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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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BITE — Who gets the biggest piece of cake?

January 12th, 2022


If you make something delicious to eat, do you have to share it evenly with other people? You did all the work, so is it fair to have to share?

Today's BITE: If you make a cake is it okay to have a …

BITE - Parents playing favourites

January 12th, 2022


If parents give more attention to one of your siblings does that mean they're playing favourites? Is it okay to give you less attention than you RIGHTLY DESERVE???

Today's BITE: Is it okay for your …

BITE — You look funny

January 12th, 2022


People get judged for how they dress, the way they do their hair and what kind of body they have.

But what would life be like if …

BITE — Girls’ teams and boys’ teams

January 12th, 2022


Why are most sports trams girls only and boys only? Even when it's the same type of sport they are playing!

Today's BITE: Should …

BITE — Murdering murderers

January 12th, 2022


If someone does something bad, is it just and fair to do that same thing back to them?

Today's BITE: Is it wrong to murder a murderer?

Thanks to Maddison for this excellent question.

Molly's PICK — Would you donate your kidney to a stranger?

December 12th, 2021


Molly went on a deep dive into the Short & Curly archive to find you one of her fave episodes. It's all about whether you …

Carl's PICK — Should we kill feral cats?

December 12th, 2021


We all know Carl loves cats, but today he has an important feline update, as well as bringing you one of his favourite episodes from the archives. It's all about whether it's okay to take the lives …

Matt's PICK — Who gets saved first in a fire?

December 12th, 2021


Matt has chosen a high drama, life and death episode for you to listen to from our archives. Plus the gang got to dress up as firefighters for this show, so that made it even more fun.

In this …

Are some pranks just not okay?

September 15th, 2021


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


October 29th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

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 …

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 …

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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