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

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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Roman slavery and the man who started the First World War

Thursday 22nd May 2014

Cambridge classicist Jerry Toner examines the lives of slaves in Ancient Rome and considers their status in Roman society. Meanwhile, Tim Butcher tells us about his search for the true story of Gavrilo Princip, the misunderstood assassin whose actions sparked the First World War

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Monte Cassino and revolutionary Russia

Thursday 15th May 2014

Matthew Parker revisits a brutal Second World War battle, while Orlando Figes discusses Russia and the Soviet Union

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Thomas Malthus and Wilkie Collins

Thursday 8th May 2014

Robert Mayhew discusses the controversial Georgian economist Thomas Malthus, while Andrew Lycett explores the life and work of the Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins

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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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