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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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Battle of Waterloo Skeletons Found in Attic!

24 January 2023

Waterloo was one of the bloodiest battles in European history, yet until now only two bodies have ever been found on the battlefield. The remains...

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The Rise of J. Edgar Hoover

23 January 2023

J. Edgar Hoover was the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 48 years. He grew the FBI from a small, obscure operation to one that...

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26:46

Batavia: The Worst Shipwreck in History

23 January 2023

In 1628, a Dutch East India flagship called Batavia set sail from the Netherlands, never to reach her destination. Eight months into the...

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33:40

The Bermuda Triangle: The Secret History of Flight 19

23 January 2023

Located off the coast of Florida, Puerto Rico, and its namesake Bermuda - the mysterious Bermuda Triangle is an urban myth that's risen in...

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24:13

The First Indigenous Americans in Europe

23 January 2023

1492 marked the beginning of the Colombian Exchange - the transfer of people, goods, ideas and commodities across the Atlantic between Europe and...

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28:16

Caesarean section

22 January 2023

A hundred years ago next to no one was born via Caesarean Section. Today, one in five new arrivals on planet earth come via a Caesarean. Its...

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40:09

The Great Serpent Mound

22 January 2023

Located in the US State of Ohio, the Great Serpent Mound is an iconic monument of Ancient America. Nearly 1,400 feet long, and 3 feet high - it's...

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26:39

The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

21 January 2023

Matt Lewis continues his Mystery Month on Gone Medieval with another tantalising enigma of the Middle Ages - possibly the most mysterious...

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46:39

A History of Porn

20 January 2023

What did porn look like before the internet? Who was it for? And how has it changed since?

In this episode, Kate chats to Kathleen Lubey, a...

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25:11

WW2 US Marines: Devil Dogs

20 January 2023

Founded in 1775, the United States Marines Corps (colloquially known as the US Marines) have a long standing history, and a reputation that...

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25:39

WWI Lifesavers and Body Snatchers

20 January 2023

The brutal nature of the First World War presented frontline medical personnel with an array of horrific and debilitating wounds, inflicted on a...

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33:20

Ellis Island

19 January 2023

From the 1880s to the 1920s the United States experienced a huge wave of immigration. People fleeing poverty and political instability in Europe,...

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45:10

The Parthenon

19 January 2023

The unofficial 8th wonder the Ancient World, the Parthenon is still standing today. Located on the Acropolis in Athens, towering above a busy,...

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37:43

Swords in Elizabethan England

19 January 2023

In Elizabethan England, swords were everywhere. Hanging on girdles, used in plays and depicted in paintings, they were an important marker of...

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28:30

Zheng He: The Ming Dynasty Explorer

19 January 2023

The Ming Dynasty emerged in the second half of the 14th century, having achieved a hard-won victory over the declining Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty....

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30:04

Sawing Someone in Half Trick

18 January 2023

When this trick was first performed, ushers poured buckets of blood down the gutter outside the theatre to entice people into the macabre...

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23:28

North America's French Indian War

18 January 2023

As the British and French colonies in North America expanded in the middle of the 18th century, they inevitably clashed. Fighting between the two...

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34:33

Ireland's First Convicted Witch

17 January 2023

In 1324, Alice Kyteler became the first woman in Britain and Ireland to be tried for witchcraft. Married to four different husbands - all of whom...

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32:26

The Blues

17 January 2023

So much of today’s music takes inspiration from the Blues, but where did Blues music itself come from?

Kate is joined by Lamont Jack...

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29:03

Hitler and Mussolini

17 January 2023

Just over 100 years ago, in October 1922, Mussolini and 30,000 Blackshirts marched on Rome. It was a mass demonstration that would see his...

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34:51

Dr Martin Luther King Jr

16 January 2023

Dr Martin Luther King Jr was one of the figureheads of the civil rights movement in America. On 28th August 1963, he made one of the greatest...

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