Rank #1: Making Sense of the Maya
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
Rank #2: Tom Holland on Herodotus
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
Rank #3: Day of the Dead
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
Rank #4: Magna Carta
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
Rank #5: The Origins of the Shroud of Turin
Charles Freeman discusses his research into one of history's greatest mysteries.
Oct 29 2014
Rank #6: How the Scots Invented Britain
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
Rank #7: The Root of Language
This month we discuss Proto-Indo-European, the ancestor of almost every language now spoken from the Hebrides to the Himalayas.
Jul 27 2015
Rank #8: The Romans in Africa
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
Rank #9: A Mystery in the Bayeux Tapestry
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
Rank #10: The Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
Gerard Russell and Tom Holland discuss the plight of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
Nov 28 2014
Rank #11: How Big and How Bad was the British Empire?
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
Rank #12: Murder in the Cathedral
Paul Lay and Richard Dale discuss the mysterious death of a liveryman at St Paul's Cathedral in 1514.
Dec 05 2014
Rank #13: Syria and the West
John McHugo discusses Syria's troubled relationship with the West, particularly as it was during the Cold War, in light of its current crisis.
Jul 04 2013
Rank #14: The Tower of London
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
Rank #15: The History Today Podcast: November 2011
In this month's edition: - Colin Jones on previously unpublished caricatures of Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV's favourite mistress; - David Wilson on the photographs taken during Captain Scott's expedition to the Antarctic; - and Tim Grady on the Jewish soldiers who fought for Germany during the First World War. We welcome your comments and suggestions about any topic discussed in this episode; go to http://historytoday.com/podcast for more.
Oct 26 2011
Rank #16: Caroline Moorehead Interview
Caroline Moorehead talks about her latest book, A Train in Winter, which tells the story, for the first time, of 230 French women resisters who were deported to Auschwitz from Gestapo detention camps in France. Why has their story been forgotten? Why were they sent to Auschwitz? How do the few survivors who are still alive remember the horror of their experiences?
Aug 24 2011
Rank #17: David Boyle interview
David Boyle discusses his book Voyages of Discovery, which charts key voyages of discovery from the 1490s to James Cook in the 1770s and focuses, for the first time, on the views of those who were 'discovered'. But to what extent was this possible given that the vast majority of historic sources are written by the European explorers?
Sep 12 2011
Rank #18: The Roosevelts
The American filmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
Aug 01 2014
Rank #19: How Oil Became King
In this edition of the podcast, Richard Rhodes discusses the history of power, and how changing fuel sources has affected human civilisation in different ways.
Jul 18 2012
Rank #20: Algeria's Jewish Question
In this episode, Martin Evans discusses the Jews of French Algeria, and the challenges they faced as the struggle for Algerian independence gathered momentum.
Jun 19 2012