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

Eating with Dickens

Monday 11th December 2017

Pen Vogler explores Victorian food through the life and works of the era’s best-known writer

 
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Blitzkrieg

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Lloyd Clark explores the 1940 German invasion of France in a lecture delivered at our World War Two day event last month

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Utopias in history and an environmental disaster

Thursday 16th March 2017

Rutger Bregman explores past attempts to create a better society, while Julian May explains what happened when a huge oil tanker ran aground off the British coast in 1967

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Postwar occupations and Raleigh bicycles

Thursday 9th March 2017

Susan L Carruthers tells the story of American forces in Germany and Japan after World War Two, while Steve Humphries previews his new BBC Four documentary Pedalling Dreams

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The Reformation

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Eamon Duffy joins us to discuss some of the big questions of the Reformation.

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A revolutionary engineer and Victoria’s Indian confidant

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Julian Glover describes the life and remarkable career of Thomas Telford, while Shrabani Basu tells the story of Abdul Karim, who became Queen Victoria’s close friend

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The roots of modern rage

Thursday 16th February 2017

Author and journalist Pankaj Mishra discusses his new book Age of Anger with the historian Tom Holland.

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The impact of war and a zoological institution

Thursday 9th February 2017

Peter Clarke explores how conflict shaped the 20th century, while Isobel Charman describes the early years of London Zoo.

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The Russian revolution and myths of ancient Egypt

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt

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The history of puzzles and Lady Anne Barnard

Thursday 26th January 2017

Alex Bellos explores 2,000 years of puzzles, while Stephen Taylor investigates the extraordinary life of an unconventional Georgian aristocrat.

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The Battle of Britain

Thursday 19th January 2017

In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend at Malmesbury, historian James Holland describes how the Luftwaffe and RAF fought to control the skies over Britain in 1940.

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