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

Prisoners of war

Monday 15th January 2018

Clare Makepeace explores the experiences of British soldiers who spent time in POW camps in World War Two

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Roman rule in Britain and the romances of Il Duce

Wednesday 29th September 2010

Miles Russell discusses the key moments in the Roman occupation of Britain, RJB Bosworth talks about Mussolini's love life, and Dr Hannah Newton analyses the anguish of bereaved parents in the 17th century.

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The Da Vinci Code, the trials of ruling and the war in Korea

Monday 13th September 2010

Tim Benbow offers his thoughts on the Korean War, Helen Castor explains the difficulties of being a queen in the 12th century and Helen Rosslyn describes the impact of The Da Vinci Code on Rosslyn Chapel.

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Stalin's interpreter, the Normans and a look at British heroics

Monday 9th August 2010

Max Jones on the decline of British heroes, Robert Bartlett talking Normans and Hugh Lunghi recalls his time with Stalin.

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Pirates, propaganda and the history of swearing

Friday 9th July 2010

Claire Jowitt talks about Elizabeth I's pirates, Kay Chadwick introduces a Vichy propagandist and John Spurr discusses swearing in history.

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A real life Robin Hood and tales from the survivors of the Blitz

Friday 11th June 2010

Edward Vallance discusses a 17th century radical and Hugh Doherty on true life Robin Hoods. Also in this edition survivors of the Blitz in the Second World War relive the experience.

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The Battle of Marathon plus Dunkirk and WWII refugees

Friday 7th May 2010

Laurence Rees explains why Hitler didn't press his advantage at Dunkirk in 1940. Plus Michael Scott offers his insights into the 490 BC Battle of Marathon. Also this month Gillian Mawson tells the stories of Guernsey's Second World War child refugees.

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The Restoration plus Britain's relationship with chocolate

Friday 9th April 2010

Jenny Uglow gives us the lowdown on Charles II and the Restoration. Plus Emma Robertson explores the origins of chocolate in the British Empire.

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Where the Bosworth battle really happened and a detailed look at rationing

Friday 12th March 2010

Glenn Foard reflects on the discovery of the true location of the Bosworth battlefield and Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska explains the role of rationing in the Second World War.

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Cromwell's words, Richard's crusades and the 1930s

Friday 12th February 2010

John Morrill explains why we need to look more closely at the words of Oliver Cromwell, Juliet Gardiner considers the 1930s, and Thomas Asbridge delves into Richard I's crusades.

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Historical objects - toilets and medicines

Friday 15th January 2010

Neil MacGregor discusses key objects in world history, Robert Hume looks at toilet designer Thomas Crapper and Elaine Leong talks about medicines in the 18th century.

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