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 life of Keynes and a trip to Ancient Greece

Thursday 26th February 2015

Richard Davenport-Hines explores the personal life of economist John Maynard Keynes, while Peter Jones talks about his new book on the Greek world

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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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Global history and the rise of the factories

Thursday 14th November 2013

Michael Scott chats about his new Radio 4 series Spin the Globe, while Simon Thurley guides us around an important site in Britain's Industrial Revolution

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Cold War culture and the path to the First World War

Thursday 7th November 2013

Dominic Sandbrook explores how the Cold War impacted on many aspects of British life, while Margaret MacMillan tells us why she believes the First World War broke out when it did

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A new look at Nelson and a haunted castle

Thursday 31st October 2013

Quintin Colville guides us around a major new Nelson gallery, while Charlotte Hodgman pays a Halloween visit to a spooky castle

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Tudor portraits and Victorian footballers

Thursday 24th October 2013

Tarnya Cooper introduces the National Portrait Gallery's new Elizabethan exhibition, while Richard Sanders delves into the early years of football. Plus, we talk to the BBC's Martin Davidson about the corporation's First World War plans

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