History Podcasts

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

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This week's podcast

England’s bloody Reformation

Thursday 18th May 2017

Professor Peter Marshall reveals why England was beset with violence in the decades following Henry VIII’s break from Rome

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Queen Victoria’s dinners and Henry VIII’s niece

Thursday 11th May 2017

Annie Gray explores the eating habits of Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch, while Morgan Ring reflects on the fascinating life of Margaret, Countess of Lennox

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Martin Luther and the making of the USA

Thursday 4th May 2017

Lyndal Roper explores the life of the father of the Reformation, while Misha Glenny considers the key milestones in the development of the United States.

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The Islamic enlightenment

Thursday 27th April 2017

Christopher de Bellaigue and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown discuss how the Muslim world has adapted to wider changes taking place in the 19th and 20th centuries

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Historical fiction and a US murder scandal

Thursday 20th April 2017

Philippa Gregory reflects on her long career as a bestselling historical novelist, while David Grann investigates the killing of several Native Americans in the 1920s, which became an early case for the FBI

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The ‘Father of History’ and India in the British empire

Thursday 13th April 2017

Paul Cartledge reflects on the work of Herodotus, the first historian, while Jon Wilson challenges conventional views of the Raj

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America in World War One and a naval tragedy

Thursday 6th April 2017

Adam IP Smith explores the US decision to go to war in April 1917, while Graham Scott describes the sinking of SS Mendi that same year, which led to the deaths of hundreds of South Africans

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Women in popular history

Thursday 30th March 2017

Historians Janina Ramirez, Anna Whitelock, Joann Fletcher and Fern Riddell discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in public history.

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Blitzkrieg

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Lloyd Clark explores the 1940 German invasion of France in a lecture delivered at our World War Two day event last month

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Utopias in history and an environmental disaster

Thursday 16th March 2017

Rutger Bregman explores past attempts to create a better society, while Julian May explains what happened when a huge oil tanker ran aground off the British coast in 1967

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Postwar occupations and Raleigh bicycles

Thursday 9th March 2017

Susan L Carruthers tells the story of American forces in Germany and Japan after World War Two, while Steve Humphries previews his new BBC Four documentary Pedalling Dreams

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