History Today Podcast

History Today

Podcast Overview

A conversation about the world of history, featuring interviews with key historians and authors and discussions about historical themes and ideas.

Podcast Episodes

A discussion about Mein Kampf

Maiken Umbach and Neil Gregor join History Today editor Paul Lay to discuss the new critical edition of Hitler's notorious book.

Tibet's Secret Temple

We discuss Tantric Buddhism with Ruth Garde, curator of a new show at the Wellcome Collection. Also: Marc Morris on King John and the siege of Rochester.

Day of the Dead

In this episode, Amy Fuller discusses the myths surrounding Mexico's Day of the Dead, and Andrew Lownie talks about the obstacles facing historians trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to access government files.

Silk Roads Past and Present

Peter Frankopan joins us to discuss the importance of viewing history not from a western or eastern perspective, but one that links the two together. Plus, Mathew Lyons and Catherine Fletcher on the plight of young academics.

The Profits of Slavery

We speak to Katie Donington about the legacies of Britain's involvement in the slave trade. Also: Cambodia's lost rock and roll scene, and a report from the International Medieval Congress.

The Root of Language

This month we discuss Proto-Indo-European, the ancestor of almost every language now spoken from the Hebrides to the Himalayas.

Magna Carta

This episode is a Magna Carta special. We talk to Alexander Lock about the Charter's importance in America, and Lauren Johnson about the role of women in Magna Carta. Plus, a look at the British Museum's new display the medals of the Sun King.

Piers Plowman

Kate Wiles talks to Lawrence Warner about the origins of the Middle English narrative poem Piers Plowman.

In Conversation With Greg Jenner

Fern Riddell talks to the historian Greg Jenner about his new book, 'A Million Years In A Day'.

Murder in the Cathedral

Paul Lay and Richard Dale discuss the mysterious death of a liveryman at St Paul's Cathedral in 1514.

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