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

Kamikaze pilots and Captain John Smith

Thursday 18th December 2014

Christopher Harding analyses the motivations of the Japanese kamikaze pilots, while Peter Firstbrook describes the life of the man whose life was famously saved by Pocahontas

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Ancient Greek theatre and Victorian prisons

Thursday 17th October 2013

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

The First World War and Richard III

Thursday 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

The mysteries of the Princes in the Tower

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Leanda de Lisle visits the Tower of London to explore the fate of the princes believed to have been killed there. Meanwhile Hannah Greig tells us about the Georgian fashionable elite, and we speak to Hollywood star Matthew Fox about his role in the historical film Emperor

Ancient burials and modern murders

Thursday 26th September 2013

Richard Bradley guides us around a Neolithic burial site, while Lucy Worsley explores the 19th and 20th-century British fascination with violent crime

Witch-hunting and medieval letter writing

Thursday 19th September 2013

Tracy Borman investigates the case of three women accused of witchcraft, while Deborah Thorpe charts the perilous path of a medieval letter

A fresh look at an Ancient Greek classic

Thursday 12th September 2013

Tom Holland tells us about his new translation of Herodotus, the 'father of history' . Plus Ben Wilson and Margaret MacMillan reveal their favourite history books

On the Civil War trail

Thursday 5th September 2013

Mark Stoyle and Charlotte Hodgman visit a key location in the clash between King Charles and Parliament

A fresh look at Edward III

Thursday 29th August 2013

Richard Barber describes the life and career of one of England's most successful medieval kings, based on new research for his book. Rob Attar presents

England and Scotland go to war

Thursday 22nd August 2013

George Goodwin describes the Anglo-Scottish battle of Flodden as the 500th anniversary approaches. Plus Gary Sheffield considers how First World War commanders coped with the peculiar challenges of that conflict. Rob Attar presents

The history behind the White Queen

Thursday 15th August 2013

Sarah Gristwood considers how the BBC series The White Queen matches up to the history of the period, while Nick Rennison explains how he wrote his debut historical novel. Rob Attar presents

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