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

Utopias in history and an environmental disaster

Thursday 16th March 2017

Rutger Bregman explores past attempts to create a better society, while Julian May explains what happened when a huge oil tanker ran aground off the British coast in 1967

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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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Historians in parliament

Thursday 8th December 2016

Historian-politicians Tristram Hunt, Chris Skidmore, Kwasi Kwarteng and Peter Hennessy explain how their two professions relate to each other.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor and physics through the ages

Thursday 1st December 2016

Nicholas Best reflects on the events and aftermath of the 1941 Japanese raid, while Carlo Rovelli discusses his new book Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity.

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Arts and Crafts and unusual inventors

Thursday 24th November 2016

Rosalind Ormiston discusses an important 19th-century artistic movement, while David Bramwell introduces some of history’s most talented eccentrics.

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Soviet science and feeding Britain at war

Thursday 17th November 2016

Simon Ings reveals how Stalin and others shaped scientific development in the USSR, while William Sitwell describes the challenges of keeping Britain supplied in the era of rationing

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The wartime SAS and Hitler’s drug addiction

Thursday 10th November 2016

Ben Macintyre details the extraordinary activities of the Special Air Service in the fight against the Axis, while Norman Ohler discusses Blitzed, his new book on Nazi drug abuse

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Black British history and Charles I’s children

Thursday 3rd November 2016

David Olusoga explores Britain’s links with the people of Africa, while Linda Porter tells the story of a tragic 17th-century royal family

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Reporting from war zones

Thursday 27th October 2016

The BBC’s World Affairs Editor John Simpson describes how the role of a foreign correspondent has changed over the years

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