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The History Hit network gives you access to a growing range of podcasts presented by and featuring historians at the forefront of research and debate.

Scroll down to listen to the most recent episodes from our network.

Dan Snow’s History Hit explores the deep history behind today’s headlines – giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Everything has a history, every challenge made easier by understanding its nature, its genesis. In a world of fast opinions, we put historians into the debate, women and men who bring real knowledge built over careers spent researching.

The Ancients, hosted by historian Tristan Hughes, is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Historians and archaeologists join Tristan to discuss specific themes from antiquity, from Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome.

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb presents Not Just the Tudors. Together with expert interviewees, she covers the sweeping range of the early modern period: everything from the Aztecs to witches, Velázquez to Shakespeare, Mughal India to the Mayflower.

Gone Medieval is hosted by historians Matt Lewis and Eleanor Janega, who shine a light on one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood periods of history: the Middle Ages. In each episode, experts lead listeners beneath the skin of captivating stories to uncover new insights.

In Betwixt the Sheets join historian, Kate Lister as she unashamedly roots around the topics which seem to have been skipped in history class. Everything from landmark LGBTQ+ court cases, to political scandal, to downright bizarre medieval cures for impotence.

In American History Hit, join Don Wildman twice a week for your hit of American history, as he explores the past to help us understand the United States of today. We’ll hear how codebreakers uncovered secret Japanese plans for the Battle of Midway, visit Chief Powhatan as he prepares for war with the British, see Walt Disney accuse his former colleagues of being communists, and uncover the dark history that lies beneath Central Park.

After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds & the Paranormal joined History Hit’s award-winning podcast network in October 2023, hosted by actor, writer and historian Anthony Delaney and writer, broadcaster, historian Maddy Pelling. Together, the duo unpick history’s spookiest, strangest and most sinister stories – from the disappearance of HMS Terror to the origins of Halloween.

War historian and broadcaster James Rogers hosts our Warfare podcast, which opens up fascinating new perspectives on how conflict has shaped and changed our world. James teams up with fellow historians, veterans, and experts to reveal astonishing new histories of inspirational leadership, breakthrough technologies, and era defining battles.

Patented, hosted by Dallas Campbell, dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and murky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians.

Click on any of the listings below to listen to the most recent episodes from our network.

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26:48

Medieval Ireland: Death & Politics

1 March 2024

Court records of naked, murderous monks, tavern brawls, robberies gone wrong, tragic accidents and criminal gangs reveal how the English in...

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History of Sex Work in America

1 March 2024

Despite lawmakers best efforts, sex work has been around for since record began...and will certainly go back even further.

We often explore...

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Lincoln the President

29 February 2024

When it comes to US Presidents, it’s not easy to agree on much these days. But one thing that has remained consistent is the man widely...

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The Paris Morgue's Dark Story

29 February 2024

Citizens of Paris in the 19th century could stroll down to the Morgue to try to identify the unknown dead or to gawp at celebrity murder victims....

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Origins of Fairy Tales

29 February 2024

Fairy tales exist everywhere and in every time. Through centuries of oral tradition and the invention of print and later advances in...

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History of Gulags

29 February 2024

On the 16th of February, 2024, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service announced that opposition leader Alexei Navalny had died. He had been...

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New Series! Machu Picchu Coming 4th March

28 February 2024

Following in the footsteps of explorer Hiram Bingham, Dan embarks on an incredible adventure through the cloud forest of the Andes to reveal the...

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The Silver Pharaohs

28 February 2024

The Silver Pharaohs refers to a lesser-known set of ancient Egyptian rulers of the 21st Dynasty, named for the abundant silver discovered in their...

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How to Survive in Tudor England

28 February 2024

Life in Tudor England was risky. In addition to the outbreaks of plague, the threat of poverty and the dangers of childbirth, there were...

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American History Tellers

27 February 2024

The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life - the words you speak, the ideas you share - can be traced to...

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The Real Braveheart

27 February 2024

This episode contains strong language, graphic scenes of torture and sexual content

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Who Really Was Boudica?

27 February 2024

She's the warrior queen who took on the mighty Roman Empire, but who really was Boudica?

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Atatürk: Fall of the Ottoman Empire

27 February 2024

On the 19th of May, 1919, an Ottoman general stepped ashore at the Black Sea port city of Samsun. This marked the beginning of the Turkish War of...

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The Truth about the American Dream: The Baldwin-Buckley Debate

26 February 2024

On February 18th, 1965, the University of Cambridge hosted one of the most legendary debates in history. Author James Baldwin and conservative...

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Science vs. Witchcraft: The Kepler Trial

26 February 2024

Astronomer Johannes Kepler was an important and admired figure in the scientific revolution of the early 17th century. But when his widowed mother...

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Abraham Lincoln

26 February 2024

Abraham Lincoln began his life in a log cabin in Kentucky, the son of poor pioneers. He would end it as President of the United States, having...

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Do Mermaids Exist? Historical Sightings & Myths

25 February 2024

Did you know President Benjamin Franklin began his career reporting mermaid sightings? Or that there's a mermaid on every cup of Starbucks...

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Roman Special Forces

25 February 2024

The Romans were renowned for their military prowess and skill. Their legions successfully conquered vast swathes of the Mediterranean world, led...

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How to Cook Like a Medieval Chef

23 February 2024

Preparing, serving and sharing food has always played a critical role in human history. But what did people in the Middle Ages like to eat and...

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D.B. Cooper & the 70s Hijacking Craze

22 February 2024

On 23 June 1972, a man boarded American Airlines Flight 119 in St Louis. He sat most of the way to Tulsa before donning a wig and a pair of gloves...

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Origins of Carthage

22 February 2024

Famed as one of Rome’s fiercest enemies, the city of Carthage was one of the jewels of the ancient Mediterranean world. Situated on the coast of...

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