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

The battle over Henry VIII’s will

Thursday 4th February 2016

Suzannah Lipscomb talks to fellow historian Dan Jones about her new book on a remarkable – and contested – Tudor document

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The Romanovs and King Arthur

Thursday 28th January 2016

Simon Sebag Montefiore discusses the remarkable Russian ruling dynasty, while Miles Russell visits a castle associated with one of Britain’s most powerful legends

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A global view of history

Thursday 21st January 2016

Michael Scott explains why we need to take a more wide-ranging approach to the story of the ancient world, in a talk from our 2015 History Weekend event

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Postwar Germany and medieval CSI

Thursday 14th January 2016

Lara Feigel explains how the Allies used culture to try to rebuild Germany after 1945, while Elizabeth New talks about a new project that uses modern forensics to analyse documents from the Middle Ages

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The amazing history of Egypt

Thursday 7th January 2016

Joann Fletcher describes Egypt’s remarkable story, from the pyramids to Cleopatra

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Victorian bakers and the Leningrad symphony

Thursday 31st December 2015

Alex Langlands offers insights into 19th-century bread making, while Tom Service tells the remarkable story of an orchestra who defied the Nazis

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2015 Christmas history quiz

Thursday 24th December 2015

Test your trivia knowledge with our podcast pub quiz. The questions have been devised by QI’s Justin Pollard

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Britain’s railways and the Titanic

Thursday 17th December 2015

Simon Bradley describes Britain's rail revolution, while Aidan McMichael guides us around the shipyard that built Titanic

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A history of red hair and amazing animals

Thursday 10th December 2015

Jacky Colliss Harvey explores thousands of years of red-headedness, while Stephen Moss chats about his new book, Natural Histories

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The Battle of the Atlantic and the history of Spain

Thursday 3rd December 2015

Jonathan Dimbleby describes the pivotal World War Two naval clash, while Marion Milne talks about a new BBC Four series on Spain through the ages

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Shakespeare in 1606 and Olympic swimmers

Thursday 26th November 2015

James Shapiro explores a key year in the life of England’s greatest playwright, while Julie Checkoway tells the story of a remarkable group of athletes in the mid-20th century

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