Short & Curly
By ABC Radio
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A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those curly questions. From banning lollies to trusting robots, and from colonising other planets to eating pets, Short & Curly covers it all.
||CleanOur first ever book: The Short & Curly Guide to Life||Short & Curly’s favourite philosopher Matt Beard has teamed up with the show’s boss Kyla Slaven (AKA Mistress Kyla) to write a book for members of the global Short & Curly gang: that’s you! With a whole lot of new curly questions to ask, we ventur||10 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarl introduces you to Animal Sound Safari||Carl wants to tell you about a cool new podcast he’s listening to, but mostly he wants you to know what a great actor he is (not!). Have a listen and rate his performance.||13 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Pants on Fire||Carl thinks he's pretty good at spotting when someone is telling a lie. But is he? We think one of the reasons Carl is enjoying the podcast, Pants on Fire, is because it allows him to test out his lie detection skills. Pants on Fire is a quiz show with||1 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA sad tale about Matt Beard’s pet fish, Bucket and Spade||Matt was so excited when he bought two pet fish and named them Bucket and Spade. It wasn't long though before one of those fish got sick. Very sick. The pet shop said he needed special chemicals for the water, so he spent a lot of money to make things b||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho should decide when you can get your ears pierced?||Some kids really want to get their ears pierced but their parents won’t let them. So, who should get to decide when and how you’re allowed to decorate your body with a piercing or even a tattoo? We get out the piercing gun and the tattoo ink and fin||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s the point of school uniforms?||School uniforms have been around for hundreds of years but what’s the point of them? Do they kill your individuality, or do they help you focus on learning, without all the worries about fashion and how you dress? We hear from children who wear unifor||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWas Robin Hood right? Should you rob the rich to help the poor?||Robin Hood and his band of merry men of Sherwood forest reckoned rich people had it too good. So, they roamed around the countryside robbing the rich to give to the poor. Do you agree?||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs it okay to use technology to help you sing better?||Molly Daniels thinks she has what it takes to be a superstar pop singer. The only trouble is, she’s out of tune and can’t hit the notes properly! Eek. But wait, there’s a program many musicians use which "fixes" their voice. Is it wrong to use tec||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShort & Curly update!||We’ve got exciting news for you - Short & Curly is coming back soon! Molly, Carl and Matt haven’t just been lazing around at the beach eating lollies, they’ve been super busy making you brand new episodes. And they’re awesome! Hit play for a s||27 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Fierce Girls||Your pals at Short & Curly have something very special for you: a preview of the new ABC podcast Fierce Girls! It’s a show about the brave, adventurous, and mighty girls and women of the world – including our very own Molly Daniels. Who is a girl. A||7 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife, death and a runaway train||An out-of-control train is heading straight for a group of people who don’t know they are about to be hit. You, as the driver, have some life and death decisions to make. What will you do? Hop on for a journey into one of the world’s most famo||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen is it okay to dob on someone?||Kids dob to parents and teachers for all kinds of reasons. It often feels bad when someone tells on you.||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWere the Ancient Romans bad people?||The Ancient Romans were a bloodthirsty lot. As entertainment they headed down to the local arena, to watch people and animals fight to the death.||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat sort of life should an elephant have?||Elephants are extremely intelligent and highly social creatures who traditionally live in large family herds. But their traditional natural world isn't perfect.||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to make the best kind of friends||Making friends and keeping friends can be hard. Sometimes you like someone a lot and then one of you changes and your friendship ends.||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShort & Curly Goes To America||While Molly stays at home to fight crime and breed endangered lizards, Carl packs his toothbrush and some clean underwear for Short & Curly’s big adventure to New York City.||4 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould we kill feral cats?||Australia is on the war path, pledging to kill two million feral cats by 2020. They felines are biologically the same creatures as the kitties people have as pets at home, but most were born in the wild.||12 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs your classroom fair?||That’s not fair! How often have you heard that said at school?||12 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWould you donate your kidney to a stranger?||They cut a small hole in your abdomen, blow some carbon dioxide into your tummy so it puffs up like a balloon, then carefully take out a perfectly healthy part of your body. Yikes.||12 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan robot soldiers make armies better?||Is it possible for an army to do the right thing? After all, armies destroy buildings and neighbourhoods, they kill and severely injure people, including children.||12 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat would you risk to get to the top?||Take a cold and windy journey with Molly and Carl as they gather their ropes and ice picks, lace up their climbing boots and head out into the wild for some high altitude curly questions.||12 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould pugs exist?||Carl thinks they have the cutest squashiest faces and biggest googley eyes of the entire canine world. He definitely wants to buy one.||20 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho wants a virtual life?||Let’s say you can hook your brain up to a machine which feels 100 per cent real and offers you the kind of life you’ve always wanted. The catch is, this perfect world isn’t real.||20 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy can’t children vote?||Kids have to live by the rules of the society they are born into but don’t get a say on what those rules are. Unfair, right?||20 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre some people just unlucky?||Many cultures believe it’s good luck if a bird poos on your head, like what happened to Carl (eww!). Others say it’s bad luck if you break a mirror.||20 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe ethics of invisibility||What would you do if you had the power of invisibility? Would you sneak around, spy on people, commit crimes, pull practical jokes, or find out what other people really think about you?||20 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould we ban lollies?||Lollies are a colourful and magical and very sweet part of many children’s lives. But can you say no when faced with a bowl of jelly beans or sour worms or other types of candy? With so much concern nowadays about the amount of sugar in our diets, thi||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Pokemon Go playing you?||Walked into any traffic lights lately as you stare manically at a screen? Maybe you’re one of the millions of people playing Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game which sends its players out into the streets to catch weird little imaginary creatures.||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould celebrities keep it real?||Images of movie stars and pop singers are everywhere we look – album covers, concert posters, t-shirts, instagram feeds and other social media. Photos and videos are a big part of how famous people present themselves. But, how honest and accurate are||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho gets saved first in a fire?||For professional fire and rescue workers, it’s not all sirens, cool trucks and running red lights. They often have to make really hard and terrible decisions in moments of heat, smoke and danger. Their job is to be there to help on the worst day of yo||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo you have to love your sibling?||We’re often told we have a special responsibility to our brothers and sisters just because they are family. But, do we really? And what kind of duty is it? What if you found out the annoying new kid at school was your long lost brother or sister?||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould you eat your pet?||Unless you’re a vegetarian, there are some animals you probably eat regularly. But how would you cope if your next dinner was some stir-fried dog? Why is it okay to eat a baby cow (veal) or sheep (lamb) and not a cute little puppy? Are our ideas||21 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Dumbledore as great as he seems?||He is wise and old and learned and kind, but the Principal of Hogwarts is not perfect. He deceives, he holds back really important information about issues of life and death, and is willing to sacrifice Harry Potter for the good of the many, leading h||21 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould you move to Mars?||There are 1,000 people currently shortlisted for the trip of a lifetime, from which they will never return! They want to be the first stage in the human habitation of the red planet. But do humans have a right to inhabit other planets, and which hum||21 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs it ever okay to lie?||Kind lies. White lies. Little lies. We take a trip to the fun park to look at all sorts of lies we tell for all sorts of reasons. Like what if your parent asks you to pretend to be younger than you are to get a cheaper entry fee? What’s the right||21 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChildren under the microscope: The ethics of science||In the 1950s, a group of young boys took part in a now famous experiment to find out how easy it would be to turn two groups of children into enemies. The boys didn’t know they were in a scientific study, and many later regretted the things they did||21 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan competitive sport be truly fair?||Do coaches, equipment and healthy food make for a level playing field?||27 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs it ever okay to fight back against a bully?||Is the victim blameless if they become aggressor?||26 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould chimps have the same rights as kids?||Perhaps the line between humans and other animals is more blurred that you’d think.||25 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs stealing music or jokes really stealing?||Is borrowing somebody else's smarts ok?||24 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan you trust a robot?||As robots become more sophisticated and human-like, how can we be sure what they tell us is real?||23 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Short & Curly
I love that this is designed to be listened to by kids with their parents to promote discussion. They even tell you when to pause to have a chat about the issue being discussed! A great way to get kids thinking and families talking!
Interesting and enjoyable
A useful and relatable way of encouraging kids to evaluate different aspects of an issue.
8yo: 'fun to listen to in the car'
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We have listened to every single episode and have enjoyed them all. We really need you to make more!
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