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.
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.
Central Park: What Lies Beneath22 November 2022
Central Park is an oasis of nature in New York City, amidst the countless skyscrapers and gridded streets of Manhattan. Over 800 acres of sweeping...Listen Now
Ronald Reagan: The Peacemaker21 November 2022
When Ronald Reagan became President in 1981, he was initially written off by many as a reckless B movie cowboy who would lead the US to nuclear...Listen Now
Inside the JFK White House21 November 2022
November 22nd marks 59 years since the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. One of the most famous assassinations in history, JFK's...Listen Now
Football and the Tudors21 November 2022
Already in 2022 we have celebrated England’s Lionesses winning the Women’s European Championships, and this month you may well be waiting with...Listen Now
Rogue Heroes: Veteran of the SAS21 November 2022
Mike Sadler is the last surviving original member of the SAS and is featured in the new television series SAS Rogue Heroes as a dashing young man...Listen Now
Frozen Food20 November 2022
The Frozen Food industry was invented by the Birdseye company. And that company was started by a living breathing Birdseye; Clarence...Listen Now
Rise of the Etruscans20 November 2022
Situated in the North of Italy, the Etruscan's were once a powerful civilisation, dominating the Italian peninsular. Predecessors to Ancient Rome,...Listen Now
The Rise of Christianity19 November 2022
In the fourth century AD, the Christian faith exploded out of Palestine, overwhelming the paganism of Rome, converting the Emperor Constantine in...Listen Now
Conscientious Objection in WW218 November 2022
Accounts of the Second World War usually involve tales of exceptional bravery in battle, as the allied nations stood together against fascism. But...Listen Now
Tattoos18 November 2022
George V, Otzi the Iceman, possibly Winston Churchill and … Kate Lister. What do all these people have in common?
They have tattoos. As do...Listen Now
Medieval Pubs18 November 2022
For centuries, the pub has played a central role in our lives and communities. Throughout Britain, there are many pubs saying that they are the...Listen Now
Who Really Invented the Light Bulb?17 November 2022
While Thomas Edison is widely credited as the inventor of the electric lightbulb in 1879, it had existed in one form or another since the the...Listen Now
The Valley of the Kings17 November 2022
On the west bank of the Nile, across from the ancient city of Thebes, lies the Valley of the Kings - the final resting place of several Pharaohs...Listen Now
Henry VIII’s Lost Brother, Prince Arthur17 November 2022
During the early part of the sixteenth century England should have been ruled by King Arthur Tudor with his wife Catherine of Aragon as Queen. Had...Listen Now
The Budget: Britain's Financial Crisis Explained17 November 2022
Rising interest, cost of living crisis, energy prices at an all-time high- is Britain's precarious financial situation the fault of policymakers...Listen Now
Warhammer16 November 2022
***Real life inventor alert*** We speak to Rick Priestley the co-creator of the weird world of Warhammer where valiant humans, noble elves, savage...Listen Now
Band of Brothers: A New Discovery16 November 2022
In part 2 of this series on Easy Company and the American 101st Airborne Division, we are back in the village of Aldbourne, following in the steps...Listen Now
878 AD: A Key Anglo-Saxon Year15 November 2022
878 AD witnessed a pivotal moment in the history of England as an emerging, unified nation, with the defeat of the Vikings by Alfred the Great at...Listen Now
Heartthrobs15 November 2022
What makes a heartthrob? Is he brooding, flamboyant or a bad boy? And what qualities translate to sex symbol status in society?
Which men...Listen Now
Band of Brothers: Yanks in Britain15 November 2022
In the first of this 2-part series dedicated to the legacy of Easy Company and the American 101st Airborne Division, Dan visits the idyllic...Listen Now
The Whiskey Rebellion14 November 2022
The Whiskey Tax, imposed in 1791, was the first federal tax on a domestic product by a United States government. It was introduced by Alexander...Listen Now