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

Cornwell on Shakespeare

Thursday 14th December 2017

Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, set in the world of Elizabethan theatre

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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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A history of Istanbul

Thursday 12th January 2017

Bettany Hughes discusses her new book on the history of Istanbul with fellow historian Peter Frankopan

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The big questions of the Holocaust

Thursday 5th January 2017

Laurence Rees joins us to explore some of the key debates in the history of the Nazi genocide of the Jews.

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The birth of Eurasia

Thursday 29th December 2016

Barry Cunliffe discusses the subject of his book By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean in a talk from our 2016 History Weekend.

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2016 Christmas history quiz

Thursday 22nd December 2016

Test your history knowledge with our festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard.

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Corner shops and Russian ballet

Thursday 15th December 2016

Babita Sharma talks about her new BBC Four documentary Booze, Beans and Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop, while Simon Morrison explores the colourful history of the Bolshoi Ballet.

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Historians in parliament

Thursday 8th December 2016

Historian-politicians Tristram Hunt, Chris Skidmore, Kwasi Kwarteng and Peter Hennessy explain how their two professions relate to each other.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor and physics through the ages

Thursday 1st December 2016

Nicholas Best reflects on the events and aftermath of the 1941 Japanese raid, while Carlo Rovelli discusses his new book Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity.

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Arts and Crafts and unusual inventors

Thursday 24th November 2016

Rosalind Ormiston discusses an important 19th-century artistic movement, while David Bramwell introduces some of history’s most talented eccentrics.

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Soviet science and feeding Britain at war

Thursday 17th November 2016

Simon Ings reveals how Stalin and others shaped scientific development in the USSR, while William Sitwell describes the challenges of keeping Britain supplied in the era of rationing

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