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Dan Snow's History Hit

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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Producer: Peter Curry

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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Producer: Peter Curry

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A great history podcast

By Seanprose - May 19 2019
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Dan covers so many topics and bring on some wonderful experts and historians to discuss. I always enjoy every episode and get some great recommendations for the next book I’ll read. Anyone who enjoys history has to check out this podcast!

Excellent

By intermediatic - Aug 09 2018
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A master of interviews. This is how it’s done and at a very steady clip too!

iTunes Ratings

408 Ratings
Average Ratings
298
54
24
15
17

A great history podcast

By Seanprose - May 19 2019
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Dan covers so many topics and bring on some wonderful experts and historians to discuss. I always enjoy every episode and get some great recommendations for the next book I’ll read. Anyone who enjoys history has to check out this podcast!

Excellent

By intermediatic - Aug 09 2018
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A master of interviews. This is how it’s done and at a very steady clip too!
Cover image of Dan Snow's History Hit

Dan Snow's History Hit

Updated 10 days ago

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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Producer: Peter Curry

Rank #1: Genetics & History with Adam Rutherford

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Adam Rutherford @AdamRutherfordis a British geneticist, author, and broadcaster. He was an editor for the journal Nature for a decade, is a frequent contributor to the newspaper The Guardian, hosts the BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science. His new book is titled A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Jan 13 2017
32 mins
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Rank #2: The Historical Reliability of the Bible with Francesca Stavrakopoulou

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Francesca Stavrakopoulou @ProfFrancesca is Professor of Hebrew Bible & Ancient Religion at Exeter University. Her research is primarily focused on ancient Israelite and Judahite religions, and portrayals of the religious past in the Hebrew Bible. She is interested in biblical traditions and religious practices most at odds with Western cultural preferences.


Producer: Dan Morelle

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Jan 17 2017
26 mins
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Rank #3: The Templars with Dan Jones

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Dan Jones @dgjones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His internationally bestselling works include The Plantagenets, Magna Carta and The Templars. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series 'Secrets of Great British Castles'. He writes a weekly column for the London Evening Standard and his writing also appears in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, GQ and The Spectator.


The Templars: The Rise and Fall of Gods Holy Warriors is out in now.


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Sep 11 2017
47 mins
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Rank #4: The Royal Navy: 100 Years of Modern Warfare with Julian Thompson

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Julian Thompson RMC served in the Royal Marines for 34 years, during which time he commanded operations at all levels from platoon to brigade. His period of command included the Falklands War of 1982, in which he commanded the 3rd Commando Brigade of three Royal Marines Commandos and the two battalions of the Parachute Regiment. He is now a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies at King's College, London and Chairman of a company which advises the shipping industry on combatting piracy. He regularly appears on television as an authority on military history and has written 16 books on the subject including The Somme & Verdun: 1916 Remembered, and co-authored The Gallipoli Experience.

The Royal Navy: 100 Years of Modern Warfare is out now.

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Dec 26 2016
22 mins
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Rank #5: Meuse Argonne: America's Bloodiest World War One Battle

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Dan heads to National World War One Museum and Memorial in Kansas city to see the collection and find out more about Meuse Argonne.


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Audio: Peter Curry

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Oct 08 2018
37 mins
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Rank #6: The Lost City of Z with David Grann

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David Grann @davidgrann is an American journalist, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and a best-selling author. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was published in 2009.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Mar 17 2017
34 mins
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Rank #7: Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India with Shashi Tharoor

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Shashi Tharoor @ShashiTharoor is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009. He was a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India is available now.

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Jun 22 2017
46 mins
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Rank #8: SAS: Rogue Heroes with Ben Macintyre

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Ben Macintyre @BenMacintyre1is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of nine previous books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no. 1 bestsellers A Spy Among Friends, Operation Mincemeat and Double Cross. His new book. SAS: Rogue Heroes – the Authorized Wartime History, is out now

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Jun 13 2017
37 mins
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Rank #9: Why is Jerusalem So Important? with Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Jerusalem is back in the news. Donald Trump announced that the USA is going to recognise it as the capital of Israel. Then again for the last 3000 years it has rarely been out of the news. In this episode we talk to the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of 'Jerusalem: the biography' about this remarkable city. He explains why it is sacred to three religions and why it has so often found itself on the front line of the great conflicts that have shaped the history of the Middle East and the wider world.


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Dec 16 2017
44 mins
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Rank #10: 1066: Battle of Hastings with Marc Morris

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The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England. It took place approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory.

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Oct 14 2016
51 mins
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Rank #11: Klaus Fuchs, the Greatest Nuclear Spy with Frank Close

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Dan talks to Frank Close about Klaus Fuchs, who leaked nuclear secrets to the Soviets. He informed the Soviets that the Allies had a bomb, and in doing so, may have been responsible for saving many millions of lives. Close argues that once Stalin realised the ballistic capacity of the U.S. and the U.K., he may have realised a policy of aggression against the Western powers was not prudent.


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Producer: Peter Curry

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Aug 09 2019
43 mins
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Rank #12: Chernobyl with Julie McDowall

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The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident near the town of Pripyat in 1986. Dan talks to Julie McDowall, an expert in all things nuclear, about the initial reaction to the blast, the impact it had on the firemen, and the fate of Belarus. They discuss how the legacy of Chernobyl damaged people's faith in the Soviet system, and the dogs left behind by official degree.


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Producer: Peter Curry

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Aug 11 2019
23 mins
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Rank #13: Jock Lewes: Co-Founder of the SAS with John Lewes

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John Lewes is the nephew and biographer of Lt. Jock Lewes.

Jock Lewes - Co-Founder of the SAS is out now.

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Dec 30 2016
30 mins
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Rank #14: Mary Queen of Scots with Kate Williams

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Dan Snow and Kate Williams talk about the rise and fall of Mary Queen of Scots. For more exclusive interviews and documentaries visit HistoryHit.TV.


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Audio: Felix Maynard

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Oct 01 2018
55 mins
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Rank #15: The Sandby Borg Massacre with Clara Alfsdotter

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Dan talks to Clara Alfsdotter about the 5th century remains found at a ring fort in Sweden, and what they tell us about the massacre that happened there. For more information, see the article in Antiquity. For more history documentaries and interviews, subscribe to History Hit.TV.


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Apr 25 2018
25 mins
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Rank #16: The History of Iran Part 1 with Ali Ansari

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Dan talks to Ali Ansari about the history of Iran, and discover just how much of it there is! Discover more history interviews and documentaries at History Hit TV.


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Dec 26 2018
38 mins
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Rank #17: HMS Warrior 1860 with Patrick Lambert

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HMS Warrior was a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads. Warrior and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in 1859 of the first ocean-going ironclad warship, the wooden-hulled Gloire. Warrior conducted a publicity tour of Great Britain in 1863 and spent her active career with the Channel Squadron. Obsolescent following the 1871 launching of the mastless and more capable HMS Devastation, she was placed in reserve in 1875, and was decommissioned – in 1883.

View the HMS Warrior in 360 degrees on this Periscope recording.

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May 10 2017
31 mins
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Rank #18: The Race To Save The Romanovs with Helen Rappaport

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There are many mysteries surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs: could King George V have saved them? Could there have been a constitutional monarchy? Did any of them survive? In her new book, packed with original research, Helen Rappaport definitively answers these and other questions. For more exclusive history interviews & documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV.


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Jun 28 2018
38 mins
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Rank #19: Peter Jackson on They Shall Not Grow Old with 14-18 NOW

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In this special podcast, presented in association with 14-18 Now, Dan talks to Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of Lord of the Rings, about the new film he's made to commemorate the end of the First World War, They Shall Not Grow Old. Working with the Imperial War Museum, he has taken footage from the Western front, and the voices of the men who were there, and has colourised them and rendered them in 3D, bringing the World War I to life in a way that hasn't been seen for a century.


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Oct 12 2018
22 mins
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Rank #20: Soviet Women Snipers of World War II with Lyuba Vinogradova

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Dr Lyuba Vinogradova @Lyuba_Martin is a Russian historian and author. Her most recent book is entitled Avenging Angels: Soviet women snipers on the Eastern front (1941–45).

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Jul 14 2017
29 mins
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