History Today Podcast
A History of Now
Historian Michael Burleigh discusses his new book The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: A History of Now. Is the United States in permanent decline? Will China replace it as the global superpower? Are we entering a post-democratic world? And how do we prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Soviet Super Sniper
Season 2, Ep. 4
In 1942, Lieutenant Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet frontline sniper, was sent on a mission to convince US and British allies to open up a Second Front against Hitler’s forces.Her arrival in Washington DC coincided with a historic moment of American-Soviet friendship, even while the press found the female sniper, with her claimed tally of 309 German kills, rather shocking.Historian Dr Julie Wheelwright in conversation with History Today Editor, Paul Lay.Julie's Article 'A Woman's Place', on Lyudmila Pavlichenko will be the April cover story of History Today, on sale from Thursday 19 March. Pre-order your copy now on the History Today website.Julie's book 'Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium' is published by Osprey.Music: Kai Engel.
Season 2, Ep. 3
In March 1876, the young Sigmund Freud arrived in Trieste, looking for the testicles of an eel. For centuries past, these troublesome organs had proved elusive. Despite the most intensive – not to say intimate – research, no one had managed to track them down.This article appeared in the March 2020 edition of History Today. Read the articleonlineor buy a copy of this issue from ourwebsite.Written by Alexander LeeRead by Greig JohnsonProduced by History TodayMusic by Kai Engel
Before the Mayflower
Season 2, Ep. 2
This year, the US looks back four centuries to an intrepid band of refugees making a perilous home in New England. TheMayflowerpilgrims had been outlaws in England, members of an underground church known as the Brownists or Separatists. They believed church should be a voluntary community rather than a compulsory state religion. For their refusal to submit to the Church of England they had faced raids, prison, exile and death for the previous 60 years.This podcast explores a previous expedition to North America. The Separatists had attempted to become the pilgrim fathers in Newfoundland as early as 1597.Join Paul Lay, editor of History Today, in conversation with Stephen Tomkins, author of The Journey to the Mayflower: God’s Outlaws & the Invention of Freedom(Hodder & Stoughton, 2020).You can read Stephen's article in the February issue of the magazine on our website, or buy a copy here.