Should we move to Mars? Is Dumbledore as great as he seems? Should you eat your pet?
These are just some of the diabolical questions raised in the newly-launched second season of Short & Curly, ABC Radio’s popular ethics podcast for curious minds, both young and old.
Following its launch in April, Short & Curly has topped the iTunes charts in the Kids & Family category and found a solid fan base for its hosts, Carl Smith (ABC3) and actress Molly Daniels (Tomorrow When The War Began).
Season Two features five brand new episodes, with Molly and Carl joined by ethicist Dr Matt Beard to straighten out the curliest of questions — taking listeners on another fun-filled journey into the world of ethical dilemmas.
Aimed at children aged 7-12, the podcast is unique, both for its content and the use of the “pause button”. Once or twice each episode, listeners are asked to briefly contemplate what they’ve heard and/or to discuss the questions raised with friends or family members.
“One of the best ways to develop your ideas about what’s right and wrong is to learn to think philosophically,” says Short & Curly producer, Kyla Slaven.
“We’ve used examples and pop culture references to give often complex concepts a solid basis in reality, as well as mixing in a major dose of fun. In effect, it’s teaching kids how to think, not what to think.”
Another unique aspect of the podcast is that it is delivered in batches, like Netflix, but in this case timed to land just before each school holidays.
So, whether for listening and discussing in the car, the classroom, or during dinner conversations, here’s a taste of what you can tune in to across the second series.