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History Today Podcast

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A conversation about the world of history, featuring interviews with key historians and authors and discussions about historical themes and ideas.

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A conversation about the world of history, featuring interviews with key historians and authors and discussions about historical themes and ideas.

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By Chuck Some Cheese - Dec 06 2011
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The analysts are really good, but the interviewer must be an intern because she sounds out of her depth. She hmmmmms a lot as she desperately searches for a question. You can sometimes hear her shuffle papers as she looks for the next thing to say, and the phone even rings in the background. She also extends her question into a million other ones, leaving the author to try and get her meaning. She must take some presenting classes and quickly.

iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
3
8
5
0
2

Good, but...

By Chuck Some Cheese - Dec 06 2011
Read more
The analysts are really good, but the interviewer must be an intern because she sounds out of her depth. She hmmmmms a lot as she desperately searches for a question. You can sometimes hear her shuffle papers as she looks for the next thing to say, and the phone even rings in the background. She also extends her question into a million other ones, leaving the author to try and get her meaning. She must take some presenting classes and quickly.
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History Today Podcast

Latest release on Nov 01, 2017

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A conversation about the world of history, featuring interviews with key historians and authors and discussions about historical themes and ideas.

Rank #1: Helen Castor interview - Part 1

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In our first podcast for the History Today Book Club, History Today Editor Paul Lay talks to Helen Castor, author of our recommended book for July, She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth (Faber). In this podcast she discusses one of history’s most important themes – contingency – how the happenstance of Edward VI’s early death in 1553 meant that there were now only women left on the Tudor family tree.

Jun 27 2011

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Rank #2: The Origins of Islam

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In this episode we talk to Tom Holland, author of the cover story in the May issue of History Today, about his research into Islam's beginnings.

Apr 25 2012

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Rank #3: The Inspiration for Tolkien's Ring

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Mark Horton tells the story of an archaeological dig that may have fuelled the fantasies of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Dec 18 2013

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Rank #4: Making Sense of the Maya

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Nigel Richardson discusses how European explorers in the 19th century began to solve the mystery of who the Maya were, and how they established their remarkable civilisation.

Apr 15 2013

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Rank #5: The Uncatchable Lizard

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In this episode, Dan Whitaker discusses the life of Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, considered one of Germany's great war heroes for his guerrilla campaign during the First World War.

Feb 12 2013

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Rank #6: Magna Carta

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This episode is a Magna Carta special. We talk to Alexander Lock about the Charter's importance in America, and Lauren Johnson about the role of women in Magna Carta. Plus, a look at the British Museum's new display the medals of the Sun King.

Jun 17 2015

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Rank #7: The Root of Language

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This month we discuss Proto-Indo-European, the ancestor of almost every language now spoken from the Hebrides to the Himalayas.

Jul 27 2015

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Rank #8: The Origins of the Shroud of Turin

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Charles Freeman discusses his research into one of history's greatest mysteries.

Oct 29 2014

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Rank #9: "I Was Hitler's Neighbour"

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An interview with Edgar Feuchtwanger, who as a boy growing up in Munich witnessed the rise of Adolf Hitler at extraordinarily close range.

May 23 2012

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Rank #10: The Disappearing Religions of the Middle East

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Gerard Russell and Tom Holland discuss the plight of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 28 2014

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Rank #11: Murder in the Cathedral

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Paul Lay and Richard Dale discuss the mysterious death of a liveryman at St Paul's Cathedral in 1514.

Dec 05 2014

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Rank #12: How Big and How Bad was the British Empire?

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In this episode, Bernard Porter discusses the British Empire, and finds that Britain's imperial reach was neither as great as once thought nor as pernicious as some historians argue.

Sep 25 2012

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Rank #13: Tom Holland on Herodotus

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The History Today Podcast is back from a summer hiatus. In this episode, Tom Holland discusses his new translation of The Histories, by Herodotus.

Sep 25 2013

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Rank #14: A Mystery in the Bayeux Tapestry

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The Bayeux Tapestry is among the most celebrated medieval objects, yet it still retains its mysteries. J.L. Laynesmith discusses one of the most intriguing of them.

Oct 04 2012

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Rank #15: Ian Mortimer

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Ian Mortimer discusses historical fiction and his latest novel Sacred Treason with Kathryn Hadley.

Jun 08 2011

15mins

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Rank #16: Turkey: A Short History with Norman Stone

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Kathryn Hadley interviews historian Norman Stone about his book Turkey: A Short History

Mar 17 2011

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Rank #17: The Tower of London

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In this episode, Nigel Jones discusses the surprising history of the Tower of London, and Anthony Hornyold recalls his time in revolution-torn Iraq.

Jul 04 2012

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Rank #18: The Romans in Africa

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Raoul McLoughlin talks about Rome’s desire for an African empire, a fierce struggle for trade, land and the search for the source of the Nile.

Jun 05 2014

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Rank #19: How the Scots Invented Britain

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Paul Lay talks to Ian Bradley about how the Scots were the most vocal advocates of a vibrant, imperial, Protestant Great Britain.

May 02 2014

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Rank #20: The Opium Wars

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Julia Lovell discusses the legacy of the Opium Wars in both China and Britain.

Jun 05 2012

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A History of Now

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Historian Michael Burleigh discusses his new book The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: A History of Now. Is the United States in permanent decline? Will China replace it as the global superpower? Are we entering a post-democratic world? And how do we prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Nov 01 2017

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A discussion about Mein Kampf

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Maiken Umbach and Neil Gregor join History Today editor Paul Lay to discuss the new critical edition of Hitler's notorious book.

Feb 23 2016

18mins

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Tibet's Secret Temple

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We discuss Tantric Buddhism with Ruth Garde, curator of a new show at the Wellcome Collection. Also: Marc Morris on King John and the siege of Rochester.

Nov 25 2015

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Day of the Dead

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In this episode, Amy Fuller discusses the myths surrounding Mexico's Day of the Dead, and Andrew Lownie talks about the obstacles facing historians trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to access government files.

Oct 21 2015

27mins

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Silk Roads Past and Present

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Peter Frankopan joins us to discuss the importance of viewing history not from a western or eastern perspective, but one that links the two together. Plus, Mathew Lyons and Catherine Fletcher on the plight of young academics.

Sep 16 2015

36mins

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The Profits of Slavery

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We speak to Katie Donington about the legacies of Britain's involvement in the slave trade. Also: Cambodia's lost rock and roll scene, and a report from the International Medieval Congress.

Aug 18 2015

32mins

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The Root of Language

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This month we discuss Proto-Indo-European, the ancestor of almost every language now spoken from the Hebrides to the Himalayas.

Jul 27 2015

19mins

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Magna Carta

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This episode is a Magna Carta special. We talk to Alexander Lock about the Charter's importance in America, and Lauren Johnson about the role of women in Magna Carta. Plus, a look at the British Museum's new display the medals of the Sun King.

Jun 17 2015

33mins

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Piers Plowman

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Kate Wiles talks to Lawrence Warner about the origins of the Middle English narrative poem Piers Plowman.

Apr 28 2015

12mins

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In Conversation With Greg Jenner

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Fern Riddell talks to the historian Greg Jenner about his new book, 'A Million Years In A Day'.

Feb 04 2015

5mins

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Murder in the Cathedral

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Paul Lay and Richard Dale discuss the mysterious death of a liveryman at St Paul's Cathedral in 1514.

Dec 05 2014

12mins

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The Disappearing Religions of the Middle East

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Gerard Russell and Tom Holland discuss the plight of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 28 2014

15mins

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General Sherman's Total War

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Matt Carr discusses Sherman's March to the Sea, a key turning point in the American Civil War.

Nov 12 2014

17mins

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The Origins of the Shroud of Turin

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Charles Freeman discusses his research into one of history's greatest mysteries.

Oct 29 2014

25mins

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The Nazi-Soviet Pact

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Roger Moorhouse discusses the pact between Hitler and Stalin, which lasted from 1939 to 1941.

Sep 04 2014

16mins

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The Roosevelts

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The American filmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Aug 01 2014

15mins

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Africans in Georgian England

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Onyeka joins us to introduce a number of aspiring Africans who made an impact on Georgian society during the 18th century.

Jun 27 2014

18mins

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The Romans in Africa

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Raoul McLoughlin talks about Rome’s desire for an African empire, a fierce struggle for trade, land and the search for the source of the Nile.

Jun 05 2014

13mins

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How the Scots Invented Britain

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Paul Lay talks to Ian Bradley about how the Scots were the most vocal advocates of a vibrant, imperial, Protestant Great Britain.

May 02 2014

16mins

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The Last Days of India's First Prime Minister

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We speak to Gyanesh Kudaisya about the final years of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, who died in May 1964.

Apr 24 2014

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iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Good, but...

By Chuck Some Cheese - Dec 06 2011
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The analysts are really good, but the interviewer must be an intern because she sounds out of her depth. She hmmmmms a lot as she desperately searches for a question. You can sometimes hear her shuffle papers as she looks for the next thing to say, and the phone even rings in the background. She also extends her question into a million other ones, leaving the author to try and get her meaning. She must take some presenting classes and quickly.