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Short & Curly

ABC Radio

A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those curly questions. From banning lollies to trusting robots, and from colonising other planets to eating pets, Short & Curly covers it all.
What’s the point of school uniforms?

20:09 | Jun 26th, 2018

School uniforms have been around for hundreds of years but what’s the point of them? Do they kill your individuality, or do they help you focus on learning, without all the worries about fashion and how you dress? We hear from children who wear unifo...Show More
Is your classroom fair?

23:18 | Sep 13th, 2017

That’s not fair!  How often have you heard that said at school?
Is it ever okay to be a cannibal?

25:18 | Jun 20th

Molly, Carl and Matt become lost at sea, they've run out of food and they lack basic survival skills. So, would it be okay for them to eat each other if they get really really really hungry? Maybe don't listen to this episode while you're eating!
Are parents hypocrites?

23:14 | Jun 20th

"Do as I say, not as I do!" Does this sound like the adults in your life? Short & Curly listeners often complain that their parents tell them to do one thing but then do something completely different themselves. So unfair! Or is it?
When should you stop being friends with someone?

19:48 | Jun 20th

Here's a question from Short & Curly listener Harvey: "Is it OK to hang out with your friends if they're being mean to other people?" Difficult, right? Have you been in a tricky situation like this? What's the best thing to do and why?
Should grown-ups lie to you?

22:36 | Jun 20th

Molly has never been afraid of getting a needle because she knows the Needle Ninja will reward her bravery with a basket of Japanese lollies, cakes and toys. Carl has never heard of this person and thinks Molly has been tricked by her mum and dad. Bu...Show More
Should we put GPS trackers on kids?

22:43 | Jun 20th

Carl often gets lost when he's out on the streets alone. So the S&C team have decided a tracking device will keep him safe and sound. But is this a good idea? How do we balance safety with the need to become independent? And would you be okay with an...Show More
PRESENTS – Fierce Girls by fierce girls!

03:30 | Jun 17th

Your second favourite podcast, Fierce Girls, has some amazing new stories to tell you. Even better, each story is written and narrated by the show’s super cool and fierce listeners! The stories about incredible Australian women have really inspired M...Show More
PRESENTS – Tai Asks Why: What happens after you die?

22:38 | Feb 4th

The death of Tai’s grandfather gets him thinking about the afterlife. The idea that our bodies and consciousness become nothing is really weird and confusing. So Tai turns to different religions for answers. This podcast called Tai Asks Why comes fro...Show More
Birthday presents — should we stop giving them?

21:01 | Nov 29th, 2018

How much stuff do you have? How many toys, books, games and clothes have you got that you don't use or wear? Is it time to re-think why we give and receive birthday presents? Let's drop in to Molly's birthday party and find out. Brains Trust: Burand...Show More
Is a child's life more valuable than an adult's?

21:01 | Nov 29th, 2018

The Titanic cruise ship hit an iceberg in 1912 and sank to the bottom of the ocean. Lots of people died because there weren't enough life rafts for everyone. Women and children were offered seats on the lifeboats first because of their age and gender...Show More
What can Severus Snape from Harry Potter teach us about courage and forgiveness?

26:00 | Nov 29th, 2018

Severus Snape is one of the trickier characters in the Harry Potter series. As a teacher he can be mean and impatient and unfriendly and sarcastic. But Snape might also be able to teach us a lot about growing up and courage and forgiveness. Listen an...Show More
Mind games and teasing on the sporting field

19:33 | Nov 29th, 2018

To be good at sport you need both physical skills and mental strength. So is it okay to tease and sledge your sporting opponents to get an advantage? Join Molly and Carl for a game of backyard cricket. Brains trust: Cricketers Haadia Khan, Lucy John...Show More
Answer the question! Short & Curly the game show

21:47 | Nov 29th, 2018

Test your buzzers, put your Short and Curly thinking caps on and get ready for round one. Molly, Carl and Matt tackle some of the many questions you've emailed us, on the game show that's got everyone talking: Answer The Question! Actors: Zali, Ngai...Show More
PRESENTS — our first ever book: The Short & Curly Guide to Life

03:50 | Oct 11th, 2018

Short & Curly’s favourite philosopher Matt Beard has teamed up with the show’s boss Kyla Slaven (AKA Mistress Kyla) to write a book for members of the global Short & Curly gang: that’s you! With a whole lot of new curly questions to ask, we venture i...Show More
PRESENTS — Animal Sound Safari

02:00 | Sep 13th, 2018

Carl wants to tell you about a cool new podcast he’s listening to, but mostly he wants you to know what a great actor he is (not!). Have a listen and rate his performance.
PRESENTS — Pants on Fire

20:37 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Carl thinks he's pretty good at spotting when someone is telling a lie. But is he? We think one of the reasons Carl is enjoying the podcast, Pants on Fire, is because it allows him to test out his lie detection skills. Pants on Fire is a quiz show wi...Show More
A sad tale about Matt Beard’s pet fish, Bucket and Spade

25:37 | Jun 26th, 2018

Matt was so excited when he bought two pet fish and named them Bucket and Spade. It wasn't long though before one of those fish got sick. Very sick. The pet shop said he needed special chemicals for the water, so he spent a lot of money to make thing...Show More
Who should decide when you can get your ears pierced?

21:54 | Jun 26th, 2018

Some kids really want to get their ears pierced but their parents won’t let them. So, who should get to decide when and how you’re allowed to decorate your body with a piercing or even a tattoo? We get out the piercing gun and the tattoo ink and find...Show More
Was Robin Hood right? Should you rob the rich to help the poor?

23:16 | Jun 26th, 2018

Robin Hood and his band of merry men of Sherwood forest reckoned rich people had it too good. So, they roamed around the countryside robbing the rich to give to the poor. Do you agree?
Is it okay to use technology to help you sing better?

24:13 | Jun 26th, 2018

Molly Daniels thinks she has what it takes to be a superstar pop singer. The only trouble is, she’s out of tune and can’t hit the notes properly! Eek. But wait, there’s a program many musicians use which "fixes" their voice. Is it wrong to use techno...Show More
INTRODUCING — Short & Curly update!

01:57 | May 28th, 2018

We’ve got exciting news for you — Short & Curly is coming back soon! Molly, Carl and Matt haven’t just been lazing around at the beach eating lollies, they’ve been super busy making you brand new episodes. And they’re awesome! Hit play for a sneak pe...Show More
PRESENTS — Fierce Girls

02:10 | Mar 7th, 2018

Your pals at Short & Curly have something very special for you: a preview of the new ABC podcast Fierce Girls! It’s a show about the brave, adventurous, and mighty girls and women of the world — including our very own Molly Daniels. Who is a girl. An...Show More
Life, death and a runaway train

22:21 | Dec 12th, 2017

An out-of-control train is heading straight for a group of people who don’t know they are about to be hit.  You, as the driver, have some life and death decisions to make.  What will you do?  Hop on for a journey into one of the world’s most famous t...Show More
When is it okay to dob on someone?

27:26 | Dec 12th, 2017

Kids dob to parents and teachers for all kinds of reasons.  It often feels bad when someone tells on you.
Were the Ancient Romans bad people?

27:40 | Dec 12th, 2017

The Ancient Romans were a bloodthirsty lot. As entertainment they headed down to the local arena, to watch people and animals fight to the death.
What sort of life should an elephant have?

24:29 | Dec 12th, 2017

Elephants are extremely intelligent and highly social creatures who traditionally live in large family herds.  But their traditional natural world isn't perfect.
How to make the best kind of friends

26:54 | Dec 12th, 2017

Making friends and keeping friends can be hard. Sometimes you like someone a lot and then one of you changes and your friendship ends.
INTRODUCING — Short & Curly Goes To America

02:34 | Dec 5th, 2017

While Molly stays at home to fight crime and breed endangered lizards, Carl packs his toothbrush and some clean underwear for Short & Curly’s big adventure to New York City.
Should we kill feral cats?

27:24 | Sep 13th, 2017

Australia is on the war path, pledging to kill two million feral cats by 2020.  They felines are biologically the same creatures as the kitties people have as pets at home, but most were born in the wild.
Would you donate your kidney to a stranger?

23:19 | Sep 13th, 2017

They cut a small hole in your abdomen, blow some carbon dioxide into your tummy so it puffs up like a balloon, then carefully take out a perfectly healthy part of your body. Yikes.
Can robot soldiers make armies better?

25:23 | Sep 13th, 2017

Is it possible for an army to do the right thing?  After all, armies destroy buildings and neighbourhoods, they kill and severely injure people, including children.
What would you risk to get to the top?

26:24 | Sep 13th, 2017

Take a cold and windy journey with Molly and Carl as they gather their ropes and ice picks, lace up their climbing boots and head out into the wild for some high altitude curly questions.
Should pugs exist?

24:00 | Dec 20th, 2016

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

23:06 | Dec 20th, 2016

Let’s say you can hook your brain up to a machine which feels 100 per cent real and offers you the kind of life you’ve always wanted. The catch is, this perfect world isn’t real.
Why can’t children vote?

20:54 | Dec 20th, 2016

Kids have to live by the rules of the society they are born into but don’t get a say on what those rules are. Unfair, right?
Are some people just unlucky?

23:45 | Dec 20th, 2016

Many cultures believe it’s good luck if a bird poos on your head, like what happened to Carl (eww!). Others say it’s bad luck if you break a mirror.
The ethics of invisibility

19:54 | Dec 20th, 2016

What would you do if you had the power of invisibility? Would you sneak around, spy on people, commit crimes, pull practical jokes, or find out what other people really think about you?
Should we ban lollies?

17:45 | Sep 13th, 2016

Lollies are a colourful and magical and very sweet part of many children’s lives. But can you say no when faced with a bowl of jelly beans or sour worms or other types of candy? With so much concern nowadays about the amount of sugar in our diets, th...Show More
Is Pokemon Go playing you?

20:48 | Sep 13th, 2016

Walked into any traffic lights lately as you stare manically at a screen? Maybe you’re one of the millions of people playing Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game which sends its players out into the streets to catch weird little imaginary creatures...Show More
Should celebrities keep it real?

23:15 | Sep 13th, 2016

Images of movie stars and pop singers are everywhere we look – album covers, concert posters, t-shirts, Instagram feeds and other social media. Photos and videos are a big part of how famous people present themselves. But, how honest and accurate are...Show More
Who gets saved first in a fire?

20:00 | Sep 13th, 2016

For professional fire and rescue workers, it’s not all sirens, cool trucks and running red lights. They often have to make really hard and terrible decisions in moments of heat, smoke and danger. Their job is to be there to help on the worst day of y...Show More
Do you have to love your sibling?

22:00 | Sep 13th, 2016

We’re often told we have a special responsibility to our brothers and sisters just because they are family. But, do we really? And what kind of duty is it?  What if you found out the annoying new kid at school was your long lost brother or sister?  W...Show More
Should you eat your pet?

18:31 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Unless you’re a vegetarian, there are some animals you probably eat regularly.  But how would you cope if your next dinner was some stir-fried dog?  Why is it okay to eat a baby cow (veal) or sheep (lamb) and not a cute little puppy?  Are our ideas a...Show More
Is Dumbledore as great as he seems?

22:19 | Jun 22nd, 2016

He is wise and old and learned and kind, but the Principal of Hogwarts is not perfect.  He deceives, he holds back really important information about issues of life and death, and is willing to sacrifice Harry Potter for the good of the many, leading...Show More
Should you move to Mars?

21:18 | Jun 22nd, 2016

There are 1,000 people currently shortlisted for the trip of a lifetime, from which they will never return!  They want to be the first stage in the human habitation of the red planet.  But do humans have a right to inhabit other planets, and which hu...Show More
Is it ever okay to lie?

19:33 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Kind lies. White lies. Little lies. We take a trip to the fun park to look at all sorts of lies we tell for all sorts of reasons. Like what if your parent asks you to pretend to be younger than you are to get a cheaper entry fee? What’s the right thi...Show More
Children under the microscope — the ethics of science

19:10 | Jun 22nd, 2016

In the 1950s, a group of young boys took part in a now famous experiment to find out how easy it would be to turn two groups of children into enemies. The boys didn’t know they were in a scientific study, and many later regretted the things they did ...Show More
Can competitive sport be truly fair?

18:19 | Mar 28th, 2016

Do coaches, equipment and healthy food make for a level playing field?
Should chimps have the same rights as kids?

17:54 | Mar 26th, 2016

Perhaps the line between humans and other animals is more blurred that you’d think.
Can you trust a robot?

19:30 | Mar 24th, 2016

As robots become more sophisticated and human-like, how can we be sure what they tell us is real?