History and humanities podcasts

Lost on Mount Everest: The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine

Dan unravels the mystery surrounding George Mallory and Andrew Irvine's daring attempt to conquer...

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The Challenger Disaster

On January 28, 1986, the nation watched in horror as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just...

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Civil War Rivals: Robert E. Lee vs Ulysses Grant

100 years ago, in the spring of 1864, the Overland Campaign ignited a ferocious clash between two...

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The Early Years of the British Empire

The British weren't always imperial global players with an empire of viceroys, redcoats and...

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Secrets Of the Silver Screen

There’s no business like show business, and no story quite so spectacular as the tale of...

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Nato bombs Serbian state television headquarters BBC
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Nato bombs Serbian state television headquarters

In April 1999 Nato bombed the Serbian state TV station in Belgrade, killing 16 people. It was...

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The Irish shopworkers strike against apartheid BBC
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The Irish shopworkers strike against apartheid

In 1984, a 21-year-old Irish shopworker refused to serve a customer buying two South African...

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Boko Haram massacre in Gwoza BBC
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Boko Haram massacre in Gwoza

In 2014, Boko Haram militants drove into Gwoza in north-east Nigeria and began an assault that...

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Kielland disaster BBC
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Kielland disaster

In 1980, 123 men were killed when the Alexander L. Kielland platform capsized in the North Sea...

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Orelhão: Brazil's iconic egg-shaped telephone booth BBC
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Orelhão: Brazil's iconic egg-shaped telephone booth

In 1971, a female architect called Chu Ming Silveira created Brazil's iconic egg-shaped telephone...

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SYMHC Classics: Radioiodine Therapy

This 2019 episode examines thyroid disease through history, and the physics lecture heard by Saul...

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Part 1

Who invented the MRI? Well, that's actually tricky to say, and it is a topic that still opens...

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Behind the Scenes Minis: Medical Scans and Nobel Prizes

Holly and Tracy share experiences with MRIs and hospital stays, and also talk about the various...

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Peter Colt - The Judge

Boston, 1985. With the late December cold comes a new job for ex-military operative turned...

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Season 07 Episode 23: The Box (Pt.3 of 3)

Third and final part of Season 07 Episode 23: The Box  Jason continues his quest to get to the...

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450 – Begin With A Bang

It was early September of 1087, and for weeks…nearly two months, in fact… people had been...

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Deeds not words | 1. Battlelines are drawn

In the opening episode of our new series on the suffragettes, Ellie Cawthorne charts how calls of...

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AW309 - Finis Britanniae: A Military History of Late Roman Britain and the Saxon Conquest

In conversation with Ancient Warfare regular Marc DeSantis, Murray tells us about his new book...

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Philippa Foot

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth...

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460. The Empress of the Apocalypse

In 972AD a princess of the Byzantine Empire was sent by her uncle, the Roman emperor in...

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Julius Caesar's Sex Life

"I came. I saw. I conquered". Perhaps the most famous Julius Caesar quote of all...

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THIN: The Thin Man Story - Part 1

THIN tells the story of The Thin Man series - its creators and stars, as well as the intriguing...

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When Cuban spy Ana Montes was caught BBC
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When Cuban spy Ana Montes was caught

In 2001, the American Ana Montes, who was working for the United States Defense Intelligence...

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Joseph F. Glidden and the Contentious Invention of Barbed Wire

Joseph Glidden is known as the father of barbed wire, but who actually invented it was a matter...

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Show 71 - Mania for Subjugation

What's the recipe for making a historically world-class apex predator? In the case of Alexander...

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Arthur Kane - The Last Story

THE LAST STORY: The Murder of an Investigative Journalist in Las Vegas is an exclusive deep dive...

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Season 07 Episode 22: Jumping into Legend (Pt.2 of 2)

Second and final part of Season 07 Episode 22: Jumping into Legend In the hunt for the true...

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369: Japanese folklore: Pilgrims

Two stories from Japan. On the first, a former samurai's wife is up to something and he's going...

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A 17th-century scandal & a writer's secret life

To poet, playwright and writer Aphra Behn, the tale of a runaway aristocrat's daughter Lady...

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449 – Chapter Ten: The Boys

Strap yourselves in. These kids are something else. The post 449 – Chapter Ten: The Boys first...

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