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Tutankhamun | 2. Egypt in the era of the boy king
Tutankhamun’s reign took place during one of ancient Egypt’s most fascinating and turbulent periods – the 18th Dynasty. In episode two of our new series on the boy king, we travel back more than 3,000 years to uncover what was happening in Egypt when Tutankhamun came to the throne. Ellie Cawthorne speaks to expert historians Guy de la Bédoyère and Professor Joyce Tyldesley to uncover stories of immense power and eye-watering wealth, instability, corruption and religious revolution.
Lost languages & travelling communities: unexpected medieval histories
As part of our series of conversations with winners of the 2022 Dan David Prize, Dr Kristina Richardson tells Helen Carr about her research into little-studied travelling communities of the medieval Middle East – and what this can tell us about the lives of marginalised groups at the time. She discusses uncovering lost languages, and reveals how one itinerant medieval Middle Eastern community was highly advanced in printing on paper long before it was adopted in Europe.
The Dan David Prize is the world's largest history prize, which recognizes outstanding historical scholarship. Find out more at dandavidprize.org.
Countryside campaigners: four women who fought for our green spaces
Professor Matthew Kelly tells David Musgrove the story of four women who helped to protect and preserve the English countryside from the 1870s through to the 1970s, battling for public access to natural spaces.
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15 minutes of fame: Charley Wilson, working-class trans man
It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday, and to celebrate, we’ve asked 15 historians to nominate a figure from history they think deserves their ‘15 minutes of fame’. In this episode, Dr Fern Riddell nominates Victorian-era transgender man Charley Wilson. Speaking with Elinor Evans, she reveals why his story is important today.
Hollywood history: everything you wanted to know
What are the most impactful films in Hollywood history? What made the golden age of film so golden? And how important were Hollywood movies in projecting American values to the wider world? In conversation with Spencer Mizen, Mark Glancy answers listener questions on a cultural powerhouse, from silent movies and glamorous stars to the blockbusters of the late 20th century.
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The Sahara: a green and pleasant land
The Sahara is known as one of the world’s hottest and driest environments, but during his explorations of the desert over the past 60 years, Martin Williams has discovered evidence of a green and pleasant history. He explains to Spencer Mizen how the area was once home to lakes, rivers, humans and hippos.
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The Clifford’s Tower Massacre
I often feel your episodes are rushed, as if there’s a strict time constraint on each one, but this episode in particular suffered from the host’s insistent pushing for the guest to either hurry up or backtrack for a quick recap before rushing back to the host’s preferred point in the story. I had some sympathy for the guest as he tried to follow directions, and was relieved at the end when the host invited the guest to mention anything he hadn’t been able to cover so far. The guest said that he did want to mention some of the positive stories on the topic but he didn’t get the chance to give an example. There’s no point in inviting a speaker to elaborate unless you give them a chance to do so. There seems to be a ‘deadline’ for many of your episodes where other podcast shows have episodes that vary in length. Why not take as much time as needed to tell the story? The way this guest was rushed and then cut short made uncomfortable listening
Diabolically bad add mar an excellent offering
I am listening in New Zealand and someone in BBC Podcast World has decided that interspersed amongst some very intellectual topics are implorings to buy organic toddler milk by two presenters who set your teeth in edge.
I’m am sure there is a connection to make me madly rush out and buy toddler milk
I know we have to pay the ferryman via advertising but please can you think about the “currency” we use to pay.
No complaints about the Podcast content at all.
Great series, its a must have on my playlist. I have to agree with Derek Novak though. Unless I'm an outlier for their demographic I have no interest in toddler milk, my own toddlers are trying to find my nursing home. Even worse, those ghastly Australian accents really set my teeth on edge. If I was in the market for toddler milk, I certainly wouldn't buy theirs.