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  • 🎧 Lockdown Learning: The 19th Century Medical Revolution

    The 19th century saw the world in the grip of the industrial revolution, a firepower revolution on the battlefield and a communications revolution with the telegram. But there was another revolution happening at the same time; the medical revolution. This led to giant strides forward being made i...

  • 🎧 The Doolittle Raid

    Today, we're talking about one of the great stories of American military history; The Doolittle Raid. In 1942 after the humiliation assault on Pearl Harbour and determined to show that America still had offensive capabilities the charismatic figure of James Doolittle came to President Rosevelt wi...

  • 🎧 Anti-government Violence in America

    Leah Sottile joins me today to talk all about domestic terrorism and anti-government groups in the USA. In particular, we talk about the armed standoff between law enforcement and a group of ranchers led by Cliven Bundy in 2014 over the issue of grazing rights on public land. We examine what happ...

  • 🎧 John of Gaunt: THE Royal Ancestor

    Helen Carr joins me today to discuss John of Gaunt: son of Edward III, younger brother to the Black Prince, uncle of Richard II and father of Henry IV. Not only was he the key intersecting ancestor around which the Plantagenet family splits, but his other children also give us the Tudor dynasty. ...

  • 🎧 Brexit History Showdown with Robert Tombs

    Five years after the announcement of the Brexit referendum I am joined on the podcast by Robert Tombs, author of The Sovereign Isle: Britain In and Out of Europe, for a Brexit history showdown. In this thought-provoking conversation Robert, a fantastic historian absolutely steeped in European his...

  • 🎧 Vikings: River Kings

    Today, I am joined by Cat Jarman bio-archaeologist and author of a new book all about how the Vikings spread east, often utilising the rivers of central and Eastern Europe, all the way into central Asia. These travels enabled them through trade, violence and settlement to plug themselves into tha...

  • 🎧 Frostquake

    In the winter of 1962-63, the UK experienced a different kind of lockdown as freezing temperatures and ten weeks of snow kept people trapped at home in one of the coldest winters on record. Today, I'm joined by Juliet Nicolson who was eight years old at the time and has written a book all about t...

  • 🎧 Love Lives: From Cinderella to Frozen

    We cover all the big topics on the podcast including weapons of mass destruction, climate change, great power rivalry and the struggle for democracy and many others, but today's podcast is all about the biggest subject of them all. Love.

    Carol Dyhouse, Professor (Emeritus) of History at the Univ...

  • 🎧 Hitler and Stalin

    I am joined by Laurence Rees, the best selling author, who has met more people that had direct contact with both Hitler and Stalin than any other historian. In this episode, we delve into the differences and similarities of these two terrifying, brutal and ruthless megalomaniacs who did more than...

  • 🎧 Lockdown Learning: Rise of USA as a Superpower

    For Lockdown Learning this week I am joined by Dr Fabian Hilfrich, head of American History at Edinburgh University. He takes us through from the late 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th century when America rose to challenge the old European powers on the world stage. We cover subjects suc...

  • 🎧 The 18th Century Precedent for Trump's Impeachment

    As the impeachment trial of Donald Trump got underway in the USA the 18th-century case of Warren Hastings, the former Governor-General of Bengal was cited as a precedent for someone being impeached after they had left office. But what happened to bring about Hastings' impeachment and why does thi...

  • 🎧 Empire with Sathnam Sanghera

    Journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera joins me on the podcast to talk about his latest book Empireland which examines how much of what we think of as Britain and British is owed to our imperial past. We compare notes on our own family's relationships to the British Empire imperial, me being Brit...

  • 🎧 Historical Novels with Ken Follett

    Today, I am joined by best-selling author Ken Follett to discuss his latest book The Evening and the Morning. We also talk about his love of history and the historical research involved with writing one of his novels, his method and how authors have to sometimes use creative license to fill in so...

  • 🎧 China 1949: Year of Revolution

    In 1949 Mao Zedong led the Chinese Communist Party to victory in the long and bloody Chinese Civil War. The impact of this victory was felt not just within China itself, but globally throughout the Cold War and into the modern era. Today, the legacy of 1949 still resonates shaping the political a...

  • 🎧 Sutton Hoo

    The release of The Dig has brought the story of the Sutton Hoo dig to the forefront of people’s minds of late. The real hero of that story though is not the people involved but rather the stunning archaeology discovered in Suffolk as the Second World War loomed. Sue Brunning joins me on the podca...

  • 🎧 Lockdown learning: Interwar Europe

    For this episode of Lockdown Learning Professor Richard Toye joined me on the podcast to talk about the interwar period and answer the key questions of what caused the Second World War. We spoke about why the Treaty of Versailles was so harsh on Germany, why the League of Nations failed and the i...

  • 🎧 The History of Social Media with Kara Swisher

    Facebook was founded on the 4th of February 2004 and began as a tool to stay in touch with friends and family, but has ended up being a place where you can plan insurrectionist movements and anti-vax rallies. Today I am joined by American tech journalist Kara Swisher to talk about Facebook, socia...

  • 🎧 The AIDS pandemic

    In this episode of the podcast I’m joined by Tash Walker and Adam Zmith, hosts of The Log Books podcast, to discuss the Aids pandemic of the 1980s and 1990s and the lessons that might be drawn for dealing with COVID-19.

    We talk about the role of the media in creating negative press around HIV/AI...

  • 🎧 How the Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery

    Historian Michael Taylor joined me on the podcast to discuss the resistance of the British establishment to the ending of the slave trade.

  • 🎧 Elvis: Destined to Die Young

    Sally Hoedel joined me on the podcast to talk about the turbulent life and career of Elvis Presley, King of Rock β€˜n’ Roll.

  • 🎧 Lockdown Learning: Russian Revolution

    Helen Rappaport joined me on the podcast for the third episode of our lockdown learning series to talk about the Russian Revolution.

  • 🎧 Cold War Submarine Warrior

    Eric Thompson has had his finger literally on the nuclear button. He joined the Royal Navy submarine service in the early days of the Cold War. He served on WW2 era ships and submarine before ending his career as a senior officer on Britain's state of the art nuclear submarines. Each one armed wi...

  • 🎧 Pirates

    Rebecca Simon joined me on the podcast to talk about the Golden Age of Piracy within the British-Atlantic world.

  • 🎧 Brexit and the Reformation with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Dan talks to one of the foremost experts on the Reformation and discusses whether Iain Duncan Smith was right to draw parallels between Brexit and the 16th century split with Rome. Producer: Peter Curry