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 India and a terrible explosion

Thursday 21st May 2015

Sunil Khilnani chats about his new BBC Radio 4 series Incarnations, while Brian Dillon discusses a 1916 tragedy in a munitions factory.

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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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Escaping the Blitz and recording the First World War

Thursday 13th March 2014

Juliet Gardiner pays a visit to an unusual Second World War shelter, while Julia Cave recalls her experiences interviewing veterans of the First World War

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Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'

Thursday 6th March 2014

Gareth Williams guides us through the British Museum's major new Vikings exhibition, while Julie Gottlieb explains why a Nazi women's leader was visiting Britain in 1939

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Tasmanian aborigines and the historic importance of the River Nile

Thursday 27th February 2014

Tom Lawson talks about the often-brutal experiences of the people of Tasmania, while Toby Wilkinson explores the historic importance of the River Nile

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Napoleon's formative years and great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment

Thursday 20th February 2014

In our latest podcast, Michael Broers discusses Napoleon's formative years, while Alexander Broadie looks at some of the great thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment

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The Babylonian Noah and Norse mythology

Thursday 13th February 2014

Irving Finkel describes a remarkable Babylonian tablet that changes our understanding of the flood legend. Meanwhile, Joanne Harris gives us her take on the Norse gods

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Royal cousins at war and Brunel's brilliance

Thursday 6th February 2014

Richard Sanders considers how Europe's monarchs ended up on opposing sides in the First World War, while Eugene Byrne explores the talents of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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Memories of Churchill and the history of the individual

Thursday 30th January 2014

John Julius Norwich recalls his remarkable childhood, while Larry Siedentop discusses liberalism and the West's 'crisis of confidence'

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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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