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 Suez crisis and the north of England

Thursday 18th August 2016

Alex von Tunzelmann reflects on the dramatic global events of 1956, while Melvyn Bragg introduces his new BBC Radio 4 series, The Matter of the North

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The end of the Cold War and British culture

Thursday 5th November 2015

Robert Service describes how Reagan and Gorbachev improved east-west relations, while Dominic Sandbrook chats about his new BBC TV series Let Us Entertain You

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World War Two spies and an extraordinary naturalist

Thursday 29th October 2015
Sir Max Hastings discusses his new book The Secret War, while Andrea Wulf introduces the life and work of Alexander von Humboldt
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The Last Kingdom and Agincourt

Thursday 22nd October 2015

Bernard Cornwell talks about his books that inspired the new TV drama The Last Kingdom, while Anne Curry discusses Agincourt ahead of the 600th anniversary

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A year in medieval England

Thursday 15th October 2015

Helen Castor interviews Dan Jones about his new book on 1215, Realm Divided

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The Brontës and a revolutionary artist

Thursday 8th October 2015

Claire Harman visits the home of three remarkable literary sisters, while Loyd Grossman introduces the Georgian painter Benjamin West

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New views on the Holocaust and 1980s Britain

Thursday 1st October 2015

Timothy Snyder discusses his new book Black Earth, while Andy Beckett explores the early years of the Thatcher revolution

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Celts special

Thursday 24th September 2015

Julia Farley guides us around the British Museum’s major new exhibition that charts 2,500 years of Celtic identity and art

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The Somme and the Jacobites

Friday 18th September 2015

Andrew Roberts describes the opening day of one of World War One’s bloodiest battles, while Christopher Whatley explores the 18th-century uprising in favour of the Stuarts

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Roman emperors and women through the ages

Thursday 10th September 2015

Tom Holland describes the first imperial dynasty of Rome, while Amanda Foreman talks about her new TV series The Ascent of Woman

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North Sea oil and the Blitz

Thursday 3rd September 2015

James Naughtie describes the history of Britain’s postwar oil boom, while Joshua Levine explains how the Nazi bombing raids impacted on British society

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