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.
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.
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.
Click on any of the listings below to listen to our most recent episodes from our network.
A Short History of the Bank of England26 September 2022
As the UK's bond market has suffered its biggest fall in decades and the pound has reached its lowest ever price against the US dollar, Dan talks...Listen Now
Hollywood Blacklist26 September 2022
After World War 2 ended, the Nazis defeated, America feared communist infiltration of its institutions, among them, Hollywood.
In November...Listen Now
War Crimes26 September 2022
Warning: This episode contains content that some listeners may find upsetting
No matter the war being fought, it's a sad fact that war...Listen Now
Mary Rose 40: The Sinking of the Mary Rose26 September 2022
Exactly forty years ago, in a groundbreaking and spectacular piece of marine conservation that captured the imagination of the world, the Mary...Listen Now
Agatha Christie with Lucy Worsley25 September 2022
Agatha Christie is the best-selling fiction writer of all time and her many detective novels, short stories and plays have gripped and entertained...Listen Now
FORENSICS: Fingerprinting25 September 2022
We hear from London’s most inaccessible museum, the Met police’s Crime Museum, and take you back to India in the time of the British Raj. We...Listen Now
Top Five Dinosaurs25 September 2022
They’re big. They’re fierce. And they’re extinct.
This is how today’s guest - palaeontologist, evolutionary biologist and Senior...Listen Now
The Story of Castles24 September 2022
Castles have held a pivotal place in British life, many of them remaining today as powerful reminders of our history and sources of inspiration....Listen Now
The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe23 September 2022
Marilyn Monroe. She's got to be one of the most famous people of all time, hasn't she?
But what happens when an investigative war reporter...Listen Now
WW2: The Forgotten Blitz23 September 2022
When you think of the Blitz, you think of the Blitz on London. The two are synonymous, and not without reason. Over 57 consecutive nights and...Listen Now
Eleanor of Aquitaine22 September 2022
From an age in which women’s lives were obscured and poorly recorded, one shines brightly from the darkness. Eleanor of Aquitaine - born...Listen Now
Declaration of Independence22 September 2022
While the Revolutionary War was being fought in July 1776, the 13 British colonies in America came together to approve their Declaration of...Listen Now
The Atomic Bomb & the Secret City22 September 2022
In 1939 Franklin D Roosevelt received a letter from Albert Einstein, warning him that the Nazis might be developing nuclear...Listen Now
Karnak: Egypt's Greatest Temple22 September 2022
Located on the banks of the River Nile in Luxor, Egypt, the Karnak Temple complex is one of the largest buildings ever constructed for religious...Listen Now
Slavery and the Royal African Company22 September 2022
The Royal African Company was set up in 1660 - by the ruling Stuart family and City of London merchants - to exploit gold fields up the Gambia...Listen Now
Suleyman the Magnificent21 September 2022
The Lion House is a riveting new book from journalist and historian Christopher De Bellaigue, written like a novel that tells the dramatic story...Listen Now
Perfume21 September 2022
First Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel shocked the world’s eyeballs with her fashion designs. Then she shocked its nostrils with a new smell - Chanel...Listen Now
The Man Wrongfully Hanged at Cardiff Prison20 September 2022
In September 1952 Mahmood Hussein Mattan became the last to be executed at Cardiff Prison, but Mahmood had in fact been framed by the police and...Listen Now
Forbidden Books20 September 2022
What makes a book bad? Does it have to be nonsensical? Heretical? Libellous? Sexy?
Well for 500 years, a panel from the Roman Catholic...Listen Now
The Viking Sagas20 September 2022
Few people in European history have had as many stories told about them as the Vikings. We know about them from novels, films, TV series and...Listen Now
Fighter Jets: A History20 September 2022
This month marks 75 years since the establishment of the United States Air Force (USAF). So to mark this anniversary, we wanted to follow up on...Listen Now