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 "African history special" here.

African history special

17th April 2014

Miranda Kaufmann reveals the role played by Africans in Tudor exploration, while Gus Casely-Hayford explores the ancient African city of Timbuktu

Podcast archive

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You can download "Lawrence of Arabia and the Romanov sisters" here.

Lawrence of Arabia and the Romanov sisters

10th April 2014

Scott Anderson discusses the famed adventurer Lawrence of Arabia, while Helen Rappaport speaks to us about the tragic daughters of Tsar Nicholas II 

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You can download "Britain in the 1970s" here.

Britain in the 1970s

3rd April 2014

Dominic Sandbrook charts the highs and lows of 1970s Britain in a lecture delivered at our History Weekend festival

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You can download "Anglo-Saxon treasures, and did Britain invent freedom?" here.

Anglo-Saxon treasures, and did Britain invent freedom?

27th March 2014

Charlotte Hodgman explores the Staffordshire Hoard, while Daniel Hannan argues that English-speaking people created many of our modern liberties

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You can download "Cold War spies and friendship through the ages" here.

Cold War spies and friendship through the ages

20th March 2014

Ben Macintyre delves into the life of double agent Kim Philby, while Thomas Dixon explains how the meaning of friendship has changed over the centuries

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You can download "Escaping the Blitz and recording the First World War" here.

Escaping the Blitz and recording the First World War

13th March 2014

Juliet Gardiner pays a visit to an unusual Second World War shelter, while Julia Cave recalls her experiences interviewing veterans of the First World War

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You can download "Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'" here.

Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'

6th March 2014

Gareth Williams guides us through the British Museum's major new Vikings exhibition, while Julie Gottlieb explains why a Nazi women's leader was visiting Britain in 1939

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You can download "Tasmanian aborigines and the historic importance of the River Nile" here.

Tasmanian aborigines and the historic importance of the River Nile

27th February 2014

Tom Lawson talks about the often-brutal experiences of the people of Tasmania, while Toby Wilkinson explores the historic importance of the River Nile

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You can download "Napoleon's formative years and great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment" here.

Napoleon's formative years and great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment

20th February 2014

In our latest podcast, Michael Broers discusses Napoleon's formative years, while Alexander Broadie looks at some of the great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment

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You can download "The Babylonian Noah and Norse mythology" here.

The Babylonian Noah and Norse mythology

13th February 2014

Irving Finkel describes a remarkable Babylonian tablet that changes our understanding of the flood legend. Meanwhile, Joanne Harris gives us her take on the Norse gods

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You can download "Royal cousins at war and Brunel's brilliance" here.

Royal cousins at war and Brunel's brilliance

6th February 2014

Richard Sanders considers how Europe's monarchs ended up on opposing sides in the First World War, while Eugene Byrne explores the talents of Isambard Kingdom Brunel