Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Shackleton

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 26 September 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ranulph Fiennes about his biography of Shackleton. Describes the incredible journey Shackleton and his men made to save themselves after the loss of their ship the Endurance to the Antarctic ice. Also discusses Fiennes’ life of exploration and what it takes to plan and execute a successful mission in the most extreme environment on Earth.

Escaping the Berlin Wall

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 13 August 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Helena Merriman about her book Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall. Tells the story of a group who tunnelled into the eastern part of Berlin to rescue friends and relatives. The endeavour was funded and documented by an NBC film crew.

Gordon Brown on How to Save the World

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 13 June 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gordon Brown about his book Seven Ways to Change the World. Discusses his time as prime minister; the power he wielded and the limitations of even the highest political office; the global issues that humanity needs to address; and his firm belief in the power of internationalism and the dangers of failing to work together.

The Beauty and Violence of the Renaissance

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 4 June 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Fletcher about her book The Beauty and the Terror: The Italian Renaissance and the Rise of the West. Explores the politics, art, warfare, and the amazing characters that made the Italian Renaissance.

The Second Reich

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 18 January 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katja Hoyer about her book Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918. Discusses the events (and Bismark’s machinations) leading up to the proclamation of King Wilhelm I of Prussia as Emperor of the German Empire in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in 1871.

Big Data and History

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 9 December 2020 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Hoyer and Peter Turchin about their book Figuring Out the Past: The 3,495 Vital Statistics that Explain World History. Backgrounds the new transdisciplinary field of Cliodynamics, which uses the tools of complexity science and cultural evolution to study the dynamics of historical empires and modern nation-states. Discusses the implications for America today.

The Real Great Escape with Commander Steve Foster

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 September 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Foster relating an extraordinary Second World War escape story. Moving tale of two unlikely friends escaping a Nazi war camp, audaciously travelling across Europe, even visiting a Munich beer hall, before reaching the Swiss border. Subsequently became the book The Soldier Who Came Back.