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

India at war and mining accidents

Thursday 2nd July 2015

Yasmin Khan explores the impact of World War Two on the British Raj, while Daniel Blackie describes the plight of injured miners in the 19th century

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Victorian burials and the history of psychology

Thursday 1st May 2014

Ruth Levitt explains how Britain struggled to bury its dead during the 19th century, while Martin Sixsmith gives us the lowdown on his new Radio 4 series

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The value of war and the rail revolution

Thursday 24th April 2014

Ian Morris argues that war has been a positive force for change through history, while Di Drummond explores an important part of Britain's rail heritage

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African history special

Thursday 17th April 2014

Miranda Kaufmann reveals the role played by Africans in Tudor exploration, while Gus Casely-Hayford explores the ancient African city of Timbuktu

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Lawrence of Arabia and the Romanov sisters

Thursday 10th April 2014

Scott Anderson discusses the famed adventurer Lawrence of Arabia, while Helen Rappaport speaks to us about the tragic daughters of Tsar Nicholas II

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Britain in the 1970s

Thursday 3rd April 2014

Dominic Sandbrook charts the highs and lows of 1970s Britain in a lecture delivered at our History Weekend festival

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Anglo-Saxon treasures, and did Britain invent freedom?

Thursday 27th March 2014

Charlotte Hodgman explores the Staffordshire Hoard, while Daniel Hannan argues that English-speaking people created many of our modern liberties

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Cold War spies and friendship through the ages

Thursday 20th March 2014

Ben Macintyre delves into the life of double agent Kim Philby, while Thomas Dixon explains how the meaning of friendship has changed over the centuries

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Escaping the Blitz and recording the First World War

Thursday 13th March 2014

Juliet Gardiner pays a visit to an unusual Second World War shelter, while Julia Cave recalls her experiences interviewing veterans of the First World War

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Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'

Thursday 6th March 2014

Gareth Williams guides us through the British Museum's major new Vikings exhibition, while Julie Gottlieb explains why a Nazi women's leader was visiting Britain in 1939

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Tasmanian aborigines and the historic importance of the River Nile

Thursday 27th February 2014

Tom Lawson talks about the often-brutal experiences of the people of Tasmania, while Toby Wilkinson explores the historic importance of the River Nile

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