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 roots of modern rage

Thursday 16th February 2017

Author and journalist Pankaj Mishra discusses his new book Age of Anger with the historian Tom Holland.

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Britain’s railways and the Titanic

Thursday 17th December 2015

Simon Bradley describes Britain's rail revolution, while Aidan McMichael guides us around the shipyard that built Titanic

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A history of red hair and amazing animals

Thursday 10th December 2015

Jacky Colliss Harvey explores thousands of years of red-headedness, while Stephen Moss chats about his new book, Natural Histories

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The Battle of the Atlantic and the history of Spain

Thursday 3rd December 2015

Jonathan Dimbleby describes the pivotal World War Two naval clash, while Marion Milne talks about a new BBC Four series on Spain through the ages

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Shakespeare in 1606 and Olympic swimmers

Thursday 26th November 2015

James Shapiro explores a key year in the life of England’s greatest playwright, while Julie Checkoway tells the story of a remarkable group of athletes in the mid-20th century

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The Peasants’ Revolt and a Cold War spy

Thursday 19th November 2015

Melvyn Bragg introduces his historical novel on the 14th-century uprising, while Andrew Lownie describes the remarkable career of Guy Burgess

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Ancient Rome special

Thursday 12th November 2015

Mary Beard talks about her new book SPQR, while Robert Harris discusses the Roman statesman Cicero

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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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