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Dad and Me Love History

Paul Letters - WW2 novelist, broadcaster, history teacher; James Letters -

Get your kid away from screens for a fun fifteen-minutes, answering the big questions in history! Fun for parents too! Subscribe for free on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and wherever else you get podcasts! Join us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and our webpage. Graphics by Molly Austin of mollyavalon.com Instrumental music by Kevin Macleod of incompetech.com
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We find out all about the first civilisations in history to invent money. And Ed Washington, from Australia's greatest money-making mint, tells us how to make money!

Find out more at https://www.dadandmelovehistory.com/

Read industry reviews of Dad’s World War II novels, A Chance Kill and The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. Available on Kindle, as well as in paperback. Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, is a love-story/thriller based on real events in Poland, Paris, London and Prague. The Slightest Chance follows the remarkable true story of the only escape from Japanese imprisonment by a Western woman during World War II.

Here are some questions to see if you were listening:

  1. What did some ancient places use as money before coins were invented?
  2. Why do civilisations need to have some type of money?
  3. Modern Australia began as several independent colonies, like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Did they all share one common currency from the start?
  4. When did Australia start using the Aussie dollar as the currency?
  5. How do you turn gold bars into gold coins?
  6. Are coins which are gold coloured made from gold today?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back on the first weekend of next month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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Alongside special guest presenter Annie Foley, we investigate the amazing life of a soldier who fought in three continents, from his teenage years through to his 60s.

For images of the people and events we talk about, go to https://www.dadandmelovehistory.com/

Read industry reviews of Dad’s World War II novels, A Chance Kill and The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. Available on Kindle, as well as in paperback. Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, is a love-story/thriller based on real events in Poland, Paris, London and Prague. The Slightest Chance follows the remarkable true story of the only escape from Japanese imprisonment by a Western woman during World War II.

Here are some questions to see if you were listening:

  1. What was the name of the first war that Adrian fought in?
  2. Ypres was on the ‘western front’ in WW1, but which country was Ypres in?
  3. When was the Battle of the Somme?
  4. What was the name of the medal Adrian got for bravery during the Battle of the Somme?
  5. Which country did James’ great-granny escape from in 1939?
  6. Which of Adrian’s injuries do you think would be the hardest to live with?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back on the first Saturday of next month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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We investigate where, when, why and how? And when you hear our jokes, will you be shouting MOOR! MOOR! MOOR!?

For images of the people and events we talk about, go to dadandmelovehistory.com

Here are some questions to see if you were listening:

  1. When did the Moors invade Spain?
  2. Why did the Moors invade?
  3. What were the crusades?
  4. Which Christians leaders became King and Queen of all of Spain?
  5. When were the Moors forced out of Spain?
  6. Which episode numbers should WW2 fans check out?

Bonus question: Which was your favourite Dad joke...I mean “Moor” joke?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

Read industry reviews of Dad’s new World War II Asia-Pacific novel, The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. It’s now out on Kindle for US$6.99, as well as in paperback. So is Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, a love-story/thriller based on real events in Poland, Paris, London and Prague.

We’ll be back on the first Saturday of next month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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We see how great speeches and peaceful protest marchers can make big changes in the world, particularly in America in the 1950s and 1960s.

For images of the people and events we talk about, go to dadandmelovehistory.com

Read industry reviews of Dad’s new World War II Asia-Pacific novel, The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. It’s now out on Kindle for US$6.99, as well as in paperback. So is Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, a love-story/thriller based on real events in Poland, Paris, London and Prague.

Here are some questions based on today’s episode:

  1. The US Declaration of Independence (1776) said “that all men are created .....” what?
  2. What does “segregation” mean?
  3. What did Rosa Parks do on 1 December, 1955?
  4. What happened when Elizabeth Eckford and 8 other black students tried to go to Little Rock high school in 1957?
  5. Dr Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech resulted in the passing of a 1964 law called the Civil Rights Act. That law made something illegal – what was it?
  6. What was the 1965 law called that finally allowed black people to vote?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back on the first Saturday of next month!

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All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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(This is NOT a gory episode!)

We visit an enormous medieval weapons store in some bloke’s back garden.

We hang with “The Company of the Dagger” and talk to knights and weapons-builders as they make the largest medieval weapon of them all.

You’ll find out where the word “freelancer” comes from and you’ll hear our latest knight and Fort-nite jokes!

You’ll find images of all the weapons we discuss on this Medieval Warfare web-page.

Read industry reviews of Dad’s new World War II Asia-Pacific novel, The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. It’s now out on Kindle for US$6.99, as well as in paperback. So is Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, a love-story/thriller based on real events in Poland, Paris, London and Prague.

Here are some questions based on today’s episode:

  1. When was the medieval period?
  2. What does “freelancer” mean today?
  3. What’s a lance?
  4. Who were the first people in history known as freelancers?
  5. You would use a trebuchet to attack what?
  6. Which weapon could you load and fire more quickly, a crossbow or a longbow?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back on the first Saturday of next month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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WARNING – in this pod you will hear about gunfights and people getting shot and killed. It was all 150 years ago, but very young kids might not want to hear about it. Most of our episodes are for everyone, and we will return to a lighter topic next month, with something for kids of all ages.

We give you all you need to know about Billy the Kid and Ned Kelly, from how they became outlaws at such young ages through to their unhappy endings (without graphic details).

By the way, if you visit Melbourne Gaol, as we did for this episode, they don’t really imprison you for six months. (In your case, it would be more like six years!)

Read industry reviews of Dad’s new World War II Asia-Pacific novel, The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. It’s now out on Kindle for US$6.99, as well as in paperback. So is Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, a love-story/thriller based on real events in Poland, Paris, London and Prague.

Here are some questions based on today’s episode:

  1. Which country did Billy the Kid live in?
  2. Which state was Ned Kelly born in?
  3. Ned Kelly’s picture appeared at the Olympics in which city?
  4. Which country were the ancestors (the families) of Ned Kelly and Billy the Kid originally from?
  5. Who hired Billy the Kid to fight for him against an Irish family?
  6. Out of what type of farming equipment was Ned Kelly’s armour made?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back on the first Saturday of next month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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This is Andy Factor’s survival story. And, Parents, yes, he is related to Max. And being related to Hollywood’s top makeup artist saved Andy’s life – and the lives of his brother, sister, mother and father. Andy – who was originally called Abraham - and his family get out just in time and begin new lives in Australia.

If you missed last week’s episode, check it out – Andy told us all about his experiences at school in Nazi Germany. And the time when two Jewish boys – Andy his brother – tried to join the Hitler Youth. As you do.

Read industry reviews of Dad’s new World War II Asia-Pacific novel, The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. It’s now out on Kindle for US$6.99, as well as in paperback. So is Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, based on Dad’s granny’s escape from Poland during the war.

Here are some questions based on today’s episode:

1. Why was Andy not allowed to complete high school or got to music school in Nazi Germany?

2. What type of products does the Max Factor company still make today?

3. In which month and year was Crystal Night, when the Nazis smashed up Jewish shops and synagogues?

4. Which country did Andy and his family first go to when they left Germany in 1939?

5. Why did they leave that country to go to Australia?

6. Andy got a job with Myer department store but why did he leave that job?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back at the start of next month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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Our mission here is to help kids increase their awareness of a difficult issue but without causing nightmares. In the intro, we do go as far as to say that the Nazis killed six million Jews – because to ignore or deny that only helps Nazis. After that, we play safe. But, yes, this episode may be more relevant to older kids more than the 5-year-olds (who should definitely check out our first 19 episodes, at least – James was only 6 when we started recording material!).

And if you want to know why a Jewish boy wanted to join Hitler’s youth group, listen until the very end!

Read industry reviews of Dad’s new World War II Asia-Pacific novel, The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. It’s now out on Kindle for US$6.99, as well as in paperback. So is Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, based on Dad’s granny’s escape from Poland during the war.

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Here are some questions based on today’s episode:

1. When was Andy Factor born?

2. When did Hitler and the Nazis take over Germany?

3. What does ‘propaganda’ mean?

4. Who was Andy separated from at school?

5. What did Andy’s teacher do to Andy in front of the class?

6. Only, about 500,000 Jews lived in Germany, so how were the Nazis able to capture millions of Jewish people?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back with a bonus episode NEXT WEEK – and then at the start of each month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

Music from https://filmmusic.io. All composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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Dad & Me play Native American Trumps!

This episode introduces the biggest names from Native American History. So get on your Crazy Horse, and get ready for a battle of trumps! We select categories from our homemade cards, like “BEST NAME” or “BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACED AS A CHILD” or “MOST AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT”. The cards will be shuffled and could throw up matches that you won’t find anywhere else – maybe Pocahontas v Sacagawea! Or Sitting Bull versus Geronimo!

Please forgive us for mispronouncing names, from ‘Colonel Custard’ to ‘Saca-ga-ga-wea’! As always, we are learning from our mistakes. But the outtakes for this episode are a heinous crime!

Read industry reviews of Dad’s new World War II Asia-Pacific novel, The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. It’s out now on Kindle for US$6.99, as well as in paperback. So is Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, set in Poland, Paris, London and Prague. Real history, authentic thriller/love-stories.

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Questions for after you’ve listened:

  1. What the name of the explorer and translator who travelled with Lewis and Clark?
  2. Who’s name meant “the naughty one”?
  3. What was the name of the American Colonel at the Battle of Little Big Horn?
  4. Which two of our famous native Americans fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn?
  5. Who met two US Presidents and told them about how unfair things were for Native Americans?

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Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be taking a break over Christmas and New Year - our next episode will be released on the first Saturday of February. Merry Christmas and may 2020 make all of your historical dreams come true!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

The Native American flute music you’ll hear is from Flutecraft, who offer free music at Jamendo.com

Also featured is music from https://filmmusic.io: “Neo Western”; “Robo Western”; “Western Strets”. All by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2019 © BBC

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We look at why each of the major countries joined in the war and why so many people thought going to war was a good idea. And some of those soldiers were kids – listen to see if you’re older than the youngest kids who fought in a world war!

Find out more at https://www.dadandmelovehistory.com/

Read industry reviews of Dad’s World War II novels, A Chance Kill and The Slightest Chance, at paulletters.com. Available on Kindle, as well as in paperback. Dad’s first wartime novel, A Chance Kill, is a love-story/thriller based on real events in Poland, Paris, London and Prague. The Slightest Chance follows the remarkable true story of the only escape from Japanese imprisonment by a Western woman during World War II.

Here are some questions to see if you were listening:

  1. True or false: World War I started because a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich because he was hungry.
  2. Which small country did Austria-Hungary declare war on first?
  3. Why did Russia join the war?
  4. Why did Germany join the war?
  5. How old was the youngest British soldier?
  6. Why did some people actually want to go to fight in the First World War?

Please rate and review us wherever you get podcasts. And share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going.

We’ll be back on the first weekend of next month!

Podcast cover art by Molly Austin

All music is from https://filmmusic.io and composed by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Sound effects used under RemArc Licence. Copyright 2020 © BBC

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