History Podcasts

Our History Extra podcast comes out every week, featuring interviews with notable historians talking about topics ranging from crusading knights to Tudor monarchs and the D-Day landings. It's free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast, going back to June 2007, are still available online for you to download.

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This week's podcast

Women in politics and Robinson Crusoe

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Julie V Gottlieb charts the progression from the Suffragettes to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton, while Andrew Lambert tells the story of a Pacific island connected to the famous Daniel Defoe novel

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Cold War summits

Thursday 15th September 2016

David Reynolds and Kristina Spohr discuss the meetings between international leaders that aimed to control the nuclear arms race

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Poldark and historical TV drama

Thursday 8th September 2016

As the smash-hit series Poldark returns to our TV screens, Hannah Greig and Greg Jenner tackle some of the big debates around historical dramas

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The end of the First World War and the Duke of Wellington

Thursday 1st September 2016

Robert Gerwarth explains why Europe continued to be beset by violence well beyond 1918, while Huw Davies explores the London home of the Waterloo victor

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The Great Fire of London

Thursday 25th August 2016

Alexander Larman and Nicholas Kenyon discuss the events and legacy of the 1666 blaze, as we approach its 350th anniversary

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The Suez crisis and the north of England

Thursday 18th August 2016

Alex von Tunzelmann reflects on the dramatic global events of 1956, while Melvyn Bragg introduces his new BBC Radio 4 series, The Matter of the North

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The 1920s: Roaring or tame?

Thursday 11th August 2016

Kate Williams delves into the early part of the interwar period, in this talk from our 2015 History Weekend

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The Cold War and the history of philosophy

Thursday 4th August 2016

Rory Cormac guides us around a British nuclear bunker, while Bettany Hughes discusses some of the enduring ideas from Ancient Greece

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Jacobites and the Ancient World

Thursday 28th July 2016

Jacqueline Riding describes the events of the 1745 rebellion, while Michael Scott explains how ancient cultures across the globe managed to interact with each other

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Two King Edwards

Thursday 21st July 2016

Richard Davenport-Hines and Piers Brendon discuss the contrasting reigns of Edward VII and Edward VIII

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Paris’s women at war and the Housewives’ League

Thursday 14th July 2016

Anne Sebba talks to us about how the women of Paris fared under Nazi occupation, while Jo Fidgen explains why a group of housewives in postwar Britain organised against the welfare state

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