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 Jul 15, 2020
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 Jan 14, 2020
Love this podcast. Could hardly wait for the twice weekly episodes to release. Now they are releasing three per week. Bliss!

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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com


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The Mayflower
00:26:28

On the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s momentous voyage to North America, historian and author James Evans reflects on the Pilgrim Fathers and the colony they established, and considers how important it was to the history of America. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 24, 2020
JFK: the path to power
00:39:42

Historian Fredrik Logevall discusses the first volume of his major new biography of John F Kennedy, exploring the US president’s upbringing and rise to political prominence. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 23, 2020
Viking genes unravelled
00:42:18

A new study of Viking DNA provides many new insights about the lives of Vikings. Dr Cat Jarman explains what it tells us, and what questions remain unanswered. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 22, 2020
Hitler’s vengeance
00:27:23

Author Catherine Bailey discusses her recent book Fey’s War, which tells the story of a family caught up in the aftermath of the failed plot to kill Hitler in the summer of 1944. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 21, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the East India Company, but were afraid to ask
01:21:38

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Jon Wilson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the English trading company that went on to become an agent of British imperialism in India during the 18th and 19th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 20, 2020
Ghosts of Viking London
00:54:58

 In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, archaeologist and author Thomas Williams discusses the many impacts the Norse raiders had on the city of London. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 19, 2020
Ben Macintyre on Agent Sonya – the greatest female spy in history
00:45:09

Journalist and bestselling author Ben Macintyre talks to us about his latest book, Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy, which tells the incredible story of a German-born woman who spied for the Soviet Union against both Britain and Nazi Germany, and helped transform the balance of power in the Cold War. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 18, 2020
Prisoners of the Japanese
00:24:49

Historian Sarah Kovner talks to us about her new book, Prisoners of the Empire, which challenges longstanding beliefs about why Allied prisoners were mistreated in Japanese camps during the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 16, 2020
Medieval rebellions
00:42:59

Historian Ryan Lavelle explores revolts against authority in the 11th century, including against the rule of William the Conqueror in England. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 14, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Suffragettes, but were afraid to ask
00:47:32

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian and author Diane Atkinson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the militant campaign for votes for women in the early 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 13, 2020
Scythians: Warrior Nomads of the Steppe
00:59:29

In a talk from our 2019 History Weekend in Winchester, Barry Cunliffe shares his knowledge of the skilled horsemen who rampaged across the steppe in the first millennium BC 

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Sep 12, 2020
A Cold War killing?
00:30:02

Journalist and author Ravi Somaiya discusses his new book, Operation Morthor, which investigates the mysterious 1961 death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash during the Congo Crisis. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 11, 2020
Simon Schama on the Romantics
00:46:36

Ahead of his new BBC Two series The Romantics and Us, the renowned art historian and broadcaster Simon Schama explores the legacy of the 18th and 19th-century artistic movement on the modern world. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 09, 2020
Isabel Wilkerson on caste in America
00:39:15

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson discusses her new book, Caste: The Lies That Divide Us, which argues that the divisions in American society are best understood if it is viewed as a caste system, and draws on comparisons with India and Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 07, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the legends of King Arthur, but were afraid to ask
00:55:40

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, experts Ron Hutton and Ad Putter respond to listener queries and popular search enquiries about King Arthur and the legendary tales surrounding him and his court. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 06, 2020
The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj
00:53:49

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, author and BBC broadcaster Anita Anand tells the dramatic story of one man’s decades-long quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 05, 2020
Britain goes to war, part 2
00:44:39

Historian Alan Allport discusses his new book, Britain at Bay, which explores the years 1938–41 as the country transitioned from an uneasy peace to the most perilous moments of World War Two. The second part of this interview examines the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the broadening of the conflict to include the Soviet Union and the British empire. The first part was released yesterday. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 04, 2020
Britain goes to war, part 1
00:45:09

Historian Alan Allport discusses his new book, Britain at Bay, which explores the years 1938–41 as the country transitioned from an uneasy peace to the most perilous moments of World War Two. The second part of this interview examines the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the broadening of the conflict to include the Soviet Union and the British empire. The first part was released yesterday. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 03, 2020
Ernest Bevin: working-class warrior
00:41:34

Author and former cabinet minister Andrew Adonis discusses his new biography of Ernest Bevin, exploring how the Labour politician played a crucial role in both World War Two and the early years of the Cold War. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Sep 02, 2020
The uncommon lives of common sailors
00:40:43

Author and journalist Stephen Taylor describes the experiences of ordinary British seamen who took to the waves during the age of sail in the 18th and 19th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 31, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Hundred Years’ War, but were afraid to ask
00:58:28

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Anne Curry responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval clashes between English and French forces for control of the throne of France. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 30, 2020
Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
00:58:58

In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Dan Jones introduces a vivid cast of characters from the medieval conflicts for the Holy Land. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 29, 2020
The extraordinary life of Sultan Selim I
00:58:18

Historian Alan Mikhail, author of a new biography of the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, explains how he transformed the empire in the early 16thcentury – with important consequences for the rest of the world. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 28, 2020
Edward the Confessor
00:58:23

Medieval historian Professor Tom Licence, author of a new biography of King Edward the Confessor, discusses the life and times of the pre-conquest ruler of England, King Edward the Confessor. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 26, 2020
Revisiting the Kindertransport
00:24:48

Playwright Jonathan Lichtenstein talks to us about his new book, The Berlin Shadow, which describes how he accompanied his father on a journey back to Berlin, retracing the steps he took in 1939 on the Kindertransport. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 24, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Aztecs, but were afraid to ask
00:48:40

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Caroline Dodds Pennock responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Mesoamerican civilisation, including a discussion of the practice of human sacrifice. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 23, 2020
Who Dares Wins: Britain in the Age of the Falklands
00:52:32

In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Dominic Sandbrook explores the history of Britain in the early 1980s. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 22, 2020
The story of the Freemasons
00:49:17

Historian John Dickie, author of the new book The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World, sifts fact from fiction in the history of a much misunderstood organisation. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 21, 2020
Africa’s cultural liberation
00:26:48

Author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch, who is presenting the new BBC Four series African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power, discusses the histories of Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal, and how contemporary artists in these countries are responding to the past. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 19, 2020
The history of seduction
00:37:42

Clement Knox, author of the recent book Strange Antics: A History of Seduction, explores ideas of sex, courtship and power from the 18th century until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 17, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Spanish Civil War, but were afraid to ask
00:57:54

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Paul Preston responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict that tore Spain apart from 1936–39. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 16, 2020
Could D-Day Have Failed?
00:57:01

In a talk he delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, military historian and author Peter Caddick-Adams reflects on the 1944 invasion of Normandy and considers the risks of the operation. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 15, 2020
Victory in the east
00:34:28

As we approach the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, historian Jonathan Fennell describes how the British and Commonwealth forces turned the tide against Japan in the Burman campaign. Historyextra.com/podcas

 

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Aug 14, 2020
What’s in a medieval name?
00:43:58

Medieval historian James Chetwood explores the origins of people’s names in the Middle Ages and how trends in naming changed dramatically over the centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 12, 2020
Authors in the Boer War
00:34:51

Author and biographer Sarah LeFanu discusses her recent book, Something of Themselves, which examines the involvement of three British writers – Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mary Kingsley – in the Anglo-Boer war at the turn of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 10, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the American Civil War, but were afraid to ask
00:49:00

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Adam IP Smith responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict between the Union and the Confederacy that devastated America in the 1860s. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 09, 2020
Medieval Wonder Women
00:52:33

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Janina Ramirez brings to life lesser-known heroines from across the medieval period. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 08, 2020
Documents that changed the world
00:38:23

The distinguished journalists and broadcasters Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan talk about their new book, The Treasures of World History, which compiles some of the most important documents to have shaped human civilisations, covering everything from the Rosetta Stone to Apollo 11. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 07, 2020
Peter Frankopan on global history in 2020
00:30:06

Five years after the publication of his landmark book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, historian Peter Frankopan explores some of the major themes in global history and how they relate to life in 2020. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 05, 2020
Medieval dynasties: how to stay on the throne
00:48:48

Historian Robert Bartlett explores how medieval royal families sought to retain their grip on the throne and explains why some dynasties thrived, while others collapsed. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 03, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 2)
01:00:54

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 1 of this interview aired last Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 02, 2020
Shadow King: The Life and Death of Henry VI
00:47:56

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Lauren Johnson discusses the tragic life of Henry VI whose catastrophic reign led to the bloodshed of the Wars of the Roses. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Aug 01, 2020
The Princes in the Tower: History’s Greatest Mysteries
00:21:50

In today’s episode we reveal the winner in our History’s Greatest Mystery poll: the fate of the princes in the Tower. Historian Nathen Amin considers some of the possible explanations for their disappearance in 1483 and whether Richard III was behind their murder. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 31, 2020
Stonehenge: History’s Greatest Mysteries
00:28:04

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In second place is Stonehenge, and in today’s episode archaeologist Mike Pitts considers how and why the monument was created, more than 4,000 years ago. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 30, 2020
The fate of Jesus’s body: History’s Greatest Mysteries
00:22:52

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian and author Tom Holland explores historical and religious explanations as to what may have happened to Jesus’s body following his crucifixion in the 1st century AD. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 29, 2020
The lost colony of Roanoke: History’s Greatest Mysteries
00:30:46

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Misha Ewen delves into the mysterious disappearance of a group of English settlers in North America in the late 16th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 28, 2020
The Voynich Manuscript: History’s Greatest Mysteries
00:20:26

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Elma Brenner discusses the 500-year-old Voynich Manuscript, whose mysterious text has baffled some of the greatest code-breakers. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 27, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 1)
01:09:44

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 2 of this interview will follow next Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 26, 2020
Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Survivor
00:53:27

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Nicola Tallis describes the remarkable life of a pivotal figure in the Wars of the Roses and Tudor eras. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 25, 2020
Unburied treasures
00:32:55

As the Portable Antiquities Scheme records it’s 1.5 millionth find, we speak to Michael Lewis, who is head of the scheme, about some of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries in its history, and how metal detectorists are contributing to our understanding of Britain’s past. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 24, 2020
African American abolitionists in Britain
00:42:26

Historian Hannah-Rose Murray describes how Frederick Douglass and other African American abolitionists toured Britain in the 19th century to campaign against slavery in the United States. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 22, 2020
A history of magic
00:35:48

Archaeologist and author Chris Gosden explores delves into the history of magical beliefs and practices from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 20, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about medieval queens, but were afraid to ask
00:59:16

Dr Elena Woodacre is an expert on medieval and early modern queens and queenship at the University of Winchester. In this podcast, she answers the most popular listener and internet search questions about medieval queens, in our ‘Everything you want to know series’. Who was the most beautiful queen, how much power did queens have, and how did they balance motherhood and royal life, are just some of the questions posed. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 19, 2020
At home with the medieval aristocracy
00:55:36

Professor Louise Wilkinson, a medievalist at the University of Lincoln talks about her research into the household accounts of Eleanor de Montfort, a key figure in the mid-13th century civil war. The conversation particularly discusses what these accounts tell us about day-to-day life in an aristocratic household – what people ate and drank, what they wore, and what they did on a daily basis – as well as how they inform us about the ramifications of the political upheavals that occurred at the time. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 18, 2020
Lionheart of stone: the medieval statue debate
00:41:43

The past few months have seen vigorous debates about the future of statues to contested historical figures, typically related to the colonial era and the Confederacy. In this episode, historian Simon John considers whether we need to broaden the discussion out to include the medieval era and in particular the violent actions of the 12th-century English king Richard the Lionheart. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 17, 2020
The Abdication crisis
00:55:14

Historian and author Alexander Larman is joined by popular historian Dan Jones to discuss his new book, The Crown in Crisis, which explores Edward VIII’s relationship with Wallis Simpson and how it led to the British king’s abdication. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 15, 2020
Nero: Rome’s Antichrist?
00:37:59

Roman historian Shushma Malik discusses the infamous crimes of the emperor Nero and considers whether he is deserving of his monstrous reputation. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 13, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Cuban Missile Crisis, but were afraid to ask
01:08:06

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Mark White responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Cold War nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 12, 2020
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles
00:45:52

Historian Pauline Stafford shares the latest research and thinking on some of the most important historical sources from Early Medieval England. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 11, 2020
Museums and colonialism
00:27:39

Historian Alice Procter discusses her recent book The Whole Picture, which explains how modern museums often have problematic colonial histories and offers some ideas about how we should be rethinking these institutions. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 10, 2020
David Abulafia on The Boundless Sea
00:48:26

Historian David Abulafia discusses his latest book, The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, which was recently declared the winner of the prestigious Wolfson History Prize. Our conversation focuses in particular on the maritime history of the medieval era. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 08, 2020
California’s century of change
00:28:43

Laurence Grissell, producer of the recent BBC Radio 4 series The Californian Century, explores some of the key moments in the Golden State’s modern history, from the age of Hollywood to the rise of Silicon Valley. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 06, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Scottish Wars of Independence, but were afraid to ask
01:02:27

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Iain MacInnes responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Anglo-Scottish military conflicts of the 13th and 14th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 05, 2020
The Picts
00:50:46

Gordon Noble and Nicholas Evans, co-authors of The King in the North, discuss the latest thinking about the culture that flourished in what’s now Scotland in the first millennium AD. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 04, 2020
Women and the Crusades
00:50:16

Historian Natasha Hodgson explores the many different aspects of women’s involvement in the medieval campaigns fought in the Holy Land. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 03, 2020
World War Two: the challenge of commemoration
00:19:02

Historian and author Keith Lowe speaks to us about his new book Prisoners of History, which tells the stories of 25 monuments to the Second World War from across the globe and explains why many have become highly controversial. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jul 01, 2020
A history of pandemics: from Spanish Flu to Covid-19
00:36:38

Medical historian and journalist Mark Honigsbaum, author of The Pandemic Century, compares the current Covid-19 pandemic, and our responses to it, to previous diseases outbreaks over the past 100 years. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 29, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Georgians, but were afraid to ask
00:40:13

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Kate Smith responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about British society during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 28, 2020
William and Cnut: a tale of two conquerors
00:50:41

Historian Emily Ward, co-editor of a new book on the conquests of 1016 and 1066, explains how the earlier Danish invasion of England is crucial to our understanding of what happened 50 years later. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 27, 2020
Amy Robsart: a Tudor tragedy
00:31:16

Historian and novelist Nicola Cornick discusses the life and mysterious death of Tudor gentlewoman Amy Robsart, wife of Elizabeth I’s chief favourite, Robert Dudley. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 26, 2020
Britain and the Korean War
00:33:54

On the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula, historian Grace Huxford describes the key events of the conflict and explains how it played out in Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 24, 2020
Working mothers
00:34:28

Historian Helen McCarthy, author of the new book Double Lives, considers how women in Britain have sought to balance the demands of work and childcare over the past century. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 22, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about British battlefields, but were afraid to ask
00:49:28

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian and battlefield guide Julian Humphrys responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the locations of some of Britain’s most important clashes. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 21, 2020
Saturday lecture: Medieval love and marriage
01:03:06

In the final talk from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Sally Dixon-Smith explores the history of romantic love and marriage practices in the Middle Ages. Historyextra.com/podcast 

 

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Jun 20, 2020
The Lancaster
00:40:04

Historian, author and former RAF navigator John Nichol describes the history of the iconic WWII bomber aircraft and tells the stories of the men who flew, fought and died in them. Hisoryextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 19, 2020
Henry III: inside the mind of a medieval king
00:37:16

Historian David Carpenter, author of a major new biography of the 13th-century monarch Henry III, explains how we know more about his inner mind than any other English king of the period. He describes how Henry’s reign witnessed civil war, the ongoing fallout from Magna Carta, and amazing building projects. 


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Jun 17, 2020
Francis Drake: slave trader
00:35:32

Sir Francis Drake was an English naval hero, famed for circumnavigating the globe and his role in defeating the Spanish Armada. But, he was also a slave trader. Following calls for statues of Drake to be removed, historian Claire Jowitt explores this dark chapter in Tudor history. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 16, 2020
Britain and the slave trade
00:42:03

As Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade comes under scrutiny following recent protests, historian Christer Petley charts the history of slavery within the British empire and considers how it should be reflected upon today. Plus, author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch offers her thoughts on the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 15, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the civil rights movement, but were afraid to ask
01:11:24

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Kevin Gaines responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the American civil rights movement. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 14, 2020
Saturday lecture: Medieval religion and faith
01:04:21

In the fourth of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Emma J Wells examines the nature of Christianity in the Middle Ages and how it shaped wider society. Historyextra.com/podcast 

 

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Jun 13, 2020
The Field of the Cloth of Gold
00:37:57

On the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII and Francis I’s magnificent peace summit in northern France, historian Glenn Richardson explores the events of the Field of the Cloth of Gold and considers its impact on Anglo-French relations. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 12, 2020
The secret plot to kill Lincoln
00:33:11

Bestselling authors Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch speak to us about their new book The Lincoln Conspiracy, which explores a little-known attempt to kill Abraham Lincoln in 1861, just prior to his inauguration as president. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 10, 2020
The unexpected Tudors
00:31:46

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell, creators of the Histories of the Unexpected books and podcast, take a sideways look at the Tudors era, exploring everything from gloves to priest holes. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 08, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about Nazi Germany, but were afraid to ask
00:57:04

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Richard J Evans responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Third Reich. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 07, 2020
Saturday lecture: Medieval disease and medicine
00:55:12

In the third of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Elma Brenner explores some of the diseases that afflicted people in the Middle Ages, and the steps they took to heal the sick and avoid becoming ill in the first place. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 06, 2020
The history of the Bible
00:37:28

Biblical scholar John Barton considers the historical background to the most influential book in western culture, exploring its creation and how it fits into the histories of Judaism and Christianity. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 05, 2020
A legendary pirate
00:27:14

Bestselling author Steven Johnson talks to us about his new book, Enemy of All Mankind, which tells the story of the infamous 17th-century English pirate Henry Avery, whose audacious raid on an Indian treasure ship sparked a global manhunt. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 03, 2020
The cosmopolitan Chaucer
00:35:54

Marion Turner explores the life of the 14th-century poet, arguing that we need to look beyond his status as the ‘father of English literature’. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Jun 01, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Civil War, but were afraid to ask
00:50:03

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Mark Stoyle responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict between Royalists and Parliamentarians that wracked the British Isles in the middle of the 17th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 31, 2020
Saturday lecture: Medieval food
01:07:00

In the second of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Chris Woolgar presents a broad survey of what, when and how people ate during the middle ages. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 30, 2020
Indian soldiers at Dunkirk
00:36:02

Historian Ghee Bowman, author of The Indian Contingent, tells the stories of a group of Muslims in the British Expeditionary Force who were part of the famous evacuation from the beaches of France in 1940. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 29, 2020
Medieval prisoners of war
00:41:45

Rémy Ambühl discusses his new research into the fate of captives in the Hundred Years’ War. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 27, 2020
David Olusoga on A House Through Time
00:24:00

Ahead of the third instalment of his acclaimed BBC TV series A House Through Time, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga delves into the story of Bristol’s past and explains the value of studying history through our own homes. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 25, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Crusades, but were afraid to ask
00:59:09

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Rebecca Rist responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Christian campaigns in the middle east. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 24, 2020
Saturday lecture: Medieval crime and violence
00:59:41

In the first of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Hannah Skoda explores the nature and consequences of crime and violence in the middle ages. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 23, 2020
Cooking for Churchill
00:37:42

Food historian Annie Gray tells the story of Georgina Landemare, who became Winston Churchill’s cook during the Second World War. Her career offers fascinating insights into the dining habits of the wartime leader and the nation as a whole. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 22, 2020
Rutger Bregman’s optimistic history of the world
00:35:43

Bestselling Dutch historian Rutger Bregman discusses his new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, which ranges through the past to argue that humanity is inherently good. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 20, 2020
Living on the edge in Victorian Britain
00:34:42

Historian Emma Griffin, author of the new book Bread Winner, explores how economic changes in 19th-century Britain affected family life for working class Victorians. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 18, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the English Reformation, but were afraid to ask
00:39:36

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Diarmaid MacCulloch responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Henry VIII’s break from Rome and the seismic events that followed. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 17, 2020
Surviving the Great Plague
00:29:18

As we grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, historian Vanessa Harding describes the events of the Great Plague that afflicted London in 1665, and explains how people at the time sought to cope with the disease. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 15, 2020
Rethinking the Renaissance
00:39:01

Historian Catherine Fletcher, author of the new book The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance, offers a fresh view on this transformative period in Italy – and Europe’s – past. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 13, 2020
The life and legend of Florence Nightingale
00:28:24

On the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, biographer Mark Bostridge reflects on the pioneering Victorian nurse’s work at the Crimean War and beyond. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 11, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Vikings, but were afraid to ask
01:03:03

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Judith Jesch, professor of Viking studies, responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Scandinavian people. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 10, 2020
Britain at War
00:44:04

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day we speak to historian Dan Todman, author of Britain's War: A New World, 1942–1947, about Britain’s role in defeating the Nazis and the challenges of adjusting to the postwar years. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 08, 2020
The Northumbrians: from Bede to Geordie Shore
00:38:44

Historian Dan Jackson, author of The Northumbrians, traces the distinctive history and culture of North East England, from ancient times to the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 06, 2020
Medieval globetrotters
00:34:25

Historian Valerie Hansen, author of a new history of the year 1000 AD, surveys the state of the world a millennium ago and argues that this was a crucial moment in the story of globalization, comparable to 1492. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 04, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Victorians, but were afraid to ask
00:38:48

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Sarah Richardson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Queen Victoria and the age that bears her name. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 03, 2020
The Corn Laws crisis
00:33:21

Author and journalist Stephen Bates describes the battle over bread prices that divided Parliament in mid-19th-century Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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May 01, 2020
How the world made us
00:40:28

Scientist and author Lewis Dartnell discusses his recent book Origins, which explores how Earth’s physical features have had a profound effect on human civilisations throughout history. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Apr 29, 2020
The unexpected Vikings
00:34:04

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell, creators of the Histories of the Unexpected books and podcast, take a sideways look at the Viking era, exploring how things like keys, butter and haircuts fit into their story. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Apr 27, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about British prehistory, but were afraid to ask
00:57:38

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist David Miles responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Britain’s distant past. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Apr 26, 2020
A Nazi mystery
00:57:45

Philippe Sands, author of the multi-award-winning memoir East West Street, talks to us about his new book, The Ratline, which charts his investigation into the dramatic life and mysterious death of the senior Nazi Otto von Wächter. Philippe reveals how Otto managed to escape justice after 1945 and examines his relationship with his wife, Charlotte. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 24, 2020
A new view of Africa’s past
00:43:01

Historian Toby Green, author of the award-winning book A Fistful of Shells, explores the history of West Africa and its relations with the wider world, from the era of the slave trade to more recent times. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 22, 2020
Chanel and the Riviera
00:46:50

Anne de Courcy discusses Coco Chanel, and some other famous faces who graced the French Riviera, during the interwar years and the era of Nazi occupation. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 20, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about D-Day, but were afraid to ask
00:53:22

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the defining episodes of World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Apr 19, 2020
The scandalous Byrons
00:35:11

Historian and author Emily Brand speaks about her new book, The Fall of the House of Byron, which explores the dramatic lives of the Georgian aristocratic family whose lives were blighted by scandal long before the arrival of the renowned poet. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 17, 2020
The mistresses of Charles II
00:27:02

Historian and author Linda Porter talks about her new book Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the court of Charles II, exploring the lives of the many women who shared the 17th-century monarch’s bed. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 15, 2020
The spies who inspired Bond
00:23:58

Author and spy expert Henry Hemming discusses the real historical personalities who Ian Fleming drew on to create 007 and other major characters in the Bond novels. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Apr 13, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about Roman Britain, but were afraid to ask
00:41:42

In the third of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist Miles Russell responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the four centuries of Roman rule in Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 12, 2020
Apollo 13
00:46:42

Fifty years on from the NASA mission that almost ended in disaster, historian Tom Ellis revisits the dramatic story of the astronauts’ incredible battle to survive. Plus, he considers the state of the Cold War space race in the wake of the moon landing the year before. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 10, 2020
The Black Death and social change
00:36:48

As we seek to understand the broader impacts of Covid-19, historian Jane Whittle looks at how the devastating plague of the 1340s significantly reshaped the economy and society of England. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 08, 2020
The genius of Artemisia
00:26:17

Renaissance historian Catherine Fletcher explores the remarkable life and art of the acclaimed 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose work was due to be celebrated with a major National Gallery exhibition this month. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 06, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Tudors, but were afraid to ask
00:36:15

Tracy Borman responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the 16th-century English royal dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 05, 2020
Viking women
00:46:18

Johanna Katrin Fridriksdottir explores what everyday life was like for women in Norse society, the opportunities available to them and the challenges they faced. Historyextra.com/podcast



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Apr 03, 2020
Okinawa: the battle and the bomb
00:34:46

On the 75th anniversary of the battle of Okinawa, historian Saul David revisits one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Apr 01, 2020
Women at war
00:33:47

Dr Julie Wheelwright, author of the new book Sisters in Arms, explains the roles of female warriors from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Mar 30, 2020
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Normans, but were afraid to ask
00:56:43

 In a bonus Sunday episode, Marc Morris, author of an acclaimed history of the Norman Conquest, tackles some of the big questions about William the Conqueror and his followers, several of which were submitted by our listeners and social media fans. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 29, 2020
A history of celebrity
00:37:43

Greg Jenner chats explores the changing nature of fame over the centuries and describes how celebrities have fared in the public glare. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 27, 2020
Russia’s musical journeys
00:25:25

Sophy Roberts, author of The Lost Pianos of Siberia, explains how the instrument can illuminate the history of Russia, from the tsarist era to the decades of Soviet rule. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 25, 2020
Blitz spirit
00:44:25

At a time when Britons are being asked to revisit the ‘Blitz spirit’, historian Jonathan Boff explains how ordinary people coped with the privations of World War II and considers what parallels can be drawn between the 1940s and the current Coronavirus crisis. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 23, 2020
Shakespeare and America
00:26:37

Acclaimed author James Shapiro considers why England’s foremost playwright has had such a profound impact on the United States, and how his words speak to contemporary concerns. Historyextra.con/podcast

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Mar 20, 2020
News in the Middle Ages
00:46:49

 Historian Helen Birkett explores communication networks and the spread of information and news in the medieval era. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Mar 18, 2020
Coronavirus: a historical perspective
00:28:10

As COVID-19 dominates the news, Laura Spinney draws historical parallels with other pandemics in history and asks what we might learn from disease outbreaks in the past. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 16, 2020
Wales’s turbulent 20th century
00:27:08

Simon Jenkins talks about his new BBC radio programme, Wales: A 20th-century Tragedy?, which explores the difficulties faced by the country in recent history, and offers some opinions on its future. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 13, 2020
Resistance in the British empire
00:29:13

Priyamvada Gopal speaks about her book Insurgent Empire, which explores opposition to British colonial rule both within the empire and in Britain itself. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 11, 2020
Hadley Freeman on a 20th-century family history
00:32:39

Hadley Freeman speaks to us about her quest to uncover her family’s history through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 09, 2020
Written in stone
00:30:07

Stonemason Andrew Ziminski talks about some of Britain’s most impressive buildings and monuments. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 06, 2020
Dictators explained
00:36:52

 Frank Dikötter discusses his new book How to Be a Dictator, which explores the malevolent careers of eight 20th-century rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 04, 2020
Food and war
00:32:58

Historian Rachel B Hermann talks about her recent book No Useless Mouth, which explores how food and hunger played a critical role in the story of the American Revolutionary era. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Mar 02, 2020
London’s trailblazing women
00:31:01

 The author Francesca Wade talks to us about her new book Square Haunting, which tells the stories of five remarkable women – among them Virginia Woolf and Dorothy L Sayers – who all lived on the same London square in the interwar years. Historyextra.com/podcast



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Feb 28, 2020
Secrets of Lindisfarne
00:35:13

Archaeologist David Petts and Lisa Wilkins of DigVentures discuss an extraordinary Viking-era discovery that’s been made on the monastic site of Lindisfarne in Northumbria. The conversation also covers the latest trends in archaeological excavations and the broader history of the island. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 26, 2020
Medieval medicine
00:40:55

Elma Brenner of the Wellcome Library examines the state of healthcare in the Middle Ages and reveals some unusual remedies that were offered for people with injuries or diseases. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 24, 2020
Georgian terrorists: the Cato Street Conspiracy
00:33:09

On the 200th anniversary of the Cato Street Conspiracy, Stephen Bates examines a failed attempt to murder the entire British cabinet in February 1820. He also explores the background and aftermath of this violent plot. historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 21, 2020
Burglary: a modern history
00:34:45

Historian Eloise Moss, author of Night Raiders, explores a century of home intrusion in Britain, from the cat burglar phenomenon to Cold War espionage. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Feb 19, 2020
The rise of Hitler
00:23:49

Frank McDonough discusses the first volume in his new two-part history of Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 17, 2020
Michael Wood on the Peterloo photograph
00:22:50

The acclaimed popular historian and broadcaster Michael Wood talks to us about a photograph he discovered that links his family to the infamous Peterloo massacre of 1819. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 14, 2020
The bombing of Dresden
01:04:01

On the 75th anniversary of the Dresden raid, historical author Sinclair McKay explores one of the most controversial Allied actions of the Second World War. He describes the devastation caused by the bombing and considers whether it constitutes a war crime. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Feb 12, 2020
Secrets of war leadership
00:36:12

Historian Andrew Roberts reflects on some of the greatest and most nefarious war leaders of the past – including Napoleon, Hitler, Churchill and Eisenhower – and considers what traits they shared. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 10, 2020
Confronting evils
00:34:58

Susan Neiman considers how Germany and the United States have sought to come to terms with histories of racism and violence. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Feb 07, 2020
Marie Antoinette
00:28:36

Historian John Hardman discusses his new biography of the 18th-century French queen, exploring her role in the politics of the revolutionary era and explaining why she met a tragic end. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Feb 05, 2020
Mary Beard on the nude in western art
00:40:21

Ahead of her new BBC Two series The Shock of the Nude, classicist Mary Beard discusses some of the thorny issues surrounding the naked body in western art over the centuries. Later on in the episode she is joined by art historian Janina Ramirez to share her thoughts on a few of the most intriguing pieces that appear in the programmes. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Feb 03, 2020
The woman who gave birth to rabbits
00:36:40

Historian Karen Harvey explores the unusual case of Mary Toft who caused a sensation in 1726 by apparently giving birth to rabbits. Karen considers what the story and the reactions to it can tell us about Georgian Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 31, 2020
Indians in the trenches
00:36:23

George Morton-Jack, historian and author of The Indian Empire at War, reflects on the contributions made by the vast number of Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 29, 2020
Fighting for the vote
00:45:56

Historian and author Clare Wright reveals how Australian women battled for political equality in the early 20th century and helped inspire suffrage movements in other parts of the world. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 27, 2020
The Holocaust orphans
00:43:49

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, historian Rebecca Clifford tells the stories of child survivors of the Holocaust who made their way to Britain after the war. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 24, 2020
Simon de Montfort’s medieval revolution
00:40:45

Historian Sophie Ambler chronicles the dramatic life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established a revolutionary form of government. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 22, 2020
The Windrush generation
00:41:53

Historian, author and broadcaster Colin Grant discusses his recent book, Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, which tells the stories of postwar immigrants to Britain from the Caribbean. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 20, 2020
Puritans and the Mayflower
00:37:54

Stephen Tomkins discusses the rise of Puritanism in England and the origins of the Mayflower voyage to North America in 1620. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 17, 2020
The Auschwitz volunteer
00:35:08

Jack Fairweather, author of the Costa Biography Award-winning book The Volunteer, tells the story of the Polish resistance leader Witold Pilecki who allowed himself to be arrested by the Nazis in order to gather intelligence from Auschwitz. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 15, 2020
Medieval myths
00:38:02

Historian Hannah Skoda tackles some common misconceptions about the middle ages, from irrational peasants and filthy towns, to powerless women and mindless violence. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 13, 2020
Confronting a dark past
00:30:26

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, historical broadcaster Chris Bowlby explains how Germany has sought to come to terms with the legacy of Nazism. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 09, 2020
From Allies to enemies
00:39:18

Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy talks to us about his new book Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front, which describes a little-known World War Two joint operation between the US and USSR. As Plokhy reveals, the military collaboration hinted at the Cold War tensions that were to come. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 06, 2020
The long history of Brexit
00:37:09

For our first episode of 2020, Professor David Reynolds explores how several centuries of British history have fed into the recent Brexit debate. He shows how empire, national identities and ideas of British decline have all shaped the present political situation. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jan 02, 2020
The filthy Middle Ages?
00:24:46

Does the Medieval era deserve its reputation for poor hygiene and bad odours? Dr Katherine Harvey examines the evidence and reveals some of the unusual techniques that people used to keep clean. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 30, 2019
A curious history of Christmas
00:24:26

Sam Willis and James Daybell offer a distinctive take on festive traditions, which takes in violent Christmas cards and obscene snowmen. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 26, 2019
2019 Christmas history quiz
00:20:12

Test your history knowledge with our annual festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 23, 2019
The birth of the modern world
00:33:28

 The writer and historian Charles Emmerson reflects on the crucial years 1917-24, which witnessed the conclusion of the First World War, the collapse of empires, and new ideologies and conflicts emerging across the globe. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 19, 2019
Politics, Roman style
00:35:24

Classicist and political journalist Asa Bennett discusses his new book Romanifesto, which explores the lessons that 21st-century politicians could learn from their Roman forebears. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 16, 2019
Eleanor of Aquitaine: myth and reality
01:02:02

Sara Cockerill, author of a new biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, explores the story of the remarkable medieval queen and challenge some common misconceptions about her life. She is joined in conversation by the popular historian Dan Jones. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 12, 2019
World War Two’s secret heroes
00:22:38

Author and journalist Simon Parkin tells the incredible, but little-known, story of a real life game of battleships that transformed British fortunes in the battle of the Atlantic. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 09, 2019
Asians in 1980s Britain
00:22:41

Broadcaster Kavita Puri, who presents the BBC Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket, discusses how Asian communities were adjusting to life in Britain during the volatile 1980s. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Dec 05, 2019
Secrets of the river
00:26:49

Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling book Mudlarking, describes some of the fascinating historical objects she has discovered while scouring the banks of the Thames over the past 15 years. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Dec 02, 2019
The Mountbattens: success and scandal
00:41:21

The author and literary agent Andrew Lownie discusses his bestselling recent book The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves, which explores the colourful and controversial lives of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten. It’s a story that incorporates Indian independence, royal connections and scandalous love affairs. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 28, 2019
The teashop empire
00:49:39

Author and journalist Thomas Harding describes how a family of Jewish immigrants to Britain in the 19th century went on to create Lyons – one of the country’s best-known food and restaurant companies. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 25, 2019
Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudors
00:33:31

Historian and author Nicola Tallis discusses her new biography of Margaret Beaufort who played a key role in the Wars of the Roses and whose son, Henry VII, began the Tudor dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 21, 2019
Maoism
00:27:13

 Professor Julia Lovell discusses her recent book Maoism: A Global History, which has just won the prestigious Cundill History Prize. In the conversation Julia explores the nature of Mao’s ideology and how it has shaped China and many other countries around the world. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 18, 2019
A history of the United States
00:36:54

Jill Lepore, professor of history at Harvard, discusses her acclaimed recent book These Truths, which charts the highs and lows of American history since 1492 and considers how far the United States has lived up to its founding ideals. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 14, 2019
The King: Henry V on film
00:35:16

Lauren Johnson discusses the history behind the new Netflix film The King, considering how closely it follows the real events of Henry V’s life and reign. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 12, 2019
The Pacific War on screen
00:24:54

Roland Emmerich, director of the new blockbuster Midway film, tells us about the process of bringing a major World War Two battle to the big screen. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 11, 2019
The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall
00:48:32

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author and editor Iain MacGregor revisits some of the most dramatic events associated with the history of the Cold War barrier, from its construction in 1961 to its modern afterlife. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 07, 2019
Treasures of Tutankhamun
00:22:58

As a major new exhibition of the pharaoh’s tomb arrives in London, we speak to curator Tarek El Awady about the remarkable artefacts buried with Egypt’s iconic boy king. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Nov 04, 2019
The Fortress: An epic battle of World War I
00:38:24

Professor Alexander Watson describes the dramatic battle for the fortress city of Przemysl, which pitted a multi-ethnic Habsburg force against the might of the Russian army in the early months of World War I. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 31, 2019
The death of Kitchener: a World War One mystery
00:36:24

The author and former Cabinet minister David Laws examines the life and dramatic death, in 1916, of Britain’s Secretary of State for War: Lord Kitchener. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 28, 2019
Britain in the early 80s
01:08:50

Historian and author Dominic Sandbrook joins us to discuss his new book, Who Dares Wins, which explores the pivotal early years of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership in Britain: 1979-1982. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 24, 2019
The House of York
00:42:59

Historian and author Thomas Penn discusses the Wars of the Roses, the princes in the Tower and the start of the Tudor era as he reflects on the Yorkist dynasty and the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 21, 2019
Bonus Episode: Sequences with consequences
00:37:08

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, Dr Robert Elliott Smith examines the dark history of algorithms and considers how they affect all of our lives today.

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Oct 19, 2019
Slave revolt
00:29:12

Historian James Walvin describes how enslaved people fought for their freedom and ultimately helped to bring down the Atlantic slave empires. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 17, 2019
Peter Hennessy on Britain in transition
00:39:58

Historian Peter Hennessy talks about his new book Winds of Change, which tells the story of Britain in the early 1960s and explores subjects such as the Cold War, decolonisation, the Profumo affair and the country’s failed attempt to join the EEC. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 14, 2019
Secret listeners
00:29:49

Author and historian Helen Fry talks about her new book, The Walls Have Ears, which describes an ingenious British intelligence operation to bug German prisoners during the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 10, 2019
William Dalrymple on the East India Company
00:33:25

William Dalrymple explains how a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 07, 2019
Catherine the Great: fact and fiction
00:27:34

Ahead of a major new TV drama about the Russian empress, historian Janet Hartley explores Catherine’s life and considers whether there is any truth behind the scandals that continue to damage her reputation. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 03, 2019
Orlando Figes on the transformation of Europe
00:46:15

Orlando Figes describes the cultural transformations of 19th-century Europe through the lives of a remarkable menage a trois. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 30, 2019
Fake news in World War Two
00:38:57

Author and journalist Henry Hemming discusses his new book, Our Man in New York, which describes the adventures of British spymaster William Stephenson who plotted to bring the United States into World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 26, 2019
The destruction of Pompeii
00:33:42

Daisy Dunn revisits the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and considers the history that was preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 23, 2019
Max Hastings on the Dambusters
00:37:22

Sir Max Hastings discusses his new book on the iconic World War Two raid, describing the ingenuity and courage of the operation, as well as the terrible cost. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 19, 2019
Suzannah Lipscomb on women’s lives in Reformation France
00:57:18

Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dan Jones about the lives of women in 16th-century France. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 16, 2019
Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring legacy
00:37:48

Historian and author Tom Holland discusses his new book Dominion, which explores the history of Christianity and argues that it has had a transformative and enduring impact on the western mindset. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 12, 2019
The Crusades, with Dan Jones
01:01:07

Bestselling medieval historian Dan Jones discusses his new book Crusaders, which tells the stories of these religious conflicts through the people who were involved in them. He is joined in conversation by his fellow historian Helen Castor. Historyextra.com/podcast


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Sep 09, 2019
Poland, 1939: World War Two begins
00:45:39

As we reach the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, historian Roger Moorhouse tells the story of the 1939 battle for Poland that saw the country dismembered by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 05, 2019
Hitler’s war with Anglo-America
00:37:16

Professor Brendan Simms talks to us about his new biography of Adolf Hitler, which argues that the Nazi dictator’s main preoccupation was rivalry with Britain and America, rather than the Soviet Union. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Sep 02, 2019
War trauma
00:41:44

Dr Emma Butcher and Dr Hannah Partis-Jennings explore the history of war trauma, discussing how it has affected soldiers and civilians in conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars, the two world wars, and more recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 29, 2019
Chernobyl: the story of a tragedy
00:31:25

Historian Serhii Plokhy, author of an award-winning book on the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster, explores the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl accident and offers his thoughts on the accuracy of the recent drama series. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 26, 2019
The real Peaky Blinders
00:45:58

As the fifth series of the BBC historical drama is about to air, we talk to historian Andrew Davies about the real Birmingham gangsters who inspired the programme, and discover how late-Victorian society contributed to a rise in gang violence. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 22, 2019
The corner shop revolution
00:24:20

Babita Sharma explores the history of the British corner shop, explaining how Asian immigrants transformed these local businesses. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 19, 2019
Peterloo: the story of a massacre
00:36:30

Ahead of the 200th anniversary of Peterloo, we speak to Robert Poole, author of a major new history of the massacre. He explores the history of 19th-century radicalism that fed into the Manchester demonstration and then reveals why a peaceful meeting ended in death and injury. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 15, 2019
Britain's key archaeological discoveries
00:35:25

Archaeologist and writer Mike Pitts discusses some of the major archaeological finds that have shaped the way we understand the early history of the British Isles.

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Aug 12, 2019
Gordon Brown on Andrew Carnegie
00:12:31

Former prime minister Gordon Brown discusses the American businessman Andrew Carnegie, who gave away most of his fortune at the turn of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 10, 2019
Prisoner dilemmas
00:32:02

Harry Potter explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 08, 2019
Why black hair matters
00:33:22

Historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri explains how the history of black hair reflects broad themes of capitalism, slavery, colonialism and more. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 05, 2019
The Zinoviev Letter conspiracy
00:31:30

Former Foreign Office historian Gill Bennett explores how a forged letter by a Soviet leader in 1924 shocked Britain and helped undermine the Labour Party. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Aug 01, 2019
Making jokes about Romans
00:18:44

Greg Jenner, historical consultant for the BBC series Horrible Histories, talks about the series’ big screen outing, Rotten Romans. He also explores wider questions about history and comedy and the current state of popular history. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 29, 2019
Charlemagne: medieval empire builder
00:21:49

Professor Dame Janet L Nelson discusses Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks who became one of medieval Europe’s most important rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast  

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Jul 25, 2019
Stonewall and the fight for gay rights
00:41:24

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots in New York City, historian Chris Parkes explores the background to the events and shows how the episode became a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Jul 22, 2019
The race to the moon
00:43:32

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, historian Kendrick Oliver explores the space race that led to it and considers the legacy of the momentous events of July 1969. Historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jul 18, 2019
An Indian cricket team in imperial Britain
00:34:21

Historian Prashant Kidambi revisits the first Indian cricket tour of Britain, which took place in the summer of 1911 when the British empire was still at its height. Historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jul 15, 2019
The battle of Trafalgar
00:35:28

Historian Sam Willis describes the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets, while challenging misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon. Historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jul 11, 2019
King killers in America
00:34:06

Historian Matthew Jenkinson tells the stories of Edward Whalley and William Goffe who fled to New England in the 17th century following their involvement in the execution of King Charles I. Historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jul 08, 2019
AC Grayling on the history of philosophy
00:36:14

AC Grayling ranges through 2,500 years of history to explore the impact of great thinkers like Aristotle, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell. historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jul 04, 2019
The problem with the Anglo-Saxons
00:45:50

Susan Oosthuizen explains why we should be reassessing what we think about the Anglo-Saxons. historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jul 01, 2019
Victorian freak shows
00:29:59

Historian and author Dr John Woolf explores the extraordinary and complex stories of 19th-century performers such as General Tom Thumb, who became stars in the age of PT Barnum and other circus pioneers. historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jun 27, 2019
Appeasement and the road to World War Two
00:29:32

Historian and journalist Tim Bouverie discusses his new book Appeasing Hitler, which explores the failed diplomacy that led to World War Two and the Nazi domination of Europe. Historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jun 24, 2019
The women of Bletchley Park
00:28:06

Historian and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop shares the stories of women she interviewed who worked at Britain’s codebreaking centre during World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcasts

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Jun 20, 2019
At home with the royals
00:28:50

Adrian Tinniswood explores the fascinating history of Britain’s royal households, from the Tudor period until today. historyextra.com/podcasts

Jun 17, 2019
The story of Madame Tussaud
00:18:33

Edward Carey discusses the life of Madame Tussaud, who created waxworks in the era of the French Revolution. historyextra.com/podcasts

Jun 13, 2019
The life of Saladin
00:56:40

Professor Jonathan Phillips is joined by medieval historian Dan Jones to discuss the life and legacy of the Muslim ruler Saladin, who famously captured Jerusalem and battled the crusaders during the 12th century. historyextra.com/podcasts

Jun 10, 2019
A new view of D-Day
00:36:11

James Holland revisits the events of 6 June 1944 and challenges myths that have grown up around the Allied landings and the battle for Normandy. historyextra.com/podcasts

Jun 06, 2019
Monarchy and faith in Tudor England
00:24:30

Estelle Paranque and Emma J Wells reflect on the religious changes that took place during the reigns of Henry VIII and his children. historyextra.com/podcasts

Jun 03, 2019
Rachel Reeves on women who changed politics
00:27:02

Rachel Reeves talks about her new book, Women of Westminster, which explores the achievements of some of Britain’s foremost women politicians. Historyextra.com/podcasts

May 30, 2019
Jacob Rees-Mogg on the Victorians
00:48:33

Jacob Rees-Mogg discusses his new book, which explores the lives of 19th-century figures who he believes were crucial in creating modern Britain. historyextra.com/podcasts 

May 27, 2019
Women in the 1960s
00:35:24

Virginia Nicholson talks about her new book How Was It For You?, which explores how some of the radical changes of the decade shaped the lives of women from different backgrounds. historyextra.com/podcasts

May 23, 2019
Gentleman Jack
00:22:14

Biographer Angela Steidele explores the life of 19th-century gay pioneer Anne Lister, whose story is the inspiration behind the major BBC/HBO drama Gentleman Jack. historyextra.com/podcasts

May 20, 2019
Jared Diamond on countries in crisis
00:47:58

Historian, author and geographer Jared Diamond discusses how ideas from psychology can help us understand how countries have coped with traumas through history. historyextra.com/podcasts

May 16, 2019
Secrets of Britains castles
00:37:36

Medieval historian Marc Morris reveals the fascinating history of Britain’s castles, exploring why they were built, what they were used for, and the challenges of defending and attacking them.

May 13, 2019
The Rise and Fall of the Boleyns
00:25:06

Lauren Mackay, author of Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn, charts the tumultuous lives of the father and brother of one of the Tudor era’s most famous figures – Anne Boleyn.

May 09, 2019
Women who made modern Britain
00:28:38

Journalist and news presenter Cathy Newman discusses her new book Bloody Brilliant Women, which tells the stories of trailblazing women who changed the course of modern British history.

May 06, 2019
How population has shaped world history
00:29:44

Demography expert Dr Paul Morland discusses his new book The Human Tide, which explores how population has been a crucial factor in global events over the past two hundred years, and has shaped the world we live in today.

May 02, 2019
The landscape of England
00:31:36

Professor Stephen Rippon of the University of Exeter explores the changing nature of England’s landscape, from the Iron Age until the Anglo-Saxon period.

Apr 29, 2019
The Amritsar assassin
00:35:23

Anita Anand tells the story of one man’s quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre

Apr 25, 2019
Letters from World War Two leaders
00:40:35

Professor David Reynolds discusses the relationship between World War Two leaders Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, as revealed by the messages exchanged between them

Apr 22, 2019
Notre-Dame
00:24:41

Following Monday’s blaze that devastated Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral, we speak to historian Emma J Wells about the medieval building’s remarkable history and what its future might hold

Apr 18, 2019
Melvyn Bragg on Heloise and Abelard
00:30:20

Renowned author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg discusses the 12th-century French thinkers Peter Abelard and Heloise, and the enduring love story at the centre of his new novel

Apr 15, 2019
Exploring Britain’s cathedrals
00:37:04

Travel writer Christopher Somerville discusses his experiences of visiting some of Britain’s historic cathedrals and explains what they can tell us about the country’s religious past

Apr 11, 2019
The Scottish Clearances
00:35:26

Professor Tom Devine explores one of the most traumatic moments in Scottish history and explains how a number of misconceptions still exist around the Clearances.


Apr 08, 2019
King John: medieval monster
00:31:46

Professor Nicholas Vincent discusses the life and reign of the infamous 13th-century monarch, whose reign saw military disasters abroad and the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215.

Apr 04, 2019
World War Two's 'ordinary' soldiers
00:46:20

Military historian Jonathan Fennell discusses his new book, which explores the experiences of citizen soldiers from Britain, its empire and commonwealth in the global battle against the Axis.

Apr 01, 2019
Rethinking the crusades
00:29:29

Historian Nicholas Paul explores some little known aspects of the crusades and also considers why this aspect of medieval history has inspired the far-right. Find out more about his research at: https://medievaldigital.ace.fordham.edu/mapping-projects/oxford-outremer-map-project/

Mar 28, 2019
The women killed by Jack the Ripper
00:27:04

Hallie Rubenhold discusses her new book The Five, which uses the untold stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims to reveal what life was like for working-class women in Victorian London.

Mar 25, 2019
The global Vikings
00:46:33

Medieval historian Levi Roach describes how the Norse people travelled, raided and settled far beyond their Scandinavian homeland, even journeying across the Atlantic to America.

Mar 21, 2019
Henry VI: terrible king
00:32:36

Historian and author Lauren Johnson discusses the life and reign of Henry VI, whose decades on the throne coincided with defeat in the Hundred Years’ War and the disaster of the Wars of the Roses.

Mar 18, 2019
Churchill's navy
00:46:20

Professor Matthew Seligmann describes the changes made by Winston Churchill to the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the First World War – ranging from pay and conditions to discipline and the treatment of homosexuals.

Mar 14, 2019
Victorian murder scandal
00:23:58

Author and biographer Claire Harman talks to us about a 19th-century killing that drew in the literary world, including Dickens and Thackeray.

Mar 11, 2019
Rutger Bregman: historian in the news
00:23:25

We speak to Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, who recently hit the headlines with his appearance at the World Economic Forum and an unaired interview on Fox News. He discusses some of the ideas that caused a global sensation and the role of a historian in the modern world.

Mar 07, 2019
King George V at war
00:36:43

Alexandra Churchill considers the impact of the British monarch on the First World War, and explores the question of whether he could have done more to save his cousin Tsar Nicholas II.

Mar 04, 2019
Schools through time
00:20:52

Former education secretary Alan Johnson discusses the history of schooling since the Victorian era, which is the subject of his new series on BBC Radio 4

Feb 28, 2019
Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl
00:36:29

Professor Bart van Es talks to us about The Cut Out Girl, which was recently announced as the Costa Book of the Year. He explains how his family took in a young Jewish girl in the Netherlands during the Second World War, and the complex legacy of the traumatic war years for those involved.

Feb 25, 2019
Medieval warrior queen
00:30:06

Historian Catherine Hanley tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’.

Feb 21, 2019
A global history of philosophy
00:35:03

Philosopher and author Julian Baggini speaks about his new book, How the World Thinks, in conversation with the historian Justin Champion.

Feb 18, 2019
Love in Georgian times
00:31:42

For our Valentine’s Day episode, historian Sally Holloway explores the nature of courtship, love and marriage in 18th-century Britain, highlighting the similarities and differences to the modern day

Feb 14, 2019
Eric Hobsbawm: history and politics
00:45:55

Professor Richard J Evans discusses his new biography of Eric Hobsbawm, the influential 20th-century historian who was famously – and sometimes controversially – a committed Marxist throughout his career

Feb 11, 2019
The story of modern Japan
00:37:26

Dr Christopher Harding explores Japan’s dramatic history over the past 150 years, considering its relationship with the west and the cultural impact of its rapid modernisation

Feb 07, 2019
War and music
00:24:10

BBC broadcaster John Simpson discusses the connections between classical music and some of the most notable events of the mid-20th century, from World War Two to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Feb 04, 2019
Bonus Episode: How technology is changing politics
00:35:54

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, Jamie Susskind explains how the politics of the future will be shaped by the technology influencing our lives today.

Feb 02, 2019
A Roman woman of great power
00:42:09

Historian Emma Southon explores the extraordinary life of Agrippina the Younger, who was the wife of Claudius, the mother of Nero and the sister of Caligula, as well as being a remarkable woman in her own right.

Jan 31, 2019
World-changing women
00:33:14

Jenni Murray, longstanding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, discusses her new book, which tells the stories of some of the most fascinating women in global history, from Joan of Arc to Marie Curie and Madonna.

Jan 28, 2019
Legacies of the Holocaust
00:47:38

Historians Mary Fulbrook and Richard J Evans explore the aftermath of the Nazi genocide, looking at how thousands of perpetrators escaped justice and considering how subsequent generations have sought to understand the greatest atrocity of the 20th century

Jan 24, 2019
Diversity in history
00:27:46

Olivette Otele, who recently became Britain’s first black female professor of history, joins Dr Sadiah Qureshi of the University of Birmingham to discuss race and equality in the British historical profession

Jan 21, 2019
The story of the Hurricane
00:25:31

Joel Hammer, producer of the new BBC World Service podcast The Hurricane Tapes, revisits the life of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the American boxer whose imprisonment for a 1966 triple murder inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film.

Jan 17, 2019
Mary, Queen of Scots’ tragic life
00:33:28

Historian, author and broadcaster Kate Williams tells the dramatic story of the 16th-century Scottish queen and reflects on her doomed relationship with Elizabeth I of England. As part of the conversation, Williams also discusses the upcoming film of Mary’s life

Jan 14, 2019
The true history of The Favourite
00:53:36

Historians Amanda Vickery, Hallie Rubenhold and Hannah Greig discuss the acclaimed new historical drama The Favourite and consider how accurately it reflects the reality of Queen Anne’s court in the early 18th century

Jan 10, 2019
Remarkable women through history
00:41:39

Max Adams, author of Unquiet Women, explores the lives of some remarkable women from history whose stories have been largely forgotten. He also overturns the idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible – and explains why women’s history narratives are easy to find, if only you look in the right places

Jan 07, 2019
Egypt’s lost tombs
00:38:08

Egyptologist, author and broadcaster Chris Naunton talks about the search for the resting places of famous Egyptians such as Nefertiti and Cleopatra

Jan 03, 2019
Medieval civil war
00:43:26

Historian, author and broadcaster Nick Barratt explores the dynastic clashes between Henry II and his ambitious sons for control of the Plantagenet crown in the 12th century

Dec 31, 2018
Indians in World War One
00:38:25

Professor Santanu Das explores the experiences of Indians who fought in and were affected by the First World War and explains how he has utilised a wide range of sources to uncover their forgotten stories

Dec 27, 2018
2018 Christmas history quiz
00:24:44

Join the BBC History Magazine team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz with questions set by QI writer Justin Pollard. Read the text version at: www.historyextra.com/christmasquiz2018

Dec 24, 2018
Bess of Hardwick: a Tudor success story
00:32:32

Kate Hubbard, biographer of Bess of Hardwick, explores the fascinating life of a Tudor woman who rose from relative obscurity to become one of the richest and most influential people of her age

Dec 20, 2018
Wonders of the Middle Ages
00:35:19

Kathleen Doyle and Tuija Ainonen discuss a major Anglo-French project that has made hundreds of medieval manuscripts available for the public to view online

Dec 17, 2018
Letters that changed the world
00:28:36

Bestselling historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore describes some of history’s most fascinating and important letters, from Mark Antony’s thoughts on Cleopatra to a message Gandhi sent to Hitler

Dec 13, 2018
Black radicalism with Kehinde Andrews
00:48:44

Kehinde Andrews, professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, discusses his new book, Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century, and offers his opinions on a range of issues including Black History Month, reparations for slavery and the state of history education in the UK

Dec 10, 2018
Napoleon: the insecure emperor
00:31:29

Historian Adam Zamoyski, author of a new biography of Napoleon, offers his views on the iconic French leader, exploring how his stellar career was driven by insecurities

Dec 06, 2018
History in colour
00:29:26

Popular historian Dan Jones and digital artist Marina Amaral discuss their groundbreaking book The Colour of Time, which uses colourised photographs to chart the history of the world from the mid-19th to mid 20th century.

Dec 03, 2018
Walter Ralegh: enemy of the state
00:39:23

Anna Beer, biographer of Walter Ralegh, explores the extraordinary life and incendiary legacy of the Tudor polymath. She reveals how he became a favourite of Elizabeth I, only to fall foul of her successor, James VI & I, with deadly consequences

Nov 29, 2018
The Germans who fought Hitler
00:43:50

Paddy Ashdown tells the stories of German opponents of Nazism who plotted to bring down Hitler’s regime.

Nov 26, 2018
Hunting Britain’s Nazis
00:24:31

Journalist and author Robert Hutton talks about his new book Agent Jack, which describes the activities of Nazi sympathisers in Britain during World War Two and reveals the brilliant methods MI5 used to subvert them.

Nov 22, 2018
Tales from D-Day
00:33:17

Author and historian Giles Milton describes some dramatic but lesser-known stories of soldiers and civilians who were involved in the Normandy landings of June 1944

Nov 19, 2018
Bernard Cornwell on the Last Kingdom
00:34:02

As the third series of the Anglo-Saxon drama is about to air, we speak to the renowned historical novelist Bernard Cornwell about his books that inspired the programmes, and about his writing career more broadly.

Nov 15, 2018
Nietzsche’s dangerous ideas
00:45:28

The award-winning biographer Sue Prideaux discusses the life and work of the influential 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and explains how his ideas came to be associated with Nazi Germany

Nov 12, 2018
Dan Snow on shell shock
00:25:06

The popular historian discusses war trauma over the past century, the subject of his upcoming BBC Two documentary

Nov 08, 2018
The end of the First World War
00:43:19

As we approach the centenary of the Armistice, Gary Sheffield explores the final moments of the conflict that devastated the world for four and a half years

Nov 05, 2018
Mike Leigh on Peterloo
00:15:55

The acclaimed writer and director talks about the creation of his major new historical epic

Nov 01, 2018
The Peterloo Massacre
00:35:24

Historian and author Jacqueline Riding discusses the tragic events of August 1819

Oct 29, 2018
Anglo-Saxon treasures
00:35:00

Claire Breay, lead curator of a major new Anglo-Saxons exhibition at the British Library, explores the cultural highlights of 600 years of English history

Oct 25, 2018
Thomas Cromwell reconsidered
00:49:57

Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his new book on the Tudor statesman

Oct 22, 2018
A new life of Churchill
00:34:07

The historian and author Andrew Roberts discusses his new biography of Winston Churchill, revealing some of the insights arising from his research and tackling some of the biggest debates around Britain’s wartime prime minister.

Oct 18, 2018
Peter Jackson on the First World War
00:45:02

We speak to the Lord of the Rings director about They Shall Not Grow Old, his ambitious new film that recreates the First World War in colour

Oct 15, 2018
Adventures in Iceland
00:33:08

With the aid of his recently discovered diaries, Katherine Findlay tells the unusual story of Pike Ward – a Devon fish merchant who became an Icelandic knight in the early 20th century.

Oct 11, 2018
Brexit and American independence
00:28:08

Historian Tom Cutterham compares the ongoing negotiations to take Britain out of the EU with those of the 1780s when the United States departed from the British empire.

Oct 08, 2018
Bonus Episode: Identifying Jack the Ripper
00:26:17

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, criminologist David Wilson applies the latest scientific techniques in the case of the notorious Whitechapel murderer of 1888.

Oct 07, 2018
The Nazi on the run
00:31:45

The author and barrister Philippe Sands discusses the incredible story of Otto von Wächter, which forms the basis of his new BBC podcast and Radio 4 series, Intrigue: The Ratline

Oct 05, 2018
The spy who changed the cold war
00:40:56

Bestselling historical author Ben Macintyre talks to us about his new book, The Spy and the Traitor, which tells the remarkable story of a KGB double agent who risked his life to help the west during the Cold War

Oct 01, 2018
Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley
00:44:19

We head to Kensington Palace, once home to the young Victoria, to discuss the queen’s life with the author, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley

Sep 27, 2018
Neil Oliver’s history of the British Isles
00:51:31

The archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver talks about some of the highlights of his new book, which charts the history of the British Isles through 100 key locations

Sep 24, 2018
The good war?
00:30:52

Journalist and author Peter Hitchens discusses his new book, The Phoney Victory, which challenges a number of popular beliefs about the Second World War

Sep 20, 2018
The extraordinary history of ordinary things
00:31:57

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell explore some of the fascinating stories that appear in their Histories of the Unexpected book and podcast, from signatures to lions

Sep 17, 2018
A half-hour history of Europe
00:36:07

Author and journalist Simon Jenkins is joined by Professor Kathleen Burk to discuss his forthcoming Short History of Europe, which explores some of the key themes and milestones in the continent’s past

Sep 13, 2018
Dissent through the centuries
00:32:04

The Private Eye editor and broadcaster Ian Hislop is joined by curator Tom Hockhenhull to discuss some of the themes and objects that appear in their new British Museum exhibition, I Object

Sep 10, 2018
Who should we commemorate?
00:28:52

Professor Lawrence Goldman explores the issues surrounding monuments to controversial historical figures in light of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and other recent debates

Sep 06, 2018
Scots and Catalans
00:44:01

Historian Sir John Elliott explores the long histories of Scottish and Catalan nationalism and considers some of the key similarities and differences between the two.

Sep 03, 2018
100 women who changed the world
00:42:08

Historians Joanne Paul, Olivette Otele and June Purvis dissect the results of our recent poll into history’s most important women, which saw Marie Curie come top, followed by Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst

Aug 30, 2018
Charles de Gaulle reconsidered
01:01:05

Historian Julian Jackson, author of a major new biography of Charles de Gaulle, offers a fresh take on the iconic French leader, exploring his role in World War Two and decolonisation, among other things.

Aug 28, 2018
Female spies of the Civil War era
00:26:37

Historian Nadine Akkerman introduces a number of remarkable women who acted as secret agents in the 17th century

Aug 23, 2018
Captain Cook’s Endeavour
00:26:06

Journalist and author Peter Moore talks about HMS Endeavour, the ship that carried Cook on his landmark voyage to the Pacific 250 years ago

Aug 20, 2018
Dan Jones on the secrets of popular history
01:03:06

Historian, author and broadcaster Dan Jones talks to us about his career, his latest projects and how he combines swimming with his love of the past

Aug 17, 2018
Mary Beard’s life in Classics
00:45:17

We pay a visit to the renowned Cambridge classicist to discuss her career, her passion for the ancient world and her desire to share her expertise with the masses

Aug 16, 2018
Historical fact and fiction
00:29:16

Historian and author Tracy Borman describes the process of writing her first historical novel, set in the era of King James VI & I and the European witch craze

Aug 15, 2018
Ian Kershaw on postwar Europe
01:02:29

For the 500th episode of the History Extra podcast we are joined by Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, who appeared in our very first programme. This time the topic for discussion is his new history of modern Europe

Aug 14, 2018
Inside the mind of Elizabeth I
00:36:59

In the first of five special programmes to mark our upcoming 500th episode, historian, author and broadcaster Helen Castor explores the psychology of the Virgin Queen and discusses the challenges of writing a new biography of one of England’s best-known historical figures.

Aug 13, 2018
Britons under Nazi rule
00:49:38

Historical author Duncan Barrett tells the stories of Channel Islanders who spent several years living under German occupation during World War Two

Aug 09, 2018
Islam’s struggle with modernity
00:44:46

Ed Husain, author of The House of Islam, meets with the historian Tom Holland to explore the roots of some of the challenges Muslims face in the 21st century

Aug 06, 2018
Britain’s foreign policy secrets
00:33:14

Historian Rory Cormac discusses his new book Disrupt and Deny, which investigates Britain’s use of spies and special forces for covert operations in the postwar period.

Aug 02, 2018
The Tommies’ final acts
00:23:16

Jonathan Ruffle, creator of the BBC Radio 4 historical drama Tommies, explores the situation on the front line in August 1918 as the First World War approached its end

Jul 30, 2018
Catholics in Elizabethan England
00:31:20

Historian Jessie Childs tells the story of Thomas Tresham, a Tudor gentleman who built a remarkable monument to his Catholic faith and risked the anger of the Virgin Queen

Jul 26, 2018
Rethinking 20th-century Britain
00:30:48

Professor David Edgerton explains why we need to revise our understanding of recent British history, from the world wars to the welfare state

Jul 23, 2018
Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life
00:57:23

On the centenary of Mandela’s birth, we speak to the politician and author Peter Hain about the South African leader’s remarkable achievements in the face of tremendous adversity

Jul 19, 2018
The murder of the Romanovs
00:32:50

Historical author Helen Rappaport explains why the last Russian tsar and his family met a violent end in 1918 and considers whether Britain could have saved the Romanovs from their fate

Jul 16, 2018
Britain’s refugee camps
00:29:22

Historian Jordanna Bailkin discusses her new book, Unsettled, which explores the experiences of people of several different nationalities who fled to Britain in the 20th century

Jul 12, 2018
Spies through the ages
00:33:33

Professor Christopher Andrew discusses his new book The Secret World, which explores the history of intelligence and espionage from ancient times until the present day

Jul 09, 2018
Making the modern world
00:33:26

We are joined by bestselling historical author Simon Winchester, who reveals how some of history’s greatest engineers helped create the industrial age

Jul 05, 2018
Ireland’s past and present
00:34:48

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer discusses a new multi-volume history of Ireland and explains how the past continues to affect Anglo-Irish relations today

Jul 02, 2018
Sherwood Forest through the ages
00:31:26

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, presenter of a BBC Radio 3 series on forests, takes a trip to the home of Robin Hood to explore how forests have shaped our history and mythology

Jun 28, 2018
The national debt dilemma
00:40:08

Economist Martin Slater charts 350 years of British government borrowing – from the Glorious Revolution to the 2008 financial crisis – and considers what lessons this history might have for policy makers today

Jun 25, 2018
Restoring women’s voices
00:29:47

Sarah Jackson, joint founder of East End Women’s Museum, explores how historical women are currently commemorated and how this might be done better in future

Jun 21, 2018
The history of manners
00:37:15

Distinguished historian Sir Keith Thomas reflects on how concepts of civility and civilisation shaped society in the early modern period

Jun 18, 2018
World War One at home
00:25:22

Professor Maggie Andrews, historical consultant on the BBC Radio 4 drama series Home Front, joins us to reveal how the First World War was affecting British civilian life as the conflict entered its closing stages

Jun 14, 2018
Grenfell Tower: from hope to tragedy
00:27:02

Ahead of the BBC Two documentary Before Grenfell: A Hidden History, architect Peter Deakins discusses his involvement in the creation of the tower block and considers its place in the history of social housing in Britain

Jun 11, 2018
Britain’s Catholic emancipation
00:32:38

Acclaimed historian and author Antonia Fraser joins us to discuss her new book The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829

Jun 07, 2018
The mystery of Donald Maclean
00:40:45

Author and editor Roland Philipps discusses A Spy Named Orphan, his new biography of the enigmatic Cambridge spy Donald Maclean

Jun 04, 2018
America’s changing dream
00:40:31

Professor Sarah Churchwell and fellow historian Adam IP Smith explore some of the ideas in her new book Behold, America, which traces the history of America First and the American Dream

May 31, 2018
Challenging British heroes
00:28:21

Ahead of her new Channel 4 series, the author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch argues that we need to seriously revise our understanding of the likes of Nelson and Churchill

May 29, 2018
Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s favourite queen
00:26:19

Bestselling author and historian Alison Weir discusses the life and tragic death of the Tudor king’s third wife, who bore him his long-awaited male heir. Alison also reveals the challenges of recreating Jane for her new historical novel

May 24, 2018
The remarkable history of the Netherlands
00:22:51

In advance of his new BBC Radio 4 series, the journalist and broadcaster Misha Glenny reflects on some of the key moments in the Netherlands’ story: from the Dutch Golden Age to World War Two

May 21, 2018
Beevor on Arnhem
00:59:14

Bestselling military historian Antony Beevor discusses his new book, which outlines why 1944’s Operation Market Garden was one of the biggest disasters of the Allied war effort

May 17, 2018
The Women Behind Lord Byron
00:31:13

Miranda Seymour discusses the extraordinary lives of Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, the wife and daughter of Lord Byron

May 14, 2018
The Entebbe raid
00:44:50

As the film Entebbe is about to arrive in UK cinemas, historian and author Saul David reveals the extraordinary story of the Israeli operation to rescue dozens of hostages from an airport in Uganda in 1976

May 10, 2018
The failings of the French Revolution
00:27:14

Stephen Clarke, author of a new history of the French Revolution, argues that we need to look afresh at the events of 1789 and beyond

May 07, 2018
500 years of medicine
00:21:05

We speak to Simon Bowman of the Royal College of Physicians, which is celebrating its 500th anniversary, about how the work of doctors has changed since the time of Henry VIII

May 03, 2018
Were the suffragettes terrorists?
00:28:37

Historian Fern Riddell talks about her new biography of suffrage campaigner Kitty Marion, which explores some of the darker aspects of the campaign for votes for women

Apr 30, 2018
1983: the Cold War almost goes nuclear
00:41:50

Historian and author Taylor Downing describes the events of the Able Archer scare, which nearly witnessed global Armageddon when the Soviets misread the intentions behind a NATO war exercise

Apr 26, 2018
Economists who changed the world
00:28:28

Author and economist Linda Yueh discusses the work and legacy of some of history’s greatest economic thinkers, revealing some of the lessons they might offer for us today

Apr 23, 2018
Medieval bodies
00:34:23

Art historian Jack Hartnell talks about his new book Medieval Bodies, which offers some fascinating perspectives on the ways people in the middle ages viewed their physical selves

Apr 19, 2018
Africa’s contested past
00:40:30

Historians Tom Young and Emma Dabiri explore how Africa’s past has affected its present in a discussion prompted by the themes of Tom’s new book, Neither Devil Nor Child: How Western Attitudes Are Harming Africa

Apr 16, 2018
Shakespeare’s greatest actor
00:23:23

Ahead of his BBC Radio 3 documentary Exit Burbage, the journalist and author Andrew Dickson explores the remarkable career of Richard Burbage, a Jacobean actor who played many of Shakespeare’s best-known roles for the first time.

Apr 12, 2018
The Vietnam War on film
00:28:19

Acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Novick describes the making of an epic documentary series on the conflict in Vietnam, which she has co-directed with Ken Burns. She also reveals the secrets to making high quality history television programmes

Apr 09, 2018
Medieval mystics
00:27:10

Medieval historian Hetta Howes reveals the extreme lengths to which women in the Middle Ages went to get closer to God and discusses how mystics were perceived by their contemporaries

Apr 05, 2018
A quick history of France
00:31:07

Historian and author John Julius Norwich reflects on some of the key moments in France’s history and relates a few of the more unusual and scandalous stories he uncovered while researching his latest book.

Apr 03, 2018
Creating the SAS
00:47:53

We are joined by John Lewes, nephew and biographer of Jock Lewes, to talk about how his uncle helped found one of the world’s most famous special forces during World War Two

Mar 29, 2018
Opposing the Nazis
00:47:13

Robert Scott Kellner talks about the extraordinary diary of his German grandfather, Friedrich, who recorded his observations of many of the Third Reich’s crimes. He also tells us about his role in getting the diary published more than 70 years later

Mar 26, 2018
The history of today
00:23:41

Historical novelist and broadcaster Sarah Dunant expands on her new BBC Radio 4 series When Greeks Flew Kites, which uses the past to illuminate modern concerns around medicine, old age, debt and sexual harassment

Mar 22, 2018
The postwar world
00:23:50

Historian and author Keith Lowe joins us to talk about his book The Fear and the Freedom, which explores the legacy of the Second World War on the decades that followed

Mar 19, 2018
The Marshall Plan and the Cold War
00:29:51

Economist and author Benn Steil explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe and describes how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR. He also considers what impact it had on European recovery after the Second World War


Mar 15, 2018
Ruth Ellis: the last woman to be hanged in Britain
00:32:25

Ahead of her new BBC Four series The Ruth Ellis Files, Gillian Pachter explores the controversial case of a British woman who was hanged for murder in 1955

Mar 12, 2018
Vikings on screen
00:29:19

We speak to the acclaimed screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst about his work on the smash hit series Vikings and the secrets of creating blockbuster history dramas

Mar 08, 2018
Music and revolution
00:28:27

Music expert Graham Griffiths discusses the 20th-century pianist and composer Leokadiya Kashperova, whose career was blighted by the events of the Russian revolution and whose work is now being celebrated with a special BBC Radio 3 concert

Mar 05, 2018
Schama on Civilisations
00:19:41

As the major new BBC arts history series Civilisations is due to air, we speak to Simon Schama, one of its three presenters, to discuss the making of the series and how he was inspired by Kenneth Clark’s original

Mar 01, 2018
Science and suffrage
00:29:26

Historian of science Patricia Fara discusses her new book A Lab of One’s Own, which explores the challenges facing women scientists in the First World War era

Feb 26, 2018
The Terracotta Warriors
00:40:07

With a new exhibition open in Liverpool featuring a group of Terracotta Warriors, Edward Burman explores the fascinating history of these ancient Chinese sculptures

Feb 22, 2018
BBC Arabic at 80
00:17:57

In the year that BBC Arabic celebrates its 80th anniversary, we speak to the network’s Communication Advisor, Wissam El Sayegh, about the BBC’s history of broadcasting to the Arab world

Feb 19, 2018
The World Cup story
00:26:37

With this year’s tournament in Russia only a few months away, we speak to veteran football writer Brian Glanville about the 88-year history of this global sporting extravaganza

Feb 15, 2018
The Spanish Flu pandemic
00:30:39

Catharine Arnold joins us to discuss her new book Pandemic: 1918, which explores the story of the influenza outbreak that caused devastation across the globe a century ago

Feb 12, 2018
The Pankhursts
00:33:02

In the second of our two episodes marking the centenary of (some) women being granted the vote in Britain, historian June Purvis considers the role of the Pankhurst family in the long battle for female suffrage

Feb 08, 2018
The Suffragettes
00:30:05

As we approach the centenary of (some) British women being granted the vote, historian and author Diane Atkinson explores the stories of the suffrage campaigners who believed in ‘deeds not words’

Feb 05, 2018
Elizabeth’s love rival
00:38:17

Historian and author Nicola Tallis explores the life of Lettice Knollys, who was a leading figure at the Tudor court until she enraged the Virgin Queen by marrying her favourite, Robert Dudley

Feb 01, 2018
Britain’s secret wartime prison
00:26:29

Historian Helen Fry shares her discoveries about the Cage, a clandestine British interrogation centre, where extreme methods were used to extract information from enemy prisoners during the Second World War

Jan 29, 2018
Living with the oceans
00:44:47

Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe meets with historian David Abulafia to discuss humanity’s relationship with the Mediterranean and the Atlantic since ancient times

Jan 25, 2018
The story of the Bayeux Tapestry
00:19:27

Following the announcement that the Noman embroidery may soon be heading to Britain, historian Kathryn Hurlock tackles some of the big questions relating to the iconic medieval artefact

Jan 22, 2018
East End Crime
00:23:46

John Bennett delves into the dark history of disorder and lawlessness in London’s East End


From Jack the Ripper to the Kray twins, historian and tour guide John Bennett explores four centuries of crime and disorder in the London neighbourhood.

Jan 18, 2018
Prisoners of war
00:34:10

Historian Clare Makepeace joins us to discuss her new book Captives of War, which draws on first-hand testimonies to examine the experiences of British soldiers who were confined in POW camps in World War Two

Jan 15, 2018
Mary Shelley and her monster
00:29:58

Fiona Sampson, author of a new biography of Mary Shelley, discusses the remarkable life of the Frankenstein author and considers what her story can tell us about Georgian society

Jan 11, 2018
The tragedy of Lady Jane Grey
00:43:36

Historian, author and broadcaster Helen Castor describes the short, but dramatic, life and reign of England’s ‘Nine Days Queen’, who is the subject of her new BBC Four series.

Jan 08, 2018
Hamilton: the man behind the musical
00:46:38

We explore the amazing life story of Alexander Hamilton, with Ron Chernow, whose biography of the American Founding Father inspired the hip-hop musical sensation.

Jan 04, 2018
Churchill’s darkest hour
00:38:21

Antony McCarten, writer of the new historical blockbuster Darkest Hour, considers whether the British leader came close to seeking peace with Hitler in 1940

Jan 02, 2018
1917: The world at war
00:34:55

Renowned First World War historian Professor David Stevenson explores the Russian Revolution, the Balfour Declaration, Passchendaele, and American entry into the First World War, as part of his survey of one of the 20th century’s most pivotal years

Dec 28, 2017
Christmas history quiz
00:23:34

The History Extra team present our annual festive quiz, testing your history knowledge with a Christmas twist. The questions have been set, as always, by QI writer Justin Pollard

Dec 25, 2017
Alfred the Great and science at Christmas
00:45:07

Historian and author Max Adams discusses the famed Anglo-Saxon king and considers whether he deserves his stellar reputation. Meanwhile, we team up with our friends from the Science Focus podcast to explore the history of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in the company of the writer and marine biologist Helen Scales

Dec 21, 2017
The origins of civilisation
00:36:53

Yale political scientist James C Scott talks to us about his new book, Against the Grain, which explores some of the key questions around early agriculture and state-building.

Dec 18, 2017
Cornwell on Shakespeare
00:19:31

We are joined by the world-renowned historical novelist Bernard Cornwell who shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, which explores the world of Elizabethan theatre and the man at the centre of it

Dec 14, 2017
Eating with Dickens
00:29:06

Food historian and author Pen Vogler explores the Victorian diet and recipes through the life and works of 19th-century Britain’s best-known writer

Dec 11, 2017
Animals that changed us
00:30:05

The academic, author and broadcaster Alice Roberts talks to us about her new book Tamed, which explores some of the most important relationships people have forged with different species over our history

Dec 07, 2017
Britain on the edge
00:44:21

The historian and journalist Simon Heffer ranges over class, empire, politics. scandals and suffrage in an exploration of Britain in the years leading up to the First World War

Dec 04, 2017
Black Tudors
00:34:26

Historian Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors: The Unknown Story, explores the lives of several Africans who resided in 16th-century England

Nov 30, 2017
Victorian medicine
00:32:02

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art, delves into the terrifying world of 19th-century hospitals and shows how scientific advances eventually led to dramatic improvements

Nov 27, 2017
The history of sleep
00:26:46

Historian Sasha Handley explores the bedtime routines of the early modern period and considers what lessons today’s sleepers can draw from past centuries

Nov 23, 2017
Charles II on the run
00:56:28

We join historian and author Charles Spencer on location at Boscobel House to discuss Charles II’s desperate flight from parliamentarian forces at the end of the Civil War. Boscobel was famously a hiding place for the king as he sought to escape his foes

Nov 20, 2017
Demons and shipwrecks
00:44:33

To accompany their upcoming events in the UK-wide Being Human festival, Kasia Szpakowska discusses her research into Ancient Egyptian demonology, while Dan Pascoe reveals some of the insights that have been gained from excavating a sunken 17th-century warship.

Nov 16, 2017
Drinking history
00:25:21

Mark Forsyth, author of A Short History of Drunkenness, draws on fascinating examples from across the globe to explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with alcohol

Nov 13, 2017
Britain’s Chinese army
00:44:16

Historians Frances Wood and Spencer Jones, who are both contributors to the upcoming Channel 4 documentary Britain’s Forgotten Army, reflect on the little-known contribution of more than 100,000 Chinese labourers to the Allied effort in the First World War

Nov 09, 2017
The Last Kamikazes
00:31:58

BBC journalist Mariko Oi discusses her experiences of interviewing some of the last survivors of the notorious Japanese raids in World War Two, in advance of her new documentary on BBC World Service

Nov 06, 2017
How networks shape history
00:38:53

The renowned historian, author and broadcaster Niall Ferguson reveals the ways networks have transformed our world, from the medieval era to the social media age

Nov 02, 2017
The search for King Arthur
00:37:53

Archaeologist Dr Miles Russell talks to us about his bold new theory