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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.
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Would you like to live forever? Molly and Carl like the idea of being immortal. The upsides: you won’t ever die, you’ll never run out of time to try new things and meet new people. The downsides: drinking blood and sleeping in a coffin, and your non-vampire friends will all leave you when they die. So, would immortality be worth it? And how can you make a decision about something so hugely different from any experience you’ve ever had before?
Should we ban families?

Should we ban families?

2019-11-2500:24:55

Why do some kids get all the luck? It doesn’t seem fair that some children are born into families with lots of love and support while others don't get any, or don’t have a family at all. The philosopher Plato had a pretty wild idea for how to fix this unfairness — get rid of families! He said if we did that, people would care more about all children, not just their own. What do you think? Would the world be a better and fairer place if we brought up children in a different way?
Do you have a teddy, a doll or a rug that is, or was, very important to you? We are told that as we grow up we need to get rid of ‘babyish’ things like that, but do we really? And if we lose our teddy or give it away, is it alright to feel sad about it? We hear about teddies and other things which were important to Molly, Carl and Matt and find out who kept theirs and why.
One of the best places to be on a hot summer's day is cooling off in a swimming pool. But until the 1960s Aboriginal people were not allowed to swim in the local pool in Moree, in country New South Wales. They were excluded because of a reason that had nothing to do with the ability to swim. They were excluded only because they were Aboriginal. So what is discrimination and what makes it bad?
Did Carl really see a UFO?

Did Carl really see a UFO?

2019-11-2500:23:381

Carl is excited because he saw a UFO last night. He can't believe it! (And neither can Molly, but for different reasons). But should we believe Carl and if not, why not? How do we decide if something is true or not? What sort of evidence do we need?
Molly, Carl and Matt become lost at sea, they've run out of food and they lack basic survival skills. So, would it be okay for them to eat each other if they get really really really hungry? Maybe don't listen to this episode while you're eating!
Are parents hypocrites?

Are parents hypocrites?

2019-06-2000:23:211

"Do as I say, not as I do!" Does this sound like the adults in your life? Short & Curly listeners often complain that their parents tell them to do one thing but then do something completely different themselves. So unfair! Or is it?
Here's a question from Short & Curly listener Harvey: "Is it OK to hang out with your friends if they're being mean to other people?" Difficult, right? Have you been in a tricky situation like this? What's the best thing to do and why?
Should grown-ups lie to you?

Should grown-ups lie to you?

2019-06-2000:22:293

Molly has never been afraid of getting a needle because she knows the Needle Ninja will reward her bravery with a basket of Japanese lollies, cakes and toys. Carl has never heard of this person and thinks Molly has been tricked by her mum and dad. But is there any harm in believing in the Needle Ninja? And is it OK for parents to tell their kids stories if it makes them feel better?
Carl often gets lost when he's out on the streets alone. So the S&C team have decided a tracking device will keep him safe and sound. But is this a good idea? How do we balance safety with the need to become independent? And would you be okay with an adult putting a tracking device on you?
Your second favourite podcast, Fierce Girls, has some amazing new stories to tell you. Even better, each story is written and narrated by the show’s super cool and fierce listeners! The stories about incredible Australian women have really inspired Molly, as you'll hear. And make sure you listen to the end — we’ve got some exciting Short & Curly news to share with you too!
The death of Tai’s grandfather gets him thinking about the afterlife. The idea that our bodies and consciousness become nothing is really weird and confusing. So Tai turns to different religions for answers. This podcast called Tai Asks Why comes from our friends in Canada at the CBC. Hope you like it!
How much stuff do you have? How many toys, books, games and clothes have you got that you don't use or wear? Is it time to re-think why we give and receive birthday presents? Let's drop in to Molly's birthday party and find out.Brains Trust: Buranda State School — Luca, Huon, Freya, Serefie, Noya and Ava.Actors: Neve and Tessa.
The Titanic cruise ship hit an iceberg in 1912 and sank to the bottom of the ocean. Lots of people died because there weren't enough life rafts for everyone. Women and children were offered seats on the lifeboats first because of their age and gender. But is that fair? Are the lives of kids more precious than the lives of adults?Guest: David Dyer, author of The Midnight Watch.Brains Trust: Buranda State School — Meena, Caitlin, Banjo, Rosey, Hailey and Rex.
Severus Snape is one of the trickier characters in the Harry Potter series. As a teacher he can be mean and impatient and unfriendly and sarcastic. But Snape might also be able to teach us a lot about growing up and courage and forgiveness. Listen and decide for yourself.Guest: Lorrie Kim, author of Snape: A Definitive Reading.Brains Trust: Buranda State School — Meena, Caitlin, Banjo, Rosey, Hailey and Rex.Actors: Zali, Ngaio, Joel, Adam, Hannah and Jarvis.
To be good at sport you need both physical skills and mental strength. So is it okay to tease and sledge your sporting opponents to get an advantage? Join Molly and Carl for a game of backyard cricket.Brains trust: Cricketers Haadia Khan, Lucy Johnston, Grace Bryson-Smith and Sienna Moore.Actors: Zali, Ngaio, Joel, Adam, Hannah and Jarvis
Test your buzzers, put your Short and Curly thinking caps on and get ready for round one. Molly, Carl and Matt tackle some of the many questions you've emailed us, on the game show that's got everyone talking: Answer The Question!Actors: Zali, Ngaio, Joel, Adam, Hannah and Jarvis.
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 venture into the homes, school yards, and lives of kids today. It’s packed with weird and amazing ideas and adventures. Here’s how to get your hands on the book: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-short-and-curly-guide-to-life-9780143792185
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.
PRESENTS — Pants on Fire

PRESENTS — Pants on Fire

2018-08-0200:20:373

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 a difference, with each episode focusing on something interesting like robots, or bats or dancing or mobile devices. One of the grown up "experts" on each show is telling you lies and so you and a young guest need to work out who is fibbing and who isn't. Have a listen to Pants on Fire see what you think.
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sanaz shoaie

very well

Nov 30th
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Aria

still love it!

Nov 17th
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Aria

LOVE IT!!!!!😄😃😀😊😉☺😍😘😚😗😙😜😁😆😋

Nov 17th
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jane fafeita

I love this episode

Nov 9th
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Sophie Ransom

I love that song haha lol

Jul 26th
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Gus Chrudimsky

thank you for the episode

May 10th
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alison oakleigh

😌

Apr 15th
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alison oakleigh

I love it

Apr 15th
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Mister Spoon

at least one more episode your podcast is to amazing😢😓☹️

Feb 25th
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Mister Spoon

please add more episodes we miss all of the fun why are you not making any more pleassseeeee.

Jan 31st
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Mister Spoon

your podcast is so good

Dec 16th
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Thomas Pearson

Short

Nov 30th
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Tony Romero

if the robin hood episode doesnt advocate for marxist-leninist-maoism, then re-record it.

Nov 28th
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Aubrey Grace

This was posted on my birthday!

Oct 6th
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Cheyenne De La Cruz

LOVE IT 😍

Jul 9th
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Kelly Bandia

Come back!!!

May 15th
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محمد المحمد صالح

You're the best 😍

Apr 4th
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Thomas Pearson

it's so good

Mar 26th
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John Ma

really good!!@

Jan 21st
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