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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 classicist 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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Orkney’s Buried Vikings

27 July 2021

How did Viking remains find themselves under a house in Orkney? In 2015, human remains were unearthed on the northeast coast of Papa Westray. The...

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Queen Catherine Howard: Henry VIII's Fifth Wife

26 July 2021

Catherine Howard was Queen Consort - and fifth wife - to Henry VIII for just 16 months before he had her executed for treason for committing...

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00:27:00

Pathfinders: Bomber Command's Elite

26 July 2021

The Pathfinders were ordinary men and women who transformed the efficiency of the Allies' air campaign over mainland Europe and helped deliver...

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00:34:34

When the World Outlawed War

26 July 2021

In August 1928, signatories from France, the United States and Germany signed a treaty outlawing war. This so-called Kellogg-Briand Pact was soon...

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00:43:25

What is Going on With Democracy?

25 July 2021

Democracy is in crisis around the world. Dr Robert Saunders, from Queen Mary University of London, is back on the podcast to discuss why it is under...

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00:44:07

Decoding the Roman Dead

25 July 2021

Often known as ‘Britain’s first town’, Colchester is a city rich in ancient history and on 24 July 2021, a new exhibition will open at the...

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00:36:32

The Woman Who Flew Spitfires in WW2

24 July 2021

Mary Ellis was a pioneering and courageous aviator who flew hundreds of fighters and bombers to Britain’s frontline airfields. She was one of the...

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00:36:43

The Power of a Queen

24 July 2021

What was the role of a queen in the Medieval Age? Was she there to strengthen the position of her family and build alliances to protect the interests...

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00:34:24

The Olympic Games

23 July 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are finally here, after being delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. From Ancient Greece to when it was reborn in...

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00:30:00

Nazi Scientists & the Space Race

23 July 2021

‘One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’: in July 1969 the United States successfully landed on the moon. It was part of a race...

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00:48:47

Martin Luther's World and Legacy

22 July 2021

A controversial figure during his lifetime, Martin Luther set in motion a revolution that split Christianity in the West and left an indelible mark...

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00:45:50

Rival Queens: Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici

22 July 2021

The relationship between Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici - the two most powerful Queens of their time - is one of the most intriguing and...

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00:24:08

Life in Sparta

22 July 2021

A legendary city-state in Ancient Greece, we associate Sparta with fierce warriors in battle. But what about the everyday? In this second episode...

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00:29:51

The Rise of Stalin

21 July 2021

How did a young boy from Georgia become a merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image? Historian and bestselling...

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00:19:05

Assassination and Coverups in The Cold War Congo

21 July 2021

In 1961, UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld's plane was shot down as he flew over the Congo. Dag Hammarskjöld was called ‘the greatest...

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00:25:19

How Timekeeping Changed the World

20 July 2021

Accurate timekeeping is at the very root of all of the technological advances in the modern world, but how did it all begin? From Roman sundials to...

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00:27:07

Shark Attack

20 July 2021

It’s a crossover with Jaws and Open Water that we never expected, but a 3,000 year old corpse has thrown a surprising topic into the mix: shark...

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00:38:18

The Origins of English

20 July 2021

Approximately 1.35 billion people use it, either as a first or second language, so English and the way that we speak it has a daily impact on huge...

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00:46:06

Rival Queens: Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici

19 July 2021

The relationship between Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici - the two most powerful Queens of their time - is one of the most intriguing and...

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00:29:40

Dancing Mania

19 July 2021

In the summer of 1518, one of the most bizarre afflictions in history struck the city of Strasburg; dancing mania. This epidemic of dancing spread,...

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00:36:59

Laying Seige

19 July 2021

Besieging a city is often thought to be an antiquated strategy, lost to technological advances and the complexity of modern conflict. In this...

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