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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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PRESENTS — The Weirdness 

July 28th, 2020


We’ve got another awesome podcast you need to get into your ears! It’s called The Weirdness. Friends Arlo and Sierra, like Carl …

PRESENTS — Mackaroy Uncovered

July 1st, 2020


We wanted to share a new podcast from the ABC that we think you'll love. In the quiet Australian country town of Mackaroy, …

Are you really free?

April 8th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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 …

PRESENTS – Fierce Girls by fierce girls!

June 17th, 2019


Your second favourite podcast, Fierce Girls, has some amazing new stories to tell you. Even better, each story is written and …

PRESENTS – Tai Asks Why: What happens after you die?

February 4th, 2019


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 …

Birthday presents — should we stop giving them?

November 29th, 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 …

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

November 29th, 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 29th, 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 29th, 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 29th, 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 the …

PRESENTS — 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! …

PRESENTS — Animal Sound Safari

September 13th, 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 …

PRESENTS — 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 the …

INTRODUCING — 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 at …

PRESENTS — Fierce Girls

March 7th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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.

INTRODUCING — 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 head …

Should pugs exist?

December 20th, 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 20th, 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 20th, 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 20th, 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 20th, 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 really …

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.

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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