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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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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The Aberfan disaster and women who made history

Thursday 20th October 2016

Steve Humphries reflects on the 1966 tragedy that enveloped a Welsh village, while Jenni Murray talks about her new book A History of Britain in 21 Women

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The Norman Conquest

Thursday 13th October 2016

On the eve of the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings, Marc Morris tells the story of William the Conqueror’s dramatic victory and explores its profound legacy

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Lenin and the Russian revolutions

Thursday 6th October 2016

Catherine Merridale recounts the future Soviet leader’s famous 1917 journey to Petrograd, while Helen Rappaport details the fate of foreign nationals caught up in that year’s upheavals.

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