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This podcast provides you with inspirational ancient wisdom that still applies today. We share stories of our ancestors and explain in-depth the meanings behind those savvy and motivating quotes. We dig deep so that you'll know exactly how to use it! Let the old wisdom guide your way!

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United States

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This podcast provides you with inspirational ancient wisdom that still applies today. We share stories of our ancestors and explain in-depth the meanings behind those savvy and motivating quotes. We dig deep so that you'll know exactly how to use it! Let the old wisdom guide your way!

Language:

English


Episodes

Bonus episode: The key to running a country is to first enrich the people

7/17/2023
In the traditional Chinese philosophy of governance, the people are considered the foundation of the country. Only when the people prosper can the country prosper. This is classic Chinese wisdom and has become part of the governance philosophy of the Chinese government in modern times. Miyun, a northeastern suburb of Beijing, has over 300 years of beekeeping history, and modern techniques are taking the industry to new heights. Along with CGTN host Liu Xin and Canadian Majid Ghorbani, an associate professor at China Europe International Business School, let's explore the modern implications of this ancient wisdom for Miyun's beekeepers, as they embark on a journey to common prosperity.

Duration:00:04:48

Bonus episode: As long as the fundamental principles are upheld, all work will fall into place

7/17/2023
This saying captures the logic behind China's political system today and explains why the country can accomplish megaprojects like the South-to-North Water Diversion Project. In this bonus episode, CGTN host Liu Xin and former Belgian Ambassador to China Patrick Nijs visit the middle route of the project and meet Liang Yu, secretary of the Party committee, Qushou Branch Company, China South-to-North Water Diversion Middle Route Corporation Limited. Together they explore the essential meaning of this classic quote.

Duration:00:05:17

Bonus Episode: Talk with Professor Steve Roddy on Old Wisdom New Insights Season 3

10/9/2022
Surprise! One more episode! In this show, Niuniu talks with Professor Steve Roddy from University of San Francisco about all of the five historical figures of this season. Join the conversation now!

Duration:00:16:44

The most incorruptible official in China's Qing Dynasty

10/4/2022
What do you think are the most important qualities of a good government official? Competence? Foresight? Integrity? As for the star of this show, he has the title of being "the most incorruptible official" in Qing Dynasty! Check out Zhang Boxing's stories now!

Duration:00:16:11

Bonus Episode: Q&A with Professor Steve Roddy on Author of China's 'A Thousand and One Nights'

9/29/2022
In this episode, Niuniu continues her conversation with Professor Steve Roddy from University of San Francisco about Feng Menglong. Did you know that besides being an accomplished novelist, he was also a historian? As if that was not enough, he also collected folk songs. He even had a lot of loyal readers overseas! Listen to the conversation for more interesting details!

Duration:00:12:33

Author of China's 'A Thousand and One Nights' Part 2

9/27/2022
What do you consider as the most decisive factor for success? Ability? Timing? Resources? Or outside support? All of the above are certainly important, but in Chinese, there's a saying that "事在人为," which means "human effort is the decisive factor." Listen to the show to find out a cool story about Feng Menglong that can be used to interpret "事在人为."

Duration:00:14:19

Author of China's 'A Thousand and One Nights' Part 1

9/20/2022
Feng Menglong from the late Ming Dynasty was all of the following: a famous historian, an exceptional novelist and poet. His Sanyan trilogy of vernacular Chinese short story collections have been compared to Italian writer Boccaccio's Decameron and the stories of A Thousand and One Nights. So what to make of it when this successful 61-year-old novelist "abandoned" his comfortable life to take up a post of the county head in a faraway place? Let's check out his story now.

Duration:00:13:53

A great reformer with a controversial personality Part 2

9/13/2022
How would you define success? Become rich? Famous? Or powerful? For our ancient friend Wang Anshi, none of these counted. How did he define success? Listen to the show to find out why so many Chinese young people still remember him and celebrate his birthday online a thousand years later!

Duration:00:12:59

A great reformer with a controversial personality Part 1

9/6/2022
We all know there are different facets to everyone's personality. Someone could be extremely intelligent, funny, ambitious and totally warmhearted and upright, but at the same time, stubborn, arrogant, sarcastic and socially awkward! The man all these words can be used to describe is Wang Anshi. Let's meet this controversial ancient Chinese now!

Duration:00:14:13

Bonus Episode: Q&A with Professor Steve Roddy on China's No.1 bamboo painter

9/5/2022
A special episode just for you! In this show, Niuniu talks to Professor Steve Roddy from University of San Francisco. As someone who has been studying Chinese culture since the 1970s, he has a lot to share about the brilliant and eccentric Chinese artist - Zheng Banqiao!

Duration:00:10:13

China's No.1 bamboo painter Part 2

8/30/2022
In this episode, Zheng Banqiao's story continues. On top of being a great artist, the man was also a diligent official, the kind that would use his own money to help the people. Speaking of the people, why would the rustling sound of bamboo plants remind him of the wellbeing of the people? Listen to this episode to find out.

Duration:00:13:57

China's No.1 bamboo painter Part 1

8/23/2022
What would a rustling and beautiful bamboo forest remind you of? Adorable pandas? Or the Oscar-winning martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? For many Chinese people, bamboo plants remind them of the perfect Confucian gentlemen and of course China's top bamboo painting artist - Zheng Banqiao. Discover this incredible soul with his stories now!

Duration:00:14:02

Northern Song Dynasty's top KOL Part 3

8/16/2022
What is your understanding of inner peace? In Chinese, there is a saying "不以物喜, 不以己悲," which means "not to be affected emotionally by the material world, and not to be overly gladdened or saddened by personal gains or losses." Check out this episode to learn more about this ideal state of mind!

Duration:00:12:42

Northern Song Dynasty's top KOL Part 2

8/9/2022
One of Fan Zhongyan's most famous sayings is "先天下之忧而忧,后天下之乐而乐, which means "to be the first to bear the world's hardship, and the last to enjoy its comforts." As someone who was not only able to write it but also live by it throughout his entire life, Fan Zhongyan was an exceptional person ever since he was young. Listen to the show for more fascinating stories of Fan Zhongyan.

Duration:00:13:07

Northern Song Dynasty's top KOL Part 1

8/2/2022
What makes an influencer truly influential? Different people might have different answers. But one thing is for sure - if someone's article can turn a place into a popular tourist destination for some one thousand years, the writer is definitely a real KOL. In this episode, let's meet Fan Zhongyan, a top KOL from the Northern Song Dynasty!

Duration:00:12:22

Season 3 trailer

7/21/2022
Same podcast, same high quality of content! This season, we'll bring to you cool Chinese sayings, thought-provoking old wisdom and sharp new insights! A new voice will join the show and explain the sentences in Chinese word by word, so that you'll know how to use them.

Duration:00:01:29

A cool father, great educator and history-making revolutionary Part 2

12/23/2021
What makes a good parent? Showing loving care? Being patient? Playing an exemplary role? Or all the above and much more? It is impressive enough to raise one successful child, let alone NINE in his case! Liang Qichao's story continues in this episode and we'll get to know him as a super dad, a great educator, and a man who’s made of the element - "interest."

Duration:00:11:43

A cool father, great educator and history-making revolutionary Part 1

12/16/2021
In your culture, what is the most well-known metaphor for youth? The one in Chinese would be a rising sun. For instance, "the red rising sun will light up the road ahead" describes a marvelous sunrise and symbolizes that youth shoulders the responsibility for creating a bright future. In this episode, let's meet Liang Qichao, the creator of the sentence, and also one of the most celebrated and renowned Chinese thinkers and scholars in the late 19th century.

Duration:00:12:29

China's first patriotic poet Part 4

12/10/2021
Have you ever played in a dragon boat race? Or have you tried sticky rice dumplings? Both of these can be experienced during China's Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival. It is also a day when people commemorate patriotic poet Qu Yuan! In this episode, we continue to unravel the myths about him.

Duration:00:07:50

China's first patriotic poet Part 3

12/2/2021
Qu Yuan's story continues in this episode. Why was he considered the first poet ever? Why was his patriotism especially rare and valuable at the time? What were the most signature expressions he created? For all the above and more, Niuniu invites Qu Yuan into the studio!

Duration:00:07:46