Short & Curly

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.

Episodes

CALLING ALL KIDS — We want you to be the Brains Trust

Have you always wanted to tell us what you think about a topic? Well, now's your chance. Over the summer break you can film yourself answering some of our curliest questions.We've re-released some of our most popular episodes so you can listen and be inspired to tell us what you think.For more details, head to the Short & Curly website.
02/01/24·3m 5s

Should grown-ups lie to you?

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?
02/01/24·22m 36s

Do you want to become a vampire?

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?
02/01/24·28m 45s

Why is your room so messy?

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?   
02/01/24·21m 29s

Do you have to forgive someone who says sorry?

If someone does or says something bad to you, but then apologises for it, should you forgive them no matter what? Even if you don't really feel it in your heart?Brains Trust: Lyneham Primary School: Neve, Ashwyn, Alice, Ava, Sammy.
02/01/24·23m 18s

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

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 the lifeboats first because of their age and gender. But is that fair? Are the lives of kids more precious than the lives of adults?Guest: David Dyer, author of The Midnight Watch.Brains Trust: Buranda State School — Meena, Caitlin, Banjo, Rosey, Hailey and Rex.
02/01/24·21m 1s

Matt's pick: Is Santa Claus a bad person?

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 Santa Claus, because news flash, we are told he's watching you day and night.
17/12/23·25m 32s

Carl's pick: Oedipus – The Musical

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. 
17/12/23·27m 17s

Molly's pick: Is it ever okay to be a cannibal?

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!
17/12/23·25m 18s

INTRODUCING — new series A World Without …

This season we go on a little adventure in our minds. Join Molly, Carl and Matt as we imagine what the world might be like without things like schools and sadness and punishment. Would everything be better without them?
12/09/23·2m 45s

A World Without … Privacy

Imagine if something private you told a friend could be shouted out for the whole world to hear? Or if an embarrassing bodily function was shared with everyone? Some people say privacy is only necessary if you have something to hide, but are there other reasons to keep certain things just for yourself?Brains Trust: Plenty Parklands Primary School in Mill Park, Melbourne: Ibrahim, Kiara, Victoria, Vinugo and Sienna.
12/09/23·21m 45s

A World Without … Heartbreak

We often feel sadness and heartbreak when something bad happens, like when a much-loved pet dies or someone at school doesn't want to be friends anymore. Or even when your sports team loses the grand final after you've trained really hard for it. Would life be better if you could magically make that sadness disappear?Brains Trust: Plenty Parklands Primary School in Mill Park, Melbourne: Ibrahim, Kiara, Victoria, Vinugo and Sienna.
12/09/23·23m 12s

A World Without … Schools

What's the point of school anyway? That's a question lots of you have written to us to ask. Nearly every day of the week for years and years and years, you have to get up, put your uniform on and go to a big building full of other children, just so you can learn stuff. And then once you're in the school building, grownups get to decide when you're allowed to eat your lunch and when you're allowed to play. It's tiring and sometimes boring. So should we just get rid of schools?Brains Trust: Plenty Parklands Primary School in Mill Park, Melbourne: Ibrahim, Kiara, Victoria, Vinugo and Sienna.
12/09/23·23m 54s

A World Without … Punishment

What if there was no fine for letting your dog poo on the footpath? No consequences for hitting your brother or sister? And teachers never gave detention for breaking a school rule? If we lived in a world without punishment, would we all start just doing whatever we wanted? Or are there better ways to deal with people doing the wrong thing? Brains Trust: Plenty Parklands Primary School in Mill Park, Melbourne: Mara, Roni, Alana, Isaac and Adele.   
12/09/23·24m 5s

A World Without … Winning and losing

Would you still want to play sport if there was no one keeping score, there were no winners or losers, and no trophies at the end of the season? What would be the point? On the other hand, can competition actually ruin sport? Come and spend the afternoon with Molly and Carl as they kick the ball around in a park.Brains Trust: Plenty Parklands Primary School in Mill Park, Melbourne: Mara, Roni, Alana, Isaac and Adele.
12/09/23·24m 0s

BITE — Money on the Street

If you find a $20 note on the street, can you keep it? Does it make it okay if it's just $5?Money is complicated, especially because everyone has a different relationship with it. So, when it comes to money, things can get curly really quickly.A big thank you to Isla for this tip-top question!
19/06/23·5m 39s

BITE — Loopholes

Do you have a favourite game? Maybe it's 'tip' or 'snap'? There are rules everywhere: from playing a game, watching TV, and even how to ask a question in class. But where there are rules, there are often loopholes.Are loopholes always bad? What if you're not hurting anyone?Thank you to Eloise for this loopy question
19/06/23·4m 0s

BITE — Independence

The word ‘independent’ often sits with other words – like independent learning, independent thinking, independent adult, and lots more.  So, what is independence and at what age should we get it?  Thank you to Leela for this thoughtful question! 
19/06/23·5m 12s

BITE — Scared of Change

Getting comfortable can feel warm, nice, and sometimes even soothing. So, when we're happily floating along in life, a sudden tide change can really rock the boat.How do you deal with change? Should you be scared?Thank you to Kira for today's amazing question!
19/06/23·6m 0s

BITE — Mistaken Beliefs

Beliefs can shape the way someone speaks, acts, and even dreams. Everyone believes different things, but sometimes those things aren’t true. If your friend’s belief isn’t quite right, should you tell them? Does it really matter if it’s true or not? Thank you to India for this curious question! 
19/06/23·5m 45s

Should children swear?

Lots of adults think children should never swear. Many Short & Curly listeners tell us they secretly swear behind their parent’s backs. So what’s wrong with swearing anyway? Aren't they just harmless words? Brains Trust – Anula Primary School, Darwin:  Mariah, Megan, Dylan, Aeldrich, Lily 
03/04/23·25m 0s

The ethics of "getting even"

Have you ever wanted to give someone a taste of their own medicine? They might have hurt you or been mean to you or taken something that's yours. But is it okay to do the same thing back to them?Brains Trust – Anula Primary School, Darwin: Maggie, Feranmi, Leo, Oli, Esha, Marjorie
03/04/23·21m 12s

When does curiosity become rudeness?

Short & Curly listener Luca often gets stared at when he is in his wheelchair. His parents think the people who look too long are just being curious but Luca thinks it's just plain rude. So when does curiosity become rudeness? And how can we be curious about someone's difference without hurting their feelings?Brain Trust — Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine: Bruno, Leilani, Eloise Lawson, Lexi, Kodah
03/04/23·22m 30s

Should you kill insects?

There are about 10 quintillion insects in the world. Yes, that's a real number. And it's a lot! They're very small and very different from us humans. We might not stop to think about it before we poison a cockroach, squish an ant with our shoe, or kill a mosquito, but is it ethical to kill an insect?Brain Trust — Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine: Riley, Mahlia, Milo, Clay, Angus, Ava
03/04/23·22m 30s

Humans – good or bad?

War, environmental destruction, inequality. We humans can do some pretty bad stuff. Lots of listeners have asked us if humans are more good than they are bad. Maybe it's time for you to be the judge.Brains Trust – Anula Primary School, Darwin: Mariah, Megan, Dylan, Aeldrich, LilyExtra:Brain Trust — Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine: Bruno, Leilani, Eloise Lawson, Lexi, KodahBrains Trust – Anula Primary School, Darwin: Maggie, Feranmi, Leo, Oli, Esha, Marjorie
03/04/23·22m 30s

BITE – Cartoon Violence

If you love watching cartoons where the good guys battle the bad, it probably has fighting, explosions, and maybe guns too.Is it okay to watch violence if it's in a cartoon? Can we laugh and find it funny?Thank you to Linus for this exciting question!
05/12/22·4m 0s

BITE – Friends with Teacher

Friends are like flowers. There are lots of different ones out there, but you pick a couple to be your favourites.But what about your teacher? Can you be friends with them? And if they're a friend, can they still be a good teacher?Thank you to Orli for this great question!Pssst, we love your favourite episode too! 'Are parents hypocrites?' was a goodie.
05/12/22·4m 0s

BITE – Bullying the Bully

Bullying is being mean to someone over and over again. It can happen at home, school, online, on the bus… and it's not always physical.When you're bullied, you can feel hurt, angry, and sad, all at once.So, if a bully hurts you, can you hurt them back? Can you call it justice?Thank you to Athena for this great question!
05/12/22·4m 0s

BITE – Truth Telling

What if your friend asks if their shirt looks cool and you don't think it does? Or your dad asks if you like his gift, but you actually don't?The truth can be so hard to say – especially to the people we love the most.Should we tell the truth even when it hurts someone?Thank you to Charlotte and Nima for this curly question!
05/12/22·4m 0s

BITE – Family Sacrifices

Sacrifice is a big word, and it's often said in a big situation.How much should a family sacrifice for one person's happiness? What if you're the only one sacrificing?Thank you to Eli for this curly question – hope you listen to this one on a car ride too!
05/12/22·4m 0s

Should we ban homework?

It's one of the most requested topics ever – homework! Nobody loves doing it, but is it something we should do or not? Molly and Carl find out whether teachers should be allowed to give you work to do outside of school time.Brain Trust — Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine: Bruno, Leilani, Eloise Lawson, Lexi, Kodah
14/09/22·22m 42s

Should you be punished for something you did a long time ago?

Molly has a confession to make. In her youth, she was a famous cat burglar, who stole precious jewellery and never got caught! But now as an elderly woman, justice has caught up with her. But if her crimes were a long time ago and she's changed a lot since then, should she still be punished?Brains Trust – Anula Primary School, Darwin: Maggie, Feranmi, Leo, Oli, Esha, Marjorie
14/09/22·24m 0s

The backyard chicken dilemma

Short & Curly listener Tabitha thought it would be great to get some backyard chickens. Delicious, fresh eggs every morning and cute birds to name and look after. But in reality, it wasn't so easy. Like, what happens when the chickens get older and stop laying eggs? Is it okay to kill them and replace them with younger chicks who will lay eggs?Brains Trust – Anula Primary School, Darwin: Maggie, Feranmi, Leo, Oli, Esha, Marjorie
14/09/22·24m 6s

Is it okay to yell at a robot?

Have you ever found yourself being rude to a smart speaker because it doesn’t understand you? As robots get better and smarter and more human-like, how should we treat them? Does it matter if we act badly towards something that isn’t even human?  Brain Trust - Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine: Riley, Mahlia, Milo, Clay, Angus, Ava 
14/09/22·23m 0s

Is envy always a bad thing?

If you've seen the movie The Lion King, you'll know that envy and jealousy play a big part in the story. Scar's envy of his brother King Mufasa takes him down a very dark and murderous path. But is envy always a bag thing? Is it wrong to really, really want something someone else has?Brain Trust — Casuarina Street Primary School, Katherine: Bruno, Leilani, Eloise Lawson, Lexi, Kodah
14/09/22·20m 42s

How to win an argument with your parents

Have you ever been trying to convince your parents of something and just ended up crying, yelling or storming off to sulk in your room? Grown-ups might be bigger than you, they might have more power than you, and they might even be wiser than you, but that doesn’t mean you can't beat your parents in a good fair argument. And even if you still don’t win, learning to argue in a way that’s good for everyone is a really handy skill to have. Brains Trust: Lyneham Primary School: Neve, Ashwyn, Alice, Ava, Sammy  
31/03/22·22m 26s

Is it okay to read someone else's diary?

Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who was killed by the Nazi's a long time ago. Before she died she wrote a diary which ended up become a book. It has now been read by millions of people and is often given to school kids to read in English class. But should we really be reading her diary at all?Interview: Stephanie IrvineBrains Trust: Newtown Public School: Kate, Wolfgang, Gabriel, Jesse, Betty, Honey.
31/03/22·23m 20s

Do toys and games shape who we'll become?

People often give certain kinds of toys and games to girls when they are young and other kinds of toys and games to boys. But do the toys and games you are given as a child shape what sort of person you will become in life? And does it matter?Brains Trust: Lyneham Primary School: Oliver, Lanna, Toby, Riley, Elly
31/03/22·25m 58s

Do you have to forgive someone who says sorry?

If someone does or says something bad to you, but then apologises for it, should you forgive them no matter what? Even if you don't really feel it in your heart?Brains Trust: Lyneham Primary School: Neve, Ashwyn, Alice, Ava, Sammy
31/03/22·23m 18s

Whose job is it to clean up space junk?

There's so much junk flying around in outer space – broken bits of old rockets and thousands of dead satellites. There are even golf balls left on the moon! But who has the responsibility for cleaning up all this rubbish?Brains Trust: Newtown Public School: Oliver, Freya, Maggie, Arun, Heath, Malley
31/03/22·19m 21s

ANNOUNCEMENT — From Short & Curly headquarters

Molly has an update about when new episodes are coming out.
28/03/22·55s

BITE — Who gets the biggest piece of cake?

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 bigger slice than everyone else?
12/01/22·4m 32s

BITE - Parents playing favourites

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 parents to give more attention to your younger sibling?Thanks to Maddie for this excellent question.
12/01/22·4m 38s

BITE — You look funny

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 we just ignored all our differences completely?Today's BITE: Would the world be a better place if everyone looked the same?
12/01/22·5m 23s

BITE — Girls’ teams and boys’ teams

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 we get rid of separate boys and girls' sports teams?Thanks to Charlie for this excellent question.
12/01/22·5m 39s

BITE — Murdering murderers

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.
12/01/22·4m 38s

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

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 should donate a kidney to a family member or friend if they needed one.
12/12/21·25m 14s

Carl's PICK — Should we kill feral cats?

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 of some animals, like feral cats, and protect others.
12/12/21·28m 42s

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

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 episode, we ask, if you were a firefighter and had to save people in a burning building, who would you help first?
12/12/21·21m 18s

Are some pranks just not okay?

Have you ever pranked your brother or sister by freezing their bowl of cereal and milk the night before and then serving them a solid, icy breakfast? Or have you replaced salt in the saltshaker with sugar? Or put big, heavy rocks in a friend's school bag when they're not looking? Pranks can be can hilarious and entertaining, but can it sometimes be just plain wrong and mean to prank someone?Brains Trust – Lyneham Primary School: Oliver, Lanna, Toby, Riley, Elly
15/09/21·23m 48s

Should you give money to homeless people?

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?
15/09/21·22m 52s

Is Santa Claus a bad person?

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 Santa Claus, because news flash, we are told he's watching you day and night.
15/09/21·25m 32s

Do athletes have to be role models too?

We admire our favourite sportspeople for their physical skills but do they have to be good people as well? Should we expect sportspeople to be role models on and off the field? Join superstar athletes Molly and Carl at the World Ping Pong championships.
15/09/21·18m 20s

Do horses want us to ride them?

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 what it thinks about all this? Would a horse want us to ride it and how would we even know?
15/09/21·22m 8s

BITE — Selling unwanted presents

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 excellent question.
23/06/21·4m 5s

BITE — Pocket money

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 chores?Bites producer: Jake Morcom
23/06/21·4m 35s

BITE — Drinking beer

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? Thanks to Harry for this excellent question. Bites producer: Jake Morcom
23/06/21·4m 17s

BITE — You can’t watch that

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 about what kids can and can’t watch unfair? Today’s BITE: Is it okay to read books or watch movies that people say are too old for you?
23/06/21·4m 20s

BITE — Is love good?

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.
23/06/21·4m 38s

The ethics of smartphones

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. Carl is not so convinced by this flashy and very useful technology. Brains Trust: Guardian Angels Primary School in Queensland — Cienna, Daniel, Ellena, Eva, Kaizin and Laetitia.
31/03/21·22m 39s

Making "life and death" decisions for your pet

Molly and Carl finally get their dream jobs as vets but soon learn it's not all cuddles with cute animals — big and important decisions have to be made. Like whether to de-sex a pet or when it might be best to euthanise a much-loved furry member of the family.Brains Trust: Guardian Angels Primary School in Queensland — Cienna, Daniel, Ellena, Eva, Kaizin and LaetitiaGuest: Dr Ari Ende, VETaround, Sydney
31/03/21·21m 10s

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

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 change? If there was no tomorrow would it be okay to steal something you really wanted, or punch someone who had been bullying you? Let's see how Molly and Carl deal with a little thing called… the end of the world.Brains Trust: Somerset College in Queensland — Ethan, Saeesha, Spencer, Maddi, John, and Harry.
31/03/21·24m 21s

Can we build a world that works for everyone?

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 just doesn't fit in. We find out if it's possible to build a world that works for everyone.Brains Trust: Somerset College, Queensland — Charlotte, Abhiraj, Magnus, Isabel, Sarah and Archie.Guest: Simon Darcy, Professor of Social Inclusion at the University of Technology, Sydney.
31/03/21·20m 53s

Should we always be brave?

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! Between gagging and dry retching, they try to answer an important question — am I brave or am I a coward? And is one always good and one always bad?Brains Trust: Guardian Angels Primary School in Queensland — Cienna, Daniel, Ellena, Eva, Kaizin and Laetitia.
31/03/21·24m 47s

BITE — It was an accident!

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 in trouble. Today's BITE: If you didn't mean to do something should you still get in trouble?
22/02/21·4m 26s

BITE — Killing in computer games

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 wrong to enjoy killing people in computing games?
15/02/21·5m 58s

Is it fair to punish the whole class?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone did something wrong, but didn't own up? And then the teacher punished the whole class until the real culprit confessed! Is it fair for a whole group to be punished for something one person did? Molly, Carl and Matt go back to school to find out. Brains Trust — Somerset College in Queensland: Ethan, Saeesha, Spencer, Maddi, John, and Harry.
24/12/20·17m 17s

Swimmers vs sharks — who matters most?

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 big waves, dangerous rips and SHARKS! Even though shark attacks are actually very rare, they can be deadly. So, should we kill sharks before they have a chance to kill us?Brains Trust: Guardian Angels Primary School in Queensland — Cienna, Daniel, Ellena, Eva, Kaizin and Laetitia. Paul De Gelder — Former Navy Diver and shark attack survivor.
24/12/20·23m 13s

Do the ends justify the means?

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 "Matt's Mega Movie Trivia Night", they jump at the chance. But it's not any old trivia night, it's about ethics, and he asks only one big question: If you do something bad but you do it to make the end result good, does that make it okay? Brains Trust: Guardian Angels Primary School in Queensland — Cienna, Daniel, Ellena, Eva, Kaizin and Laetitia
24/12/20·23m 38s

Should robots replace humans?

Imagine a future where robots do the jobs humans are doing now, like construction workers, nurses, musicians and truck drivers. We could spend more time relaxing and playing with our friends. Woo hoo, bring it on! But are there some jobs that robots can't or shouldn't do?Brains Trust: Guardian Angels Primary School in Queensland — Cienna, Daniel, Ellena, Eva, Kaizin and Laetitia
24/12/20·20m 43s

Who owns a forest?

Molly and Carl take a riverboat adventure along the Amazon river in search of an elusive and very fragrant plant in the Amazon forest. But who owns this flower, and who owns the forest it's in? And who should get to decide what happens to the "the lungs of humanity", the Amazon rainforest? Brains Trust: Somerset College in Queensland — Charlotte, Abhiraj, Magnus, Isabel, Sarah and Archie
24/12/20·22m 43s

A little gift for you!

Molly and Carl got you something for Christmas. They made it themselves, on their phones. What could it be?
24/12/20·2m 24s

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly's big surprise!

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.
19/12/20·1m 51s

BITE — Banning peanut butter

Nut allergies are one of the super dangerous food allergies. If you’re allergic to nuts, it causes anaphylaxis and sometimes death. Today’s BITE: Should we ban nuts since people with allergies can die if they eat them? Thanks to Tammy for this excellent question. 
16/11/20·3m 43s

BITE — Rough play

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 banned? Thanks to Nora for this excellent question.
09/11/20·4m 25s

BITE — Bossy parents

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 infuriating, right? Today's BITE: Do we have to do everything our parents tell us to? Thanks to Samira for this excellent question.
02/11/20·5m 7s

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly BITES

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?) every now and then, so keep your ears out.
29/10/20·2m 37s

Bringing back extinct animals. What could go wrong?

So many birds, mammals and insects which once existed on Earth are now gone forever — extinct, kaput! This got Carl thinking, what if forever wasn't really forever? Should we try and bring some of these creatures back, especially if it was humans who caused them to become extinct in the first place?
17/09/20·24m 20s

Should we censor stuff on the internet?

When Molly and Carl are not making Short & Curly they are in charge of the world's biggest video sharing platform, called, TubeVids. That's right, it's their job to watch gaming videos, and movie parodies all day long! But it's not all fun and cat videos, people also post lots of mean stuff, as well as videos that are straight out untrue. What should they do about it? Let all the videos stay online or censor what we get to see?
17/09/20·23m 37s

Should Gabi have climbed the cherry blossom tree?

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 really do the wrong thing? Do the rules of another culture (or even another family) apply to us when we visit?
17/09/20·20m 52s

Do you always have to keep a secret?

If your friend asks you to keep a secret, should you ever break that promise? When should you keep your mouth zipped and when should you spill the beans? Join us for an old-fashioned detective story involving a crime and a secret.
17/09/20·23m 57s

Food fight! Can you be an ethical snacker?

Molly and Carl love snacks and treats. But when one of our listener's challenges them to buy only ethical snack foods, they face tricky choices in the supermarket. Join us on a race to see whether things that are yummy to eat can also be good for the world.
17/09/20·24m 38s

Are you really free?

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.
08/04/20·9m 25s

Oedipus – The Musical

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. 
08/04/20·27m 17s

Why is your room so messy?

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?   
08/04/20·21m 29s

Did your brain make you do it?

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!).
08/04/20·22m 35s

Are you the boss of your emotions?

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.
08/04/20·20m 55s

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

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?
08/04/20·23m 31s

BONUS—How to work together through coronavirus

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 
20/03/20·12m 50s

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

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.
16/01/20·26m 31s

Do you want to become a vampire?

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?
25/11/19·28m 45s

Should we ban families?

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?
25/11/19·24m 55s

Should you give up your teddy bear?

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.
25/11/19·21m 41s

What is discrimination and is it always bad?

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?
25/11/19·19m 46s

Did Carl really see a UFO?

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?
25/11/19·24m 15s

Is it ever okay to be a cannibal?

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!
20/06/19·25m 18s

Are parents hypocrites?

"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?
20/06/19·23m 14s

When should you stop being friends with someone?

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?
20/06/19·19m 48s

Should grown-ups lie to you?

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?
20/06/19·22m 36s

Should we put GPS trackers on kids?

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?
20/06/19·22m 43s

Birthday presents — should we stop giving them?

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.
29/11/18·21m 1s

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

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 the lifeboats first because of their age and gender. But is that fair? Are the lives of kids more precious than the lives of adults?Guest: David Dyer, author of The Midnight Watch.Brains Trust: Buranda State School — Meena, Caitlin, Banjo, Rosey, Hailey and Rex.
29/11/18·21m 1s

What can Severus Snape from Harry Potter teach us about courage and forgiveness?

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.
29/11/18·26m 0s

Mind games and teasing on the sporting field

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.Brains trust: Cricketers Haadia Khan, Lucy Johnston, Grace Bryson-Smith and Sienna Moore.Actors: Zali, Ngaio, Joel, Adam, Hannah and Jarvis
29/11/18·19m 33s

Answer the question! Short & Curly the game show

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 many questions you've emailed us, on the game show that's got everyone talking: Answer The Question!Actors: Zali, Ngaio, Joel, Adam, Hannah and Jarvis.
29/11/18·21m 47s

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

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?
26/06/18·25m 37s

Who should decide when you can get your ears pierced?

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.
26/06/18·21m 54s

What’s the point of school uniforms?

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.
26/06/18·20m 9s

Was Robin Hood right? Should you rob the rich to help the poor?

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?
26/06/18·23m 16s

Is it okay to use technology to help you sing better?

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! Eek. But wait, there’s a program many musicians use which "fixes" their voice. Is it wrong to use technology to make you sound better than you are?
26/06/18·24m 13s

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly update!

We’ve got exciting news for you — Short & Curly is coming back soon! Molly, Carl and Matt haven’t just been lazing around at the beach eating lollies, they’ve been super busy making you brand new episodes. And they’re awesome! Hit play for a sneak peek. And tell your friends to subscribe now, so you can all hear the new shows as soon as they come out.
28/05/18·1m 57s

Life, death and a runaway train

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.
12/12/17·22m 21s

When is it okay to dob on someone?

Kids dob to parents and teachers for all kinds of reasons.  It often feels bad when someone tells on you.
12/12/17·27m 26s

Were the Ancient Romans bad people?

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.
12/12/17·27m 40s

What sort of life should an elephant have?

Elephants are extremely intelligent and highly social creatures who traditionally live in large family herds.  But their traditional natural world isn't perfect.
12/12/17·24m 29s

How to make the best kind of friends

Making friends and keeping friends can be hard. Sometimes you like someone a lot and then one of you changes and your friendship ends.
12/12/17·26m 54s

INTRODUCING — Short & Curly Goes To America

While Molly stays at home to fight crime and breed endangered lizards, Carl packs his toothbrush and some clean underwear for Short & Curly’s big adventure to New York City.
05/12/17·2m 34s

Should we kill feral cats?

Australia is on the war path, pledging to kill two million feral cats by 2020.  They felines are biologically the same creatures as the kitties people have as pets at home, but most were born in the wild.
13/09/17·27m 24s

Is your classroom fair?

That’s not fair!  How often have you heard that said at school?
13/09/17·23m 18s

Would you donate your kidney to a stranger?

They cut a small hole in your abdomen, blow some carbon dioxide into your tummy so it puffs up like a balloon, then carefully take out a perfectly healthy part of your body. Yikes.
13/09/17·23m 19s

Can robot soldiers make armies better?

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.
13/09/17·25m 23s

What would you risk to get to the top?

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.
13/09/17·26m 24s

Should pugs exist?

Carl thinks they have the cutest squashiest faces and biggest googley eyes of the entire canine world. He definitely wants to buy one.
20/12/16·24m 0s

Who wants a virtual life?

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.
20/12/16·23m 6s

Why can’t children vote?

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?
20/12/16·20m 54s

Are some people just unlucky?

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 you break a mirror.
20/12/16·23m 45s

The ethics of invisibility

What would you do if you had the power of invisibility? Would you sneak around, spy on people, commit crimes, pull practical jokes, or find out what other people really think about you?
20/12/16·19m 54s

Should we ban lollies?

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 jelly beans or sour worms or other types of candy? With so much concern nowadays about the amount of sugar in our diets, this show looks at self control and what we should do if people don’t have any.
13/09/16·17m 45s

Is Pokemon Go playing you?

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 the streets to catch weird little imaginary creatures. Is it an annoying disruption of public spaces? And, because it’s cleverly designed so you never want to stop playing, we ask: Are you playing the game or is the game playing you?
13/09/16·20m 48s

Should celebrities keep it real?

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 present themselves. But, how honest and accurate are they? Do they look anything like they do in real life… and should they? When do small changes to an image turn it into a lie? And does it even matter?
13/09/16·23m 15s

Who gets saved first in a fire?

For professional fire and rescue workers, it’s not all sirens, cool trucks and running red lights. They often have to make really hard and terrible decisions in moments of heat, smoke and danger. Their job is to be there to help on the worst day of your life. So, if you were a firefighter, who would you save first?
13/09/16·20m 0s

Do you have to love your sibling?

We’re often told we have a special responsibility to our brothers and sisters just because they are family. But, do we really? And what kind of duty is it?  What if you found out the annoying new kid at school was your long lost brother or sister?  Would you feel any differently about them? And, if you really didn’t like them, is it somehow worse to kill a sibling than to kill anyone else? Yep, some murderously tricky questions!
13/09/16·22m 0s

Should you eat your pet?

Unless you’re a vegetarian, there are some animals you probably eat regularly.  But how would you cope if your next dinner was some stir-fried dog?  Why is it okay to eat a baby cow (veal) or sheep (lamb) and not a cute little puppy?  Are our ideas about eating animals a bit of a mess?  And does this matter?
22/06/16·18m 31s

Is Dumbledore as great as he seems?

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”?
22/06/16·22m 19s

Should you move to Mars?

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 have a right to inhabit other planets, and which humans specifically?  Would colonizing Mars be a chance to create a better world from scratch, or will it become an environmental and ethical nightmare?  Would you want to go?
22/06/16·21m 18s

Is it ever okay to lie?

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.
22/06/16·19m 33s

Children under the microscope — the ethics of science

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 children into enemies. The boys didn’t know they were in a scientific study, and many later regretted the things they did to each other. Is the knowledge we might get from such an experiment worth the pain it might cause to get it?
22/06/16·19m 10s

Can competitive sport be truly fair?

Do coaches, equipment and healthy food make for a level playing field?
28/03/16·18m 19s

Is it ever okay to fight back against a bully?

Is the victim blameless if they become aggressor?
27/03/16·18m 18s

Should chimps have the same rights as kids?

Perhaps the line between humans and other animals is more blurred that you’d think.
26/03/16·17m 54s

Is stealing music or jokes really stealing?

Is borrowing somebody else's smarts ok?
25/03/16·16m 5s

Can you trust a robot?

As robots become more sophisticated and human-like, how can we be sure what they tell us is real?
24/03/16·19m 30s
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