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Short & Curly

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Rank #99 in Kids & Family category

Kids & Family
Society & Culture
Philosophy
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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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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.

iTunes Ratings

748 Ratings
Average Ratings
597
55
32
19
45

I love this show

By hbfykkjg - May 26 2020
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Molly and Carl are seriously hilarious and I listen to this almost every single day - Jensen Riley

“Is it ok to be a cannibal”

By SnakePrince - May 23 2020
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wait what WHAT THIS IS A KIDS PODCAST OH MY AHHHHH

iTunes Ratings

748 Ratings
Average Ratings
597
55
32
19
45

I love this show

By hbfykkjg - May 26 2020
Read more
Molly and Carl are seriously hilarious and I listen to this almost every single day - Jensen Riley

“Is it ok to be a cannibal”

By SnakePrince - May 23 2020
Read more
wait what WHAT THIS IS A KIDS PODCAST OH MY AHHHHH
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Short & Curly

Latest release on Jul 01, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Is it ever okay to lie?

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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 are to get a cheaper entry fee? What’s the right thing to do? Amidst the rides and games, junk food and excitement, we explore a few stories about lying, a subject which has divided some of the greatest thinkers in history.

Jun 22 2016

19mins

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Rank #2: Should pugs exist?

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

Dec 20 2016

24mins

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Rank #3: Do you want to become a vampire?

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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 out of time to try new things and meet new people. The downsides: drinking blood and sleeping in a coffin, and your non-vampire friends will all leave you when they die. So, would immortality be worth it? And how can you make a decision about something so hugely different from any experience you’ve ever had before?

Nov 25 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: Is it ever okay to be a cannibal?

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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? Maybe don't listen to this episode while you're eating!

Jun 20 2019

25mins

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Rank #5: How to make the best kind of friends

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

Dec 12 2017

26mins

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Rank #6: Is your classroom fair?

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

Sep 13 2017

23mins

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Rank #7: Are parents hypocrites?

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"Do as I say, not as I do!" Does this sound like the adults in your life? 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?

Jun 20 2019

23mins

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Rank #8: Birthday presents — should we stop giving them?

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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 Molly's birthday party and find out.

Brains Trust: Buranda State School — Luca, Huon, Freya, Serefie, Noya and Ava.
Actors: Neve and Tessa.

Nov 29 2018

21mins

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Rank #9: When should you stop being friends with someone?

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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 people?" Difficult, right? Have you been in a tricky situation like this? What's the best thing to do and why?

Jun 20 2019

19mins

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Rank #10: Was Robin Hood right? Should you rob the rich to help the poor?

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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?

Jun 26 2018

23mins

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Rank #11: Life, death and a runaway train

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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, have some life and death decisions to make.  What will you do?  Hop on for a journey into one of the world’s most famous thought experiments.

Dec 12 2017

22mins

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Rank #12: What’s the point of school uniforms?

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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? We hear from children who wear uniforms and children who don’t.

Jun 26 2018

20mins

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Rank #13: A sad tale about Matt Beard’s pet fish, Bucket and Spade

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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 the water, so he spent a lot of money to make things 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?

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #14: Is Dumbledore as great as he seems?

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He is wise and old and learned and kind, but the Principal of Hogwarts is not perfect.  He deceives, he holds back really important information about issues of life and death, and is willing to sacrifice Harry Potter for the good of the many, leading him (as Professor Snape says) “like a pig to slaughter”.  So, is Dumbledore an ethical person?  How flawed are we allowed to be and still be counted as “good”?

Jun 22 2016

22mins

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Rank #15: Is it ever okay to fight back against a bully?

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Is the victim blameless if they become aggressor?

Mar 27 2016

18mins

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Rank #16: What can Severus Snape from Harry Potter teach us about courage and forgiveness?

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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. Listen and decide for yourself.

Guest: Lorrie Kim, author of Snape: A Definitive Reading.

Brains Trust: Buranda State School — Meena, Caitlin, Banjo, Rosey, Hailey and Rex.

Actors: Zali, Ngaio, Joel, Adam, Hannah and Jarvis.

Nov 29 2018

26mins

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Rank #17: Why can’t children vote?

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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?

Dec 20 2016

20mins

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Rank #18: Who should decide when you can get your ears pierced?

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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 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.

Jun 26 2018

21mins

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Rank #19: When is it okay to dob on someone?

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

Dec 12 2017

27mins

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Rank #20: PRESENTS — Pants on Fire

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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 lie detection skills. Pants on Fire is a quiz show with a difference, with each episode focusing on something interesting like robots, or bats or dancing or mobile devices. One of the grown up "experts" on each show is telling you lies and so you and a young guest need to work out who is fibbing and who isn't. Have a listen to Pants on Fire see what you think.

Aug 02 2018

20mins

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PRESENTS — Mackaroy Uncovered

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We wanted to share a new podcast from the ABC that we think you'll love. In the quiet Australian country town of Mackaroy, something really strange is happening. The School's principal has disappeared, the whole town's internet keeps crashing every night, and people are being watched. Fourteen-year-old best friends Tang and Mitch are on the case, but someone really doesn't want them to find out the truth. Join them over eight episodes as they try to uncover the secret of what's really going on in Mackaroy.

Jul 01 2020

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Are you really free?

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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 choices or bad choices. Or that they should be punished or rewarded for the choices they make. But did you really choose to like a certain style of fashion? Is it your fault if you're a messy person? Can society be blamed for people turning to crime? And do Molly and Carl have any control over their emotions? (Umm, that's a big NO). Join us as we try and find out if we have free will or not.

Apr 08 2020

9mins

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Oedipus – The Musical

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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 things. But was it his fault or was it fate? Was there anything he could have done to avoid tragedy? Join Molly, Carl and Matt as they sing their way through an ancient tale of terrible misfortune.

Apr 08 2020

27mins

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Why is your room so messy?

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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 contents into the air. But is it her fault that her room is a pigsty? And if other kids can manage to keep their rooms tidy, why can’t Harriet?

Apr 08 2020

21mins

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Did your brain make you do it?

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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 were focused on the film. As you gobbled on those salty snacks, were you in control of your actions? Are you still responsible if you do something unconsciously? The famous science writer Sam Harris says we are biochemical puppets, not anywhere near as in control as we think we are. So, we're going to take a look at Carl's brain to find out who's in charge (if anyone!).

Apr 08 2020

22mins

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Are you the boss of your emotions?

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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 have very different ways of dealing with things. So, what should you do if you're feeling hurt or angry with someone? Is it best to bottle up your emotions and say nothing, or is it healthier to let it all out? We'll be getting some tips from an ancient group called The Stoics, who wanted to know how to deal with the highs and lows of being alive.

Apr 08 2020

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

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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, Ned Kelly wrote a letter to the world saying that none of it was his fault, that society was unfair and he had no alternative. So, can you really blame society for how your life turns out?

Apr 08 2020

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BONUS—How to work together through coronavirus

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Like the whole world, the Short & Curly team is dealing with the coronavirus. In this special episode, Matt, Carl and Molly talk about how working together when things get hard can make a big difference for everyone. And Carl learns that wearing lycra and doing jazzercise is great fun when you’re in isolation!

If you’re doing it a bit tough and need some help there are a bunch of places you get in touch with: 

Youth Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 
Reach out https://au.reachout.com/ 
Parent help line 1300 30 1300 
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 
Lifeline 131114

Mar 20 2020

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

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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 some are just another member of the herd. Why do we value some animals differently from others? Come with us as we get a tour of their farm. And a warning, this episode deals with the death of animals.

Jan 16 2020

26mins

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Do you want to become a vampire?

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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 out of time to try new things and meet new people. The downsides: drinking blood and sleeping in a coffin, and your non-vampire friends will all leave you when they die. So, would immortality be worth it? And how can you make a decision about something so hugely different from any experience you’ve ever had before?

Nov 25 2019

28mins

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Should we ban families?

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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 philosopher Plato had a pretty wild idea for how to fix this unfairness — get rid of families! He said if we did that, people would care more about all children, not just their own. What do you think? Would the world be a better and fairer place if we brought up children in a different way?

Nov 25 2019

24mins

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Should you give up your teddy bear?

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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 ‘babyish’ things like that, but do we really? And if we lose our teddy or give it away, is it alright to feel sad about it? We hear about teddies and other things which were important to Molly, Carl and Matt and find out who kept theirs and why.

Nov 25 2019

21mins

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What is discrimination and is it always bad?

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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 not allowed to swim in the local pool in Moree, in country New South Wales. They were excluded because of a reason that had nothing to do with the ability to swim. They were excluded only because they were Aboriginal. So what is discrimination and what makes it bad?

Nov 25 2019

19mins

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Did Carl really see a UFO?

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Carl is excited because he saw a UFO last night. He can't believe it! (And neither can Molly, but for different reasons). But should we believe Carl and if not, why not? How do we decide if something is true or not? What sort of evidence do we need?

Nov 25 2019

24mins

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Is it ever okay to be a cannibal?

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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? Maybe don't listen to this episode while you're eating!

Jun 20 2019

25mins

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Are parents hypocrites?

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"Do as I say, not as I do!" Does this sound like the adults in your life? 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?

Jun 20 2019

23mins

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When should you stop being friends with someone?

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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 people?" Difficult, right? Have you been in a tricky situation like this? What's the best thing to do and why?

Jun 20 2019

19mins

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Should grown-ups lie to you?

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Molly has never been afraid of getting a needle because she knows the Needle Ninja will reward her bravery with a basket of Japanese lollies, cakes and toys. Carl has never heard of this person and thinks Molly has been tricked by her mum and dad. But is there any harm in believing in the Needle Ninja? And is it OK for parents to tell their kids stories if it makes them feel better?

Jun 20 2019

22mins

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Should we put GPS trackers on kids?

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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 need to become independent? And would you be okay with an adult putting a tracking device on you?

Jun 20 2019

22mins

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PRESENTS – Fierce Girls by fierce girls!

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Your second favourite podcast, Fierce Girls, has some amazing new stories to tell you. Even better, each story is written and narrated by the show’s super cool and fierce listeners! The stories about incredible Australian women have really inspired Molly, as you'll hear. And make sure you listen to the end — we’ve got some exciting Short & Curly news to share with you too!

Jun 17 2019

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iTunes Ratings

748 Ratings
Average Ratings
597
55
32
19
45

I love this show

By hbfykkjg - May 26 2020
Read more
Molly and Carl are seriously hilarious and I listen to this almost every single day - Jensen Riley

“Is it ok to be a cannibal”

By SnakePrince - May 23 2020
Read more
wait what WHAT THIS IS A KIDS PODCAST OH MY AHHHHH