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  • 🎧 The Lost Paradise of Granada

    From the early Middle Ages to the present day, travellers have been bewitched by the peerless beauty of Granada. From 1230 until 1492, it was ruled by the Nasrids - Spain's last Islamic dynasty - from their fortress palace of the Alhambra. After capturing Granada to complete the Christian Reconqu...

  • 🎧 SAS Founder: Warrior or Phoney?

    David Stirling was an aristocrat, innovator and special forces legend that earned him the nickname 'The Phantom Major'. His formation of the Special Air Service in the summer of 1941 led to a new form of warfare and Stirling is remembered as the father of special forces soldiering. But was he rea...

  • 🎧 The Wars of the Roses: The Rise of the Beauforts

    As part of our Wars of the Roses special month, there’s one family that demands more attention than they usually get: The Beauforts’.

    The influence of the Beauforts’ in the Wars of the Roses can still be felt today, as Margaret Beaufort, the eventual heiress, gave birth to Henry VII, the first ...

  • 🎧 Greeks vs Romans: Empires at War

    Greece and Rome, they are the heavyweights of ancient history. But what happened when they came face to face with one another? Tristan is once again joined by Simon Elliott to talk about some of the great clashes that occurred between the Greeks and the Romans. From Cynoscephalae, to Magnesia, to...

  • 🎧 History of the Countryside

    The English Countryside. An ever changing environment, or a static, preserved landscape in the service of humanity since the dawn of agriculture?

    On the latest episode we’ll find out about the historical challenges of conserving and preserving the natural environment.

    This week Jimmy is joined ...

  • 🎧 The Telescope

    The telescope marked, arguably, the first invention to truly transform a human sense. For the first time it allowed our eyes to observe the universe beyond the bounds of our Earthly home.

    But how did this groundbreaking instrument first come about? Today on the show we find out who really invent...

  • 🎧 Our Obsession with Nostalgia

    Longing to go back to the 'good old days' is nothing new. For hundreds of years, the British have mourned the loss of older national identities and called for a revival 'simple', 'better' ways of life - from Margaret Thatcher's call for a return to 'Victorian values' in the 1980s to William Blake...

  • 🎧 The Man Who Broke Michaelangelo's Nose

    Pietro Torrigiano is credited with introducing Renaissance art to England in the early years of the 16th century and designed the tomb of Henry VII, but he is best remembered for breaking the nose of Michelangelo in a fight. Torrigiano's tumultuous life took him from Florence to Rome, through Mec...

  • 🎧 Vasectomy

    What do you think of when you think of birth control? Is it condoms, IUDs, the pill? What about vasectomies?

    From monkey testicles to possible cancer treatments to ties of honour, over the past 150 years β€˜the snip’ has had a few variations and uses … not all of them scientifically sound. But wha...

  • 🎧 Trade After the Roman Empire

    Rivers, Silk roads and camels - how did international trade adapt and survive beyond the Roman Empire into the middle ages? In today's episode Cat is joined by author Hilary Green to talk about her debut non-fiction book, "International Trade in the Middle Ages". Together they examine products l...

  • 🎧 How Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt Divided Berlin

    Berlin’s fate was sealed at the 1945 Yalta Conference: the city, along with the rest of Germany, was to be carved up between the victorious powers - American, British, French and Soviet. On paper, it seemed a pragmatic solution. In reality, once the four powers were no longer united by their comm...

  • 🎧 The Wars of the Roses: Endings

    All things must end. This final special episode on the Wars of the Roses deals with a series of endings and considers what finding a date for the end of the conflict means for how we think about this critical period. Lancaster will be revived, only to meet a final end. The House of York seems sec...

  • 🎧 Killer Robots: AI at War

    What if we could take people completely out of the equation when planning military strikes? β€˜Lethal autonomous weapons systems’ use artificial intelligence to identify, select and kill human targets without human intervention. Whilst with unmanned military drones, the decision to strike is made r...

  • 🎧 The Truth About Iron Age Wales

    The residents of Britain during the Iron Age are often collectively called 'Celts'. However, both before and during the Roman occupation, this term is a huge generalisation. In this episode we explore the real characteristics and variations of the lifestyle and communities of present day Wales in...

  • 🎧 Benediction: Recreating Siegfried Sassoon

    Siegfried Sassoon is one of the most famous poets of the 20th century. But he is also famous as a soldier, decorated for his bravery on the battlefield of World War One, who then became a vocal critic of the war upon his return. After acclaimed premiere screenings at TIFF, San Sebastian and the B...

  • 🎧 UFOs

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? A UFO maybe? Or is it some reflective Lichen? Where does the idea of an Unidentified Flying Object come from and are they real? Spoiler alert - probably not. In this episode Dallas is joined by journalist and author David Clarke to discuss all things unidentified. Fro...

  • 🎧 Medieval Myths and Legends

    Various legends, characters and myths are associated with the medieval period. The British Isles is filled with prehistoric monuments - from Stonehenge and Wayland's Smithy, the archipelago of Orkney to as far south as Cornwall, Snowdon and Loch Etive, and rivers including the Ness, the Soar and ...

  • 🎧 Radicals in Exile

    Facing persecution in Elizabethan England, some Catholics chose exile over conformity. Some even cast their lot with foreign monarchs rather than wait for their own rulers to have a change of heart. These so-called β€œSpanish Elizabethans,” used the most powerful tools at their disposal β€” paper, pe...

  • 🎧 Nature's Lessons in Happiness with Charlie Corbett

    How can nature help us deal with grief? In today's day and age, it can feel like we're detactched from the natural world around us - but how do we find the way, and time, to reconnect with it?

    This week Jimmy is joined by Charlie Corbett to talk about his book '12 Birds to Save Your Life'. After...

  • 🎧 Homer

    The Iliad and the Odyssey are two of the world’s most famous poems. But who was their author, Homer, and how have his name and poems survived so long, preserved for almost 3 millennia?

    In this episode of The Ancients, Tristan is joined once again by author, classicist, and cultural critic, Daisy...

  • 🎧 Anne Boleyn: Dispelling The Myths

    There are so many myths about Anne Boleyn - among them that she had six fingers, that she was a murderess, even that she was Henry VIII's own daughter. In this episode of Not Just the Tudors, released on 19 May to mark the anniversary of the day of Anne Boleyn's execution in 1536, Professor Suzan...

  • 🎧 The Aeroplane

    On 17 December 1903 the Wright Brothers successful completed the first manned, controlled and sustained flight in human history.

    They made it 'just' 120 feet in that first attempt. From there, aeroplane technology took off at a pace. Only 16 years later came the first non-stop transatlantic flig...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: The Loss of HMS Ardent

    Please note that this episode contains frank discussions of conflict, mental health and suicide.

    Admiral Lord West is the former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff. In 1982, West commanded the frigate HMS Ardent which was deployed to the South Atlantic for the Falklands War. During the ...

  • 🎧 The White Ship: The Wrecking of Henry I’s Dynastic Dream

    During the night of the 25 November in 1120, a routine crossing of the English Channel went catastrophically wrong. The White Ship disaster saw approximately 300 people perish, including King Henry I’s only legitimate son and heir. Charles Spencer talks to Matt Lewis about the tragedy, which caus...