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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.

Scroll down to listen to the most recent episodes from our network.

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.

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.

Click on any of the listings below to listen to the most recent episodes from our network.

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Origins of the Condom

15 February 2024

The first surviving mention of condoms dates from the mid-16th century, in the writings of an Italian anatomist better known for the discovery of...

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Murder in Henry VIII's England

15 February 2024

In a world before police, what happened when someone was murdered? How were murderers caught? How did the wheels of justice turn?

We talk to...

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Medieval Mass Murdering Monk: Malmesbury Abbey

15 February 2024

Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire was an institution of national significance from the late seventh century until the dissolution of the monasteries...

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Life and Death in Greco-Roman Egypt

14 February 2024

In its final centuries, Ancient Egypt was conquered by the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans, beginning with the invasion of Alexander the Great...

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Rameses The Great

14 February 2024

Was Rameses really that great or just an excellent self-promoter? Well, as Dan learns in this episode, a little bit of both. He reigned for 66...

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The Great Pyramid of Giza

13 February 2024

Built by Pharaoh Khufu some 4,500 years ago, the Great Pyramid was the first ancient wonder to be built and is the only one still standing....

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The Mystery of the Medieval Green Children

12 February 2024

Two green children walked into the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England, sometime in the 12th century. They said they were from a magic land...

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38:15

The Surprising History of 'Karens'

12 February 2024

What do Alexa, Adolf and Karen have in common?

They're all names that have plummeted in popularity.

The most recent, Karen, is largely...

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41:27

Fairies in the Early Modern Era

12 February 2024

In the early modern period, belief in fairies was quite commonplace. But put all thoughts of Tinkerbell aside!  These fairies were...

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29:15

Medieval Apocalypse

12 February 2024

In the early 12th century, when England was suffering wave after wave of Viking invasions, many wondered how God could allow their kingdom to be...

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The Origins of Ancient Egypt

12 February 2024

All this week Dan is delving into the history, mystery and legacy of Ancient Egypt. Discover how this mighty empire grew from nomadic settlers to...

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48:15

The Clinton Scandals

11 February 2024

From financial to conspiratorial to sexual, the words 'Clinton' and 'scandal' are regularly found in each others' vicinities. But why?

Don...

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Persia Reborn: Rise of the Sasanians

11 February 2024

The Sasanians are renowned as one of Rome's most feared enemies. Founded in third century Persia by an Iranian noble called Ardashir, their...

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Justinian: Greatest Byzantine Emperor?

8 February 2024

The Eastern Roman Emperor from 527 to 565, Justinian was a ruler who infused even the most mundane tasks with spiritual and religious...

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39:24

Private Life of King James VI & I

8 February 2024

King James VI and I, the first monarch to reign over Scotland, England and Ireland, has a mixed reputation. To many, he is simply the homosexual...

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What Was Sex Like In Medieval Times?

8 February 2024

What happened when medieval monks were told by the church that they had to be celibate? And how did their wives react?

On today's episode,...

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37:46

The Epic of Gilgamesh: Quest for Immortality

8 February 2024

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest surviving works of storytelling in history. It begins with the tale of Gilgamesh’s friendship with...

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48:24

Who are the Houthis?

8 February 2024

As Houthi missile attacks on shipping in the Red Sea continue, we turn to the past to answer the all-important questions - who are the Houthis,...

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31:43

Facebook at Twenty: From College Dorms to Court Cases

7 February 2024

Where did the idea for Facebook come from? How has the site evolved? And how has it changed the world? In this episode, 20 years after the...

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Dragons: From the Ancient World to the Hobbit

7 February 2024

Take dinosaur bones, snake poison, volcanic lava, fear of the unknown. Mix it all together and you have a dragon!

Today we're finding out...

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The City of Alexandria

6 February 2024

This is the story of a city that laid the foundations for our modern world. Sitting at the intersection of East and West, Alexandria has been home...

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