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For teachers: ODNB biography podcast in the classroom

Below you’ll find a selection of episodes from the archive of our free biography podcast.


The podcast offers audio versions of biographies in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Each episodes lasts between 10 and 25 minutes and offers a concise, balanced introduction to the life and work of a well-known figure from British history: from Wilfred Owen to Olaudah Equiano, Captain Scott to Angela Carter.


Click on a portrait to listen, or Browse the 200+ episodes in the archive.



Wilfred Owen Olaudah Equiano Rosalind Franklin Isambard Kingdom Brunel Sylvia Plath
Emily Davison Britannia John Logie Baird Mrs Beeton
George Orwell Guy Fawkes Ignatius Sancho Philip Larkin
Unknown Warrior Roald Dahl Angela Carter Captain Scott


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