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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.
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 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.
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Cleopatra to Jane Austen: Perfumes of Powerful Women8 September 2023
Why did Cleopatra soak the sails of her ship in jasmine? How did Queen Elizabeth smell? And why was perfume an essential tool of power for women...Listen Now
The Mexican-American War7 September 2023
In 1848, after almost two years of fighting, the US annexation of former Mexican territory was signed into a treaty.
Mexico lost a third of...Listen Now
Michelangelo7 September 2023
At 31, Michelangelo was considered the finest artist in Italy, perhaps the world. Long before he died at almost 90, he was widely believed to...Listen Now
Medusa7 September 2023
This episode contains references to sexual assault.
Medusa stands as one of the most iconic yet misconstrued figures of Greek...Listen Now
Chichén Itzá6 September 2023
One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza is home to monumental pyramids, temples, and is a treasure trove of archaeological...Listen Now
Patriarchy6 September 2023
Why are men in charge? Who invented Patriarchy?
Was it chest-thumping primate ancestors? Was it spear-wielding hunter gatherers? Was it at...Listen Now
Marco Polo5 September 2023
You may have heard the many myths about the life and exploits of Marco Polo- was he really the one who brought ice cream and spaghetti from his...Listen Now
Bestiality5 September 2023
When sex between two humans can be many things, how do we define bestiality - that is, sex between a human and a non-human?
Origins of the Māori5 September 2023
Around the time of the start of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France, and the Black Death was devastating tens of millions of...Listen Now
The Legacy of Rome4 September 2023
Rome has attracted aspiring conquerors and leaders for millennia, not just as a great metropolis, but as an idea. It has long been a symbol of...Listen Now
Oppenheimer: What If America Never Dropped the Atomic Bomb?4 September 2023
The new Oppenheimer movie has everyone asking questions about the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 - were two bombs necessary? Would the war...Listen Now
Origins of Modern Iran: Safawid Dynasty4 September 2023
The Safawid Dynasty, which ruled Iran from 1501 to 1736, marked the beginning of modern Iranian history. At its height, it controlled all of...Listen Now
WW2: How The War Ended4 September 2023
The Second World War officially ended on September 2nd 1945 - and it's estimated that around 3% of the Earth's population perished during the...Listen Now
Rise of the Tudors3 September 2023
Join Dan as he rollicks through the tumultuous life and rise to power of Henry Tudor, the man who would ultimately become King Henry VII of...Listen Now
Donald Hebb: Brainwashing in the Cold War3 September 2023
In 1950, a new word ‘brainwashing’ entered the English language. From the paranoia of the Cold War a new type of Evil Scientist had emerged...Listen Now
Origins of Olive Oil3 September 2023
When you think of inventions that helped change the course of history, it's doubtful Olive Oil makes the list. Originating thousands of years ago...Listen Now
Self Sacrifice in Ancient India1 September 2023
Today we’re looking into self sacrifice in ancient India. Why did people do it? How did people think about death and the afterlife? Who were the...Listen Now
Rwandan Genocide1 September 2023
This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence and sexual assault.
Over the course of 100 days in 1994, it's estimated that between...Listen Now
Æthelflæd: Lady of the Mercians1 September 2023
Matt Lewis kicks off Gone Medieval’s special series of podcasts about Medieval Queens with a look at Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians who...Listen Now
President Thomas Jefferson31 August 2023
Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, so how did it work out when he became the leader of this nation that...Listen Now
Dutch Golden Age: 'The Goldfinch' and its Painter31 August 2023
On the morning of 12 October 1654, in the Dutch city of Delft, a sudden explosion was followed by a thunderclap that could be heard more than 70...Listen Now