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Dad and Me Love History

71 EpisodesProduced by Paul Letters - WW2 novelist, broadcaster, history teacher; James Letters -Website

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.comI… read more

71 Episodes | 2018 - 2023

58: A History of Women’s Football

August 2nd, 2023


The history of the women’s game – from China to Britain, the US, Australia and Europe.

Released with our recordings from the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we bring you not only the history but the vibes too – all …

57. Why is the capital of the USA in Washington? And who was America’s greatest President?

July 8th, 2023


Today’s episode comes from Washington DC, where we investigate why the capital was positioned there. And then, for our big question, we debate who wins the title of greatest US President ever! 

We are delighted to be …

56: Extraordinary people in World War II: how did they cope with the challenges they faced?

April 14th, 2023


Today’s episode comes from the Imperial War Museum, London, where we investigate: Odette, the spy; Roy and Bob’s great escape at sea; Daisy’s story of imprisonment in Hong Kong.

We are delighted to be joined by co-host …

55: The little town that welcomed the world: A ‘COME FROM AWAY’ SPECIAL!

September 10th, 2022


We are joined by two wonderful guests from the town of Gander in remote Newfoundland, Canada, where locals showed amazing kindness to people from all …

54. Why was Elizabeth II never supposed to be Queen

May 28th, 2022


Our special guest tells us all about why King George VI was called ‘Bertie’ and why his daughter should never have become Queen!


53: How can you save history?

March 6th, 2022


Listen and learn from a 16-year-old master historian – and hear some incredible interviews!

Today we are joined by a very special high school kid: …

52. Why were ordinary families kept prisoner in World War II?

February 6th, 2022


Dad and Me investigate ‘internment’ in America, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and beyond.

Internment was when ordinary men, women and children were imprisoned because they – or their parents – were born in an enemy …

51. The Best Dad (and Me) Jokes Ever!

January 1st, 2022


Dad & Me Love History presents a New Year Special Episode, where we go back through the archives and play you highlights from our original recordings of Dad (& Me) jokes, from Ancient Romans to African Moors to …

50. Is the history of sugar all sweet?

December 6th, 2021


Following the origins of sugar takes us around the world, through 10,000 years of sweet but sticky history. Sugar was like oil or gold for a while - …

Veterans Day Special Re-release

November 1st, 2021


Why poppies? What’s the Last Post? [HINT: it’s nothing to do with sending mail before Christmas!] Why keep remembering a battle your side loses? What does ANZAC mean?

This re-release of a special extended episode is a …

49. The Cold War: when, what, why and how?

October 4th, 2021


We investigate the Cold War: when did it happen? What happened during the Cold War? Why did it happen? And how? Between the USA and the USSR, things …

48. Who Invented Cars?

September 6th, 2021


The invention of the car made a major change in the way people got around. We discover that the history of the car goes back to Leonardo and that electric cars have been around for ages! James brings you his research on …

47. When, where and how did the Paralympic Games begin?

August 2nd, 2021


Ahead of the para events at Tokyo 2020 (in 2021), we investigate the history of the Paralympic Games. Our special Paralympian guest is two-time swimming medalist Peter Hill. Long before it became a Paralympic sport, …

46. The Olympic Games: why did they start, stop and restart?

July 5th, 2021


Today, we’re looking at why the Ancient Olympic Games began and why – after many centuries – they were stopped. And why, over 1,500 years after being stopped, did they restart?

We are delighted to be joined by Mark …

45. Secret codes in World War II: what did it take to break them?

May 30th, 2021


Today, we’re looking at how the Allied side – that includes the US, UK and Australia – broke the enemy’s secret codes during World War II. We see how Alan Turing and General MacArthur were central to wartime …

44. Hamilton and the American Revolution PART II – the one where we play lots of music and explain what it means

May 3rd, 2021


Please share this episode with friends who need Dad & Me & Hamilton the hip-hop musical in their life! The production company behind Hamilton …

43. The American Revolution: Does the Hamilton musical get its history right? (Pt I)

April 5th, 2021


Part I of two episodes about America’s fight for independence from Britain. We investigate how the hit musical Hamilton is teaching us history – but is it accurate?

And we have James’s best American history jokes.

Next …

42. How did Britain accidentally-on-purpose take over India?

March 1st, 2021

We get to India by looking at the origins of Empire, Elizabeth I’s Muslim friends and England v Britain

In investigating why and how the English …

Interview at Radio Television Hong Kong's Radio 3

February 19th, 2021


We've re-released our first ever Dad & Me interview as part of our day of our birthday celebrations - our first episode was released three years ago today!


February 19th, 2021


We are celebrating our third birthday today! Here, we are re-releasing our first ever published recording - a Season 1 Teaser! Later, we will re-release our first ever radio interview :)

41. Why was Princess Elizabeth the girl who should never become Queen?

February 1st, 2021


We investigate why Princess Elizabeth’s sister sent her to prison with the aim of executing the future Elizabeth I. Find out how portraits can say …

40. Did any animals ever win a war?

January 4th, 2021


We investigate which animals did the most to win a war. We don’t just mean animals that helped a bit – we mean animals who win a war. We don’t give up until we find some amazing animal winners!

And James brings us his …

39. The French Revolution: When, why and so what?

December 8th, 2020


We investigate a queen who wore a large ship in her hair, meet a king who made tables and we learn history from musicals!

Wanna be Marie Antoinette? …

Remembrance Day/Veterans' Day Special Re-release

November 10th, 2020


In a re-release for November 11 Remembrance Day, this special extended episode was recorded over several years and then released in April 2019. It's a lot more serious than our usual fun-filled shows, but there’s lots …

38. Ancient Greece: What made the Spartans the greatest warriors of the ancient world?

November 7th, 2020


We go back around 2,500 years to the time of the Ancient Greek Empire. But as we’re not experts on Ancient Greece - in fact, Dad’s poor knowledge of Ancient Greece has always been his Achilles' elbow – we are joined by …

37: Why did the USA go to war in Vietnam? (And why didn’t they win?)

October 3rd, 2020


Parents, don’t worry, this episode is completely safe from gore and death. The only thing you need to be concerned about is whether you can keep up with your kids as they gain an understanding of communism, dominoes and …

36. Who started World War I?

September 4th, 2020


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 …

35. How to make money

August 3rd, 2020


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

34. The craziest soldier in history?

July 4th, 2020


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

33. Africa invaded Europe! Where, when, why & how?

June 6th, 2020


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

Here are some questions to …

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

May 2nd, 2020


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 …

31. What was the most dangerous medieval weapon?

April 4th, 2020


(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 …

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

March 7th, 2020


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 …

29. How a Jewish family survived Nazi Germany

February 8th, 2020


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 – …

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

February 1st, 2020


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 …

27. Who was the greatest Native American in history?

December 6th, 2019


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 …

26. Was General MacArthur’s greatest achievement in WW2 or in the Korean War?

November 2nd, 2019


Dad & Me go to MacArthur’s WW2 headquarters to meet a man who knew him

General Douglas MacArthur was one of the greatest generals in history. Join us in this extended episode at MacArthur’s World War II headquarters …

25. Who was the greatest explorer in history?

October 5th, 2019


With help from kids at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, we investigate the golden age of exploring, in the Middle Ages. We’ll find out about some …

24. Why isnt Sydney the capital of Australia?

September 1st, 2019


Sydney maybe Australia’s most famous city, and it may be its greatest city ( - Melbourne folk wouldn’t say so! - ), but it’s not Australia’s capital …

Taster - if you're new to Dad & Me, start here!

August 29th, 2019


We’ve gathered a lot of new listeners recently, so here are some highlights to help them catch-up.

Despite the costs (website/hosting), Dad and Me will keep making new episodes if you help us to grow our audience! A new …

23. Who invented computers?

July 6th, 2019


We examine amazing Islamic robot clock, Leonardo’s calculator and World War II super-spy computers! We then come right into the twenty-first century …

22. Was King Tutankhamun’s Dad Loopy?

June 25th, 2019


This episode involves ancient treasures, Mummy jokes and – GROSS ALERT!!! – brothers and sisters marrying each other!

For more about Malayna and her …

21. What does D-Day Mean?

June 7th, 2019


We talk inflatable tanks, beaches’ code names and double agents. And find out why the town Dad is from was important in D-Day.

Questions for after …

20. What are Veterans/Remembrance/ANZAC Days and why are they important?

April 20th, 2019


This special extended episode is a tad more serious than our usual fun-filled shows, but there’s lots to learn for kids and adults! And if you know a …

19. Ancient Egypt: Crazy or Cool?

April 7th, 2019


Our special guests, Egyptologist and author Malayna Evans, and her daughter Soren, also take us inside the Pyramids and tell us all about tree …

18. Was Picasso a Genius?

March 22nd, 2019


It takes a long time to become young” - listen out for James’ top Picasso quotations scattered throughout the pod. And checkout our webpage for images of the artworks we talk about today.

Often, Dad & Me find …

17. What was it like to be an Aztec kid?

March 9th, 2019


James investigates whether the Aztecs invented anything a kid might like today. And we find out about the ultimate sacrifice – WARNING, HISTORY IS …

16. Why did the Vikings stop being vicious?

February 23rd, 2019


First, we’ll look at what being a Viking was all about, like raiding, exploring and finding America!

Then we’ll investigate, why did the Vikings stopped being Vikings?

Questions for after you’ve listened are below and …

Season 4 Teaser

February 19th, 2019


Hear what's coming your way in our first few episodes of Season 4...

And join us on: 

InstagramTwitter and Facebook 

Share our podcast on social media and recommend it to friends – that's how we'll keep going. And …

15. What’s the best (DAMLH) podcast in history?

December 21st, 2018


Today, us Brits-in-Hong-Kong tell you why we were too busy to record an episode over the last month: we have some big news for our family. And, …

14. Were these the best jobs in history?

November 10th, 2018


Writer Lindsay Varty tells us all about weird and wonderful jobs from China’s past that are still being done today! Lindsay’s latest book, Sunset …

13. Why did Russia get rid of its emperors?

September 28th, 2018


We meet Nicholas and his grandfather, both were Tsars (or emperors) of Russia. And we find out what happens to the mad monk who wouldn’t die. Dad and …

12. What Makes Moscow Magnificent?

September 14th, 2018


Dad and Me are lucky enough to tour one of the world’s greatest cities with Friendly Local Guides. We meet the Terrible Tsar (or emperor) of Russia and we find out what happens in a fight against God. And, in the …

11. Who wants to be a knight?

August 31st, 2018

  • Dad and Me interview some of the world’s best jousters who travel the world competing for thousands of dollars. And we meet the armourers who keep …

Season 3 Teaser

August 25th, 2018



We're back on the mic and raring to go! Here's our Season 3 Teaser - recorded in 3 different countries.

Our Season 3 full episodes start next week!

10. World War II Air Raids: Would you pay a penny to see a butterfly bomb?

June 22nd, 2018


Dad and Me join Air Raid Precaution Post 27 – a reenactment group we met at a 1940s weekend at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth, in southern England. What were “butterfly bombs” and why did kids love them so much? Butterfly …

9. World Cup Special: The History of Soccer

June 8th, 2018


From the World Cup player who wouldn’t head the ball because of his hair style to submarines on football pitches, we’ve got you covered for all you …

8. US Civil War: Why does a country go to war against itself?

May 25th, 2018


Paddington bear and President Lincoln have something in common: they both keep things under their hats. You’ll hear all about the US Civil War of …

7. What was Australia like before Europeans arrived? (Part II)

May 11th, 2018


It’s the final part of our Australia adventure, and we spend the day with Mark Jones and his family. Mark runs Straddie Adventures, aboriginal …

6. What was Australia like before Europeans arrived? (Part I)

April 27th, 2018


Here's the first of two special episodes on aboriginal Australia! At home in Hong Kong, we visit a cultural exhibition at James' school, where we …

Season 2 Teaser

April 20th, 2018


Starting next weekend, a brand new episode will be released once every two weeks through to July.

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Holiday Special recorded at RTHK Studios

April 6th, 2018


It's all to do with a robbery...

This recording was made live with Radio 3's Noreen Mir at Radio Television Hong Kong and appears as a podcast on Dad's 'This Month in History' feed.

Normal DAMLH episodes will resume …

Easter Hello!

March 30th, 2018


A seasonal 'hello' from Dad & Me!

Next weekend, during our Easter break, we'll have a special episode by Dad aimed at adults but suitable for …

5. Why did Henry VIII need 6 wives? Was he bonkers?

March 23rd, 2018


This episode is head-choppingly good! Did Henry need six wives just because he wanted a son? Or was it more because he went a bit bonkers? Did Henry VIII turn into a mad meanie because of what happened to him in the …

4. Mr Lego v Mr Disney: who’s the best ever?

March 16th, 2018


We look at the history of the creators of the two greatest sources of kids' entertainment. How did the creators of Lego and Disney get started? How have they changed the world? And how are Lego and Disney today …

3. Why was the Roman Army so Awesome?

March 9th, 2018


This episode starts with one of our best Roman jokes ever! Keep listening for more…

2. Was the Great Wall of China built by an awesome leader or a crazy dude?

March 2nd, 2018


In this week's episode we find out about China’s first emperor. It gets pretty gruesome at one point, so be careful with parent listeners! He joined …

1. The Most Important Question in History

February 24th, 2018


For our first full episode, we look at the Most Important Question in History - ever.* We visit three continents, jumping from King Solomon to mad …

Interview at Radio Television Hong Kong's Radio 3

February 23rd, 2018


Our first full episode is released on Saturday 24 February!

Join us on InstagramTwitterFacebook and our webpage

Please rate and review us on …

Episode 1 Preview - recorded at KGV school

February 17th, 2018


This preview includes new clips from Episode 1, and a live recording at KGV School. From 24 February 2018 we will release a full episode - every …

Season 1 Teaser with James and Dad

February 7th, 2018


Two minutes of highlights from our first 3 episodes. Includes the best Romans joke EVER!!!

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