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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The Jarrow March

Thursday 17th August 2017

Stuart Maconie reflects on the iconic 1936 protest against poverty and unemployment and offers comparisons with modern Britain

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Witchcraft through the ages

Monday 14th August 2017

Historian Ronald Hutton reveals how the witch has been a symbol of fear across the globe for more than 2,000 years

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Icelandic murder mystery

Thursday 10th August 2017

Dylan Howitt, director of new BBC Four documentary Out of Thin Air, explores a remarkable criminal investigation from 1970s Iceland

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China in World War Two

Monday 7th August 2017

Hans van de Ven and Rana Mitter discuss China’s role in the Second World War and the connections to the country’s communist revolution

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The Koh-i-Noor

Thursday 3rd August 2017

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand delve into the history of one of the world’s most infamous gemstones

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Living through Partition

Monday 31st July 2017

Kavita Puri talks about her new BBC Radio 4 series Partition Voices, which charts the turbulent birth of India and Pakistan

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The lost objects of South Asia

Thursday 27th July 2017

Kanishk Tharoor talks about the latest series of BBC Radio’s Museum of Lost Objects, which explores the heritage of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

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The brilliance of Henry James

Monday 24th July 2017

Sarah Churchwell explores the life and work of the hugely influential turn of the century Anglo-American author

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The English in America

Thursday 20th July 2017

James Evans talks to us about his new book Emigrants, which explores why hundreds of thousands of English people decided to make a new life in the Americas during the 17th century

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Germany’s World War Two

Monday 17th July 2017

Professor Nicholas Stargardt reflects on how the Second World War was experienced by ordinary Germans, in a talk he gave at our recent World War Two day event

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Voices of the Cold War

Thursday 13th July 2017

BBC journalist Bridget Kendall picks out some of the most fascinating stories that feature in her new book and Radio 4 series on life in the Cold War

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