The Times launches podcast telling stories from its obituaries pages

Your History is a new podcast from The Times hosted by Anna Temkin, the paper’s deputy obituaries editor.

Daily obituaries have been published by The Times for over a century and the podcast will build on this legacy, by bringing these stories to life.

In each episode Anna Temkin will be joined by guests from across The Times and Sunday Times to explore the lives which have enriched and informed our own. The podcast will release a weekly episode but with special editions as needed.

Stories of people shaping our lives as told through the obituaries in The Times will be featured. Each week there will be two obituaries from the last seven days – one will be the life story of someone well known, the other will be about someone possibly less well known, but equally fascinating.

Anna Temkin said: “Each week the stories from the Times’s obituaries will make for fascinating listening – they are the first drafts of history and capture the lives of the people who have shaped our times.

“This podcast was inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela, who said that you can’t really be proud of yourself if you don’t know your history. Now there’s a chance to know more of that history, through the lives of those who have shaped it.”

Tim Levell, head of Times podcasts added: “The world we live in is shaped by the people who surround us – their lives shape ours.

“Podcasts have brought the written word to life over the last decade in new ways. Now we combine the powerful storytelling traditions of the Times obituaries with Anna’s warm and relaxed presentation style to tell those stories in a new way.”

The first episode of Your History will be available from Tuesday 28 May.

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