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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.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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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.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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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.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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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.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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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.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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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.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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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.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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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

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Bettany Hughes - Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities  
Dr.Bettany Hughes @bettanyhughes is an award-winning historian, author, and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her specialty is ancient and medieval history and culture. A Scholar at Oxford University she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester. She is a Tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and a Research Fellow of King's College London. Her new book is entitled Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Laurence Rees - The Holocaust: A New History  

Laurence Rees @WW2History has spent twenty-five years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In his new book, The Holocaust: A New History, he combines eyewitness testimony, a large amount of which has never been published before, with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in more than three decades.

Bletchley Park: The Home of Codebreakers  
Bletchley Park was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. Run by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), it regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. Some say the "Ultra" intelligence produced at Bletchley shortened the war by up to four years.

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Trump - Richard Bookhiser  
Richard Brookhiser @rbrookhiser is an American journalist, biographer and historian. He is a senior editor at National Review. He is most widely known for a series of biographies of America's founders, including Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, and George Washington. His latest book is entitled A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. I, 1809 – 1849.

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The Zimmerman Telegram: A Message that Changed History -  David Kenyon  
Dr David Kenyon is a British archaeologist and military historian. He was one of the military advisors on the film War Horse. David is the Research Historian at Bletchley Park @BletchleyPark.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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The Historical Reliability of the Bible -  Francesca Stavrakopoulou  
Francesca Stavrakopoulou @ProfFrancesca is Professor of Hebrew Bible & Ancient Religion at Exeter University. Her research is primarily focused on ancient Israelite and Judahite religions, and portrayals of the religious past in the Hebrew Bible. She is interested in biblical traditions and religious practices most at odds with Western cultural preferences.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Timbuktu and the Destruction of Heritage Sites - Professor Kevin MacDonald  
Kevin C. MacDonald is Professor of African Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology where he has taught since completing his PhD at Cambridge in 1994. He has worked in Mali for more than twenty years on field projects ranging from the Late Stone Age to the historic era, principally in the Gourma, Méma, Haute Vallée and Segou regions. His analytical specialities include archaeozoology, ceramics lithics and the excavation of earthen structures. He is currently co-editor of the Routledge journal Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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Genetics & History - Adam Rutherford  
Adam Rutherford @AdamRutherfordis a British geneticist, author, and broadcaster. He was an editor for the journal Nature for a decade, is a frequent contributor to the newspaper The Guardian, hosts the BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science. His new book is titled A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes.

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Introducing a Brand New Show to History Hit Network: Art Detective with Dr Janina Ramirez  

Art is the truest expression of the workings of the mind, free from learnt language. More than that, it is the visual expression of culture, politics, society, religion, emotion, zeitgeist, channelled through the brush, chisel, or hands of creative individuals. Understanding art allows us to understand history: to pin it with images, and pepper it with the faces, colours, drama and expression of its time.

This series is designed to give bite-sized insights into the world of Art History, bringing one image to life across 20 minutes through discussion with world experts, close visual analysis, and high-resolution images that will accompany the series. History is never far from view, so each image will be expanded to sit within the cultural and historical context that produced it.

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1956, The World in Revolt - Simon Hall  
Simon Hall@simonhallwriter is Professor of Modern History and Head of School of History at Leeds University, His new book is titled 1956: The World in Revolt.

Producer: Dan Morelle

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