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33 min

The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz

Historian Jack Fairweather tells the story of Witold Pilecki the Polish resistance agent who volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz concentration camp.

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21 min

The Real Peaky Blinders

Dan headed up to Birmingham to meet bestselling author and celebrity local historian Carl Chinn to learn the true history behind 19th century Birmingham's most ...

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21 min

History and The Environment

Author and analyst Andrew Simms comes on the show to explain how history is full of examples where humans have proven their capacity to make ...

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26 min

Sam Mendes on 1917

1917 is a new film directed by Golden Globe winning film maker Sir Sam Mendes. In this interview Dan sits down with the Academy Award winning ...

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24 min

The Sexual Revolution with Virginia Nicholson

In this podcast, Virginia Nicolson talks about attitudes to sexuality during the rapid cultural change of the 1960s.

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31 min

Ink: A History of Tattooing

Matt Lodder, the world's leading expert on the history of tattoos, has found evidence of people using ink or charcoal on their bodies stretching back ...

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25 min

The Crown: History vs Myth

Writer and broadcaster Hugo Vickers comes on the show to sort the fact from the fiction about the Netflix hit-series 'The Crown'.

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55 min

Secrets of Hitler’s Island Fortress

From daring commando raids to an underwater reconnoitre of untouched World War Two archaeology, join Dan as he explores the extraordinary wartime history of Guernsey ...

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44 min

SAS Shadow Raiders

Damien Lewis explains the top-secret World War Two mission that was devised to steal what had become known as the 'Wurzburg Dish'.

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31 min

Vikings: A History of the Northmen

Wayne Bartlett comes on the podcast to answer the central questions of the Viking Age. What does Viking even mean? Why did they explode onto ...

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The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz

19th January, 2020

In 1940 the Polish resistance decided it needed to send an agent to Auschwitz concentration camp. They were desperate to find out what was going on ...

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00:21:23

'Seducing and Killing Nazis'

15th January, 2020

During the Second World War the Netherlands fell to advancing German forces in just a few hours. The Dutch found themselves under Nazi occupation. Many ...

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00:23:03

How History Inspires Environmental Activism

14th January, 2020

The world faces a unique environmental challenge. The scale of response to this looming catastrophe can be overwhelming. But economist and activist Andrew Simms believes ...

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00:20:00

The Commando Raid that Changed the Course of WW2

12th January, 2020

In October 1942 the British launched a small raid on the Channel Island of Sark. A cast of characters who gave their colleague Ian Fleming ideas ...

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00:25:13

Sam Mendes on 1917

9th January, 2020

In this podcast Dan talks to Golden Globe winning film maker Sam Mendes about his new World War One film 1917. Based in part on an ...

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00:38:00

The Persian War

8th January, 2020

In the 5th century BC the world's first super power, the Persian Empire, went to war against a ragtag collection of cities and statelets on ...

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00:24:30

Interwar Germany’s Secret Ally: The USSR

6th January, 2020

After the First World War the German Army was in crisis. Limited in the size and its equipment by the Versailles Treaty which ended the ...

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00:32:13

Ink: A History of Tattooing

5th January, 2020

Matt Lodder is the world's leading expert on the history of tattoos. He has found evidence of people using ink or charcoal on their bodies ...

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00:23:23

Geordies: A History

3rd January, 2020

'Northumbrian patriot' Dan Jackson, who has just written a book on the history of Northeast England and its people, comes on the podcast to talk ...

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00:30:31

The Crusaders' Last Battle for the Holy Land

1st January, 2020

Roger Crowley is the author of the new book, Accursed Tower: The Crusaders' Last Battle for the Holy Land. The city of Acre, powerfully fortified ...

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00:56:03

Best of 2019

31st December, 2019

Tony Blair, Julie McDowall the 'Atomic Hobo', Prof Mary Fulbrook, SAS veterans, Stephen Fry, Akala.... It has been a bumper year on the pod. We've ...

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00:46:30

The Ultra Secret Mission that Changed the Course of WW2

29th December, 2019

Damien Lewis tells us of the formation of the SAS. In 1941 an alien-seeming object was captured in a death-defying dash by an RAF reconnaissance pilot ...

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