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

Prisoners of war

Monday 15th January 2018

Clare Makepeace explores the experiences of British soldiers who spent time in POW camps in World War Two

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Mary Shelley and her monster

Thursday 11th January 2018

Fiona Sampson explores the remarkable life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley

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The tragedy of Lady Jane Grey

Monday 8th January 2018

Helen Castor describes the short, but dramatic, life and reign of England’s ‘Nine Days Queen’

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Hamilton: the man behind the musical

Thursday 4th January 2018

Ron Chernow, biographer of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, profiles the man whose life story has become a Broadway smash

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Churchill’s darkest hour

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Anthony McCarten considers whether the British leader came close to seeking peace with Hitler in 1940

 
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1917: The world at war

Thursday 28th December 2017

Professor David Stevenson discusses some of the key events in one of the most pivotal years of 20th-century history

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Christmas history quiz

Monday 25th December 2017

Join the History Extra team for our annual festive quiz and find out how good your trivia knowledge really is

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Alfred the Great and science at Christmas

Thursday 21st December 2017

Max Adams discusses the famed Anglo-Saxon king, while Helen Scales explores the history of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

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The origins of civilisation

Monday 18th December 2017

Political scientist James C Scott explores some of the key questions around early agriculture and state-building

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Cornwell on Shakespeare

Thursday 14th December 2017

Historical novelist Bernard Cornwell shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, set in the world of Elizabethan theatre

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Eating with Dickens

Monday 11th December 2017

Pen Vogler explores Victorian food through the life and works of the era’s best-known writer

 
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