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

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You can download "Battle of Waterloo special" here.

Battle of Waterloo special

20th November 2014

Bernard Cornwell and Paul O’Keeffe explore the 1815 defeat of Napoleon and its aftermath

Podcast archive

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You can download "Royal cousins at war and Brunel's brilliance" here.

Royal cousins at war and Brunel's brilliance

6th February 2014

Richard Sanders considers how Europe's monarchs ended up on opposing sides in the First World War, while Eugene Byrne explores the talents of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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You can download "Memories of Churchill and the history of the individual" here.

Memories of Churchill and the history of the individual

30th January 2014

John Julius Norwich recalls his remarkable childhood, while Larry Siedentop discusses liberalism and the West's 'crisis of confidence'

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You can download "Paxman on World War One" here.

Paxman on World War One

23rd January 2014

Jeremy Paxman discusses Britain in the First World War, as his new BBC TV series is about to air. Meanwhile, Miles Russell takes us on a trip to a luxurious Roman home

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You can download "Britain and the Union" here.

Britain and the Union

16th January 2014

Linda Colley discusses the history of the United Kingdom and considers its future

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You can download "Britain in 1914 and Jesus in history" here.

Britain in 1914 and Jesus in history

9th January 2014

Mark Bostridge describes some of the challenges facing Britain before the First World War, while Reza Aslan comments on the historical Jesus

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You can download "The aftermath of the Second World War" here.

The aftermath of the Second World War

2nd January 2014

Keith Lowe examines the struggles that faced postwar Europe, in a lecture from our recent History Weekend

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You can download "The Black Death and Tudor adventurers" here.

The Black Death and Tudor adventurers

26th December 2013

John Hatcher visits a village devastated by the Black Death, while James Evans describes the doomed search for the north-east passage in the 16th century

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You can download "Christmas quiz" here.

Christmas quiz

19th December 2013

Test your history knowledge with our annual Christmas podcast quiz

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You can download "Nelson Mandela special" here.

Nelson Mandela special

12th December 2013

Following the death of Mandela, Saul Dubow and Aron Mazel consider his remarkable political career and his role in ending Apartheid

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You can download "The legacy of the First World War and Gandhi's early years" here.

The legacy of the First World War and Gandhi's early years

5th December 2013

David Reynolds explains how the First World War shaped the 20th century, while Ramachandra Guha considers Mahatma Gandhi's formative years

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