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

Kamikaze pilots and Captain John Smith

Thursday 18th December 2014

Christopher Harding analyses the motivations of the Japanese kamikaze pilots, while Peter Firstbrook describes the life of the man whose life was famously saved by Pocahontas

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Student radicals and Crete in WWII

Thursday 11th December 2014

Esmée Hanna explores the 1960s wave of student protests, while Rick Stroud describes an audacious kidnap attempt in Nazi-occupied Crete.

The North Sea and Bronze Age remains

Thursday 4th December 2014

Michael Pye explains the North Sea’s importance to European development, while Francis Pryor describes life in Britain 3,500 years ago

Revolutions in Europe and forensics in history

Thursday 27th November 2014

Adam Zamoyski explains why Europe’s rulers were gripped by paranoia after the French Revolution, while Val McDermid reveals how science has helped solve crimes over the centuries

Battle of Waterloo special

Thursday 20th November 2014

Bernard Cornwell and Paul O’Keeffe explore the 1815 defeat of Napoleon and its aftermath

Science fiction and dancing in history

Thursday 13th November 2014

Dominic Sandbrook explores how science fiction books and movies can offer insights into the past, while Lucy Worsley waltzes back in time

The Berlin Wall and the return of Charles II

Thursday 6th November 2014

Hester Vaizey explores how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected East Germans, while Ronald Hutton visits an important site from the Restoration

The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War

Thursday 30th October 2014

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

Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit

Thursday 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

Georgian gardens and historical fiction

Thursday 16th October 2014

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

The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists

Thursday 9th October 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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