I am constantly looking for podcasts that measure up
This was one of the first history podcasts I ever listened to, and it has set the bar for me. No longer can I tolerate history podcasts jumping from date to date willy-nilly. No- it needs to be chronological with excellent cultural context and side anecdotes to bring the era to life. While some of the names do get confusing after a while, you really only need to remember them until they are either exiled, executed, or die peacefully of old age which seem to be the only three options open to the movers and shakers of Imperial China.The dips into palace intrigue are fascinating, especially since there’s about 2,000+ years of backstabbing, backroom deals, puppet emperors, and... eunuchs. I also enjoy his nuances and unbiased take on some of the most notorious people in Chinese history. His episodes on the infamous Empress Wu and Empress Liu were excellent in particular, with his cautions of Confucian revisionist history and general common sense.I have tried other podcasts but I’ve been spoiled by this one- I look forward to every episode, and often go back to listen to particularly complicated episodes for clarity.Great job, and keep it up!
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