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 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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Historical television and the battle of Flodden

Thursday 29th September 2016

Tony Robinson discusses the impact of historical television programmes while Dr Katie Stevenson explores the battle of Flodden

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Women in politics and Robinson Crusoe

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Julie V Gottlieb charts the progression from the Suffragettes to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton, while Andrew Lambert tells the story of a Pacific island connected to the famous Daniel Defoe novel

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Cold War summits

Thursday 15th September 2016

David Reynolds and Kristina Spohr discuss the meetings between international leaders that aimed to control the nuclear arms race

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Poldark and historical TV drama

Thursday 8th September 2016

As the smash-hit series Poldark returns to our TV screens, Hannah Greig and Greg Jenner tackle some of the big debates around historical dramas

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The end of the First World War and the Duke of Wellington

Thursday 1st September 2016

Robert Gerwarth explains why Europe continued to be beset by violence well beyond 1918, while Huw Davies explores the London home of the Waterloo victor

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The Great Fire of London

Thursday 25th August 2016

Alexander Larman and Nicholas Kenyon discuss the events and legacy of the 1666 blaze, as we approach its 350th anniversary

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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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