Water Margin Podcast: Outlaws of the Marsh
By John Zhu
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An English retelling of the Water Margin, aka Outlaws of the Marsh, one of the four great classic Chinese novels. Follow the adventures of 108 outlaws in 12th-century China. This podcast takes you on a deep dive into the novel in a fun, informative way that makes it accessible to non-Chinese listeners.
||CleanEpisode 006: Minced||Shi Jin makes a new friend, and we explore the question on everyone's mind: Exactly what DO you do with minced pork fat?||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 005: Party||Shi Jin and the bandits from the nearby mountains make it a Mid-Autumn Festival to remember.||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupplemental Episode 001: Cuju||A quick look at the ancient Chinese game of football that allowed Gao Qiu to break into government service.||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 004: Pupil||Wang Jin turns a one-night farm stay into a nice little gig by knocking his host's son on his butt.||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 003: Ball||How do you rise up to be the future ruler's right-hand man? Certainly not through brilliance or hard work.||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 002: Demons||The capital is facing a crisis, and the only hope is basically the 12th-century Chinese equivalent of Anakin Skywalker from "The Phantom Menace." Ugh.||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 001: Introduction||An overview of the podcast and an introduction to the Water Margin, aka Outlaws of the Marsh, one of China's great classic literary works.||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Podcast dream come true
I've read many translations and heard many audiobooks on Water Margin but they all seem to rush through the story telling the main points but not telling a story. John's telling the story and it's joy to listen to.
John is a great storyteller does a great job making these stories accessible to a wider audience.
Another story for the ages
I was Listening to the romance of the three kingdoms podcast from the beginning it was so interesting to hear all about such an epic Chinese story.
When it was over I was kind of sad this made up every Monday morning for me when I was making breakfast and was always a good treat when I heard he was going to do this I was more than ready for it now only four or five episodes in and I am already completely hooked