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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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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The motivations behind Viking raids and the life of Dr Johnson

Friday 18th December 2009

Robert Ferguson considers what drove the Vikings to launch their seaborne attacks, while Peter Martin reviews the life and personality of Dr Johnson.

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WWI army rations and the French Revolution

Friday 4th December 2009

Rachael Duffett considers how First World War soldiers took to the food they were served. Plus Julian Swann offers his thoughts on the origin of the French Revolution.

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The Britons of the Ypres graves and the battle of Quiberon Bay

Wednesday 11th November 2009

Sue Elliott explains how the children of the Britons who tended First World War graves at Ypres went on to fight the Nazis. Also in this issue Jeremy Black reveals why the battle of Quiberon Bay 250 years ago saved Britain from invasion.

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First World War special

Friday 6th November 2009

This week's podcast is a First World War special. We begin with oral historian Peter Hart who introduces clips of interviews with war veterans from the Imperial War Museum sound archive. Also in this issue Fiona Reid explores the changing nature of Remembrance Day commemorations.

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Ancient Greece in the 4th-century BC and the Spanish in Mexico

Wednesday 14th October 2009

Michael Scott explains why the 4th century BC was just as important as the previous 100 years in the history of Ancient Greece. Also in this edition we speak to Caroline Dodds Pennock about the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II and the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

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The private lives of the British and the cruelty of Henry V

Friday 2nd October 2009

Amanda Vickery talks about her new radio series that delves into the history of private lives in Britain*. Also in this edition Ian Mortimer explains why he thinks Henry V was a cruel king who doesn't deserve his heroic reputation.

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The battle of Quebec and the jealousy of a queen

Thursday 17th September 2009

This month Dan Snow gives his opinions on the momentous battle of Quebec that took place 250 years ago. Plus we speak to Tracy Borman about how Elizabeth I grew envious of the other women at her court.

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Second World War special

Thursday 3rd September 2009

This month's podcast is a Second World War special. We speak to Dr Dan Todman about the situation on the home front in 1939 and you can hear exclusive extracts from two new BBC Second World War Audiobooks.

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Bermuda in the British Empire and Medieval brutality

Friday 28th August 2009

Peter Thompson explains how a 17th-century shipwreck brought Bermuda into the British Empire; Sean McGlynn discusses Medieval atrocities and reveals how they compare to modern-day brutality.

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Thomas Becket and 16th-century swimming

Thursday 30th July 2009

John Gillingham (pictured) explains how the murder of Thomas Becket inspired a magnificent fortress; Nicholas Orme leafs through a 16th-century guide to the art of swimming.

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