Short & Curly

46 EpisodesProduced by ABC Radio

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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Birthday presents — should we stop giving them?

November 30th, 2018

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 …

Is a child's life more valuable than an adult's?

November 30th, 2018

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 …

What can Severus Snape from Harry Potter teach us about courage and forgiveness?

November 30th, 2018

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 …

Mind games and teasing on the sporting field

November 30th, 2018

To be good at sport you need both physical skills and mental strength. So is it okay to tease and sledge your sporting opponents …

Answer the question! Short & Curly the game show

November 30th, 2018

Test your buzzers, put your Short and Curly thinking caps on and get ready for round one. Molly, Carl and Matt tackle some of …

Our first ever book: The Short & Curly Guide to Life

October 11th, 2018

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! …

Carl introduces you to Animal Sound Safari

September 14th, 2018

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 …

Introducing Pants on Fire

August 2nd, 2018

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 …

A sad tale about Matt Beard’s pet fish, Bucket and Spade

June 26th, 2018

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 …

Who should decide when you can get your ears pierced?

June 26th, 2018

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 …

What’s the point of school uniforms?

June 26th, 2018

School uniforms have been around for hundreds of years but what’s the point of them? Do they kill your individuality, or do they …

Was Robin Hood right? Should you rob the rich to help the poor?

June 26th, 2018

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? …

Is it okay to use technology to help you sing better?

June 26th, 2018

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 …

Short & Curly update!

May 28th, 2018

We’ve got exciting news for you -  Short & Curly is coming back soon! Molly, Carl and Matt haven’t just been lazing around …

Introducing Fierce Girls

March 8th, 2018

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 – …

Life, death and a runaway train

December 13th, 2017

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, …

When is it okay to dob on someone?

December 13th, 2017

Kids dob to parents and teachers for all kinds of reasons.  It often feels bad when someone tells on you.

Were the Ancient Romans bad people?

December 13th, 2017

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.

What sort of life should an elephant have?

December 13th, 2017

Elephants are extremely intelligent and highly social creatures who traditionally live in large family herds.  But their traditional natural world isn't perfect.

How to make the best kind of friends

December 13th, 2017

Making friends and keeping friends can be hard. Sometimes you like someone a lot and then one of you changes and your friendship ends.

Short & Curly Goes To America

December 5th, 2017

While Molly stays at home to fight crime and breed endangered lizards, Carl packs his toothbrush and some clean underwear for …

Should we kill feral cats?

September 13th, 2017

Australia is on the war path, pledging to kill two million feral cats by 2020.  They felines are biologically the same creatures …

Is your classroom fair?

September 13th, 2017

That’s not fair!  How often have you heard that said at school?

Would you donate your kidney to a stranger?

September 13th, 2017

They cut a small hole in your abdomen, blow some carbon dioxide into your tummy so it puffs up like a balloon, then carefully …

Can robot soldiers make armies better?

September 13th, 2017

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.

What would you risk to get to the top?

September 13th, 2017

Take a cold and windy journey with Molly and Carl as they gather their ropes and ice picks, lace up their climbing boots and …

Should pugs exist?

December 21st, 2016

Carl thinks they have the cutest squashiest faces and biggest googley eyes of the entire canine world. He definitely wants to buy one.

Who wants a virtual life?

December 21st, 2016

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.

Why can’t children vote?

December 21st, 2016

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? …

Are some people just unlucky?

December 21st, 2016

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 …

The ethics of invisibility

December 21st, 2016

What would you do if you had the power of invisibility? Would you sneak around, spy on people, commit crimes, pull practical …

Should we ban lollies?

September 13th, 2016

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 …

Is Pokemon Go playing you?

September 13th, 2016

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 …

Should celebrities keep it real?

September 13th, 2016

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 …

Who gets saved first in a fire?

September 13th, 2016

For professional fire and rescue workers, it’s not all sirens, cool trucks and running red lights. They often have to make …

Do you have to love your sibling?

September 13th, 2016

We’re often told we have a special responsibility to our brothers and sisters just because they are family. But, do we really? …

Should you eat your pet?

June 22nd, 2016

Unless you’re a vegetarian, there are some animals you probably eat regularly.  But how would you cope if your next dinner was …

Is Dumbledore as great as he seems?

June 22nd, 2016

He is wise and old and learned and kind, but the Principal of Hogwarts is not perfect.  He deceives, he holds back really …

Should you move to Mars?

June 22nd, 2016

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 …

Is it ever okay to lie?

June 22nd, 2016

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 …

Children under the microscope: The ethics of science

June 22nd, 2016

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 …

Can competitive sport be truly fair?

March 28th, 2016

Do coaches, equipment and healthy food make for a level playing field?

Is it ever okay to fight back against a bully?

March 27th, 2016

Is the victim blameless if they become aggressor?

Should chimps have the same rights as kids?

March 26th, 2016

Perhaps the line between humans and other animals is more blurred that you’d think.

Is stealing music or jokes really stealing?

March 25th, 2016

Is borrowing somebody else's smarts ok?

Can you trust a robot?

March 24th, 2016

As robots become more sophisticated and human-like, how can we be sure what they tell us is real?
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