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

Battle of the Somme special

Thursday 30th June 2016

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore reflects on the events of the battle as we approach its centenary, while Jonathan Ruffle of gbfilms.com talks about his BBC Radio 4 series Tommies

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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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Killing Mussolini

Thursday 27th August 2015

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

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Ancient cities and the Norman conquest

Thursday 20th August 2015

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill examines the rise of Athens and Rome, while David Bates visits one of the Normans’ most important castles

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Crusade logistics and the battle over the slave trade

Thursday 13th August 2015

Christopher Tyerman describes how the medieval campaigns to capture the Holy Land were arranged, while Ryan Cronin discusses some remarkable letters regarding the slave industry. 

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The Pacific War and First World War black soldiers

Thursday 6th August 2015

Francis Pike talks to us about the Second World War in the Far East, while Stephen Bourne explains how black Britons participated in the 1914–18 clash.

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Ancient thinkers and the history of madness

Thursday 30th July 2015

Bettany Hughes discusses Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha, while Andrew Scull talks about his new book on the cultural history of insanity.

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Witch trials and feuding queens

Thursday 23rd July 2015

Robert Poole tells the tragic story of the Pendle witches, while Nancy Goldstone explores the complex relationship between Catherine de Medici and her daughter

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Anglo-Saxon saints and British slave-owners

Thursday 16th July 2015

Janina Ramirez introduces some remarkable medieval religious figures, while David Olusoga talks about his new BBC TV series on Britons’ connections to slavery

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