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 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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Richard III reconsidered

Thursday 12th October 2017
Chris Skidmore, author of a major new biography of the Yorkist king, offers his fresh take on some of the biggest debates surrounding his life
 
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The Munich Conference

Monday 9th October 2017

Historical novelist Robert Harris explores the events of September 1938 when European powers met in Germany seeking to avert European war

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The world of the Scythians

Thursday 5th October 2017

We explore some of the most fascinating objects in the British Museum’s new exhibition about this nomadic warrior people who flourished 2,500 years ago

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Starkey on the Reformation

Monday 2nd October 2017

Ahead of his BBC Two documentary to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, David Starkey reflects on Martin Luther, Henry VIII and the religious upheavals of the 16th century

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Tales of war

Thursday 28th September 2017

Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan recount some remarkable stories of ordinary people caught up in conflicts through history

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Victoria the matchmaker

Monday 25th September 2017

Deborah Cadbury shows how Queen Victoria sought to influence the future of Europe through the marriages of her descendants

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Christianity and the classical world

Thursday 21st September 2017

Catherine Nixey and Edith Hall discuss a pivotal moment in religious history, when Christianity became the dominant faith of the Roman empire

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The Ukrainian famine

Monday 18th September 2017

Anne Applebaum explores the story of the catastrophic famine of 1932–33 that led to millions of deaths in Soviet Ukraine

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