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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.
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Tutankhamun's 'Curse' & Other History Mysteries30 November 2023
In Dan's long career as a broadcaster, he's come across all sorts of unexplained phenomena, myths and mysteries- from searching for the Nazi Gold...Listen Now
Amelia Dyer: Victorian Baby Farm Killer29 November 2023
Some estimates have it that Amelia Dyer killed more than 400 babies. It's hard to say for sure because so few victims were recovered. She was a...Listen Now
The 'Elgin' Marbles29 November 2023
The permanent home of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the 'Elgin' Marbles, has been the subject of a heated, decades-long debate. That debate...Listen Now
JFK Special 3. | The Sex Life of JFK28 November 2023
“If I don’t have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches.”
That is what JFK allegedly told the UK prime minister, Harold...Listen Now
Hades: King of the Underworld28 November 2023
This episode contains references to death and sexual assault.
Hades is King of the the dead and the Underworld in Ancient Greek...Listen Now
President William Henry Harrison: 32 Days in Office27 November 2023
The ninth President of the United States holds two unique records. William Henry Harrison delivered the longest inaugural address in US...Listen Now
The Rise of Constantinople with Bettany Hughes27 November 2023
The city of Constantinople, founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 324 AD, was a glittering jewel in the eastern Mediterranean for more than...Listen Now
The Real Origins of Witches27 November 2023
Have you ever wondered what the ancient origins of witchcraft is? How did the black-hat-broomstick stereotype emerge? And what causes the waves of...Listen Now
The Vandals26 November 2023
Known for bringing about the fall of the Western Roman Empire - the Vandals have a reputation of violence, destruction, and conquering. Moving...Listen Now
Saving Henry VIII's Lost Tapestry26 November 2023
For the Tudors, tapestries not only brought warmth and colour to a room, but they were magnificent demonstrations of artistic skill and of moral...Listen Now
Rasputin26 November 2023
The legend of Rasputin's death goes that he survived poisoning, being shot in the head before being thrown through a hole in the ice in the Neva...Listen Now
Section 28: The Anti-Gay Law That Sparked A Movement24 November 2023
The 1980s have a lot to answer for - spandex, for one.
It also saw the first new anti-gay law in Britain for over a century.
Napoleon in America23 November 2023
Napoleon Bonaparte. From military leader to revolutionary to Emperor of the French, his conquests and reforms have had a lasting impact across the...Listen Now
Victorian Death Photography: Postmortem Posers23 November 2023
The Victorians created the unsettling art of death photography - posing their deceased love ones in family portraits as if they were alive. How...Listen Now
Life on the Medieval Coast23 November 2023
The popular BBC television series Villages by the Sea explores coastal life through the centuries. Its presenter Ben Robinson is an archaeologist...Listen Now
4. Napoleon: The Myth23 November 2023
Napoleon has become more than a man. His name is a concept, a way of being, a psychological term- the 'Napoleon' complex. Napoleon began working...Listen Now
Mary I: What if She'd Lived?22 November 2023
On 17 November 1558, Queen Mary I died. But how would history have turned out differently if Mary had lived another 30 years? Where would her...Listen Now
Keros: Bronze Age Mystery22 November 2023
While a small, uninhabited island today, Keros held significant importance during the Bronze Age. As a crucial centre for cultural practices,...Listen Now
3. Napoleon: The Lover22 November 2023
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains discussions about sex which may not be suitable for children.
Napoleon Bonaparte is one of the few...Listen Now
Napoleon's Sex Life21 November 2023
Napoleon Bonaparte has been described in many way throughout history. Conquerer. Lover. Legend. Shrivelled Eel?
Perhaps you haven't heard...Listen Now
Leprosy in the Middle Ages21 November 2023
Leprosy in the Middle Ages
Medieval people were very concerned about how to deal with those in their midst who had leprosy, now called...Listen Now