Science and Technology

Science and Technology

Documentaries, interviews and podcasts about the Information Age. From the Technological revolution to Brexit and the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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  • 🎧 A Very Stable Genius

    Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig are both Pulitzer Prize winning journalists at the Washington Post. They've written a new book with yet more revelations from inside the Trump White House so Dan seized the opportunity to ask just how insane the whole thing is. That's it really.

  • Ink: A History of Tattooing

    Matt Lodder is the world's leading expert on the history of tattoos. He has found evidence of people using ink or charcoal on their bodies stretching back thousands of years. He explodes myths at every turn. Tattoos were common long before Captain Cook allegedly imported them back from the Pacifi...

  • How Christianity Shapes Our Morality

    Tom Holland sits down with Dan to talk about the history of Christianity, and how the religion has shaped morality in Western civilisation to this day.

  • Filming Entebbe: Shooting in the Sky

    Saul David talks about Operation Thunderbolt and his part in the film Entebbe. David offers an insight into the creation of a Historically Accurate Film from the definitive account of one of the greatest special forces missions ever.

  • Africa: Written out of History

    Historian Luke Pepera looks at how and why the history of Africa was written out of world history. He also explores how and why, as a consequence of this, the history of Africans in Britain was written out of British history.

  • Acting Up: Why The Royal Wedding Puts Women Centre Stage

    Historian Rebecca Rideal explores the significance of the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry by looking at how actresses have furthered the cause of equal rights and elevated the status of women, breaking new ground and subverting expectations, from restoration England right up to the prese...

  • 🎧 Air Power: The Past, Present and Future with Mike Pavelec

    Dan and Mike Pavelec talk about Air Power: it's short history and how it will shake the future up.

  • 🎧 Akala on Imperialism

    Rapper and intellectual Akala talks to Dan about the way historical narratives are created, maintained and then broken down. He discusses slavery and abolitionism, the need for Britain to do more to acknowledge its imperial history, and how his own experiences growing up were shaped by these narr...

  • 🎧 Alastair Campbell on Saturday Bloody Sunday

    Now that the first Blair government is being taught in history classes, Dan talks to Alastair Campbell about his new book, football, and power. Image credit: Chatham House / Commons.

  • 🎧 America's Contested Election

    Gary Gerstle joined me on the podcast to discuss two hundred years of U.S. history. He argues that the roots of the current crisis lie in two contrasting theories of power that the Framers inscribed in the Constitution.

  • Queen Elizabeth II: A Life in History

    Queen Elizabeth II was born in a totally different world to today. Her life spanned decades of profound change, both in the United Kingdom and around the globe.

    In this special programme, Dan Snow and royal historian Prof. Kate Williams reflect on the early years of Elizabeth II’s remarkable l...

  • South Asia Through The Ages: The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery

    British Museum curator Richard Blurton provides History Hit viewers a tour of some of the remarkable artefacts that make up the South Asian exhibition, on display at the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery.

  • Gold for Kim: A Life for North Korea's Leader

    North Korea is a country of stark contrasts. On the one hand, it presents real socialist stereotypes like cryptic messages from a frozen time loop, combined with shocking reports on shortages. On the other hand, polished Pyongyang lures with a futuristic skyline, flashy amusement parks and depart...

  • A History of Unbelief

    Religious belief looks more precarious in the modern world than ever before. But is that the truth? Dan Snow explores the role of unbelievers throughout history, to discover if we're uniquely unbelieving now, or whether there have always been those who wouldn't believe. This project was made poss...

  • Operation Legacy

    State archives in Britain are thought of as being a pristine area in which we preserve, conserve and utilise the nation’s history. The Public Records acts of 1958 and 1967 require government departments to conserve any information that tells us about our shared past, and how we came to know it. M...

  • Festive Folk Song Bash

    As a way of life, as heritage, and as art, folk singing has long met at the crossroads between the past and the present. It draws old songs into common memory, hearkens back to a simpler way of living, reminds us of the communities that came before us and enshrines new traditions into living memo...

  • 🎧 Anne Glenconner: Princess Margaret's Confidante

    Anne Glenconner has been at the centre of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. Anne spoke to me from the resplendent saloon at Holkham Hall to discuss her truly remarkable life - a story of drama, tragedy...

  • Ask a Historian: With Greg Jenner

    Dan chats to Greg Jenner about how we should interpret the past and what the role of a historian is - featuring meringues, ear trumpets and Agincourt!

  • The Seven Deadly Sins: With Stephen Fry

    Actor, writer and legendary broadcaster Stephen Fry joins Dan to talk about the 7 Deadly Sins.

  • 🎧 Army Wives: From Crimea to Afghanistan with Midge Gilies

    In this fascinating interview, Midge Gillies, author of acclaimed The Barbed-Wire University, discusses the role of the army wife over the centuries, and remarks on the extraordinary women who were pillars of support and strength in times of great hardship.

  • Meet the Unbelievers

    1 season

    Sanderson Jones presents this three-part series looking at how the 1.17 billion people who don't have a religion find value, meaning and belonging in their lives.

  • HistoryHit at Chalke Valley History Festival

    2 seasons

    Top names from the Chalke Valley History Festival join Dan Snow and the festival's founder James Holland on the sofa for chat and debate.

  • Walks Around Britain

    1 season

    Great Britain has a collection of varied landscapes and countryside to rival anywhere else in the world - and the best way to see it is to walk. Join Andrew White and his team as they discover fantastic walks between 2-8 miles with stunning views and great stories and fascinating histories from a...

  • 🎧 Authoritarianism & Unfreedom with Professor Tim Snyder

    Professor Tim Snyder is an expert in authoritarian regimes and how they develop. He talks to Dan about Russia, the USA, Europe and what the lessons of the past tell us about what's going on today.