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

Killing Mussolini

Thursday 27th August 2015

Roderick Bailey describes British attempts to assassinate the Italian leader during World War Two.

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Science fiction and dancing in history

Thursday 13th November 2014

Dominic Sandbrook explores how science fiction books and movies can offer insights into the past, while Lucy Worsley waltzes back in time

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The Berlin Wall and the return of Charles II

Thursday 6th November 2014

Hester Vaizey explores how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected East Germans, while Ronald Hutton visits an important site from the Restoration

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The Gunpowder Plot and the First World War

Thursday 30th October 2014

Clare Jackson discusses the dramatic events of November 1605, while Jay Winter shares his thoughts on the First World War

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Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit

Thursday 23rd October 2014

Neil MacGregor chats about his new radio series Germany: Memories of a Nation, while Giles Milton shares some fascinating footnotes from the past

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Georgian gardens and historical fiction

Thursday 16th October 2014

We visit Hampton Court’s new kitchen garden, while Wilbur Smith discusses his latest historical novel

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The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists

Thursday 9th October 2014

Ranulph Fiennes talks about his ancestors’ involvement in the battle of Agincourt, and Paul Preston explores the life of Spanish communist politician Santiago Carrillo

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The trials of Joan of Arc

Thursday 2nd October 2014

Dan Jones speaks to Helen Castor about her new book on the tragic French heroine Joan of Arc.

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The history of humanity

Thursday 25th September 2014

Yuval Harari explains why Homo sapiens came to dominate the world and offers surprising insights into our shared past

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Hunting the regicides and the Chartist movement

Thursday 18th September 2014

Charles Spencer describes the trials of those who executed Charles I, while Charlotte Hodgman visits a cottage connected to the battle for working class suffrage

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Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses

Thursday 11th September 2014

Dan Jones is interviewed by Tudor expert Suzannah Lipscomb about his new book on the Wars of the Roses. The two historians discuss the writing of popular history, the role of medieval kings and the controversial figure of Richard III, among other things.

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