History Extra | 3 June 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book, Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt. Tells the story of the infamous 17th-century English pirate Henry Avery, whose audacious raid on an Indian treasure ship sparked a global manhunt and changed the course of Indian history.
History Extra | 20 May 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rutger Bregman about his book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, which ranges over the past to argue that humanity is inherently good.
History Extra | 6 May 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Jackson about his book The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People – A New History. Traces the distinctive history and culture of North East England, from ancient times to the present day, before ending with a primer on the Geordie dialect.
History Extra | 1 April 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Saul David about his book Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945. Discusses one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan.
History Extra | 20 March 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Shapiro about his book Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future. Considers why England’s foremost playwright has had such a profound impact on the United States, and how his words speak to contemporary concerns.
History Extra | 9 March 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Hadley Freeman about her book House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family. Tells the story of how she uncovered the history of her family’s course through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century.
History Extra | 22 January 2020 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sophie Ambler about her book The song of Simon de Montfort: England’s first revolutionary and the death of chivalry. Discusses the life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established the foundations of parliamentary government.
History Extra | 12 December 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sara Cockerill, author of Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires. Explores the story of the remarkable medieval queen and challenges some common misconceptions about her life.