2017

Liu Bei gets sad, Cao Pi botches an invasion, and we read a poem by one of China's greatest poets.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 20 Feb 2017

The tide of battle -- and history -- turns in the span of one night.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Feb 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?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 06 Feb 2017

Liu Bei's team of old warhorses takes another hit, but two young stallions are waiting in the wings. This episode is brought to you by special guest Kaiser Kuo, host of the Sinica Podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 Jan 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 the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast. This is episode 103. … Continue reading Episode 103: See, What Happened Was … →. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 16 Jan 2017

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 off with Liu Bei declaring himself emperor after the Han emperor was officially deposed … Continue reading Episode 102: Oh Great, Who Died Now? →. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 16 Jan 2017

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 off with Liu Bei declaring himself emperor after the Han emperor was officially deposed … Continue reading Episode 102: Oh Great, Who Died Now? →. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 09 Jan 2017

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Dec 2016

Cao Cao's third son finds out what passes for brotherly love in his family.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Dec 2016

Cao Cao grapples with mortality and legacy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 Dec 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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Dec 2016

Guan Yu's ghost finds inner peace ... and then starts killing and spooking people.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Nov 2016

Defeated and leaking troops by the minute, Guan Yu makes a desperate dash for safety.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Nov 2016

While Guan Yu is busy fighting Cao Cao's forces, Lü Meng and Dongwu try to catch him unawares.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 14 Nov 2016

After an arrow causes a festering wound, Guan Yu signs up for a bleeding-edge surgical procedure.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 Oct 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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Oct 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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Oct 2016

After punching Cao Cao in the mouth, Liu Bei tries his best to keep his men from declaring him king, to no avail.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 17 Oct 2016

We've made it to 100 episodes! So let's throw it open to some questions.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 03 Oct 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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Sep 2016

Huang Zhong performs more heroic deeds, then Zhao Yun says to Cao Cao, "Hey, remember me?". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Sep 2016

With the battle for Hanzhong in full swing, Liu Bei sends a senior citizen to chase off some rowdy kids.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 05 Sep 2016

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?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 29 Aug 2016

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 22 Aug 2016

After a general risks life and limb to save him, Sun Quan makes sure everyone appreciates the sacrifice.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 08 Aug 2016

Sun Quan tries to wrestle some territory away from Cao Cao, while at the same time playing peacemaker between two of his own officers.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 01 Aug 2016

Another foe bows to Cao Cao's might.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 27 Jul 2016

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 25 Jul 2016

Guan Yu brings a really big knife to a land dispute.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Jul 2016

Liu Bei comes into some new possessions, and then tries to wiggle out of having to pay back his creditors in Dongwu.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Jul 2016

Zhang Fei and Ma Chao collide in a battle for the ages.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 148 Minutes 29 Jun 2016

I'm planning to make the 100th episode a Q&A session, so send in your questions to 3kingdomspodcast@gmail.com by September 30, 2016.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 27 Jun 2016

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 13 Jun 2016

Zhang Fei discovers that all you need to do to get the Riverlands' finest to switch sides is to say please.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 06 Jun 2016

Just as numerous omens portended, disaster strikes Liu Bei's campaign in the Riverlands.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 May 2016

Having passed the point of no return, Liu Bei goes a-conquerin' in the Riverlands.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 May 2016

Cao Cao gets a promotion, nine very nice pieces of swag, and a hint about Sun Quan's imperial destiny.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 May 2016

This week, it's brother against brother in the West and brother against sister in the East.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 02 May 2016

Zhang Song and his friend decide that honor and ethics demand that they betray their master and give his land to Liu Bei.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 18 Apr 2016

Cao Cao's latest victory triggers a chain reaction in the western reaches of empire.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 11 Apr 2016

With a few strokes of his brush, Cao Cao sows dissent in Ma Chao's inner circle.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 04 Apr 2016

Cao Cao's opening rounds against Ma Chao get a little hairy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 21 Mar 2016

Another week, another conspiracy against Cao Cao, and another evil-woman trope.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 17 Mar 2016

A look at the most legendary battle of the novel and how the fictional account differs from the real showdown.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 14 Mar 2016

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 07 Mar 2016

Zhou Yu devises yet again scheme to take Jing Province, because he's a glutton for punishment.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 22 Feb 2016

Liu Bei and his new wife try to flee from the murderously angry clutches of Sun Quan and Zhou Yu.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 15 Feb 2016

Sun Quan and Liu Bei are now brothers-in-law as the fake wedding becomes real.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 08 Feb 2016

ROTK goes in search of higher TV ratings: Several role players get killed off, and we have a surprise marriage proposal.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 25 Jan 2016

After seeing his colleagues each conquer a county, Guan Yu wants in on the action, but an "old pawn" stands in his way.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 18 Jan 2016

While Dongwu and Cao Cao are busy fighting each other, Liu Bei expands his sphere of influence.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 11 Jan 2016

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 28 Dec 2015

Routed and trapped, Cao Cao and his haggard troops throw themselves at the mercy of the man blocking their path.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 25 Dec 2015

A little Christmas morning stocking stuffer: A look at some of the guys that Zhuge Liang keeps getting compared to.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 21 Dec 2015

The Battle of Red Cliffs goes badly for Cao Cao, but he still finds reasons to feel smug, much to his men's chagrin.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 14 Dec 2015

After Zhuge Liang moves heaven and earth, Zhou Yu and Liu Bei move their troops into position for the coming battle.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 30 Nov 2015

Delighted by his invincible fleet and moved by the scenery, Cao Cao shows off his literary chops ... until someone decided to play critic.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 23 Nov 2015

Zhou Yu and a couple other wise men of Dongwu spin an elaborate ruse for Cao Cao to faceplant into.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 16 Nov 2015

Zhou Yu presents Zhuge Liang with an invented problem. Zhuge Liang delivers an outside-the-box answer.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 02 Nov 2015

Zhou Yu gets visits from Liu Bei and an old school chum, and he could not be happier to see them.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 26 Oct 2015

Sun Quan formally declares war on Cao Cao, while his commander Zhou Yu secretly declares war on their supposed allies.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 19 Oct 2015

Zhuge Liang has a little homonymical fun with Zhou Yu as they discuss whether the Southlands should fight or submit to Cao Cao.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 05 Oct 2015

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 28 Sep 2015

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 21 Sep 2015

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 07 Sep 2015

Zhuge Liang burns another detachment of Cao Cao's troops, but there are plenty more where that came from.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 31 Aug 2015

Zhuge Liang blazes to victory in his first battle, but Cao Cao turns up the heat on Jing Province.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 24 Aug 2015

While Sun Quan prepares for a retaliatory strike from Liu Biao, Liu Biao and Liu Bei brace for an invasion by Cao Cao.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 10 Aug 2015

We leave Liu Bei with his new sage and check in on what the Sun clan has been up to.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 05 Aug 2015

We bid goodbye to the once-mighty warlord of the North and delve into the story of a determined assassin.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 03 Aug 2015

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?". . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 27 Jul 2015

Liu Bei gets really broken up about Xu Shu's departure, until he learns there's someone much smarter.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 14 Jul 2015

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 04 Jul 2015

Liu Bei gets invited to a feast, but Lady Cai and her brother ruin the fun when they try to kill him.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 29 Jun 2015

The surviving Yuan brothers get a cold reception from their host up north, and Liu Bei commits a dinner-table faux pas down south.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 15 Jun 2015

Riding a wave of inevitability, Cao Cao sweeps the Yuan brothers out of their territories.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 08 Jun 2015

The eldest and youngest sons of Yuan Shao take on their most hated foe -- each other.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 01 Jun 2015

Yuan Shao finally has enough of Cao Cao, and now it's his sons' turn to get stomped.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 18 May 2015

Cao Cao puts a couple more smackdowns on Yuan Shao, but then gets distracted by a pesky old foe.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 12 May 2015

Night raids, catapults, tunnels, fires. All these and more in a CG-packed episode and one of the most important clashes in the novel.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 05 May 2015

Sun Ce starts seeing his favorite Daoist priest here, there, and everywhere.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 21 Apr 2015

Liu Bei and his gang of loyal followers meet up for a reunion tour, with a few new faces in the mix.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 13 Apr 2015

Guan Yu unexpectedly discovers a lost brother, who gives him a surprising welcome.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 06 Apr 2015

Guan Yu leaves Xuchang with Cao Cao's blessings. If only Cao Cao had bothered to tell the men guarding the check points along the way ..... . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 24 Mar 2015

Guan Yu does a couple huge favors for Cao Cao and then discovers Liu Bei's whereabouts.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 17 Mar 2015

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 10 Mar 2015

We take a look at the history of the more-trouble-than-it's-worth treasure that everyone wants and everyone seems to regret getting.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 23 Feb 2015

Dong Cheng and company demonstrate how not to run a conspiracy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 17 Feb 2015

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 02 Feb 2015

We take a look at the historical Lü Bu versus his fictional counterpart.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 02 Feb 2015

Liu Bei gets out of the capital and does not look back. Yuan Shu becomes distraught after discovering the scarcity of honey.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 19 Jan 2015

Liu Bei develops a sudden interest in horticulture, while Cao Cao wonders out loud, "Who's a hero?". . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 13 Jan 2015

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 05 Jan 2015

While Chen Gong tries to help Lü Bu hold off Cao Cao, Chen Deng and Chen Gui run circles around them.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 18 Dec 2014

No new episodes until the new year, but listen to this brief announcement for some important info and holiday wishes.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 09 Dec 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 02 Dec 2014

Who's more likely to lose his head in this episode: impostor emperor or granary officer? The answer may surprise you.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 25 Nov 2014

Cao Cao decides that he hates Lü Bu more than he hates Liu Bei, so "Liu Bei and I are like brothers.". . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 18 Nov 2014

Sun Ce lifts off, Lü Bu shows off, and Yuan Shu gets ticked off.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 03 Nov 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 28 Oct 2014

Cao Cao deploys animal-themed schemes to sow discord between Liu Bei and Lü Bu.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 13 Oct 2014

The Han court hits rock bottom, at which point Cao Cao was all too happy to ride in and ... umm ... defend the honor and dignity of the throne. Yeah, that's it.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 07 Oct 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 24 Sep 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 16 Sep 2014

Cao Cao and Lü Bu face off for control of Yan Province in a back-and-forth attempt to out-trick each other. And then the locusts came ..... . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 08 Sep 2014

Everyone gears up for a fight with Cao Cao over Xu Province, and then all of a sudden it's the province nobody wants.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 19 Aug 2014

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 over a disagreement.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 11 Aug 2014

Dong Zhuo learns that broken chariots, wild horses, and melancholy songs are, in fact, not auspicious signs.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 29 Jul 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 22 Jul 2014

Sun Jian leaves his son in charge, while Dong Zhuo leaves his son out in the cold for a pretty face.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 06 Jul 2014

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?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 25 Jun 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 14 Jun 2014

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 larger version Graph of Characters and Relationships Interactive version. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 05 Jun 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 26 May 2014

As Dong Zhuo rises to power, he bestows endless kindness and benevolence on all mankind. He's doing such a great job, in fact, that someone decided to give him a beautiful, bejeweled knife with a razor-sharp edge while he was lying down with his back turned.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 10 Minutes 19 May 2014

"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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 12 May 2014

We are finally getting into the meat of the story, starting with ascension of Dong Zhuo, who's like Santa Claus, just less jolly and more stabby.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 05 May 2014

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 up.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 21 Apr 2014

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.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 11 Apr 2014

The first episode finds the empire in turmoil and three men of valor vowing to do something about it.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 6 Minutes 09 Apr 2014

A quick overview of what I'll attempt to do with this podcast.. . .

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