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 history of India and a terrible explosion

Thursday 21st May 2015

Sunil Khilnani chats about his new BBC Radio 4 series Incarnations, while Brian Dillon discusses a 1916 tragedy in a munitions factory.

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The global First World War

Thursday 7th August 2014

David Olusoga explains how the First World War impacted on millions of people across the globe

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The German view on the First World War

Thursday 31st July 2014

Alexander Watson discusses the conflict from the Central Powers' perspective, while British First World War veterans recall the events of August 1914

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Richard III and dirty Tudors

Thursday 24th July 2014

Chris Skidmore delves inside the mind of King Richard III, while Pamela Hartshorne reveals how people in Tudor times tried to keep their cities clean

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The World War Two French resistance and British holidays

Thursday 17th July 2014

Paddy Ashdown describes French attempts to battle the Nazis, while Kathryn Ferry explains how Britain experienced an interwar holiday boom.

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Cold War smuggling and First World War veterans

Thursday 10th July 2014

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee discuss how banned literature was smuggled into the USSR during the Cold War, while First World War veterans share their memories of July 2014.

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Delphi and the Spanish empire

Thursday 3rd July 2014

Michael Scott describes the history of Delphi, home to the famous Ancient Greek oracle, while Hugh Thomas discusses the Spanish empire during the reign of Philip II

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Finance and war

Thursday 26th June 2014

Kwasi Kwarteng explores the relationship between gold and conflict, while Richard Van Emden explores life at the front in the First World War

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English gardens and Latin American football

Thursday 19th June 2014
Timothy Mowl guides us around a historic English garden, while Andreas Campomar explains Latin America's fixation with football
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The legacy of the First World War

Thursday 12th June 2014

Adam Tooze explains how the outcome of the First World War shaped global history and led to the rise of the United States as a superpower

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Wolfson History Prize special

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The winners of the latest Wolfson History Prizes discuss their books and the secrets of writing popular history

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