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

The death of Stalin

Monday 23rd October 2017

Joshua Rubenstein discusses the dramatic events surrounding the death of the Soviet leader, now the subject of a major new film

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The Christmas quiz

Thursday 18th December 2008

BBC History Magazine's Christmas Quiz with QI quizmaster Justin Pollard.

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Ancient civilisations and Victorian shopping

Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Stephen Conway returns to 1775, Professor Mark Connelly describes how the Victorians began to shop until they dropped, The 'father of history' on one of the great ancient civilisations.

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Secrets of WWII, the French Revolution and 'The History of Scotland'

Friday 14th November 2008

Film-maker Laurence Rees discusses the secret top-level dealings of WW2, Munro Price visits the French Revolution in the Time Machine, The making of the new documentary series 'The History of Scotland'.

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The end of World War I

Thursday 23rd October 2008

Michael Palin looks back at the final hours of the conflict, Professor Gary Sheffield explains how the Allies were able to triumph in 1918, David Reynolds discusses the terms of the Armistice.

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Victoria's ascension and the Third Reich

Friday 10th October 2008

Kate Williams talks about the young Victoria's spirited struggle to become queen, Richard J Evans asks "how far did the German people support the Third Reich?".

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Operation Mincemeat, medieval town life and historical advisor to 'The Duchess'

Wednesday 24th September 2008

Patricia Davies recalls the brilliant deception plan Operation Mincemeat, Dr Ian Mortimer reveals what life was like for the inhabitants of medieval towns, Hannah Greig explains her role as historical advisor to the new film 'The Duchess'.

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Inside Pompeii and a date with Elizabeth I

Thursday 21st August 2008

Professor Mary Beard gives us an insight into the preserved Roman city of Pompeii, The controversial legacy of Oliver Cromwell is discussed by Professor John Morrill, Professor David Loades has a date with Elizabeth I and William Cecil with the help of our Time Machine.

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Recreating a Victorian farm and the life of Captain Cook

Thursday 24th July 2008

Professor Anne Curry tells us which year she would like to visit in our time machine, TV presenter Ruth Goodman updates us on her progress on the Victorian farm, Professor Glyn Williams offers his opinions on the life of Captain Cook.

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Inside Bletchley Park and a closer look at the Bayeux Tapestry

Wednesday 18th June 2008

Code-breaker Jerry Roberts recalls his work at Bletchley Park in the Second World War, David Musgrove interviews a panel of historians about the latest research on the Bayeux Tapestry, Professor Tim Blanning takes our Time Machine to 1876 for a night at the opera.

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Answers from Trotsky and a new look at Elizabeth I

Tuesday 27th May 2008

David Musgrove takes a look around the new visitors' centre at Culloden, Historical biographer Alison Weir describes her discovery of an unknown portrait of Elizabeth I, Professor Robert Service seeks answers from Leon Trotsky using our Time Machine.

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