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 "English Heritage's History Live festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire" here.

English Heritage's History Live festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire

25th July 2013

Anna Whitelock, Chris Skidmore MP, English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley and other leading historians discuss the value of heritage in a special report from the History Live! festival at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "The Spanish Armada and an Iron Age mansion" here.

The Spanish Armada and an Iron Age mansion

18th July 2013

Robert Hutchinson explores the reality of the Spanish Armada campaign of 1588, while Professor Michael Fulford discusses the discovery of a huge Iron Age mansion at Silchester. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "Georgian marriage and food in history" here.

Georgian marriage and food in history

11th July 2013

Lesley Adkins discusses the realities of marriage in Georgian Britain, while Sara Pennell explores changing attitudes to food in the early modern period. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "China's Second World War and royal births through the ages" here.

China's Second World War and royal births through the ages

4th July 2013

Rana Mitter explores China's little-known contribution to Allied effort in World War Two, while Kate Williams explains how royal babies have been treated through history. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Nazi spies and Viking ships" here.

Nazi spies and Viking ships

27th June 2013

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones tells the story of an unlikely German spy, while Giles Kristian recalls his adventures on a recreated Viking ship. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Margaret Thatcher's path to power, and the story of the Devonshires" here.

Margaret Thatcher's path to power, and the story of the Devonshires

20th June 2013

Matt Elton speaks to Charles Moore about the first volume of his authorised Margaret Thatcher biography, while Roy Hattersley explores the history of one of Britain's most influential dynasties. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "Elizabeth I's two bodies" here.

Elizabeth I's two bodies

13th June 2013

Anna Whitelock explores the contradictions of the Virgin Queen's private life in a lecture recorded at our recent Tudors Day in Bristol.

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You can download "Richard III vs Henry VII" here.

Richard III vs Henry VII

6th June 2013

Chris Skidmore describes how the first Tudor king seized the crown from Richard III at Bosworth, while Brendan Simms examines Europe's past, present and future. Matt Elton presents

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You can download "Horrible Histories special" here.

Horrible Histories special

30th May 2013

Charlotte Hodgman pays a visit to the set of the award-winning Horrible Histories TV series to find out the secrets of the show's success. Rob Attar presents

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You can download "A history of the world and a second Norman Conquest" here.

A history of the world and a second Norman Conquest

23rd May 2013

Arne Westad discusses the challenges of writing global history, while Sean McGlynn describes how a French invasion nearly overthrew King John