thought podcasts

The history of humanity

Yuval Harari explains why Homo sapiens came to dominate the world and offers surprising insights...

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The global First World War

David Olusoga explains how the First World War impacted on millions of people across the globe...

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Battle of Waterloo special

Bernard Cornwell and Paul OKeeffe explore the 1815 defeat of Napoleon and its aftermath To find...

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The German view on the First World War

Alexander Watson discusses the conflict from the Central Powers' perspective, while British First...

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The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists

Ranulph Fiennes talks about his ancestors involvement in the battle of Agincourt, and Paul...

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The Spanish Civil War

Helen Graham reflects on the Spanish Civil War and Sam Willis comments on a remarkable naval...

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The legacy of the First World War

Adam Tooze explains how the outcome of the First World War shaped global history and led to the...

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Richard III and dirty Tudors

Chris Skidmore delves inside the mind of King Richard III, while Pamela Hartshorne reveals how...

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Roman slavery and the man who started the First World War

Cambridge classicist Jerry Toner examines the lives of slaves in Ancient Rome and considers their...

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Thomas Cromwell’s fall from grace

Tudor historian Tracy Borman discusses the career of Thomas Cromwell, the henchman of Henry VIII...

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Delphi and the Spanish empire

Michael Scott describes the history of Delphi, home to the famous Ancient Greek oracle, while...

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James Bond and Vichy France

Matthew Parker describes how Ian Fleming's novels offer a window into Jamaican history, while...

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Revolutions in Europe and forensics in history

Adam Zamoyski explains why Europe’s rulers were gripped by paranoia after the French Revolution,...

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Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'

Gareth Williams guides us through the British Museum's major new Vikings exhibition, while Julie...

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Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses

Dan Jones is interviewed by Tudor expert Suzannah Lipscomb about his new book on the Wars of the...

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African history special

Miranda Kaufmann reveals the role played by Africans in Tudor exploration, while Gus...

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Cold War spies and friendship through the ages

Ben Macintyre delves into the life of double agent Kim Philby, while Thomas Dixon explains how...

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Secrets of WWII, the French Revolution and 'The History of Scotland'

Film-maker Laurence Rees discusses the secret top-level dealings of WW2, Munro Price visits the...

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Victorian burials and the history of psychology

Ruth Levitt explains how Britain struggled to bury its dead during the 19th century, while Martin...

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The Berlin Wall and the return of Charles II

Hester Vaizey explores how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected East Germans, while Ronald Hutton...

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