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The BBC was running a podcast a few years ago, 20th Century China. It's in Mandarin and has 35 episodes in total. RTHK hosted another Mandarin language show, but not as in-depth as you might would like, rather bite-sized: 中国历史小档案 If you speak Cantonese, they have more detailed shows on Chinese history, e.g. 神州五十年. Check their podcasts list.


Unfortunately, the only good way to practice reading out loud. I would recommend using google translate for each word you don't know how to pronounce and use their pronunciation translator. (Their's is actually pretty accurate). Luckily though, believe it or not the Chinese pronunciation is a higher learning curve but after that it's VERY simple. There's ...

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