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 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

Podcast archive

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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

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You can download "James Bond and Vichy France" here.

James Bond and Vichy France

14th August 2014
Matthew Parker describes how Ian Fleming's novels offer a window into Jamaican history, while Caroline Moorehead examines French attempts to defy the Nazis in the Second World War

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You can download "The global First World War" here.

The global First World War

7th August 2014

David Olusoga explains how the First World War impacted on millions of people across the globe

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You can download "The German view on the First World War" here.

The German view on the First World War

31st July 2014

Alexander Watson discusses the conflict from the Central Powers' perspective, while British First World War veterans recall the events of August 1914

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You can download "Richard III and dirty Tudors" here.

Richard III and dirty Tudors

24th July 2014

Chris Skidmore delves inside the mind of King Richard III, while Pamela Hartshorne reveals how people in Tudor times tried to keep their cities clean

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You can download "The World War Two French resistance and British holidays" here.

The World War Two French resistance and British holidays

17th July 2014

Paddy Ashdown describes French attempts to battle the Nazis, while Kathryn Ferry explains how Britain experienced an interwar holiday boom.