History Podcasts

Our History Extra podcast comes out every week, featuring interviews with notable historians talking about topics ranging from crusading knights to Tudor monarchs and the D-Day landings. It's free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast, going back to June 2007, are still available online for you to download.

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Charles II on the run

Monday 20th November 2017

Charles Spencer discusses the king’s desperate flight from parliamentarian forces, on location at Boscobel House where he famously hid

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Demons and shipwrecks

Thursday 16th November 2017

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...

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Drinking history

Tuesday 14th November 2017

Mark Forsyth draws on examples from across the globe to explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with alcohol

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Britain’s Chinese army

Thursday 9th November 2017

Frances Wood and Spencer Jones reflect on the little-known contribution of more than 100,000 Chinese labourers to the Allied effort in the First World War

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The Last Kamikazes

Monday 6th November 2017

Mariko Oi discusses her experiences of interviewing some of the last survivors of the notorious Japanese raids in World War Two

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How networks shape history

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Niall Ferguson reveals the ways networks have transformed our world, from the medieval era to the social media age

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The search for King Arthur

Monday 30th October 2017

Miles Russell offers a bold new view on the historical King Arthur based on his reinterpretation of medieval sources

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The Medici

Thursday 26th October 2017

Mary Hollingsworth reflects on the powerful dynasty who dominated the Italian Renaissance

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The death of Stalin

Monday 23rd October 2017

Joshua Rubenstein discusses the dramatic events surrounding the death of the Soviet leader, now the subject of a major new film

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The Gunpowder Plot

Thursday 19th October 2017

Hannah Greig and John Cooper explore the story of the 1605 attempt to blow up the king and parliament

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Living with the Gods

Monday 16th October 2017

Neil MacGregor talks about his new BBC Radio 4 series and accompanying exhibition, which explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with faith

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