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Short & Curly

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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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Are some pranks just not okay?

September 15th, 2021

23:48


Have you ever pranked your brother or sister by freezing their bowl of cereal and milk the night before and then serving them a …

Should you give money to homeless people?

September 15th, 2021

22:52


Have you ever been asked for money by a homeless person? What happened? And do you think we have any responsibility to help strangers when they are in need?

Is Santa Claus a bad person?

September 15th, 2021

25:32


Imagine if you were being watched every second of the day to make sure you behaved well. And then you got rewarded or punished depending on how you acted? In this episode, we take a long hard look at …

Do athletes have to be role models too?

September 15th, 2021

18:20


We admire our favourite sportspeople for their physical skills but do they have to be good people as well?

Should we expect …

Do horses want us to ride them?

September 15th, 2021

22:08


For centuries humans have ridden horses. We've ridden them long distances, into wars, in big races and just for fun. We've developed a close relationship with horses. But has anyone asked a horse …

BITE — Selling unwanted presents

June 23rd, 2021

4:05


Ever opened a present and thought, “I will never use this”. So why not just sell it and buy something you do like?
Today’s BITE: Is it okay to sell a present someone gave you?
Thanks to Indi for this …

BITE — Pocket money

June 23rd, 2021

4:35


Do you get pocket money, and if so, do you have to do something to earn it?

Today's BITE: Should I get pocket money for doing …

BITE — Drinking beer

June 23rd, 2021

4:17


If beer has no alcohol in it, is it still really beer?

Today’s BITE: Should kids be allowed to drink beer if it’s non-alcoholic?

BITE — You can’t watch that

June 23rd, 2021

4:20


Have you ever watched a movie or TV show that was meant to be for adults only? Do you wish you hadn’t seen it, or are the rules …

BITE — Is love good?

June 23rd, 2021

4:38


Love is always good, right? Because love itself is good isn’t it? Well, isn’t it??

Today’s BITE: Is love always ethical?

Thanks to Elizabeth for this excellent question.

The ethics of smartphones

March 31st, 2021

22:39


When Molly got her first smartphone, she was so excited she couldn’t stop staring at her screen and she walked into a power pole. …

Making "life and death" decisions for your pet

March 31st, 2021

21:10


Molly and Carl finally get their dream jobs as vets but soon learn it's not all cuddles with cute animals — big and important …

It's the end of the world. Let's go berserk!

March 31st, 2021

24:21


Here's a little thought experiment: if you found out the world was going to end next week, would the rules about right and wrong …

Can we build a world that works for everyone?

March 31st, 2021

20:53


Carl has shrunk Molly and set her up in a world built of LEGO. You'd think that would be a fun adventure, but not for Molly, who …

Should we always be brave?

March 31st, 2021

24:47


Molly and Carl head to Sweden to try one of the most disgusting foods in the world. Just wait until you find out what it is! …

BITE — It was an accident!

February 22nd, 2021

4:26


Have you ever been punished for something that was an accident? Like, you really, really didn't mean to do it, but you still got …

BITE — Killing in computer games

February 15th, 2021

5:58


Do you ever play computer games where you have to kill another character? Does that make you feel bad? Should it? Today's BITE: …

Is it fair to punish the whole class?

December 24th, 2020

17:17


Have you ever been in a situation where someone did something wrong, but didn't own up? And then the teacher punished the whole …

Swimmers vs sharks — who matters most?

December 24th, 2020

23:13


On a hot sunny day there's nothing Molly loves better than a swim in the ocean. But the sea can be dangerous, right? There are …

Do the ends justify the means?

December 24th, 2020

23:38


When Matt doesn't have his nose in a big thick philosophy book, he loves watching movies. So when he invites Molly and Carl to …

Should robots replace humans?

December 24th, 2020

20:43


Imagine a future where robots do the jobs humans are doing now, like construction workers, nurses, musicians and truck drivers. …

Who owns a forest?

December 24th, 2020

22:43


Molly and Carl take a riverboat adventure along the Amazon river in search of an elusive and very fragrant plant in the Amazon …

A little gift for you!

December 24th, 2020

2:24


Molly and Carl got you something for Christmas. They made it themselves, on their phones. What could it be?

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly's big surprise!

December 19th, 2020

1:51


2020 has been a pretty weird year, right? But at least we know one thing: Short & Curly listeners are the best! So here’s something just for you.

BITE — Banning peanut butter 

November 16th, 2020

3:43


Nut allergies are one of the super dangerous food allergies. If you’re allergic to nuts, it causes anaphylaxis and sometimes …

BITE — Rough play

November 9th, 2020

4:25


You can do things on the sporting field which would be a big no no at almost any other time. Today's BITE: Should rough sports be …

BITE — Bossy parents

November 2nd, 2020

5:07


Have you ever asked why you have to do something and your parent or an adult says to you, "Because I say so"? It's so …

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly BITES

October 29th, 2020

2:37


We get so curly many questions sent to us that we thought we'd make some special mini bite-sized versions of the show for you to nibble on!

We will drop these BITES into your podcast feed (get it?) …

Bringing back extinct animals. What could go wrong?

September 17th, 2020

24:20


So many birds, mammals and insects which once existed on Earth are now gone forever — extinct, kaput! This got Carl thinking, …

Should we censor stuff on the internet?

September 17th, 2020

23:37


When Molly and Carl are not making Short & Curly they are in charge of the world's biggest video sharing platform, called, …

Should Gabi have climbed the cherry blossom tree?

September 17th, 2020

20:52


Cherry blossom trees are very important in Japan. They're so special they even have their own festival every year. Our listener Gabi lives in Japan and got in trouble for climbing one. But did he …

Do you always have to keep a secret?

September 17th, 2020

23:57


If your friend asks you to keep a secret, should you ever break that promise? When should you keep your mouth zipped and when …

Food fight! Can you be an ethical snacker?

September 17th, 2020

24:38


Molly and Carl love snacks and treats. But when one of our listener's challenges them to buy only ethical snack foods, they face …

Are you really free?

April 8th, 2020

9:25


This season we look at one of the curliest questions of them all, are you really free? We say all the time that someone made good …

Oedipus – The Musical

April 8th, 2020

27:17


Meet Oedipus. He's the main character in one of the world’s oldest stories. He lived a long time ago and he did some pretty bad …

Why is your room so messy?

April 8th, 2020

21:29


We visit the bedroom of one of the messiest kids we know, Harriet. She hates cleaning her room more than anything in life and it always looks like someone opened every drawer and threw all the …

Did your brain make you do it?

April 8th, 2020

22:35


You're at the movies with a giant box of popcorn on your lap, enjoying the film and eating the popcorn. You look down and see the box is empty, but you don't even remember eating it all, because you …

Are you the boss of your emotions?

April 8th, 2020

20:55


Molly and Carl might be great friends but that doesn't mean they don't fight sometimes. But when they do get into conflict they …

Is it society's fault if you become a criminal?

April 8th, 2020

23:31


The bushranger Ned Kelly led a gang of criminals more than 100 years ago. He was first arrested when he was just 14 and then he went on to rob and kill people. But before his last infamous shootout, …

BONUS—How to work together through coronavirus

March 20th, 2020

12:50


Like the whole world, the Short & Curly team is dealing with the coronavirus. In this special episode, Matt, Carl and Molly …

BONUS — Pets, pests and farm animals, why do we value them differently?

January 16th, 2020

26:31


Short & Curly listeners Harry, Max and Hugo live on farm surrounded by all kinds of animals: pets, livestock, and also pests like feral pigs. Some animals they love, some animals they hate, and …

Do you want to become a vampire?

November 25th, 2019

28:45


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 …

Should we ban families?

November 25th, 2019

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 …

Should you give up your teddy bear?

November 25th, 2019

21:41


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 …

What is discrimination and is it always bad?

November 25th, 2019

19:46


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 …

Did Carl really see a UFO?

November 25th, 2019

24:15


Carl is excited because he saw a UFO last night. He can't believe it! (And neither can Molly, but for different reasons). But …

Is it ever okay to be a cannibal?

June 20th, 2019

25:18


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 …

Are parents hypocrites?

June 20th, 2019

23:14


"Do as I say, not as I do!" Does this sound like the adults in your life? Short & Curly listeners often complain that their …

When should you stop being friends with someone?

June 20th, 2019

19:48


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 …

Should grown-ups lie to you?

June 20th, 2019

22:36


Molly has never been afraid of getting a needle because she knows the Needle Ninja will reward her bravery with a basket of …

Should we put GPS trackers on kids?

June 20th, 2019

22:43


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 …

Birthday presents — should we stop giving them?

November 29th, 2018

21:01


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 …

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

November 29th, 2018

21:01


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 29th, 2018

26:00


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 29th, 2018

19:33


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 29th, 2018

21:47


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 …

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

June 26th, 2018

25:37


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

21:54


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

20:09


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

23:16


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

24:13


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 …

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly update!

May 28th, 2018

1:57


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

Life, death and a runaway train

December 12th, 2017

22:21


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 12th, 2017

27:26


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 12th, 2017

27:40


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 12th, 2017

24:29


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 12th, 2017

26:54


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

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly Goes To America

December 5th, 2017

2:34


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

27:24


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

23:18


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

Would you donate your kidney to a stranger?

September 13th, 2017

23:19


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

25:23


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

26:24


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 …

Should pugs exist?

December 20th, 2016

24:00


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 20th, 2016

23:06


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 20th, 2016

20:54


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 20th, 2016

23:45


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 20th, 2016

19:54


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

17:45


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

20:48


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

23:15


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

20:00


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

Do you have to love your sibling?

September 13th, 2016

22:00


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

18:31


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

22:19


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

21:18


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

19:33


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

19:10


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

18:19


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

18:18


Is the victim blameless if they become aggressor?

Should chimps have the same rights as kids?

March 26th, 2016

17:54


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

Can you trust a robot?

March 24th, 2016

19:30


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

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