Short and 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.
||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.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs your classroom fair?||That’s not fair! How often have you heard that said at school?||9/12/2017||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.||9/12/2017||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.||9/12/2017||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.||9/12/2017||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.||12/20/2016||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.||12/20/2016||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?||12/20/2016||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.||12/20/2016||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?||12/20/2016||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, this||9/12/2016||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. I||9/12/2016||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 th||9/12/2016||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 your||9/12/2016||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? Wo||9/12/2016||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 a||6/21/2016||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 him||6/21/2016||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 human||6/21/2016||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 t||6/21/2016||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 t||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan competitive sport be truly fair?||Do coaches, equipment and healthy food make for a level playing field?||3/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs it ever okay to fight back against a bully?||Is the victim blameless if they become aggressor?||3/26/2016||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.||3/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs stealing music or jokes really stealing?||Is borrowing somebody else's smarts ok?||3/24/2016||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?||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great conversation starter on tough topics
I love this ethics podcast for kids!! This is my kid's favorite podcast and has allowed us to talk about interesting subjects like bullying, artificial intelligence, vegetarianism, and more. We love to listen as a family!
Posing great questions for 7 year olds and older, this show makes for an entertaining, enlightening, and discussion-worthy podcast. And it's not just simple questions, but thought provoking for adults as well. We usually spend a lot of time discussing the scenarios with my son, stopping the podcast. My favorite so far is the podcast about lying.
Great for conversations
My 10 and 8 year old daughters LOVED this podcast (as did I - a 30yo mom). Very entertaining, thought-provoking, and perfect for opening up the communication lines. We discussed, considered other viewpoints and what we could learn from them, etc. My oldest is struggling with bullies especially, and the episode on bullying really resonated with her. Keep them coming, please!
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