Everything Under The Sun

Everything Under The Sun

By Molly Oldfield

Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer (or QI Elf) on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books as she answers questions - with the help of experts from Neil Gaiman to the fish curators at the Natural History Museum - sent into the show by children around the world. If you're a kid with questions you want answered or if you want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the award winning podcast for you.

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Episodes

S3 E3. How do Electric Cars Drive? Featuring The Royal Institution, How long does it take to build a motorway? Why do we get carsick?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Ryan, Willa and Orla with help from special guest expert Rachel Dorris at the Royal Institution in London. We find out all about electric cars, how many are made each day, why they could be great and how we need to thank Michael Faraday who invented the electric motor at the Royal Institution for their existence! Hear how you can win family tickets to a show at The Royal Institution in London! Next we discuss how long it takes to build motorways and the kinds of things that go into building one. Plus, which county in the UK has no motorways? Do you ever get carsick? Find out why and what you can do to feel less sick! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfield Facebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.For more about the RI look here - https://www.rigb.orgMolly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. Her fourth book Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions is filled with 366 questions sent into Everything Under The Sun, it has been beautifully illustrated by 12 artists and is published by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/2115m 38s

S3 E2. How do people become refugees? With Clarissa Ward, CNN.

In this week's show we answer three questions from Matilda, Ben and Octavia with help from special guest expert Clarissa Ward. Clarissa is an award winning journalist who reports from conflict zones including recently in Afghanistan during the Taliban's takeover of Kabul - she was on the ground covering events for CNN. So she is perfect person to answer this excellent question about how people become refugees, from Matilda who has recently been donating clothes to refugees from Afghanistan. We talk about the invention of clothes, when it happened, how we know from studying lice, what early clothes might have looked like! Lastly a fun question about Daddy Long Legs which are remarkably interesting creatures! Perhaps we ought to also call the lady ones Mummy Long Legs to be fair? Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfieldFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk and www.mollyoldfield.comFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written four books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home.AND Everything Under the Sun – A Curious question for every day of the year out now published by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.EUTS BOOK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460Follow Clarissa on instagram: @clarissawardcnn and twitter @clarissaward polπø˚ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/2122m 42s

S3. E1. Apollo Under The Sun! With Stephen Fry.

Welcome back! Today we have questions from Jack, Penelope and Charlotte with help from our wonderful guest expert Stephen Fry.  Stephen Fry is the voice of Harry Potter and Paddington and is a renowned brain box and brilliant actor, creator and genius!  Stephen takes on a question about Apollo and why the Greeks and Romans had different names for all the gods, except Apollo! He kindly reminds listeners that even grown ups don't know EVERYTHING!  Next up Penelope would love to know where the first library in the world was? We discuss the ancient library made of clay tablets in Ninevah, in the part of the world we now called Iraq. We found out how it is now at the British Museum and how it gave us the idea of libraries.  Apollo was also the god of the sun, so we have a lovely question from Charlotte about why the sun bleaches our hair a lighter colour! PLUS you can win a copy of Everything Under The Sun - a year of curious questions! Out now! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod + @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfield Facebook: Molly Oldfield writer Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk and www.mollyoldfield.comFind out how to submit an answer on our website. Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written four books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions published by Ladybird at Penguin Random House is out NOW!https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460 With thanks to Stephen Fry, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, Billy Colours.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/2118m 58s

S2.Ep20. Do unicorns exist? Why do rhinos have horns? How do narwhals use their horns? With special guest Ofra Magidor, professor of philosophy at Oxford University

In this week's show we answer questions from Maggie, Charlotte, Bertie and Quinn with help from special guest expert Ofra Magidor who is a professor of philosophy at Oxford UniversityOfra Magidor is a philosophy expert and teaches at Oxford, he has all sorts of interesting questions and thoughts about unicorns and whether they're real.Next up we find out which species of rhino have two horns and which have only one, what they use them for and why their horns have got them into such trouble.Thirdly we discuss the unicorns of the sea, narwhals and the different ideas that exist about the reasons why they have horns and how the horns are actually a really long tooth!Check out Mel Kids here and try a subscription using the code SUN: https://melscience.com/GB-en/kids/sets/If you're wondering 'Why a Subscription?', well guess what - we asked an expert and this is what they said:'Subscriptions encourage spaced repetition which is critical for learning. A 1-time science box if fun, but it won't change a child's mindset or behaviour. For that we need to develop a habit of doing science on a regular basis. This is the real benefit of a MEL Science subscription, a regular hands-on kit, well explained, with interesting extra investigations and visualisations around it to develop scientific thinking. Over 9-12 months, kid's brains develop the confidence to inspect their world scientifically. How to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method is the core skill we are trying to develop.'Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Check out the book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460Ofra Magidor: http://www.magidor.comWith thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, The National Trust.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/2119m 51s

S2 E19. Why does wind blow? Why do the clocks go forwards and backwards? Why do bees make honey? Ft special guest expert Kate Martin from The National Trust.

In this week's show we answer questions from Arlo, Grace, Georgie, Scarlett, Grace and Poppy with help from special guest expert Kate Martin who looks after beautiful places for The National Trust. Kate looks after National Trust land and nature in Formby in Liverpool including red squirrels, natterjack toads and miles of sandy beaches and sand dunes. It gets pretty windy where she works so she knows the answer to your questions about wind!She tells us all about why and how wind blows and how it works a bit like when you sit on a lilo and the air under your bottom moves to another part of the lilo.Next up we find out why the clocks in England go forwards in Spring and back in Winter, we discover who came up with the idea and how it was introduced into England. Thirdly we discuss bees and why they make honey to feed themselves in the winter as well as how they make this incredible stuff! Check out Mel Kids here and try a subscription using the code SUN: https://melscience.com/GB-en/kids/sets/If you're wondering 'Why a Subscription?', well guess what - we asked an expert and this is what they said:'Subscriptions encourage spaced repetition which is critical for learning. A 1-time science box if fun, but it won't change a child's mindset or behaviour. For that we need to develop a habit of doing science on a regular basis. This is the real benefit of a MEL Science subscription, a regular hands-on kit, well explained, with interesting extra investigations and visualisations around it to develop scientific thinking. Over 9-12 months, kid's brains develop the confidence to inspect their world scientifically. How to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method is the core skill we are trying to develop.'Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Kate Martin on twitter: @NTFormbyhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.ukWith thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, The National Trust.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/2123m 52s

S2 E18. Why do bunnies hop? How do hens make eggs? How is a chick born? Why are some eggs speckled? With guest expert Peter Gallivan from the Royal Institution.

In this week's show we answer four questions from Gus, Coco, Heidi and Darcy. Peter Gallivan is in charge of things for families and children at the Royal Institution in London and writes a monthly feature for The Week, Junior Science & Nature magazine. Join us to find out how bunnies hop, all about how the different parts of an egg are made, how a chick hatches with a special tooth and how calcium affects the speckles on an egg. Check out Mel Kids here and try a subscription using the code SUN: https://melscience.com/GB-en/kids/sets/If you're wondering 'Why a Subscription?', well guess what - we asked an expert and this is what they said:'Subscriptions encourage spaced repetition which is critical for learning. A 1-time science box if fun, but it won't change a child's mindset or behaviour. For that we need to develop a habit of doing science on a regular basis. This is the real benefit of a MEL Science subscription, a regular hands-on kit, well explained, with interesting extra investigations and visualisations around it to develop scientific thinking. Over 9-12 months, kid's brains develop the confidence to inspect their world scientifically. How to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method is the core skill we are trying to develop.'Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everything-Under-Sun-curious-question/dp/0241433460@petergallivanWith thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Audio Networks and Ash Gardner.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/2120m 12s

S2 E17. Why do nightingales sing the most beautiful song? Ft special guest expert Sam Lee. Why are peacocks so loud? How do tadpoles swim and what is the biggest tadpole in the world?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Bee, Rose and Alex with help from special guest expert Sam Lee.Sam is a folk singer and writer – author of the book The Nightingale, Notes on a Songbird – who leads adventures into the woods to play music with nightingales as they sing. Sam tells us about how nightingales sing at night, unlike most other birds and tells us about their beautiful song. Then we have a competition for you to win a copy of Sam's book for a grown up in your life!We find out why peacocks make such loud calls, because of where they come from scrubby woodland in India. We also chat about frogs, tadpoles, how they swim and the biggest ones in the world! Check out Mel Kids here and try a subscription using the code SUN: https://melscience.com/GB-en/kids/sets/If you're wondering 'Why a Subscription?', well guess what - we asked an expert and this is what they said:'Subscriptions encourage spaced repetition which is critical for learning. A 1-time science box if fun, but it won't change a child's mindset or behaviour. For that we need to develop a habit of doing science on a regular basis. This is the real benefit of a MEL Science subscription, a regular hands-on kit, well explained, with interesting extra investigations and visualisations around it to develop scientific thinking. Over 9-12 months, kid's brains develop the confidence to inspect their world scientifically. How to think like a scientist and apply the scientific method is the core skill we are trying to develop.'Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Find out more about Sam Lee here - www.samleesong.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/2120m 57s

S2 E16. Why do we wear red noses on Red Nose Day? With guest experts Emma Freud & Richard Curtis. Why is your elbow called a funny bone when it’s not funny? Why does bogie come out of your nose when you cry?

 In this week's show we answer three questions from Laurie, Joud and Sonny with help from special guest experts Emma Freud and Richard Curtis. Emma Freud and Richard Curtis founded Red Nose Day and Comic Relief 35 years ago with comedian Lenny Henry. They tell us why we wear red noses and what Red Nose Day is all about. Our second question is about funny bones, we find out that it’s actually a nerve and there’s a great reason why it’s called a funny bone when it isn’t a bone and isn’t very funny!Thirdly we discover why snot comes out when you cry, how many sinuses you and why snot is a very useful thing for your body. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. - https://www.waterstones.com/book/everything-under-the-sun/molly-oldfield/9780241433461Red Nose Day - https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/With thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, Audio Networks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/2112m 54s

S2 E15. How did the Egyptians make pyramids & why did they wrap Mummies in bandages? Ft special guests Justin Pollard & Adam Rutherford. Who was the first Mummy in my family? Why can’t babies sweat?

In this week's show we answer four questions from Arthur, Scarlet, Coco and Beth with help from special guest expert Justin Pollard. Justin is a historian and writer. He writes questions for the TV show QI and is a historical consultant on TV shows such as Vikings and on films. He knows all about the Egyptians so he’s the perfect person to answer our first question about pyramids and mummies. Justin tells us about how the Egyptians thought your spirit would need your body in the afterlife and so carefully protected it with bandages, so that the owner spirit could bring it back to life in the next world and tells us all about pyramids and how they were really made. Adam Rutherford - who is an evolutionary biologist and a writer - has the answer to Beth’s question about who the first Mummy was in her family, he delves right back into the past to the beginning of humans and even further back than that to the beginning of life on earth! Molly answers the third question about why babies don’t sweat, we find out all about the two different types of sweat glands humans have and how we have to protect babies from getting too hot because they can’t sweat to cool themselves down. Finally we hear ALL your favourite ice cream flavours and announce a winner of Space Detectives! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Justin Pollard – https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/justin-pollard-0Adam Rutherford – https://www.adamrutherford.comWith thanks to Ash Gardner, Audio Networks, Tyler Simmons Dale.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/2116m 59s

S2 E14. What was the first planet in the solar system? How many stars are in the sky? How do fireworks get up in the sky? Ft special guest expert author of Space Detectives, Mark Powers.

In this week's show we answer three questions from Ted, Polly and Tara with help from special guest expert Mark Powers. Mark is the author of Space Detectives a story about two boys who go to space to run an ice cream shop and solve mysteries along the way. We also have a competition to win a copy of the book! We find out which was the first planet in the solar system, how big it is compared to earth, how many moons it has and discuss the big storm happening on it as well as how many satellites have been out to see it. Mark tells us how many stars are in the sky. We also discuss stars, how they don’t actually twinkle, how many you can see when you think you can see a million on a starry night and how bright most stars are compared to our nearest star, the sun! We also talk about the invention of fireworks in China using bamboo and gunpowder, how they were used to fire rats and what it is that shoots them high into the sky! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Space Detectives, Mark Powers - https://www.waterstones.com/book/space-detectives/mark-powers/dapo-adeola/9781526603180Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. With thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale and Audio Networks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/2117m 18s

S2. E13. Why do hamsters eat their own poo? With Kim Hillyard Why is my poo stinky? How do you make electricity out of poo?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Matilda & Tabitha, Cleo and Magnus with help from special guest expert the picture book writer and illustrator Kim Hillyard. Kim has written two picture books, one about a brave and strong fly called Mabel who decides to climb a mountain and the other about a hamster called Ned, which is a story about kindness. Kim tells us about hamsters and their different kinds of poo and why they eat one kind usually at night! We have a competition to win a copy of Mabel and the Mountain and Ned: The Great Garden Race: a story about kindness. So listen to the podcast to find out how to enter! Our next question is from Cleo in Australia, we find out why poo is stinky, as well as how to make it LESS stinky by eating healthy food and doing exercise. Finally we find out how to turn poo into power! We talk about dairy farms that use manure to make biogas which is then turned into electricity to power local towns as well as how to use dehydrated poo to make power. Very useful! Have a lovely week everyone and thank you for listening, sending in questions and sharing the podcast with all your friends! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.More about Kim’s books: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/139794/kim-hillyard.htmlMolly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. With thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ladybird Books, Audio Networks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2114m 46s

S2. E12. Why do you get sleepy and hungry at night? Ft. Lizzie Loves Healthy. Do fish Sleep? Do spiders sleep at night or during the day?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Goldie, Meg and Isla and Valentin with help from special guest expert Lizzie King of Lizzie Loves Healthy. Lizzie is a family nutritionist and cook book writer who has a range of natural remedies to help children, one helps with Sleep! It’s called Be Sleepy. Lizzie talks to us about how light affects our sleep, why we get sleepy and what to do to help us sleep well. We also talk about fish and how and where they sleep as well as the sleep of spiders! We discover why you don’t need to be worried about a spider in your bedroom at night as the last place it will want to go is into your bed. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. More about Lizzie: https://lizzie-loves.comWith thanks to Audio Networks, Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/2113m 39s

S2 E11. Why are some flowers prickly? Ft. Willow Crossley Why do we send flowers on Valentine’s Day? Why does chocolate melt?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Faye and Maya, Ethan and Alex with help from special guest expert Willow Crossley.Willow Crossley is a florist and a writer who lives in Oxfordshire with her three boys, writing books and designing beautiful things with flowers.She tells us all about why flowers are prickly plus we find out why blackberry bushes are extra prickly because of a special job they used to do. We also talk about Valentine’s Day and why people send flowers on that day as well as chocolates and cards. Who sent the first Valentine’s card? Well we find out how it all began with a prisoner in the Tower of London writing poems! Last up we chat chocolate, not why it’s so delicious, but why it melts! Tune in to find out why and what part of the chocolate it is that melts. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Have a look at what Willow is up to here: www.willowcrossley.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/2114m 55s

S2 Ep 10. Why do elephants have trunks? Why do snails come out with it rains? With the Natural History Museum What noise do spiders make?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Arlo, Beatrice and Henry and Isabelle with help from special guest experts Jon Ablett from the Natural History Museum in London. Jon Ablett is a world expert on molluscs and looks after a huge collection of them at the Natural History Museum in London.  He gives us the low down on snails and why they come out in the rain. Our first question is from Arlo and is about elephants, he would like to know why they have trunks? Discover lots of fun facts about elephant’s enormous noses and all the things they can do, from trumpeting to hugging! Next up is Jon Ablett telling us all about snails based upon his career at the Natural History Museum learning about them and understanding them and their mollusc friends. We also find out about tiny snails with trunks like elephants. Thirdly, we have a question about spiders and the sounds they make, so tune in to discover the world of spider noises! We also found out how they hear, kind of through their knees! We also have a competition to win a Toucan box! A magical box full of fun. See www.toucanbox.com. You can buy a subscription with 50% off the first box using the code SUN or enter the competition in the episode. Plus we find out who won a copy of Pippi Longstocking illustrated by Lauren Child. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Jon Ablett - @JonathanAblettNatural History Museum - https://www.nhm.ac.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/2115m 34s

S2 E9. Why do we daydream? Ft special guest expert Lauren Child. Where does paper come from? Why do we shiver when we scrape our fingers down a blackboard?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Bea, Beatrice and Wilf with help from special guest expert Lauren Child.Lauren Child is a much loved children’s author and illustrator who has written classic series such as Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redford. She has won many awards, her books are bestselling and she was Children’s Laureate! Very impressive indeed. Lauren talks to us about daydreaming, why she thinks we do it, and how it can lead to great new ideas! Next we discuss paper, where it comes from, how its made and how you can make it out of elephant poo!Our third question is about that awful sound you hear when someone scratches their nails down a blackboard, urgh! It makes me shiver thinking about it! We find out why that is, it has something to do with the sound of a baby crying. We also find out who won a Toucan Box and we have a brilliant competition to win a copy of Pippi Longstocking illustrated by Lauren Child! Find out how to submit an answer or question on our website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukInstagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @everythinguts and @mollyoldfieldFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldMolly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. For more about Lauren Child go to www.milkmonitor.meWith thanks to the children who asked questions this week, Lauren Child, Ash Gardner, Audio Networks and Tyler Simmons Dale.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/2120m 26s

S2 E8. Why do crabs walk sideways? How were skateboards invented? Why haven’t hover boards been invented? Ft special guest experts Professor Schmitt and Doug Millard (Science Museum)

 In this week's show we answer three questions from Leo, Dragon and Cecily with help from special guest experts Professor Schmitt and Doug Millard from the Science Museum in London. Professor Schmitt is a world expert on skateboards and has been making them for decades - he gives us the low down on how they were invented. Doug Millard looks after the airplane collection at the Science Museum in London and chats hoverboards. We find out why crabs walk sideways, as well as what the biggest crabs on land and sea are – there’s one that is as wide as a giraffe is tall!We delve into the history of skateboards and talk about the man who crossed the Channel on a hoverboard. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Professor Schmitt – www.newdealskateboards.comScience Museum – www.sciencemuseum.org.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/2114m 58s

S2. E7. Why don’t spiders get stuck in their own webs? Where do bricks that build houses come from? How long does it take to build a motorway? Ft special guest Charlie Luxton

This week we answer three questions from Orla, Reuben and Gil with the help of expert Charlie Luxton.Charlie is an architect who specialises in environmentally friendly homes.We find out how spiders manage to trap flies in their webs but don't get stuck in them themselves. To give you a clue it is thanks to the way they use their legs, keep clean and a special way they design their webs.Charlie Luxton tells us all about bricks, how to make them, who invented them and how long we in the UK forgot about them for. We also find out how many bricks it took to build the Empire State Building.Finally we discuss motorways and how long they take to build as well as where the first one was built and where you can drive along the longest in the world!Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Check out Charlie Luxton - https://charlieluxtondesign.comWith thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale and Audio Networks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/2113m 52s

S2 E6. Why do people need a stage to act? How many people are there in the world? Are there more boys or girls in the world? Ft special guest expert actor Dan Stevens

In this week's show we answer three questions from Tasso, Lily and Mia with help from special guest expert Dan Stevens. Dan Stevens is an English actor who now lives in America, he shot to fame in Downton Abbey and has since been in The Man Who Invented Christmas, Night at the Museum and Eurovision. Dan tells us all about why actors love a stage to perform on as well as why they wear make up and costumes plus we find out about the history of make up including how our cousins, the Neanderthals wore make up 50,000 years ago! We find out how many people there are in the world right now and how many there are likely to be in the future as well as how many babies were born today! In answering Mia’s question we find out that there aren’t even numbers of boys born as girls and why that is. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Dan Stevens twitter: @thatdanstevensWith thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale and Audio Networks See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/01/2113m 31s

S2 E5. Why do we do yoga? How fast can dogs run? How do rabbits bounce? Ft special guest expert Zephyr Wildman

 In this week's show we answer three questions from Goldie, Tasso and Sophia with help from special guest expert Zephyr Wildman. Zephyr is a wonderful yoga teacher who teaches in London as well as on retreats around the world and knows all about yoga. We find out how yoga helps us with focus, memory and resilience and how practicing can help us feel more peaceful. We discover the history of yoga – how it began in Northern India, how priests started it and when it came over to the west. Also it’s really fun to make yoga shapes with our bodies!We talk about the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound as well as some of the slowest and the reasons why they run fast or slowly and how all dogs love a good walk and run each day. We find out how rabbits bounce as well as the Grand Nationals for rabbits held in Norway and other countries. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. More about Zephyr and her classes here: https://zephyryoga.comWith thanks to Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale, Billy Colours, Audio Networks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/01/2114m 16s

S2 E4. Christmas questions galore! Ft special guest Neil Gaiman. Plus…Are all snowflakes a different shape? Why is Boxing Day called Boxing Day?

In this week's show we answer lots of questions from Tabitha, Jensen, Eleanor, Alice, Ollie, Jack, Chessie and Eleanor with help from the wonderful writer Neil Gaiman. Neil is the author of lots of books for children and adults including Coraline, Stardust, Fortunately The Milk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, picture books about a sneezing panda called Chu, American Gods and much more. He knows a lot about magic and mystery and helps us uncover the secrets of Christmas Eve.Neil answers lots of questions about Christmas Eve and Father Christmas and explains how the magic is made possible on this most special of nights. We find out about Wilson Snowflake Bentley who was the first person to photograph snowflakes. And we delve into the history of Boxing Day and how it got its name. Happy Christmas! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Check out Neil on twitter @neilhimselfWith thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner and Billy Colours.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/2018m 37s

S2 E3. Why do mushrooms & toadstools not like light? Why is it hot in Australia when it’s cold in England? Where do the Northern Lights come from? Ft special guest expert Lee Davies from Kew Gardens

In this week's show we answer questions from Orla, Emilia, Zac, Ambrose and Portia with help from special guest expert Lee Davies from Kew Gardens in London. Lee is curator of fungi at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Lee tells us all about mushrooms and toadstools and why they like the dark. Plus we uncover the biggest living thing in the world, which happens to be an enormous mushroom! We find out about how the movement of the earth and the sun creates different seasons around the world as well as what happens at the equator in the tropics. Find out all about the Northern Lights and what the similar lights in Australia are called as well as why the fire brigade was called when the Northern Lights made it to England! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. Waterstones link is here - https://www.waterstones.com/book/everything-under-the-sun/molly-oldfield/9780241433461Lee Davies  - https://www.kew.org/science/our-science/people/lee-daviesWith thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, Audio Networks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/12/2012m 40s

S2 E2. Why does clay get hard? How is fire made? Why were chimney sweeps always boys? Ft special guest expert Grayson Perry

In this week's show we answer three questions from Evangeline, Roman and Clara with help from special guest expert the artist Grayson Perry. Grayson is a world-renowned artist, writer and TV presenter and works a lot with clay to make incredible pots so he is the perfect person to answer Clara’s question. We discover how to make clay last forever and what temperature it needs to go in the oven at in a great answer recorded in Grayson’s art studio. We also find out ways to make fire and how humans discovered it and how to create it. Plus what things can burst into flame by themselves, from nuts to computers! In the third question we talk about the invention of chimney sweeps, the rules they lived by and why it was usually boys who did the job. But girls did it too! Plus how we clean chimneys now. Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @everythinguts @mollyoldfieldFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website. Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home.This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. For more info about Grayson Perry check out his twitter: @alan_measles and Instagram: @alanmeasles With thanks to Ash Gardner for the theme song, Tyler Simmons Dale for editing and Billy Colours for artwork and Audio Networks for the music. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/2016m 46s

S2 E1. Why do rockets fly to planets? If you let go of a helium balloon would it go into space? How many satellites are there in space? Ft special guest expert Richard Branson.

Welcome back to the second series of Everything Under The Sun! Thanks for sending in your questions. In this week's show we answer three questions from Ithaca, Benji and Elijah with help from special guest expert Sir Richard Branson. Richard Branson founded Virgin Records, Virgin airways and now Virgin Galactic which is working hard to make it easier for people to go into space. One day flying to space might be as easy as flying from London to Paris. Richard knows all about why rockets fly to planets and tells us the different reasons humans might want to fly them and leave earth in search of adventure. We discover how far a helium balloon will travel if you let go of it outside and what will happen to it and why. We also talk about why helium makes your voice squeaky and what makes it go low. Plus, find out about the record-breaking man who flew into the air tied onto 600 balloons. Discover how many satellites there are in space, where a record of them is kept and what they do! Plus we have a competition to win a Tonies Box! And a competition to win the chance to ask Neil Gaiman a Christmas question on Christmas Day on Everything Under The Sun! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpod and @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website. Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House.Check out Virgin Galactic - www.virgingalactic.comCheck out Tonies at www.tonies.com With thanks to Ash Gardner at House of Strange for the theme song, Audio Networks for the music and Billy Colours for the logo.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/2015m 22s

How are Dictionaries Made? How are Blue Plaques decided? How is Earwax made?

This week we answer three questions, how are dictionaries made? How are Blue Plaques decided and how is earwax made? Our guest expert is Catherine Sangster from the Oxford English Dictionary! Find out who the first blue plaque ever was for and how they are made in Cornwall. Do subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen to it and tell all your friends! For more info go to www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukThank you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2010m 17s

How do Buds & Leaves appear on trees? W National Trust. Seeds with Alys Fowler and Why are blueberries blue?

Today we answer four spring like questions, they are from Seraphina, Alex, Elizabeth and Anurada they are: how do buds appear on trees? how do trees make their leaves? what the husks of seeds are made out of?Why are blueberries skin blue?  A big thank you to Seraphina, Elizabeth, Anurada and Alex for this week’s questions and to Jess Evans at the National Trust and Alys Fowler for this week’s excellent answers about buds, leaves and the husks of seeds! Remember to send everyone who doesn’t know about it and might like it the link to the podcast and ask them to subscribe to the show. If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/209m 56s

Why do We Dream? Why are Sloths so Sleepy? Why are Camels grumpy?

Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Everything Under The Sun – I hope everyone is doing okay at home!This week we're talking about sleepy sloths, dreams and camels.Our first question is about a sleepy animal, called a sloth and it comes from Alice, 5, she would like to know why do sloths sleep so much? We also discuss Catrin's question, which is why do we dream? I have David Eagleman who is a neuroscientist - that’s someone who studies the brain - and a best selling author. He has written books all about the brain and is interested in dreams, he has an answer for you, over to David!  Our third question is about something grumpy which you might feel if you don't get enough sleep, or you have a bad dream it is from Christopher. He would like to know why are camels grumpy? A big thank you to Christopher, Catrin and Alice for this week’s questions and to David Eagleman for talking to us about why we dream! I hope you all have a lovely week, coming up with fun things to do while you’re all at home and wishing you all sweet dreams.Do send everyone who doesn’t know about it and might like it the link to the podcast and ask them to subscribe to the show. If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukIf your parents are on instagram tell them to follow @mollyoldfieldwrites so we can all stay in touch! Thanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!David Eagleman - https://www.eagleman.comPodcast website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter @mollyoldfield See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2010m 48s

How Many Countries are there in the World? Why is the Red Sea so named? Why does Poland have a desert?

Hello and welcome to episode 57 of Everything Under The Sun – a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth!Even though we can’t visit any at the moment there are still lots of countries out there filled with children doing the same thing as you – staying at home! I thought we’d have an episode with questions about different things in other countries this week so we can imagine places we might go in the world in the future.Our first question is a BIG one and it comes from Annabel.How many countries are there in the world and how were they made? Alastair Pinkerton, who is Geography professor at Royal Holloway University has the answer!We also find out why the Red Sea is called the Red Sea and why Poland has a desert thanks to questions from Iris and Jagoda. Remember to subscribe to Everything Under The Sun on apple podcasts, ACast or wherever you listen to podcasts so you don't miss an episode! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!For a link to Natural Wonders of the world go here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Wonders-World-Discover-marvels/dp/1526360667 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2011m 2s

Who was the First Comedian? With Dan Schreiber from NSTAAF Why do Ducklings Learn How to Swim So Fast? Plus we uncover a mystery object spotted by two listeners on their run.

Hello and welcome to episode 56 of Everything Under The Sun – a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth! My name is Molly and today I have three questions for you:The first is who was the first comedian? We find out all about the history of comedy and funny people of the past from Dan Schreiber from No Such Thing as A Fish and QI.The second question is from Martha and Heidi who sent me a photo of something they saw out on a run and wanted to know what it was.Also we find out why ducklings learn how to swim so fast.If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2016m 52s

Why do Koalas Climb? How do Frogs Jump? With Paolo curator of zoology at the National Museum of Ireland. Why don't Water Boatmen Sink?

Hello and welcome to episode 55 of Everything Under The Sun!I know a lot of you children listening might be at home at the moment, hopefully with lots of people around you having fun but still you might be missing your friends a bit as lots of schools have closed for a while - if so this is for you! I hope you enjoy the show and remember, do send in a question and I can answer it for you! To help all the other children around the world who are home from school please do send the link to the podcast to all of your friends, ask your Mummy or Daddy to do it and just tell everyone about it as I think that there will be lots of children who would like to hear each others voices and learn new stuff about our world right now. Now for our first question, which is about koalas comes from Frances, she would like to know...Why do koalas climb?Find out why koalas climb, how much time they spend in trees a day and why they HUG trees!We also chat about water boatmen with Ingrid's question, how do water boatmen not sink? We find out how they have interesting legs that store air to help them skate over the water and how they manage to be the loudest singers of any creatures on earth compared to their size.Our third question is about frogs, it comes from Eliza, who asks how do frogs jump? Paolo Viscardi, who is a curator of zoology at the National Museum of Ireland and knows about all kinds of creatures, including frogs has the answer.If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and GOODBYE!Podcast website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInsta: @mollyoldfieldwritesPaolo!Twitter: PaoloViscardi See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2010m 27s

Who Invented Music? With Jack Savoretti. Why do Armadillos have little Heads and Big Bottoms? How Do Mermaids Wee?

Hello and welcome to 54th episode of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. My name is Molly and today I have three questions! They’re about armadillos, music and mermaids!  Our first question comes from Wolf, who lives in Paraguay! He sent me a photo of an armadillo he saw on holiday in Uruguay and asked me a question about these curious creatures! It is...Why do armadillos have little heads and big bottoms?Find out all about the different armadillos from Pink Fairy armadillos to screaming ones and giant ones!Our next question is about music and it comes from from Rose, she would like to know, who invented music! To answer Rose's lovely question I have Jack Savoretti who is a wonderful musician – his new album Singing to Strangers has songs he wrote along with with Bob Dylan and Kylie Minogue! He's got an answer he came up with alongside his musical director about where they think music came from.Our third question is from Alice, it’s about mermaids...her question is how do mermaids wee? I have a good guess, based on how fish wee and we discover how fish pee makes things in the ocean grow. I wonder what creatures would be able to make use of mermaid pee?  So that’s our three questions! Wishing you all a very lovely week!A huge thank you to the wonderful Jack Savoretti and Shannon Harris for talking to us about music and of course a big thank you to Rose, Wolf and Alice for this week’s questions!  I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! If you want to send me a question just record it and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThank you and GOODBYE! X See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2012m 36s

How Can Bumblebees support their weight? Why do Baboons Have Bare Bottoms? Why do Saguaro Cactus Plants Have Arms?

Bumblebees! Baboons! Saguaros!This episode is for all the children who are going to be at home for a while, this is so you can all hear each other's voices and learn new things! Please do send your favourite episode of Everything Under The Sun to your friends so they can listen and learn new things!Remember if you'd like to send in a question you record it using an adult's smartphone, using a voice recording app and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThis week's questions are from Poppy, Alena and Archie! They are:How do bumblebee wings support their wings? We find out how bumblebees move through the air like we swim through water.Why do Saguaros have arms? Find out about these enormous cactus plants, their flowers, how they're like a sponge and why they have arms.Why do Baboons Have Bare Bottoms? Discover why baboons have travel cushions on their bottoms.I hope you all have a lovely week, coming up with fun things to do while you’re all at home, remember to send everyone who doesn’t know about it and might like it the link to the podcast and ask them to subscribe to the show.If you get time you can leave a review and send me a question! To send a question just ask an adult to borrow their smartphone, record yourself saying your name and your age and a bit about yourself and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukIf your parents are on instagram tell them to follow @mollyoldfieldwrites so we can all stay in touch! Thanks everyone! Sending lots of love for a good week ahead, thank you and SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/2013m 48s

A Year Around The Sun! Why do Flowers Smell? With Sir Tim Smit, The Eden Project. What is Inside of Tree Trunks? How High Can Bees Fly?

Hello and Welcome to a very special episode of Everything Under The Sun. Today is the 52nd episode of the podcast, which means this beloved podcast has taken a full trip around the sun! It has been such a lovely year of making Everything Under The Sun, because I’ve had such fun creating it. I love waking up to find your questions waiting for me each morning in my inbox, I love pressing play on the audio recordings you send me and hearing your clever, curious voices. I like the letters and emails your parents and teachers send me and hearing about how happy you feel when you hear your questions answered on the show. I love discovering new things about the world when I hear your questions and set off to find answers for them. I’ve loved the generosity of all the experts who have given the time to answer your questions – we’ve had so many brilliant people taking part including curators at the museums, zookeepers, people who care for our world at The National Trust and Greenpeace, chefs, physicists, biologists, art historians and even a tornado chaser! There’s also been a book created since the podcast began, the Everything Under The Sun book will be filled with all of your questions, 366 of them, one for every day of the years. Thank you very much for listening and being such an important part of this first year around the sun! I am excited for another trip around our nearest star, so do keep sending in your questions and I’ll answer them for you on the podcast! Do tell your friends all about the show and help to spread the word so that no child’s curiosity need go unanswered again! This week our first question is what is inside of tree trunks?We discover all the layers that make up a trees trunk. How the rings inside the trunks help us work out things that the tree has lived through and how old it is, plus how to tell how old a fish is. Next we answer a great question: why do flowers smell?Sir Tim Smit, who founded The Eden Project in Cornwall - where you can see plants, trees and flowers from all over the world, go on England’s longest zip line and even explore a rainforest – has the answer!Thirdly, find out how high do bees fly? Plus there’s a chance to win family tickets to the Eden Project so do enter the competition!Thanks to every one of you for listening and being such an important part of this first year around the sun! If you want to send in a question or anything you like to the show record yourself on an adult’s phone asking the question, just say your name your age a bit about yourself and and ask them to send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk Or there’s lots of info about how to send in a question on the show’s website www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk Wishing you all a lovely week full of flowers, trees and perhaps you’ll spot a bee or two! Thank you and GOODBYE! XTwitter - @mollyoldfieldWebsite www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/2014m 9s

Why do Bubbles Pop when you Touch them? With Helen Czerski. What is Dew? Why do we Hiccup?

 Today’s questions are about DEW, BUBBLES and HICCUPS. First up is Maggie who would like to know - what is dew? Find out how water can be three things, and how it turns into dew.  Our next question is why do bubbles pop? To answer it I have writer, physicist, oceanographer Helen Czerski, who knows all about bubbles!  She’s written a book called Bubbles: A Ladybird Expert Book all about bubbles and she’s here to answer the question and even tell us about how dolphins use bubbles as toys!  Our third question is from Charlie, who asks why do we get hiccups? Find out all about how and why we get them and some funny ideas of how to get rid of them.  I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.  If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help!  Thank you, have a lovely bubbly week! Helen is here - https://www.helenczerski.net/ Everything Under The Sun is here: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/209m 52s

How Long would it take for my Hair to be like Rapunzel? How Long is a Giraffe’s Neck? How Long can Humpback Whales Hold their Breath for?

  Today we’re answering three questions about LONG things! One’s about long hair, the next about long necks and the last about long breaths!  Our first question comes from Sophie, she would like to know: how long would it take for my hair to be like Rapunzel?  Hear from top hairdresser Lino Carbosiero MBE about how long it would take as well as some tips on how to grow your hair long!  Next up is a question from Livia who would like to know: how long is a giraffe’s neck? We discover giraffe’s necks are about the length of a Daddy, how many bones there are in the neck and how giraffes drink water with such short necks and long legs! Our third question comes from Ben who would like to know: how long can humpback whales hold their breath for? As well as finding out how long they can hold their breath we also find out how they do it and what the record for a deep dive is among whales. We find out who won a copy of Clover Stroud's new book. Remember, if you have a question you would like answered just ask an adult to record you asking me on their smartphone and email it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk If you and your family enjoy this podcast please do subscribe, rate it and give it a lovely review. It really helps! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.  Thank you and GOODBYE! XInstagram: @linocarbosieroMolly insta: @mollyoldfieldwrites See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/209m 29s

Why Do Horses wear Shoes? with Clover Stroud. What Noise Does a Zebra Make? Can Animals Catch a Cold?

This week on the podcast we find out about horses and their shoes, zebras and their noises and sneezing animals! Our first question is from Isabel, she would like to know, what noise does a zebra make?Have a listen to zebras bark, bray, nicker and snort, all the sounds they make depending on what they're up to.Next we hear from Ted who would like to know Why do horses wear shoes? Hear the answer from Clover Stroud, a brilliant writer who loves horses and horse riding and knows all about horses and why they wear shoes. Plus what it's called when they don't wear shoes!Find out how to win a copy of Clover's brilliant new book for your MUM, Godmum or any grown up woman in your life who would like to read about being a mother. My Wild And Sleepless Nights is all about what its like to be a MUM, Clover has FIVE children so she knows everything there is to know about it all. It’s not a book for children it’s one for MUMS! And you can win a copy for yours by entering the competition on the show.Our third question is also about animals and it’s for anyone listening right now that has a cold! It's from Ivy and her question is can animals catch a cold? Find out about horse and dog colds as well as how scientists use drones to find out more about whale flu.That's our three questions!I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.If you'd like to send in a question just record it saying your name, your age, a bit about yourself and then ask your question! Do this with the help of an adult using their smartphone voice recording app and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukIf you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help!I hope you have a lovely week, thank you and GOODBYE! XWebsite for everything under the sun - www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInsta: @mollyoldfieldwritesClover Stroud - http://www.cloverstroud.comInsta: @clover.stroud See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/2010m 22s

Valentine's Day Under The Sun! Why do Roses Have Thorns? Who Invented Chocolate? Why is the Leaning Tower of Pisa Leaning?

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Today is a day people send cards, roses and chocolate to the ones they love. So our first two questions are about those two lovely things! Find out why roses have thorns to protect themselves, as well as what primrose means and what flowers to look out for right now in Europe - if that’s where you live - as signs of Spring! Discover who invented chocolate long ago in Mexico! We talk about the cocoa beans chocolate is made of and how chocolate and hot chocolate got so famous! Our third question is about the most romantic country in the world, Italy!Nick Ross, founder of Art History Abroad - a wonderful company made up of brilliant, clever people who take families on trips to see art and eat delicious lunches in Italy and all over the world - is here to tell us all about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and why it is leaning. Find out all about the soggy field the tower is built in, why it took 344 years to build it and why the Pisans kept building it even when it was wonky. Thanks for listening! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of Everything Under The Sun.Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk If you like the show people do tell all your friends to listen then rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you, have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Here are some links. To find out more about Art History Abroad go here: https://www.arthistoryabroad.com/ To find out more about the podcast go here:www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk Social mediaArt History Abroad: @ahacoursesTwitter @mollyoldfieldInstagram @mollyoldfieldwrites See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/2010m 4s

Christmas Under The Sun! With writer Neil Gaiman.

Merry Christmas Everyone! This week we tackle four questions. They are: Mrs Christmas help Father Christmas to see who is naughty and who is nice? Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, Stardust, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the picture books about a sneezing panda called Chu and wonderful books is here to answer that one for us with a tale of Mrs Christmas. Next up is Tommi who asks has an astronaut ever seen Father Christmas? Find out about NASA's encounter with Santa as well as how Jingle Bells became the first song played in space. You'll also discover whether reindeers can see in the dark, why we have Christmas trees and who invented Christmas crackers.One lucky listener has also won tickets to ice skate at the Natural History Museum in London. Tune in and subscribe to be the first to hear each weeks show! Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Happy Christmas! Thank you and GOODBYE! X  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1914m 37s

Natural History Museum under the Sun! Why are Plants Green? How much Bamboo can a Giant Panda eat? Is Dippy the Diplodocus a Boy or a Girl?

Hello and welcome to 47th episode of Everything Under the Sun.This week’s show is made with support from the Natural History Museum in London. They have a magazine called Wild World for children who are members of the museum. In this magazine they recently ran a competition for two readers to win the chance to have their question answered on Everything Under The Sun and to be part of the Everything Under The Sun book, which will be out in shops in September 2020. The winners are on this week’s show! Their names are Gibran and Logan. Gibran’s question is why are plants green? And its answered by Dr Sandra Knapp, Head of Algae, Fungi and Plants Division at the Natural History Museum in London. Logan would like to know how much bamboo can a Giant Panda eat?  Then William asks whether Dippy the diplodocus who once stood in the main hall of the museum is a boy or a girl? PLUS we have a brilliant competition to win tickets to go ice-skating at the Natural History Museum in London! They have a beautiful ice rink and it’s one of the best places to go for a family Christmas trip. We have a set of family tickets to give away...So get your skates on and get listening to the podcast to win a family set of tickets to skate! Enjoy the show, thanks for listening and do tell all your friends to listen for their chance to skate!The show’s website for more info is www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk and Molly’s website is mollyoldfield.comInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfieldNatural History Museum twitter: @NHM_London See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1910m 10s

What Would We Do if we Didn’t have a Prime Minister? With Benjamin Zephaniah. How much Plastic is in the Sea? Where Will the Polar Bears go if the Ice Caps Melt?

This week’s questions are about politics, plastic and how climate change affects polar bears. Poet Benjamin Zephaniah talks us through what it might be like to have no Prime Minister, and we find out about the plastic problem in our oceans as well as all about the perils facing polar bears.Subscribe to the show to never miss an episode and do send in your questions!Wishing you a lovely week!Check out the shows website www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukInsta: @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfieldBenjamin Zephaniah’s website: benjaminzephaniah.comTwitter: @BZephaniah See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1912m 57s

Why do Leaves Fall in Autumn? How do Birds make their Nests? How was Football Invented?

Everything Under the Sun is back! This week we're answering questions about autumn leaves, birds nests and football!To answer the question about leaves we have Karen from The Woodland Trust in England. Join us to discover how trees hibernate a bit like hedgehogs and why they make beautiful coloured leaves that fall in Autumn.Find out all about birds and their nests, the biggest nest and the smallest nest in the world as well as birds that build nests out of pebbles, borrow other birds nests or just don't bother with nests at all!Uncover the story of how football went from being a bun fight between rival villages with hundreds of people joining in to the international game with rules it is now with James Harkin, writer for the TV show QI and host of No Such Thing as A Fish podcast.Subscribe now to be the first to get the weekly podcast!If you have a question you would like answered on the show all you have to do is ask an adult to record you asking it. Ask them to use a smartphone, open the voice recording app and record you asking your question, just say your name, your age, a bit about yourself and ask me your question! And send it in to molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukAlso if you like the show remember to rate it and leave a lovely review wherever you listen to the podcast.And of course, tell all your friends to listen!I hope you have a lovely week walking in the beautiful leaves if its Autumn where you are, perhaps you'll spot a birds nest or kick a football about. LINKSShow's website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukMolly's website: mollyoldfield.com@Jamesharkin on twitterThe Woodland Trust: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1918m 18s

Babies Under The Sun! How are Identical Twins Made? with Dr. Chris van Tulleken. How do Babies Learn to Talk? with Charles Fernyhough. Why do the Feathers of Baby Penguins Change when they get Older?

Today is the 44th episode of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth.Our first question comes from Violet and Tabitha who are twins! They would like to know where identical twins come from? To answer their question we have Dr. Chris van Tulleken who is a doctor AND an identical twin! So find out everything about how baby identical twins are made. It’s amazing that if you’re an identical twin there is another person who looks just like you moving around the world!The second question is from Allie and it is about baby penguins. She asks why do the feathers of baby penguins change when they get older? We talk about how baby penguins need soft warm feathers and why they change when they get big. Then we head back to human babies, with a question about talking from Iris who asks how do babies learn to talk? Charles Fernyhough wrote a book about his daughter Athena and how she grew up and he answers her question brilliantly, telling us how babies learn the pattern and sounds of the language their family speaks inside their Mummy’s tummy and can easily learn different languages when they’re born.Last week we had a competition to win a copy of Oliver Jeffers’ new book, The Fate of Fausto, it’s about a man who is so greedy he wants to own everything on the earth, including a flower, a sheep, a mountain and even the sea instead of just appreciating the world’s beauty and letting it be.Hear are our favourite answers and find out who won! A huge thank you the wonderful Dr. Chris for talking to us about identical twins and to Charles Fernyhough for chatting to us about babies and how they learn to talk and of course a big thank you to Iris, Allie, Violet and Tabitha for this week’s questions! Thank you also to Harper Collins children’s books and Oliver Jeffers for the copy of The Fate of Fausto! As well as to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, Audio Networks and Billy Colours.Do send in your questions about anything and everything under the sun to my email molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk check out the website www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk for more information about how to do that.Also if you like the show remember to rate it and leave a lovely review wherever you listen to the podcast.And of course, tell all your friends to listen!I hope you have a lovely week and if you’re lucky get to cuddle a baby!Thank you and GOODBYE! XLinksCharles Fernyhough - https://charlesfernyhoughcom.wordpress.com/category/others/Charles on twitter: @cfernyhoughDr. Chrishttp://www.vantullekenbrothers.comDr. Chris twitter: @DoctorChrisVTEverything Under The SunWebsite – www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter - @mollyoldfieldInstagram - @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook – Molly Oldfield Writer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/09/1914m 14s

Why do we Make Art? With Oliver Jeffers. What is the Biggest Painting in the World? Why do Butterflies have Patterns on their Wings?

Art Under The Sun! This week our first question is why do people make art? To answer it we have Oliver Jeffers who is a brilliant artist who paints, illustrates, makes sculptures and creates books including The Heart and the Bottle, Here We Are, The Day the Crayons Quit, Stuck, Lost and Found and his new book The Fate of Fausto. So he’s the perfect person to answer Tara’s question! Have a listen to what Oliver has to say about why humans make art.  PLUS how you can win a copy of his new book The Fate of Fausto, in this week’s competition. One lucky listener can WIN a copy of the book. Our second question is what is the biggest painting and sculpture in the world?  Find out about the giant painting of the Buddha which is the largest painting in the world and what the largest sculpture is, clue, it’s in India! Thirdly, lets look at some art in nature and discover why butterflies have patterns on their wings? We find out all about the colours and wing patterns of different butterfly species and colours of some of the many types of chrysalis.  A huge thank you the wonderful Oliver Jeffers for talking to us about why we make art and of course a big thank you to Tara, Lily and Arella for this week’s questions! Remember to send in your competition entries to win a copy of Oliver’s new book, The Fate of Fausto, and to send in your questions! There’s information about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk or mollyoldfield.com. Just use an adult’s smartphone to record your competition entry and ask them to email it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukI’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of Everything Under The Sun! So do subscribe to the show to be sure to catch an episode as soon as it lands! I hope you have a lovely week making lots of art, looking at the beautiful world around you and creating beauty! Thank you and GOODBYE! X See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/1912m 26s

How does Yoga help you Relax? How do Springs on a Trampoline help you Bounce so High? Why do Roller Coasters make your Tummy Tickle?

How does Yoga help you Relax?How do Springs on a Trampoline help you Bounce so High? Why do Roller Coasters make your Tummy Tickle? Hello and welcome to 42nd episode of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Today our first question comes from Sophia, who would like to know about something I LOVE, which is yoga! She asks how does yoga help you relax?To answer her question I have one of my favourite yoga teachers ever, Tara Lee, she specialises in teaching yoga to pregnant people, as well as to Mum’s and babies! Next up is a question aboutsomething bouncy! Trampolines!  Isabella asks how do springs on a trampoline help you bounce so high? Find out how they work and how they were invented. Then it’s time for Douglas from California who would like to know why do roller coasters make your tummy tickle?Find out what causes the sinking tummy feeling as you whoosh around a roller coaster in this week’s episode! Make sure to subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts and do leave a lovely review if you enjoy the show! A huge thank you the wonderful Tara Lee for talking to us about yoga and of course a big thank you to Sophia, Douglas and Isabella for this week’s questions!  I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. I hope you have a lovely week doing yoga, perhaps jumping on a trampoline and maybe even a trip to ride on a roller coaster! Thank you and GOODBYE! XTara Lee - https://taraleeyoga.comTara instagram - @taraleeyogaEverything Under The SunWebsite – https://www.mollyoldfield.com/podcastTwitter - @mollyoldfieldInstagram - @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook – Molly Oldfield Writer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/1910m 39s

Where do Fruits come from? Why are Chillies so Spicy and Hot and what is the Hottest Chilli Called? Do Nectarines have Nectar in them?

Today we’re talking about FRUIT! Our first fruity question comes from Tessa, she would like to know, where do fruits come from? To answer Tessa’s fab question we have Sir Tim Smit who built the amazing Eden Project and restored an incredible, wild, botanical garden called The Lost Gardens of Heligan. They are both in Cornwall and incredible places to visit so make sure you go one day!  Tim knows all about trees, plants, nature and fruit, so he’s the perfect person to tell us all about where fruit comes from! Next up is a spicy question from Blaise, who asks why are chillies so spicy and hot and what is the hottest chilli called?Find out all about what makes chillies spicy, the scale we use to measure them and which is the hottest one! Lastly, we chat about nectarines and answer Alice’s question, do nectarines have nectar in them? What do you think? Find out in this week’s show! A huge thank you the wonderful Sir Tim Smit for talking to us about fruits and of course a big thank you to Alice, Blaise and Tessa for this week’s questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of Everything Under The Sun. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Make sure you subscribe to the show whenever you get your podcast to be the first to listen to each new episode! If you like the show please do rate and leave a review and tell all your friends to have a listen - it really does help! I hope you have a lovely week eating lots of delicious fruit! Especially strawberries, nectarines and maybe some chilli! Thank you and GOODBYE! XThe Eden Project - https://www.edenproject.comLost Gardens of Heligan - https://www.heligan.comShows website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFB – Molly Oldfield Writer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/09/1910m 32s

Trees Under The Sun! How Many Trees are there in the World? Why are Trees Important? How many Trees grow in the Amazon Rainforest?

Today we’re talking TREES and the Amazon Rainforest. Our first question comes from Jude, he would like to know how many trees there in the world, find out how many trillion trees grow on earth and how they were counted. Next up is Luca, who asks why are trees important? To answer him we have Bella Lack who is only 16 but has been campaigning for the environment for five years already. She loves wildlife and animals and talks to young people about our beautiful planet so Bella is the perfect person to chat to us about trees, and why they’re so important. Thirdly is Caleb who would like to know how many trees grow in the Amazon rainforest? Find out all about the biggest rainforest on the planet as well as the animals, plants and trees that live there. We talk about the fires that are currently raging through the Amazon and what we can do to help. A huge thank you the wonderful Bella Lack for talking to us about why trees are important and of course a big thank you to Caleb, Luca and Jude for this week’s questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Just ask an adult to help you use a voice recording app on any smartphone and record yourself saying your name, age, a bit about yourself and your question and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukSubscribe to the show to be sure to never miss an episode! I hope you have a lovely week planting lots of trees! Thank you and GOODBYE! Social media and linksBella Lack Twitter: @bellalackAmazon/Tribe Songs for Survival charity album with Bruce Parry for Survival International – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/bruce-parry-presents-amazon-tribe-songs-for-survival/290852168Greenpeace - https://www.greenpeace.org.ukSurvival International - https://www.survivalinternational.orgWWF – http://wwf.panda.orgRainforest Alliance - https://www.rainforest-alliance.orgEcosia – https://www.ecosia.org/Plant for the Planet - https://www.plant-for-the-planet.orgTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwriteswww.everythingunderthesun.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/08/1912m 40s

Firsts Under The Sun! Who was the First Artist? With artist Rob Ryan. What was the First Sport? What was the First Musical Instrument?

Hello! It’s episode 39 of Everything Under the Sun and were talking about FIRSTS! The First Artists, the First Sports and the First musical instruments! The first question is from Emily, who lives in South Africa, she would like to know who was the first artist?To answer Emily’s question I have a one of my favourite artists, the whimsical wonderful Rob Ryan,whose work you have to check out at robryanstudio.com. He has a lovely answer, which I hope will inspire you all to make some art!   Next Scarlet asks what was the first sport?We discover paintings of sport in caves created17,000 years ago, and find out why everyone was naked at the first Olympics in Greece.  Thirdly, Lucas would like to know which country made the first musical instrument? Find out about 42,000 year-old flutes made of swan bones, singing in caves and the oldest drum ever found! Make sure to subscribe to the show so you never miss an episode!And do leave a review if you like the show, wherever you listen, it would be GREAT if you do! Thank you. A huge thank you the wonderful Rob Ryan for talking to us about the first artists and of course a big thank you to Lucas, Scarlett and Emily for this week’s questions!  I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Links - Rob Ryan: www.robryanstudio.comRob’s instagram: @robryantownEUTS: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukInsta: @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfieldFacebook: molly oldfield writerThank you, have a lovely week making art, doing some sport and listening or playing lovely music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/1911m 40s

Why Do We have an Appendix? Why Can’t Humans Wiggle their Ears? How Do Our Eyes See?

This week’s questions are all about our bodies!Find out why we have an appendix with Dr. Chiara Hunt, she is a doctor and runs The Bump Class for Mums and Dads who are about to have a baby. She also co-hosts a podcast for parents called The Parent Hood with her sister Marina Fogle, which I went on earlier this year to talk about children and curiosity! So Chiara is the perfect person to answer your question! Next up we have a question from Otto, he would like to know about ear wiggling! Find out all about why we lost the ability to wiggle ears and how many humans can still do it! Our third question is from Alice who would love to know how our eyes see? Find out all about eyes, where the word pupil comes from, how your brain flips images coming through your eye upside down. Plus we talk about an experiment a professor in Germany did with goggles with mirrors that flipped images coming into a student’s eyes upside down.Do subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to be the first to hear Everything Under The Sun each week. We’d also love you to leave a review and rate the podcast if you love it!A huge thank you to Dr. Chiara Hunt for telling us why we have an appendix and to they can eat and to Lara, Otto and Alice for this week’s lovely questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.Remember, the questions will now also be in the Everything Under The Sun BOOK.If you have any questions about art, music or writing do send them in for the book! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! The first person to leave a review and let me know by email will get some EUTS bookmarks in the post! They’re really lovely so do get posting if you like the show!Thank you so much. Have a lovely week and GOODBYE! Xtwitter: @mollyoldfieldfacebook: Molly Oldfield writerinstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesDr. Chiara Hunt's book written with Marina Fogle for The Bump Class: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/1075193/dr-chiara-hunt.html   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/1910m 54s

How many Monkeys can a Python Eat in One Go? Why do Squirrels like Eating Nuts? Do Koalas get Bored only Eating Eucalyptus?

Hello and welcome to episode 37 of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Today our questions are all about animals and eating!  Our question comes Cormac who wants to know about snakes and eating! He’d like to know how many monkey a python can eat in one go? To answer him we have Crocodile Joe who knows all about crocodiles, snakes and spiders and does educational shows about the creatures for children!Next up we have a question from Wilf about koalas and eating! Wilf would like to know if koalas get bored eating only eucalyptus. Find out how fussy koalas are about eating, why they sleep all the time and have tiny brains and why baby joeys lick their Mum’s bottoms! Thirdly we have a question about squirrels and eating from Arthur, he would like to know why they like eating nuts? Discover which nuts they eat, how they hide them, then find them again and how much time they spend pretending to hide nuts so other creatures don’t find their stash. A huge thank you to Crocodile Joe for telling us all about pythons and how many monkeys they can eat and to Cormac, Wilf and Arthur for this week’s lovely questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Remember, the questions will now also be in the Everything Under The Sun BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! The first person to leave a review and let me know by email will get some EUTS bookmarks in the post.They’re really lovely so do get posting if you like the show! Thank you so much, have a lovely week and GOODBYE! twitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwriteswww.everythingunderthesun.co.ukCrocodile Joetwitter: @crocodilejoe https://www.crocodilejoes.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/08/1913m 28s

Why is Cricket called Cricket and What are The Ashes? What does Incy Wincy Spider Need? How Do Grasshoppers eat?

Hello! This week because the Ashes cricket match between England and Australia has just begun our first question is about cricket. It is from Matilda who would like to know why cricket is called cricket and what are the ashes? To answer it I have cricket legend, Mikey Holding, one of the fastest bowlers ever and a top cricket commentator who knows all about the game. Our second question is about a creature related to the insects called crickets. It’s from Aveline, and she asks how grasshoppers eat. Find out all about them as well as lots about insects including how many there are in the world and how many you’ll find in just one big field! Plus what Little Miss Muffet’s father had to do with insects and about spider crickets, crickets that can jump but look like spiders! Our last question is from our littlest question asker ever on the podcast, it’s from Arlo who is two and he would like to know what does incy wincy spider need? You’ll find out the answer this week! A huge thank you to Mikey Holding for talking to us about cricket and of course a big thank you to Arlo, Matilda, Aveline for this week’s questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can! There’s only room for a few more so send them in today! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you, have a lovely week, and GOODBYE! XMikey Holding:Twitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook: Molly Oldfield Writer www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/1910m 16s

Why is the Sky Blue? Where do Clouds come from? Why Do Clouds Float over the Sky? How do Clouds make rain? Why is Bird Poo White?

Hello! This week we’re chatting about the sky! The sky itself and why it is blue, clouds that float through it and birds that fly through it. Our first question comes from Sophia she would like to know why the sky is blue? We find out all about how sunlight is filled with all the colours of the rainbow and how it moves in waves, some short and some long and how the shorter blue light gets through the blanket around earth to make the sky look blue. But did you know, scientifically the sky is actually violet! Next up we have three questions about things that floud throught the sky – clouds! The question come from Benjamin, Alice and Matilda, they are:Where do clouds come from? Why do they float over the sky? How do Clouds make rain? To answer their questions I have Gavin Pretor Pinney who is the Founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and has also written books about clouds too! He really knows all about them so I thought he would be perfect to answer these questions. Have a listen to find out everything about clouds.  Our last question comes from Ned. He would like to know something about a creature that flies through the sky, what could it be? It’s about birds! Ned wants to know why bird poo is white! Find out how birds wee and poo and why it all looks white, plus find out how bird poo used to be really expensive and valuable as it made good stuff to help grow crops as well as what colour car birds are most and least likely to poop on. Plus find out what the moon smells like and who won tickets to do family yoga underneath Museum of the Moon at the Natural History Museum this summer. If you have a question you would like answered on the show or in the Everything Under The Sun BOOK all you have to do is ask an adult to record you asking it and ask them to send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukYou better hurry up if you want to be in the book as I only have space for 40 more questions! A huge thank you to Gavin PP for telling us all about clouds, do have a look at his Cloud Appreciation Society to find out more about clouds, to The Natural History Museum in London for tickets to family yoga at the moon and of course to Sophia, Ned, Benjamin, Matilda and Alice for this week’s lovely questions!  If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! I hope you have a lovely week and do some cloud spotting under blue skies, but watch out for bird poo! Thank you, and GOODBYE! XTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook: Molly Oldfield WriterGavin Pretor Pinney: gavin cloud appreciation societyMuseum of the Moon: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/museum-of-the-moon.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/07/1915m 52s

Everything Around The Moon! A 50 years since Apollo 11 celebration. Why do we see the moon in the day? Why haven’t people been to the moon since Apollo 17? How do astronauts see in the dark?

Everything Around The MOON! July the 20th will mark the 50th anniversary of when humans first landed on the moon! Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins made it to the moon. Mike Collins stayed in the command module and Buzz and Neil walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong strode out first and said: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”I saw the boot he was wearing in the Smithsoanian Museum in Washington DC and wrote about it in my book, The Secret Museum, if you want to know more. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Museum-Molly-Oldfield/dp/0007455283To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago we’re going to answer three question about the MOON and ASTRONAUTS! PLUS you can win tickets to do family yoga under a huge MOON at the Natural History Museum in London this summer!Our first question comes from Wilbur, he would like to know: Why do we see the moon in the day? To answer it I have Professor Sara Russell who is a planetary scientist at the Natural History Museum in London and knows all about the moon!Next up is Tommaso, who asks:Why haven’t people been to the moon since Apollo 17?Find out all the things left on the moon by the Apollo astronauts, what a moon tree is and why the Apollo missions came to an end. Or have they?! What’s next for man’s adventures to the moon? Our third question is about astronauts and comes from Felix! He would like to find out:How do astronauts see in the dark? Professor Sara Russell from the Natural History Museum tackles this one again! She tells us about the gold sunglasses astronauts wear in space and how actually its surprisingly bright in space during the day.Plus you can win family tickets to do yoga under Museum of the Moon, a huge moon made by an artist named Luke Jerram at the Natural History Museum in London.A huge thank you to Professor Sara Russell for telling us all about The Moon and how astronauts see in the dark, to The Natural History Museum in London for tickets to family yoga at the moon and of course to Tommaso, Felix and Wilbur for this week’s lovely questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can!If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help!Don’t forget to look up at the moon at night, especially tomorrow and imagine what it was like for the Apollo astronauts to visit the moon!Thank you, and GOODBYE! XNatural History Museum Family yoga at Museum of the Moon - https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/family-yoga-classes.htmlProfessor Sara Russell: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/space-researcher-over-the-moon-about-her-work.htmlThe Secret Museum: https://www.mollyoldfield.com/secretmuseumWOW Museums: https://www.mollyoldfield.com/wowWebsite for the podcast: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook: Molly Oldfield Writer   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/1912m 36s

Why did Tut become King at age 9 and how did he die? How do Cows make Milk? Who made the First Ice Cream?

Hello and welcome to episode 32 of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Our first question comes from a whole class full of children, from Year three at Bolton Primary School, they would like to know: Why did Tut become King at age 9 and how did he die? To answer it I have a historian named Justin Pollard who has made a TV series about the Egyptians for the BBC and knows all about them! Next up we have a question Kal-El and Liv, they would like to know about cows and how they make milk! We find out how cows make milk for the same reason humans do, to feed their babies. How much food they need to eat to make milk, how they digest food in their four stomachs and how cows make much more milk when they have names! Our third question is about ice cream! And is from Charlotte, she would like to know who made the first ice cream?We can’t know for sure who made the very first ice cream as lots of countries came up with some kind of frozen milky delicious pudding. But we find out all the different countries that have come up with ice creams in different ways! We talk about the first ice cream shop in England, some recipes and an unusual flavour in Turkey called fox testicle ice cream, made of orchids. We also find out who won a copy of Nick Caruso’s book, Does It Fart? Remember! If you have a question you would like answered on the show or in the Everything Under The Sun BOOK all you have to do is ask an adult to record you asking it and ask them to send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk Or as a fun end of term thing to do why not get your whole class to send in a question! Just play your teacher this episode and see if he or she would like to do that! The questions will be in the book too. A huge thank you to Justin Pollard for telling us all about King Tut, to Nick Caruso and Quercus books for a copy of Does IT Fart now on it’s way to its winners and of course to Year 3 at Bolton Primary School and their teacher Ms Harkin, Kal-El, Liv and Charlotte for this week’s lovely questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you and GOODBYE! XJustin Pollard - https://www.unitedagents.co.uk/justin-pollard-0Does It Fart - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Does-Fart-Definitive-Animal-Flatulence/dp/1786488264Everything Under the Sun website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook: Molly Oldfield Writer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/1914m 44s

Why do Monkeys throw Poo? How do Salamanders regrow Body Parts? How do Whales Sleep?

Hello and welcome to episode 32 of Everything Under the Sun! This week I went to the Bradford Literary Festival to talk about my books, The Secret Museum, WOW Museums, Natural Wonders of the World as well as Everything Under The Sun. When I was there talking to 400 children we all recorded a question, from Darrell who was one of the children at the talk. It is - why do monkeys throw poo? We find out the reason and chat about some of the 260 species of monkey! Next up we have a question about Salamanders from Oscar, answered by Nick Caruso, who studies salamanders in the Appalachian mountains of North America. Nick has also co written a book called Does it Fart? With Dani Rabaiotti, which you could get lucky and win if you enter the competition on this week’s podcast. We also talk about howwhales sleep in the water, how they remember to breathe and how their babies sleep and swim.Do enter the competition and send in your questions to molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk.Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! A huge thank you to Nick Caruso for talking to us about salamanders, another big thank you to Darrell and all the children who came to see me at Bradford literary festival for your question and being so much fun as well as to as Oscar and Lily for this week’s lovely questions!  Wishing you all a very lovely week!Thank you and GOODBYE! XNick and Dani’s book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Does-Fart-Definitive-Animal-Flatulence/dp/1787474801/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=does+it+fart%3F&qid=1562272032&s=gateway&sr=8-1Website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFor more info about books: www.mollyoldfield.comTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwrites See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/07/1911m 47s

Everything in the Multiverse! What was before The Big Bang? How long has the Storm on Jupiter been raging for? What Noise does a Capybara make?

Everything in the Multiverse! This week is episode 31 of Everything Under The Sun and we’re answering questions from Charlie, Menashe and Ray about The Big Bang, the storm on Jupiter and all the funny noises a capybara makes! They're a giant rodent that looks like a huge guinea pig that lives in South America.  To answer Charlie’s question we have Professor Jim Al-Khalili who knows everything about physics and science - he teaches at a university and writes books, makes TV shows and radio programmes and he knows all about the universe including how it began with the Big Bang! He has some mind-blowing things to tell us about how there were lots of Big Bangs, and the real question is what happened before the multiverse?!Next we bring the focus in a bit to Jupiter and the huge storm on it called The Great Red Spot. You'll find out how long it takes a hurricane to turn on Jupiter, how fast the wind is going, how it has raged for many hundreds of years ago and how it might be coming to an end! Crashing back down to earth for our third question! It’s about capybaras and the noises they make and comes from Ray! For anyone who doesn;’t know a capybara is a mammal that loves the water found all over South America, except for Chile. They live in forests near water, and along rivers in the rainforests. They’re the largest rodents in the world! Capybaras are very sociable creatures and make lots of noises which you’ll hear on today’s podcast!A huge thank you to Professor Jim Al-Khalili for talking to us about The Big Bang and of course a big thank you to Charlie, Menashe and Ray for this week’s questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Remember, EUTS is going to be a beautiful BOOK! The book is going to be called Everything Under The Sun – a year of curious questions and it’s going to be filled with all of your questions, 365 of them, one for each day of the year! It’s coming out next Christmas and I’m busy writing it now, so please send in all of your wonderful questions, because then not only will I answer them on the podcast, you’ll get to see your question in a real life wonderful book, filled with questions, answers and fantastic drawings! A great present for all your friends and family and I hope it will be a book that you love. For info about how to send in a question go to www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukThank you! Do do send them in as soon as you can! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you and GOODBYE! X Links Professor Jim Al-Khalili’s website: http://www.jimal-khalili.comTwitter: @jimalkhalili  Everything under The Sun Twitter: @mollyoldfieldFacebook: Molly Oldfield WriterInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwriteswww.everythingunderthesun.co.uk     See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/1913m 0s

Why are Reptiles so Shy? How do some Lizards walk on Water? What are your Toes for?

Reptiles! Lizards that walk on Water! Toes! Join us today to listen to the answers to three questions, from Ralph, Lila and Julia. They would like to know why reptiles are so shy, how some lizards walk on water and what our toes are for! To answer Ralph’s question we have Paolo Viscardi, who is a curator in the National Museum of Ireland, he works in zoology so knows all about reptiles! I met him when I was writing my first book, The Secret Museum and he showed me all the things hidden behind the scenes at the Horniman museum where he used to work. He has lots of great ideas about why reptiles are shy creatures, it includes they have to be careful not to be eaten and that they don’t spend much time with a family so aren’t used to being around others. Our next question is about reptiles too, one particular reptile that can walk on water! Find out all about the Basalisk lizard also known as the Jesus lizard and how it can run across water. Thirdly, find out how our toes help us to walk and why we have five of them! We’ll chat about how sprinters often have longer toes than non-sprinters, while short toes are good for long-distance running and walking. As well as what we call animals that walk on their toes and what we call creatures that walk on their whole feet. Do remember to send in your questions to the show, and for the book! If you’re listening and you’d like to be in a beautiful book, full of drawings, facts and kids questions out next Christmas then do send me your questions as soon as you can. Just ask an adult to help you record your question, then using their phone, record yourself saying your name, age, a bit about yourself, then ask the question and send it into me at molly at everything under the sun.com. Thank you! There’s info about how to send things in on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.I can’t wait to answer your questions about anything and everything under the sun! I’ll send the first three people to send in a question an Everything Under The Sun bookmark! A huge thank you to Paolo Viscardi for talking to us about reptiles and of course a big thank you to Ralph, Julia and Lila for this week’s questions!  I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you and GOODBYE! XPaulo Viscardi: @PaoloViscardi Twitter: @mollyoldfieldinstagram: @mollyoldfieldwriteswww.everythingunderthesun.co.ukwww.mollyoldfield.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/1911m 24s

Daddys Under The Sun! Which Animal makes the Best Daddy? Why do Chief Gorillas have Silver Hairs on their Back? Why do Men Have Nipples?

This Sunday is Father’s Day in the UK, so this week is a celebration of Daddy’s and male things! Our first question is from Tasso who would like to know which animal makes the best Daddy? Find out about a tiny monkey called a Pygmy marmoset – the smallest monkey in the world - arctic wolves, emperor penguins and perhaps the best Dads of all – seahorses! To tell us about seahorses we have marine biologist Helen Scales who has written a book about them, called Poseidon's Steed.Next up is Reuben who wants to know about silverback gorillas, specifically why do chief gorillas have silver hairs on their back? Uncover how a group of gorillas decide which adult is in charge of a group and at what age a black back gorillas hair turns silver and discover how silverback gorillas make great Dads!Thirdly, Archie has a great question which is why do men have nipples? Such a great question and not one I had thought about before - essentially it’s because girls, women and mummy’s do! You’ll learn which male mammal can make milk from it’s nipples, hint, it’s not a human, its something that can fly and likes eating fruit.I hope you enjoy this week’s episode.A huge thank you to Helen Scales for talking to us about seahorses and of course a big thank you to Tasso, Archie and Reuben for this week’s questions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Just ask an adult to help you use their phone to make a recording of your question. You just need to:say your name, your age, a bit about yourself (two things you love) and send the recording into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukRemember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can!If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help!Thank you, have a lovely Daddy’s day and GOODBYE! XHelen Scales - https://helenscales.comHelen's twitter - @helenscalesWebsite – www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukInstagram - @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook – Molly OldfieldTwitters - @mollyoldfieldwww.mollyoldfield.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/1910m 44s

Oceans Under The Sun! With Philip Hoare and the Natural History Museum. Why is the sea salty? Why does an octopus have three hearts? Why are orca whales black and white?

Today I have three questions about the OCEAN and creatures in it! Because June 8th is World Oceans Day, a global celebration with hundreds of events around the world celebrating the ocean, including Everything Under The Sun with this show!Our first question comes from Emmeline and Elkie, they would like to know why the sea is salty? Our answer comes from Philip Hoare, a writer who loves the ocean and has written books about whales and the sea. He swims in the ocean every day, no matter the weather! He tells how the sea got so salty and how much salt is in the sea!Next up Archie would like to know why an octopus has three hearts? Find out what the three hearts are for as well as what colour an octopus’ blood is, how many brains they have and how many arms and legs!Our last question is from Lachlan and he has a question about orcas! Which is, why are orca whales black and white? To answer it we have Richard Sabin, the Principal Curator of Mammals at the Natural History Museum in London, he knows everything there is to know about marine mammals including orcas and tells us all about counter shading and their colours! We also talked about orcas in the first episode of the podcast, in two questions – firstly we answered a question about whether orcas can talk to blue whales and secondly why they have white patches by their eyes, so do listen to that first episode of Everything Under The Sun to find out more about beautiful orcas!A huge thank you to Philip Hoare for talking to us about why the sea is salty and to Richard Sabin and the Natural History Museum for telling us about orcas! And of course a big thank you to Elkie, Emmeline, Archie and Lachlan for this week’s questions! I’ll be back with a next brand new episode for Fathers day answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can!If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help!Thank you, have a lovely week and GOODBYE!  Philip Hoare: http://www.philiphoare.co.ukmy instagram: @mollyoldfieldwritestwitter: @mollyoldfieldwww.everythingunderthesun.co.ukwww.mollyoldfield.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/1910m 43s

Highlights Under The Sun!

Everything Under The Sun is on holiday this week (researching next week’s episode about the oceans by swimming in it!) but we recently won a bronze at the British Podcast Awards for Best Family Podcast so we thought it would be fun to share the entry we made for that awards, which has highlights from the first few months of the show! A celebration for regular listeners and a taster of all the things you can listen to from the first few months if you’re a new listener. Enjoy! I'll be back next week answering more questions, so do send them in! Record them on an adult's smartphone and send them to molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk - thank you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/1916m 0s

Why do Some People not have Houses and live on the street? With George the Poet. Why do Dogs Wag their Tails when they’re Happy? What Noise do Giraffes make?

Hello, Hello, Hello! We have news! Everything Under The Sun won a bronze award at the British Podcast Awards, we were so pleased to win an award after only twenty three episodes, so thank to all of you for listening, telling your friends, sending in questions and generally being amazing! You're all wonderful, thank you. I’m also writing a book full of your Everything Under The Sun questions so do send in your questions to the podcast to be on the show and in the book! The first 5 children to send in questions next week will get a little note from me and a special Everything Under The Sun bookmark! So read, set, get recording! This week we have three questions. The first is from Clara and she would like to know, why do some people not have houses and have live to live on the streets? To answer her we have George the Poet, who won all the awards at the British Podcast Awards for his amazing podcast for adults, Have you Heard George’s Podcast? He’s a musical poet who knows lots about politics and our society. He has a wonderful answer to Clara’s excellent question about this problem we all have to work hard to end, so everyone has a place to sleep at night and food to eat. Next up is Tommi who would like to know something about the creatures we call man’s best friend, dogs! Find out why dogs wag their tails, what it means when they wag their tails to the left or right and what they’re feeling when they have their tails between their legs. We also talk about how all dogs have the same ancestor, the grey wolf!Then Benjamin would like to know about the noises giraffes make. Giraffes aren’t very noisy creatures, they don’t Baa like a sheep, moo like a cow, bark like a dog or roar like a lion. But they’re not silent. Find out what noises they DO make, but only at night! We also talk about how many bones giraffes have in their necks, you might be surprised by the answer. We also find out who won a copy of Sensational Butterflies, by Ben Rothery with facts and help from Nick Crumpton who was our expert last week, talking about butterflies! A huge thank you to George the Poet for talking to us about why people might be homeless and about how we must all work to end the problem so everyone has a safe place to sleep and night and food to eat and of course a big thank you to Clara, Tommi and Benjamin for this week’s questions as well as to Callie, Marth and Heidi for sending in their amazing hungry caterpillar impressions! I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK, I need all the questions soon as I’m busy writing away so please do send them in as soon as you can! If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you and GOODBYE! XTo find out more about George the Poet do check out his website HERE - https://www.georgethepoet.comor his twitter is: @GeorgeThePoetSocial media for EUTS: twitter - @mollyoldfield instagram - @mollyoldfieldwritesfacebook - Molly Oldfield website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/1912m 58s

Butterflies Under The Sun! Why do Caterpillars turn into Butterflies? What Happens inside Cocoons? Do Butterflies have Bones?

Butterflies! We all love seeing them flying around in spring and summer, so to celebrate their arrival this year this week's episode is all about them. We answer three questions, from Martha & Heidi, Natty and Fynn!They would like to know: Why do caterpillars turn into butterflies? What happens inside cocoons? and do butterflies have bones? Find out on this week's show!To help answer the first question or expert this week is Dr. Nick Crumpton, a zoologist who knows lots about all sorts of animals, including butterflies!He helped to create beautiful book, called Sensational Butterflies, stuffed with beautiful drawings by Ben Rothery.I have a copy one of you can win on the show, all you have to do is listen, then send in your impressions of a hungry caterpillar crunching on leaves and you could win the book!Good luck! The email to send impressions and any questions you would like me to answer is molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukWith big thanks to Dr. Nick Crumpton and all the children for this week's butterfly answer and questions!Here's a link to Sensational Butterflies: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/309/309418/sensational-butterflies/9780241361047.htmlDr. Nick Crumpton on twitter: @LSmonsterMy website: www.mollyoldfield.comPodcast website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTwitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFB: Molly OldfieldI hope you have a lovely week! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/1910m 0s

How Many Men Were in a Roman Army? with Dan Snow, Why do Cats Purr? Why do Stars Shine in the Sky? With the Science Museum.

We have our first history question this week! Answered by top historian, Dan Snow. It comes from Ethan who would like to know how many men were in a Roman army? Dan Snow tells us the answer, which is more complicated than you’d think!  Dan tells us about some different battles and how many men took part. Discover how local men were recruited and how many more men there were than in the Roman army today.  Our next question is about cats! And it comes from Alice, she would like to know why cats purr? We all know cats purr when they’re content but how about other reasons? You’ll find out all the ways cats communicate and how listening to cats purr can be great for humans, as well as for the overall health of cats.   Next up is Faye who lives in Switzerland, she asks us in France and English why stars shine in the sky? To help answer the question we have Doug from the Science Museum in London. You’ll also find out why stars twinkle and how come they don’t twinkle if you see them from outer space.  A huge thank you Dan Snow and Doug at the Science Museum for telling us about Roman armies and stars! Huge thanks also to Ethan, Faye and Alice and for this week’s questions!  I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of Everything Under The Sun. Do send in your questions for the show and the Everything Under the Sun BOOK I’m writing for Ladybird Books, which will be a beautifully illustrated book for Christmas 2020.  If you send in your questions soon they might make it into the book, which would be so exciting!  Just ask an adult to record you using their smartphone and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk There’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk.  They can be questions about anything and everything under and even above the sun!  If you like the show please do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help!  Remember to vote for Everything Under The Sun in the British Podcast Awards by going to britishpodcastawards.com/vote and type in the first few letters of Everything Under The Sun and it'll come up. Thank you very much everyone! Dan Snow on twitter: @thehistoryguy The Science Museum: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ My social media:  Twitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook: Molly OldfieldWebsite: www.mollyoldfield.comAnd www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk Have a lovely week! Thank you and goodbye! X See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/1913m 35s

Do Aliens exist? How and Why Does Skin Tan? Why do Zebras have Stripes?

Frida asks our first question which is, do aliens exist? Find out what Doug from the Science Museum thinks, where scientists think alien life might live, such as on exoplanets – planets outside of our solar system! Plus a reminder of how lucky we are to be here on a planet that gives us all we need, fresh air, water and oxygen to breathe! So let’s enjoy it and look after it. It’s bluebell season so why not find an ancient bluebell wood near you to drag your parents to! Eleanor is up next and she would like to know how are why does skin tan? Find out about how your skin tans to protect your body, by creating more of a colour called melanin. Plus why tans fade and why you – hopefully won’t – get sunburn. Do be careful in the hot sun wear a long sleeved T shirt and a hat if you’re out playing in the sun a lot or play in the shade when its really sunny!Iris, asks our third question which is, why do zebras have stripes? Find out the different theories about why zebras are stripy and why the University of California dressed horses up as zebras. Plus find out where the nearest stripy creature is to you, a clue is – have a good look at yourself and your family! Did you know humans give off light? They do! So why can’t we see it? Thanks so much to Iris, Frida and Eleanor for this week’s questions and to Doug from the Science Museum for talking about aliens!Just a quick reminder about the British Podcast Awards and the new book I’m writing of Everything Under The Sun, which you could be in!  EUTS is nominated for Best Family Podcast in the British Podcast Awards! Remember to vote for EUTS in the British Podcast Awards by going to britishpodcastawards.com/vote and type in the first few letters of Everything Under The Sun and it'll come up. Thank you very much everyone!Also I’m busy writing a book, which will be filled with YOUR questions, there will be 365 questions from children about everything under the sun so if you’d like to be in the book, please do send your questions in! Just ask an adult to record you asking it and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThere’s more info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you!Social media:twitter: @mollyoldfield Instagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook: Molly Oldfield writerwww.mollyoldfield.comwww.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFor info and links below:The Science Museum: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.ukHumans give off light: https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2009/jul/17/human-bioluminescenceZebras dressed as horses: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-dressed-horses-zebras-determine-purpose-stripes-180971540/TED talk about the search for alien life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnM4SaGc8R0 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/1913m 22s

How Much Water is in All the Oceans? How violently did Titanic shake when it hit the Iceberg? What is the Deadliest Shark and why?

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the 23rd episode of Everything Under The Sun, which this week is about OCEANS! We have three questions from Molly, Cooper and Lara, which are: How Much Water is in All the Oceans? How violently did Titanic shake when it hit the Iceberg? And What is the Deadliest Shark and why?  Find out how much of the Earth’s water is in the oceans and why we ought to really rename our planet, Ocean! Then hear Phil Cauley, a crew member from Titanic Belfast talk about what happened on board when Titanic hit the iceberg, where it is now, and what little robot was the first to explore the Titanic on the ocean floor! Thirdly, listen to James Maclaine, a fish curator at the Natural History Museum in London tell us all about sharks! You’ll discover where on earth people bit other people more than sharks bite people – rather a lot more! So there is no reason to be overly scared of most sharks, just stay away from a few as they might bite you only because they’re curious about you! Not because they’re mean. PLUS! Exciting news, Everything Under The Sun is going to be a beautiful BOOK! The book is going to be called Everything Under The Sun – a year of curious questions and it’s going to be filled with all of your questions, 365 of them, one for each day of the year! It’s coming out next Christmas and I’m busy writing it now, so please send in all of your wonderful questions, because then not only will I answer them on the podcast, you’ll get to see your question in a real life wonderful book, filled with questions, answers and fantastic drawings! A great present for all your friends and family and I hope it will be a book that you love. Secondly, as I mentioned last week, EUTS is nominated for Best Family Podcast in the British Podcast Awards! I’m going to the awards ceremony in a few weeks time and it would be so great to win! Thanks so much to everyone for listening, subscribing and telling all your friends to help the show spread far and wide! There’s a Listener’s Choice award where you can vote for a show you love, it’s free to take part – so if you’d like to vote for Everything Under The Sun all you need to do is go to britishpodcastawards.com/vote and type in the first few letters of Everything Under The Sun and it'll come up. Voting closes on the 15th May. Thank you very much everyone!A huge thank you to Phil at the Titanic Belfast for telling us about the moment Titanic hit the iceberg and to James Maclaine for sharing his knowledge about why sharks! Of course, a big thanks to Lara, Cooper and Molly and for this week’s questions!  I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Remember, the questions will now also be in a BOOK! Thank you and have a lovely week! For info about Titanic Belfast - https://titanicbelfast.comThe Secret Museum: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Museum-Molly-Oldfield/dp/0007455283My twitter:@mollyoldfieldMy instagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesWebsite:mollyoldfield.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/1913m 47s

Dinosaurs Under The Sun! With the Natural History Museum. Plus Why does Easter move around when Christmas is always the same day each year?

ROOOOOAAAAAARR! It’s a dinosaur special this week, with help from dinosaur experts at the Natural History Museum in London and Tring. This week we answer questions from Darcy, Jake and Marcus who would like to know about dinosaurs. Then we have a special EASTER question from Aoife, because it’s now Easter weekend! First up Darcy’s question is “what was the first dinosaur and were there any in England?” Find out all about the first known dinosaurs that lived on Earth 243 MILLION years ago! As well as all the dinosaurs that roamed around England, which was once full of dinosaurs! Learn about a new exhibition on at the Natural History Museum in Tring, which was once the home of an eccentric man named Sir Walter Rothschild who I like the sound of – he had over a hundred giant tortoises in his garden, started a museum when he was 10 and rode in a carriage pulled by zebras! Listen in to find out how to win a brilliant DINOSAUR PRIZE from the Natural History Museum’s in Tring, including a dinosaur bag, a key ring, a mug, and cuddly triceratops! Next up Jake would like to know, “what’s the biggest dinosaur in the world?” Find out where in the world all the epic dinosaurs came from, and hear about the Titanosaur at the American Museum of Natural History, which I wrote about in my book, Wonders of the World’s Museums.Thirdly, Marcus’ question, “Why are there no more dinosaurs in the World?” Hear what happened to the dinosaurs, and where you can see them in the world today! The clue is in the sky above you!  Lastly, we have a special bonus EASTER question! It comes from Aoife, who lives in California, it is, “why is Christmas on the same day every year but EASTER on a different day?”Find out about the epic cycle of Easter that lasts 5.7 million years! About a special Easter moon created by the church and how to answer anyone who asks you with a short version of the answer. I hope you all have a lovely Easter and the Easter Bunny brings you lots of chocolate eggs! If you have a question you would like answered on the show all you have to do is ask an adult to record you asking it and ask them to send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukA huge thank you to Dr. David Button and Professor Paul Barrett at the Natural History Museum in London for sharing their knowledge about dinosaurs with us and to Darcy, Jake, Marcus and Aoife for this week’s questions!  For more info about British dinosaurs show at Tring - http://www.nhm.ac.uk/press-office/press-releases/british-dinosaurs--from-fossils-to-feathers-at-tring-.htmlWalter Rothschild - http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/walter-rothschild-a-curious-life.htmlHow birds are living dinosaurs - http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/why-are-birds-the-only-surviving-dinosaurs.htmlWonders of the World’s Museums: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wonders-Worlds-Museums-Discover-exhibits/dp/1526360284https://www.waterstones.com/book/wonders-of-the-worlds-museums/molly-oldfield/harriet-taylor-seed/9781526360281The shows website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukMy website: mollyoldfield.comInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfieldFacebook: Molly Oldfield WriterI’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. If you’d like to send in a question or enter the... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/1915m 25s

Birds Under The Sun! How do Birds Lay eggs? How do penguins find their way home? Why do birds run away from humans?

Birds! Birds! Birds! Welcome to episode twenty one of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. This week the show is all about birds, nests and eggs!Before we start there is EXCITING NEWS!Everything Under The Sun is nominated for Best Family Podcast in the British Podcast Awards! I’m going to the awards ceremony in a few weeks time and it would be so great to win, although it's really lovely to have been nominated with such a lovely bunch of podcasts.Thanks so much to everyone for listening, subscribing and telling all your friends to help the show spread far and wide! There’s a Listener’s Choice award where you can vote for a show you love, it’s free to take part – so if you’d like to vote for Everything Under The Sun all you need to do is go tobritishpodcastawards.com/voteand type in the first few letters of Everything Under The Sun and it'll come up. Voting closes on the 15th May. Thank you very much everyone!So what questions about BIRDS do we have this week?Our first question is about bird EGGS and comes from Henry, he would like to know, “How do Birds Lay eggs?” Find out about a bit in bird’s bottoms called a Cloaca and how they lay eggs as well as what the study of birds is called and which two mammals lay eggs. What do you think the world’s smallest bird egg could be? How abut the biggest? Or the biggest ever known? You’ll find out in this weeks show!  Next up we have Ben who would like to know, “How do penguins find their way home?”To answer Ben’s question I have got Dr Alex Bond, who is a curator at the Natural History Museum and knows lots about birds, including penguins! You’ll also find out about a volcanic island near Antarctica, home to 1.5 million penguins and how the penguins there find their own family when they come back from looking for fish out at sea. It’s featured in my new kids book, Natural Wonders of the World. Our final bird question for this week comes from Orson, his question is, “Why do birds run away from humans?”The answer comes from Joe Grosel, who is an ecologist and tour guide for incredible bird watching trips in Southern Africa, so he knows everything about birds and things they do. So he’s the perfect person to answer Orson’s question!  I hope you enjoy the show! And keep your eyes out for beautiful birds this week! If you have a question you would like answered on the show all you have to do is ask an adult to record you asking it and ask them to send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukA big thank you to Dr. Alex Bond at the Natural History Museum for telling us all about how penguins find their way home and to Joe Grosel for sharing his knowledge about why birds run away from humans! And to If you want to find out about Joe’s incredible eco-tourism company that organize birding tours in Southern Africa his company is called Tembele:http://www.tembele.co.zaThe Natural History Museum website is here: My book, Natural Wonders of the World’s Museums is here: http://www.nhm.ac.ukAnd my website is: www.mollyoldfield.comThe show’s website with more info about how to send in a question is here:www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukMy twitter: @mollyoldfieldInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook: Molly Oldfield... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/1911m 26s

Why Do We Only See One Side of The Moon? Why do Planets Have Cores? Why do Parrotfish sleep in Bubbles made of Snot?

Spheres! Round things! The Moon! Bubbles! Planets! This week’s perfectly circular, spherical, round show is all about things of similar shapes. As usual we’re answering brilliant questions from children. This week we have Dotty, Ahmed and Evelyn, they would like to know:Why do we only see one side of the moon?Why do planets have cores?Why do parrotfish sleep in bubbles made of snot? To find about the moon I turned to Doug at the Science Museum in London. Find out why we only see one side of the moon, how MUCH of the moon we can see – it isn’t half! Plus, find out how big the moon and earth would be if they were scaled down to the size of balls. Discover things about Buzz Aldrin’s name and find out where Neil Armstrong’s boots that took One Small Step or One Giant Leap onto the moon are now. Our second expert is Brother Guy Consolmagno who is the director of the Vatican Observatory, I met him outside of Rome at the Pope’s summer home and he showed me the Pope’s collection of meteorites and pieces of the planet Mars! So he’s the perfect person to answer Ahmed’s question. Last up we have bubbles! Find out why parrotfish make snotty bubbles to sleep in, how they make them and what they’re useful for. Plus discover what lovely sand beaches in the Maldives are made of – parrotfish poop!I hope you enjoy the show!I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS. Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. If you like the show people do rate, review and subscribe and tell all your friends to do the same, it really does help! Thank you and GOODBYE! For more info about…Brother Guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_ConsolmagnoThe Secret Museum: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Museum-Molly-Oldfield/dp/0007455283The Science Museum: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.ukParrotfish poop: https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/parrot-fish-poop-makes-beautiful-beaches/The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: https://washington.org/dc-guide-to/smithsonian-national-air-and-space-museum?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjPWrmsG44QIVTrftCh21sga4EAAYASAAEgKd8fD_BwEMy twitter: @mollyoldfieldMy instagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesWebsite: mollyoldfield.comShow website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/1912m 48s

Which animals are the best Mummys? What is paint made of? Why are tortoises green and brown?

Animal mums! Paints! Colourful creatures! This colourful episode of Everything Under The Sun has three lovely questions! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day our first question is about Mums, it comes from Lara who wants to “Which animals make the best Mummy?”  Well there are LOTS of great Mummy’s in the animal kingdom. Find out about orang-utan Mums, gorillas, polar bears, koalas and all the other great animal mums! Next up, in case you’re busy drawing cards and pictures for someone special on Mothering Sunday we have a question from Martha who would like to know what paints are made of? This week our brilliant expert is Isabel Lamb of The Little Grand Tour, a brilliant company that takes children to see all the best paintings in museums and galleries in London and Italy. She tells us all about the interesting things in paints, from egg yolk, to poison to sea snail poo!Our third question is also about colour and comes from Chloe who would like to know “Why are tortoises green and brown?” Find out about tortoise camouflage and other ways tortoises protect themselves, using their mouths, claws, and shells and burrowing holes! Also do you know the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? Find out why tortoises are in fact turtles! But not all turtles are tortoises. I hope you enjoy the show and have a lovely weekend! Please do rate, review and subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, Acast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.If you would like to send a question or tell me about why your Mummy, Daddy, Grandpa, Grandma, Auntie or godmum is so great just ask an adult to help you record your question or story using their smartphone.All an adult needs to do is to record the child who would like to enter, record them saying their name, age, a bit about themselves and then say the question or the story and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThere's lots of info on my website www.mollyoldfield.comand the show's website www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukThe Little Grand Tour website is here: https://www.thelittlegrandtour.co.uk/Instagram: @thelittlegrandtourTo find more info on social media go to:twitter @mollyoldfieldinstagram @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook Molly Oldfieldwww.everythingunderthesun.co.uk With thanks to Isabel Lamb of The Little Grand Tour, Tyler Simmons Dale, Audio Networks, Ash Gardner, Wren Rook and Billy Colours.Thanks for listening!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/1914m 8s

How do Dolphins Squeak? How does a Football Referee’s Whistle Work? And Why do Giraffes have Such Long Necks?

Squeak, squeak, whistle, whistle! Welcome to a noisy 18th episode of Everything Under the Sun. This week we answer three questions from Alyssa, Walter and Matilda. They are: How do Dolphins Squeak? How does a Football Referee’s Whistle Work? And Why do Giraffes have Such Long Necks? Find out all about how dolphins use their foreheads to squeak with Travis, who studies dolphins at the Natural History Museum, in London and so knows all about dolphins! Discover how dolphins can do impressions of each other, how they use sea sponges on their noses when they’re out looking for food and why their skin is so smooth.  Work out how referee’s whistles work with Alex Bellos, co-author of Football School, a series of books that explain the world through football. Find out how you can win a signed copy of Alex’s book on this week’s show. A clue is, what do people do when they score a GOAL?! Finally hear all about giraffes necks, how they use them to fight with and why they’re so long, plus the horns on their head and why they have really thick skin on their legs, like tights! Oh and why is a giraffes tongue so long, and black, and what special substance covers it to protect it from thorns? A huge thank you to Travis from the Natural History Museum, to Alex Bellos for his answer about football referee’s whistles and the copy of his book The Football School and to Alyssa, Walter and Matilda for this week’s questions. If you and your family enjoy this podcast please do subscribe, rate it and give it a lovely review. It really helps! Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website, everythingunderthesun.co.uk. All you have to do is ask an adult to record you asking your question, say your name, a bit about yourself and your age and then ask your question, then send the recording into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThere’s more info on my website www.mollyoldfield.com/podcasts For more information about my book check out:www.mollyoldfield.com/naturalwondersInstagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfieldWebsite: www.mollyoldfield.comShow website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTravis on twitter: @BlogozoicAlex Bellos’ on twitter: @alexbellosThe Natural History Museum: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/Thank you! Have a lovely week!Goodbye!           See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/1911m 30s

Why on Some Days do we Remember Dreams but Not on Other Days? Where do Gorillas Sleep At Night? How do we Sleep Walk?

Hello and welcome to the 17th episode of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. Today we have three questions about sleeping and dreaming!  Our first question is from Millen - he wants to know about dreams!His question is “Why on some days do we remember dreams but not on other days?” To answer the question I asked the help of Philippa Perry, she’s a psychotherapist who spends lots of time listening to people’s dreams – she tells us about why we remember some dreams and not others and why we might dream the same dream over and over again.  Next up is Tommi, he wants to know “Where do Gorillas Sleep At Night?” We talk all about gorilla nests, how gorillas build them out of leaves and branches, gorilla ‘bunk beds’ up high in the trees and the patterns in which they sleep!  Then it’s time for Daisy who would like to know “How do we Sleep Walk?” We talk about how sleepwalking happens and the kinds of things that might cause it, and we reassure children that it’s quite normal and children usually grow out of it.  Big thanks to Millen, Tommi and Daisy for this week’s questions and Philippa Perry for her answer about dreams.  If you and your family enjoy this podcast please do subscribe, rate it and give it a lovely review. It really helps! Thanks SO much to everyone who has reviewed it so far. I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of EUTS.Do send in your questions, there’s info about how to do that on the show’s website:everythingunderthesun.co.ukMy twitter is @mollyoldfieldInstagram @mollyoldfieldwritesMy website www.mollyoldfield.comHave a lovely week! Thank you and goodbye! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/1910m 37s

Where Do Ideas Come From? A World Book Day special with writer Abi Elphinstone & writer and illustrator Rob Biddulph.

It’s World Book Day! To celebrate, this week we've got three answers to a great question, from Bonnie, which is...‘Where do Ideas Come From?’ Our first answer is from children’s book writer Abi Elphinstone. Abi is a 2019 World Book Day author and you can get her new book, Everdark on World Book Day with your WBD tokens! She talks about how adventures, daydreaming and looking at the sky out of her writing shed inspired her big ideas and tells us about how she came up with the stories and characters in Everdark.There's also a chance to win a very special copy of Everdark, signed by Abi and with a message in it just for you! To find out how to WIN this fab copy of the brilliant book with a note from Abi have a listen to the show. Next up is Rob Biddulph, a writer and the official World Book Day illustrator. If you look at your World Book Day tokens, or posters at school, or in the library and local bookshops you’ll see Rob’s colourful drawings of bookmarks all over them. Rob answers Bonnie’s question too, but because everyone creates differently he has other ways that ideas come to him. Rob says ideas come to him all the time in all kinds of different places, so he thinks its really important to but make a note of ideas, as soon as they arrive so they don’t disappear and get forgotten! Rob tells us the story of how his daughter Kitty's imaginary friend Kevin gave him the idea for one of his first picture books! Find out how Roald Dahl wrote ideas in his ‘Masterpiece’ notebooks and where those notebooks are now, how his wonderful children’s book The BFG began as well as how Matilda started. You’ll also find out where the idea to start this very podcast came from, and how it took lots of friends to help make it a real. Friends, lots of hard work, and a sprinkling of magic!  Happy World Book Day everyone!  If you would like to find out more: Abi Elphinstone is @moonrug on twitterRob Biddulph is @RobBiddulphI am @mollyoldfield Instagram @mollyoldfieldwrites World Book Day’s website is here: https://www.worldbookday.com My website, which has information about The Secret Museum, which has the story of Roald Dahl’s notebooks in it is www.mollyoldfield.comThe podcast website is www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk With thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner @houseofstrangeand Billy Colours.  If you like the show please do rate and review and tell all your friends.  Of course, if you have a question you would like answered on the show do record yourself asking it on an adult’s smartphone and email it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk Thank you and enjoy this book filled week! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1915m 26s

What is the Biggest Tree in the World? How Much Water is in an Apple? How many Bunnies are there in the World? Featuring Roberto, from the Natural History Museum

This week we have three questions from Rob, Alex and Violet. They would like to know: what the biggest tree in the world? How much water is in an apple? How many bunnies are there in the world?  Find out about the biggest tree in the world, called General Sherman, which I wrote about in my book, Natural Wonders of the World. I read an extract from the book about the ancient, giant trees in this week’s show. The trees grew on earth at the same time as dinosaurs roamed the earth. Find out how many people would have to join arms around the tree to circle the tree and how the giant forest in which the tree grows is affected by climate change. Discover how much water is in an apple, an orange and a cucumber. Find out about an experiment you can do to work out how much water is in an apple. Plus how much water do you think it takes to power Apple’s computers, iphones, shops and data centres? Find out how many apples you could grow by using the water that Apple devices and shops use in a year. Plus where apples first came from and how apple trees grow. To answer Violet’s question about bunnies I have Roberto, a curator of mammals at the Natural History Museum in London. He’s one of the top experts in the world about mammals and so is the best person to tell us all about bunnies – the numbers of bunnies and the number of species in the world! Plus discover the species of bunny that is so shy there is no language for it in the local language because no one has ever seen it. Enjoy the show! If you have a question you would like answered on the show just ask an adult to record you asking it and send it in to me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk There’s more info on my website www.mollyoldfield.com/podcasts To find out more about Roberto from the Natural History Museum look here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/roberto-portela%20miguez.html For more information about my book check out:www.mollyoldfield.com/naturalwonders Big thanks to Roberto, The Natural History Museum, Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale, Billy Colours, Audio Networks, Rob, Alex, Violet and their parents and Lily! Instagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesTwitter: @mollyoldfieldWebsite: www.mollyoldfield.comShow website: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk If you like the show please do rate, review, subscribe and tell all your friends. Thank you! Have a lovely week! Goodbye! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/1912m 23s

Why are Some Animals Cold-Blooded and Some Animals Warm-Blooded? Why is There A Queen Bee? Is the Queen Bee bigger Than the Other Bees? Why Do Elephants Stomp their Feet and Stomp and Walk?

Welcome to this week’s episode of Everything Under The Sun!  This week we have four questions, the first is from Evey who lives in Australia, she would like to know why some animals are warm-blooded and some are cold-blooded?  To answer her we have Katie Thomas, a biologist from The Natural History Museum in London!  She is studying how frogs see the word, so tells us all about frogs and other cold-blooded animals that get warmer when the sun is out, or cooler when it’s not sunny and sea creatures with anti-freeze in their bodies.  Compare how their bodies work with how warm-blooded animals like your dog, a whale and us humans work! How to we keep our bodies at a constant temperature even when it’s boiling hot or freezing cold? What is the benefit to animals of being warm or cold-blooded? Have a listen to find out as well as the strange creatures that break the rules, like Opah fish who are as big as car tyres! Our second and third questions are about queen bees! Arya would like to know why there is a queen bee? And Arthur would like to know if the queen bee is bigger than the other bees? Find out all about buzzing bees and their queen, from how bees make a queen bee by feeding her special food to what they do in the beehive.  Our fourth question is from Ithaca, she would like to know why elephants stomp their feet and walk and stomp? Find out how elephants can hear through their feet and send messages through the ground from miles away. Imagine if you could do that - stomp your feet and send a message to your friend in her house miles away! Plus hear who won this week’s copy of my new book Natural Wonders of the World with their buzzing bee impressions. For more info about the book, see here: www.mollyoldfield.com/naturalwonders If you have a question you would like answered on the show just find an adult with a smartphone and ask them to record you using the voice memos app on an iphone or recording app that comes with other phones. Then tell me your name, your age, a bit about yourself, and ask me your question, and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk More info about sending in questions can be found here! https://www.mollyoldfield.com/podcast Thank you! Have a lovely week and enjoy the show!  With thanks to the Natural History Museum in London, Audio Networks, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner and Billy Colours. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/02/1912m 24s

Who Invented Writing and What Did They Write about? With British Museum curator, Irving Finkel. Why Do we Talk in Different Languages? How do Cheetahs Run so Fast?

Talking and writing! We all do it every day, and its one of the most important things we do! Today on Everything Under The Sun we explore who came up with the idea of writing with a brilliant guest from the British Museum, Irving Finkel who looks after the oldest writing in the world – so old it is written on clay! Plus why we talk different languages.Our first question, from Benjamin is “Why do people speak different languages?” We explore why we speak different languages as well as how many people speak the Ainu language in the world, how languages change and evolve and sometimes disappear. Find out how the English language has been changing, and about the book Lost Words, full of poems about words of nature - like acorn, dandelion and otter - that have been sadly taken out of the Junior Oxford English Dictionary but why it's so important they come back and are used by kids every day! Plus learn about the special parrots who were the last speakers of the Maypore language of the Amazon.Our second question, from Shiva, who loves cheetahs and leopards is, “who invented writing and what did they write about?” To answer this great question we have Irving Finkel, curator of ancient writing at the British Museum. Irving works with the world’s oldest writing so he is in a good position to know! Find out who invented writing about 5,000 years ago, how they wrote, what their writing was called and what they wrote about. It turns out they wrote about the same kinds of things that we do – anything you can imagine! Find out how you could take part in one of the biggest jigsaw puzzles in the world, by learning cuneiform and helping the British Museum piece together ancient spells, myths and stories.Our third question is about the animal Shiva loves – cheetahs! It comes from Martha and Heidi and it is, “how can cheetah’s run So fast?” Find out how these incredible animals have bodies that are adapted for speed and how they run faster than Usain Bolt.Who won a copy of my new book, NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD with their pirate impressions? Have a listen and find out, plus discover how you could how to win a copy THIS week!Find out about my brand new book, Natural Wonders of the World on my website: www.mollyoldfield.com/naturalwonders Or the amazon link is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Wonders-World-Discover-marvels/dp/1526360667For more information about the Ashurbanipal exhibition on at the British Museum until the 24th February see here: https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/ashurbanipal.aspxTo see more about The Secret Museum, which includes a clay tablet written on by Ashurbanipal and more stories from Irving Finkel see here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Museum-Molly-Oldfield/dp/0007455283See a cheetah running in slow motion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4nd9GF1dRgI hope you enjoy the show! If you like Everything Under The Sun please do rate, review and subscribe! If you would like to send in a question or enter a competition just record your entry on an adult's smartphone and ask them to email the recording to me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk. There's more info on my website www.mollyoldfield.com and the show's website www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk For more info check out: My instagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesMy facebook: Molly OldfieldMy twitter: @mollyoldfieldwww.everythingunderthesun.co.uk With thanks to Irving, the questions askers, the pirates, Ash Gardner, Tyler Simmons Dale, Audio Networks and Billy Colours.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/02/1918m 40s

A Pirate's Life for Me, with The Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood

Ahoy Me Hearties! Shiver Me Timbers! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum! This week's Pirates episode comes from The Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood and Globe Primary School in London. The V & A Museum of Childhood have a free show on at the moment called A Pirates Life For Me! So I've made a special show with them all about pirates, with questions from the local school children who helped create the show and answers from Will Newton who is a curator at the museum and made the pirates exhibition!Our first question is from Adam who likes mind boggling things involving maths - he would like to know whether pirates would make good politicians? Next Maryama and Torbin would like to know why pirates drank rum? Jayana would like to know how pirates got their own language? And finally Shiva asks whether pirates wore pants?Find out about how pirates ran a ship and elected a captain, discover Sir Walter Raleigh, one of the most famous pirates ever who was in the group called The Sea Dogs - he had lot of power during Queen Elizabeth I's reign and would have made a good politician. Until he was executed! You'll discover rum was a kind of treasure for pirates, as was food, clothes and spices - anything valuable really. Found out whether pirates really had treasure maps. Did X really mark the spot? Did they really make people walk the plank? How did pirates talk? Did they really say 'Arrrrrr.....', 'Shiver Me Timbers' and 'Yo Ho Ho!'? When is International Talk Like Pirates day? Come sail the seas with us and enjoy this jolly pirates special!You'll hear who won a special copy of my new book NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD, out THIS WEEK! So exciting! I hope you will all love the book. It is filled with the most wonderful places on our planet earth, you'll find caves filled with crystals and glow worms, monarch butterflies, birds of paradise, ancient rainforests, giant trees, strange animals called tenrecs, lemurs, aye-ayes, cherry blossom in Japan, and the most electric place on earth! Listen to children's baby dinosaur impressions sent into the show to enter the competition, plus find out what THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION is for another chance to win a copy of Natural Wonders of the World.I hope you enjoy the show! If you like Everything Under The Sun please do rate, review and subscribe!If you would like to send in a question or enter a competition just record your entry on an adult's smartphone and ask them to email the recording to me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk.There's more info on my website www.mollyoldfield.com and the show's website www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFor more info check out:My brand new book, Natural Wonders of the World on my website: www.mollyoldfield.com/naturalwondersOr the amazon link is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Wonders-World-Discover-marvels/dp/1526360667My instagram: @mollyoldfieldwritesMy facebook: Molly OldfieldMy twitter: @mollyoldfieldwww.everythingunderthesun.co.ukThe V & A Museum of Childhood's show A Pirate's Life for Me - https://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/exhibitions/a-pirates-life-for-me/With thanks to Will Newton, Catie Poust at The V and A, Gill and Globe Primary School, Wren & Rook, Tyler Simmons Dale, Ash Gardner, Audio Networks, Billy Colours, all the children who sent in questions and all the baby dinosaurs! : ) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/02/1915m 6s

Why Do We Taste Differently When We Have a Cold? With Heston Blumenthal. Why Do We Get Garlic Breath? And How Do Falcons Catch their Prey?

Yum, yum, yum! This tasty episode of Everything Under The Sun has three delicious questions.Why do we taste differently when we have a cold? This is our first question, from Sanem, and it is brilliantly answered by top chef Heston Blumenthal who knows everything there is to know about how our sense of smell affects our sense of taste. He tells us about an experiment to do with a piece of apple to find out how having a cold affects the way we taste our food.Secondly Charlie would like to know why we get garlic breath not noodle breath or apple breath? Find out how garlic goes into our bloodstream and make our whole body smell as well as how we can get rid of it and what things to eat to combat bad breath and eat healthily.Our third question comes from Leo and he would like to know how falcons catch their prey? Find out all about these incredible hunters, the fastest bird in the world and how falcons have influenced jet engine design thanks to special things in their noses called baffles!You'll also hear lots of brilliant squawking parrots who entered the competition to win a copy of my new book, Natural Wonders of The World, out on 7th February in all good bookshops, and available online too!Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Wonders-World-Discover-marvels/dp/1526360667Plus there's another chance to win a copy of Natural Wonders of the World this week, - just tune into the podcast to find out what the competition is! Here's a clue - it involves baby dinosaurs.I hope you enjoy the show and have fun trying out Heston's experiment this weekend.Please do rate, review and subscribe to the show on apple podcasts, Acast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.If you would like to send a question or a baby dinosaur impression into the show just use your phone to record the child who would like to enter, record them saying their name, age, a bit about themselves and then say the question or do the impression and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.ukThere's lots of info on my website www.mollyoldfield.comand the show's website www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukTo find more info on social media go to:twitter @mollyoldfieldinstagram @mollyoldfieldwritesFacebook Molly Oldfieldwww.everythingunderthesun.co.ukWith thanks to Tyler Simmons Dale, Audio Networks, Ash Gardner, Wren Rook and Billy Colours.Thank you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/02/1914m 14s

S1 E10. Where do babies come from? How deep is the river Thames? Why do ladybirds have spots? Ft special guest expert Marina Fogle.

In this week's show we answer three questions from Alessandra, Sophia and Isaac, with help from special guest expert Marina Fogle.Alessandra would like to know the answer to a question we all ask at some point in our lives, which is, "Where do Babies Come from?" Parental Warning! In case you don't want your children to listen to this answer. As this can be quite a tricky one to know how to answer well for children I asked Marina Fogle, host of the top parenting podcast The Parent Hood and creator of The Bump Class, an antenatal class she runs with her sister Chiara Hunt, who is a top doctor who knows all about children. Marina knows everything about babies and is the perfect person to explain the answer to this question all children ask. If you feel your child isn't ready to listen to this one, do skip over and carry on from question two, but if they're asking you about babies or you have already had a conversation about it then this could be perfect! Much better than finding out from a book like so many parents did!Our second question comes from Sophia, she would like to know how deep the River Thames is, find out about the different depths of the river, about the times when the Thames froze over and Frost Fairs were held on the ice and also about some islands in the Thames, home to sheep and scorpions!The third question this week is from Isaac who would like to know why ladybirds have spots, so listen in to find out all about these beetles - where they got their name, their special wings, why they have spots and about the yellow liquid called reflex blood they make on their legs to scare away birds and other creatures that might want to gobble them up!You can also find out who won tickets to The Science Museum's show, The Sun, Living with Our Star.PLUS I have a new book coming out called Natural Wonders of the World filled with the most wonderful places on planet earth. If you would like to be the first kid in the world to read the book, there's a competition to win a copy in this week's show! It's very easy and fun to enter, you just have to do a great impression of a bird - find out which one in this week's show - and send it into me. The book doesn't come out until Feb 7th so you really will be the first child in the world to read it, if you win! So do enter the competition.If you'd like to send in a bird impression, a question or a message to the show just ask an adult to record you talking and send it into me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk, or there is more info on the show's website about how to do that.Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukFind out how to submit an answer on our website.Marina Fogle's podcast is called The Parent Hood and her ante natal classes are The Bump Class.Her instagram is @marinafoglePodcast website is here: https://www.thebumpclass.com/the-parent-hood-podcasts/With thanks to Wren & Rook for the copy of Natural Wonders of the World competition prize, Science Museum for the Sun tickets prize, Marina Fogle, Ash at House of Strange for the theme music, Billy Colours for the logo, Audio Networks for music and Tyler Simmons Dale for editing! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/01/1915m 31s

S1 E9. Why is the sun so bright? Why will the sun turn into a big red giant? And why is the sun orange? Ft special guest experts Harry Cliff and Amy (The Science Museum)

In this week's show we answer three questions from Sophia, Romilly and Alice, with help from special guest experts Harry Cliff and Amy Davey, from London's Science Museum. This week I'm at the Science Museum in London to answer your questions about The Sun, with the help of Harry and Amy, both curators at the museum involved with their current exhibition The Sun - Living with Our Closest Star. This week's questions are from Sophia, Romilly and Alice and they are:Why is the Sun so Bright? Why will the Sun turn into a Big Red Giant? And Why is the Sun Orange?Tune in to find out what the sun is made of, how big and far away the sun is, and how it creates light that travels to us on earth to help plants to grow, keep us warm and create solar energy. You will learn about Cecelia Payne who discovered the sun is made of different elements to the earth, what will happen to the sun in billions of years time and what colour the sun really is.Also find out how you can win tickets to go to see The Sun exhibition at the Science Museum for all your family!Plus find out about my new book coming out on 7th Feb called Natural Wonders of the World.With thanks to Science Museum, Tyler Simmons Dale, Sophia, Romilly and Alice.Sophia, Romilly and AliceSocial media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk Find out how to submit an answer on our website. Thank you! Enjoy the episode all about our closest star! The Sun! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/01/1913m 42s

S1E8. Why do we fart? Where do tornados come from? Why do nettles sting and how? Ft special guest expert Chris Chittick.

In this week's show we answer three questions from Ray, Maya and Amelia, with help from special guest expert Chris Chittick, from the TV show Tornado Chasers. Ray would like to know: why we fart? Find out why humans can’t help farting sometimes and what they’re made up of. Ever wondered whether other animals fart? Find out whether millipedes do, whether dinosaurs did and about whale farts, as well as why sloths are the only mammals that don’t fart and how they get rid of gas inside their bodies by breathing out instead. Find out why cows are in such trouble for farting and how to stop them doing so many farts by using garlic. Plus why you might find yourself pressing a button that says “I Fart” in Denmark.  Maya’s question is about tornados, she’s been reading The Wizard of Oz and wants to know where a tornado comes from. To answer her question we have Chris Chittick – he is a storm chaser and host of the hit TV show Tornado Hunters. He tells us getting a good storm system, which creates a tornado is a bit like baking a cake. He also talks about how he uses supercomputers to find storms to chase and take photographs of.  Amelia would like to know how nettles sting and what they sting with - so find out how they sting and what creatures like to eat them, and about the World Nettle Eating Championships on this week’s show.  Also hear who won tickets to the Natural History Museum’s show Life In the Dark and will be going to the show with all their family! Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk Find out how to submit an answer on our website.  Does it Fart? by Nick Caruso and Danni Rabbaiotti https://www.amazon.co.uk/Does-Fart-Definitive-Animal-Flatulence/dp/1786488264 And Chris Chittick has a great website here: www.tornadohunter.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/01/1912m 29s

S1 E7. What is the biggest species of owl ever known to mankind? Why do owls turn their heads all the way around? Are bats actually blind? Are any fish nocturnal? Ft. Roberto and James.

In this week's show we answer four questions from Etienne, Douglas, Camille and Isabel, with help from special guest experts Roberto and James, from the Natural History Museum.Happy New Year! Welcome to this week’s episode of Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering all the most pressing questions children around the world have about life on earth. This week we're headed into the Natural History Museum in London. We’re going to explore their exhibition called Life in The Dark.The show is all about animals that like to go out and about in the dark or in dark places on earth. Some are nocturnal - so come out at night – like owls, foxes, frogs and badgers – others live in caves – like bats – and others in deep dark parts of the ocean.Turn your torches on and come with me as we venture into Life In The Dark!This week we have four questions from Etienne, Douglas, Camille and Isabel - they would like to know: What is the biggest species of owl ever known to mankind? Why do owls turn their heads all the way around? Are bats actually blind? And are any fish nocturnal.Along the way we will bump into scientists who work at the museum who will answer the questions you’ve sent into the show using their expert knowledge! We have Roberto, the curator of mammals at the museum and James, the curator of fish who first appeared in the podcast's first episode, talking about hammerhead sharks!Tune in to find out who won tickets to go ice skating at the Natural History Museum, hear owl impressions from Arlo, Martha and Heidi and how to win tickets to see Life in the Dark at the museum. It is a brilliant show for all the family, children go free and you can win TWO adult tickets so all the family can go along together - it's well worth the trip. Sound effects from the show are used in this very podcast, enjoy!Social media:Instagram: @everythingunderthesunpodTwitter: @everythingutsFacebook: @everythingunderthesunbyMollyOldfieldWebsite: www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukYou can find info about how to send in a question on the website. Thank you!Artwork by Billy Colours, Music by Ash Gardner and Audio Networks, Edited Tyler Simmons Dale See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/01/1916m 28s

S1 E6. Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne for New Year? Why is holly spiky? Why do some animals have four legs and some have two legs? Ft special guest expert Simon Loader.

This week we have three questions from Teddy, Eleanor and Molly, with help from special guest expert Simon Loader from the Natural History Museum.They would like to know why holly is spiky, why we sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve and what it means as well as why some animals have four legs and some have two legs?Discover why we sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve, where the song came from, what it means, how Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns made it famous and why we sing it on New Years Eve. Find out about the piece of paper covered in Burns' handwriting kept in a briefcase in a secret location in the Mitchell Library in Scotland - this paper that started the worldwide tradition of singing the song each year is a precious treasure that is included in our host, Molly Oldfield's book, The Secret Museum.To answer the legs question we have Simon Loader, the curator in charge of vertebrates - creatures with a backbone - at the Natural History Museum in London. Plus, if you want to use your legs for something fun this Christmas, tune in to find out how you can win tickets for all of your family to go ice-skating at the Natural History Museum in London this holiday.Enjoy the show! For more information about the show and how to send in a question please check out the website www.everythingunderthesun.co.ukThis week's episode was edited by Tyler Simmons Dale, theme music by Ash Gardner, logo by Billy Colours and music by Audio Networks.Thank you! Happy 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/12/1810m 17s

S1 E5. Does Mrs Christmas help Father Christmas to see who is naughty or nice? Has an astronaut ever seen Father Christmas? How do reindeers see in the dark? Why do we have Christmas trees? Ft special guest expert Neil Gaiman.

In this week's special Christmas show we answer five questions from Tommi, Rosie, Gigi, Lottie and Wren, with help from special guest expert Neil Gaiman.The first is from Bea, she'd like to know if Mrs Christmas helps Father Christmas to work out who has been naughty and who has been nice? To answer her question we have the brilliant writer Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, Stardust, Fortunately The Milk, picture books about Chu the sneezing panda and piles of other books, he's the one who knows what goes in in the Christmas home and how it wouldn't be Christmas without Mrs Christmas.Our next questions are from Tommi, Rosie, Gigi, Lottie and Wren - they would like to know whether an astronaut has ever seen Father Christmas, how reindeers see in the dark, and why we have Christmas trees?!Tune in to find out the first song ever sung in space, hear how astronauts on their way down to earth saw a man in a red suit flying through space being pulled by reindeers and how reindeers see in the dark.We also have lots of lovely jokes sent into the show by children and a winner of tickets to ZSL London Zoo over the Christmas holidays. We hope you love the show!And don't forget to thanks Mrs Christmas on Christmas morning if your stocking is full of presents.This week's episode was made possible by Neil Gaiman, ZSL London Zoo, amazing children with great questions and jokes, Tyler Simmons Dale the editor, Ash Gardner from House of Strange who wrote the amazing theme song and Billy Colours who designed the logo and Rob Meyer the astronaut.Merry Christmas! If you would like to send a question into the show have a look at the website www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk or just record yourself asking it on a grown ups phone and send it in to me at molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk To see the jingle bells that were played in space the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC and the web link here: https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/tom-stafford’s-jingle-bells-and-wally-schirra’s-harmonica See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/12/1814m 54s

Why Can't Penguins Fly? Why do Snakes shed their Skin? How Big can a Giant Crab getS

This week we answer questions from Oscar, Harry and Caleb. They would like to know why penguins can't fly, why snakes shed their skin and how big can a giant crab get to? We find out why chubby penguin Dads are popular, how penguins that build nests for their eggs poo without making the nests messy, why snakes shed their skin and all about different giant crabs, where they live and what they get up to. Our special guest expert this week is Suzi, a keeper at ZSL London Zoo who knows all about penguins. Tune in to find out all the answers and more as well as how you can win a family ticket to London Zoo during the Christmas holidays. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/1811m 58s

S1 E3. Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Why do waves break on the beach? Why do bears hibernate when they've got such long fur to keep them warm?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Millie, Diah and Tommi.They would like to know why flamingos stand on one leg, why waves break on the beach and why bears hibernate when they've got such long fur to keep them warm? We find out about flamingo legs, how they sleep standing up, why they're pink and why they sometimes lose their pink colour when they have new baby chicks! We answer Diah's question which she sent in from her home on the island of Bali, in Indonesia and hear her language, Bahasa Indonesian. Finally we find out why bears hibernate and how they do it - including the way they plug up their bottoms for a winter snooze with a special plug they make themselves called a 'tappen'.Everything Under the Sun is edited by Tyler Simmons Dale, with theme music by Ash Gardner at House of Strange and logo artwork by Billy Colours. If you, your child or a child you know/teach/love have a question you would like answered on the show do record the question using a voice recording app on a phone (not whats app recorder tho) and send it into the show to molly@everythingunderthesun.co.uk. There's lots of info about how to do it on the show's website www.everythingunderthesun.co.uk. Many thanks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/12/1811m 44s

S1 E2. Why are rainbows so colourful? Why do we sleepwalk? Why do some people spit when they're talking?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Wren, Abi and Tomos.They would like to know why rainbows are so colourful, why some people talk in their sleep and why some people spit when they're talking? We discuss where the rainbow's colours come from and we talk about Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, and why the colours of our eyes are named after her. We discover the parts of a sleep cycle when you're most likely to sleep talk and finally what causes spitting, how to stop it from happening, as well as the amount of saliva our bodies make each day - it's a lot more than you might think! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/11/1810m 4s

S1 E1. Can blue whales talk to killer whales? Why do killer whales have white patches by their eyes? Why do hammerhead sharks have heads shaped like hammers? Ft special guest expert James McLaine.

In this week's show we answer three questions from Bea, Finn and Tommi, with special help from James McLaine from London's Natural History Museum.They would like to know whether blue whales can talk to killer whales, why killer whales have white patches by their eyes and why hammerhead sharks have heads shaped like hammers? We find out the different ways whales and dolphins communicate underwater, what the white patches are for and our special guest expert James Mclaine from the Natural History Museum in London answers the question about hammerhead sharks. He's one of the top experts about sharks in the world because he's in charge of all the millions of fish in the collection of the Natural History Museum in London and recently appeared on Blue Peter talking about weird and wonderful fish! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/189m 42s

Trailer for Everything Under The Sun

Children are full of curiosity and questions about the world. Each Friday, join Molly Oldfield, the very first question writer or QI elf on the BBC TV show QI and author of three books as she answers questions - often with the help of experts - sent into the show by children around the world. If you or a child you know has a question you would like answered, or just want to learn interesting facts about life on earth, this is the podcast for you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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