Episodes

The Lost City of Z - David Grann  
David Grann @davidgrann is an American journalist, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and a best-selling author. His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, was published in 2009.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving - Julia Samuel  

Julia Samuel is a psychotherapist and paediatric counsellor. Her new book,

History Hit Live - Part 2 of 2  
This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney.

Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.

Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History.

Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London

Producer: Dan Morelle

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History Hit Live - Part 1 of 2  
This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney.

Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.

Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History.

Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Captain David Render - Tank Commander  
Recorded in March 2016. We're very sad to hear that this National Treasure passed away yesterday. Meeting him was a true highlight.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Women in the Navy - Victoria Ingle  
Victoria Ingles is the ‎Senior Heritage Officer at National Museum of the Royal Navy and Curator for the new exhibition, 'Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy'.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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The Knight's Cross - Wehrmacht Veterans of WW2  
The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes), or simply the Knight's Cross (Ritterkreuz), and its variants were the highest awards in the military and paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany during World War II.

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded for a wide range of reasons and across all ranks, from a senior commander for skilled leadership of his troops in battle to a low-ranking soldier for a single act of extreme battlefield bravery. Presentations were made to members of the three military branches of the Wehrmacht (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe), as well as the Waffen-SS, the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD—Reich Labour Service) and the Volkssturm (German national militia), along with personnel from other Axis powers.

The award was instituted on 1 September 1939, at the onset of the German invasion of Poland. A higher grade, the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, was instituted in 1940. In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves were instituted: the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds). At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, was created.

Over 7,000 awards were made since its first presentation on 30 September 1939. Analysis of the German Federal Archives revealed evidence for 7,161 officially bestowed recipients. The German Federal Archives substantiate 863 awards of the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, along with the 147 Swords and 27 Diamonds awards. The Golden Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross was verifiably awarded only once, to Hans-Ulrich Rudel on 29 December 1944.

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1066  

New three-part drama documentary series begins on Tuesday, 9pm on BBC Two. Watch on iPlayer: http://historyhit.com/1066

Part 1: Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to war and the Battle of Hastings. When King Edward the Confessor dies without an heir, it triggers a bitter race to succeed him as King of England. Earl Harold is on the spot and takes the crown. But in Normandy, Duke William believes the throne has been promised to him and decides to invade. Meanwhile, in Norway, the Viking king Harold Hardrada also fancies himself as King of England, and he too puts together an invasion force. Very soon, England will be under attack.

Anna Whitelock - The Stuarts  
Professor Anna Whitelock @AnnaWhitelock is a Historian, author. broadcaster, royal commentator and Reader in History. Director of Centre for Public History, RHUL.

Anna's latest book is entitled Elizabeth's Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen's Court

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Ulster Division WW1 Trench - Teddy Corrigan  
Teddy Corrigan is the custodian of the Ulster Tower in Thiepval, with his wife, Phoebe. He works in remembrance of the soldiers who died in the Great War.

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Fashion - Lucy Worsley  
Lucy Worsley @lucy_worsleyis an English historian, author, curator and television presenter.

Lucy is currently Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces but is best known as a presenter of BBC television series on historical topics. Producer: Dan Morelle

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Democracy - Paul Cartledge  
Professor Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek Culture emeritus University of Cambridge and author of many books, most recently, Democracy: A Life.

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Love, Romance, and Sex in the 18th Century - Emily Brand  
Emily Brand @EJBrand is a writer, historian and genealogist. She specialises in the social history of the eighteenth century and is currently researching the trials and tribulations of romantic (and not-so-romantic) relationships in England, from the seduction guides of Restoration scoundrels to the brothels of Georgian York and the novels of Jane Austen. Emily is the author of Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship.

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The Channel Dash  
Join us for a live recording of the podcast on 22 February from 7pm at Oslo Hackney. Get your tickets at http://historyhit.com/live

The Channel Dash or Unternehmen Zerberus (Operation Cerberus) was a German naval operation during World War II. A Kriegsmarine (German navy) squadron consisting of both Scharnhorst-class battleships and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen along with escorts, ran a British blockade from Brest in Brittany, where they had been a latent threat to British trans-Atlantic convoys. At Brest and La Pallice, the ships had been attacked by Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command and by RAF Coastal Command torpedo-bombers from March 1941, which inflicted periodic damage to the ships, reducing their seaworthiness. In late 1941, Adolf Hitler ordered Oberkommando der Marine (OKM Navy high-command), to plan an operation to return the ships to German bases, to counter a possible British invasion of Norway. The short route up the English Channel was preferred to a detour around the British Isles, to benefit from surprise and from air cover by the Luftwaffe.

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Lenin the Dictator - Victor Sebestyen  
Victor Sebestyen @Victorsebby has worked as a journalist for numerous British newspapers, including The London Evening Standard, T‍he Times and T‍he Daily Mail and many American publications, including T‍he New York Times. He reported widely from Eastern Europe when Communism collapsed and t‍he Berlin Wall came down in 1989. He covered t‍he wars in former Yugoslavia and t‍he breakup of t‍he Soviet Union. At T‍he London Evening Standard he was foreign editor, media editor and chief leader writer. Victor's new book is Lenin the Dictator, an Intimate Portrait, a full-scale biography of the man who led the Russian Revolution and created the world’s first Communist State.

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Why Do Empires Build Walls? - Adrián Maldonado @amaldon  
Dr Adrián Maldonado @amaldon is an early medieval archaeologist currently lecturing at University of Glasgow.

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Clement Attlee - John Bew with Anna Whitelock  
John Bew @JohnBew is Professor of History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department of King's College London. Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee is out now.

Clement Attlee was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955.

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Foreign Interference: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington - Jennet Conant  
Jennet Conant is the author of Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Navigating a Dangerous Era and the New York Times bestsellers The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington and Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II. She has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times.

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Sarah Parcak - Crowd Sourcing Archaeology From Space  
Sarah Parcak @indyfromspace is an American archaeologist, Egyptologist, and remote sensing expert, who has used satellite imaging to identify potential archaeological sites in Egypt, Rome, and elsewhere in the former Roman Empire. She is the associate professor of Anthropology and director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. GlobalXplorer is the citizen science platform Sarah Parcak built with the 2016 TED Prize, to train a 21st century virtual army to help look for signs of archaeological looting, urban encroachment and sites that haven’t been excavated yet

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