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

Blitzkrieg

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Lloyd Clark explores the 1940 German invasion of France in a lecture delivered at our World War Two day event last month

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Podcast archive

James May on the Wright Brothers, the Battle of Britain and a close call for the spitfire

Wednesday 24th October 2007

Top Gear presenter James May explains his admiration for the Wright Brothers, Dr Anthony Cumming challenges traditional assumptions about the Battle of Britain, Author and journalist Leo McKinstry reveals how the Spitfire nearly missed its finest hour.

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WWII memories from veterans and a trip to the Mary Rose Museum

Tuesday 25th September 2007

History programme-maker Laurence Rees recalls some of his most interesting encounters with Second World War veterans, David Musgrove takes a tour of the Mary Rose Museum and finds out about the ship's final moments.

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The history of China and the tale of two mistresses

Wednesday 22nd August 2007

Professor Harry Gelber looks back over China's long history, Historical biographer Alison Weir and author and historian Tracy Borman tell the stories of two royal mistresses.

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Historic travel - onboard with the Vikings and on a crusade

Friday 20th July 2007

Professor Jonathan Phillips talks about the Second Crusade, A live report from a recreated Viking voyage, TV presenter Nicholas Crane discusses historic travellers.

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The Duke of Wellington

Monday 25th June 2007

Professor Gary Sheffield describes the political talents of the Duke of Wellington.

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Pivotal points of WWII

Thursday 3rd May 2007

Professor Ian Kershaw discusses the major decisions and turning points of the Second World War.

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