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Short & Curly

Short & Curly is a fast-paced, fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents, with questions and ideas to really get you thinking. It asks curly questions about animals, technology, school, pop culture and the future.

Season 1

1 - What would you risk to get to the top? (25 min)

At almost nine kilometres from top to bottom, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Many have died or suffered serious injuries trying to conquer the peak. 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 out into the wild for some high altitude curly questions.

2 - Can robot soldiers make armies better? (24 min)

Weirdly, war does have rules, even if not everyone follows them. Do these rules really make it possible to create an ethical army? Can technology like robots, drones and stun guns lead to fewer casualties in war. After donning their battle fatigues, Molly and Carl design some ethical armies of their own.

3 - Would you donate your kidney to a stranger? (23 min)

Most of us have two, but we really only need one to live long and healthy lives. So, if a family member or friend had kidney disease and you discovered yours was a perfect match, would you donate one?

4 - Is your classroom fair? (23 min)

A disruptive student (hint, it’s Carl) can take up a lot of the teacher’s attention. Is it wrong that a teacher can’t give everyone an equal amount of their time? Can a classroom ever be truly fair?

5 - Should we kill feral cats? (27 min)

Feral cats are said to be responsible for millions of native animals and birds being killed each year and their numbers are skyrocketing. So, a big program to cull cats is underway. Is it okay to take some lives to protect many others?

Season 2

1 - Is it okay to use technology to help you sing better? (22 min)

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 notes properly! Is it wrong to use technology to make you sound better than you are?

2 - Was Robin Hood right? Should you rob the rich to help the poor? (23 min)

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?

3 - What’s the point of school uniforms? (18 min)

School uniforms have been around for hundreds of years but what’s the point of them? Do they kill your individuality, or do they help you focus on learning, without all the worries about fashion and how you dress?

4 - Who should decide when you can get your ears pierced? (21 min)

Who should get to decide when and how you’re allowed to decorate your body with a piercing or even a tattoo? We get out the piercing gun and the tattoo ink and find out how much control we should have over our own bodies.

5 - A sad tale about Matt Beard’s pet fish, Bucket and Spade (25 min)

The pet shop said Matt needed special chemicals when one of his pet fish became sick, so he spent a lot of money to make it better. Sadly, things didn’t improve for Bucket, or was it Spade? Anyway, did Matt do the right thing for his fish? And is a fish’s life as important as other types of pets?

Season 3

1 - Answer the question! Short & Curly the game show (21 min)

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!

2 - Mind games and teasing on the sporting field (19 min)

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.

3 - What can Severus Snape from Harry Potter teach us about courage and forgiveness? (25 min)

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

4 - Is a child's life more valuable than an adult's? (20 min)

The Titanic cruise ship hit an iceberg in 1912 and sank to the bottom of the ocean. Women and children were offered seats on the lifeboats first because of their age and gender. Is that fair? Are the lives of kids more precious than the lives of adults?

5 - Birthday presents — should we stop giving them? (20 min)

How much stuff do you have? 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.

Season 4

1 - Should we put GPS trackers on kids? (22 min)

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?

2 - Should grown-ups lie to you? (22 min)

Is it okay for parents to tell their kids stories if it makes them feel better?

3 - When should you stop being friends with someone? (19 min)

Is it okay to hang out with your friends if they're being mean to other people? Have you been in a tricky situation like this? What's the best thing to do and why?

4 - Are parents hypocrites? (23 min)

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?

5 - Is it ever okay to be a cannibal? (25 min)

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?