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

A revolutionary engineer and Victoria’s Indian confidant

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Julian Glover describes the life and remarkable career of Thomas Telford, while Shrabani Basu tells the story of Abdul Karim, who became Queen Victoria’s close friend

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The roots of modern rage

Thursday 16th February 2017

Author and journalist Pankaj Mishra discusses his new book Age of Anger with the historian Tom Holland.

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The impact of war and a zoological institution

Thursday 9th February 2017

Peter Clarke explores how conflict shaped the 20th century, while Isobel Charman describes the early years of London Zoo.

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The Russian revolution and myths of ancient Egypt

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt

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The history of puzzles and Lady Anne Barnard

Thursday 26th January 2017

Alex Bellos explores 2,000 years of puzzles, while Stephen Taylor investigates the extraordinary life of an unconventional Georgian aristocrat.

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The Battle of Britain

Thursday 19th January 2017

In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend at Malmesbury, historian James Holland describes how the Luftwaffe and RAF fought to control the skies over Britain in 1940.

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A history of Istanbul

Thursday 12th January 2017

Bettany Hughes discusses her new book on the history of Istanbul with fellow historian Peter Frankopan

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The big questions of the Holocaust

Thursday 5th January 2017

Laurence Rees joins us to explore some of the key debates in the history of the Nazi genocide of the Jews.

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The birth of Eurasia

Thursday 29th December 2016

Barry Cunliffe discusses the subject of his book By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean in a talk from our 2016 History Weekend.

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2016 Christmas history quiz

Thursday 22nd December 2016

Test your history knowledge with our festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard.

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Corner shops and Russian ballet

Thursday 15th December 2016

Babita Sharma talks about her new BBC Four documentary Booze, Beans and Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop, while Simon Morrison explores the colourful history of the Bolshoi Ballet.

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