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History Hit podcasts and presenters

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

Our all new podcast Gone Medieval’ is hosted by archaeologist Cat Jarman and historian Matt Lewis, 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.

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

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Medieval Warhorses: Does Size Matter?

25 January 2022

While Braveheart isn't known for its historical accuracy - there is one surprising fact it gets dramatically wrong. In the medieval period, the large...

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00:22:59

The Gilded Age

25 January 2022

The Gilded Age was a time in American history when the economy grew at its fastest rate in history. This had wide-reaching cultural and social...

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00:43:05

Henry VIII and the Sport of Jousting

24 January 2022

In the world of King Henry VIII, the paramount place to demonstrate physical strength and manly courage was the joust - and Henry excelled at it. In...

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00:33:48

How Australia Survived WW2

24 January 2022

Jim Burrows OAM, 98, served as a Coastwatcher in the South Pacific during World War Two. The Coastwatchers were an intelligence arm of the Allied...

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00:22:08

Champagne Riots

24 January 2022

Rebecca Gibb is a Master of Wine. A ninja who can sniff out a Merlot from a Margaux at 50 paces. In this archive episode, she talks to Dan about the...

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00:39:58

Alexander the Great & The Persian Thermopylae (Part Two)

23 January 2022

In this second part of Tristan’s explainer, he takes us right into the heart of the battle dubbed the Persian Thermopylae. Listen as Alexander...

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00:30:01

1942: Churchill's Real Darkest Hour

23 January 2022

Most people think that Britain's worst moment of the war was in 1940 when the nation stood up against the threat of German invasion. Yet, eighty...

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00:32:47

How to Survive in Medieval England

22 January 2022

If you travelled back in time to the Medieval period this very second, do you think you would survive? The short answer is probably not. If you...

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00:35:39

Munich - The Edge of War: Reappraising Chamberlain

21 January 2022

Join James this week for a special episode of Warfare, chatting to the writer and cast of the new film 'Munich - the Edge of War'. Set in 1938, the...

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00:33:58

Roe v. Wade: America's Landmark Ruling

21 January 2022

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law banning abortion, effectively legalising the procedure nationwide. The court held...

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00:48:15

Kate Mosse: The Art of Writing Historical Fiction

20 January 2022

Kate Mosse is the multimillion-selling author of the Languedoc Trilogy - Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel. With her new novel The City of Tears, the...

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00:38:37

Alexander the Great & The Persian Thermopylae (Part One)

20 January 2022

In January 330 BC, Alexander the Great faced one of his most difficult challenges to date. A small Persian force, entrenched in a formidable...

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00:49:50

Who Was Joan of Arc?

20 January 2022

Joan of Arc is a name that’s instantly recognisable to most. A controversial figure in her own day, she has remained so ever since, often being...

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00:43:37

The SAS in the Falklands: Part One

19 January 2022

In this episode from the archive, Dan Snow hears the incredible story of the SAS's involvement in the Falklands from the men who were actually there:...

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00:25:37

The Child Soldiers of WWI

19 January 2022

After the outbreak of the First World War, boys as young as twelve were caught up in a national wave of patriotism and, in huge numbers, volunteered...

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00:34:55

Vikings: What Does Their Hair Tell Us?

18 January 2022

If you've watched a film or TV show about vikings recently, you may well have noticed a distinctive hairstyle featuring an undercut and a ponytail....

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00:36:07

28 Years on Death Row

18 January 2022

Anthony Ray Hinton is an Alabama was held on death row after being wrongly convicted of the murders of two restaurant managers, John Davidson and...

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00:51:45

Cardinal Wolsey: His Rise and Fall

17 January 2022

No advisor was more important to King Henry VIII than Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. He captured Henry's attention with his brilliance and became his most...

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00:36:48

Tony Blair & the Iraq War

17 January 2022

In the 2022 New Year Honours list, alongside the names of Joanna Lumley, Moira Stuart and Emma Raducanu, was that of Tony Blair. Over a million...

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01:01:38

Korean War: The Veterans Of Imjin River

17 January 2022

Fought between the 22nd-25th of April 1951, the battle of Imjin River was part of a Chinese counter-offensive after United Nations forces had...

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00:50:18

The Birth of the Roman Empire

16 January 2022

16 January 27 BC is a date sometimes associated with the beginning of the Roman Empire. It was on that day that Octavian received the name Augustus,...

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