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 Suez crisis and the north of England

Thursday 18th August 2016

Alex von Tunzelmann reflects on the dramatic global events of 1956, while Melvyn Bragg introduces his new BBC Radio 4 series, The Matter of the North

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The 1920s: Roaring or tame?

Thursday 11th August 2016

Kate Williams delves into the early part of the interwar period, in this talk from our 2015 History Weekend

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The Cold War and the history of philosophy

Thursday 4th August 2016

Rory Cormac guides us around a British nuclear bunker, while Bettany Hughes discusses some of the enduring ideas from Ancient Greece

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Jacobites and the Ancient World

Thursday 28th July 2016

Jacqueline Riding describes the events of the 1745 rebellion, while Michael Scott explains how ancient cultures across the globe managed to interact with each other

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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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