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

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You can download "The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War " here.

The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War

30th Oct 2014

Clare Jackson discusses the dramatic events of November 1605, while Jay Winter shares his thoughts on the First World War

Podcast archive

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You can download "Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit" here.

Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit

23rd October 2014

Neil MacGregor chats about his new radio series Germany: Memories of a Nation, while Giles Milton shares some fascinating footnotes from the past

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You can download "Georgian gardens and historical fiction" here.

Georgian gardens and historical fiction

16th Oct 2014

We visit Hampton Court’s new kitchen garden, while Wilbur Smith discusses his latest historical novel

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You can download "The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists" here.

The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists

9th Oct 2014

Ranulph Fiennes talks about his ancestors’ involvement in the battle of Agincourt, and Paul Preston explores the life of Spanish communist politician Santiago Carrillo

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You can download " The trials of Joan of Arc" here.

The trials of Joan of Arc

2nd October 2014

Dan Jones speaks to Helen Castor about her new book on the tragic French heroine Joan of Arc.

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You can download "The history of humanity" here.

The history of humanity

25th Sept 2014

Yuval Harari explains why Homo sapiens came to dominate the world and offers surprising insights into our shared past

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You can download "Hunting the regicides and the Chartist movement" here.

Hunting the regicides and the Chartist movement

18th Sept 2014

Charles Spencer describes the trials of those who executed Charles I, while Charlotte Hodgman visits a cottage connected to the battle for working class suffrage

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You can download "Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses" here.

Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses

11th Sept 2014

Dan Jones is interviewed by Tudor expert Suzannah Lipscomb about his new book on the Wars of the Roses. The two historians discuss the writing of popular history, the role of medieval kings and the controversial figure of Richard III, among other things.

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You can download "Thomas Cromwell’s fall from grace" here.

Thomas Cromwell’s fall from grace

4th Sept 2014

Tudor historian Tracy Borman discusses the career of Thomas Cromwell, the henchman of Henry VIII who brought down Anne Boleyn only to eventually share the same fate. Meanwhile, our First World War audio series continues as veterans recall September 1914

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You can download "George III and the art of anatomy" here.

George III and the art of anatomy

28th Aug 2014

Janice Hadlow describes the private lives of George III and his family, while Adam Rutherford explores how great artists drew on anatomy

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You can download "The long history of the Crusades" here.

The long history of the Crusades

21st Aug 2014

Tom Asbridge describes the legacy of the medieval wars in the Holy Land