Shakespeare’s Royal Education

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Shakespeare's Royal Education is built around the plays of William Shakespeare. Host Dennis Leap will focus on the plays that deal most with leadership and nation building.

#13: King Lear and Duke of Gloucester Are Banished by Their Children, Part 2

Aired Wednesday, August 16, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CDT   ·   55 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses how Gloucester confides in his illegitimate son Edmund that he has received secret letters revealing that Cordelia and the King of France are landing at Dover to intervene on King Lear’s behalf in a civil war brewing between the dukes of Cornwall and Albany. Edmund betrays his father and informs the Duke of Cornwall in order to gain favor. Edmund is made Duke of Gloucester and wins his father’s estate. Cornwall, Regan and Gonneril torture Gloucester, gouging out his eyes and loosing him out of his estate in a storm.

#12: King Lear and Duke of Gloucester Banished by Their Children, Part 1

Aired Wednesday, July 26, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CDT   ·   58 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses how Lear’s and Gloucester’s evil children banish them from their lives. Act II, Scenes 3 and 4 show the wicked actions of Cornwall and Regan who push a heartbroken King Lear into a wicked nighttime storm, banishing him and his fool to a hovel in the wilderness.

#11: The Disloyalty of Lear’s Lying Daughters

Aired Wednesday, July 12, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CDT   ·   56 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the hateful disloyalty of King Lear’s lying daughters Gonneril and Regan. At the time of Lear’s ridiculous love test to divide the kingdom among his three daughters and their husbands, Goneril and Regan state that they love their father profusely. Yet Dennis shows their hatred for their elderly father.

#10: The Loyalty of Kent

Aired Wednesday, June 28, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CDT   ·   58 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the incredible loyalty Kent employs toward an outraged King Lear who banished him for giving wise council on why Lear should not banish his youngest daughter Cordelia. Dennis also explains that Shakespeare likely uses the character Kent to give King James I of England, formerly King James IV of Scotland, sagacious advice on how to connect with and win the support of the English aristocracy.

#9: Why William Shakespeare Wrote King Lear

Aired Wednesday, May 10, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CDT   ·   54 minutes

Host Dennis Leap gives a special lecture answering the question: Why did Shakespeare write the play King Lear? The answer shows how applicable this play is to today’s social, health and political news.

#8: The Fool Chides Lear and Puts Goneril in Her Place

Aired Wednesday, March 29, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CDT   ·   49 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the role of the fool in Act I, Scene 4. The fool shows Lear in a humorous way how he made such bad decisions to give away his position as king and power to his daughters who actually hate him. My friend from England Richard reads the fool’s lines.

#7: Edmund Traps Edgar, Goneril Spurns Lear

Aired Wednesday, March 8, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   56 minutes

Host Dennis Leap continues his discussion on Shakespeare’s incredible tragedy King Lear. In this podcast, Dennis shows how Gloucester’s illegitimate son, Edmund, lays a trap to steal his legitimate brother Edgar’s legal rights to their father’s estate. He also shows how Lear’s daughter Goneril spurns her father by encouraging her manservant to dishonor and abuse Lear with the plan to force him to go to her sister Regan’s estate. Why? Goneril despises her father, and she and her sister intend to banish him from his family.

#6: The Early Controversy Over William Shakespeare’s Tragedy King Lear

Aired Wednesday, February 22, 2023   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   45 minutes

Host Dennis Leap discusses the controversy caused by Shakespeare’s play King Lear. A not-so-accomplished writer, Nahum Tate, took Shakespeare’s play and rewrote it to soften the tragic scenes and themes of the play. For a time this play completely replaced Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Tate's play, titled “The History of King Lear,” was staged in 1985 at the Shakespeare Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A proof that modern audiences don’t want to face the tragedy caused by human nature.

#5: Scheming Sisters and Bitter Brother

Aired Wednesday, February 2, 2022   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   56 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, with the assistance of friends from England, finishes reading King Lears Act I, Scene 1 and begins Act I, Scene 2. Leap explains Goneril and Regan's scheme against Lear’s authority and Edmund’s scheme to unseat his legitimate brother.

#4: The Rash and Angry King Lear

Aired Wednesday, January 19, 2022   ·   09:00 AM CST   ·   55 minutes

Host Dennis Leap, using the assistance of friends from England, read Act 1, Scene 1 to line 288 of Shakespeare’s greatly acclaimed tragedy King Lear. Leap also provides line-by-line discussion of the play.