Korean Heroes Is Back

Korean Heroes Is Back

It has been ages since I have posted anything, so long that I have almost lost track of what was happening!  However, we are now back in the thick of things as Yi Sun-sin bravely leads the Korean navy into battle against the Japanese in his second campaign of 1592.  This 30 odd minute episode is actually only the first half of the sixth installment and covers the Battle of Sacheon where Yi Sun-sin once again risks his life for…

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The Next Episode

The Next Episode

The picture above was taken in Sejong City at the newly constructed government complex in 2016.  I was pleasantly surprised to see this glass-encased model outside the classroom. The next podcast episode is finally in the works as Yi Sun-sin gets the go ahead from Seoul, I mean Pyongyang, I mean… Where is King Seonjo again?  It doesn’t really matter at this point because for better or for worse Yi Sun-sin is off the leash.  With the freedom to act…

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Yi Sun-sin: Episode 5 – Catch a Tiger by the Tail

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 5 – Catch a Tiger by the Tail

It’s been awhile, but it is high time we got back into the story of the immortal Yi Sun-sin.  The main narrative, including his first naval encounter is set to begin.  He has been preparing for this moment since the moment his was promoted.  He has now been presented with what many historians and politicians refer to as “a crisis of opportunity.”  He is in complete control of the last organized military resistance in Korea.  No one is expecting any…

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Yi Sun-sin Episode 4 : Turtle Ships to the Rescue!

Yi Sun-sin Episode 4 : Turtle Ships to the Rescue!

  First of all, Happy National Liberation Day!  In Korea, August 15th commemorates the Allied victory over Japan, which led to Korea’s independence from the Japanese Empire and the end of colonial rule.  The name of the day in Korean (한글) is: 광복절.  That literally means “Light Return Day.”  In other words, the day the light returned.  A cool name for a holiday!  Enjoy yourselves, whatever you do, and celebrate freedom! The holiday is actually tomorrow, but the 4th episode is ready…

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Turtle Ships Part I

Turtle Ships Part I

Episode Four – Turtle Ships   It’s been forever since I’ve managed to get anything uploaded so, I’m taking a new approach:  Record and publish and to hell with perfectionism!  Just kidding, I am still going to polish each episode before I subject it to the scrutiny of the internet, not only for my own sake, but for Yi Sun-sin’s!  You will notice that this upload needs some serious work still; for example, around the 10 minute mark I start rambling about…

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Turtle Ships to the Rescue!

Turtle Ships to the Rescue!

It has been a long time since I produced an episode, and I apologize for that, the delay was due to injury and personal business. For those of you who kept checking and waiting… Thank you! For those of you who harassed me over the first few months saying, “Where are the turtle ships?!” They are coming, and you have inspired the title of the fourth episode! Episode 4: Turtle Ships to the Rescue is in the works. Check back…

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Yi Sun-sin Episode 3 : Rebel With a Cause – Part II

Yi Sun-sin Episode 3 : Rebel With a Cause – Part II

Let’s wrap up Yi Sun-sin’s northern campaign with the shocking destruction of a tribe of invading Jurchen and a dramatic rescue of captive soldiers! The picture above is a scene from Onrie Kompan’s Yi Soon Shin Warrior and Defender Unfortunately, in the midst of these moments of triumph; Yi Sun-sin’s father will pass away and his military career will be put on hold while he spends the customary three years in his hometown mourning his loss.  While he is absent,…

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Yi Sun-sin Episode 3: Rebel with a Cause

Yi Sun-sin Episode 3: Rebel with a Cause

Time to talk about Yi Sun-sin’s army career in a little more detail.  What did he accomplish up in the hinterlands of Hamgyeong-do?  Well pretty much everything.  In less than a decade he travels the entire length of the peninsula, gets thrown in jail, promoted, demoted, re-promoted, scatters raiders, saves captives and captures a barbarian chieftain.  Tune in to hear about this little known, but very compelling part of the roller coaster that is Yi Sun-sin’s military career.   Also,…

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An Update on the tale of Yi Sun-sin Episode 3

An Update on the tale of Yi Sun-sin Episode 3

I have completed recording and editing episode 3 and it has turned out to be long enough to split into two parts, as I am trying to keep each episode under 25 minutes and under 25 Megabytes so that you can choose to stream it rather than download it. I have been searching desperately for more sources that will give me more insight into Yi Sun-sin’s early military career in the army, but I came up empty-handed. Of course as…

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Yi Sun-sin: Episode 2 – To the Frontier!

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 2 – To the Frontier!

I still have not set up the podcast feed, and there are still kinks to work out, but I want to stick as closely to my 1 episode per week goal as I can. Those of you who are married to itunes, the time draws nigh! For now though I just went for it without any notes or a script and minimal editing, which cut down dramatically on the time I needed to get it ready. Hopefully the quality of…

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