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 history of immigration

Thursday 26th March 2015

Mark Ormrod and Robin Fleming examine the lives of migrants into England during the Anglo-Saxon and medieval eras

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Paxman on World War One

Thursday 23rd January 2014

Jeremy Paxman discusses Britain in the First World War, as his new BBC TV series is about to air. Meanwhile, Miles Russell takes us on a trip to a luxurious Roman home

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Britain and the Union

Friday 17th January 2014

Linda Colley discusses the history of the United Kingdom and considers its future

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Britain in 1914 and Jesus in history

Thursday 9th January 2014

Mark Bostridge describes some of the challenges facing Britain before the First World War, while Reza Aslan comments on the historical Jesus

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The aftermath of the Second World War

Thursday 2nd January 2014

Keith Lowe examines the struggles that faced postwar Europe, in a lecture from our recent History Weekend

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The Black Death and Tudor adventurers

Friday 27th December 2013

John Hatcher visits a village devastated by the Black Death, while James Evans describes the doomed search for the north-east passage in the 16th century

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Christmas quiz

Thursday 19th December 2013

Test your history knowledge with our annual Christmas podcast quiz

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Nelson Mandela special

Thursday 12th December 2013

Following the death of Mandela, Saul Dubow and Aron Mazel consider his remarkable political career and his role in ending Apartheid

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The legacy of the First World War and Gandhi's early years

Thursday 5th December 2013

David Reynolds explains how the First World War shaped the 20th century, while Ramachandra Guha considers Mahatma Gandhi's formative years

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Victorian vigour and a remarkable family

Thursday 28th November 2013

Simon Heffer discusses the triumphs of Victorian Britain, while Adrian Tinniswood talks about the 17th-century Rainborowes who were involved in the Civil War

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JFK and a neglected Tudor

Thursday 21st November 2013

Mark White reappraises JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, while Alison Weir describes the life of Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII

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