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

Writing history in the 21st century

Thursday 26th May 2016

Four leading historians discuss the big developments in book publishing since the launch of BBC History Magazine back in May 2000

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Podcast archive

The battle of Jutland and 1950s domestic dangers

Thursday 19th May 2016

Admiral Lord West describes a crucial First World War naval clash, while Suzannah Lipscomb tells us about her new BBC documentary: Hidden Killers of the Post-war Home

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A Victorian murder and a ship that made history

Thursday 12th May 2016

Kate Summerscale explores the aftermath of a shocking 19th-century crime, while Andrew Lambert pays a visit to the famous clipper Cutty Sark

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Sykes-Picot and a 17th-century polymath

Thursday 5th May 2016

Catriona Pennell reflects on a secret 1916 agreement to divide up the Middle East, while Joe Moshenska describes the amazing life of Sir Kenelm Digby

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The history of consumerism and Chinese philosophy

Thursday 28th April 2016

Frank Trentmann explores how our patterns of consumption have changed over the centuries, while Christine Gross-Loh discusses the legacy of ancient Chinese thinkers

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Shakespeare’s world and cricket in South Africa

Thursday 21st April 2016

Edward Wilson-Lee looks at how the playwright’s work became celebrated on a global scale, while Dean Allen recounts the story of a pioneering British cricket enthusiast who popularised the sport in 19th-century South Africa

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Student life and working class culture

Thursday 14th April 2016

Ellie Cawthorne explores 900 years of higher education, while Stuart Maconie wonders what has happened to the ‘working class hero’

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Charles II and an Atlantic experiment

Thursday 7th April 2016

Clare Jackson discusses her new biography of the Restoration king, while Peter Gibbs tells the story of the planting of Ascension Island in the 19th century.

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The Dissolution and a forgotten colony

Thursday 31st March 2016

Adam Morton describes Henry VIII’s assault on England’s monasteries, while Matthew Parker tells the story of an early imperial experiment in South America

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Democracy and an age of genius

Thursday 24th March 2016

Paul Cartledge looks at the roots of mass participation in politics, while AC Grayling explains why he thinks the 17th century was pivotal to the development of the modern mind

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The Easter Rising and a Victorian heyday

Thursday 17th March 2016
Heather Jones explores the dramatic rebellion of 1916, while Ben Wilson explains why the 1850s was such a transformative decade
 
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