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 "The history of humanity" here.

The history of humanity

25th Sept 2014

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

Podcast archive

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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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You can download "Victorian vigour and a remarkable family" here.

Victorian vigour and a remarkable family

28th November 2013

Simon Heffer discusses the triumphs of Victorian Britain, while Adrian Tinniswood talks about the 17th-century Rainborowes who were involved in the Civil War

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You can download "JFK and a neglected Tudor" here.

JFK and a neglected Tudor

21st November 2013

Mark White reappraises JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, while Alison Weir describes the life of Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII

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You can download "Global history and the rise of the factories" here.

Global history and the rise of the factories

14th November 2013

Michael Scott chats about his new Radio 4 series Spin the Globe, while Simon Thurley guides us around an important site in Britain's Industrial Revolution

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You can download "Cold War culture and the path to the First World War" here.

Cold War culture and the path to the First World War

7th November 2013

Dominic Sandbrook explores how the Cold War impacted on many aspects of British life, while Margaret MacMillan tells us why she believes the First World War broke out when it did

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You can download "A new look at Nelson and a haunted castle" here.

A new look at Nelson and a haunted castle

31st October 2013

Quintin Colville guides us around a major new Nelson gallery, while Charlotte Hodgman pays a Halloween visit to a spooky castle

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You can download "Tudor portraits and Victorian footballers" here.

Tudor portraits and Victorian footballers

24th October 2013

Tarnya Cooper introduces the National Portrait Gallery's new Elizabethan exhibition, while Richard Sanders delves into the early years of football. Plus, we talk to the BBC's Martin Davidson about the corporation's First World War plans

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You can download "Ancient Greek theatre and Victorian prisons" here.

Ancient Greek theatre and Victorian prisons

17th October 2013

Michael Scott delves into the origins of drama, while Alyson Brown takes a trip around the historic Beaumaris Gaol

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You can download "The First World War and Richard III" here.

The First World War and Richard III

10th October 2013

Sir Max Hastings explores the origins and bloody outbreak of the First World War, while Philippa Langley and Michael Jones describe the discovery of Richard III's remains