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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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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Britain’s Second World War and the Country House

Thursday 7th July 2016

Daniel Todman talks about his ambitious new history of Britain in 1937–41, while Adrian Tinniswood explores the changes in English country houses in the interwar years

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Battle of the Somme special

Thursday 30th June 2016

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore reflects on the events of the battle as we approach its centenary, while Jonathan Ruffle of gbfilms.com talks about his BBC Radio 4 series Tommies

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The Radium Girls and the cotton revolution

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Kate Moore describes the tragic story of a group of women who were exposed to radium in 20th-century America, while Terry Wyke visits a key site from Britain’s textile heritage

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Wolfson History Prizes: Nazi camps and St Augustine

Thursday 16th June 2016

Robin Lane Fox and Nikolaus Wachsmann talk about their award-winning books: Augustine: Conversions and Confessions and KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps

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Operation Barbarossa

Thursday 9th June 2016

As we near the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s assault on the Soviet Union, Antony Beevor explores this pivotal moment in the Second World War

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Tudor monarchs and a medieval civil war

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Tracy Borman reveals the secret lives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor et al, while Nicholas Vincent describes the events of Simon de Montfort’s rebellion

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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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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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