The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm


Sunday 14th January

The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII

Mary Moynihan, artistic director of the Smashing Times Theatre Company talks about some of the extraordinary women who were involved in World War Two, and whose stories are reimagined in the theatrical performance 'The Woman is Present: Women's Stories of WWII'.

Maria Edgeworth's Letters from Ireland

Myles speaks to Valerie Pakenham, editor of the new book 'Maria Edgeworth's Letters from Ireland'.

The Alger Hiss Case

Colm Flynn reports from New York City on the notorious cold war case of Alger Hiss, who was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948. Colm meets Alger's son, Tony Hiss, who talks about his memories of that time, and his continuing faith in his father's innocence.

The Tet Offensive

Myles is joined by Michael Coyne, a Vietnam veteran originally from Galway, who served as a crewman on a Patton Tank during the Tet Offensive in 1968. HIstorian and researcher Liz Gillis also joins Myles to share voices of witnesses and participants from the RTÉ Archives.

The History Show 14th Jan 2018 - Full Show Podcast

Remembering the Tet Offensive, 50 years on; the notorious Cold War spy case of Alger Hiss; the letters of Maria Edgeworth which span 60 years of Irish history; and remarkable women who were involved in the Second World War.

Sunday 7th January

Anniversaries Coming Up in 2018

Myles Dungan and guests discuss significant and interesting anniversaries coming up in 2018. The panelists are Katherine McSharry, Mark Duncan and Daniel Geary.

Sunday 31st December

Éamon de Valera

In this special episode, Myles Dungan and guests discuss the life of Eamon De Valera. From his origins to his disputed legacy, we explore the long and remarkable career of the most dominant political figure of 20th century Ireland.

Sunday 3rd December

Alfie - The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne

This essay on the life and times of 'The Shaking Hand of Dublin' Alfie Byrne is written and read for us by author Trevor White. His book 'Alfie, The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne' is published by Penguin.

John Hume in America: From Derry to DC

Reporter Niamh McManus speaks to author and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick, and finds out more about the book 'John Hume in America: From Derry to DC'. The book is accompanied by a documentary film called 'In The Name of Peace'.

History Books as Christmas Presents

Full programme podcast for the 3rd of December 2017. Myles is joined by Paul Rouse, Alan Titley and Cathy Scuffil who share their picks for the best history books published this year.

Sunday 26th November

The History Show 26th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

We discuss our November Book Club choice 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee'; how Germany remembers victims of the Holocaust; and Anne Chambers discusses her new book 'The Great Leviathan' about the life of Howe Peter Browne.

The Great Leviathan - Howe Peter Browne

Anne Chambers discusses the life of Howe Peter Browne, who is the subject of her new book 'The Great Leviathan'.

Germany - The Ways We Remember

Jonathan Creasy reports from Berlin on how the victims of the Holocaust are remembered in Germany. He speaks to Irish Times Correspondent Derek Scally and exhibition designer Ulrich Schwarz.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

To discuss our November book club choice Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - An Indian History of the American West, Myles is joined by broadcaster Richard Downes, Civil Rights Lawyer Kate Fitzpatrick and Military historian Paul O'Brien.

Roy Foster Public Interview

In this special extended podcast, Myles Dungan sits down with historian Roy Foster for a public interview at the National Library of Ireland. They discuss his life and work, Yeats, and how the Irish view history.

Sunday 19th November

The History Show 19th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

The latest release from the Military Service Pensions Collection; How the common bed bug has survived and thrived over the centuries; To mark 'Explore Your Archive Week' we explore some of the gems in our country's archives; and we'll hear excerpts from an interview with Frank Thornton, rebel leader during the Irish War of Independence.

Frank Thornton

Historian and researcher Liz Gillis shares an interview she discovered in the RTÉ Archives with rebel leader Frank Thornton. In the interview, he speaks frankly about the tactics employed in the Irish War of Independence.

Explore Your Archive Week

Myles is joined by Donal Fallon, who has been looking at the collection of Dublin City Library and Archives, and Ross Higgins, chair of the The Archives and Records Association, who are organising this week of events. We also hear from John Walsh from NUI Galway, who talks about the Conradh na Gaeilge archive recently acquired by the University.

Bed Bugs

Lorcan Clancy talks to author and science journalist Brooke Borel about the rise, fall and rise again of the common bed bug.

Military Service Pensions Collection

As part of our occasional series 'News from the Archive', archivist Catriona Crowe presents stories of revolutionaries contained in the latest release from the Military Service Pensions Collection, which highlight the service of the women of Cumann na mBan.

Sunday 12th November

Enniskillen Bombing

For a look back at the Enniskillen bombing on Remembrance Sunday 1987, and the effect it had on politics in the north, Myles is joined by Mark Brennock, Director of Public Affairs at Murray Consultants and a former Northern Editor for The Irish Times.

Exhibiting War

'What does it mean to display war'? This is the question asked by Jennifer Wellington in her new book 'Exhibiting War'. She joins Myles to talk about how museums in different countries tell different stories about World War One, and discusses the role state-funded art played at the time.

Phillip Orr on Remembrance

On this remembrance Sunday. author Phillip Orr reflects on how we remember the First World War in Ireland. Phillip is the author of two books about Irish divisions in the conflict - the 2005 book 'Field of Bones: An Irish Division at Gallipoli' and a 2008 work entitled 'The Road To The Somme: Men Of The Ulster Division Tell Their Story'.

Josephine Heffernan and the Lost Bracelet

Rhona Tarrant reports on the story of Josephine Heffernan, an Irish nurse who served in the American Army in France during World War One, and who is the subject of a new French TV documentary.

The Russian Revolution

To discuss the main events of the Russian Revolution, Myles is joined by historians Judith Devlin of University College Dublin and Molly Pucci of Trinity College Dublin.

The History Show 12th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Explaining the main aspects of the Russian Revolution; The story of a long lost bracelet belonging to an Irish-American Nurse in World War One; How different countries exhibit and tell stories about that war; and a look back at the Enniskillen bombing of 1987.

Sunday 5th November

The History Show 5th Nov 2017 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Assessing the life and legacy of Conor Cruise O'Brien on the centenary of his birth; We hear about the use of military tactics and the important role of intelligence in the Irish War of Independence; and David McWilliams joins us for some historical economics.

Economics and History

Myles is joined by economist David McWilliams who gives a historical take on neoliberalism, the changing fortunes of Britain and the situation in Catalonia.

Military Tactics in The Irish War of Independence

Myes is joined by author Joe Connell. Joe comes from a military background - he was once assigned to the 82nd Airborne division of the US army - and he brings that perspective to the tactics employed by Michael Collins and other rebel leaders in the Irish War of Independence.

Conor Cruise O'Brien and Northern Ireland

On the centenary of his birth, Stephen Kelly of Liverpool Hope University discusses the life and legacy of Conor Cruise O'Brien, and his attitude towards Northern Ireland.

Sunday 29th October

The History Show 29th Oct 2017 - Full Show Podcast

On this week's programme: Sir Ian Kershaw on explaining the history of 20th century Europe; Making Majesty at Dublin Castle's Throne Room; we open up our October book club choice 'The Bully Pulpit' by Doris Kearns Goodwin; and a look back at the week the Beatles came to Ireland.

Beatles in Ireland

This coming Saturday the Dublin Beatles Festival takes place, the same week that, in 1963, the iconic group played their only concerts in Ireland. Colm Keane is the author of the book The Beatles Irish Concerts, and in this piece he recalls what happened when Beatlemania came to Ireland.

Book Club - The Bully Pulpit

Our October book club choice is 'The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Joining Myles to discuss the book are journalist Margaret Ward, publisher and critic Jonathan Creasy and Colleen Dube, CEO of Uversity.

Making Majesty

To find out how Dublin Castle's regal image was built and borrowed over the centuries, reporter Niamh McManus takes a tour of Dublin Castle with Myles Campbell and William Derham, the authors of the new book 'Making Majesty: The Throne Room at Dublin Castle, A Cultural History'.

How Europe Went to Hell and Back

Myles is joined by historian Sir Ian Kershaw to talk about Hitler, the rise of right-wing populism, and his most recent book 'To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949'.

Sunday 22nd October

The History Show 22nd Oct 2017 - Full Show Podcast

Full programme podcast featuring discussion of Catalonian Independence; a major undertaking at the National Library; working lives of Dublin Dockers as told in the new book by Don Bennett and Aileen O'Carroll; and Irishmen in the Korean War.

Irishmen in the Korean War

Historian Liz Gillis joins Myles to talk about Irish men who fought in the Korean war, men whose voices she found in the RTÉ Archives.

The Dublin Docker

Author Aileen O'Carroll and former docker Paddy Daly talk to Myles about working lives of our capital's port. With Don Bennett, Aileen is co-author of the new book The Dublin Docker: Working Lives of Dublin's Deep-Sea Port.

A Moving Experience at The National Library

Lorcan Clancy talks to Katherine McSharry about a major undertaking that's happening at The National Library on Kildare Street.

Catalonia and Independence

To discuss the history behind the Catalan independence movement, and its connection with Ireland, Myles is joined by Manus O'Riordan, Ireland Secretary of the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

Sunday 15th October

The History Show 15th Oct 2017 - Full Show Podcast

Full programme podcast featuring a discussion on confederate monuments; the history of Irish housing policy, the story of Patrick McCartan; celebrating women in Irish medicine

Women in Medicine

Harriet Wheelock from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland previews an event celebrating historical women in the field of medicine.

Mission to Moscow

Rhona Tarrant speaks to historian Donal Fallon about the story of Patrick McCartan, the Irish republican who made a secret loan deal with the Soviets in the early 1920s.

Housing Policy in Ireland

Diarmaid Ferriter of University College Dublin takes us through housing policy in Ireland since the foundation of the state.

Removal of Confederate Monuments

Historian Dan Geary, cultural journalist Clara Rose Thornton and historian John Gibney discuss the ongoing removal of Confederate monuments in the USA, and whether or not we should take look at some of our own statues and monuments with fresh scrutiny.

Sunday 8th October

Atlas of the Irish Revolution

The Atlas of the Irish Revolution is a new book which sets out to illuminate the revolutionary period, drawing together new research and a range of perspectives. Editors Donal O'Drisceoil and Mike Murphy. and contributor Catriona Crowe talk to Myles.

Coffee Culture in Ireland

Colette Kinsella speaks to food historian Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire about coffee house culture in Ireland, a tradition which stretches back to the mid 17th century.

News from the Archive

Catriona Crowe on the newly catalogued Chief Secretary's Registered Papers, which shed light on ordinary life in the 19th century.

Australia State Visit

Myles speaks to President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin ahead of the state visit to Australia and New Zealand, and historian Jennifer Wellington picks out some stops of historic interest on the President's tour.

President Michael D Higgins - Extended Interview

President Higgins speaks to Myles Dungan about his family history, the variety of experiences of Irish emigrants to Australia, the idea of ‘ethical memory’ in relation to the upcoming centenary of the Irish Civil War, and he talks about why he hasn’t yet announced whether or not he’s running for a second term.

Monday 5th June

The History Show 5th June 2017

On this week’s show – the last of the season – we’re looking at significant summers in Irish and world history: we hear why riots happen more often in hot weather; we hear what Ireland’s farmers in the summer of ‘46 really thought of the civil servants who helped them save the harvest; and we visit Ireland’s first purpose-built tourist resort.

Significant European Summers

Heather Jones from the London School of Economics looks at the Summer of Innocence [1914] and Russia’s Revolutionary Summer of 1917.

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Presenter: Myles Dungan

Producer: Lorcan Clancy


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