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Get your kid away from screens for a fun fifteen-minutes, answering the big questions in history! Fun for parents too!

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Dad and Me Love History Paul Letters - WW2 novelist, broadcaster, history teacher; James Letters -

    • Kids & Family

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, Stitcher, Soundcloud and wherever else you get podcasts!

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Graphics by Molly Austin of mollyavalon.com
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    32. Why were black Americans separated from white and how did things change?

    32. Why were black Americans separated from white and how did things change?

    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:
    The US Declaration of Independence (1776) said “that all men are created …..” what? What does “segregation” mean? What did Rosa Parks do on 1 December, 1955? What happened when Elizabeth Eckford and 8 other black students tried to go to Little Rock high school in 1957? 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? 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!
    Podcast cover art by Molly Austin
    All music is from https://filmmusic.io and compsoed 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

    • 19 min
    31. What was the most dangerous medieval weapon?

    31. What was the most dangerous medieval weapon?

    (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:
    When was the medieval period? What does “freelancer” mean today? What’s a lance? Who were the first people in history known as freelancers? You would use a trebuchet to attack what? 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 compsoed 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

    • 23 min
    30. Ned Kelly v Billy the Kid: who wins?

    30. Ned Kelly v Billy the Kid: who wins?

    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:
    Which country did Billy the Kid live in? Which state was Ned Kelly born in? Ned Kelly’s picture appeared at the Olympics in which city? Which country were the ancestors (the families) of Ned Kelly and Billy the Kid originally from? Who hired Billy the Kid to fight for him against an Irish family? 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 compsoed 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

    • 22 min
    29. How a Jewish family survived Nazi Germany

    29. How a Jewish family survived Nazi Germany

    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 compsoed 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

    • 21 min
    28. Why did Hitler and the Nazis hate Jewish people?

    28. Why did Hitler and the Nazis hate Jewish people?

    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.
    LISTEN HERE
    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 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

    • 25 min
    27. Who was the greatest Native American in history?

    27. Who was the greatest Native American in history?

    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.
    LISTEN HERE
    Questions for after you’ve listened:
    What the name of the explorer and translator who travelled with Lewis and Clark? Who’s name meant “the naughty one”? What was the name of the American Colonel at the Battle of Little Big Horn? Which two of our famous native Americans fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn? Who met two US Presidents and told them about how unfair things were for Native Americans? Check out our webpage!
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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

    • 18 min

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