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 history of India and a terrible explosion

Thursday 21st May 2015

Sunil Khilnani chats about his new BBC Radio 4 series Incarnations, while Brian Dillon discusses a 1916 tragedy in a munitions factory.

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Podcast archive

Wolfson History Prize 2015 special

Thursday 14th May 2015

We speak to Alexander Watson and Richard Vinen about their prize-winning books on the First World War and national service. 

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VE Day special

Thursday 7th May 2015

Richard Overy describes the end of the Second World War, while Steve Humphries exhorts the wartime generation. 

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Magna Carta and the Holocaust

Thursday 30th April 2015

David Starkey opines on the Great Charter of 1215, while Dan Stone discusses the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. 

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Medieval universities and an unlikely friendship

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Hannah Skoda visits Merton College in Oxford to explore the history of education, while Anna Thomasson describes the relationship between the artist Rex Whistler and the writer Edith Olivier. 

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Gallipoli and famine

Thursday 16th April 2015

Peter FitzSimons discusses the disastrous World War One campaign from an Australian perspective, while Cormac Ó Gráda talks about the history of hunger. 

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Saladin and suffragettes

Thursday 9th April 2015

John Man discusses the medieval Muslim ruler, while June Purvis describes women’s struggles for the vote. 

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Science and St Peter

Thursday 2nd April 2015

Steven Weinberg explores thousands of years of discovery, while David Suchet chats about a key figure in Christianity’s past. 

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The history of immigration

Thursday 26th March 2015

Mark Ormrod and Robin Fleming examine the lives of migrants into England during the Anglo-Saxon and medieval eras

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Richard III reburial special

Thursday 19th March 2015

With just a few days to go until the Plantagenet king is reburied, we speak to Phil Stone, chairman of the Richard III Society, and historian Alexandra Buckle about this momentous event. 

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Food from the past and the history of illegitimacy

Thursday 12th March 2015

Mary Gwynn describes how Britons used to eat in the postwar years, while Jane Robinson talks to us about her new book In the Family Way.

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