The Chop Bard podcast passionatley picks apart the plays of William Shakespeare, scene by scene, line by line, in search of entertainment and understanding, offering a fresh and entertaining look at some old goods- it is the cure for boring Shakespeare.

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King Lear

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King Lear
Episode 151 | TO BED AT NOON
King Lear, Act III scene 5-6

Edmund betrays his father, while the broken Lear conductDs an imaginary trial.


Episode 150 | FIe, FOH, AND FUM
King Lear, Act III scene 3-4

Seeking shelter from the storm, Lear & company encounter Edgar (disguised as Poor Tom), while Gloucester makes a desperate decision.


Episode 149 | I've Seen Fire and I've Seen Rain
King Lear, Act III scene 1-2

Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Lear and his fool find themselves in the middle of nowhere, caught in a storm storm, and without so much as a hat.


Episode 148
Children of Spleen

King Lear – Act II scene 4 – It's a two on one grudge match: Old man Lear verses his thankless daughters!
Featuring: Kate Miller and Kymberly Tuttle


Episode 147 Thou Unnecessary Letter

King Lear – Act II scene 2 & 3 – Kent bumps into a rival-messenger at Gloucester's house, while Edgar disappears.


Episode 146 A Queasy Question

King Lear – Act II scene 1 – Gloucester receives a surprise visit, just as Edmund’s deceptions pay off, and whispered rumors hint of war.


Episode 145 Old Man Shadow

King Lear – Act I scene 5 – Stuck waiting to leave, not even the fool's jokes can keep doubt and fear from creeping into Lear's thoughts. Featuring: G.Robin Smith


Episode 144 Serpent's Tooth

King Lear – Act I scenes 3 & 4 – Goneril takes steps to remedy the burden of her father. A disguised Kent returns, and Lear's fool finally makes an appearance. Featuring: Kate Miller


Episode 143 You Bastard!

King Lear – Act I scene 2 – Edmund exposes his true nature, and eclipses his father Gloucester's trust in absent son Edgar, who eventually shows up.


Episode 142 Something From Nothing

King Lear – Act I scene 1 – The King has decided to retire and demands to know which of his daughters loves him the most, as he breaks apart the kingdom. It does not go well. Feature: Rebeca Gross


Episode 141 Don't Fear the Lear

King Lear – We begin series number ten with an introduction to Shakespeare's hardcore tragedy about a King and his three daughters. We talk history, Quarto vs.Folio, and breakdown an impossible persona.